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IMGP7826 IMGP7830 IMGP7831 IMGP7833 IMGP7097Born in the townships of South Africa, Chakalaka is a simple and healthy dish of spicy onions, tomatoes and beans.  It has been a staple for generations of South Africans and is a required condiment at braais or barbecues.  It is a versatile dish that can be served with almost any meal.  Serve hot with bacon or sausages for breakfast, cold on its own for lunch with freshly baked bread, or hot for dinner with grilled chicken, fish or steak.  A refreshingly sweet and spicy dish that we could not help falling in love with while on safari.  After tasting this you will never be happy with plain old baked beans again.

Serves 4


Olive oil

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 small red onion chopped

1 chilli chopped

3 tomatoes chopped

1 red pepper chopped

1 green pepper chopped

2 tsp curry powder

1 can baked beans in tomato sauce

salt and pepper to season

Preparation Method

1) Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium flame.  Add onions, garlic, chilli and curry powder.  Saute ingredients for 4-5 minutes until soft.

2) Stir in tomatoes and bring to the boil.  Reduce heat to a medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.

3) Sir in the baked beans, salt and pepper and stir to heat through.  Serve with jerk chicken.  Delicious!