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Chakalaka is an African food that you’ll find unique by African standards; yet it is very delicious. Chakalaka is very easy to prepare and if offers you a great chance to introduce your children to the art of cooking.



2-cookingspoons vegetable oil

5 large carrots

1 medium-sized onion

2 cloves garlic

50g Ginger

2-tablespoons mild curry powder

1 green pepper

1 red pepper

1 yellow pepper

2-green birds eye chilies

400g canned tomatoes

2 tablespoons tomato puree

2 sprigs fresh theme (leave)

1 canned of baked beans

Freshly ground Pepper (to taste)

Salt (to taste)

Before Cooking

Rinse and chop the onion in a plate. Rinse and chop the green pepper and add to the chopped onions, and then set aside. Chop the red pepper and yellow pepper in a small plate. Grate the carrots in your preferred way or you can chop them finely. Chop the tomatoes in a plate and grate the ginger, garlic in another plate.

Cooking Steps

Place the cooking pot or saucepan on the gas cooker. Add the oil, heat the oil as it warms up for a minute.

Pour the chopped onions, half ginger and green pepper into the warm oil and fry for few minutes, until the chopped onions and green pepper are soft. Now pour the grated garlic and stir together for a minute to combine altogether.

Add the curry powder to the mix and stir, add the peppers (red and yellow), Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add the grated, chopped carrots, chilies, and other ingredients. Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste, stir for two minutes.

Add the baked beans and mix thoroughly in the saucepan. Stir and Leave to cook for about 5minutes because of the beans, and stir at intervals to make the beans and other ingredients smooth so that it doesn’t stick to the cooking pot or saucepan. Do all the aforementioned at low medium heat.

Add curry, the remaining half ginger, theme leaves, pepper and salt to taste. Stir and allow cooking for two minutes. Remove from the heat and add thyme. This African food is ready and you can enjoy your Chakalaka. Depending on your preferences, you cans serve Chakalaka hot or cold.

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