CHEF NOKUZOLA'S Stuffed Pap Balls
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Cooking Time
60 Minutes

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  • Pap:
  • Maize meal 2 cups (500 ml)
  • Water 21⁄2 cups (625 ml)
  • Boiling water 2 cups (500 ml)
  • Salt 1 tsp (5 ml)
  • Fresh or dried parsley 2 tsp (10 ml)
  • Medium onion, chopped 1⁄2
  • Cooking oil 2 Tbsp (30 ml)
  • Garlic, minced 1 tsp (5 ml)
  • Medium tomatoes, diced 2
  • Lucky Star Pilchards in Tomato Sauce 1 can (400 g)
  • Paprika 1 tsp (5 ml)
  • Garlic and herb spice 1 tsp (5 ml)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Bread crumbs 2 cups (500 ml)
  • Medium eggs, beaten 3
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Lucky Star Mild & Spicy Chakalaka 1 can (410 g)
  • Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp (30 ml)
  • Mayonnaise 1⁄4 cup (60 ml)
  • Tabasco sauce 1 tsp (5 ml)
  • Barbecue spice 1 tsp (5 ml)


  1. PAP:
  2. In a medium saucepan, on a medium heat, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix 1⁄2 cup of cold water and maize meal together to make a smooth paste.
  4. Pour the paste into the boiling water and mix, then lower the heat and add the salt and parsley.
  5. Cook the pap for 15 - 20 minutes on low heat, mixing occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat and leave the pap to cool down completely.
  8. In a medium, pan add oil and fry the onions until translucent.
  9. Then add the garlic and cook for about 2 - 3 minutes.
  10. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, paprika, garlic and herb spice and cook until tomatoes are soft for about 5 minutes.
  11. Add pilchards and cook for a further 5 minutes before putting it aside to rest and cool.
  12. Pap Balls:
  13. Heat the oil in the deep fryer or a medium saucepan.
  14. Wet your hands, spoon the cooked pap, and using your wet hands make a ball as big as a golf ball.
  15. Using your thumbs, press a hole in the middle of the pap ball and spoon in the pilchard mixture.
  16. Cover the hole and roll it again to form a ball shape.
  17. In a separate plate, add the beaten eggs and put aside. In another separate plate add the breadcrumbs and set aside.
  18. Dip the ball into the beaten eggs, then into the breadcrumbs, and put them on a greaseproof paper.
  19. Deep fry the stuffed balls until golden brown.
  21. Mix all the sauce ingredients together until well combined or use a blender and blend until smooth.


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