Savory Chakalaka Braai Bread

Savory Chakalaka Braai bread

The best  savory chakalaka braai bread to have with a Braai

This is another all-time favourite which family and friends request I make to have with a Lekker South African Braai.

What is Chakalala you may ask?

Chakalaka is a South African vegetable relish, usually spicy, that is traditionally served with bread, pap, samp, stews, or curries. For example, a tin of baked beans, tin of tomatoes, onion, garlic, and some curry paste can be used to make the dish. You can also add chopped butternut, corn and carrots.

Chakalaka may have originated in the townships of Johannesburg or on the gold mines surrounding Johannesburg when Mozambican mineworkers coming off shift cooked tinned produce (tomatoes, beans) with chilli to produce a spicy relish with a Portuguese flair to accompany pap.

I like to use the hot and spicy one but when there are kids around it is best to go with mild or normal.  Extra hot is just too hot for the kids. This recipe is so easy to make 5 min prepare time and 45 min to bake. I usually make this and my Pumpkin pie for such occasions. I highly recommend you try this.


500ml cake flour

15ml baking powder

salt and pepper

4 extra large eggs lightly whisked

410g chakalaka

80ml of grated cheese (to sprinkle on top)

1 handful of grated cheese to through in the mixture

Some chopped feta if you like feta


  • Preheat oven to 180 deg Celcius.
  • Spray a bread loaf tin with non-stick cook and spray.
  • Sift dry ingredients together
  • Add eggs, cheese and chakalaka
  • Mix well and spoon into a loaf tin.
  • Sprinkle with extra cheese if desired
  • Bake for +- 45 min until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  • Serve hot or cold with butter

Things you might need:

I really hope you will enjoy this dish. Let us know if you’ve tried this.

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  1. I chanced upon this as I was looking for ideas on what food to provide for my son’s birthday gathering. The thing I like about this recipe is that it is quite versatile. It seems like you can put any vege that you have in your fridge. I love this part as it will reduce food wastage. My family is also into spicy food. It also seemed quite easy to make and preparation time is short too. I will give it a try before my son’s party and if he likes it, I will make it for the party.

    Once again, thank you very much for your recipe.

  2. A great post and recipe. I feel hungry just by reading this awesome recipe, I love African food because of my Nigerian friend always, I never tried food from South Africa and now I got this awesome Savory Chakalaka Braai Bread recipe.

    I think that I will try and cook it tonight! I hope I can manage to cook it right and enjoy the dish.

    Thank you very much again for this detailed post about this Savory Chakalaka Braai Bread. I will for sure visit your website for more recipes and awesome posts


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