Chakalaka (Spicy South African Relish)

"Spicy South African relish, side dish or condiment, jam packed with veggies and lots of flavour."
-- @luluskitchens
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Prep time 20mins
Cook time 20mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red pepper, diced
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can British baked beans or chickpeas
  • 1 red birds eye chili, finely diced
  • 1 garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Bouillon cube, (optional), for serving


  • Step 1

    In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add in onions and cook until translucent, 3-4 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Stir in the garlic, ginger, smoked paprika, curry, cayenne pepper, thyme and chillies. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Step 3

    Add in tomatoes, bell peppers and carrots. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

  • Step 4

    Finally add chickpeas and bouillon cube. Continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes then taste and adjust for seasoning. Season with salt and pepper, particularly if not using bouillon cube. Serve warm with bread. Enjoy!