Pap (Polenta) with Fresh Mielies

Pap made from ground corn is a traditional staple in the corn growing areas of South Africa. We doubled up the recipe to fit into a No. 10 flat bottomed potjie. You can either make the polenta just before serving, as we have done, or make it in advance and pour it into a pie dish. Brush the top with a little oil or butter to prevent a skin forming. Cover with cling film. Cut into wedges and grill on the fire.


  • 4 cups (1 litre) water
  • 2 T (30 ml) Ina Paarman's Chicken Flavour Stock Powder
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) coarse yellow polenta or mielie meal
  • 2 sweetcorn cobs, kernels cut off
  • 1 t (5 ml) Ina Paarman's Seasoned Sea Salt
  • ½ cup (125 ml) cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 T (30 ml) butter

Bring the water to the boil and add the Chicken Stock Powder. Add the polenta in a thin stream to the stock while whisking with a wire whisk. Stir in the kernels and Seasoned Sea Salt. Cook slowly with the lid on for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle over the grated cheese and dot with butter.

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