Chakalaka: Spicy South African Vegetable Dish


Original article published at TasteAtlas.

Chakalaka is a spicy South African vegetable relish consisting of tomatoes, beans, and onions as its key ingredients, although some cooks might add various other ingredients such as carrots, bell peppers, chilis, and ginger. Originally, chakalaka was invented in Johannesburg, where it became a staple dish.

Today, it is a key component of most South African barbecues, where it is served as a side dish accompanying meat. Some people like to serve it as a cold salad, when combined with other greens. This relish is traditionally served with breads such as mealie pap, or with amasi, a type of thick sour milk.

Regardless of the endless debate about its classification – whether it’s a dish or a condiment – chakalaka remains a simple, flavorful, and extremely versatile meal.