Traditional South African foods to celebrate Heritage Day


Heritage Day is also National Braai Day, so why not incorporate one of these traditional dishes into your braai. Here are a few dishes to brighten up your braai day table.

Main meal – Tshisanyama (burn the meat):

Tshisanyama or braaivleis are both common names we use as South Africans when we unite to cook our meat over an open flame. You can braai almost anything – lamb, boerewors, pork, sosaties, chicken and even fish.



Umnqusho – samp and beans

A delicious side that goes perfectly with every braai dish is umnqusho, a traditional Xhosa dish made with samp and beans and one of Nelson Mandela’s favourite dishes. This is easy to make but you might need to get up early as it takes a long time to cook.  


A braaibroodjie is the South African version of a toasted sandwich made on the braai. This will make a perfect side – just butter the outside of the bread for a crispy texture and golden colour.

Pap and chakalaka

Pap and chakalaka is as South African as it gets! Chakalaka is a South African vegetable relish that is usually spicy.  A braai just feels incomplete without two of our nation’s most beloved sides, chakalaka and pap. 

Braaied potato halves

It’s part of South African braai tradition to put your potatoes in foil and then put them on the coals to cook, but another option is too par-boil your potatoes in their skins, slice them in half and then season with herbs and a bit of olive oil, then put them on the grill to brown, turning them regularly.

Warm vegetable salad

Traditional green salad can be nice, but why not try something a little different this year? Steam snap peas, green beans, baby peas and asparagus. Serve with a good helping of feta and a salad dressing made of olive oil, fresh chilli, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper.



Milk tart and koeksisters

Looking for a classic South African pudding to serve after a delightful braai with family and friends? Then why not end things off on a sweet note with two of our favourite South African favourite desserts, milk tart and our beloved koeksisters.

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