• 2 ½ cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon St Louis salt
  • 2 ½ cups Ace maize meal
  • A generous dab of butter
  • 410g Rhodes chakalaka
  • 410g Rhodes braai relish


    1. Pour the boiling water and salt into a saucepan with a thick base and bring to the boil again with the lid on.
    2. Once boiling, add the maize meal to the water.
    3. Close the lid and simmer for 5 minutes.
    4. Then stir well with a spoon or kitchen fork.
    5. Replace the lid and steam at low heat for half an hour, until done. Watch your phuthu pap carefully to ensure it does not burn at the base.
    6. While steaming, fluff with a fork a few times to check on the texture.
    7. When your putu pap is ready to serve, add a generous knob of butter and fluff for the last time.
    8. Enjoy with some Rhodes chakalaka or braai relish