20 July 2015 / Posted in Vegetables & sides

Whether it’s soft and smooth, fine and crumbly or chunky - and irrespective of whether you call it mieliepap, phutu, pap or bagobe - maize meal can be prepared with great success in AMC cookware. Simply follow the basic guideline and instructions below. Perfect for a side, breakfast or meal and often served with chakalaka or buttermilk.   



Consistency of pap    Maize meal    Water

 Fine crumbs                      1 cup              1 cup

Bigger chunks              1 cup              1 ½ cups

Smooth/Breakfast pap     1 cup              2 cups



 Method for fine or chunky pap:

  1. Pour required amount of water, salt added, into an AMC unit. Cover and heat over a medium temperature until Visiotherm reaches 11 o’ clock position.  The water should be boiling gently.
  2. Add required amount of maize meal, but don’t stir. Cover with lid and continue to cook for 5 minutes on a medium temperature. 
  3. Stir pap thoroughly and cover. Reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes until cooked. Stir every now and then. 

Smooth pap:

  1. Follow method as above, but stir water and maize meal well to form a soft mixture before continuing to cook it.


  • Cooking time will vary according to quantity prepared. For example, 4 ½ cups of water and 3 cups of maize meal will serve 4 – 6 portions of chunky pap.
  • Stir whole kernel corn or sweet corn into cooked pap.
  • Add fresh chopped parsley, origanum or thyme into pap when serving with a stew.
  • Drizzle pap with olive oil or dot with small dollops of butter before serving.