Heritage Day does not have to be braai day, you and your family can enjoy a variety of proudly South African dishes instead

Step away from the tried and tested braaivleis and explore something new from South Africa’s rich and varied culinary heritage.

Read more: Food, virtual events & natural beauty: 5 Ways to celebrate Heritage Day in SA this year

Chicken like gran makes

You can’t fake the taste of hand raised chicken, it tastes like a traditional South African gathering and like… well… home. 

The feeling of community that comes with cooking together and seeing how all the individual efforts that family makes from slaughtering the chicken to butchering cleaning and cooking it comes together on a delicious plate.

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Get the full experience and cook Olwethu Leshabane’s recipe for umleqwa perfectly paired with idombolo (steamed bread) the whole family will love.

South African food. Umleqwa recipe.

The ultimate one-pot meal

Biryani is a family meal famous the world over and is known for bringing people together. Cook up a big pot of flavourful Biryani to share with the entire family and create a one bowl buffet.

Aunty Zaida’s Chicken Biryani is the warm and loving hug we all need this year. Whether you are serving a large number of guests or leaving some biryani for the next day when the meal is twice as nice you can’t go wrong with this recipe for Chicken Biryani.

Biryani 
Biryani
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‘Pap on steroids’

Don’t just make a pot of pap for Heritage Day. Bulk up your pap with spinach and beans and make Is’jabane or umkhupha; a healthier and more nutritious version of pap that really packs a flavour punch.

Serve umkhupha with just about anything you like including stews and even just simply cooked veggies.

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