ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Cook (Make) - Stiff Porridge (Maize Meal)- A South African Favourite Recipe for Grits

Updated on March 3, 2012

Maize Porridge - Stuiwe Pap

A staple food throughout Southern Africa. It is made from ground Maize kernels, another name for it is Polenta.

It comes in two colours, the most sought after amoungst the Africans is white. The other is yellow which is more popular with the Italian and other European countries.

How to cook it

Maize meal, is that smooth white creamy porridge served with milk sugar and a dollop of butter.

This is the winter breakfast cereal that most of us grew up with.

Ingredients

1 cup of maize meal

3 cups of water

Salt to taste

Method

Mix the cup of cold water to the maize meal and form a smooth paste

Place two cups of water in a bowl with the salt in the microwave. Microwave the water until it boils.

.Add the mixture to the boiling water and mix thoroughly using a wooden spoon, make sure that all the lumps, dissolved.

Place in the microwave and cook it on high for 3-4 minutes until it is cooked, stir occasionally.

Serve hot as suggested above.

The traditional Stiff Porridge at the Braai

This is the same basic maize meal, the difference this is used to go with the meat at the next Barbecue or (Braai that is another subject that will be covered very shortly.)

Ingredients

1 cup of maize meal

2 cups of water

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon of butter

Method

Place the water in a large bowl in the microwave, and cook till boiling.

Add the salt to the water and mix it till disolved.

Slowly add the maize meal to the water mixing it while adding, useing a wooden spoon. Mix thouroughly all the maize is mixed, then mix in the butter.

Microwave on high for 3 minutes, remove and mix thouroughly. The porridge should be very thick and stiff.

Microwave for another 3 minutes, mix and cover with a lid. Let stand for 2 minutes.

Serve with sausages, stews, casseroles and curries. A good change from mashed potatoes and rice.

Sufficient to serve 4 people - depending on there appetites.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Venu 

      3 years ago

      Mix this sauce with a box of pasta for a quick weeknight meal or use it as a dip for crsuty bread. My favorite idea: add a few sundried tomatoes to the sauce and use it to top this Sundried Tomato Polenta.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      4 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for the comment, appreciate your inputs.

    • profile image

      Henco Vanton 

      4 years ago

      Hey Rodney, please note that the propper spelling is actually stywe pap (for eating with a braai, stew, etc) or slap pap (for eating as a breakfast). You also have to keep in mind that there are various types of pap and all types are not cooked the same. Braai pap is much coarser than other types and is by far more acceptable with a BBQ. It also disolves easier than the finer maize meal but take also longer to cook. An old time winner in traditional South African cooking is "Krummel Pap". This also is better prepared outside on a BBQ rather than on a stove or microwave en goes well with "potjie" or oxtail. A well prepared tomato and onion relish mix compliments "krummel pap" very well.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Suziecat7, So pleased that I could tweak those taste buds, so that you feel the need to have a dish of Grits. Pap or Polenta, as you know it.

      Thanks for the comment.

    • suziecat7 profile image

      suziecat7 

      6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love grits and polenta. Thanks for this. It's been awhile since I've had any and will this week.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks Soneblom

    • soneblom profile image

      soneblom 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub Rodney!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Jaye, thanks for telling us about the serving methods of the deep south, they echo what we do over here in South Africa. That, Pumpkin and what is called over here as "Marog", wild spinach, this being there staple diet.

    • JayeWisdom profile image

      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Rodney, in the southern states of the U.S. (especially what is known as the Deep South), we have a white corn product known as grits that makes a super-delicious breakfast--or anytime--dish. (I notice another reader mentioned grits in her comment.) When cooked, grits is served with salt, black pepper and either butter or margarine. Some people melt cheese in their grits and add other food items. Cooked plain grits can also be used as a thickener in a multitude of dishes.

      JAYE

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      clspeakstoo, glad you dropped by, the canned milk is nice with the grits too.

      What is also great is add some creamed corn to the stiff porridge recepie, works out real nice as well.

    • clspeakstoo profile image

      clspeakstoo 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      This hub reminded me of the annual brunch I cook on Christmas day. Grits is the main course. My Ghanaian frieds love to add canned milk to the grits. I'll have to try your porridge recipe so I can see the difference. Thanks

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      It is an easy dish to make, very tasty as well, thanks for the comment

    • compu-smart profile image

      Compu-Smart 

      9 years ago from London UK

      I have grown up on porridge but have never made my own! The recipe looks pretty easy!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for the comment, yes, there is quite a lot of dishes that can be made with polenta. I may blog a couple in the future.

    • Chef Jeff profile image

      Chef Jeff 

      10 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      Polenta is also popular in Italy. I remember some delicious side dishes of it when I lived there briefly as a teenager.

      Keep up the good recipe writing!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks will try to do so.

    • pjdscott profile image

      pjdscott 

      10 years ago from Durham, UK

      Very interesting hub Rodney - it's great to see how food is prepared in various countries. Keep up the good work.

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      Hi Rodney,

      Yes, it's called polenta in the US. It's use for making tamales, among other things, I'm sure. It's used quite a bit by the Hispanic population, probably much like you suggest with Stuiwe Pap.

      I have another thing to talk to you about and will send you a personal message and hope you get it as I can't figure out how mine works. So, let me know if you don't get it.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)