Dorah's Dinners: Chuck in more chilli
Food legend Dorah Sithole says chakalaka has become an integral part of our cuisine, a fairly new arrival that made its debut in the 1970s.
Unlike most traditional dishes it has no links to the rural areas. Salads were never part of the traditional eating pattern. Chakalaka is a product of the townships of Gauteng.
The hot debate is whether it's a relish, a salad or a condiment.
It started off as a very hot relish eaten by adults - mostly men - then evolved into a family salad. Some say it was created as a cure for "babalas".
45ml (3 tbsp) oil
1 onion, grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
30ml (2 tbsp) freshly grated peeled root ginger
1 green pepper, seeded and grated
3 green chillies, seeded and chopped
10ml (2 tsp) curry powder
3 medium carrots, grated
250ml (1 cup) finely shredded cabbage (optional)
1 x 410g can baked beans
Salt and pepper, to taste
Heat the oil and sauté the onion, garlic, ginger, green pepper, chillies and curry powder for 5 minutes. Add carrots and cabbage and cook gently for about 15 minutes or until all the vegetables are soft. Add the beans and seasoning, stir through and allow to cool. Serve cold.