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RECIPE | Benny Masekwameng's crumbed beetroot mieliepap balls

A different take on everyday pap, the beetroot adds colour, flavour and intrigue to this braai side, says celebrity chef Benny Masekwameng

16 September 2018 - 00:00 By Benny Masekwameng
Crumbed beetroot mieliepap balls.
Crumbed beetroot mieliepap balls.
Image: Christoph Hoffman

Serves: 4


500ml (2 cups) chicken stock

100ml beetroot juice

500ml (2 cups) maize meal

15ml (1 tbsp) butter

15ml (1 tbsp) chopped parsley

Salt and freshly ground white pepper

Cake flour

2 eggs, beaten

Desiccated coconut

Sunflower oil for deep-frying


  1. Bring the stock and beetroot juice to the boil in a pot.
  2. Add half the maize meal to the stock and, using a whisk, mix until smooth and no lumps are visible. Stir in the rest of the maize meal, slowly whisking until the mixture is smooth and starting to stiffen.
  3. Add the butter and parsley and stir through.
  4. Lower the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring constantly to make sure that the mixture does not burn or stick to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the contents into a bowl. Allow to cool.
  6. Using a tablespoon, scoop out some of the mix and form it into bite-size balls.
  7. Dust the balls with flour, dip into the egg and coat lightly with coconut.
  8. Preheat the oil to 160°C until golden brown all round, about 4 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels before serving.