Tony’s Chakalaka Soup Recipe

Tony’s Chakalaka Soup Recipe
At every visit to the Kraal restaurant they surprise us with a delicious Chakalaka starter (free of charge!). The Chakalaka they serve was the inspiration for this recipe. Friends and I hike at Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve on the first Sunday of the month and afterwards we head to the Kraal restaurant at Thaba Eco Hotel for a lunch and social.
My first attempt at Chakalaka was indeed disastrous so after a number of attempts I decided to convert it into a soup… guess what? It is just wow! Here’s the recipe:


  • 1 can (14-16 oz/400-500 g) baked beans in tomato sauce
  • 4 button mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped, or 1 can of tomatoes in their own juice (14-16 oz/400-500 g)
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin cubes – the pumpkin is optional (it so happens I really like the taste…)
  • 1/2 medium onion (8-10 oz/ 250-300 g), chopped or sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped or sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (virgin olive oil)
  • ground black or white pepper
  • 1/2 medium jalapeno/ peri-peri (or 1/4 teaspoon powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (powder)
  • salt (coarse sea salt is best)
  • 2 cups water


Into a cooking pot add all the above. Bring to boil, reduce to medium heat, cook for 10 – 15 mins and stir frequently. That’s it!!

It is super easy to prepare, super tasty and nutritious! Bon appétit!
Note: Would you also like the ‘TRUE’ South African Chakalaka recipe? You will find the following articles of interest:
Chakalaka – South African Cuisine >
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