Cheesy Pap Balls

Cheesy Pap Balls

If you are having a proper shisa nyama, you need to have pap. If you want to try something a little different with pap, try actress-turned chef Lucia Mthiyane’s cheesy pap balls. They’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser!


3 cups water

1 T salt

120g Iwisa Maize Meal 

30g butter

24 x 1 cm Cheddar cheese cubes

Canola oil, for deep-frying

1 T honey

200 g dried breadcrumbs

1 large free-range egg, beaten

LC's Spicy Chutney Or Orcona Red Pepper Relish for dipping


1. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan with a lid and add the salt.

2. Slowly add the maize meal and whisk until smooth.

3. Cook over a medium heat until the right consistency is reached.

The pap should be stiff.

4. Add the butter and stir until combined and smooth.

5. Cover with the lid and take the saucepan off the stove.

Set aside to cool.

6. Once cool enough to handle, use your hands to make golf ball-sized balls. Insert a cube of cheese into each pap ball.

7. Heat the oil for deep-frying while you’re rolling the balls. 8. Roll the balls in the honey, then in the breadcrumbs.

9. Roll the balls in the beaten egg, then in the breadcrumbs once more.

10. Deep-fry the pap balls until golden brown.

Drain on kitchen paper.

Serve immediately as a snack with chutney, sweet chilli sauce, or any other sauce of your choice.

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