Stir-Fried Crispy Pap

This delectable Stir-Fried Crispy Pap recipe from Chef Nti puts a creative spin on traditional pap dishes creating something that is not only sophisticated and mouthwatering but makes for a great base for any meat-free Monday!

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Chef Nti's Cookbook - My Modern African Kitchen

Chef Nti’s Cookbook – My Modern African Kitchen


  • 1 Cup Maize meal, plus a handful for coating
  • 2 Cups Sunflower oil (for deep-frying)
  • 1 Tbsp Oil (for stir-frying)
  • 1 Tbsp Green curry paste
  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Vegetable stock in ½ Cup hot water
  • 150ml Sugar
  • Asparagus, trimmed and sliced diagonally
  • 2 Tbsp Roasted peanuts


  1. Cook the maize meal according to packet instructions, to a medium but pliable consistency.
  2. Spread the cooked pap onto a greased baking tray, using the back of a spoon to even it out, and leave it to set.
  3. When it has cooled, cut it into squares, coat them in maize meal and deep-fry them,
  4. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a wok or pan, add the green curry paste and cook for a minute until fragrant.
  6. Stir the soy sauce, vegetable stock and sugar, and mix well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat.
  7. Add the asparagus and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Place the deep-fried pap squares into the pan, followed by the peanuts.
  9. Toss to coat in sauce and serve immediately.
  10. Serve and enjoy your Stir-Fried Crispy Pap


Coating the pap squares with maize meal before frying them is what gives you the crunchy, golden finish.


Stir-Fried Crispy Pap

Stir-Fried Crispy Pap

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