Fire up for National Braai Day

Fire up for National Braai Day

5 braai time favourites and tips to make them even better to usher in the summer.

A huge part of our heritage as South Africans is our beloved braai. Whether you call it a braai, barbeque or shisha nyama it all comes down to the same thing, the food. From what’s on the braai to the sides, each of these tasty treats come together to make a favourite traditional South African meal.

Here are 5 things that no National Braai Day would be complete without:

Chakalaka or braai relish. Chakalaka makes a dull braai brighter, this spicy vegetable relish adds personality to any meal, especially a braai.

Tip: Add hot curry powder to your chakalaka recipes for added flavour.

Classic boerewors rolls. Boerewors is a classic South African sausage that can be enjoyed on a roll or on its own. This is a great braai standard and frankly you can’t get more South African than this.

Tip: Top your roll with some homemade chakalaka and this is the ultimate South African braai food.

Potatoes salad. All over the world, different types of potato salads are an absolute essential as a side dish for a barbecue. Typical South African potato salad is a yummy combination of mayonnaise and grated egg with a sprinkling of chopped chives.

Tip: Add some sliced biltong or biltong powder for the ultimate local addition.

Garlic Bread or Braai bread. This smoky and warm silver foil parcel of bread is always popular on the fire. Top it with some cheese and you have a winner.

Tip: For a little extra kick add some chopped chilli or Jalapeno to your filling.

Mielies. An absolutely essential vegetable side for a braai is grilled corn on the cob. This sweet, juicy veg is best enjoyed with loads of butter or margarine.

Tip: If you like a little spice, coat your cooked corn in butter mixed with a dash of curry powder after cooking and allow it to absorb for a minute or two.

Classic pap. Along with a good old-fashioned piece of meat, pap is the perfect accompaniment to a shisa nyama. It’s filling and is a great way to mop up the leftover gravy or chakalaka on your plate.

Tip: By adding a stock cube to your boiling water before cooking the mielie meal you can pack in extra flavour.

With these braai favourites you will be the talk of the community. Take the classics and add a flavoursome twist using Rajah to make your National Braai Day a success.