Makwanda or tincondza (chicken feet) with sour vhuswa (pap)

6 servings Prep: 30 mins, Cooking: 45 mins
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Learn how to make this traditional meal the right way.

By Hope Malau December 21 2017
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Ingredients (12)

45 ml oil
500 g chicken feet — cleaned
1 onion — halved and sliced
10 ml chicken — spice
5-10 ml chakalaka spice
1-2 red or green chillies, chopped
500 stock — chicken or beef
1 l water
15 ml vinegar — white grape
500 ml maize meal
375-500 ml maize meal — separate from the above measurement
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1 For the Makwanda/tincondza: Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and fry the chicken feet for 3 minutes. Add the onion and fry for another 2 minutes. Season with the spices and stir in the red or green chillies.

2 Pour the dissolved stock over and stir. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken feet are cooked. Add more water if necessary then season with a little salt if needed.

3 For the Vhuswa:  In a medium-size saucepan, bring the water to the boil then add the vinegar. Add the first quantity of mealie meal a little at a time, whisking vigorously with a lufheto
(woodenhandled wire whisk), using both hands to prevent lumps from forming.

4 Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until it resembles soft porridge. Add the rest of the mealie meal (a little at a time), stirring and beating with the lufheto (or use a wooden spoon if you prefer) until well mixed. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until cooked.

5 Transfer the vhuswa to a dish, leave to cool until set then cut into slices as you would bread, and serve with makwanda/ tincondza.

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