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RECIPE: Kamogelo Maleka’s Mopane Worms


Kamogelo Maleka started cooking at the tender age of 12. Today she is a second-year education student and owns a catering business. Maleka is always up for a challenge in the kitchen and this time around she’s tried out an authentic Mzansi recipe… mopane worms!


Kamogelo Maleka
Kamogelo Maleka

  • 1 cup of mopane worms
  • 3 tomatoes (2 cubed and 1 grated)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup of water


  1. Soak your worms in warm water for 3 hours. Drain the water and put them aside.
  2. Sauté the onion in a pan until soft and add 1 grated tomato and dice the other two.
  3. Add the sugar and salt and let it cook for five minutes on medium heat.
  4. Add your mopane worms, pour in 1/3 cup of water and close the lid.
  5. Let it simmer on medium heat until the gravy is nice and thick!
  6. Serve with pap or enjoy as a snack.


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