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Amahewu Ka Phayinaphu (Pineapple Amahewu)

Amahewu Ka Phayinaphu (Pineapple Amahewu)

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A traditional South African non-alcoholic drink made from fermented mealie pap. Different cultures have different ways of pronouncing the name of the drink… Amahewu – Zulu Amarhewu – Xhosa Mageu – Sotho/Shona Recipe by Zola Nene


• 1 cup maize meal
• 4 cups of cold water
• 1 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup Selati white sugar or Selati sweetener to taste
• 500ml pineapple juice


1. Mix together maize meal with 1 cup cold water.
2. Boil remaining water and salt in a pot with a lid.
3. Stir maize meal mixture into the boiling water.
4. Cover with a lid then simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
5. Stir in sugar, then leave to cool completely.
6. Cover and leave to stand in a warm place overnight.
7. The next day, stir in the pineapple juice and chill in the fridge.
8. Pour into tall glasses and enjoy.