South Africa : Steamed Bread (South African Style)

What you need

  • 1 kg of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of dry yeast
  • 1/2 a litre of warm water


Mix the dry ingredients first and make a little “hole” for the water. Pour in the water, mixing carefully until your dough is a smooth, wet batter. It should be sticky and not too wet though!

Cover and let it rise for ±1 hour in a warm environment.

When it has risen, mix it down again and cover for another ±30 minutes.

In the meantime, butter an enamel or metal bowl. Make sure you have a large pot that can fit the bowl with room enough for you to handle it.

Once the dough has risen again, put it into the buttered bowl.


Bring half a litre of water to the boil in the large pot and put the uncooked bread into it. (The water should not reach more than half-way up the bowl). Put the lid on and let it steam at medium heat for ± 2 and a half hours. If during that time you need to refill the water, remember to do so.

Before you take the bowl out, make sure that the bread is cooked by using a knife to test the level of stickiness. It should not be wet-sticky to the touch.

When the bread is done, take it out and let it cool a little before serving. It should be warm when it reaches your plate!


    Recipe and Preparation

    Noji Gaylard is an exceptionally talented cook, friend and mother.

    “I am Noji; I live in JHB SA. 7 years ago I started catering for artists’ workshops, cultural events and later movie crews and other bigger occasions. I hosted the first Restaurant Day in Africa and it was a huge success. I entertain a lot in my home and I cook for my friends and visitors. The food I make is clean, fresh, organic, home-made, healthy, delicious and unpretentious. I learn new things about cooking everyday; from logistical challenges to new recipes and generally the way people view food. I believe that I have a responsibility as someone who is passionate about cuisine to always make people feel better and healthier after having the meals I make. That is my goal – to achieve that time and time again through food.” (03/2015)


    Recipe courtesy of Noji.


    You can reach Noji at,, with any questions and/or for catering requests.

    Camera and Editing

    Tuleka Prah


    Title: Moving Within

    Artist: Neil Cross

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