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Heritage Day recipes that your guests will love and appreciate

On Monday, 25 September 2023 its time to grab your flags and dress up in your traditional cultural gear and get ready to celebrate Heritage Day, also known as a braai day. South Africans are encouraged to celebrate the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up our nation…our beloved rainbow nation. The day is characterised by friends and families getting together, cooking and sharing meals. It is usually celebrated around a fire with delicious meats cooking.

To celebrate Heritage Day, we put together a couple of classic South African recipes for you to try.


This recipe is really simple and so appropriate to prepare when you don’t have lots of fresh ingredients on hand.  It stays fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator, and then seems to be at its best. So whether you are camped out in the Kruger or living it up in a chalet next to the ocean – this recipe is bound to be a life saver!


  • 1 tin baked beans in tomato sauce
  • 1 tin butterbeans
  • 1 tin french cut green beans
  • 1 green pepper chopped fine
  • 1 red onion chopped fine
  • 125 ml brown vinegar
  • 125 ml fruit chutney
  • 125 ml soft brown sugar
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to season


  1. Add all the ingredients together in a mixing or salad bowl, except the olive oil and seasoning.
  2. Once all the beans and marinades are mixed through, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
  4. For those of you born and raised in beautiful South Africa, you will know of what mouth watering pudding I am talking about. The sweet and sticky malva pudding! This recipe is a family favourite. 


    Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Butter a medium sized oven dish – that would feed about 10 adults.


    For the pudding:

    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • pinch salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3 tablespoons smooth apricot jam
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter
    • 3/4 cups milk

    For the sauce:

    • 2 cups boiling water
    • 2 cups brown sugar
    • 10 ml vanilla essence
    • 2 tin (380 gr) evaporated milk


    For the pudding:

    1. Sieve the flour, baking powder, brown sugar and salt into a medium mixing bowl.
    2. Add the eggs, baking soda, jam, butter and milk.
    3. Mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are incorporated. Transfer batter into a baking dish.
    4. Bake for 35 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. The pudding will be baked brown and when tested, the knife will come out clear.

    For the sauce:

    1. While the pudding is in the oven, prepare the sauce by combining the water, sugar, vanilla and evaporated milk in a microwavable bowl.
    2. Microwave these ingredients until the sugar is dissolved.
    3. Pour the hot sauce over the pudding little by little. You will see that the sponge will just suck up that sauce, so keep on adding a little sauce at a time.
    4. This can take several minutes for the sponge to absorb all the sauce; it helps if you poke a few holes in the pudding with a knife to ensure more sauce is being absorbed in all the good places.
    5. Serve hot with custard or vanilla ice cream.


    If you prefer a less drenchy pudding, I recommend you halve the sauce ingredients. You will still enjoy a sticky and sweet pudding, just more firm.


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