Braai Sides | General

We have a long weekend this week to celebrate Heritage Day, and what better way to spend the it than around a braai with our loved ones? While we all know what to put on the braai (chesa nyama), but what do you serve it with? A South African braai is incomplete without delicious side dishes to complement the grilled meats. Here are some popular and tasty braai sides that you can consider:

  1. Pap

Pap is a South African staple made from maize meal. It can be served as a porridge-like side or molded into a firm consistency. It's often enjoyed with tomato and onion sauce or a rich gravy.

  1. Chakalaka

Chakalaka is a spicy vegetable relish made with ingredients like beans, tomatoes, onions, and various spices. It adds a flavorful kick to your braai.

3.     Potato Salad:

A classic potato salad with mayonnaise, mustard, onions, and boiled eggs is a popular choice at South African braais. You can customize it with additional ingredients like bacon, pickles, or herbs.

  1. Coleslaw
  2. A fresh and crunchy coleslaw with shredded cabbage and carrots in a creamy dressing is a refreshing side dish to balance the richness of grilled meats.
  3. Braaibroodjies

These are South African toasted sandwiches prepared on the braai. Fillings can include cheese, tomato, onion, and chutney. They're a favorite snack while waiting for the main course.

  1. Grilled Sweetcorn

Grilled sweetcorn on the cob, brushed with butter and seasoned with salt and pepper, is a simple but tasty addition to any braai.

  1. Garlic Bread

Serve freshly baked garlic bread alongside your grilled meats. It's easy to make and a crowd-pleaser.

  1. Pickles and Relishes

Pickled onions, gherkins, and a variety of homemade relishes can add zing and flavor to your braai platter.

  1. Green Salad

A fresh green salad with mixed lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a vinaigrette dressing can provide a lighter contrast to the meaty dishes.

  1. Butternut or Pumpkin

Roasted butternut or pumpkin chunks, seasoned with herbs and a drizzle of olive oil, make for a sweet and savory side

12.  Sweet Potato Wedges

Seasoned and roasted sweet potato wedges make for a sweet and savory side dish that pairs well with grilled meats.



Remember that South African cuisine is known for its diversity, so feel free to mix and match these sides to create a spread that suits your tastes and preferences. Enjoy your Heritage Day braai with these delicious accompaniments!