This is Polenta…what we call “maize meal”…You can read about Polenta more HERE on the BBC’s website. The link will open in a new window.
Maize meal, in the UK called Polenta. The maize meal can be bought from any South African shop in any country outside South Africa. In the UK there are a couple of shops….if you do a search…you will come across loads of them all over the world..from America to Holland…to Australia…etc.
Ok, now the “how” of the Pap in the microwave….
First, take about 3 cups of maize meal, (more or less) only the maize meal, and put it in the microwave….for 3 minutes. If you use less maize meal, obviously you use less time too.
Then, stir it a bit and put back for another 3 minutes!
Next….boil water, about 4 cups….and mix with the maize meal, but it must be boiled water, use it immediately after it has boiled….stir it…you can even whisk it….to avoid humps….for the dish it must not be a stiff porridge…it doesn’t matter if it is a little bit runny…. it will settle once it’s been used with all your ingredients in the oven….
Finally….. microwave for another 3-4 minutes! And…you have “Pap”…!
If you try it the first time, take the water/maize meal bit by bit…to practise and see how you get on….good luck!
If I make it, I don’t measure the water/maize meal exactly….it is a matter of…how I “feel”