Mealie Bread Recipe

Mealie bread is a savoury snack or an accompaniment to main meals. Seasoned with green chilli, the mealie bread is steamed on a stove top till firm and cooked through.


  • 4 mealies or corn (2 mealies grated and 2 sliced off the cob)
  • 1 cup mealie or maize flour
  • 2 teaspoons butter or margarine
  • Milk to form a thick batter
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3  green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • The leaves of the mealies, washed and dried



  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine together the maize flour,grated and sliced mealies.
  2. Stir in the butter or margarine and mix until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
  3. Add in enough milk to form a very thick paste like batter.
  4. Stir in the salt, chilies and sugar.
  5. On each mealie leaf, add enough of the mixture to cover half of the leaf.
  6. Fold the leaf in half. Continue until all the mixture is used.
  7. In a large pot, place the cob of each mealies at the base.
  8. Add enough water to cover the cobs.
  9. Place a  flat grater over the mealie cobs.
  10.  Add the mealie filled leaves over the grater and steam on the stove top for 45 minutes.
  11. Serve hot as a snack or as a side dish.



  1. Finely chopped onion, spring onion, tomato or fresh pepper can be added to create a variety of flavour.
  2. The mixture can be placed in a pot and steamed to form a Mealie cake.