Place water and salt in a large pot and bring to the boil. Pour mealie meal into the water, but don’t stir yet.
Simmer for 2 minutes, then stir well with a wooden spoon or fork. Reduce the heat.
Cover with a lid and steam over a low heat for 30-40 minutes or until cooked. Stir occasionally to prevent it from burning.
Chakalaka: If you enjoy mealie pap with a sauce, prepare this while the pap cooks.
Heat oil in a pot and fry onion, ginger and green pepper until soft. Add curry powder, tomatoes and sugar and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes. Season with lemon juice and pepper.
Serve pap warm or at room temperature with the chakalaka sauce or maas as a side dish.
Umfino (pap with spinach): Place 1 chopped onion or 1 bunch of spring onions, chopped with 1 bunch of spinach and ½ a cabbage, shredded in a large pot. Add some water and simmer for a few minutes. Then add the mealie meal with the 2¼ cups water and cook as above.