How to Make Hlakwana the South African Way!

How to Make Hlakwana the South African Way!

If you have ever been to South Africa, you will know that Hlakwana (trotters) are definitely in their Top 10 Traditional meals!

I am going to teach you how to quickly cook delicious trotters over a fire! By the way, I was actually forced to learn how to prepare this over a fire after our beloved Eskom decided to implement load-shedding stage 5 the morning after we had a rough weekend with the boys! The recipe we will look into today requires a different preparation strategy than the standard pot and stove method! 


• 1 medium-sized hlakwana pack

• 3 liters of water (you can fill up as we go)

• 2 stock cubes of your choice 

• 1/2 tsp of salt

• 1/2 tsp of chili

• 1/2 tsp of thyme

• 1/2 tsp of coriander

• 1 onion

• cooking oil

To prepare the dish and your cooking station, you will only need around 5 minutes.

Let’s Get Started:

• Add your trotters into a bowl and wash thoroughly

• Dice your onion (the finer, the better) 


  1. Place clean cow heels in a pot and cover with water
  2. Place the pot over a fire and let it cook for 3.5 hours
  3. Once there is little to no water left, add 4 tsp of oil to the pot with your chopped onion
  4. Add all of the above spices and allow them to fry with the onion 
  5. Add water to the pot once again just until it fills half of the pot
  6. Cook for the final hour

After all of this, your hlakwana should be ready to eat and enjoy! We often love to serve hlakwana with pap and Musi Foods mouth-watering atchar, which you can purchase from the link below!


Hlakwana is a definite must-try for those of you who haven’t, and for those of you who have, try Musi Foods Hlakwana Recipe and let us know in the comments below what you think! 


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