Zambian Kandalo Balls Recipe by GOLD Restaurant

GOLD Restaurant is situated in Green Point and offers diners a 14 course tasting menu that showcases various cuisines coming out of Africa. Zambia is one of those countries featured on the menu at this African restaurant in Cape Town.

Zambian cuisine is largely comfort food made with passion and heart. In Zambia, Kandalo is the Nyanja word for “sweet potato”, a nutritious vegetable popular in various parts of Africa. This Kandalo dish is prepared with a special blend of spices and sesame seeds. The spice mix consists of a combination of ground spices such as red sweet pepper, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. These add a warm flavour to the dish. You can purchase ready-prepared spice mix or make your own by blending all your spices together and storing in a sealed jar in a cool, dry place away from direct light.

These Kandalo Balls are really easy to make, but if you don’t have the time or ingredients at home, why not visit the restaurant this week. Take along a few friends and enjoy a drumming session along with African music and dancing as the food gets presented to you throughout the evening. Book a table now!

Zambian Kandalo Balls Recipe

Serves: 6 (side dish or party snack)
Difficulty: Easy
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 7-10 minutes (steaming), 2-3 minutes deep-frying


T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon

500 g sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 t mixed spice 2 t cinammon, finely ground
1 t salt
5 T brown sugar
200 g cheddar cheese, grated
8 T corn flour 250 g sesame seeds Oil for frying


Place sweet potato in a steam basket on a high heat and steam for 7-10 minutes or until soft.
Add the brown sugar and mix it into the softened sweet potato.
Remove from the heat, place the softened sweet potato in a separate bowl and leave to cool.
Add the remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly.
Mould the mixture into evenly sized balls approximately 2 centimetres in diameter.
Roll each ball in sesame seeds until evenly coated.
In a saucepan, deep-fry the Kandalo balls on a high heat until golden brown.

Tip: There are many different ways to steam vegetables. The steaming method depends on what you have available in your kitchen. In addition to a steam basked you can also use a steamer appliance, a pan with a small amount of boiling water or a microwave.

Directions to GOLD Restaurant
15 Bennett Street
Cape Town
021 421 4653

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