Friday, September 28, 2018

Xaxaba Diphaphatha/Phaphatha from Botswana

Am running a month of blogging marathon with A-Z International flatbreads.And we are almost nearing the end of this Mega marathon. And my today's flatbread is supposed to start with the alphabetical letter 'X'. X is definitely a complicated alphabetic letter to get a flatbread. Obviously i grabbed a flatbread aka stove topped muffins  from Priya's space which ressembles quite like English muffins from Xaxaba of Botswana.Botswana is officially known as Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. Botwana cuisine is unique which shares some characteristics with other cuisines of South Africa.Sorghum and maize are the main crops grown in Botswana. African cuisine is based towards the meat and grains. Mopane worm which looks like a caterpillar is eaten by the Botswana peoples by cooking them in hot ashes, boiled or dried and fried. Bread flour is not easily available in their diet, hence the flours have been imported for some years, so there are various bread recipes have become a part of the national food. The most common are dumplings like matlebekwane,flat cakes like diphaphatha and fat cakes like magwinya have their own place in a Botswana dining table.


Diphaphatha or Phaphatha is a flattened bread like muffin that is cooked through stove top. This flatten Botswana dish calls for easy ingredients which is easily available in our pantry. The shape of the phaphatha is flat and circular and it is cooked in a frying pan without any fat.Diphaphatha is usually consumed at breakfast or as a snack. Since this dish is are not flavoured with any herbs or spices, it’s usually served along with a protein stew. Locals enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee with fresh warm phaphatha stuffed with chicken liver or chicken stew at 10am in the morning. Although it is essentially a quite filling snack which can be served with a jam or salted butter. We just enjoyed having this flatbreads with nutella, trust me these Diphaphatha are quite filling and satisfying to finish a breakfast easily with your favourite spreads or sauces.

Diphaphatha, Stove top Xaxaba Diphaphatha

Recipe Source: Here
2cups All Purpose flour
2tsp Baking powder
1/2tsp salt
1tsp Sugar
1/2 Cup Milk

Take the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar in a bowl. Slowly add the milk and knead everything as a dough.

Drop the dough on a floured surface, and knead everything until the dough turns smooth.

Diphaphatha,Xaxaba Diphaphata

Arrange the dough in a bowl, wrap it and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Divide the dough into 6-7 balls, dust and roll as a thick discs.

Heat a griddle, once its hot, drop the shaped discs (two or three at a time)on the hot griddle.

While cooking, this bread gets puffs, so dont overcrowd the griddle.

Cook the bread in medium flame on both sides until diphaphatha turns golden brown.

Enjoy the bread warm with your favorite spreads or sauces.

Xaxaba Diphaphatha

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Sowmya :) said... Reply To This Comment

That is a name I surely can't pronounce but the bread looks so delicious...all I need is some butter with that bread to make my day!! Fabulous pick!

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

I will have to read the name over and over again and perhaps then I will be able to grasp it .
New one for me and to think the same flour , water / milk are used to make such a huge variety of bread .

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

A unique name to a beautiful looking bread. Fantastic pick Priya.

preeti garg said... Reply To This Comment

Looks so perfect and beautiful.. amazing pick with X

code2cook said... Reply To This Comment

Really on stove top? in this BM I got to know about english muffin on stove top. But this is crossing the joy having it on stove top. Looks just fabulous. Moreover they look cooked properly. xaxaba diphaphathaphaphatha bread is a great pic. Bookmarked.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

That's a wonderful pick. I know it tastes great with jam..

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

That is a wonderful bread for the day Priya. They look so much like English muffins. My daughter would love it with Nutella.

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

The name is a tongue twister but the bread looks so delicious. Most of the southern African countries learnt how to bake breads from the Dutch and British colonists. A wonderful find for the difficult letter.

CookwithRenu said... Reply To This Comment

Same pinch Priya. They were such a delicious treat weren't they. I love saying the name a nice tounge twister.

Padmajha said... Reply To This Comment

I dont even know a little bit about Botwanas cuisine and here you are rocking with this recipe!Such a nice find for this tough alphabet Priya!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

That is a such a unique recipe and I often wonder where you get these from. You are my Google for recipes and I never look past yours for certain recipes.