Chakalaka Seasoning

Chakalaka Seasoning
Chakalaka Seasoning
Chakalaka Seasoning Chakalaka Seasoning
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3.1 oz
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For one brief moment, the graceful verdancy of cardamom and the maple-like sweetness of fenugreek step forward from our salt-free Chakalaka Seasoning blend, an initial greeting that’s flavorful, but mild. Then the rest of this complex seasoning blend comes to life. A rich incorporation of mustard and Birdseye chiles, cayenne and clove, thyme and turmeric, this traditional South African blend spins this blend into a tornado of flavors. It is woodsy and warm. Spicy and sweet. Herbaceous and earthy. Its flavor is multilayered, and it is fragrant with aromatic garlic and onion, deeply resonant with fenugreek’s perfume, with a citrusy lift from coriander and ginger. We blend our Chakalaka Seasoning in small batches in our facility, so we can ensure quality and freshness in our products.

Chakalaka is a highly-seasoned side dish that most likely originated in the mining communities to the south of Johannesburg and Soweto. The miners, looking to be frugal, combined the remnants of other meals—some tomatoes, some carrots, bulked up with beans to be more filling—into one hearty pot. It was seasoned with a combination of local spices and the ones that were carried in on the backs of Indonesians in the Dutch slave trade. Chile peppers were most likely added by Mozambicans brought to South Africa by the Portuguese. They created a fragrant mélange that is at once a hearty side dish, a relish, or a meat-free main dish. South Africans insist that no braai—barbecue—is complete without chakalaka and the stiff, polenta-like porridge called mielie pap.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Use salt-free Chakalaka Seasoning like you would any curry powder. Sauté with vegetables for a fragrant curry; finish with coconut milk to make a rich gravy. Toast pearl couscous in oil and Chakalaka Seasoning, then cook in tomato sauce. Stir into eggplant that’s been roasted and pureed for a South African take on baba ghanoush. Add to dal, a thick stew with sweet red lentils. Make a quick marinade for fish or chicken with Chakalaka Seasoning, red wine vinegar, and some oil. Marinate for 20 minutes and remove from marinade to grill or bake. It’s also wonderful on grilled fruits like peaches, plums, and pineapple.

Our Chakalaka Seasoning is blended from onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, birdseye chile powder, thyme, coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, cardamom powder, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, organic curry leaves, clove, fennel, mustard, cayenne pepper, and ground ginger.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.0g1%

Dietary Fiber0.6g2%

Total Sugars0.6g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more

4.9 out of 5
7 total ratings.

Edward G. (Verified buyer) 08/19/2021
Outstanding blend ! I'm a fan of flavor and heat combined and with the Chakalaka Seasoning you'll get both (the heat isn't overpowering though). This is a fantastic blend of ingredients. I'll prep my chicken breasts and season to my taste and cook the breasts with indirect heat on my grill so as not to "burn" the seasoning.

Trang N. (Verified buyer) 05/10/2020
I'd never heard it this I'd never heard it this before, but it is really good in quinoa!

DAN S. (Verified buyer) 02/24/2020
Chakalaka I like this seasoning. Never had it before, so it's the best ever. There's some nice afterburn when tasting by itself. So far have put it on a bowl of cauliflower-cheese soup which made it more delicious. Well done, Spices Inc.

Diane W. (Verified buyer) 01/24/2020
Amazing! All of your spices have been amazing, but this is one of the ones I go to a lot. I put it on my quinoa bowls to add spice. Thank you!

Richard C. (Verified buyer) 09/05/2019
Chakalaka Seasoning Great all around spice. Use on my morning eggs to seasoning my steak.

Khatija D. (Verified buyer) 07/23/2019
have a really nice flavor, have a really nice flavor, has a mild curry taste which i like.

Kristene R. 07/04/2019
My new favorite seasoning! This mixture is outstanding! I added about two teaspoons to a pot of rice side dish to which I had added sauteed zucchini, onions, and garlic. Then cooked the mixture as per directions. It was nicely spicy, and extremely tasty. If you like a hint of curry flavor with some spice, you are going to love this one!