A Traditional South African Non-alcoholic Beverage





COOK TIME 45mins


  • 2 Cups Maize Meal
  • 500ml Cold Water
  • 3L Hot Water
  • 1 Cup Huletts White Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Wheat Flour


  1. Mix the maize meal and cold water inside a pot until smooth.
  2. Place on high heat and gradually add all the hot water while stirring.
  3. Once the mixture begins to boil, close the lid and reduce to low heat.
  4. Allow simmering for 45 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in the sugar and allow to cool completely.
  6. Add wheat flour and mix well.
  7. Place in an airtight container and allow to ferment for 3 days.
  8. After fermentation, refrigerate.
  9. Serve chilled.



Rated 2 out of 5
24 Apr 2024

Don’t forget to add a Starter. Starter is 500ml of ready made amahewu with white cake flour.

Add it to cooled mealie meal porridge.


Response from Huletts Sugar

Thanks for the great tip.

Preparation hastle free... easy to use and step by step.

Rated 5 out of 5
6 Mar 2024

Enjoyable served chilled in a hot South African summer day. Low or minimum calories accommodating most diet including the diabetes melitus people ( obvious by reducing a cup to half.


Mahewu fit for majority of the households

Rated 5 out of 5
6 Mar 2024

Based on my experience almost all of the ingredients are readily available 24/7 in every household. This is the most fact when it comes to new receipts and affordability of course is playing the part. I must say I truly enjoy this classic-magogo recipe- I have been orientated by my late gogo. We use to dri k them after school but now Hullets has unknot the secret I am starting to enjoy the self made African thirst quencer. Thanks once again.


Marhewu maize meal

Rated 5 out of 5
27 Sep 2023

Good receipt indeed, I am very impressive

Vuyo Dingaan

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Conversion Table

Cups Tablespoons Grams
Butter 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 57g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 76g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 227g
Flour/Sifted 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 30g/27g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 40g/35g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 60g/55g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 120g/110g
Granulated Sugar 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 50g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 65g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 100g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 200g
Brown Sugar/ Firmly Packed 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 45g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 60g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 90g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 180g
Water 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 57g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 76g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 114g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 227g