The Sweetest of Venda Traditions. Thophi is a green squash porridge that is often eaten for breakfast.




PREP TIME 20mins

COOK TIME 45mins


  • 600g Green Squash (Traditional Squash) can be substituted with pumpkin
  • 1 Cup Maize Meal
  • ½ Cup Huletts White Sugar (Optional: Huletts Caramel Sugar for a caramel flavour)
  • ½ tsp Salt Cinnamon Powder for Sprinkling (optional)


  1. Peel off the skin – the inside must be yellow.
  2. Remove all the seeds.
  3. Cut into 2cm cubes.
  4. Place a large pot on the stove and add the water (ensure the water is cold so that the squash will cook thoroughly).
  5. Add in the squash.
  6. Add a pinch of salt.
  7. Leave it to boil (You can add a bit of water if it is cooking too dry).
  8. Once the squash is soft you can mash it making sure there are no lumps.
  9. Once mashed, add maize meal and fold it in using a wooden spoon.
  10. Let it cook for a few minutes until soft and keep stirring to prevent it from burning.
  11. Fold in the sugar.
  12. If it is too stiff, you can add in a little bit of water to give it a porridge consistency.


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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