Root veg crisps
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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen


Root veg crisps

Recipe By Mogau Seshoene
Photographs By Craig Fraser


4 medium beetroots plus other root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes), if desired
1 butternut
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

I learnt to make these when I did my apprenticeship at the Saxon Hotel in Joburg a few years ago and I just fell in love with the colour and texture. Similar to potato crisps, but healthier.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Slice beetroot (and other root veg, if using) as well as butternut into very thin slices. Place in a large bowl and toss with olive oil.
  2. Spread slices evenly on a baking sheet (be sure they are not stacked on top of each other) and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, flipping the chips halfway through. Remove when beets lighten in colour. They will crisp up when cool.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

About the Author

Mogau Seshoene founded The Lazy Makoti in 2014 after leaving the corporate world to focus on her love for food. What began as lessons for a friend, a bride-to-be who was afraid of being labelled “The Lazy Makoti” (the lazy daughter-in-law) because she couldn’t cook, evolved into a business, and inspired its name. Through The Lazy Makoti, Mogau offers a series of cooking classes targeted at young, modern Afropolitans who have a keen interest in learning to navigate the kitchen with ease and flair. In addition to being in demand for her real-live lessons, Mogau has become Instagram-famous, with thousands of foodie followers.

In line with her desire to promote the role of food in maintaining South African culture and heritage, she hosted a season of a TV show entitled Cooks For Life on which she demonstrated easier and healthier ways to prepare African and South African cuisine.

Mogau was on the M&G top 200 Young SA list in 2015, has taken part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, in the US and has made the Forbes Africa 30 under 30s list. She is a Brand SA Play your Part Ambassador, and in May 2018 received a USIBA Creative and Cultural Industries Award. Mogau has a diploma in Culinary Arts from the Chefs Training and Innovation Academy in Centurion and completed the industry training under Chef Werner at The Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg. She is a contributing food editor for the weekly newspaper, Sunday World.

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