Commercial Mageu 

This is a very easy recipe for mageu also called mahewu, amarhewu (Zulu spelling) or amahewu (Xhosa spelling). This South African fermented mealiemeal and malt drink is hugely popular in most areas of South Africa.

  1. Grind the malt and sift it

  2. Place the water in a pot and bring to the boil

  3. Add the mealiemeal stirring to mix, cook until the meal absorbs the water and a soft porridge is formed

  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool

  5. When the porridge feels cool to the touch add the malt, stirring to mix well.

  6. Leave covered for 24 hours to ferment.


If the mixture is to thick you can add a little water to get a relatively thick but pourable consistency.

Category: Beverages

Cuisine: South African/

Sub-Category: Indigenous