There is no other feeling like sitting by a warm fire in a campsite with a beer or gin watching the sunset while dinner slowly boils away in a poitjie pot. This is an easy recipe that requires a bit of preparation but is delicious and fun to cook…

Poitjie Pot Butternut Coconut Curry
Serves 4


1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 thumb ginger chopped
sprig of thyme or herbs you have with you
1 medium butternut, peeled and cubed
1 tin coconut milk
1 tin coconut cream
1 tin tomato
1 camping cup rice
2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
1 tbsp turmeric  powder
1 tbsp garam masala or cayenne
100ml coconut oil or any other oil
chopped parsley and coriander to garnish


1. Start the campfire and pour yourself a drink, chop all your ingredients to be chopped and wait for the coals to be ready.
2. Let the poitjie pot heat up in the fire. heat the oil and add the onions. Fry until soft/translucent.
3. Add garlic, ginger and thyme and fry for a further 2 minutes. Add your spices and allow them to toast lightly before adding the butternut. Stir well.
4. Pour in the coconut milk, cream and rice. Close the lid and cook for ±30 minutes or until the butternut and rice are cooked.
5. Add your tinned tomato and stir. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
6. Garnish with parsley and coriander and dish into bowls or plates and enjoy!
7. If there are any leftovers store in the poitjie and reheat for lunch the next day.

Tip: Keep the butternut seeds and toast them in a pan or pot, add some honey to coat and eat on your hike the next day for a sneaky snack!


My name is Nina. 
I moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town 7 years ago to study cookery at Silwood and I am the Sous Chef at a restaurant called Salsify. I love Cape Town, the outdoors and camping anywhere that’s cool, easy to find and close by. Cooking and creating new dishes is my passion, but even more so if it’s in or on a campfire. I hope you enjoy the recipes and don’t be scared to try them!


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