Boil Up

You can also find this recipe in te reo Māori: He Te Kōhua

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Boil Up


  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2kg meaty pork or bacon bones
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium kumara, peeled and cut into chunks
  • ½ kamokamo or 2 medium carrots
  •  ½ small cabbage or 750g watercress, chopped



  1. Bring 2 litres of water to the boil in a large pot. Add the salt (no salt if using bacon bones).
  2. Add the bones, cover and simmer for 1½ hours. Top up with water if it gets too low.
  3. For the doughboys, mix the flours and salt with 1 cup warm water to form a soft dough. Divide and mould into 8 balls. Cover until needed.
  4. Add the root vegetables to the pot and continue cooking gently for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the greens and doughboys to the pot.
  6. Boil gently with the lid on for 8–10 minutes, until the doughboys are big and fluffy. Serve and enjoy!

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New family favourite! Very easy and quick to make