About Salwaa Smith

Salwaa Francis Smith is a South African cook best known for her typical Cape Malay cuisine.

A few facts about me!

Born and raised in Surrey Estate, Athlone on the Cape Flats to working class parents. I have 7 siblings and too many extended family members to count.

Married to Aghmad Smith.

Immigrated to the UK, 2001.

We have 4 daughters, 2 sons in law and 8 grandchildren.

Founder of Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights, a recipe sharing Facebook page, founded in February 2011. 

My social media sites currently attracts an excess of 2.5 million visitors per month.

June 2015 sees the launch of my first self-published hardback cookbook.

August 2015, founded an initiative called Cakes For Kids – free birthday cakes for less privileged children where they donate birthday cakes to mainly children living in care.

October 2016, my first ready mixed spice range launched.

Currently offering Cape Malay Cooking Experiences to tourists visiting our city and who wish to experience life in a typical Cape Malay home on the Cape Flats away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town City Bowl.

Catering for corporate functions, offer Zoom cooking demonstration as part of team building activities. Offer Zoom cooking lessons to anyone who wants to learn how to cook Cape Malay food.

Self-published cookbook for children launched May 2019.

I have numerous eBooks available for purchase, please contact us to find out how to get your copy.

Is now the third generation in her family who continues the Cape Malay culinary venture.

For catering in Cape Town contact cape_malay_delights

For catering in Birmingham, UK contact halalpiecompany

All content and media used on social media belongs to Salwaa Smith & Cape Malay Delights (PTY) LTD, please contact us for permission to use our content.

Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights keeping our heritage alive since 2011!

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  1. Salaam
    thank you for sharing these beautiful recipes
    can you please help me with a prawn chutney / curry ( PD – already cleaned and shelled )

  2. Thank you for your time and effort to bring such lovely tastes nd likes to our lives.

  3. fatima parker
    slmz left Cape Town a long time ago – I asked before for the Lemon Achar recipe I would appreciate it if you could let me have this recipe many thks

    • Wslm, here is the recipe for lemon achar

      1kg unwaxed thin skin lemons (or 500g lemons & 500g limes)
      1 cup salt

      80 g ready mix atchar masala (If you have access to a spice shop that sells ready mix atchar masala)
      2 – 3 heaped tsp chilli powder (adjust according to your taste)

      or mix your own atchar masala:
      2 tbsp bariship / fennel seeds
      2 tbsp mustard seeds
      1 tbsp methi / fenugreek seeds
      1 tbsp turmeric /borrie powder
      1 tsp chilli powder
      1 – 2 tsps crushed red chillies (dried)
      6 green chillies, slit length wise and deseeded (optional)

      Wash the lemons.
      Cut each lemon or lime into 8 pieces (smaller if you using large lemons). Remove any seeds as you go along. Put the limes in a large bowl, preferably glass bowl.
      Add the salt and toss with the lemons. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and leave for 2 weeks, give the bowl a shake every other day. After 2 weeks the lemons should be soft and slightly discoloured.
      Pour the lemons is a colander, give it a quick rinse under running water. Leave the lemons in the colander for a couple of hours in order for all the water to drain away. Return the lemons to your glass bowl.
      Heat a saucepan and gently heat, stirring all the time, the bariship, mustard and methi seeds take care not to burn. Coarsely grind the spices together in a spice grinder. Add the rest of the spices and mix. Add the spices and the green chillies if using, to the lemons and mix.
      Heat the oil, using a different saucepan, about 10 minutes. Pour the warm oil over the lemons to cover the lemons. Spoon the lemon atchar in sterilised jars. Allow to cool completely before refrigerating. Lemon atchar matures with time so the longer you leave it the better the flavour will be. © Cape Malay Cooking

  4. asa reynolds

    slm it would be my hearts desire to knw more about ur delights so if posible can u send me sum

  5. Love your blog

  6. I love all the recipes

  7. Devenia Quickfall

    Plz would love more or ur receipts thanks

  8. Zubeida De Villiers

    would love more recipes as well as tips

  9. Wud luv ur recipes

  10. Naziema Levy

    Cannot get access to your eBook. Please advise cos I’m told to go to apps store and its not there. I would appreciate a copy shukran. These are really great recipes to pass on to the next generation. Just love it

  11. Aslm,send me some nice cookng n baking tips kanallah n shukran waslm.

  12. Thnx so much 4 this awsome recipes…won’t mind 2 receive everyday…..

  13. Nicoleen Smith

    Morning can I pls also receive recipes via email.Love your recipes.My little one Farzaans likes helpping me when I’am bakking and cookking.I love your FB page.

  14. ilse schwerdtfeger

    Would appreciate some of your lovely recipes. Thank you

  15. Malika Darries

    Shukran for all the yummy recipes (”,)

  16. Megan abrahams

    I’m from New Zealand .have you got a book I could please buy for my mom ???

  17. faseegah rakiep

    Shukran so much for all ur lovely,divine receipts reli tawt me hw 2 cook

  18. I love your recipes , they are fab xx

  19. I would love a copy of your recipes .
    Many thanks

    Celine x

  20. Bontle da Silva

    Far away from capetown and miss all the wonderful cape cooking. So enjoying the recipes which reminds me of home. Thank you for the wonderful recipes everything I tried just came out deliciously perfect though I don’t get all the ingredients here so I improvise. Still taste like Cape Town

  21. Realy like and enjoy recipes.Pls send recipes via email or facebook.Thanks so much.

  22. Realy like and enjoy recipes.Pls send recipes via email or facebook.Thans so much

  23. celeste stemmet

    I love cape malay I’ve been using the recipes since 2007 ,I bought 2books at CNA just before I got married August 2007 and my husband love my cooking & baking .

  24. menoarah Salie

    please forward me some lovely recipes via email.

  25. Send me recipes to my email address.

  26. Slm how can I get a copy of E-BOOK recipes my email address is : ami.alfre2@hotmail.com
    Shukraan in advance.!

  27. Kaamila Jackson

    Would like a copy of your book kanala

  28. sharon mathomes

    Pls send me your recipes.

  29. Mrs G Moodley

    I can’t wait to start preparing your recipes.

  30. Baheya Solomons

    السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَ بَرَكَاتُهُ
    I love your recipes. شكران for a wonderful page!

  31. Baheya Solomons

    السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَ بَرَكَاتُهُ
    I love your recipes! It has helped me allot!

  32. Marcia Cariem

    Asalaamu-alaikum. I’ve seen some of your delicious,easy to use, recipes on Facebook and would love to see more; especially since we are about to start Ramadaan. Please email me your recipe ideas for the fast. I would really appreciate it. Shukran.

  33. Shahida Nassiep Marais

    I would love to have all types of recipes. Cooking, baking, rotis,breads and pickles/atchars. Thanks for sharing ou super recipes with us xxxx

  34. Shontall Rayners

    I would like you to email me recipes

  35. Would like all recipes. Thank you in advance

  36. Naseema Asmal

    Simply luv ur recipes!

  37. Belinda Barros

    I love your recipes and would like to get some easy finger. Food snack recipes

  38. Hw 2 make akni pls 🙂

  39. I learn everyday sumting new,thnx 🙂

  40. Rosalie wessels

    Your are really incredible, could i have all your recipes from now on pls.

  41. I really love this page,would love to get all your recipes old and new kanalah….

  42. Nafeesah Osman

    I just love the Cape Malay Cooking Style. And I love to bake for myself and my family. I love all your Recipes!

  43. Jameelah Rothman

    Slm absolutely love your recipes, keep up the great work. Shukran.

  44. Elaine Balie

    Looking foward to receiving all thoseb lovely recipes!

  45. Best page i have found so far,thanks for all the wonderfully easy recipes,not had one flop so far.the affort you put in is astronomical and really appreciated,

  46. Wendy february

    I love cape malay cooking!!!!

  47. Wendy february

    I love all ur recipes it really helpse a lot preparing special meals 4 my family

  48. Thank you for share all these good recipes.

  49. Love your recipes

  50. Deidre Kenny

    Lovely recipes and thank u for sharing it with everyone…

  51. Slm im Looking for cm books to buy not the ebooks can u advise what shops i can visit thanks

  52. geraldine walters

    Hi there
    I just love your recipes. plse email some of your recipes?

  53. Recipes pleez!!!

  54. Plz add me to your mailing list kanallah.

  55. chevonne Groenewald

    I would like 2 receive diffrent receipts 2 try out if possible

  56. phillippina lottering

    Thank you for ur amazing website. Would like more of ur awesome recipes

  57. Love the recipes, shukraan for you all the awesome ideas!

  58. Love ur food

  59. jackie fortuin

    Love your recipes, thanks for making it possible

  60. jackie fortuin

    I love your cooking, thank you very much

  61. Love this blog and will love to receive regular recipes

  62. Shereen Webster

    Salaam. Shukran for your efforts in putting the recipes together. I would love to receive them via e-mail rather than saving it to my fb timeline.

  63. I luv it realy help a lot hope to try it out soon

  64. Please supply me with your recipes I woud really appreciate it. Thank you

  65. najwa bhana

    Realy lOve ur Recipes!!!:D

  66. Love your recipes

  67. Love Ur Recipes!

  68. Plz email me ur recipes. Thank u!

  69. Love the recipes,plz keep sending them.

  70. Suriena Abdullah

    Love your recipes. It’s really awesome

  71. pls add me to your email list

  72. Nasiba Daniels

    I love ur recipes and Wud like Ramadan recipes kanala

  73. fahiema abass

    Simply luv the recipes 🙂


    I want your recipes sent to me kanallah.shukran to you

  75. At last some real Cape Town cooking,im gonna enjoy your blogg

  76. I love all your recipes but the is a choc mint crisp recipes is what I am looking for can you help please

  77. Good day
    I’m looking for a nice masala steak reicpe please


  78. I love ur recipes,where can I purchase your recipe books

  79. Love the recipes

  80. shukran katheer for the emails i really appreciate it. wanna try the rooti and chillibite wish you all the health and strength inshallah, AMEEN

  81. Would love the recipe for Cape Malay Rootie

  82. Love ur recipes sister!!! Jazaakillah khair!

  83. I enjoy your recipes tremendously,especially the cakes!!

  84. Like ur recipes,bt how do I get it

  85. melisa appleby

    I would like to know how I can buy your recipe books. Thanks

  86. Pls forward me any new recipes or events quik tips ect 😉 shukran

  87. Would realy like some of your recipes to help me wow my family

  88. Sulayla Omar

    For recipes

  89. For recipes

  90. Nicky Van Der Westhuizen

    For recipes

  91. Just luv your recipes:)

  92. safia arendse

    The recipes that I hav so far gotten on facebook has been a great hit wth my family n friends.trying something new on my family has been a great success Its easy to follow instructions n I’m enjoyin myself trying out your recipes. Thanks a lot Salwaa

  93. shariefa samsodien

    Like your recipes and would luv to have new ones

  94. zaiboon nisa majiet

    Love cape malay cooking. Recipes are excellent. Looking forward to more great recipes

  95. I love Malay cooking. It is filled with so much flavour. Those spices are just..mMmmmm!!!

  96. zulfa nazier

    I love ur recipes

  97. Love your recipes. Shukran for all of them

  98. Julian Francis

    Looking forward to this. I miss these cooking influences now that I reside in Australia!

  99. shamilla khan

    Love the recipes,even my 13yr old daughter uses it

  100. faseegah rakiep

    Shukran so much 4 da lovely ideas on hw 2 cook n all

  101. rene manuel

    You r the best “Cape Malay” thanks once again 4 all the delicious recipes.

  102. I love all your recipes.

  103. I love ur recipes & ideas! Please share sum mre winter quick and easy puddings!

  104. priscilla bastian

    Looking forward to all the recipes

  105. nazlia ismail

    For recipes

  106. Pierre Hiss

    Love your site.

  107. I’m looking for desert recipes.

  108. warda petersen

    Love you’re recipes

  109. Megan September

    More tıps please

  110. Shareef Edwards

    I’ve got crayfish tails but wants to make something else then curry any sugestions ?

  111. Sharon Thuynsma

    I. Love ur posts and recipes.

  112. wendeline links

    Luv all your recipes!

  113. Laurita jonathan

    What an awesome page,so easy to get mouth watering recipes.thanku thanku!!

  114. Shanaaz Scharneck

    I would apprecaite more of the recipe and I like them looking forward for recipes shukran much apprecaited!

  115. Recipies is awsome. Very easy to follow instructions

  116. Faieka Javed Aslam

    Recipes, tips to make pastry and samoosa pur

  117. judith Erasmus

    I love it

  118. ruwaydah arnold

    I enjoy all ur recipes

  119. Kaamilah Peterson

    Flop proof recipes

  120. I love ur recipes nd wld luk to try dem myself

  121. Simply just love this page!!

  122. Rugaya Salie

    Love ur blog

  123. i love your recipes and will appreciate any new ones

  124. Love your recipes.

  125. I love cape malay cooking

  126. For those nice recipes

  127. You are wonderfull I love your food

  128. Faldeelah Valentyne

    Looking forward to receive more easy,simplicity recipes (mouth watering)

  129. Hendrina Pirvu

    I just love your recipies

  130. Nolandi Persens

    I jst love cooking with CapeMalayCooking. Its a guide for beginners.

  131. Suriena Abdullah

    Lovely recipes.

  132. Thank you for fantastic recipes.

  133. zulfa hendricks

    Love this page

  134. I just luv cooking and baking

  135. Nicky Abrahams

    Loving the recipes

  136. Love all ur recipes its mouthwatering and trying out each and every1

  137. musena saban

    Looking forward in receiving your e.mails

  138. shantel rulse

    I love this page

  139. I like and love every food you ever made,its a big pleasure to share your high standards of foods

  140. Thanks for all your Recipes!

  141. aayesha dawood

    Like indian cooking and like to experiment with new recipes. All recipes so far was great. Thanks a lot for sharing it


    I would love to see more recipes and lots of useful tips to use in the kitchen. I’m also looking for a lovely chocolate brownie recipe.

  143. thanks so much for your delicious recipes that I receive regularly. they re easy to follow and simple to make. always successful. please can you let us have a naan bread recipe, preferably without yeast. will really appreciate this. had it recently at a function.

  144. mymoena sirkhotte

    Doughnut recipe for ring doughnuts please. Urgently needed

  145. Patricia Wax

    how can i get a Cape Malay Cooking Book,please help

  146. i am new to this website,how can i see ur recipes.

  147. I,m divorced woman, who is terible in da kitchen,but likes to brou. This recipes wil guide me through my nxt marraige. Some, I cnt view properly,please fwrd them via e mail. Thanx 4 ur generosity by posting these recipies. Regards.

  148. I love your recipes I have a very old cape malay cooking book that I received as gift and I love every bit of it .

  149. debra abrahams

    Need some cooking lesson if possible. Let me know. And receipt breyani.

  150. I simply luv ur recipes

  151. Yvette Sakoor

    I really love the Recipes

  152. Yvette Sakoor

    I really love this Cape Malay Cooking. Thanks

  153. I like your receipes. I’m looking for reciepe to make pastry

  154. rachmat rhoda

    For recipes

  155. Aziza Daniels

    Would appreciate more of ur tips and lovely recipes thanks

  156. cheryl andrews

    for recipes

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