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

Born and raised in Surrey Estate, Athlone on the Cape Flats to working class parents. She is the founder of Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights, a recipe sharing website founded in February 2011. The site currently attracts in excess of 290,000 visitors per month. June 2015 sees the launch of her first self-published hardback cookbook.

August 2015, Salwaa started 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 sees her first ready mixed spice range launched.

Salwaa is 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.

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

Her second cookbook will be release in May 2019.

Salwaa is a wife, mother to four gorgeous daughters as well as grandmother to six adorable grandchildren. Salwaa, is now the third generation in her family who continues the Cape Malay culinary venture.

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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

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

  5. Pedro Trebbau Lopez

    About Cape Malay Cooking | Cape Malay Cooking

  6. Love your blog

  7. I love all the recipes

  8. Plz would love more or ur receipts thanks

    1. I will post more recipes or you can go to my facebook page where I have lots of delicious recipes to choose from. Here is the link to my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/capemalaycooking
      Thank you 🙂

  9. would love more recipes as well as tips

    1. There are plenty of delicious recipes to choose from on my facebook page:

  10. Wud luv ur recipes

  11. 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

    1. My new Cape Malay Cookbook will be available from 16th December Insha Allah.

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

    1. Wasalaam,
      On my facebook page there are lots are yummy dishes to try.
      Here is the link:

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

    1. You’re welcome 🙂 I post as often as I can

  14. 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.

    1. Subscribe to my blog by entering your email and you will receive my posts.

  15. Would appreciate some of your lovely recipes. Thank you

    1. You can get lots of my delicious recipes on this page:


  16. Shukran for all the yummy recipes (”,)

    1. No problem. Shukran to you!

      1. Afwan,and shukran for sharing all these delicious recipes,much appreciated

      2. No problem, just doing my job 🙂

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

    1. Hi, the Cape Malay recipe book will be available at the end of this year.

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

    1. Afwan! I’m gad I could help 🙂

  19. I love your recipes , they are fab xx

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

    Celine x

    1. Here is the link to download your own free Ebook:
      And here is the link to my facebook page in which there is plenty of yummy recipes:

  21. 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

    1. You welcome 🙂

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

    1. Thank you.
      Here is a link for a free Ebook with all of my best recipes:

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

  24. 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 .

    1. Thank you, please keep an eye for the new Cape Malay Cooking Recipe book which is being released at the end of 2014.

  25. please forward me some lovely recipes via email.

  26. Send me recipes to my email address.

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

  28. Would like a copy of your book kanala

  29. Pls send me your recipes.

  30. I can’t wait to start preparing your recipes.

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

    1. pls can i have lemon achaar recipes that doesnt taste bitter

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

    1. Wa Alaikum Salaam
      Shukran 🙂

  33. 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.

    1. Wa alaikum salaam. Did you subscribe to my blog. If so, I’m starting to post from tomorrow Insha allah
      Shukran 🙂

  34. 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

    1. You welcome, make sure you subscribed to my blog. I’m starting to post recipes from tomorrow insha allah

  35. I would like you to email me recipes

    1. Make sure you subscribed to my blog for recipes

  36. Would like all recipes. Thank you in advance

    1. Make sure you subscribed to my blog for recipes 🙂

  37. Simply luv ur recipes!

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

    1. Make sure you subscribe to my blog 🙂

  39. Hw 2 make akni pls 🙂

    1. Will post soon 🙂

  40. I learn everyday sumting new,thnx 🙂

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

    1. Make sure you subscribed to my blog

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

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

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

    1. Wasalaam Shukran 🙂

  45. Looking foward to receiving all thoseb lovely recipes!

  46. 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,

  47. I love cape malay cooking!!!!

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

  49. Thank you for share all these good recipes.

    1. You welcome 🙂

  50. Love your recipes

  51. Lovely recipes and thank u for sharing it with everyone…

    1. Thank you, you welcome 🙂

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

    1. If you in Cape Town you can purchase in Newfields, Send me an email at enquiries@capemalayfoodltd.com for details

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

    1. Make sure you subscribed to my blog in order to receive my recipes 🙂

  54. Recipes pleez!!!

  55. Plz add me to your mailing list kanallah.

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

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

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

  59. Love ur food

  60. Love your recipes, thanks for making it possible

  61. I love your cooking, thank you very much

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

  63. 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.

    1. Make sure you subscribed to my blog 🙂

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

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

  66. Realy lOve ur Recipes!!!:D

  67. Love your recipes

  68. Love Ur Recipes!

  69. Plz email me ur recipes. Thank u!

  70. Love the recipes,plz keep sending them.

  71. Love your recipes. It’s really awesome

  72. pls add me to your email list

  73. I love ur recipes and Wud like Ramadan recipes kanala

  74. Simply luv the recipes 🙂

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

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

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

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


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

  80. Love the recipes

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

  82. Would love the recipe for Cape Malay Rootie

    1. Will post it soon 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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

  89. For recipes

  90. For recipes

  91. For recipes

  92. Just luv your recipes:)

  93. 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

    1. You welcome 🙂

  94. Like your recipes and would luv to have new ones

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

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

  97. I love ur recipes

  98. Love your recipes. Shukran for all of them

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

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

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

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

  103. I love all your recipes.

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

  105. Looking forward to all the recipes

  106. For recipes

  107. Love your site.

  108. I’m looking for desert recipes.

  109. Love you’re recipes

  110. More tıps please

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

  112. I. Love ur posts and recipes.

  113. Luv all your recipes!

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

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

  116. Recipies is awsome. Very easy to follow instructions

  117. Recipes, tips to make pastry and samoosa pur

  118. I love it

  119. I enjoy all ur recipes

  120. Flop proof recipes

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

  122. Simply just love this page!!

  123. Love ur blog

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

  125. Love your recipes.

  126. I love cape malay cooking

  127. For those nice recipes

  128. You are wonderfull I love your food

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

  130. I just love your recipies

    1. Thank you it’s my pleasure. Please subscribe to my blog to ensure you receive recipes, etc…

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

    1. Thank you it’s my pleasure. Please subscribe to my blog to ensure you receive recipes, etc…

  132. Lovely recipes.

    1. Thank you 🙂
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  133. Thank you for fantastic recipes.

    1. You welcome 🙂
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  134. Love this page

    1. Thank you it’s my pleasure. Please subscribe to my blog to ensure you receive recipes, etc…

  135. I just luv cooking and baking

    1. I love cooking and baking as well, it’s my passion. Please subscribe to my blog to ensure you receive recipes, etc…

  136. Loving the recipes

    1. Thank you it’s my pleasure. Please subscribe to my blog to ensure you receive recipes, etc…

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

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  138. Looking forward in receiving your e.mails

    1. 🙂 My pleasure. Please subscribe to my blog to ensure you receive recipes, etc…

  139. I love this page

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

    1. Thank you:)
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  141. Thanks for all your Recipes!

    1. My pleasure. Please subscribe to my blog to ensure you receive recipes, etc…

      1. Please send me ur luvly recepies n hinst nn tips on baking

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

    1. My pleasure. Please subscribe to my blog to ensure you receive recipes, etc…

      1. Please email me easy curry and stew recipes. Im useless in an kitchen and i need some help thanx

  143. 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.

  144. 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.

    1. Thank you 🙂
      I certainly have a naan recipe. I’ll add it my blog asap. In the meantime have a look on my page for the recipe.

  145. Doughnut recipe for ring doughnuts please. Urgently needed

    1. I’ll send one ok

  146. it reali amaxin!

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

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

    1. Pls send me ur luvly recepies on cooking n baking n tips n hints

  149. 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.

  150. 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 .

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

  152. I simply luv ur recipes

  153. I really love the Recipes

    1. Please email me recipes

      1. Please subscribe to my blog in order to receive my recipes

      2. Great stuff

  154. I really love this Cape Malay Cooking. Thanks

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

  156. For recipes

  157. Would appreciate more of ur tips and lovely recipes thanks

    1. Yes I would like it thanx

  158. for recipes