Salwaa’s Akhni Pre-Mix

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Akhni Pre-Mix Cooking Sauce

Salwaa’s Pre-Mixed Akhni Cooking Sauce

Presenting my Akhni cooking sauce! After extensive research, trials and error I’ve perfected my cooking sauces. In my cooking sauce range you will find Akhni Pre-Mix, Curry Pre-Mix as well as our ever popular Butter Chicken Pre-Mix. Watch the full video tutorial above, for instructions on how to use my cooking sauce.

No more peeling, chopping, measuring we’ve done it all for you. This is a great way of trying new recipes without having buy lots of spices. Perfect for the beginner cook or even the more experience cook. Each recipe is usually about 20 – 60 minutes, depending if you use chicken, lamb, mutton or beef.

Chicken Akhni

Akhni made with Salwaa’s Akni Pre-Mix and Fragrant Rice
From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage alive!

1 jar Salwaa’s Akhni Pre-Mix
4 cups fragrant rice
750g lamb, mutton or chicken pieces
3 potatoes
Fresh dhanya for garnish
Butter as needed

Soak 4 cups fragrant rice in boiling water to cover.
Empty the contents of one Salwaa’s Akhni Pre-Mix in a deep pot with one jar of water. (Use the jar, at the same time get all the contents out of the jar)
Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the clean chicken or meat pieces and stir well to combine. Cover & simmer for 15 to 35 minutes depending on the type of meat used. Add water if required. After the meat has cooked for 15-35 minutes add three medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters (optional)

Cook for 5 minutes. Rinse the soak rice until the water run clear and add into the pot. Cover with 2 cups hot water or enough to just cover the rice. Add 1 tsp salt, a handful of freshly chopped coriander/ dhanya and butter dotted on top of the water. Cook on high until the rice start boiling, turn the heat to its lowest setting. Steam until the rice is cooked and most of the water has evaporated. Turn the heat off, cover with foil and leave to rest for about 10 minutes.

Before serving stir gently with a fork to fluff / separate the rice. Serve with dhai, onion & tomato sambal or atchar.

Akhni Pre-Mix Cooking Sauce
Akhni Pre-Mix Cooking Sauce

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Mutton Akhni

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Salwaa’s Mutton Akhni

Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

Akhni is basically a rice and curry dish which have been made into one. Mutton, lamb or chicken pieces are made into a dish very similar to curry and topped with rice. Basmati or long grain rice is best to use for this dish as with all rice dishes. Akhni is very often served at large gatherings and sometimes made over an open fire (BBQ). The taste of akhni made over an open fire changes completely in comparison to one made on an electric or gas stove. There are different versions of akhni available e.g. akhni is made in most Asian countries and varies by region. Here I share my version of Cape Malay akhni which is served with dhai, tomato and onion salad or various atchars.

Mutton Akhni
Mutton Akhni


1kg mutton/lamb pieces
6 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
1 heaped tsp of saffron
3 large onions, finely chopped
50g butter or margarine
1 cup buttermilk
1 large whole fresh green chilli, slit open
1 Tbsp garlic and ginger paste
1/2 cup chopped fresh dhanya
2 & 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
2 & 1/2 tsp red leaf masala/roasted masala
2 tsp ground jeera/cumin
2 tsp ground coriander/koljana
1 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp turmeric/borrie
4 – 5 cups basmati rice
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 tsp jeera seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 bay leaves
6 cardamom pods, slit open
4 pieces of stick cinnamon
6 all-spices
6 cloves

Wash the mutton pieces, drain and set aside. Boil the potatoes in a little water, till half-cooked but still firm. Infuse the saffron in 1 cup of boiling water and set aside.

Melt the butter in a pan and fry 1 chopped onion in the butter and set aside.

Place the mutton pieces in a large mixing bowl and add the buttermilk, green chilli, garlic and ginger paste, dhania, salt, red leaf masala, ground jeera, ground coriander, chilli powder, and turmeric. Mix thoroughly, ensuring that all of the mutton pieces are covered in the marinade. Set aside for 1 hour.

Rinse the rice in a colander, drain and place in a large pot on medium to high heat. Add water to reach halfway and add 1 teaspoon salt. Boil till half-cooked (the rice grains should be firm). Transfer to a colander and rinse under cold running water. Drain and set aside.
Heat a large pot on medium to high heat, add the oil. Add the jeera seeds, mustard seeds, bay leaves, cardamom seeds, all-spices,cloves and cinnamon. Stir-fry for 1 minute then add the remaining chopped chopped and braise till golden in colour. Add the marinated mutton pieces along with the marinade, the 1 cup of water and simmer on medium heat for about 30 minutes, or till the meat is tender and cooked. Add more water if the meat becomes to dry.

Arrange the potatoes between the mutton pieces and spoon the rice directly on top. Pour the fried onion with the melted butter over the rice, and lastly pour the cup of water containing saffron plus 1 more cup of boiling water over the rice and onions. Turn the plate on high for 5 minutes, then lower it to low. Steam, covered, for 20 minutes. Turn the heat off, leave to “rest” for 10 minutes before serving with dhai and tomato & onion salad.

Note: All akhnis and breyanis should be dished from the bottom up.
Variation: The mutton may be substituted with lamb or chicken pieces (thigh, drumstick, wing and breast,) and prepared in exactly the same manner. Cooking time however will be less if using chicken or lamb. Note that the breast portion should be halved 🙂

How to make to tomato and onion salad 

How to make to dhai

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Akhni To Serve 100 People

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Chicken Akhni To Serve 100 People – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

Akhni For 100 People
Akhni For 100 People

15 kg chicken, cleaned, skin removed if preferred
7kg good quality basmati rice
7 – 10kg potatoes, peeled and leave whole
4 kg onions, peeled and finely chopped
500g butter
24 cardamoms
24 stick cinnamons
24 all spice
24 cloves
10 dessertspoons leaf/roasted masala
10 teaspoons Packo masala
10 level dessertspoons turmeric/borrie
8 dessertspoons jeera/cumin
6 dessertspoons koljana/coriander
4 dessertspoons chilli powder (optional)
About 10cm ginger, peeled and grated/liquised
5 tablespoons crushed garlic
400g salt
2 bunched dhanya, chopped

Soak the rice in boiling water to cover.
Heat a 60l pot over medium heat.
Add the butter, cardamoms, stick cinnamon, cloves and allspice.
Once the butter is melted and the pot is warm add the chopped onions.
Braise until golden brown.
Add the chicken, cook for about 15 minutes until the chicken is a quarter cooked.
Add water as required. The sauce should be nice and thick.
Adjust the temperature if necessary.

Add the potatoes and the rest of the spices. Stir
Rinse the rice and add it to the chicken and potatoes.
Add about 10 litres of hot water on top of the rice as well as well as the salt.
Turn the heat up to high.
As soon as the rice comes up to the top (approximately 15 minutes or so) add the chopped dhanya and turn the heat to low.
Leave to steam, covered, until most of the water has evaporated, (approximately 30 minutes or so) then turn the heat off completely. The cooking process will continue and the rest of the water will evaporated. Leave to rest for another 40 – 60 minutes. Use a large spoon or fork to fluff up the rice before serving. Use a side plate or large dishing spoon and dish by inserting the spoon or plate down into the food to ensure you get all the flavours from the pot.Cook’s tip:
I used paddy basmati rice
I used dessertspoons and tablespoons to measure the ingredients.
You may use between 7 & 10kg potatoes depending if you like more potatoes in your food.
Try to use similar size potatoes.
Cut the bigger chicken pieces in half to ensure even cooking of the chicken.
Do not overcook the chicken as it will result in the chicken breaking off the bone and cooking away.
Use the same process for lamb or mutton akhni. You will need 18kg meat pieces. Adjust the cooking time to the cut of meat you using. Lamb cooks quicker than mutton.

Serve with atchar, dhai or tomato and onion salad.

Recipe for dhai / yoghurt sauce
© Cape Malay Cooking