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Baked Beans Salads

Here’s two versions of my popular baked beans salads which I always serve as a side dish when braaing (bbq’ing)

I often served baked beans salad with crispy fried chicken as well. Makes a filling and delicious accompaniment.

My kids enjoys the left over baked beans salad on toast for breakfast as well. It even taste better the next day!

Recipe One:

Salwaa’s BBQ Baked Beans

Sauté one medium chopped onion in little oil.
Add a finely chopped cloves of garlic
Add 1 tin of baked beans
1 heap teaspoon BBQ / braai spice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons BBQ / brown sauce
2 tablespoon Mrs Balls sauce (original or Jalapeño flavour)

Mix well and simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat.

BBQ baked beans served with traditional braai

Recipe Two:

Sweet and sour bean salad. Serve as a side with braai (BBQ) or as a light meal with toast.


1 tin (410g) baked beans

1 Tbsp oil

1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 green pepper, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 – 2 green chillies, finely chopped

1 tsp roasted masala / leaf masala

½ tsp turmeric / borrie

3 Tbsp chutney (Mrs Balls or similar)

1 Tbsp vinegar

1 tsp sugar (optional)



Heat the oil in a deep medium size saucepan. Add the onions, sauté. Cook until light golden brown. Add the green pepper, garlic, roasted masala, turmeric and cook for 1 minute adding a bit of water if necessary to prevent it sticking.

Add the remaining ingredients including the baked beans. Stir and warm over medium heat. Serve as a side with braai or on a slices of toast.

Variation: Use smooth apricot jam instead of the chutney.

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Masala Chicken & Dhanya Rice

This masala chicken recipe is very special as it was made with my very own Cape Malay Cooking BBQ masala mix. This masala mix, as well as many other ready made spice mixtures, will be available end of September 2016, God willing. In the meantime if you wish to try this recipe you may use any BBQ spice from your local spice shop or supermarket.


Masala Chicken


Ingredients for marinade:

6 chicken legs

2 tsp Cape Malay Cooking BBQ spice

1 tsp ground red chillies (or to taste)

2 dessert spoons paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic paste

2 Tbsp oil

Enough lemon juice to make a paste (add a little at a time)

Mix all the above ingredients into a thickish paste

Taste for salt as the BBQ spice might have salt in it



Wash and dry the chicken legs. Make deep cuts into the chicken legs.

Rub the chicken legs all over with the spice make sure the whole leg is covered.

Put the marinade in a glass or stainless steel bowl, I don’t marinade in plastic containers to prevent it from staining.

Refrigerate the chicken for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Now here is my secret of this delicious, flavourful masala chicken.
Add little oil to a pot and cook chicken covered for about 10 minutes on medium heat for the flavours to infuse even further. Transfer the chicken into an oven proof dish. Pour any remaining liquid from the pot over the chicken.
Grill for a further 30 minutes at 200° Celsius, turning chicken over after 15 minutes and baste with any remaining sauce. The chicken is done when it’s nice and golden brown on the outside and juicy inside.


You may of course grill the chicken on your braai / BBQ as well. After all National braai day is coming up soon 🤗


Dhanya / Coriander Rice

Dhanya / Coriander Rice


Dhanya Rice

This is a very simple yet flavourful rice to make. It can be served with a variety of different foods, e.g curry, frikkadel, meat or fish.


2 cups uncooked long grain rice or basmati rice
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cardamom pods
2 stick cinnamons
100g butter
1 teaspoon salt
Handful chopped fresh dhanya  / fresh coriander / cilantro


Parboil the rice until half cooked.
Pour into a colander, rinse, leave the rice in the colander whilst preparing the onions.
Heat your saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, melt until it starts to bubble and the colour changes to golden brown. Add the cardamom and stick cinnamon. Add the onions. Braise the onions until golden brown. Add the half cooked rice, salt and a cup of water. Heat the rice until warmed through. Add the dhanya, stir with a fork to loosen the grains and turn the heat off. Leave the sealed saucepan on the stove, the retained heat will complete the cooking process and any water left will be absorbed leaving you with fluffy and tender.


Add a cup of mixed vegetables with the rice before steaming.
Add a tin of drained chick peas with the rice before steaming.

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Chicken Burgers

Chicken Burgers – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith
Homemade, no preservatives. Make a batch and freeze it for when you have a braai or for when it’s school holidays. You’ll get approximately 18 burgers from a kilogram of chicken mince.

Chicken Kebabs Top Row

Chicken Kebabs Top Row

1kg fresh chicken mince
3 large onions, finely grated
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 Tbsp minced ginger
1 Tbsp minced green chillies or to taste
1 heaped Tbsp jeera/cumin powder
2 tsp salt or to taste
1 bunch dhanya, finely chopped

Chicken Burgers

Chicken Burgers

Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight for the flavours to develop. Next day shape the mixture into burgers or use a burger shaper. Separate the burgers with round pieces of greaseproof paper, big enough to cover the whole burger. Freeze until needed.
This mixture can also be used to make chicken kebabs. Pre-bake for about 6 minutes in the oven to hold the shape before putting the kebabs on the braai. Cook from frozen.


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