Peppermint Fridge Pudding

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Salwaa’s Peppermint Fridge Pudding


This dessert recipe is delightfully simple to create! Peppermint Pudding is a traditional South African dessert that comprises a coconut biscuit base, creamy caramel and mint chocolate layers. Peppermint Fridge Pudding sometimes referred to as a Peppermint Crisp Fridge Tart is a must for the holidays! Here’s my recipe.

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Makes a large pudding or 10 individual servings.

250ml fresh cream
1 tin (410g) caramel
1 big slab peppermint chocolate, grated
15ml gelatine dissolved in 50ml warm water, optional
A couple drops of peppermint essence (optional)
1 packet tennis biscuits, crushed

Whip the cream until stiff in a large mixing bowl.

Add the caramel, gelatine, half of the grated peppermint chocolate and peppermint essence if using and mix to combine all the ingredients.

Layer the above with the crushed tennis biscuits in a serving dish or in individual portion servings using parfait glasses. Start with the biscuits and ending with the peppermint filling on top.

Sprinkle the rest of the grated chocolate on top and leave to set in the fridge for at least a couple of hours or better still overnight. Serve chilled.

Cook’s Note:

Adding gelatine is optional, I only add it to shorten the setting time.


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Chocolate Fridge Tart

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Chocolate Fridge Tart

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An elegant chocolate tart. The bright red of the strawberries and the green of the pistachios goes beautifully with the dark chocolate.

2 ½ packets chocolate cookies (Oreo or similar)
100g butter, melted
350g milk chocolate
150g dark chocolate
300ml fresh cream / double cream
Strawberries for garnishing
Crushed pistachios, optional

Finely crush the biscuits and mix it with the melted butter.
Line a 20cm non-stick fluted loose bottom tart tin with the biscuit mixture. Use a spoon and your fingers to get an even layer into the bottom and edges of the tin. Freeze whilst preparing the filing.

Using a small pot heat the cream over low to medium. Break the chocolate into small pieces. Add the pieces of chocolate to the warm cream and stir till the chocolate has melted. Pour the chocolate mixture onto the biscuit base. Top with strawberries and crushed pistachios. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.


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Tropical Chicken

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Tropical Chicken

Tasteful pineapple infused chicken. This versatile recipe can be cooked in the oven or on the braai. Serve with a coleslaw salad. Perfect for the hot summer days. Cool and refreshing!

Tropical Chicken


1 whole chicken

2 Tbsp chilli sauce

1 Tbsp honey

½ cup pineapple juice

Juice of 1 lime

¼ cup soy sauce

2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp paprika



Cut the chicken into 4 or 8 pieces or spatchcock.

Wash and dry the chicken pieces with kitchen towel.

Put the chicken in a ziplock bag, glass or stainless steel bowl.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl.

Pour the marinate over the chicken.

Mix to ensure all the chicken pieces are covered with the marinate.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or seal the bag.

Refrigerate the marinated chicken overnight to let the flavours infuse.

Allow the chicken to come to room temperature before roasting or braaing (BBQing).

Use the sauce to baste the chicken during cooking or braaing.

Roast the chicken in a preheated oven at 220⁰ Celsius for 30 minutes or until the chicken is a deep golden brown and is cooked through, turning once during the cooking time.

Alternatively, braai the chicken over medium heat.



Tropical Chicken


Cook’s tip how to spatchcock a chicken:

Cut down either side of the backbone with a pair of scissors. Remove the spine and keep aside for making chicken stock. Turn the breast side up and flatten the chicken by pressing down the heel of your hand.

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Raisin Buns

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Raisin Buns – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights​ – Salwaa Smith

Freshly Bakes Raisin Buns
Freshly Bakes Raisin Buns

This time of the year brings back fond memories of many years ago. My late mom (may Allah/God grant her nur/light in her kubr/grave, ameen) used to make these buns to gift to our neighbours. She would knead and bake up to 5kg at a time. Imagine all those buns and all the people who enjoyed it. Here I’m sharing her recipe to make 24 buns but if your feel adventurous and generous make extra to share with your neighbours 😉

Makes 24
1 kg cake flour, extra for dusting
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
100 g soft butter
2 packets instant yeast (7 g packets)
2 Tbsp sugar
3 tsp mixed spice
2 tsp cinnamon powder
4 tsp ground aniseed
250g raisins or dried mixed fruit
2 – 3 cups warm water & milk mixture (half & half)

Raisin Buns - Before Baking
  Raisin Buns – Before Baking


Raisin Buns Before Baking
Raisin Buns Before Baking


Freshly Baked Spread With Lots Of Butter
Freshly Baked Spread With Lots Of Butter

2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tsp boiling hot water

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour and salt, rub in the butter. Stir in the yeast, sugar, spices and raisins. Mix in the water/milk to form a dough. Start with 2 cups first, gradually add the rest as needed. Certain flour needs a little more or less liquid so feel free to adjust. Mix until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or so until the dough is soft and smooth.

Return the dough to the mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm spot until double is size, about 2 hours.

Gently knock the dough down for the air to escape. Divide the dough into 24 pieces and shape into buns.

Place on a floured baking sheet cover with plastic and leave in a warm place to rise until double in size.
Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius.

To make the glaze, mix together the sugar and hot water until sugar has dissolved. Brush over the baked buns immediately after taking from the oven.


Instead of making buns divide the dough into two, bake in loaf tins for raisin bread / loaves. Brush with glaze after baking.


Raisin Loaf
Raisin Loaf


Raisin Loaf
Raisin Loaf

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Tripe Curry

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Tripe Curry (Pens Kerrie) – Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

A traditional South African delicacy that remains a favourite in many homes. You either love it or don’t like it.


Tripe Curry / Pens Kerrie
Tripe Curry / Pens Kerrie


1 kg clean tripe

1 tsp salt

3 bay leaves

3 large onions, finely chopped

2 medium tomatoes, grated

2 tsp garlic

1 ½ tsp turmeric/borrie

1 ½ tsp coriander/koljana

1 green chilli, chopped

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp leaf masala



Boil the tripe with one teaspoon salt, bay leaves and enough water to cover until soft, about 2 hours. Drain and reserve the water. Allow the tripe to cool down before cutting it into strips. Set aside whilst making the sauce.

Fry the onions in a large pot until transparent and soft. Stir in the grated tomatoes, garlic, turmeric, coriander, green chillies, chilli powder, salt and the leaf masala. Simmer over low heat until the gravy is well blended and cooked through, this should take about 20 minutes to get a nice thick gravy. Add from the reserved water if needed. Add the strips of tripe and cook a further 15 minutes stirring every now and then, adding water if necessary. Serve with boiled white rice. Serves 6



Add soft boiled sugar beans when adding the tripe

Add 1 cup of steamed gram dhal when adding the tripe.


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Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake

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Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake – Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights
Use the summer fruit which is in abundance now in South Africa, to decorate your cakes and bakes.

Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake
Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake

1 cup castor sugar
4 extra large eggs
1 cup sunflower oil
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 cup self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
300 ml fresh cream, whipped
Fresh or canned fruit of choice to decorate
Melted chocolate, optional
Roasted dessicated coconut for the sides, optional
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease 2 x 20cm baking tin with butter and dust the baking tins with flour or line the tins with greaseproof paper.

Cream eggs, sugar and oil until light and fluffy or until sugar has dissolved. Add vanilla essence. Add flour and baking powder and stir well. Stir in milk and mix to combine until the mixture is a smooth dropping consistency. Pour into prepared tins and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. To check if cake is done insert a skewer in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean it is done. Allow to cool slightly, turn out into a cooling rack to cool down completely. Sandwich the cakes together with smooth apricot jam or lemon curd, chopped peaches and some of the whipped cream. Spread the remaining cream over the top and sides, decorate with fresh or canned fruit.
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Gheema / Beef Curry

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Gheema / Beef Curry – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights, Salwaa Smith

Boneless beef cut into small cubes made into a curry and served with roti or white rice. Curry is almost always accompanied with atchar or sambals.

Gheema Curry
Gheema Curry

3 onions finely chopped
2 ripe tomatoes grated
1/2 green and red pepper finely chopped
2 tsp garlic grated
2 tsp ginger grated
3 green chillies slit
3 bay leaves
3 pieces stick cinnamon
7 cardamom pods
5 allspice
10 curry leaves
2 tsp tomatoe paste
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 kg beef steak cut in small pieces
2 tbsp leaf masala / roasted masala
2 tsp salt or to taste
2 tsp tumeric
1 1/2 tsp whole coriander seeds
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp whole fennel / bariship seeds
Few potatoes (optional), peeled and cut into quarters


Braise chopped onion in oil until transparent or slightly brown
Add garlic, ginger, green, red pepper and braised a further 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add cardamom, allspice, stick cinnamon and bay leaves.
In another hot pan take all the whole spices, fennel, cumin and coriander and warm it in the pan for about 1-2 minutes take care not to burn these spices. Make it semi fine in a mortar and pestle and put aside. The aroma is beautiful.
Braise for a further 5 minutes then add salt and all the spices.
Add beef steak and cook for about 45 minutes until beefsteak are soft and tender adding little bit of water at a time.
Now add tomatoes and tomatoe paste as well as curry leaves give the pot a vigorous stir then add potatoes and cook until potatoes soft not forgetting to add little of water as needed and stir occasionally.

Serve with roti, white rice or flat bread or naan bread.

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Pear and Chocolate Pudding

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Pear & Chocolate Pudding
Pear & Chocolate Pudding

This dessert is so versatile and is suitable for both winter or summer. Serve the pear and pudding with vanilla ice cream on a warm day. For a cold winter’s day it can be served with a chocolate sauce and or thin custard. Very easy to make with the minimum of fuss using everyday store cupboard ingredients.



3 large eggs

¾ cup sugar

½ cup juice of the canned pears

½ cup vegetable oil

2 tsps baking powder

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 cup cake flour

2 (410g) tins canned pear halves

Butter for greasing



Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Grease a 20cm square dish with the butter. Arrange the pear halves in the dish, cut side down. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together using an electric mixer. Pour the mixture over the pears. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, it will be slightly gooey when baked. Cool down slightly before cutting into squares, serve with thin custard, chocolate sauce or vanilla ice cream. Cut into approximately 9 slices.

Arrange the pear halves in a greased oven proof dish
Arrange the pear halves in a greased oven proof dish


Pour the chocolate mixture over the pears
Pour the chocolate mixture over the pears

Chocolate sauce

100g good-quality dark chocolate

1 Tbsp butter

½ cup fresh cream

1 Tbsp sugar

Break the chocolate into small pieces. Microwave in a suitable bowl for about 1 – 2 minutes, checking every 30 seconds on its progress until it is melted. Heat the cream, butter and sugar over low heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir well. Serve with the pear and chocolate pudding. Delicious serve whilst still warm.

Serve with chocolate sauce
Serve with chocolate sauce

Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream


Pear & Chocolate Pudding
Pear & Chocolate Pudding

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Saucy Tiger Prawns Served With Lemon Rice

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Saucy Tiger Prawns
Saucy Tiger Prawns

Saucy Tiger Prawns – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith
Quick and easy way of cooking prawns, this recipe can also be used for crayfish tails. Marinade the night before.Ingredients:
18 extra large tiger prawns (approximately 1kg)
1 Tbsp seafood masala (I used the one of Simply Spice)
1/4 cup Nandos lemon & herb sauce
1/4 cup peri-peri Spur sauce
1 Tbsp tomato sauce (optional)

Slit the prawn on top half way threw and devein, wash and allow all the water to drain off in a colander. Rub seafood masala in each prawn. Marinade for a few hours or better still overnight in the fridge. Cook in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

Mix together the sauces and pour over the prawns and cook a further 10 minutes. Serve with lemon rice.


Lemon Rice
Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice
4 cups cooked rice, preferably long grain or basmati
2 tsp coriander / koljana seeds
2 Tbsp sunflower oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
8 curry leaves
3 green chillies, chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
1 ½ tsp turmeric / borrie
Juice of 2 lemons

Gently roast and then coarsely powder the coriander seeds. Keep aside. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. Fry till the spluttering stop, taking care not to burn the spices. Add the turmeric powder and turn off the heat.
Add the lemon juice and mix well. Add the rice, roasted coriander powder and mix thoroughly. Reheat the rice if necessary.
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Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook

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Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook Launch by Salwaa Smith

Cost of my cookbook ONLY – R199 + R10 P&P within Cape Town and R25 nationwide.

3 course Cape Malay meal + a signed copy of my cookbook R250

Menu on the day will be:
Starter – cocktails pies, samosas, tandoori chicken, spicy meatballs
Main – lamb and chicken akhni
Dessert – assortment of Cape Malay biscuits, Cape Malay fancies (cream cakes) + tea, coffee & juice

Guest speakers – Mogamat Kammie Kamedien, independent slave scholar & community heritage activist
Vanessa De Bruin – family friend

Entertainment – members from the Young Men’s Malay Choir, the oldest and largest Malay Choir in South Africa

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When: 7th June 2015 @ 12pm
Venue: Grassy Park Civic Centre
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Tickets are selling fast, reserve your space as soon as possible, we can ONLY accommodate 500 people (tickets are ONLY R250 which includes lunch, entertainment and a signed copy of my 120 page hard cover cookbook)

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Fish Breyani

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Fish Breyani
Fish Breyani

Fish Breyani – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

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3 cups long grain rice or basmati rice

1½ cups frozen mixed vegetables

1 cup cooking oil

3 large potatoes

2 large onions, sliced thinly

1kg firm fish pieces of your choice, like hake or snoek

1 tomato, chopped

¼ cup buttermilk

1 – 2 green chillies, chopped

1½ tsp jeera / cumin

3 cloves

3 allspice

3 cardamoms

2 stick cinnamons

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp butter


Fish Masala

7 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp salt

½ – 1 tsp chilli powder

3 tsp jeera / cumin

Juice of 2 lemons

1 tsp turmeric / borrie

1 Tbsp vegetable oil



Boil the rice in water until half done. Drain, rinse and set aside. Peel the potatoes, cut into slices. Heat the oil in saucepan, fry the potatoes until lightly browned and semi soft, set aside. Drain excess oil from the saucepan, add the chopped onions, fry until golden brown. Add the chopped tomato, buttermilk, green chillies, jeera, cloves, allspice, cardamoms, stick cinnamon and salt. Simmer over low to medium heat for 10 minutes or until onions are soft.


Meanwhile, make the masala to fry the fish. Combine all the spices in a small bowl, stir to combine. Wash and dry the fish pieces, smear the masala mixture all over the fish. Leave to sit for 10 minutes before frying in the left over oil used for frying the potatoes.


Arrange the potato slices at the bottom of a large heavy based pot / saucepan. Add half of the rice on top of the potatoes, spreading it evenly. Arrange the fish slices on top of the rice, then the onion mixture, then the mixed vegetables ending with the remaining rice. Dot the butter on top of the rice add 1 cup of hot water. Cover and steam to complete over low to medium heat for about 20 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving with lemon atchar or blatjang.

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Roast Leg Of Lamb

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Roast lamb

Serves 6 – 8

Serve this tender lamb with your favorite gravy and vegetables.

Ready in 3 hours – 3 1/2 hours, dependent on the size of your leg of lamb


1 large head of garlic, lightly crushed

10 cloves

10 allspice berries

7 bay leaves

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

1 whole large leg of lamb, bone in (about 2.5kg)

Salt & pepper to taste


Trim excess fat and rinse the leg of lamb under running water.

Preheat the oven to 190C.

Put the lamb into a large roasting tin /Pyrex dish . Using a sharp knife, make cuts in the lamb, about 1.5cm apart, all the way to the bone.


Rub salt and pepper all over the leg of lamb, don’t skimp on the pepper!


Lightly crush a head of garlic, not necessary to peel but do remove excess peels.


Scatter the head of garlic, cloves, allspice, bay leaves around the leg of lamb.


Top with the sprigs of rosemary.


Add a cup of water. Cover with foil. Cook in a preheated oven at 190C for 3 – 3 1/2 hours.


In the meantime prepare your vegetables. Remember you can use any vegetables you like.

Wash and half, if necessary, 1 kg baby potatoes. Drain excess water. Add the potatoes in a roasting / Pyrex dish. Add salt and crushed black pepper to taste. Drizzle a tablespoon or two olive oil over the potatoes and add a quarter cup of water.  Cover with foil. Pop in the oven an hour before the leg of lamb is done. The potatoes will turn out crispy on the outside and soft in the inside.


Leg of lamb halfway through the cooking time.


Peel, de-seed and slice butternut into small pieces. Peel carrots and cut into smaller pieces. Melt 50g unsalted butter and 50ml vegetable oil in a saucepan. When the butter/oil begins to bubble add a a couple of stick cinnamon and the butternut pieces. Brown on each side.


Add the carrots, toss lightly so that the carrots are coated with the butter/oil mixture. Season to taste (salt and a bit of pepper will do) Cover and allow to steam over low heat until the vegetables are soft but not mushy.


Roasted potatoes.


Butternut and carrots, cooked.


Ready to eat 🙂

Serve with homemade peppercorn sauce


3 – 4 tablespoons black peppercorns

80g butter

1 large onion, minced

120ml beef stock

100ml fresh cream

salt to taste


Crush the peppercorns slightly, either using a mortar and pestle or a rolling pin.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the peppercorns and boil for another 3 minutes. Add beef stock and boil another 3 minutes.

Just before serving, add the cream and reduce the heat to medium. Heat through, but don’t allow the peppercorn sauce to boil. Once the sauce is at your desired thickness, test for seasoning. Add salt if necessary, then serve immediately.

Enjoy 🙂

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Shepherd’s Pie (Oond Frikkadel)

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Shepherd’s Pie  also known as Oond Frikkadel or Cottage Pie is a classic dish which pretty much everyone I’ve ever met has their own way of making. This is my way which I’ve kept really simple and it’s a winner every time I make it. Make sure you buy the best quality mince you can afford, as it really makes the dish, there’s nothing worse than an oily and fatty cottage pie.  This recipe serves 6.

Shepherd’s pie” is made from lamb (hence “shepherd”), while “cottage pie” is made with beef.

Shepherd’s Pie, Cottage Pie, Oond Frikkadel


500g fat free minced meat

1 medium onion

1 small green pepper

1 medium tomato

1/2 bunch dhanya

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

5 cloves garlic, grated

1 slice bread soaked in water (preferably day or two old)

1 large egg

salt & pepper to taste



Wash and drain minced meat well.

Soak bread in water and squeeze excess water out.

Chop onion, pepper, tomato, dhanya finely.

Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly using your hands.

Transfer the mixture into an oven proof dish.

Bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes at 180C.

Top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

Grill in the oven until top is slightly browned.

Serve with yellow rice, steamed vegetables or fresh salad.

Yellow Rice



Yellow Rice Recipe

Serves 6


2 cups uncooked basmati rice

¼ teaspoon turmeric

5 cardamom pods, crushed

3 stick cinnamons

50g butter

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup sugar

½ cup raisins, optional



I always parboil my rice and then rinse as I don’t like the starch on the rice.

Using a large saucepan parboil the rice until half cooked approximately 5- 7 minutes.

Pour into a colander, rinse and return to the saucepan. Add the rest of the ingredients with a cup of water. Stir gently. Heat your saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 6 minutes. Stir with a fork to fluff and loosen the grains, 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 yellow rice.


Perfect with bobotie, frikkadel, roast, etc…

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Dry Spicy Lamb Curry

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Dry Spicy Curry, Potato Curry& Chapatti
Dry Spicy Curry, Potato Curry& Chapatti


Dry Spicy Lamb Curry

Serves 6 – 8
1 kg lamb pieces
1 cup plain yoghurt
2 tablespoons garlic paste
1 tablespoon ginger paste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons garam masala
salt to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 green chillies, slit lengthwise
2 teaspoons koljana/coriander powder
1 teaspoon jeera/cumin powder
2 medium tomatoes, chopped fine
Freshly chopped dhanya to garnish


Mix the lamb pieces with the yoghurt, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, garam masala and salt to taste, cover and allow to marinade for 3 hours.

Heat the oil in a deep pot on medium heat. Add the green chillies and fry until it stops spluttering.

Add the lamb with the marinade and fry stirring frequently for 5 – 7 minutes.

Now add the tomatoes, koljana/coriander and jeera/cumin powder and mix well.

Sprinkle some water over the meat, cover, lower the heat and cook till the meat is done.

Check occasionally and add more water if needed to prevent sticking and burning. Ideally this dish has a minimal amount of thick gravy.

Turn the heat off, garnish with freshly chopped dhanya.

Serve with warm chapattis (Indian flat breads) or naans.


Dry Spicy Lamb Curry



Potato Curry


Serves 6

4 large potatoes
1 teaspoon cumin/jeera seeds
1/2  teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon coriander/koljana seeds (crushed)
1 teaspoon  fennel/barishap seeds (crushed)
½ teaspoon chilli powder
2-3 slit green chillies
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Handful Coriander leaves chopped
Salt to taste
30 ml cooking oil



Peel the potatoes and cut into bite size pieces.
Boil water in a sauce pan and then add the chopped potatoes and salt. Let it cook, but make sure there is still some bite to it.
After it is cooked, drain the water completely and keep aside.
Now heat a small pot and add some oil. Add the cumin/jeera seeds, garlic and ginger. Stir until garlic ginger is cooked and slightly browned.
Now add the crushed fennel/barishap seeds, coriander/koljana seeds, chilli powder and give it a stir.
Add the cooked potatoes, green chillies, salt and stir gently in intervals.
Let this cook for about 6-7 minutes until the sides have browned, spices are coated well. Add drops of water to prevent sticking to the pot and burning.
Finally garnish with coriander leaves.


Spicy Potato Curry
Spicy Potato Curry

Chapatis (Indian Flat Bread)
Makes 6-8
200g wholemeal flour
75ml warm water
2 tbsp butter
Sift the flour into a medium bowl and make a well in the middle of the flour. Pour in the water and mix to make a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 -8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place back in the bowl, cover with cling film and leave for 10 –15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 6 to 8 balls. Roll out each ball on a floured surface thinly.
Heat a dry frying pan until hot and cook each chapati over a medium heat, turning after 30 seconds or so. Cook the second side for 1 minute until it begins to puff up, then turn over and cook the first side again, pressing down lightly with a spatula for another 30 seconds. Smear each chapati with butter and wrap it in foil to keep warm.

Chapatti (Indian Flat Bread)
Chapatti (Indian Flat Bread)

Cape Malay Cooking
Cape Malay Cooking

National Milk Tart Day

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On 27 February South Africans celebrate National Milk Tart Day. Milk Tart (melktert) is a classical  South African dish. Traditional Milk Tart is made up of a shortbread crust with a filling of milk and lots of eggs resulting in a lighter texture. Milk Tart can be enjoyed hot or cold. Milk tart (melktert) is thought to have originated in the latter half of the 17th century by Dutch settlers in South Africa.  The Dutch East India Company established Cape Town in 1652 as a way-station for ships travelling from the Netherlands to Indonesia and back.  Their ships would bring cinnamon and other spices to Cape Town (and Europe) from South East Asia.  Local bakers used the imported cinnamon, combined with fresh dairy from farms in the Cape Colony, to create this wonderful custard based tart.

Traditional Cape Malay Milk Tart

Here are a couple of recipe to start you off.

Traditional Cape Malay Milk Tart – this is a time consuming recipe but well worth it at the end. I can remember my mom making trays of melktert for functions and my job was to fill the trays with the base and I had to ensure there were no holes otherwise the melktert would flop and turn upside down! This recipe serves 6

Short Bread Base For Milk Tart
1 egg
125 g butter
1/4 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups self raising flour
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
l level teaspoon baking powder
Mix the egg, sugar, softened butter and oil together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla essence, mix. Add the flour and baking powder and mix well to form a soft ball of dough. Line a 20 cm by 20 cm oven proof dish with approx half of the pastry.  (You can use the other half to make Herzoggies) The pastry should be as thin as possible with no holes. It is very important that the base contains no holes as it will cause the Milk Tart to bake upside down.

Milk Tart Base

1 litre + 1 cup milk
12 eggs
250 ml sugar
5 cardamom pods
2 stick cinnamons
Boil the milk in a saucepan with the cardamom and stick cinnamon . Allow to cool. Whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Strain the cooled milk, using something like a very fine strainer or sieve. Combine the milk and the eggs mixture.Pour the filling into the dish ensuring not to pour all the liquid on one place as it may cause a “hole”. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 40 minutes until set.

Milk Tart Filling




Crustless Milk Tart
I made this quick and simple version of milk tart the other day. Although it’s no where as delicious as the traditional milk tart, everyone enjoyed it and it disappeared as quick as it was made. When it came out of the oven it was quite high but it sinks and becomes denser as it cools. The recipe serve 4

¾ cup self-raising flour
2 cups milk
3 eggs
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
25 g melted butter
Pinch salt
½ teaspoon fine cinnamon
Put all the ingredients together into a bowl or food processor and beat to a smooth batter. Pour into a buttered pie dish, approximately 23 cm in diameter. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top. Bake for 40 minutes at 180 C. Serve warm or cold

Selfcrust Milk Tart

Chicken Jalfrezi

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This is a Pakistani recipe for a spicy curry. The chicken is marinated before the time and then cooked in a thick onion sauce. You can always adjust the chillies if you find it’s to spicy hot.

Spicy chicken curry cooked in a thick sauce.
Spicy chicken curry cooked in a thick sauce.

Serves 4

For the sauce:
1 – 2 large onions, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon oil
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 green chilli, chopped (you can use more if you like your food spicy & hot)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 litre of water
1 tablespoon ground coriander/koljana
1 tablespoon ground cumin/jeera
1 teaspoon turmeric/borrie
Salt to taste

For the chicken & veg:
500g chicken breasts, washed & diced up 
2 tablespoons of oil
1/2 red pepper, roughly chopped
1/2 green pepper, roughly chopped
1 large onion, sliced roughly
2 red chillis (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cumin/jeera
1 teaspoon ground coriander/koljana
1 teaspoon turmeric/borrie
2 teaspoons garam masala
A handful of fresh, chopped dhanya leaves

Mix the jeera, koljana and tumeric in a small bowl, coat the chopped chicken breast pieces leave to marinade while you making the sauce.
Now make the sauce, fry the roughly chopped onions with the garlic and green chilli in a large saucepan with the tablespoon of oil until browned. 
Add the water to the onion mixture and simmer this for around 20 minutes.
While that is simmering, put the chopped tomatoes in a food processor or liquidiser and give it a good whizz until smooth consistency. 
Heat another large pan and gently fry the ground coriander, cumin and turmeric in a splash of oil for about a minute take care not too overheat or it will burn.
Add the liquidised tomato to this pan and simmer for around 10 minutes. (Because my family loves potatoes I added a couple of potatoes, quarted, 
with the onion mixture when it was simmering whilst I prepared the chicken.) 
Next give your onion mixture a good whizz in the food processor or liquidiser and add it to the spiced tomato sauce. 
Stir and leave to simmer for another 10 minutes. Keep warm.

Fry the marinaded chicken in oil and stir continuously. When the chicken is nearly done approximately 10 -15 minutes,
turn down the heat and add the roughly chopped onion, red & green peppers and chillies. Stir this until the onions and pepper soften just a bit 
and the chicken is cooked, of course. Don’t overcook as we don’t want the onions and peppers to cook away (I like mine to be firm and crunchy)
Add the earlier prepared sauce to the cooked chicken and simmer until combined about 5-10 minutes. 
Just before you dish it up, stir in the garam masala and chopped dhanya leaves. 
Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.

Because my family loves potatoes I added a couple of potatoes, quarted, with the onion mixture when it was simmering whilst I prepared the chicken.


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An easy, creamy prawn curry served with roti. Everyone will come back for seconds. Save time by preparing the chili paste the day before.

Delicious and easy prawn curry.
Delicious and easy prawn curry.


750g prawns
1 large onion, liquidised
2 medium onions, chopped fine
2 tablespoons chili paste (**see footnote)
3 bay leaves
½ tin coconut milk
4 cardamoms, crushed
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Wash and dry the prawns in a kitchen towel. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add bay leaves, cardamom and fry for a few minutes.
Add sliced onions and fry till golden brown.
Then add the liquidized onion paste and the chili paste. Fry for several minutes adding little water, as necessary, to prevent the masala from burning.
Add the prawns. Stir thoroughly and then add the coconut milk. Keep simmering in medium heat till the gravy reduces to a half. Add salt to taste.
Serve hot with rice or roti.

**Chili paste

1 level teaspoon of chili powder
3 garlic cloves crushed
5 Red chilies chopped
3 Tablespoons of ground ginger
2 Pinches of salt
5 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 Level teaspoon of sugar (can be omitted if preferred)

Heat oil to medium hot and add chili powder and garlic.
Cook for 2 minutes and then add all other ingredients.
Cook until soft. Decant into a blender and blend into a course paste.
Leave to cool and eat.
Refrigerate and consume within 7 days.

Serve with curry or breyani
Serve with curry or breyani


250m natural yoghurt
1 clove garlic, crushed
2-3 green chillies, chopped
1 tablespoon dhanya, chopped
Pinch salt

Mix all the ingredients together. Pour into a serving dish and serve with curries, breyani, kebabs, etc…


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Delicious chicken curry, always a winner no matter what the occasion. Serve with flaky roti, chapati (Indian flat bread) or plain boiled white rice.  Traditionally served with onion and tomato salad.


Delicious Cape Malay Curry
Delicious Cape Malay Curry


4 tbsp oil
2 cloves
1 stick cinnamon
2 green cardamom pods
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 small-medium onion, chopped
1½ tbsp chopped ginger
6 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp ground coriander
½ tsp chilli powder
2 tomatoes, puréed
450g small chicken
½ tsp garam masala
1 handful chopped dhanya

Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan. Add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom pods and cumin seeds and fry for about 20 seconds until aromatic. 
Add the onion and cook for about 10 minutes until golden brown, stirring often. Stir in the ginger and garlic and cook stirring for 40 seconds before adding a pinch of salt and the ground spices, and stir for 15 seconds. Pour in the tomatoes and cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, until the liquid in the pan has dried off and the oil leaves the sides of the dry masala around 10 minutes. 
**Add the chicken and brown over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add enough water to almost cover the chicken (about 350ml), bring to the boil and then cook over a low heat until the chicken is cooked through. The slower it cooks the better it tastes. This takes about 15 minutes for small joints and up to 25-30 minutes for larger ones. Check with a fork; once it is tender it is done. 
Add the garam masala and chopped dhanya. Serve with rice or roti.

**Add potatoes cut in quarters with the chicken



1 large onion, chopped finely

5ml salt

1 large firm tomato, chopped

2 green chillies,  chopped

10ml sugar

30ml vinegar

2 teaspoons chopped dhanya

 Steam the chopped onion in the microwave for 3 minutes. Combine with the rest of the ingredients. Transfer into a serving dish and enjoy with breyani, curry, etc…



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Chicken & corn soup


1 tbsp vegetable oil

100 g boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 cm piece ginger, finely chopped

1 tbsp cornflour

600 ml hot chicken stock

100 g sweetcorn

1 egg

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

shredded spring onions, shredded, to garnish

dark soy sauce

toasted sesame seeds, to garnish


1. Heat the oil in a deep pan and gently cook the chicken, garlic and ginger for 3-4 minutes without colouring.

2. Blend the cornflour with a little stock and add to the soup pan with the remaining stock and the sweetcorn. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously and simmer gently for 5-7 minutes

3. Beat together the egg and lemon juice and slowly trickle into the soup pan, stirring with a chopstick or fork to form egg strands. Season to taste, garnish with salad onions and toasted sesame seeds, and serve with a drizzle of soy sauce and some prawn crackers.

Chicken soup

Battle over bobotie

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Article courtesy of Munadia Karaan (Voice of the Cape Radio)

FEATURE Part 1 – It is turning out to be a battle royal in food circles – is bobotie a true Cape Malay dish or is it “boerekos” that were merely made in the kitchen by slaves from the East? And as such, to whom does this heritage food belong? In the latest edition of De Kat, the debate is brought to the fore and for many food and heritage experts in the Cape Muslim community, it is about time that the matter is properly addressed, given how much of their heritage they have lost because of others claiming it or an inability to properly record it.

In a letter sent to the magazine earlier this year, author of Die Geskiedenis van Boerekos 1652 – 1806, W.W.Claassens took strong exception to “unfounded stories” by authors of the 20th century whom she said had not done the necessary research about the origin of traditional Afrikaner dishes. Bobotie, she wrote, is not a product or improvised dish based on an original recipe of the Cape Malays. After many years of research, she said she had proven that the names Cape Malays gave to food was their only contribution to the development of boerekos.

Claassens added that “the most important Afrikaans writers who were so eager about the contribution of the slaves to boerekos, are busy rewriting their books.” She bases her opinion on the claim that Eastern slaves were never a dominant group at the Cape and as such, they would not have been able to have a significant influence on the food of the Cape. Nor would the wives of the slave owners have allowed them to dominate in the kitchen by cooking foods from their homelands, even if they could afford to buy Eastern spices.

Other side

However, journalist and local food blogger, Johan Liebenberg, who wrote the De Kat article pointed out that several of Claassens assumptions were wrong. He quoted historical sources that sighted that by 1731, the slave population comprised 42% of the city’s population. He also pointed out the shortage of women in the early days at the Cape or the lack of knowledge among those who were here to cook with Eastern spices. Other historical sources confirm that slave women were an integral part of the households at the Cape in the era 1657 –  1808 and even in the 19th century, they played a key role in preparing meals, he wrote.

As for bobotie itself, Claassens claims that it stems from a Roman chef and added that its original name had long fallen by the wayside. However, Liebenberg’s research shows Dutch sources confirming that the dish came via the Cape of Good Hope from Indonesia or vice versa and from there was brought to the Netherlands around the 17th century. He even found proof of such recipes dating back to the 18th century where it was known as “bebotok”, close enough to bobotie.

Liebenberg believed that Claassens should have paid more attention to the role of the Dutch East India Company in the development of certain dishes in colonies it had occupied. From 1602 – 1796 the DEIC had almost a million employees in the East who all had to bring some influence from those countries with them when they returned home, especially with regards to food. It can also not be ignored that many of these officials had taken Eastern women as partners, which helped to create a Creolised culture in the early Cape with multiple influences from Europe, Africa and Asia, he argued.

Denying heritage

While he had great appreciation for the research Claassens had done, Liebenberg wrote, he concurred with the UNESCO view that there is not just one narrative on heritage studies. That, he wrote, is the story of our history. He points out that little is really known about the women or slaves at the early Cape. They were not in the habit of writing down their recipes when they were battling to survive while working in the kitchens, in gardens or elsewhere. “They have already been denied their heritage once. And now a second time?” he asked.

Meanwhile, a member in the Cape Muslim Family Research Forum pointed out that no spokesperson from the Cape Muslim community has stepped into the fray to contest the claim that Cape Malay food tradition has no historical ties. “Thus it is claimed that signature Cape Malay dishes merely have south East Asian labels, whilst the actual recipes are derived from the slave master’s kitchen,” he wrote.

“This is a type of age old Verwoerdian ideological approach with a  narrow heritage lens of focussing on European food origins, whilst intentionally denying the Cape Muslim community its slave legacy of a rich Creolised food ways. We must add to the South African rainbow, not subtract from the national heritage legacy,” he said, urging a national debate on a long neglected issue.

More on this story on Sunday Live at 08h30. Also read Liebenberg’s full article here. VOC (Munadia Karaan)
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Bobotie why so silent?

FEATURE Part 2 – Bobotie might be a cultural landmark in the country, widely recognised to come from Cape Muslim heritage, but there has been a virtual silence in the so-called “Cape Malay” community after an Afrikaner writer claimed that they had nothing more to do with the traditional dish than naming it. According to author of Die Geskiedenis van Boerekos 1652 – 1806, WW Claasens (79), bobotie was in fact true blue “boerekos”. In response food blogger Johan Liebenberg took on Claasens’ reasoning in the 6 June edition of De Kat. Speaking to VOC’s Sunday Live, Liebenberg also took issue with the silence on the issue from the Cape Muslim community.

According to Beeld of 22 April 2004, Claassens’s research into the cuisine of slaves in the 17th century showed that perceptions that the slaves had brought the the art of cooking with spices to prepare dishes such as bobotie to the Cape, were unfounded. Where the slaves came from, people were too poor to afford spices, and they mainly used chillies, turmeric and ginger, she said.

“Slaves didn’t bring any new dishes to the Cape,” she claimed. They only learnt in the Cape about cooking with spices and the typical dishes that were brought to the Cape, according to cookbook authors. Claassens stated that the dishes that formed part of the food culture in the Cape in the 20th century, known as boerekos, were essentially European.

The main contributors were Dutch, German and French cooking, which in turn had its roots in Roman, Persian and Arabic cuisine. Claassens said the Dutch wouldn’t have bought spices from the East if they didn’t have any knowledge about it. She traced curried fish, as we know it today, back to Belgium where it was prepared as early as 1500.


This was hotly disputed and largely dismissed by Liebenberg, who told VOC in response: “What it proved to me was the fact that if you do a doctoral thesis or dissertation, you can arrange the facts as you like. That is why many – including in the foodie community in South Africa – accepted her opinion, because it seemed right as she expressed it.”

Liebenberg said that Claasens and her crew had used a book on the Arab influence in European food to prove that boerekos stemmed largely from European food. “But they largely forgot that there were influences from the Malay community.” He said he had to look at his own research and resources to dispute many of Claasens’ claims, amongst others that during the period in question slaves constituted 42% of the population and were not the minority as Claasens claimed.

“Some of my sources claimed that slaves were the majority, certainly as far as women were concerned,” he explained. Claasens also claimed that no European woman would give slave women the right to dominate in the kitchen on the preparation of dishes and the latter were anyway too poor to afford cooking with expensive spices. “I think that claim is ridiculous,” Liebenberg said shortly.


“But what I find more astounding is that no one in the Cape Malay community got up. And I am sorry if this is an indictment, but of all the historians in my beloved Malay community, why didn’t they get up and say this is not true? Why does it take an Afrikaner like me to say this is nonsense? She was awarded a PhD for this. There is a question begging,” Liebenberg stated.

Fellow panelist on Sunday LiveNew Age journalist Yazeed Kamaldien, said that one reason for the silence might be the fact that people were so involved with bread and butter issues that it left little time to concern themselves with heritage issues. “But what is the bigger debate regarding Afrikaner heritage and culture? For example, we have had the issue of the Afrikaans language with people of colour coming forward to say it is their language as well.”

Liebenberg concurred and said it was necessary for his community to look at facts. “We regard ourselves as Afrikaner or whatever, but we are actually mixed. We are all a melting pot and we all have to realise that we are not one culture, but a hybrid of cultures. So we must get rid of our exclusivity in order for us to move forward a little bit.”


Given that the Afrikaner community was very proud of its heritage, which it had tried hard to preserve, Kamaldien asked: “Why was it so relevant for this author to claim something as bobotie as part of the Afrikaner culture? Is it because people feel constantly threatened, that they need to hold onto their past so badly? We actually see it as journalists that white Afrikaners feel so downtrodden in a country that used to belong to them.”

While it was true that Claasens came from a different generation, Liebenberg said her attitude was not completely unique to others in her community. “For example, in 1992 there was only one Afrikaner folk festival. Today there are five. In other words, I think the  Afrikaners feels threatened and want to grab onto things that they regard as theirs. Often much of what they believed in, no longer exists,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Liebenberg reiterated his affection for Cape Muslims and their rich culture that he has strongly advocated in his work. “I grew up among Malay friends in Milner Road. The border between Military Road and I was the Bo-Kaap. Sometime around 1994, I had been busy taking photos for an article on the Bo-Kaap. A Malay woman invited me in for tea and koesisters. Her daughter also appeared with her young baby and I never understood why they showed such wonderful hospitality towards me. Until this day I wish I could contact them again to thank them for it,” he said wistfully.


While authorative voices in the Cape Muslim community were largely silent, the matter did evoke strong debate and even humour online, including from many ex-pats. Commenting on Facebook, Nawhal said it was both ironic and refreshing that a white Afrikaner male was championing the cause of “Cape Malays” – a term that in recent years were seldom used and substituted for Cape Muslims, which some felt was more politically correct.

“Until this day our slave ancestors are being questioned on their food. Let’s hope someone with the necessary skills will come up with details on who bobotie really belongs to. I’m rooting for a Cape Malay slave, stolen from Penang, who worked as a cook in some Cape Dutch household and she should ‘suma’ also be the one who added cinnamon and cardamon to the once boring milk tart, turning it into a ‘regte melktert’, while bringing her version of Penang curry with flaky rooti to the Cape,” she quipped.

Naeem felt that it was at times like these that the passion showed by people like the late Dr Achmat Davids to preserve Cape Muslim heritage was sorely missed in setting the record straight. Fara in the US took a dig at Claasens: “She cannot let go of the past. Let it go Claassens, it’s over. Bobotie belongs to us, ‘die Slamse kinners’ Lol.” Shaheda added: “At least in the US, they admitted that if it was not for the natives and the slaves, they would have starved to death or died of bland food. Lol.”

Zuid Afrikaner commented on VOCFM: “The only ‘contribution’ the current Boere made to OUR bobotie, was to add apricot jam and flaked almonds to it, eek!” Even non-Muslims like Jo-anne weighed in on the debate. “I consider bobotie to be part of my cultural heritage – and it’s a great family favourite. My ancestors include slaves and indigenous people; Dutch and French settlers, so maybe it’s one of those dishes that celebrates our shared and entangled histories.”


Heritage fundi, Kammie was irate at the exclusion of the Cape Malay’s contribution by Claasens and her ilk. “Bobotie has enriched two South African culinary traditions – boerekos foodways and Cape Malay cuisine. Thus bobotie as the national dish symbolises the one signature recipe whereby food is the great democratic leveller regardless of social status, rank or station in life,” he wrote on VOCFM.

“Communities have embraced Cape Malay cuisine as part of the South African culinary tradition with copies of Cape Malay cookery books by Cass Abrahams, Fadiela Williams, Zainab Lagerdien, not forgetting Boorhanool Movement’s perennial Boeka Treats, which are bestsellers in SA households, regardless of race, creed and language. Let’s focus on our shared food traditions ranging from bobotie to sosatie, from Orania’s koeksusters to Bo- Kaap’s koesisters,” he urged.

Another ex-pat, Salwaa of Cape Malay Cooking who is based in the UK had quite a bit to say. “I always thought bobotie was a Malay dish brought with the slaves from Java and Indonesia etc. Since starting my blog, I did lots of research into authentic Cape Malay recipes and all the articles I came across was of the notion that bobotie is a Cape Malay dish which came with slaves who arrived from Java and various Indonesian islands in 1658. Being slaves, the Malays often ended up in the Dutch kitchens and their influence remains apparent in dishes such as bobotie etc.

“The origins of the name are not clear although in Indonesia ‘bobotok’ was an Indonesian dish consisting of meat with a custard topping that was cooked in a pan of water until the egg mixture set. It’s also one of those dishes that reflects the history of the country and the many cuisines that melts together to create what we now know as South African cuisine. Bobotie is a Cape-Malay creation, and they (the Malays) spiced it up even more with cumin, coriander and cloves, with influences from the Dutch who brought ground meat to the local cuisine, the spices were introduced by the slaves from Indonesia and the presentation is reminiscent of English shepherd’s pie.

“It’s interesting as well to note that frikadel is a popular dish in Germany (they even make kool frikadel I believe) and Holland amongst other countries. Frikadel is also known in Indonesian cuisine through Dutch influence as ‘perkedel’. I believe the spiciness of bobotie came from the Indonesians who brought the spices with them. This is one of the reasons I started my food blog, to keep our food culture alive and to make the recipes accessible to all. Otherwise who knows, we might have more of these debates regarding our other cultural dishes in the future,” she wrote. VOC (Munadia Karaan)

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500gr plain flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 packet instant yeast

1 egg

1 dessert spoon butter

Pinch salt

1 teaspoon vanilla essence


750ml vegetable for frying


Dissolve sugar and butter in on cup boiling water. Cool down. Add beaten egg, salt, vanilla essence and enough milk to make 1/2 liter liquid.

Combine flour and yeast in a mixing bowl. Add liquid and mix to soft dough. (The dough will be very soft)

Set aside covered until rise. Divide dough into approx 25 small balls on a slightly oiled surface. Heat the oil in large saucepan. Once oil is hot gently pull each doughnut into an oblong shape and fry each side until browned. Drain on absorbent paper.

Sugar Syrup:

Boil together, 500ml water and 250ml sugar until sugar has dissolved and syrup is slightly sticky and thickened. Dip doughnuts in syrup and sprinkle with desiccated coconut.


Dip the doughnuts whilst lukewarm in a plate of white sugar

Dip cooled doughnuts in cold sugar syrup, make a slit length wise in doughnut, fill with strawberry jam and whipped fresh cream.