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Masala Steak With Flaky Roti

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Masala Steak Served With Flaky Roti

Ingredients for marinade:
1 kg steak, cut into pieces
2 tsp steak and chops spice (masala)
2 tsp ground red chillies (or to taste)
2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp crushed ginger
2 tablespoons of oil
Enough white vinegar to make a paste (add a little at a time)

Mix all the above ingredients into a thickish paste.

Taste for salt as the steak spice has salt in
Add to steak and marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator or overnight

2 Tbsp cooking oil
2 large onions, peeled and sliced

1 green pepper, sliced

1 red pepper, sliced

1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 large tomato, chopped


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan. Braise 1 & 1/2 sliced onions until golden brown. Add 1 large chopped tomato and the sliced peppers, cook for 10 minutes. Add marinated steak and cook over medium heat for 40 minutes or until the meat is tender. Add the remaining half onion, stir and cook a further 5 minutes.

Masala Steak

Serve with side of chips and salad or masala steak Gatsby, sandwiches or rolls


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Seafood Akhni

Seafood Akhni

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1kg seafood
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 finely chopped tomatoes
50g butter or margarine
5 large whole fresh green chilli, slit open. You may use more or less, depending on your taste
1 Tbsp finely chopped or grated garlic
1 tsp finely chopped or grated ginger
1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander
2 tsp salt, to taste
1 Tbsp red leaf masala/roasted masala
2 tsp seafood / fish masala mix*** see note
1 tsp chilli powder or chilli flakes
1 heaped tsp ground cumin
1 heaped tsp ground coriander
1 heaped tsp turmeric
3 cups of basmati rice or long grain white rice
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 bay leaves
3 cardamom pods
2 pieces of stick cinnamon
3 all-spices
3 cloves
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup of plain yoghurt, Greek yoghurt


Cook rice 3/4 finish and put aside.

Warm a pot on the stove. Add butter and oil. Braise the onions with the whole spices and garlic. Add the dry spices, the tomatoes, lemon juice and cook for about 15 minutes before adding a cup of water and the yoghurt. Stir through.

Add rice and mix well. Layer seafood on top of rice add another 1/2 to 1 cup of water, depending what kind of rice you using. I always use basmati or a long grain white rice for akhnis or breyanis.

Dot with butter and sprinkle a good handful of freshly chopped coriander leaves. Cover with lid. Cook on high for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off, leave covered for a further 5 minutes before serving.


I cooked this akhni over the BBQ coals outside. The exact same method can be use to cook on the stove top.

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Seafood Akhni

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Pickled Fish

Pickled Fish or Ingelegde Vis is thought to have originated from Cape Malay Cooking as a way to preserve fresh fish at the early Cape colony. It was only much later that the aromatic dish became a staple food at Easter time, perhaps chosen for its ability to stay fresh over the long Easter weekend. Whilst pickled fish is closely linked to Cape Town, it is a much-loved dish, enjoyed by both Muslims and Christians.

Pickled fish is a sweet and sour dish which is traditionally eaten over Easter time. This is a very tasty way of preparing fish and can be cooked in advance. The flavour improves with time and stays fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator . Here I have used yellow tail to make this pickled fish. You may use snoek or any other firm fish. Best eaten cold. My kids tend to warm it slightly in the microwave!

1kg snoek or any firm fish cut into large slices

Salt and pepper for seasoning
1 cup  brown vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
3 large onions, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 tsp whole peppercorns
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground coriander / koljana
1 tsp ground cumin / jeera
1/2 tsp turmeric /borrie

1 tsp crushed chillies
1/4 tsp dry ginger
1 tsp curry spice
5 bay leaves

Follow my Youtube tutorial for the method

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Marrow & Frikkadel Stew / Bredie

Marrow & frikkadel stew, perfect comfort food to make on a cold and wintry day. Substitute the marrow with squash if you prefer.

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Serves 6
500g mutton or lamb pieces
2 Tbsps oil
2 onions, chopped
Salt to taste
5 cloves
1 – 2 green chilies, deseeded and chopped
1 piece stick cinnamon
1 large marrow, peeled and cut into thick slices
Water as needed

Frikkadel ingredients:
500g fat free minced meat (steak mince or chicken)
1 large onion
1 small green pepper
1 tomato
1/2 bunch dhanya (optional)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 slice bread (couple of days old is best)
1 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.

Heat the oil in a large deep pot. Braise the onions until very brown, add the meat and spices and cook over medium to high heat until the meat are brown and tender, 20 – 30 minutes depending on the type of meat you using, adding water (not excessive) to prevent it from burning. For best results the meat should be a deep golden brown colour.

Meanwhile prepare your frikkadel. Place a small ball (40ml) of frikkadel mixture in the centre of each slice of marrow. Place the stuffed marrow on top of the mutton mixture, add 1 cup of water. Sprinkle with grated nutmeg, dot with small pieces of butter and steam covered for about 30 minutes on low – medium heat without stirring. (if you need to check on the food stick a wooden spoon gently inside and move slightly) Serve, with white rice and atchar.

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Make a double batch of frikkadel, form into balls, flash freeze and store in a ziplock bag for next time you make a frikkadel dish

Hungarian Tart (Krummel Tert)

Hungarian tart or krummel tert, is a soft crumbly biscuit like cake similar to the short crust pastry. It can be filled with jam of any flavour. Substitute the jam for apples to make an apple crumble. Serve on its own, with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. I’m not sure where the name Hungarian tart originates from though, would be interested if anyone could shed some light on the origin of Hungarian Tart.

Hungarian Tart


125g butter

2 Tbsp cooking oil

1 large egg

2 Tbsp castor sugar

1 tsp vanilla or almond essence

2 cups cake flour, sifted

2 tsp baking powder

Smooth apricot jam (or mixed fruit jam)

Desiccated coconut as needed

Icing sugar as needed

Hungarian Tart / Krummel Tert


Grease a small Swiss roll pan. Or you may use a round cake tin

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add egg, oil and essence, mix well.

Add the sifted flour as well as the baking powder, mix into a soft dough.

Refrigerate one third of the dough for about 20 minutes.

Or you can even put it in the freezer for a few minutes.

Press the remaining dough into prepared pan.

Spread a thick layer of jam on top of the dough in the pan.

Sprinkle a thin layer of coconut over the jam.

Grate the remaining dough on top.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown at 180°C in a pre-heated oven.

Sift the icing sugar over as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Leave to cool in pan then cut into squares/slices.


Summer Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit. In different forms, fruit salad can be served as an appetiser, a side salad, or a dessert with a dollop of fresh cream, yoghurt or vanilla ice cream. It is also a delicious, cheap dessert which serves many people depending on the amount of fruit used.

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Common fruits used in fruit salads include strawberries, pineapple, sweet melon, watermelon, grapes, and kiwifruit, pawpaw, orange, satsuma or any fruit that take your fancy.

I used the following fruit:

1/2 pineapple

1/2 pawpaw

1/2 mango

2 pears

1 cup of mixed green and black grapes

2 kiwi fruits

3 apricots

2 peaches

1 banana

2 satsumas

1/2 lemon

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup pineapple juice

2 tablespoons honey (optional)


Prepare the fruit with a small knife, preferably a serrated knife

Peel the fruit, I left the skin on of the peaches

Carefully remove any pips or stones

Half the grapes

Cut all the fruit into even cubes

Carefully layer or add all the fruit into a suitable bowl, I started with the hard fruit first

Squeeze half a lemon over the fruit, especially the bananas to prevent discolouration

Pour the orange and pineapple juices over the fruit

Drizzle the honey over the fruit

Gently mix all the fruit together, cover with a plate of plastic wrap

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or longer, before serving

This salad is tastier the longer you can let it soak in its juices. I prefer 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator before I serve it. Enjoy.

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How To Make Homemade Bread

Salwaa’s Homemade Bread Video Tutorial

Here I share with you my homemade bread recipe. Traditionally homemade bread was made every Sunday in most households for a light supper in the evening. I serve my bread with corned beef, polony, cheese or left over Sunday roast.

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Homemade Bread

4 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp instant yeast (1 packet yeast)
3 tbsp oil
1½ – 2 cups lukewarm water

Warm Freshly Baked Bread With Butter

Follow my tutorial below for flop proof homemade bread

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Rille Gebak

Rille Gebak is similar to spiced doughnuts made into a distinctive diamond shape. The texture inside is moist and soft whilst the outside is crispy. Rille Gebak can be dipped in sugar syrup or dipped in cinnamon sugar. I dipped mine in cinnamon sugar. My Aunty Labeba kindly shared her recipe with me, I only made half of the recipe and got out approximately 25 rille Gebak. She tells me the last time she made it was when my grandfather was alive!

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Rille Gebak


1 cup brown sugar

200g butter

4 Tbsp oil

2 large eggs

500g self-raising flour (small packet)

Pinch salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp fine ginger

2 tsp fine cardamom

2 tsp fine cinnamon

2 tsp fine naartjie peel (dried satsuma peel) see cook’s note below

¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 – 1¼ cup milk

Oil for deep frying

Cook’s tip

You may use brown sugar or yellow sugar

I keep all my naartjie peels, dry in the air fryer or oven then grind in a spice grinder.

As a guide, I only use 250ml measuring cups

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Rafiekah Jardine says; “I had this at least 30 years ago when my great aunt, ghalati (I really should find out what her name was) made them.”

Adri du Pont says; “The last time I had the honour and pleasure of having authentic, honest rillebak was in 1991 in Paarl ❤️” 

Delicious Homemade Doughnuts

Light, fluffy, airy, soft glazed, sugared or cream doughnuts. These may just be the best homemade doughnuts you will ever make and they are sinfully addictive!

This soft and fluffy doughnuts is one of my best doughnut recipes, passed down from my mother. I’ve made it countless times since a teenager growing up in Surrey Estate, Cape Town. I’ve shared the recipe before and many have made it with great success!

The ingredients used in my recipe are simple everyday store cupboard ingredients:

Flour, you can use cake, plain or all-purpose flour

Yeast, the instant yeast are perfect to use

Milk, either whole or semi-skimmed

Eggs, I prefer using large and free-range eggs

Vanilla essence


White sugar

Butter, I use pure butter but a good baking butter is good to use as well

Coconut Doughnuts Filled With Fresh Cream

Cook’s Tips:

What happens if the doughnuts haven’t been proofed properly?

Over-proofed – leads to oily, collapsed, flat doughnuts.

Under-proofed – leads to stiffer (denser) doughnuts that don’t puff up well when fried.

You might be tempted to shallow fry the doughnuts with less oil. DO NOT do that! Please make sure there’s a good amount of oil, allowing the doughnuts to freely float while being fried.

Doughnuts are best eaten on the same day they are made! You can however, freeze the unglazed doughnuts in an airtight container or zip lock bag for future use. Defrost at room temperature before glazing and filling.

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3 Ingredient Fruit Cake

Introducing my 3 ingredient fruit cake made from dried mixed fruit, cold coffee and self raising flour. This cake can be stored for up to 2 weeks. To store, simply wrap in foil or place into an airtight container at room temperature. Serve on it’s own at room temperature or warm, with a dollop of cream or custard.

You can substitute coffee with:

Juice (orange, apple or pineapple)

Black tea

Chocolate milk

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