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Chickpea Salad


Here is a quick and easy chickpea salad recipe.

Salwaa’s Chickpea Salad

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In a salad bowl mix the following:

A can of drained chick peas

1/2 cucumber cut into small cubes pieces

1 large chopped tomato

Add 1/4 tsp each paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder and mixed herbs.

Add a good squeeze of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Mix well and enjoy a refreshing and delicious salad.

Garnish with fresh chopped coriander.

Chickpea Salad

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Tuna Salad


Salwaa’s Tuna Salad

I remember my mother making this salad often in summer at lunch time. Instead of tuna she would use tin salmon as well. Absolutely delicious as a light lunch of a hot summers day. Perfect to pack in your picnic box too for those lazy days out.

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Ingredients:

1 tin tuna, drained

1 finely chopped onion

1 – 2 finely chopped green chillies

1/2 each finely chopped mixed peppers (robot peppers / bell peppers)

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Mayonnaise

Feta cheese

4 boiled eggs

Method:

Mix the above ingredients, excluding the hard boiled eggs, in a large serve bowl.

Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Mix with a generous amount of mayonnaise, according to your taste.

Garnish with small blocks of feta cheese and hard boiled egg cut in quarters.

Serve with crusty bread, crisps and a fresh garden salad.

Variation: Boil 1/2 packet of pasta of choice as per packet instruction and mix together for a tuna pasta salad.

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Recipe for 100 Koesisters


Traditional Cape Malay Koesisters

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Traditional Cape Malay Koesisters are sweet spicy doughnut like balls of goodness. The big difference though is that koesister are loaded with earthy warm spices. Some of the ground spices used are cardamom, cinnamon and aniseed amongst others.

Koesisters are traditionally eaten on Sundays for breakfast although it can and will be enjoyed at any time!

Unsyruped koesisters can be frozen, defrost when needed and syrup following my video here.

I find grinding whole spices gives a delicious rich flavour to koesisters. If you’re not able to grind your spices, then I would suggest buying enough to use immediately or store your spices in an airtight container in the freezer to preserve the flavours. You’ll find all the spices readily available from your local supermarket or spice shop.

Save your satsuma / naartjie peels, dry it out in the oven or sun (if you lucky to live to live where it hot most of the time) and grind it into a powder.

A few tips; set enough time aside for the whole process. This will take a whole morning or afternoon from start to finish. Whilst the dough is rising you can watch your favourite tv show or a movie or catch up with my video tutorials, lol!

I’ve been asked many times to share my recipe for making koesisters in bulk. So here follows my recipe.

This is a good way of generating an extra income for you, working from home. Spread the word and start selling koesisters in your area!

Remember, you’ll need an extra large bowl for mixing.

Ingredients to make 100 Cape Malay Koesisters

2kg cake / plain / all purpose flour

3 heaped tablespoons ginger powder

3 heaped tablespoons cinnamon powder

4 teaspoons cardamom powder

6 tablespoons aniseed powder

3 tablespoons whole aniseed

4 level teaspoons mix spice

4 teaspoons ground naartjie / satsuma peel

4 packets instant yeast (7g or 10g)

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon salt

4 eggs

1/2 cup cooking oil

4 cups hot water

2 – 2½ cups milk

3 litres oil for deep frying

Method:

Add and mix all the dry ingredients into a very large bowl.

Measure and mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well until a soft dough forms.

Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise until double in size.

When the dough has risen, pour some oil into a plate or bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. Divide the dough into small pieces, the size of a golf ball, approximately.

You’ll get about 100 – 108 pieces of dough. Roll the dough into smooth balls and place onto a lightly oiled surface.

Allow the koesister balls to rise until double in size. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot or saucepan. Once the oil is hot and the koesisters have risen, turn the flame lower to medium/high.

Gently pull the koesister balls into an oblong shape and fry until browned, about two minutes on each side. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent kitchen paper.

Watch my video tutorial for more tips and to see my method.

Koesister Video Tutorial
How to sugar / syrup koesisters

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Crispy Fish Batter


Salwaa’s Crispy Fish Batter

Fish and chips taste so much better when you make it yourself from scratch and if you follow my recipe below you’ll get perfectly fried fish every time! You can use my recipe for snoek, hake, cod or even prawn. You can also follow my youtube video, link below, for easy reference.

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You can use any fish of choice like snoek, hake, cod etc. I prefer using cod cut into small pieces.

For the batter:
1 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 TBSP brown vinegar
1/2 tsp black pepper / cayenne
1/2 tsp chilli powder (optional)
1/2 cup soda water or more

Mix together into a batter, the mixture should not be runny.

Season fish lightly with salt and dust slightly with extra flour.

Dip the fish, both sides into the batter, you can repeat the dipping for a thicker batter and shallow / deep fry for a few minutes aside until light brown and crispy. Remove the fried fish gently from the oil and drain on paper towel.

Serve with chips, tartar sauce, lemon atchar, pickled onions or a squeeze of lemon juice. Alternative sprinkle the fish liberally with brown vinegar and salt.

You’ll find my tartar recipe below.

Salwaa’s Homemade Tartar Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise 

1 pickled gherkin finely chopped 

1 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley 

2 Tbsp lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and serve with any fish, prawns, calamari etc…

Enjoy!

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Crispy Fried Chicken


Next level crispy fried chicken recipe which is an absolute must to try!

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The secret to making juicy fried chicken is to try and cut the chicken into even size pieces. Cut the breast pieces into 2 or 3. Smaller breast pieces will have similar cooking time as the legs and thighs.

Marinade the chicken at least 4 hours or overnight. Don’t rush this step.

Season generously.

Leave the chicken to rest after it’s been breaded in order for a crust to form. I usually leave mine for at least an hour before frying.

Use a heavy based pan for frying with a few centimetres of oil. No need for deep frying.

Don’t ruin your crispy chicken by placing the finished product on a layer of paper towels. The paper can cause the chicken to steam, making the crispiness go soggy. Instead, cover a baking tray with a wire rack. Transfer each fried chicken piece onto the wire rack. The excess oil will drip off the rack onto the tray without loosing any of the crispiness.

Crispy Fried Chicken

Ingredients

1 whole chicken cut into pieces, see tip above

Sunflower oil, for frying

For the spice mix

2 tbsp paprika

2 tsp garlic granules

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp dried mixed herbs

1 chicken stock cube, crumbled

For the buttermilk marinade

2 cups milk

2 tbsp white or brown vinegar

1 egg

1 tsp salt

For the coating

1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup cornflour / maizena

Method:

In a small bowl, mix all the dry spices together.

Whisk the milk with the vinegar, egg, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon of the spice mix in a bowl to make the buttermilk marinade. Add the cleaned chicken pieces, mix well and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

When you’re ready to fry your chicken, make the coating by combining the flours with the remaining spice mix.

Drain the chicken pieces, reserving the marinade. One by one, dredge each piece of chicken in the flour, then dip in the reserved marinade, then dredge again in the flour, pressing on as much as you can to coat. Transfer the coated thighs to a large tray. Refrigerate for an hour for the coating to form onto the chicken.

Heat a 10cm depth of oil in a heavy based saucepan or deep-fat fryer until it reaches 175C. Gently lower 3 to 4 pieces of chicken into the oil. Don’t overcrowd the pan.

Fry over medium heat about 5 minute a side. Don’t be tempted to turn the chicken in the first 3 minutes. Leave to cook undisturbed, cook until it’s a deep golden colour and crisp on the outside.

Remove from the oil onto your wire rack. Sprinkle the fried chicken with sea salt, serve with a fresh garden salad, rice or chips.

On this occasion I served my fried chicken with BBQ baked beans and a gravy.

Fried chicken served with bbq baked beans and a gravy

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Braised Minced Meat


Braised Minced Meat (gesmoorde mince)

Minced Meat Bredie

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Quick, easy and very economical to make. Serve with white rice and atchar or homemade blatjang.

Serves 6
1 kg minced meat
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 large green pepper, finely chopped
2 tsp finely grated garlic
2 green chillies, chopped
5 allspice
5 cloves

3 bay leaves
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tsp black pepper

1 cube beef stock dissolved in 1 cup hot water (optional)
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
2 cups frozen mix veg or frozen peas

Method:
Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onion and braise until the onions are very brown. Once the onions are brown add the green pepper, garlic and spices, you may add half a cup of water if the onions are starting to stick to the bottom of the pot. Add the minced meat, stir to separate the minced meat, cook over medium heat until the mince is brown.

Next add the potatoes pieces with the beef stock, if using or water as necessary, cook until the potatoes are semi soft. Add the frozen veg / peas and cook over low to medium heat until the potatoes are soft. You may add more water if necessary. Serve with white rice and atchars or blatjang.

Minced Bredie With Mixed Veg

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Tomato Sausage Bredie


Salwaa’s Tomato Sausage Bredie (Stew)

Here’s another midweek budget friendly recipe.

Tomato Sausage Bredie

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From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage heritage alive since 2011!

500g sausage cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon cooking oil
500g red ripe tomatoes, washed, chopped or liquidised or 1 tin chopped tomatoes or use both the fresh and tin tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 green chilles , chopped or more
1 heaped TBSP tomato paste
3 potatoes, peeled and sliced into quarters
2 tablespoons sugar or to taste

Method:
Heat the oil in a big, heavy-bottomed saucepan, over medium heat.
Sauté the onions in the oil until golden, soft and golden brown.
Add the potatoes and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes , stirring often and adding water to prevent the potatoes sticking to the pan and burning.
Add the tomatoes garlic, salt, chillies and tomato paste and simmer a further 15 minutes.
Add the sausages and cook until the potatoes are completely soft.
Add the sugar and cook a further 5 minutes.
Serve warm with steamed / boiled white rice.

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Cooks Tip:
DO NOT add the sugar until the potatoes are completely soft as the sugar will prevent the potatoes from softening.

Add a a tin of baked beans to stretch this dish even further 🙂

Tomato and Chicken Bredie


Salwaa’s Tomato & Chicken Bredie

Here’s another budget friendly midweek dish to prepare for your family.

Chicken and Tomato Bredie

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delight
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Ingredients:
8-10 pieces of chicken
1 Tbsp cooking oil
500g red ripe tomatoes, washed, chopped or liquidised and / tin of chopped tomatoes or use both
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 green chillies, chopped or more
2 tsp tomato paste
3 potatoes, peeled and sliced into quarters
2 tablespoons sugar or to taste

Method:
Heat the oil in a big, heavy-bottomed saucepan, over medium heat.
Sauté the onions in the oil until golden, soft and golden brown.
Add the chicken pieces and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes to brown slightly.
Add the chopped / liquidised tomato, garlic, salt, chillies and tomato paste and simmer a further 5 minutes.
Add the potatoes and cook until the potatoes are soft.
Add the sugar last and cook a further 5 minutes.
Serve warm with steamed / boiled white rice.

Cooks Tip:
DO NOT add the sugar until the potatoes are completely soft as the sugar will prevent the potatoes from softening.
Prepare the Tomato Bredie a day in advance and leave in the refrigerator. Vegetable bredie’s flavour enhances if it eaten the next day. Reheat and serve with boiled rice.

Buy tomatoes when in season and it’s slightly cheaper. Cut and liquidise, divide into portions, pour into freezer friendly ziplock bags or containers and freeze until needed.

Use tin tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes
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Tomato Pootjies / Trotters


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Salwaa’s Tomato Trotters / Pootjies In Tamatie / Tomato Paya

Pootjies en Tamatie

In time gone by this dish was almost always served at thikrs, gadats, weddings or any family functions. Nowadays, it’s see as delicacy and not many people make it. Before cooking ensure all the little hairs are removed from the trotters / pootjies. Some butcher shops sell the trotters already cleaned. In the past a razor blade was used to scrape the hair off and then it was further cleaned by burning the small hairs over an open flame.

Ingredients:
8 cleaned sheep trotters or ox trotter cut into pieces. Cover with water, add a few bay leaves. Bring to the boil and cook until the trotters are soft and tender. The trotters will have to cook/simmer over medium heat for at least 2 hours to ensure its tender. Top up with water as needed.

Cook the trotters/ pootjies until soft

When the trotters are cooked, keep the liquid aside and use the liquid when cooking the tomatoes for extra flavour.

1 Tbsp cooking oil
1 kg red ripe tomatoes, washed, chopped or liquidised

1 tin of chopped tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 large onion, chopped
2 tsp salt or too taste
2-3 chopped green chillies (use more or less according to your taste)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
3 large potatoes, peeled and sliced into quarters, optional
2 Tbsp sugar or to taste

Method:
Heat the oil in a saucepan, over medium heat.
Sauté the onions in the oil until soft and golden brown.
Add the cooked trotters and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Add the chopped / liquidised tomato, garlic, salt, chillies and tomato paste and simmer a further 30 minutes until the tomato has cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
Add the potatoes and cook until the potatoes are soft.
Lastly add the sugar, cook a further 5 minutes.
Serve warm with steamed / boiled white rice.

Cooks Tip:
Use the liquid of cooked trotters in food and not water.
DO NOT add the sugar until the potatoes are completely soft as the sugar will prevent the potatoes from softening.
Prepare the Bredie a day in advance and leave in the refrigerator. Vegetable bredie’s flavour enhances if it eaten the next day. Reheat and serve with boiled rice.

Tin Fish – Pilchards Curry


Salwaa’s Tin Fish – Pilchards Curry

Pilchard Curry

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1 tin of pilchard tin fish separate the tomato sauce from the fish and remove bones gently without breaking fish to much

Braise a small chopped onion in a little oil.
Add: 1/2 finely chopped capsicum / green pepper
2 cloves of grated garlic
3-4 finely chopped green chillies or to taste
At this stage I added a few baby potatoes and cook it for about 10 minutes add drops of water as needed.


Add:
Salt to taste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin
Cook for a further 10 minutes and 1/2 of the tomato sauce with drops of water as needed.
If potatoes are soft add the fish and gently shake the pot side to side.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and a squeeze of fresh lemon

Serve with plain boiled rice and lemon atchar.
Enjoy!

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