Indian cuisine has an outburst of flavors ranging from mild to spicy. Spices are used extensively in Indian dishes which give them their distinctive flavor. Indian migrants were brought to South Africa as slaves in the 18th & 19th century.

The most popular Indian cuisine dishes in South Africa include Curries, Biryani, Samoosa’s, Bunny Chows & Chicken Tikka.

Bunny Chows were created by the Indian slaves as they did not have plates to eat their food. Indian slaves decided to make a deep hole in a loaf of bread & place their curries in them. This gave them the support to eat their meals with ease & hence the Bunny Chow was invented. This dish is by far the most popular Indian dish in South Africa.

Chicken Naan Fold Overs

Chicken Naan Fold Overs

CHICKEN NAAN FOLD OVERS   This Recipe Makes 4-6 Fold Overs   These Chicken Naan Fold Overs make such great lunches or dinners. They are so simple to prepare & will definitely satisfy your hunger. Unlike wraps, these are made with naans instead of rotis or tortillas, they are filled with chicken & raita & the naans…

Tuna Fish Cakes

Tuna Fish Cakes

TUNA FISH CAKES This Recipe Makes ± 16 Fish Cakes   If you’re a lover of all things fishy – especially tuna, then these Tuna Fish Cakes recipe is perfect for you. It can be served as a main meal or as a starter or a simple snack. The kids will also enjoy this treat, it tastes…

Whole Wheat Naan

Whole Wheat Naan

WHOLE WHEAT NAAN   This Recipe Makes 8 Whole Wheat Naans   We all know naan goes well with almost any meal but for those who live a healthy lifestyle, naan isn’t an everyday option. I have recently started eating much healthier & both my husband & I enjoy naan so I figured why not make Whole Wheat…

Tomato Cucumber Raita

Tomato Cucumber Raita

TOMATO CUCUMBER RAITA   This Recipe Serves 2   Tomato Cucumber Raita is a cooling salad or dip, most often eaten with curries or wraps. This recipe is so simple & will leave you feeling refreshed. Raita is a typical name of a salad or dip from the Indian subcontinent, made with yogurt, which is…

Cooked Dough Roti

Cooked Dough Roti

COOKED DOUGH ROTI   This Indian Recipe Makes ± 1 Dozen (± 12 Pieces)   This Cooked Dough Roti recipe is quite different with preparation, hence the title Cooked Dough Roti, which typically means the dough is cooked before it can be rolled out. This method is fairly simple & in my opinion their super soft & are much healthier…

Braised Mutton

BRAISED MUTTON   This Indian Recipe Serves 2-3   Braised Mutton is more on the dryer side as compared to the typical Mutton Curry. This dish is prepared in many Indian home within South Africa. My mum always prepared this meal & as a kid I wasn’t too fond of it as there was no gravy, but as an…

Homemade Dhania Powder

Homemade Dhania Powder

HOMEMADE DHANIA POWDER   This Recipe Makes 1kg Ground Dhania (Coriander)   Dhania or Coriander powder is one of the world’s oldest spices It is viewed as both a herb and a spice. Coriander or Dhania is also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley. The seeds are roasted & then grounded. This holds the aroma of…

Sour Herbs Dhall

Sour Herbs Dhall

SOUR HERBS DHALL This Indian Recipe Serves 2-3   Sour Herbs Dhall, in some cases spelled dahl or dhal, & also known to many South Africans as Doll or Dholl, is an extraordinary twist from the simple Pea Dhall recipe. This simple recipe can be consumed by vegetarians & vegans. This meal was a staple in my…

Semolina Roti

Semolina Roti

SEMOLINA ROTI This Indian Recipe Makes 8 Rotis   Semolina Roti is an Indian flat bread made from semolina (soji). This roti is amazingly soft & delicious, infact they remain shockingly delicate for quite a while as contrasted to a normal wheat flour roti & can be eaten with almost any meal. Roti (otherwise called handmade bread or chapati)…

Hard Porridge

Hard Porridge

HARD PORRIDGE This Indian Recipe Makes ± 4 Molds   Hard Porridge is also known as Sangiti, Sangetti or Kali in South African Indian homes. Growing up, I referred to it as Kali. Hard porridge is made from maize flour. Mealie-meal or mielie meal is a moderately coarse flour (substantially coarser than cornflour or cornstarch) produced using…