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.

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…

Homemade Jeera Powder

Homemade Jeera Powder

HOMEMADE JEERA POWDER   This Recipe Makes 1kg Ground Jeera (Cumin)   Jeera Or Jeera Powder (also known as cumin) is a fundamental spice of Indian Cuisine. If you’re always one to purchase ground jeera then stop now & start preparing your very own Homemade Jeera Powder. The taste is much better when it is freshly…

White Potato Fry

White Potato Fry

WHITE POTATO FRY   This Recipe Serve 2-3   White Potato Fry is a softly prepared potato dish spiced with impactful seasonings & embellished with herbs & spices. This adaptable dish can be prepared for those fasting days & is an ideal meal for those veggie lovers. Unlike the usual potato curry, this White Potato Fry…

Calabash And Shrimp Curry

Calabash And Shrimp Curry

CALABASH AND SHRIMP CURRY   This Indian Recipe Serves 3-5   Calabash And Shrimp Curry is a delicious twist with flavours of the vegetable & shellfish. This curry may omit the shrimp if you need a vegetable curry for those meat free days or if you’re allergic to any fish. Growing up, my family used to…