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.

Carrot Sour Milk Salad

Carrot Sour Milk Salad

CARROT SOUR MILK SALAD   This Recipe Serves 2-4   Carrot Sour Milk Salad is an Indian salad mostly prepared in South Africa. I have been to India & unfortunately never came across this salad as in India you will mostly find Raita which is similar but does not include carrots. This salad is frequently…

Puli Sadam

Puli Sadam

PULI SADAM This Indian Recipe Serves 2-3   Puli Sadam is a popular dish of South India. The term Puli Sadam actually means Tamarind Rice in English. The North Indians (Hindustani’s) know it as Imalee Rice. Growing up, my grandmother used to always prepare Puli Sadam (Tamarind Rice) for us & she was good at it as she…

Potato Curry

Potato Curry

POTATO CURRY   This Indian Recipe Serves 3-5   Potato Curry is one of the least complex curry dishes to prepare. Unlike braised yellow potato, this curry has a spiciness to it as spices are added into this dish. It is a great dish for vegetarians & vegans as well. Potato Curry Ingredients: 3-4 large potatoes 1…

Homemade Paneer

Homemade Paneer

HOMEMADE PANEER   This Indian Recipe Makes ± 25 Centimeter Diameter Circle   This Homemade Paneer recipe is simple to prepare. Paneer is a typically a fresh, homemade cheese which is very common in South Asia, particularly in Indian, Pakistani, Afghan, Nepali, Sri Lankan, & Bangladeshi foods. It is an un-aged, non-softening, acid-set, cheese or…

Cabbage Dhall

Cabbage Dhall

CABBAGE DHALL This Indian Recipe Serves 2-3   Cabbage Dhall also known as Cabbage Pappu is a South Indian dish which my grandmother & mum used to always prepare, since my grandmother is of South Indian culture. The mixture of the dhall & cabbage gives it a distinctive taste which is highly enjoyable especially for those…

Braised Yellow Potato

Braised Yellow Potato

BRAISED YELLOW POTATO   This Indian Recipe Serves 3-5   Braised Yellow Potato is cooked using & fresh green chillies & turmeric powder instead of chilli powder or masala. This dish is often eaten in most Indian restaurants with dosa/masala dosa or simply used as samoosa filling. It can also be enjoyed with roti’s, puri’s, soft…

Curried Dhall

Curried Dhall

CURRIED DHALL This Indian Recipe Serves 2-3   Curried Dhall, in some cases spelled dahl or dhal, & also known to many South Africans as Doll or Dholl, is a staple of Indian veggie lover cooking. This simple recipe is for an essential vegetarian & vegans. This curried version makes the dhall look rich & can…