Wednesday, 21 August, 2019


Coconut – tree that gives all that is necessary for living

“He who plants a coconut tree, plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a heat source, habitation for himself and a heritage for his children.” – A South Seas saying, from Norman Van Aken’s The Great Exotic Fruit Book. KNOWN AS “TENGAI” (LITERALLY “honey fruit”) in Tamil, and as “nariyal” in Hindi (literally “fruit containing water”, from the root word ... Read More »

Eating From Banana Leaves

  Celebrating 150 Years Of Indians In South Africa IT WAS ONE OF those incredible epics of history: the story of Indian indenture. 150 years ago, two ships, the Belvedere and the Truro, left the ports of Calcutta and Madras carrying people to labour in South Africa. By then the indentured had already journeyed from their villages and were bundled ... Read More »

curry recipe

  Curry Paste A curry paste is a “wet” blend of spices cooked with oil and vinegar which helps to preserve the spices. It is a quick and convenient way of adding a mixture of spices, and as you only need to add a small amount, it will add minimal fat to a recipe. Ingredients: ½ cup coriander seeds 4 ... Read More »

The beauty of the banana plant

  BANANA IS A TROPICAL plant which grows best under warm conditions. Most are tall-growing and have green leaves. For ornamental purposes, bananas may be planted as close as 2 to 3 feet apart, but those planted for fruit production should be spaced about 8 to 10 feet apart. After fruiting, the mother plant which bore, should be cut off ... Read More »

Butter Chicken

  Ingredients: 6 chicken fillets (900g), washed & cubed ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon crushed cumin & coriander mix 2 teaspoon chilli powder ½ teaspoon white pepper 1 teaspoon crushed garlic 1 tablespoon oil 1 onion, finely sliced 2 cardamon pods (elachi) 4 black peppercorns 1 teaspoon whole cumin ½ tomato, grated ½ cup tomato puree 175 ml plain low ... Read More »

Crunchy Summer Salad

  Ingredients: 150g packet lettuce leaves Cucumber rings, thinly sliced, approx 15 1 carrot, cut into julienne strips 1 pineapple, cleaned and cubed 1 cup strawberries, washed and cut into chunks 2 kiwi-fruit, sliced 1 orange, peeled and segmented 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (til) ¼ cup chopped almonds Method: Arrange the lettuce leaves at the base of the serving platter. ... Read More »


  Salt is essential not only to life, but to good health. It’s always been that way. Salt is ubiquitous in foods and consumed in relatively constant amounts in our diets; it is essential to our health and development. Most of our salt comes from foods, some from water. Salt is the ultimate ‘sustainable’ resource. It is recycled naturally and ... Read More »

Indian Recipes One


Besan Ke Ladoo Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha, who is well known for his love and inclination towards sweets like modak and besan ke ladoo. Therefore, it is of prime importance to offer the Lord besan ke laddu on this special occasion. No doubt, these ladoos are very tasty and are loved by almost everyone. So, ... Read More »

Indian Recipes Two


Ingredients: ½ kg meat 3 cups of basmati rice 5 tsp ghee 1 sliced onion (large) 1 finely chopped tomato (medium) 5 green chillies 2 pieces ginger 4 pods of garlic 10 cashew nuts a pinch of saffron 1 cup of coconut milk ½ cup (chopped) coriander leaves ½ cup (chopped) mint leaves 5 cups of water 2 cardamon 1 ... Read More »

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