How to Cook the Perfect Rice for Curry

Rice, the staple grain in many cultures, plays a pivotal role in complementing the rich and diverse flavors of curry. In this guide, we’ll delve into the nuances of cooking various types of rice – Basmati, Jasmine, white, and brown – to achieve that perfect harmony with curry dishes. Understanding Rice Varieties Basmati Rice: The […]


Fennel in Indian Cooking: The Aniseed Flair with Age-Old Culinary and Healthful Riches

The complex yet harmonious symphony of Indian cuisine is composed of numerous spices, each bringing its own melody to the grand orchestra. Among these maestros, fennel, or as it’s affectionately called in India, “saunf,” strikes a unique chord with its sweet, licorice-like flavor and myriad health benefits. Historical Significance The bond between fennel and the […]


How to Clean Curry Stains Off White Enamel Pots: A Step-by-Step Guide

Hey there, curry lovers. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve had a slight mishap in the kitchen and are now staring at a stubborn curry stain on your beloved white enamel pot. No need to panic – we’ve all been there. Enamel pots look classy and are great for cooking, but when it comes […]


What Indian dialects are spoken in Durban?

Durban, located in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is home to one of the largest Indian populations outside of India. The Indian community in Durban primarily traces its origins back to the indentured laborers who were brought to work on sugar cane plantations in the 19th century. Given this historical context, the predominant Indian dialects and […]


Turmeric in Indian Cooking: The Golden Spice with a Rich Legacy and Proven Health Benefits

The canvas of Indian culinary traditions is painted with a medley of spices, each one contributing its unique hue and essence. Among these, turmeric, locally referred to as “haldi,” shines bright, both metaphorically and literally. This golden-yellow spice is a staple in Indian kitchens, offering a warm, earthy flavor and a host of health benefits. […]


Fenugreek Seeds in Indian Cooking: A Spice with History, Flavor, and Health Benefits

India, a country renowned for its rich culinary heritage, utilizes a vast array of spices and ingredients to craft dishes that are both flavorful and healthful. Among these ingredients is the modest fenugreek seed, locally known as ‘methi’. Fenugreek seeds have played an intrinsic role in Indian cooking for thousands of years, not only lending […]


Durban Soji Recipe

The History of Soji in Durban Soji, also known as Kesari, is a semolina-based sweet dessert prominent in many parts of India. The history of Soji in Durban traces back to the period when the first indentured Indian laborers were brought to South Africa in the late 19th century. With them, they brought their rich […]


Gluten-Free Indian Naan Bread

Naan is a popular Indian flatbread, traditionally baked inside a tandoor or clay oven. This soft, chewy bread is the perfect accompaniment to curries, kebabs, and a variety of Indian dishes. However, traditional naan is made with wheat flour, which contains gluten, making it unsuitable for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. But worry […]


The Alluring Origins and Uses of Garam Masala

The Origins of Garam Masala The rich tapestry of Indian cuisine is woven with tales of trade, conquest, and cultural intermingling. Among its myriad threads, the story of Garam Masala holds a special place. Literally translated as “hot spice”, although not necessarily spicy-hot, Garam Masala traces its roots back to ancient India where it was […]


How to Make Gluten-Free Roti

The beauty of food lies not only in its flavors, but also in its adaptability. Dietary needs or lifestyle choices should never stand in the way of savoring your favorite dishes. This statement is particularly true for Indian cuisine, where the traditional wheat-based roti, a staple for many households, often presents a challenge for those […]

The Perfect Samosa Pur: A Step-by-Step Guide

The art of preparing the perfect Samosa Puri or Pur as better known in South Africa – the crisp, flaky, and wonderfully layered wrapper for the much-loved Indian snack, the Samosa – is a tradition that has been passed down through generations. Yet, many people find the prospect of making samosa pur at home quite […]

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What is the difference between Curry Powder and Masala?

First, let’s talk about the term “masala.” Masala is a broad term used in South Asian cuisine, particularly Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi cuisines, to refer to a blend of spices. It can be a dry powder or a paste that is used to flavor various dishes. The composition of a masala can vary greatly depending […]


So why do we actually soak the beans before making Durban Sugar Bean Curry?

I know that we have always just soaked the sugar beans, without thinking, before cooking them – but why do we do it? Here’s a brief summary: The practice of soaking beans, including sugar beans, overnight is rooted in two main reasons: Note: Many people add a teaspoon of bicarb to the water when they […]