September is #HeritageMonth. As South Africans, we have a rich heritage to celebrate. Our roots lie deep in traditional Africa with a touch of Indian, French, Dutch and Malaysia. Our heritage definitely comes through in our food. And, that’s because South Africans love great food. While we enjoy eating food from other countries, nothing tastes like home.
Here are a few proudly South African dishes to try this #HeritageMonth:
Biltong is the ultimate taste of South Africa, and that’s why we’re mentioning it first. Biltong has been around for as long as people have roamed the African lands. The most popular biltong sold today is beef or game and it’s turning into a multi-billion rand industry. Karaglen SuperSpar has an incredible range of biltong to try. And, don’t forget the dröewors. What could really be better than these South Africa favourties at your next #HeritageMonth braai?
When the Dutch arrived in South Africa they brought along slaves. These slaves hailed from countries such as India, Indonesia and Malaysia where cooking with aromatic spices was the norm. They also brought with them traditional curry recipes which when combined with fresh local produce revolutionised the way we cooked curries. This was the birth of traditional Cape Malay curry.
Yet, another example of a dish which features strongly in our South African heritage. The Malva Pudding is a Dutch import. The sweet sponge cake and sticky sauce with apricot jam is a family favourite in sunny SA. Don’t forget the cream or ice-cream when serving.
No South African braai dinner table will ever be complete without a homemade Chakalaka. The veggie recipe is a delicate combination of Inion, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, beans, and carefully chosen spices (That’s where the Indian influence comes in again).
Ah, the Bunny Chow. This famously favourite South African dish was born in the heart of Durban as street food. The hollowed-out bread loaves were filled with delicious curries and served to immigrant workers in Durban. Today, there is an endless variety of bunnies to choose from including vegetarian varieties.
You might not know this, but the Bobotie is the national dish of South Africa. It was once known as the ‘poor man’s cottage pie” as if featured bread and eggs rather than potatoes. The recipe has evolved to what we know today and it contains mince, curry powder, spices, and dried fruits and topped with bread and milk.
Many people take the humble Milktart for granted, but it’s like no other dish in South Africa. Karaglen SuperSpar makes the best fresh Milktarts daily, be sure to get one this #HeritageMonth