About The Book Contents include rice dishes and curries, vegetable, fish, roti, naan and breads, convalescent and remedial foods, desserts and much more. Includes a glossary, index and full colour illustrations. From The Publisher It is gratifying to note that hundreds of copies are sold annually to Non-Indians, both in South Africa and over-seas; and also that leading South African papers and magazines consider Indian Delights to be the standard work for Indian cookery. It is also a matter of rejoicing that we have been able to retain public trust in us after 36 years in the cookery field.

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WhatsApp No stranger to the world of words, Zuleikha Mayat is truly a walking library of history and is gearing up to impart some of her knowledge in her newest read.

Growing up in Potchefstroom, Mayat was one of seven siblings and had dreams of becoming a doctor. My parents were very liberal in the sense that they did not hold me back from wanting to pursue my dreams.

My parents enquired if I could board there so that I too could study medicine. It was then that Mayat decided to do a short course in journalism and fell in love with the pen. This laid the foundation of my career as a writer. M Mayat. After noticing the domesticated routines of talented young women in her area, Mayat decided that it was time to create a more positive space for the young ladies.

The initial aim of the group was to discover their talents and network to assist charitable causes better. We received an influx of recipes from women in our group but to our dismay most of them only required a pinch of this and a handful of that.

The proceeds from the five editions of the books go directly towards our interest free loans for students in tertiary institutions. The NGO had initially started off giving student loans up to the value of R2 but has increased that to R in recent years. The latter was a full on compilation of letters between Mayat and a freedom fighter friend of her brother, Ahmed Kathrada during his incarceration.


Author of ‘Indian Delights’ still writes at 94

The topics of discussion usually centered around arts, culture and religion. But gatherings would be incomplete without the women tucking into the sumptuous meals and snacks that the host provided. It was during those food feasts that Mayat cooked up the idea of compiling a recipe book with the array of treats and meals they enjoyed at various homes. She got her friends to rally around and the first edition of Indian Delights was produced in It was a struggle to Mayat and her team to raise the cash for the first edition of the book, so they approached a publisher, a Mr Ramsamy, who agreed that they could pay him over six months, but after three months they had cleared their debt. The book was no flop and flew off bookshelves like hot samosas at a buffet. She had traveled widely, especially with her husband to medical conferences.


Zuleikha Mayat's Indian Delights still cooking.


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