Cape Town Malay Cooking Classes

Gamidah of Lekka Kombuis

Have you ever thought of doing a Cape Town Malay Cooking Class? Do you want to learn how to do a traditional bootie, chicken curry or the spicy delicious samosas?

If you ever fancied learning how to make delicious traditional Cape Malay food in Cape Town, you definitely are in for a treat if you book a cooking class with Gamidah. When my American expat friend and I joined one of Gamidah's Malay cooking classes in the Bo-Kaap, we were having lots of fun preparing and eating traditional Cape Malay Food. 

At Gamidah's class, you will learn to make really simple to make and very delicious Cape Malay food which the local Cape Malay enjoy at home every day. Hence the name: "Lekka Kombuis", which means as much as "Delicious homemade food". While Gamidah was telling us many stories about her cultural upbringing and the traditional fast for Muslims at Ramadan, we were busy rolling our rotis, folding up yummysamoosas and watching our hostess creating a very tasty chicken curry with lots of fragrant spices.

While Gamidah was telling us many stories about her cultural upbringing and the traditional fast for Muslims at Ramadan, we were busy rolling our rotis, folding up yummysamoosas and watching our hostess creating a very tasty chicken curry with lots of fragrant spices.

Cape Malay Cooking Class

The Cape Town Malay cooking class takes place in one of the beautiful colourful houses in Wale Street in the Bo-Kaap. The kitchen is modern, clean and well equipped. Gamidah who is giving cooking classes already for many years in her own home is a wonderful chef who prepares a delcious meal which you will eat together in her modern kitchen.

The class is very relaxed and as much hands-on as you like. So feel free to join in the fun or relax, watch and enjoy. When the meal was cooked and ready to be served, we already had snacked on our samoosas and then enjoyed the other dishes we had prepared together.

As another treat Gamidah served us her fabulous Cape Malay koeksisters as a dessert. This Malay sweet pastry is totally different in texture, taste and appearance to the cooksisters you will find in most shops in Cape Town. Cape Malay cooksisters do not look like the braided pastry of the Afrikaans cooking tradition, but more simple, looking like smaller donuts. They are very delicious and not as sticky and sweet as the Afrikaans koeksisters.

Most of the fun of the two hour cooking class however, was definitely the rolling and folding up of the vegetarian samoosas. For us beginners, it was quite an achievement to get a perfectly formed triangular samoosa, without dripping filling or ripped pastry sheets's. And the taste was really simple but oh so yummy! This actually makes the perfect snack for your next dinner party.

Click here to find Gamidah's fabulous samoosa recipe.

Cape Town Bo-Kaap Tour and Cooking Class

If you want to experience the wonderful Cape Malay hospitality and learn a bit more about the historic Cape Malay Quarter in Cape Town, book the excellent BoKaap Tour Pam McOnie offers with her Cape Fusion Tours. To learn more about Pam's Bo-Kaap Tour, read what you can explore when you visit the brightly colored Cape Town suburb with her. 

Go to my Bo-Kaap Tour review.

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