Gadija Gamieldien Snr (aka Mamma Dij) is a veteran in the kitchen. “Nothing like a full stomach” to make the kids happy, especially her sons who are all grown men by now. Fridays is a “must do or else” ritual at her home… after work, early or late the family converges at their mom’s place to have a wholesome meal – firm favourite being sugar beans bredie or curry. She is a hostess of note, always ready with a cup of tea and something sweet to offer and makes it seem easy to whip up a quick meal for anybody who comes knocking. For decades she made sweet and savoury dishes for her husband’s (The late Sheik Shakier Gamieldiens’) students and friends when they attended class in their home or just popped in for a visit. She makes cooking seem effortless and her recipes has been passed around to family and friends, so in a way she has a hand in many kitchens.. spreading the happiness that cooking brings.

Gadija Gamieldien's favourited recipes


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