INDIAN DELIGHTS COOKBOOK ZULEIKHA MAYAT PDF

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.

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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. Mayat said proceeds from the book went to the charitable work they did — providing bursaries for needy students.

Mayat attributed her caring nature to her father, Mohamed, a prominent businessman in Potchefstroom. Mohamed was born in India and his father brought him to Potchefstroom when he was 5, and returned to India when he was 18, to marry Amina in , Amina eventually joined Mohamed in South Africa, three years later.

But when she arrived and worked in the general dealer store that Mohamed operated in Potchefstroom, she became popular with the way she did business, even though Afrikaans was the dominant language. But dad never refused anyone. After completing her primary level of education, she wanted to go further, but there was no facility available in the area that could accommodate her — there was a convent school, but it only catered for white pupils.

Her brothers encouraged her to study via correspondence and she managed to complete matric in that way. She continued to work in the shop post-matric, but her lot in life changed when she met her husband, Mohamed, who was a friend and fellow student of her brother, Nasim. Mohamed and Nasim were students at Wits Medical School.

Mayat and her husband bought a home in Clare Estate and were neighbours of the celebrated photographer Ranjith Kally, who died last week. Mohamed, a gynecologist, teamed up with two other doctors and opened the Shifa Hospital, a bed facility, in Mayat and her husband were progressive and open-minded people, and counted Ismail and Fatima Meer as good friends. They often interacted with, and housed, anti-apartheid activists on the run from the authorities.

One such guest at the Mayat household was Nelson Mandela. Mayat remembers her husband getting a call from Ismail Meer saying petrol was cheap at a particular garage.

But that was a coded message directing Mohamed to a particular garage to fetch Mandela, who was dressed as a petrol attendant. While Mohamed had the goodness to extend his medical knowledge to all those in need, he was denied the same courtesy when he was involved in a car crash in There were four of us in the vehicle, including my sister. He looked fine and smiled at me when I asked if he needed help.

We were taken to the Leratong Hospital, but he was denied treatment due to his race. While producing Indian Delights was a defining moment in her life, Mayat prefers to be acknowledged for her other books, which related her worldwide travels and religion.

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