Over the past few years South Africa seen an increase in tourists from India. With the special dietary requirements for Indian food there were not a lot of options for Indian guests to eat in the Oudtshoorn area. With this in mind we at Safari Ostrich Farm were eager to learn more and also provide an option for Indian tourists to have a meal. With Indian chefs travelling with the groups visiting us, we picked-up the taste and flavours of Indian food and the chefs were kind enough to share their cooking secrets with us.
With the help of the chefs and also with the grannies on the tours, and with a lot of reading about their culture we stated to prepare our own Indian food. This also happened with a lot of laughs, especially when we tried to make our fist roti’s. With the rolling, in the hope to get our roti round as it should be, ours looked like the continents of the world! But with our dedicated staff we even today prepare Jain food. Jain vegetarian diet is practiced by the followers of Jain culture and philosophy. It is one of the most strict forms of spiritually motivated diets on the Indian subcontinent.
The surprise on our guests faces when they learn that it is local ladies in our kitchen preparing their food, is to me priceless time after time. The Safari cooks have on numerous occasions been called into the restaurant just for guests to say thank you to them for the buffet set out for them to enjoy.