Definition of Cape Malay in English:

Cape Malay

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(also Cape Muslim)


  • (In South Africa) a member of a predominantly Afrikaans-speaking and Muslim group resident mainly in the province of Western Cape. Compare with Cape coloured.
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    • The teachings of Islam, the religion practised by most Cape Malays dictate which foods may be eaten.
    • They came to be called Cape Malays as they all spoke Malay, an important trading language at that time.
    • The origins of these people is not the same as the Cape Malays and they are not Muslim.


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  • Relating to the Cape Malay people.
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    • Served with a variety of sambals and atjars, Cape Malay curries are famous for their full-bodied flavour.
    • We learn how to mix Masala, fold Samoosas, and how to balance the delicate flavours of a Cape Malay curry.
    • Bruce Robertson, chef at the Showroom in Cape Town, refers to Cape Malay cuisine as South Africa's home cooking.

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