It’s a quick and easy meal that usually yields enough to feed the whole family and doesn’t require too many ingredients.
A smoortjie, for those who don’t know, is like a sambal, made with sauteed onions and usually a tomato sauce mixed with secondary ingredients like chicken liver, viennas, penny polonies or even tinned fish.
This is the ultimate budget buster, a smoortjie is a versatile dish that can go a long way. If you want to get creative you can add a smoortjie to any of the family favourites.
I was reminded of this good ‘ole favourite while paging through the cookbook Cape, Curry and Koesisters by local foodies Fatima Sydow and her sister Gadija Sydow Noordien.