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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen


Fried rice with shrimp

Recipe By Mogau Seshoene
Photographs By Craig Fraser


4 – 6 cups basmati rice, cooked
2 Tbsp oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp garlic, minced
½ tsp curry powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 cup prawns, peeled and deveined
1 cup cooked vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok or skillet on medium heat. Add the rice and stir vigorously for about 2 – 3 minutes, then remove from the pan and set aside. Wipe the wok or skillet with a clean paper towel or cloth.
  2. Heat another tablespoon of oil in the same wok and sauté onion, garlic and spices till fragrant. Add prawns and fry till cooked. Add the fried rice and cooked vegetables. Stir until everything has been fully combined and heated through, and rice is coated in the spices. Adjust seasoning by adding salt and pepper, if necessary.

About the Author

Mogau Seshoene founded The Lazy Makoti in 2014 after leaving the corporate world to focus on her love for food. What began as lessons for a friend, a bride-to-be who was afraid of being labelled “The Lazy Makoti” (the lazy daughter-in-law) because she couldn’t cook, evolved into a business, and inspired its name. Through The Lazy Makoti, Mogau offers a series of cooking classes targeted at young, modern Afropolitans who have a keen interest in learning to navigate the kitchen with ease and flair. In addition to being in demand for her real-live lessons, Mogau has become Instagram-famous, with thousands of foodie followers.

In line with her desire to promote the role of food in maintaining South African culture and heritage, she hosted a season of a TV show entitled Cooks For Life on which she demonstrated easier and healthier ways to prepare African and South African cuisine.

Mogau was on the M&G top 200 Young SA list in 2015, has taken part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, in the US and has made the Forbes Africa 30 under 30s list. She is a Brand SA Play your Part Ambassador, and in May 2018 received a USIBA Creative and Cultural Industries Award. Mogau has a diploma in Culinary Arts from the Chefs Training and Innovation Academy in Centurion and completed the industry training under Chef Werner at The Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg. She is a contributing food editor for the weekly newspaper, Sunday World.

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