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  • - [Narrator] Gordon Ramsey

  • is heading to Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

  • to learn the secrets of Zulu cuisine.

  • But how the region developed some of its signature dishes,

  • reveals a deeper and darker history.

  • In just one stroll through a spice market,

  • in Durban, South Africa,

  • you can find the perfect marriage of Indo-African flavor.

  • From the touch of spice and a fresh Ushatini

  • to the powerful heat found in traditional Durban Curry.

  • But how did Indian spices find their way

  • into South African cuisine?

  • - The Zulu palette is very simplistic,

  • but we do add a touch of chili every now and then.

  • - Right.

  • - Because that sort of culture

  • has infiltrated throughout the region.

  • - [Narrator] As of 2019,

  • there are approximately 1.5 million people

  • of Indian descent currently living in South Africa.

  • In 1860, the British began bringing in Indians

  • to what is now known as the Kwazulu-Natal Province.

  • This wave of people were predominantly indentured servants

  • who came to work in South Africa sugarcane industry.

  • India abandoned indentured labor immigration

  • to the province in 1911.

  • But with the end of indentured servitude,

  • came the beginning of apartheid in 1948,

  • the sanction racial segregation and political

  • and economic discrimination against non-whites.

  • Prior to and during the apartheid era,

  • South African Indian cuisine came from Indians,

  • reworking their own classic dishes

  • with the ingredients they had available

  • and combining the elements and new ways.

  • Take one of Durban signature dishes, Durban Curry.

  • When the first groups of indentured servants

  • came to the Kwazulu-Natal Province,

  • ingredients that they were long accustomed to, were scarce.

  • To make meals stretch, local varieties of potatoes

  • were added into the curry,

  • which acted as a base to the abundant amount of meat

  • and poultry available.

  • Durban Curry also garnered its iconic red hot flavor profile

  • due to its incorporation of Indian hot chilies.

  • - Oh my God, that's hot.

  • - I thought you looked like a spicy guy to me.

  • - [Narrator] Another example, Durban's Bunny Chow.

  • The meal is made to be eaten with your hands

  • and it was a more durable spin on Indian bean Curry

  • with roti.

  • It consists of a loaf of white bread

  • with the center hollowed out

  • and stuffed with curry.

  • Several origins tie the dish to the Indian working class

  • and the prejudice conditions of the apartheid era.

  • A popular origin suggests that it was used as a way

  • to serve people of color who were forbidden to eat

  • in cafes and restaurants.

  • Nonwhite customers had to order their food to go

  • at the door and the dense bread served as a robust

  • and portable container.

  • From indentured servitude to apartheid,

  • Indian cuisine in South Africa

  • was not just used as a way to fill hungry bellies.

  • It was used as a way to preserve a culture

  • and helped create a new one in the process.

  • (upbeat music)

- [Narrator] Gordon Ramsey

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