Fire Food and Big Pots – halaal caterers for large volumes


There is nothing quite as delicious as the smoky taste of that favourite Indian rice dish Akhni, cooked over an open flame. A favourite for Sunday lunch, janaza’s (funerals) and even weddings. Admit it, sometimes you’re more excited when they bring out the Akhni at a fancy wedding than all those pretty plated confections. Licking the spicy flavours of the yellow rice and meat mingled with dhai from the tips of your fingers leaves you knowing undoubtedly that you’re at a Muslim function with all the sense of community and belonging that brings.

Cooking in big pots for large functions is as much part of the Indian culture as its DNA. And the need for big quantities of food is inextricably tied to our large families and close community ties. Whether for a janaza, a wedding or other celebrations there will always be a need at least once in your life to order a large pot of food.

Here is a list of suppliers in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban brought right to your fingertips. Some of these cook on fire and some on gas. Usually a minimum order is required to cook on fire.

Cape Town

Osmans Foods, Parow
Known for excellent Akhni which I can personally vouch for. Also do curry and rice, biryani and more.
Minimum order 30 people. Preferably 7 days notice except for Janaza’s.
Contact: 021 931 9504 / 082 485 1804

Narker’s, Woodstock
Known for Biryani. Also do curry and rice, akhni and more.
Minimum order 50 people for fire food, 20 for gas.
Preferably 3-4 days notice except for Janaza’s.
Contact: 021 448 3148
They have a shop in Woodstock where they sell Biryani and Akhni by the kilo on Sundays. You have to place your order on Saturday for Sunday.
Ismail Khan, Rylands
Known for Biryani. Also do curry and rice, akhni and more.
Minimum order 20 people.
Preferably 2 days notice except for Janaza’s.
Contact: 021 691 6926 / 078 495 1000
Hamid Sonday
Also does the cooking for Nakhlistan, the well known Ramadaan and all year feeding scheme.
Minimum order 100 people.
Preferably 2 days notice except for Janaza’s.
Contact: 021 633 2186 / 082 976 8535
Chicktays, Kensington
Contact: 021 593 1515
Cathkin Caterers, Rylands
Well known catering company with their own venue.
Contact: 021 637 4260
Dilnawaaz Khan Rawoot
Roasts, curry and braai in bulk.
Contact: 076 787 7064
Salma Mohamed Khan
Soji in large quantities.
50/100 ppl
Contact: 021 691 0881


Solly Manjra’s, Parlock
Restaurant and Catering
Contact: 031 577 1546
Bemaths, Sea Cow Lake
Catering Company
Contact: 082 959 0532
Exotic Food Caterers, Overport
Caterer with a retail savouries store and a conference centre.
Contact: 031 271 3397

At 53 Home-made Cuisine, Robertsham
Home cooked Daily meals. Known for Haleem.
Min of 20 people for fire food. Cooks on gas as well.
Contact: 061 054 3516
Image Lifestyle Wedding & Conference Centre, Johannesburg
Known for Mutton Khadhai and Biryani. Fire cooking only for large orders.
Minimim order of 20 people
Contact: 011 492 3592

Anver Shaikh, Mayfair West
Cooking for weddings, funerals and other functions.
Call 0763201346
Fozia’s Kitchen, Lenasia
Cooking for weddings, funerals and other functions as well as home-cooked daily meals
011 852 8061 Whatsapp 0721481022
Shop No 3 Penguin Avenue, Extension 1 , Lenasia

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