Episode 9: Jabu Hlongwane - Calamari on Spinach rice

By Drum Digital
27 August 2013

Gospel singer Jabu Hlongwane is in the kitchen with Zandi Nhlapo. The singer makes calamari on spinach rice

30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2, 5 ml (½ tsp) ground coriander

10 ml (2 tsp) paprika

300 g frozen calamari rings, thawed

125 ml (½ cup) plain yoghurt or Maas

80 ml (? cup) cream

5 ml (1 tsp) cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper

Spinach rice

½ bunch spinach, finely chopped

30 ml (2 tbsp) butter

500 ml (2 cup) Spekko Saman White Rice, cooked

Salt and pepper

Parmesan cheese, shaved to garnish

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry onion and garlic until soft. Add coriander, paprika and calamari, stir-fry for 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in yoghurt, cream and cayenne pepper. Season to taste. Return the pan to heat, simmer for a minute. If too dry add little yoghurt or cream.
  3. Spinach rice, in a large pan sauté spinach in melted butter until wilted. Add cooked Spekko Rice, toss lightly to mix through. Season with salt and pepper.


  • Replace frozen calamari with frozen fish of your choice.
  • Use any Spekko rice variant in this dish.

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