10 most popular recipes in March 2024

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10 most popular recipes in March 2024

Nostalgia and special occasions dominated your food searches on TASTE in March. Ramadan and Easter happened in March, which always leads to interesting food choices. Plus, we launched various video series on TikTok that you loved and led you straight to our website to check out the recipes. From family recipes to options for Suhoor, here are the 10 recipes you loved most last month.

10. Fried chicken with chilli-and-lime seasoning

Your mom called. And she’s obsessed with this fried chicken recipe by Clem Pedro. Clem shows you how to make the perfect fried chicken every time, plus takes things up a notch by adding chilli-and-lime seasoning. Trust us, this recipe will be a firm favourite in your home.


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Find the recipe for fried chicken with chilli-and-lime seasoning here. 

Want more chicken recipes? Check out our recipe collection. 

9. Date smoothie for Suhoor

You need just 5 ingredients to make this smoothie. Cookbook author, newspaper columnist, radio host and the founder of Sprinkles and Spice, Farzana Kumandan shared this recipe with TASTE a few years ago and it has become a go-to recipe for Suhoor during Ramadan.

date smoothie for suhoor

Find the recipe for date smoothie for Suhoor here. 

8. Chicken biryani cooked over fire

One food that is synonymous with celebration is biryani. With Easter, two long weekends and school holidays, there were plenty of reasons for celebration in March. No wonder you flocked to Mohammed Adam’s chicken biryani recipe. This was his grandmother’s recipe and it’s filled with memories. We’re sure you’ll make memories around this dish, too.

braaied chicken biryani

Find the recipe for chicken biryani cooked over fire here. 

ALSO READ: 10 most popular recipes in February 2024

7. Overnight oats for Suhoor

This is another Suhoor recipe from Farzana Kumandan and it’s perfect. It takes just 5 minutes to prep the night before and it’ll be ready for you in the morning. Farzana uses dates, dried berries and nuts in her recipe to ensure you get everything you need for your Suhoor meal.

overnight oats for suhoor

Find the recipe for overnight oats for Suhoor here.

6. Mum’s curried mince mac and cheese

In March we shared a series of family recipes from Tahila Pillay, a.k.a. @That Dancing Chef, on TikTok. It sparked conversation, inspiration and made many people feel seen and represented. There are a few recipes from that series on this list, starting with this amazing mash-up of curried mince and mac and cheese by Tahila’s mom.

@wwtaste This curried pasta bake might be the most satisfying dinner we’ve ever tasted! Welcome to @That Dancing Chef🌸’s series of family gems! Tahila is a trained chef (she did time at top Cape restaurant, The Test Kitchen 🙌), but she agrees with us on one thing: family recipes are the best! And this one by her mum is a total winner! Mum’s curried mince mac and cheese: 250 g macaroni, cooked. For the curried mince: 1 T olive oil, 3 T butter, 1 medium onion, chopped, 1 T garlic, chopped 500 g beef mince, 1 T Durban masala, 1 red chilli powder 1 t ground cumin 1 t garam masala 1 t celery salt 1 t ground coriander 1 x 25 ml sachet Woolworth beef demi-glace 1 x 400 g can chopped Italian Tomatoes, blended For the sauce: 60 g butter 50 g flour 1 litre milk salt, to taste 1/2 t cayenne pepper 100 g Cheddar cheese, grated mozzarella and Cheddar, grated, for sprinkling 1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a saucepan. Fry the onion until caramelised. 2. Add the garlic and fry for 1 minute. 3. Add the beef mince and spices and brown the mince. 4. Add the demi-glace and tomatoes. Simmer over a medium-low heat until reduced and thickened, then set aside. 5. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour. Cook for a few minutes until the flour and butter are golden in colour. 6. Add the milk all at once, whisking continuously. Add the salt and cayenne pepper. Whisk continuously until the sauce starts to thicken. 7. Once thickened, remove from the heat and mix in the Cheddar. 8. Place the cooked pasta in the base of a large casserole dish. Pour over the cooked mince and spread. Pour over the sauce. 9. Sprinkle over a generous amount of Cheddar and mozzarella and bake at 170*C until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Serve hot. #pasta #curry #mince #easyrecipes #foodtiktok #southafrica ♬ Gentle and heartwarming BGM(1392911) – Masayuki Funami

Find the recipe for mum’s curried mince mac and cheese here.

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5. Sparkling mocktails

Parties, sundowners, a bring-and-braai – these sparkling mocktails make a great addition to any gathering. Jacqueline Burgess used Woolworths’ range of sparking drinks and juices to make these easy mocktails. We highly recommend making fancy ice for these; they elevate the whole drink.

Sparkling mocktails

Find the recipe for sparkling mocktails here. 

4. Home-made Cape Malay-style pickled fish

Like clockwork, this recipe always gets a ton of views around Easter. It’s tried, tested and beloved by the TASTE community. We get it, it’s derived from an old Cape recipe and is super-easy to make.

Find the recipe for home-made Cape Malay-style pickled fish here. 

3. Aunty Bev’s mud cake

Here’s another family recipe from Tahila Pillay, this time courtesy of her Aunty Bev. It’s a rich chocolate sheet cake, but not too dense. It’s also topped with a coconut icing glaze, but you top it with whatever icing you like.

Aunty Bev’s mud cake

Find the recipe for Aunty Bev’s mud cake here. 

Love cake? Check out our cake recipe guide 

2. Tea-poached chicken, rice and greens

Our Woolworths’ Everyday WList™ continues to deliver great value recipes that you love. In March, this tea-poached chicken took centre stage. While a poached chicken may seem intimidating, this recipe is really easy. Plus, most of the cooking happens off heat, so it’s also loadshedding friendly. Winning!

Find the recipe for tea-poached chicken, rice and greens here. 

1. Ma’s yellada

When it comes to family recipes, grandmothers always come out tops. This yellada recipe by Tahila Pillay’s ma is proof of that. Not only is it the most popular recipe from her family recipe series on TikTok – it’s also the most popular recipe for the whole month. Whether this recipe invoked nostalgia or curiosity for those unfamiliar with yellada, you all clicked through to learn more.

Ma’s yelleda

Find the recipe for Ma’s yellada here. 

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