The Food Mela…another reason to celebrate!

The Mela Family...left to right, Yarisha Singh, Kajal Bagwandeen, Yudhika Sujanani, Jailoshni Naidoo, Tevin Naidu, Farrah Mia, Fadeen Mia, Mishal Mookrey, and Zakeeya Patel

The Mela Family…left to right, Yarisha Singh, Kajal Bagwandeen, Yudhika Sujanani, Jailoshni Naidoo, Tevin Naidu, Farrah Mia, Fadeen Mia, Mishal Mookrey, and Zakeeya Patel

Life is beautiful…Life is colourful and now Life is Mela!  You must be wondering what a ‘Mela’ means?  Mela is an Indian fair.  Think bright colours, celebrations, delicious feasts and laughter…most importantly laughter!

A few months ago, I hosted a charity fundraising dinner for Richard Fienberg at Ethos Private Equity, and while preparing the feast, I received a call from the lovely Saira Essa who asked if I would shoot around 10 episodes for her new show.  I had worked with SABC 3’s Eastern Mosaic before but this was a ‘wow’ moment!


I couldn’t believe it….she promised to ring me a few days later and we set up a telephonic appointment…I waited by the phone…paced the garden at Holi Cow killing the lawn and then she rang…dead on time!  It suddenly began to sink in….this was really happening….what was I going to cook, what was I going to wear???


It just seemed too good to be true but the shoot was scheduled and we completed 17 food slots!  It was hard work, long hours and most importantly lots of laughs.  It seems that this is what the Mela team is all about.  I have now officially joined the team with Jailoshni Naidoo, Kajal Bagwandeen, Tevin Naidu, Mishal Mookrey, Farrah Mia, Fadeen Mia, and our very own South African ‘Material Girl’, Zakeeya Patel!  


So tune in to Mela, the all new Indian experience, starting Sunday, 31 August 2014 at 10h30!  


The girls...Yarish, Yudhika,Farrah and Zakeeya...

The girls…Yarish, Yudhika,Farrah and Zakeeya…


The boys....Mishal Mookrey, Tevin Naidu and Fadeen Mia

The boys….Mishal Mookrey, Tevin Naidu and Fadeen Mia

Mela team....SABC 2

Mela team….SABC 2


This big moment in my career calls for a celebration and Love begins with like….so ‘follow’ me on Twitter: and leave a tweet about the competition! 

Click ‘Like’ on Facebook: and post your comment! 

OR log onto and post a comment…share the link, and you could be the winner of one of my kitchen ‘must have’ appliances, A KitchenAid Stand Mixer worth R6990!  

Love begins with 'LIKE' - click like or follow on facebook, twitter or the blog and leave a comment!

Love begins with ‘LIKE’ – click like or follow on facebook, twitter or the blog and leave a comment!

You have till the 1st October 2014 to post your comments and favorite moments in the comments section of this blog, Twitter or Facebook!  Terms and conditions apply.  



  1. Congrats on joining the Mela team 🙂 Holi Cow is such an achievement.Well done all the best fb following ! Twitter following and share the link 🙂 so in love with the prizee its been on my lust list.Pretty please pick me @verushka143

  2. Hallo. What a great competition. Since the girls spoiled me with a cooking class I am hooked on your curry. I have made 50% of your recipes from your book we got at the SPAR cooking class. The mixer will be great to get the rotis going. All the best with your new venture, I am sure you will make great success from it.

    1. Hello Theresa….welcome back to the blog! Hope you are well! I so enjoyed hosting you at the Holi Cow! Yes, the mixer would be great for rotis and cakes and and and……Good luck!

  3. As a baker this would be a dream come true to win this awesome Kitchenaid prize! I just LOVE your passion and your food and would love to visit your restaurant! Looking forward to your tv series, CONGRATS! Will be sharing on facebook, liked and tweeted and left my cupcake mark x

  4. Can’t wait to watch the show, especially the food slots, will have it on recording so I can watch again and again 🙂 Congrats to you & the rest of the Mela family 🙂

  5. Love the shows, love your book – its tatty from so much use. Also love your new competition – pick me to win your lovely KitchenAid prize!

  6. Hi Yudhika, I am so incredibly proud of you!!! Fantastic news on your new show! You certainly deserve something amazing like this! I met you YEARS ago at Broadacres Spar. I bought your spices and recipe book (Curry Me Home)… it has helped me create some of the most magical and tastiest dishes ever! It’s one of my most prize possessions!

    I would like to enter the KitchenAid Stand Mixer competition please.

    Fingers crossed x

    1. Thanks so much and yes, I launched my range of spices and books at the Broadacres Spar! I am delighted to hear that you are still currying away!

      Good luck with the competition!


  7. Help me getting my domesticated side in action Yudhika:) I would love to own this Kitchen aid and also visit Holi cow sooon! Love your work

  8. Love, love and in-love! This is such a wonderful prize and I would love to win!
    I am followed and have tweeted with the Twitter handle (@Roxi_23) and I have commented on Facebook (after liking the pic on the post). Commenting here to win also! Really would love this prize!

  9. Honestly Yudhika, I could never afford this myself. Winning it would quite simply be the best thing ever. Last time I won something I was 10 and it was R50, which in those days was 5 weeks of pocket money!! Winning this would out do all the innocent juvenile excitement of winning that R50!!!

  10. The Kitchenaid machine is the ultimate mixer and it doesn’t hurt that it looks great as well. I will be sure to tune into the new show.

  11. Rehana Seedat I love baking for so many reasons. I love learning about ingredients, techniques, and new ideas in food. I love how my food becomes an extension of my love for someone and in essence, me. I love that moment of promise when you pull something from the oven, the endless experimentation and mutation of a form, that moment of pride when someone bites into their first bite of something you’ve made and their face changes into this blissful thing. I love the how time stops when I’m in my kitchen. I love everything about baking and my #yearwouldbemade if I won a Kitchen Aid.

  12. Congratulations on this next amazing chapter in your life Yudhika, may Gods speed always be with you!

    I would love to enter the competition for the KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

    I’m a 24 year old that is intensely passionate about confectionery,
    Winning this competition would be an amazing way to forge a path to my happy space which is creating magic in the kitchen!

    Thanks so much


  13. Congrats on yet another exciting endeavour! So exciting… even more so when there are such cool prizes to be won 🙂 Hope this KitchenAid mixer makes its way to my kitchen 😉

  14. What an amazing person you are to give a way such an awesome prize to one of your fans!
    My dream is a KitchenAid!

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