I am shameless in bookstores. I sit down at the Cookery Books section and feast. One day I came across this recipe based on the Indian street food, Bhel Puri. I was particularly captivated by the use of sev, the Indian chickpea flour “slangetjies”, which you can buy all over the Western Cape at most corner cafés. There are all kinds of flavours from chilli to chutney. Some have peanuts. A salad with all kinds of fresh bits: crunchy, sweet, spicy, topped with slangetjies … how could you go wrong?