Sauces are one of the most versatile innovations in man's love affair with food.
Very few foods indeed are eaten without some kind of sauce, be it a
tomato sauce with a burger, as soya sauce with stir fry, chutney and
relishes with chicken tikka and kebaabs, a base or topping sauce of a
pizza, a basting sauce or marinade for a braai, mayonnaise and vinegar
as salad dressing and caramel sauce for dessert.
The function of a sauce is to enhance flavour and act as a binder or
thickener to prevent separation and increase the appeal of the dish.
Its versatility makes it a firm favourite with cooks as it is available
in powder, paste and liquid; in thick, medium or thin textures. It can
be cooked separately or utilized as a cook-in-sauce.
More than three thousand substances are intentionally added to foods and drinks to produce a desirable effect.
Oil, egg, butter, milk, alcohols such as brandy, white wine, cognac
etc. vinegar, starches, gelatin, food colouring, flavouring, spices,
preservatives and in certain instances even blood, can be used in the
making of sauce.
Current labelling laws do not adequately disclose all ingredients in
products. Take a tour of your kitchen and observe the ambiguity of the
labels on various products.
Eating out at restaurants is even more of a gamble as there isn't
even a vague label to allay our apprehensions. Who would have thought
that an onion and mushroom sauce can contain white wine and veal stock,
a honey and lemon sauce or a herb and egg sauce can contain chicken
stock or a hot chocolate sauce can contain rum.
These examples are but a reminder of the compelling need for Halaal bona fide certification.
For a list of all sauces certified Halaal by SANHA go to