South Africa's Indian community is largely descended from indentured laborers brought to South Africa by the British to work on sugar plantations. South African Indians today are found in all walks of life, including the president's cabinet, the law courts, and corporate executive suites.
The many nations that make up the South African mosaic have contributed to the country's cuisine. The ancestors of the Coloureds (people of mixed race, mostly descended from Indonesians imported as slaves by the Dutch) introduced Malay and Indonesian dishes. The Indians imported the hot curries and samosas that South Africans now regard as South African cuisine.