1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 54Begrafenisrijst, Rice prepared with turmeric...A reference to the custom, still in vogue in country districts, of providing a meal for those who had come long distances to be present at the funeral, though now..used quite apart from funerals.
1927C.G. BothaSocial Life in Cape Col. 66When a hot course of poultry or meat was given it was usual to serve ‘yellow’ rice with it. This was rice coloured by borrie with raisins added. Such a dish received the name of ‘begrafenis rijs’, or funeral rice.
1972L.G. GreenWhen Journey’s Over 70After a funeral there was always the special begrafnisrys, yellow rice with raisins.
[1981Flying Springbok Sept. 55Typical South African dishes: the ‘sosaties’ or kebabs are usually eaten, with yellow rice (‘begrafnisrys’ in Afrikaans meaning ‘funeral rice’).]
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