Category Side dishes

Stuffed Aubergine

1 medium size aubergine Stuffing 1 small onion thinly sliced 2 tablespoons coconut (desiccated or freshly grated) 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 tablespoon oil (coconut oil works too) approx. 2 tablespoons fresh coriander Add all the ingredients for the stuffing in a bowl. Use your hand to mix and squash the stuffing, crushing the sting […]

Cabbage & Carrot salad

1 cup slice cabbage 1 grated carrot (normal, not fine) 1/4 cup chopped spring onion (finely) 2 medium sized cubed boiled potato (add a chopped boiled egg if u like) 3 sprigs chopped mint a substantial amount of olive oil salt & pepper Place all ingredients in a bowl. Toss with olive oil and serve!

Stuffed Okras

400 grams Okras Trim the head and make a vertical slit like a pocket. Stuffing: 3tbsp fresh grated coconut cumin powder chili powder salt turmeric Mix these together and stuff into the okra. Olive oil 2 red onions sliced 2 green chillies crushed garlic In a thick bottomed pan that is oven friendly heat 2 tablespoons of […]

Baked Potato

A baked potato is so simple yet sublime…I love it, its comfort food for me! Ingredients: Potatoes Sweetcorn Cheese Mayonnaise/Cream Cheese/Sour Cream Method: Boil potatoes in a bowl of water in the microwave until soft. Place on oven try and slit the centre, bring together by squishing the two sides together, mashing the potato in […]

Wholewheat Puris

Wholewheat Puris (adapted from – Naqiyah’s recipe for Brown Puris) For brown use: 1 cup of brown flour + 1 cup sifted white flour For whole-wheat use: 1/2 cup nutty-wheat flour + 1,5 cups sifted white flour   Then add: 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup warm water (for the whole-wheat option, I landed up needing a wee […]

Sweet corn fritters

For the most part I try to stay away from fried things all year round especially in Ramadan BUT I was really craving this! 1 cup All purpose Flour 1 tablespoon Sugar 1 tablespoon Salted Butter (melted) 1 Egg 1/2 cup milk Small tin of whole kernel corn (Frozen corn also works but defrost and […]

Roasted Veggie Medley

For a household of two, buying prepackaged raw veggies sometimes feels like bulk-buying, especially when person-number-two doesn’t eat (m)any veggies. So to make sure that veggies still feature at all meals without the effort of preparing these every-single-meal-time, and to prevent any untouched leftovers from getting wasted in the fridge; I decided to roast them […]

Eggplant : Swahili Cuisine

 Recipe courtesy Aisha Hyder Thinly Sliced eggplant – Fennel seeds – Sesame seeds – Salt – Yoghurt – Chopped coriander – crushed Garlic – olive oil and corn/sunflower oil – Lemon juice Lightly salt the thinly sliced eggplant to remove sourness and prevent discoloring of the flesh. (Alternative soak on salty room temp water). After […]

Vegetable Pick-Me-Up

Here’s one of my favourite sides for any meal! It’s my kind of cooking – grab any vegetable, cut it into chunks and toss it into the oven. I use any vegetables I can find – for this recipe I used: sweet potato butternut pumpkin zucchini carrots baby corn red/green/yellow peppers (for lots of colour!) […]

Naan Puri

An excellent thick(ish) puri with a thin bread-like texture. Can be served with Kebaabs, lettuce and a sauce chicken fish nuggets anything really INGREDIENTS Sesame (tall) seeds for sprinkling 2 cups flour 1 tblsp solid ghee or if melted 2 tblsp 4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg (keep a little […]