My deliciously seasoned curried cabbage is sure to turn your World around. Growing up in Zimbabwe I ate a lot of cabbage and fresh leafy vegetables with my rice or sadza. Sadza is a polenta-like dish made with white corn not sweet corn. We ate with our fingers, gently tearing off a piece of the tender cabbage and wrapping it around the sadza before engulfing it. Yum!Continue reading
Hi my dear friends and fellow bloggers!
Again… it has been a tad bit too long since I wrote to you last. As I mentioned in my previous post I was working on “Project Ghee”, well I don’t think I called it that exactly … but it sure does sound good right now 🙂
Anyway, let me tell you what I’ve been up too. I’ve been preoccupied with ‘GHEE’, now I’m sure you shaking your head and thinking, “Really Shamim, like you had to tell us that!” (sarcasm intended) Well, of course it’s ghee. Ghee all the way baby!
Since the beginning of this year, Continue reading
I could so do with a Banana Puri right now. Been working really hard on a new project and wishing I had a couple of these to keep me going.
A little blast from the past. Although, I would use grapeseed oil for frying now. Enjoy!
My Grandmother’s Recipe
If you’re craving something not too sweet and delicious with your coffee or tea (chaa), this is the recipe for you. I won’t beat around the bush, but I struggled a little thinking of the best way to describe this to you. The puri is not, by all means, meant to be soft and fluffy like a beignet or doughnut. It is rather solid, moist and crunchy all at once. I ate these puris countless of times during my childhood. If I had to put a finger on it, I would say the banana puri to me is the equivalent of a doughnut to some, that is if we were talking about childhood nostalgic foods.
If you’re lucky enough, when you’re frying the puri’s they puff up into these balloon like disks, creating a hollow center. I love peeling away this layer and eating it…
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Dhokri is my comfort food… I ate a lot of it whilst growing up and could count on there being a plateful of dhokri at any given event. Apart from being a delicious mouthful Dhokri does make for the perfect finger food. The lemony yellow snack would shine away as if peeking out from behind a cloud – heavy with rain. The tangy sponginess accompanied by the snappy crunch of the sesame seeds, laced with the herby aroma of the cilantro will have you salivating unapologetically.
Dhokri is a slightly spicy and tangy savory snack mostly made in Gujarati homes. It has the texture of a light sponge cake. The bulk of the recipe is made with chickpea flour and the dough is tied with either buttermilk or yogurt, along with several spices and left to ferment overnight. It’s then steamed in trays, cooled, cut and garnished with fresh cilantro, sesame and black mustard seeds. It does seem kind of daunting at first, but believe me once you get the hang of it, it’s ‘putsy peasy’. Continue reading
Summer, Oh wonderful Summer!! We wait endlessly for summer to roll on by and when it does… It seems we get busy pickling, jamming, bottling and stuffing summer into containers to savor in the winter months that lay ahead.
This weekend I picked up a bag full of green mangos, available at this time of the year. If you’ve never had one, maybe this summer will be a first. Green mangos are quite unlike their yellow counterparts. They are quite tart and crunchy to munch on. Basically, they are the raw version of the voluptuous yellow orbs that frequent most grocery stores.
My mum, the best damn cook I know, would cut the unpeeled green mangos into long slivers. Sprinkle them with cayenne pepper and salt, and serve it as a condiment with our main meal of the day. My sister and me, would later make mango pickle sandwiches and eat it as a snack. The pillowy softness of the thick slices of bread slathered with butter and layered with the mangos were absolute perfection… I’m drooling right now! Continue reading