My Mum’s Recipe A couple of weeks ago in preparation for Eid I spent countless happy hours in the kitchen making tonnes of sweet indian delicacies, as well as other baked goodies. First of all I have to explain the different forms of gulaab jambus that I grew up eating. The first being the round glossy brown balls of spongy goodness that are soaked over night in syrup. My Grandmother, bless her soul, used to make the most perfect gulaab jambus this way. Well needless to say, my attempt at making this version did not go so well. Feeling slightly defeated, I decided to make the gulaab jambus I know best. I would describe these as fried oval-shaped dumplings, dipped briefly in syrup and rolled in desiccated coconut. Continue reading →
My Mum’s Recipe I was about to publish this recipe and realized that maybe some of you out there may have no idea what halwo is. I would humbly describe it as a cool, creamy, almost jello-like milk dessert. Maybe in the same family as Panna cotta, an italian dessert, but a lot lighter and creamier.
I can honestly say Naan Kathais are the shortbread of indian cookies. They’re light, crumbly and melt in your mouth, making it hard to resist eating one. I absolutely devoured these cookies when growing up. Although I have to admit, this is not my grandmothers recipe. I have to dig it up or better yet, ask my mum when I talk to her next. This recipe was given to us by a family friend not too long ago. It really is so fast and easy that it would be a shame not to share it.
Ghee is the true essence of the food I grew up eating as a child.
Being of Indian heritage and growing up in Zimbabwe, I am proud to say I have stayed well connected to our indian culture, tradition and most importantly the food.
a bowl of fluffy rice dowsed in ghee and a spoonful of sugar. Pure heaven!
a square of perfectly made barfi, an indian sweet confectionary made with milk.
a delicate biryani doused in ghee. Taking days to make with the utmost attention to detail and made with the finest ingredients.
hadur waro keer – a warm milky concoction, an antidote to a cold and cough, made with ghee and turmeric, sweetened with jaggery. Perfect on a cold wintery day before bed time.
However, I’d absolutely devour a good steak and kidney pie in a heart beat. That’s the great thing about growing up in Zimbabwe, I ate as much homebound indian food, as well as, tonnes of food influenced along the way by british cookery.
Hot, yummy and crispy fish and chips made to perfection.
A moist sausage roll made with the flakiest pastry
and let’s not forget Shepherds pie, just to name a few.
As an Indian who grew up in Africa, I have a unique twist on classic Indian recipes. As well a bounty of European and now American recipes to share. Please join me in my epic adventure in jotting down these glorious finds. Enjoy, comment, and let’s make ghee!! All recipes and photos on this blog are the copyright of fortheloveofghee. Thanks