About Mina Joshi

Mina Joshi writes a vegetarian food blog, www.givemesomespice.com, and as a busy working Cambridgeshire mum, she specialises in quick and healthy authentic vegetarian recipes Both her father and father-in-law were experienced chefs who owned restaurants in East Africa and they shared their recipes and tips with Mina. She started her blog to pass on some of the old-fashioned dishes that might otherwise be lost. Mina believes that nothing beats home cooking and it is her aim to make everyone realise that cooking can be fun. also teaches vegetarian Indian cookery to adults at Evening classes at a Local College as well as in one to one classes in the Student's home where students can then invite friends to taste the dishes they have prepared. Follow Mina on Twitter @GiveMeSomeSpice

Vegetarian pancakes/omelette


Savoury Pancakes or Gujarati Pudlas made with vegetables and chickpea flour are made from Chickpea flour, vegetables, spice and herbs and look like a pancake, uttapam or a spanish omelette. Savoury Pancakes or Gujarati Pudlas made with vegetables and chickpea flour dish is very popular in most Gujarati homes. It’s … Continue reading

Bombay Aloo

I usually make this dry potato curry called Bombay Aloo whenever I make  Gujarati pudlas (pancakes) Ingredients for Bombay Aloo 2-3 medium potatoes 2-3 green chilies 2 tbls sunflower oil 1 tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp salt ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp chili powder 1 tbl lemon juice Handful of … Continue reading

Blackberry Jam

This summer, I have tried to make jam out of the favourite summer fruits. The recipe for all is very similar. Most recipes tend to suggest using sugar the same weight as the fruit but I always try and reduce the amount of sugar used as the summer fruits are … Continue reading

Aubergine Meze

Aubergine is a vegetable I have got to enjoy only recently. In the past, aubergines used to have some bitterness which has now been bred out of them and we no only need to salt and drain them either. This aubergine meze is made slightly differently to an aubergine curry … Continue reading

Crispy Puris


I have recently started teaching at an evening class one evening a week.  At the start of  my cookery classes we have a short quiz  where I introduce either a new spice or a new dish to the class.   For my first ever cookery class I took a sample … Continue reading

Kenyan Green Beans and Potato Curry


Years ago when on a business trip to Kenya – I was taken by the British High Commission in Nairobi, to see a vegetable packing plant where the Kenyan ladies were packing these freshly picked green beans, baby corn and mange tout for UK stores like Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco. … Continue reading

Savoury Lentil Cake (Ondhwo/Handvo)


This savoury lentil cake called Ondhwa/Handvo by the Gujarati’s is a perfect dish to serve for weekend brunches, snacks and picnics.  I often serve it at BBQ’s too. Ingredients for 4 servings:  2 cups of ground chick pea dall (I soaked 2 cups of  chana dall and blended it in … Continue reading

Beans & Mash Bake (or Pizza with a Difference)


I was going to have  mashed potatoes with beans and  other various toppings for my meal but changed it to this dish to make it a bit more interesting and made this dish which I have named Beans & Mash Bake but it could be called Pizza with a Difference too!! Let … Continue reading