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

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

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

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

Yoghurt, Coconut and Green Chilli Chutney

Over the last few months, you will have seen my recipes for green chutney/dip and tomato chutney.  Both these chutneys are perfect to serve with potato bhajias, onion bhajias, pokoras etc.  This yoghurt, chilli and coconut chutney/dip is also perfect for serving with any Indian starter.  The sweet and sour … Continue reading

Spicy Parathas with Tomato, Onion, Garlic, Ginger & Coriander

My last three recipes have been on Indian sweets so this week, I thought I would share with you my recipe for parathas. Most Indian food is accompanied by rice or Indian breads like chappatis, puris, naan, parathas etc.  This version of fluffy and spicy parathas is perfect with lunch … 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

Spicy Sauted Potatoes with Sweetcorn & Peanuts

There are thousands of varieties of potatoes in the World and most of us will have certain favourites for certain dishes.  Most of us who cook regularly, will have worked out which potatoes to use for curries, chips, etc. The ones I used for this recipe are the ones used … Continue reading

Punjabi Samosas – To Fry or Not to Fry?

Samosas are available in most places in the world as little triangle pastries filled with a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian fillings.  They can be eaten as a snack with a cup of tea or served as a starter with any meal.   Gujarati samosas are usually smaller and … Continue reading

Falafels with an Indian Touch

  Falafels  are made from fried chickpeas and are a very popular filling for pita bread.  Traditionally, it’s a Mediterranean dish but the recipe is very similar to the Dall bhajias I make.    Falafels are healthy and really easy to make.   Served in a pitta or tortilla or on their own, they are just perfect … Continue reading

Cheesie vegetables and pasta with bechamel sauce in yorkshire pudding

Today’s recipe for the cheesy vegetable bake came about by chatting to my younger son who had eaten something similar at a friends place.  The dish turned out to be so delicious that I almost forgot to take pictures of it after we  served it. Ingredients: 3 cups mixed vegetables … Continue reading

Cucumber Raita

Raita is a yogurt condiment flavoured with  grated or finely chopped vegetables, fruit or herbs and mustard to enhance the flavour.  In Gujarati  mustard is called “rai”.  “So a raita without mustard isn’t a raita”  according to the Gujaratis.  I used the ready made  English mustard which is fairly mild. … Continue reading

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