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 Cottage Pie

This cottage pie is made using Quorn Mince. Quorn is the brand name for a range of meat-free ingredients and meals sold here in UK.  Quorn products are  versatile and quick to cook. The mycoprotein used to produce Quorn is extracted from a fungus, Fusarium venenatum, which is grown in large … 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

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

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

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

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

Vegetarian Tortilla Wraps with Quinoa and Nuts

I have seen a lot of recipes with Quinoa and I was keen to try some recipes with it as it is highly appreciated for its nutritional value;  its protein content is fairly high –though not as high as most beans and legumes. There is lots of information and recipes using Quinoa on … Continue reading

Sweet Potato Wedges

I never liked cooking the yellowy orange fleshed sweet potatoes as I always managed to get them soft and mushy.  The white flashed sweet potatoes are very similar to potatoes and I preferred those.   However, since my kids have started to cook them as sweet potatoes are healthier than … 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