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

Spanish Romesco Sauce

Ingredients: 1 Orange capsicum 1 teaspoon chilli flakes 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 clove garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 120 g almonds Method: 1. In a dry pan roast the almonds  for 5 minutes stirring intermittently so that they dont’t burn. 2. … Continue reading

Spanish Paprika and Saffron Rice

Sweet paprika and saffron infused rice. Ingredients: 120 g Basmati rice 240 ml hot water Pinch of saffron 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon olive oil Method: 1. Wash the rice and soak it for  30 minutes in cold water. 2. In a bowl add two tablespoons of … Continue reading

Baby corn and Broccoli Rice

  Preparation time-5 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Serves 2 Delicious Chinese style rice that is easy to make and perfect accompaniment to any curry. Ingredients: 240 g cold boiled rice 6 broccoli florets cut into smaller florets 8 baby corn cut into small one cm rounds 1/4 teaspoon salt … Continue reading

Nan Khatai – Indian Spiced Shortbread

This week, Jagruti Dhanecha presents her new recipe on City Connect. Nan Khatai (Nan-khat-aa-ee) eggless biscuits originate from South Asia. They are extremley popular in India and Pakistan. Light, slightly crispy and nutty flavoured cookies; they just melt in your mouth and they are perfect with your tea or coffee. Delicate enough … Continue reading

The Most Annoying Thing To Ask Vegetarians

The most annoying thing you can ask a vegetarian is “you eat fish don’t you?” Firstly, let me point out that vegetarians do not eat fish, the clue is in the name. Secondly, if we ate fish we would be Pescatarians, easy to say. Sadly for us actual vegetarians this … 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

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

Crispy Potato Bhajia (Maru’s Bhajia)

These crispy bhajias are also called Maru’s bhajia.  Maru is the name of a restaurant in Nairobi and Wembley and they make these crispy potato bhajias which once you eat them  – you never stop talking about them.  These bhajias taste much nicer than the huge doughy bhajias you see … Continue reading

Goan Style French Beans

Tender french beans stir fried in simple spices to prepare crunchy spicy side dish. Ingredients: 240 grams / 8 oz  french beans 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon ajwain seeds 1 tablespoon vinegar  or lemon juice 1 clove garlic sliced … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Mixed Vegetables and Orange Juice

A couple of weeks ago, I had dinner at a lovely vegetarian restaurant in London where I picked up a recipe card for this dish.  It’s a really nice touch when a restaurant is happy to share their recipes with their customers.  I had to make a few changes to the recipe as I … Continue reading

Tomato and Carrot Soup

A fast and speedy soup that is hearty and delicious .  Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes. Serves: 2 Ingredients: 2 medium carrots diced           8 tomatoes diced 1 potato diced 2 cups water   1 bay Leaf                         1/2 teaspoon black pepper.        1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Method: 1. … Continue reading