Saturday, 28 December 2013

Khaman Dhokla (a very Gujarati dish)

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy followers!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and I wish you all a fantastic and prosperous New Year in advance! My new year's resolution is to write more often on this website with new 'food for thought' for all of my readers! (No pun intended!) ;)

Today, I am going to share the recipe for Khaman Dhokla with you, originally a very typically Gujarati dish, now available and eaten in most parts of India.

Here is what the final product looks like:


(generously serves 2 people)

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Happy Diwali!


Happy Deepawali and a prosperous New Year to all of our supporters!

Thank you for your continued support, it means a lot to us and we will continue to endeavour to bring your great material/recipes as often as we can (hopefully more frequently in the New Year!).

Best wishes and lots of love! xx

Monday, 16 September 2013

Cauliflower and Potato Curry or Gobi Aloo Subze/ Phoolevar Bataka nu Shaak

Good evening Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

I know I have been away from this blog for a while and for this I can only apologise (again!) ... This time, I don't really have such valid excuses that will enable me to justify myself except, the time-old excuse - life took over! Yikes! Every weekend has turned out the be frightfully busy ... birthdays, reunions, trips to London, etc. ... well you get the picture! Anyway, from now on, I will certainly endeavour (though no promises!) to put up one post a week at least (time permitting!); you can see how many disclaimers I am using here!

Today, I will be sharing with you the recipe for Cauliflower and Potato Curry, also known as Gobi Aloo Subze in Hindi and Phoolevar Bataka nu Shaak in Gujarati. Admittedly, it is not my favourite dish but this recipe is a great way to spice up boring old boiled cauliflower! 

Here is a picture of the final dish (Cauliflower and Potato Curry):

(serves 2 to 3 people)

Monday, 12 August 2013

Courgette/Zucchini Potato Curry

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

I would like to firstly apologise for my long absence from this blog as the excitement of actually having a summer, after many years, in the UK completely took me over and I have been enjoying the sunshine and getting carried away with doing Surya Darshan since! For those of you who don’t know, Surya Darshan literally means getting sight of the sun…

Anyway, there is much to report as well as a recipe to be shared so let’s crack on!

First of all, this blog has hit well over 25,000 visits and has been in existence for 1 year as of 17th July 2013. I am happy for this great achievement and I look to at least double the number of visitors in the second year of writing, so please do continue to help me in my mission of successfully promoting Gujarati food to the world as a whole and get your friends and family to share it with everyone that they know!

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Right, now down to business; today’s recipe is Courgette/Zucchini & Potato Curry (Turiya Bataka nu Shaak). Here is a picture of the final dish:


(serves 2)

Monday, 24 June 2013

Latest news!

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!
Today is a beautiful day as I have a great piece of news to share with you; www.gujaratifoodmadeeasy.com has now hit 20,000 visits and has been viewed in over 90 countries!
Thank you so much for your continued support and loyalty to this site; I truly appreciate all of you cheering me on, on my continued journey to culinary success!
As always, please do let me know if there are any recipes that you would like me to share with you. I would be happy to oblige to the best of my ability!
I hope you are finding the new, upgraded website easier to navigate, read and follow. Please do continue to share the site with your family and friends!
Any suggestions, comments, praise in connection with Gujarati Food Made Easy is always welcome!
Many thanks again! xx




Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Kaand nu Shaak (Pan-fried purple yam)


Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers,

Before we launch into yet another delicious recipe, I would like to apologize for my long absence. I have singlehandedly been trying to transfer my blog to a new platform and having to learn the technicalities associated with this mammoth task has been an adventure to say the least!

I am yet to complete the transfer but as it has been so long since I posted a recipe, I could not leave you all any longer for the next one; it just would not be fair! So I will keep you all updated as I go along this long-winded journey! I have kindly received help from my fellow bloggers and good friends from university and from work respectively – please do check out their websites: www.liverpool-kop.com and www.hannahsays.co.uk

Today, I am going to share with you the recipe for Kaand nu Shaak (pan-fried purple yam) in English. In essence the main ingredient here is a purple coloured root vegetable that is insanely delicious when made correctly! As expected, my first encounter with this delicious root vegetable (purple yam) was in my grandmother’s kitchen in Zambia.  Being known as one of the 2 best cooks in town (the other one being our next door neighbour), you can’t go wrong with this recipe. Kaand/purple yam can be bought at any local Indian grocery store – just ask the shopkeepers!

Here is a picture of the final result:
(serves 3 to 4 people)

Monday, 6 May 2013

Broccoli and Potato Curry (Phulgobini ane Bataka/Bateta nu Shaak/Sabje/Subze)

Good day Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

This week's recipe is Broccoli and Potato Curry otherwise known as Phulgobini ane Bataka/Bateta nu Shaak/Subze.

Here is the final dish:
(serves 2)

It is well known that broccoli has many beneficial properties. From being extremely nutritious, containing plenty of vitamin C and dietary fibre to having anti-carcinogenic properties, it is a 'must eat' on everyone's weekly list - without exception! 

There is a prevailing myth that all Gujarati food is oily, sweet and spicy, all at the same time. This is definitely not the case in our household

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Pomegranate, Onion and Cucumber Raita Recipe (Dahrum, Kanda ane Kakdinu Raitu)

Good day Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

This week's recipe is Pomegranate, Onion and Cucumber Raita otherwise known as dahrum, kanda and kakdi nu raitu/raita. Dahrum means pomegranate, kanda means onions and kakdi means cucumber.

Here is the end result:
Serves 2 to 4 people (depending on how hungry you are!)

With summer firmly in the air (have I spoken too soon?), I decided something refreshing must have it's place on the menu. :) Thinking back to our childhood in Zambia, I remember the plethora of fruit trees that my grandfather had planted and nurtured for over fifty years; amongst them was a pomegranate tree. Seeing as they were only in season for a little while,

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Friday, 12 April 2013

Stir-fried Cabbage (Cobis/Cabbage nu Shaak or Kobi Sabje/Subze)

Good evening Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

This week's recipe is Stir-fried Cabbage otherwise known as Cobis nu Shaak.

Being a Friday evening, I wanted something quick and easy to eat before I went out to meet friends and started my weekend!

So this is what I made:
(Serves 2)

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Happy days! 10,000 visits! :)

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

I have the pleasure and privilege of announcing that after just under 9 months of writing my weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) blog posts, this blog has had over 10,000 visitors from over 70 different countries! I am truly honoured!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Aubergine/Eggplant and Peas Curry (Baingan Muttar nu Shaak)

Hello Gujarati Food Lovers!

This week's recipe is Aubergine/Eggplant and Peas/Petits Pois Curry.


Here is a picture of the dish all ready and served on a bed of rice:
(serves 2)

I trust you all had a super Easter Holiday weekend, I certainly did! Lunch and coffee with friends followed by a spot of shopping on Saturday, then on Sunday, a relaxed day at home as well as a pot of coffee shared with friends, good conversation, laughter and giggles at their place!

The mini holiday over, it's time to get back to more serious issues on the agenda: Quality food! :)

Friday, 22 March 2013

Kapooriya / Kapuriya / Gora recipe (Steamed Balls of Rice and Dahl/Dal)

Good Day Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers! :)

This week's recipe is for Kapooriya/Kapuriya/Gora.

This is what the final product looks like:
(Makes 8 - one person can eat between 1 and 2 - depending how hungry you are!)

Hope you are looking forward to the weekend! Here, in London, we've not got much to look forward to in terms of the weather as we hear snow may be on the way! :( But, worry not, we have just the perfect recipe to warm you up! This recipe is a balanced meal in itself; proteins from the lentils, carbohydrates from the rice and vitamins from the peas/petits pois. :)

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Methi ni Bhaaji na Pooda (Fenugreek Pancakes) recipe

Happy Maha Shivratri to all Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

Hope you are having a blessed day and wish you a fantastic year ahead! This week's recipe is for Fenugreek Pancakes, Gujarati style.


So, this is what it looks like and here is the recipe:
(makes 8 fenugreek pancakes - serves 2 people)

In Gujarat, they are also known as Methi ni Bhaaji na Pooda and they taste absolutely delicious! Methi ni bhaaji means fenugreek and pooda means pancakes. I remember eating them for as long as I have been around;

Thursday, 28 February 2013

New record for Gujarati Food Made Easy!

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers,

Today, we have attained a new record! Not only have we had 1,000 visits on this blog in the past 10 days and surpassed over 150 visits in a single day(!), but we have also had visitors from over 60 countries! We are humbled by your love and support!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Monday, 25 February 2013

Coriander/Cilantro Chutney recipe - Dhania ni chutney/dhana ni chutney

Good day Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

Today, I will share with you the recipe for coriander/cilantro chutney which makes for a great condiment to many Gujarati dishes. It is also known as Dhana/Dhania ni Chutney. It can be spread as a thin layer onto bread for a tastier toasty, it can be added into vegetable curries/subzes, it can be eaten with samosas and with bhajis and pakoras.

So here is what the coriander/cilantro chutney or dhana/dhania ni chutney looks like:

Friday, 22 February 2013

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Monday, 18 February 2013

New milestone! Thank you!

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers,

A very good day to you all!

I have the pleasure of announcing that we have now had over 5,000 visitors coming to check out this website :) Many, many thanks for your continued support and please do continue to spread the word about gujaratifoodmadeeasy.com to you friends and family alike!

Friday, 15 February 2013

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Best wishes and happy, healthy and blissful eating as always! xx

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Simple Gujarati Side Salad Recipe

Good day Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

Sorry for my absence! Today, I am going to show you a simple recipe that makes a great accompaniment to any Gujarati meal as well as any Indian style, meat dish; a Gujarati Salad recipe. 

It's fresh, tasty and juicy! It's a simple, tomato and onion side salad! So should we get started? Here it is:
(this recipe serves 2 people)

Thursday, 31 January 2013

My Spice Rack: The crucial ingredients that Gujarati food is made of!

Good day Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

Today I will introduce you to the Gujarati Spice Rack...

It has come to my attention that some of the spices that I am using to cook the Gujarati dishes with are not 'run of the mill' for everyone. In many respects, maybe this should have been the first blog post I should have written however, here I am now, looking back with hindsight, through those rose coloured spectacles ... you get the picture!

Turmeric: one of the most famous spices associated with Indian cooking...

Pictured below would be all of the spices that you would see in any traditional Gujarati kitchen, so the more you have, the better I say!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Sev Tomato nu Shaak Recipe (Spicy Indian Vermicelli and Tomato Curry)

Good day Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

This week's recipe is Sev Tomato nu Shaak otherwise known as Spicy Indian Vermicelli and Tomato Curry.


Here is the final result:
(This recipe serves 2)

I am going to show you a recipe that was given to me by my sister-in-law. Sev Tomato nu Shaak is a dish that I had never tried before she and my brother tied the knot, last year.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Bataka Poha/Powa Recipe - A very Gujarati breakfast!

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

This week's recipe is Bataka/Bateta Poha/Powa also known as Potatoes with Flattened Rice.


Here is a picture of the end result:
(serves 2)

As the New Year starts with dreams of great things to come, every day starts (for me at least) with a great breakfast to savour. The recipe I will be giving you today is one that you will either love or hate when you try it; however, in Gujarat and across a large part of India, Bataka/Bateta Poha/Powa (potatoes with flattened rice) is a dish that is loved by many.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Thank you!

Good day Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

Just to let you know that my blog has had over 3,000 visitors in the last 6 months! Many thanks for your continued support and I look forward to connecting with more of you soon!

Best wishes, Love and Namaste! xx