Help! Recipes & Cooking Hints!

I’ve received many emails for E. African recipes that I have no clue about. I am listing them here in the event that you may have the recipe and would like to share it and document it. Please see how to submit a recipe here.

Recipes that we are looking for:

  • Aflatoon (a mithai)
  • Ghor Papdi
  • Gubbit (a hard/chewy candy made from milk)
  • Habshi Halwa (a sweet dish)
  • Monthar (a mithai)
  • Peera Ladwa

Questions I have no answers for, and if you could help!

Question:

  • “I wonder if you could add a recipe for making lime and ginger athanu, the kind that is made with lemon juice and turmeric. Do you have any tips on how to make it keep for long periods and how to prevent turmeric separating from the liquid.”

9 responses to “Help! Recipes & Cooking Hints!

  1. FANTASTIC RECEIPE…MY MUM PASSED AWAY RECENTLY, I WOULD PHONE HER OFTEN IF I NEEDED HELP IN COOKING. I WONDER IF YOU CAN SEND ME A RECIPE OF URAD CRUSHED SAAK.
    I AM SO HAPPY TO FIND SO MANY OTHER RECIPES..THANKS TO YOU FOR THE WEB PAGE.

    • Hi Rozmin,

      I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My prayers are with you.

      I do not have the recipe for urad crushed saak. I will ask around for it.

      You are welcome!

  2. What you need

    two or three spoonfuls cooking oil or butter
    one onion, finely chopped
    two sweet green peppers (bell peppers), chopped
    one clove fresh garlic, minced
    one-half teaspoon ground ginger
    one teaspoon curry powder (or a similar amount of a combination of ground cayenne pepper or red pepper, cumin, coriander, and turmeric)
    a few whole cloves
    one teaspoon salt
    one chicken, cut into small serving-sized pieces
    one cup water
    four (or more) potatoes, cleaned and cut into quarters
    three ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
    two cups coconut milk (see Wali wa Nazi)
    fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
    one tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
    What you do

    Heat the oil in a large pot or dutch oven. Over high heat fry the onions and green peppers for a few minutes, stirring constantly Stir in the minced garlic and fry for a minute longer. Add the spices and salt and mix well.
    Add the chicken to the pot. (Add another spoonful of oil if necessary to keep chicken from sticking.) Brown the chicken pieces on all sides. Remove chicken and set aside.
    Add the water to the pot and bring to a slow boil. Add the potatoes and cook them until they begin to become tender. Return the chicken to the pot and continue to cook at a low boil, stirring occasionally, until the chicken and potatoes are done.
    Stir in the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes more. Then add the coconut milk, reduce heat, and gently stir and simmer until sauce is thickened. Stir in the lemon juicec. Garnish with the fresh coriander leaves or parsley immediately before serving.
    Serve Kuku Paka with Chapati or Rice.
    Drink Cardamom Tea or Chai with the meal or afterwards.

  3. Re; Aadu (ginger) Athano. The secret is boiling the lemon juice with the turmeric and then adding the ginger. Let it boil for a bit (which will also tenderize the ginger). this will prolong the athano in Fridge.

  4. Hi I grew up in Kampala and often had aloo batata at the jamatkhana do you have a recipe for that most appreciate it

  5. Hi I am Shelina in Brampton
    My friend above has asked for a lemon pickel receipe
    The secret to this pickle is after cutting the lime or lemon (either of them can be used) into quarters, sprinkle some turmeric and black salt ( about 1/2 tsp to six lemons. I also add cut up green chlllies,sliced ginger, sliced garlic and carrot sticks mix everything well and leave it covered for about two days on the kitchen counter making sure you keep mixing it occasionally. Finally on the third day I would put it in a air tight glass jar and add reallemon juice making sure all the ingredients are covered in lemon juice and refrigerate it. It takes about a week for the lemons to get softer and the pickle ready to eat

    Enjoy !!!

    Ps
    The black salt can be purchased from an Indian grocery store

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