Festive Carrot Halwa

  Happy Eid! To celebrate our big Eid here’s a little something sweet to make for Eid lunch or dinner. Carrot halwa is one of my favourites, it’s best served  warm and perfect for winter. It’s one of the easiest desserts to make and you don’t need much ingredients. You can also serve the halwa…

Crispy Golden Tuna Balls or Gulha

How are you doing? Things are tough these days with the corona virus taking control of our lives. We have to make do with what we have. Cooking in the times of this virus has been tough, since we are not able to go out as freely as we would normally to search for ingredients….

Fiery Chilli Paste

How’s your Ramadan preparation going? As part of my Ramadan prep, here are some of the things I make in advance. Garlic paste: Place about 3-4 heads of garlic, (or how much you need) separated into cloves,  in a bowl. Pour boiling water over it,  keep for a minute or two, then it’s easier to…

Rosy condensed milk cake

Happy New Year friends! Welcome to a  New Year of cooking, creating and sharing. Teatime is my favourite time of the day.  When in Maldives I look forward to catching up with friends and family for teatime. Teatime is filled with lots of spicy snacks or short eats and a little something sweet is a…

Cheesy Spinach Rotis, with Chilli Oil

  These cheesy spinach rotis are perfect for brunch or even as an afternoon snack.  You can use silverbeet (Swiss Chard) or any greens you prefer. The chilli oil goes well with the rotis. Store the leftover chilli oil in a bottle. The chilli oil is my favourite dip to serve with almost anything. But…

Comforting Chickpea Rice

My chickpea rice is a quick and easy one pan dish.  It’s wholesome and nutritious. It’s delicious and fulfilling. This is my kind of comfort food.This rice dish is a good accompaniment with most curries. You can serve it with fried fish and salad. Or equally good with my Aromatic Lamb Curry     Serves: 4-5…

Nattu’s Bolognese Sauce

This is my favourite way of cooking the classic Italian recipe. It is also my daughter’s favourite. It takes time to cook a good bolognese sauce. Make sure the onion, carrot and celery is finely chopped. Then cook  until caramelised and golden. After that let the meat sauce simmer on low heat for a good…

Potato Curry

The humble potato shines in this one pot, quick and easy but flavoursome curry. Use my spice mix if preferred, if not a good store bought curry powder will do too. Freshly toasted spices gives the curry a depth of flavour, use  2 to 3 tablespoons of the curry powder and  reserve the remaining curry…

Maldivian-style Rotis (Roshi) or Flatbreads

These rotis are the perfect way to enjoy the eggplant curry or most curries.  Ingredients 2 cups all purpose plain flour, plus extra flour for dusting 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoon oil (olive or vegetable oil) 1 cup boiling hot water Method In a large mixing bowl, mix the 2 cups of   flour, salt…