Tofu, Sweet Potato, Red Kidney Bean and Spinach Salad

This salad is a complete meal in itself. It has protein galore in the shape of tofu and beans, iron-rich spinach and the sweet potato provides you with good carbs. Spices and herbs such as paprika, garlic, ginger, cumin, chilli and mint add a wonderful punch of flavour. Read more

Maraq Bocor (Pumpkin Soup)

This is one of my favourite soups. Warming and nutritious – it is just the thing to warm the cockles of the heart on a chilly day. The addition of mushroom, capsicum and eggplant add a wonderful texture and heartiness to the soup.

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Maraq Baamiye (Okra Sauce)

Okra is one of my favourite vegetarian dishes. According to history, it was also the favourite of one of the world’s most beautiful women – Cleopatra of Egypt!  The vegetable resembles a lady’s finger. I wonder if this is why she liked the vegetable or is it because okra is said to keep the skin smooth and beautiful?

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Qudaar La Shiilay (Vegetable Stirfry)

Somalis are voracious meat eaters so vegetables are often a side dish. This simple vegetable stirfry does not contain any spices and relies on the freshness of the produce to make the dish shine. I use whatever is fresh and sometimes add nuts and tofu to make it a main meal.

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Lentil Curry

Lentils are real comfort food. I love to eat lentils with breads such as Somali muufo or pita bread. Use lentils that hold their shape such as the brown or green varieties.

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Galey iyo Qumbo (Corn in Coconut Sauce)

If you want something that is quick and easy to make you can’t go past corn in coconut sauce. This is one of those dishes that taste so complex that you’d think it takes massive effort to prepare. In fact what you do is literally put everything into the pot and enjoy the easy fruit of your labour!

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Spinach with Chickpeas

This is a nice and healthy dish that I am sure you will enjoy. The combination of spinach and chickpeas gives you a meal that’s low GI and low fat. They also contain significant amounts of minerals and vitamins that are good for you – calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, folate, vitamins E and B6 to mention a few. Plus they are cheap and easy to cook. Do you need any more reasons to try out this recipe?

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