Oats, Honey and Chia Seeds Porridge (Mushaali)

Oats are packed with nutritional goodness. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and great for lowering blood pressure. Oats also help manage weight loss as they are full of soluble fibre that keep you satisfied for longer.

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Vegan Brown Rice Pilaf (Bariis Dalac)

Brown rice has never really been part of my diet, but after trying this delicious dish I knew it was going to be a regular part of my culinary repertoire. Its nutty goodness is a bonus too.

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Suqaar Lettuce Cups

I enjoy giving tradition a new twist so when a Vietnamese friend served me some vegetables in a lettuce cup I thought I would try that idea on Somali food. Combining meat and salad seemed like a good way to go and my suqaar lettuce cup recipe was born.

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Somali Shortbread Biscuits (Qureebaad ama Icun)

Icun in Somali means ‘eat me’ and believe me you will eat and eat these crumbly shortbread biscuits that just melt in the mouth.  They are usually made for festive days, but in our household we don’t wait for a special day.  Any day and everyday is icun day!

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Spicy Vegetable Hotpot

This vegetable hotpot is packed with goodness and is super tasty too. You literally chuck everything into one pot and cook away, making it one of the easiest dishes you could make.

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Polenta African Style (Soor)

This stiff, porridge like dish made from maize flour and water is practically the national dish in many African countries. In Somali we call this African dish soor. It is usually eaten using the hand. You pick up a small amount using three fingers and form a ball to scoop vegetables or meat. It won’t take long to get the hang of eating this way, but do take your time if you are eating with me as I usually get a kick watching novices try!

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