Coconut and Pumpkin Chapati.

Everyone has a go to chapati recipe. This is fast becoming one of mine.

If you have been following me for a while now, you know I am no food purist, especially when it comes to chapati. I am all about trying different ideas and flavours. Such as here.

I love pumpkin as it gives a nice flavour and colour, and I prefer it to butternut. I tried it with some coconut and omg! I am in love with the lovely flavour.

Looks, smells and tastes lovely.

So what will you need?

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour.
  • 1 cup of whole wheat (atta flour).
  • Besan flour – 1 cup. ( this is optional, I like mixing it in with my chapati though)
  • 1 small cup steamed and mashed pumpkin.(Tip: add some cinnamon when steaming and thank me later).
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut.
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil.
  • 1 can of coconut milk.
  • Salt to taste.

Method.

Mix your flours in a large mixing bowl, and add the desiccated coconut. and oil. Mix till crumbly.

Add the pumpkin purée then half the coconut milk.

Begin to knead well, add any liquid if needed, but knead for about 20 minutes as we do to ordinary chapati dough, till it is smooth, soft and elastic.

Cover with a damp cloth and let rest for half an hour.

After, roll out and cook the normal way we make chapati, you can use ghee or coconut oil.

This is the coconut oil I used, other times I use the parachute brand.

The chapatis’ aroma is heavenly to say the least.

Serve it up with your favorite curry or stew.

I had mine with a spinach, aubergine and chickpea curry I have already shared here.

As well as with a black bean curry recipe coming soon.

They are great to have with tea too. Or a rolex.

What would you have yours with?

Delicious Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Moist, flavorful beef meatballs simmered in a thick sauce of tomatoes and other vegetables will have your children eating their plates clean and you get to fill them in with hidden vegetables they may not otherwise agree to eat.

Win. Win.

Smells, looks and tastes amazing!

Let’s get started.

Our ingredients for the meatballs are:- 500 g beef mince (not lean), one grated onion, 1 egg, 4 minced garlic cloves, salt and black pepper, 1/ cup of breadcrumbs, 1 tsp mixed herbs (basil, oregano,thyme and parsley) and 1 tbsp of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Preheat your oven at 200 ° C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Mix all the above ingredients together and scoop a tablespoon rolling into balls. I made 20 balls.

Place on the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes after drizzling with some olive oil. Turn / flip them after ten minutes.

Note: A lot of people fry the meatballs to lock in the juices and get a nice char or crispness to the meatballs’ exterior. Baking them as I did gave the same result without the frying up. The balls crisp up well on the outside but are juicy and tender on the inside. Well cooked, full of flavour and oh so tasty. The fat in the mince and the cheese inside work well to ensure they remain moist inside.

As the balls bake, you can get started on the sauce. You will need:-

  • One onion chopped
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 celery stalk
  • Four tomatoes, sliced
  • Grated mixed vegetables- I used one carrot, one eggplant and one courgette.
  • 1 teaspoon of dried mixed herbs.
  • One can tomato sauce
  • A pinch of sugar.
  • A teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce.
  • One cup hot water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese to serve.

Method.

Heat your pan and add the olive oil as well as the minced garlic.

Let it cook in the oil and release it’s lovely aroma, before adding the onion and celery.

Mix well and cook till onion is softened, then add the herbs.

Let cook a while then add the sliced tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Let them cook on low till mushy, before adding the grated mixed vegetables.

Let them also cook a bit. Add the Worcestershire sauce, the canned tomato sauce and a pinch of sugar. Mix well as it cooks and thickens. Add the hot water, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Sauce will be smelling so good. Check seasoning and thickness before adding the baked meatballs. Still on low, let them simmer for another 20 or so minutes on low.

Once the sauce is ready. Serve with your spaghetti and some grated Parmesan on top.

Dig in and enjoy this tasty, filling and colorful dish.

This is comfort food as its best. Definitely worth a try.

Love,

Wanjoro.

Red Cabbage and Peas.

Purple/ red cabbage is a great vegetable to add to your meal plan. It is rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

You can have it raw in a salad. Like we did here. Or sautéed with green peas that’s a lovely side dish for your rice and kids’ lunchboxes.

This lovely vegetable dish has the following ingredients:-

Half a red cabbage, sliced, two grated carrots, one sliced green pepper, 1 chopped onion, 1 cup of green peas, 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste. Spices used are 1 tsp each of black mustard seeds, cumin seeds and Kenyan curry powder. Salt and pepper to taste.

Method.

Heat your wide based pan and add 2 tbsp of coconut oil. As well as the cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Once they start sputtering, add the onion and let fry till translucent, before adding the crushed ginger garlic and mix well.
Add the curry powder and mix well, before adding the carrot and green pepper, salt and pepper. Let cook for about 3 minutes. Then add your cabbage. Mix well and let cook for another 3 minutes.
Add the peas and mix in well. Let cook till they are ready which is 5 or less minutes. Then switch off heat.
Squeeze some lemon juice and serve hot.

You can have the dish as it is for a light lunch. Or pair it up with rice or flaky chapati for a healthy vegetarian dinner meal.

It’s also perfect with some carrot rice. 😋

Healthy, tasty, colorful and filling. It will be a hit with you and the kids. Definitely worth a try.

Marbled Choco – Orange Pancakes.

If you have been following this blog for a while now, you know I love my pancakes. I do not think one can run out of ideas on how to flavour them and what to enjoy them with.

Like this Choco orange flavoured ones, made even more decadent with a chocolatey cream cheese sauce and some sprinkles to top! Yum!

These are special occasion pancakes, they would be perfect for a Mother’s Day breakfast, or a special one’s birthday. If my Mum was close to where I live, I would make this for her as it’s her birthday today. So this is for the woman who I watched make pancakes and learnt from her. I love you Mummy!

Look at these beauts!

I like using self raising flour for my pancakes, preferably the Exe brand that is available in Kenya and Uganda. It has never failed me.

We will need:-

  1. 2 cups sifted self raising flour.
  2. 1/2 cup caster sugar.
  3. 2 eggs.
  4. 1 3/4 cups of natural yoghurt.
  5. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg.
  7. 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice.
  8. 1 tsp vanilla.
  9. 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder.
  10. 2 tbsp milk.

Method.

1.Mix the flour and the sugar well, make a well in the middle and add the eggs, yoghurt, nutmeg, oil and vanilla. Add the orange juice last. Mix well but do don’t overdo it.

2. In a bowl, mix the cocoa with the milk into a thick paste, and add 1/3 of the pancake batter, mix well.

3. Let both batters rest for about 15- 20 minutes.

4. Heat your non stick pan, ensure it is clean and dry before spooning the batter alternately. I used a 1/2 measuring cup for the white batter and a tablespoon for the chocolate. You can swirl the pan, or leave it as is.

5. Cook like normal pancake, flipping when bubbles begin to form at the top. I do not add oil when cooking as I had put some in the batter.

On to the cream cheese sauce. You will need 1/2 cup of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of icing sugar, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 tsp of vanilla and a tablespoon of dark cocoa powder. Mix well together (you can use a food processor).

I served by rolling the pancakes and drizzling the cream cheese sauce on top, and added some chocolate sprinkles. How’s that for decadence?

Perfect for weekend breakfast or as a brunch dish, or Pajama parties. Win!

The pancakes are so delicious, orange and chocolate are truly a winning combination. And the cheese sauce, oh that’s the crown to top it all off.

Try this and let me know what you think.

Love,

Wanjoro.

Ossobuco and Spaghetti.

A simple way to enjoy your beef ossobuco. I like this dish as it has its own flavour and whichever spices or flavourings you use, are really just to enhance its richness.

The trick is to cook it low, slow and with love.

Ingredients:-

  • 4 beef shanks.
  • 1 large sliced onion.
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped.
  • I green pepper.
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste.
  • A pinch of sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon spice blend of equal parts ground cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • 2 tbsp of all purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • A splash of Worcestershire sauce.
  • A splash of balsamic vinegar.
  • 2 chopped tomatoes.
  • Cooking oil.
  • 1 small bunch of coriander chopped and some lemon zest.

Method.

Mix the flour, spice blend and salt and pepper on a wide plate.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large saucepan.

Dry the ossobucco pieces and dredge them in the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour and fry in the oil till brown all round then set aside.

In the same pan, fry your onion and mix well till soft, before adding the garlic and green pepper. Add the tomato paste and the sauce and vinegar as well as the sugar, stir well.

Add the ossobuco pieces to the pan…

…and some water to just cover them.. then add the chopped tomato on top.

Cover and simmer on low for 2 hours, till the meat is ready and tender. Once ready, sprinkle with the coriander and lemon.

Cook your spaghetti as per the pack instructions and plate.

The sauce is thick, the meat is tender, succulent and full of flavour.

Worth a try right?

You can also check out these other tasty beef ossobuco recipes already on the blog:-

. Instant Pot Ossobuco.

.Curried Beef Shank.

. Naan and Ossobuco.