soft carrot chapatis and betta grain(dengu special)

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Soft layered carrot chapatis

Ingredients

12 servings

  1. 3 cups All purpose flour
  2. 2 medium sized grated carrots
  3. to taste Salt
  4. Enough warm water
  5. Cooking oil

Steps

  1. In a bowl mix the flour, grated carrots and salt.  
  2. Make a well at the centre and add warm water in bits kneading the flour in a medium soft dough.  
  3. Wrap the dough in cling film or cover using a damp kitchen cloth and leave to rest for about 30 minutes.  
  4. Cut a portion of the dough and roll out.  
  5. Apply oil on the rolled out dough and cut into strips.  
  6. Fold each strip into layers to form a ball. Each ball makes one chapati.  
  7. Roll out the balls into round shapes (chapatis) ready to cook.  
  8. Place each chapati on a hot pan and cook under medium heat till it is evenly cooked and golden brown.  
  9. Serve with with love and stew of choice

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Picture: Fredrick Murithi

chicken pilau

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Ingredients-
225g basmati rice
400g chicken
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, crushed
1 1/2 tsps garlic, crushed
1 large tomato, chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp green chillies, crushed
1 tsp garam masala
600 ml water

Method
Wash the rice and leave it to soak in cold water for 20 minutes 
Remove the skin from the chicken(not must) 
Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and transfer to a saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover the chicken and bring it to the boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, turn off the heat and drain off the water. 
heat the oil in a large non-stick pan, add the onions and cook until brown. Stir in the ginger and garlic and then the tomato. Cook for a minute and then add the remaining ingredients except for the rice, followed by the chicken. 
Add 50ml of the water and cook on a high heat for 5 minutes. The reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 
Add the rice and the remaining water. Cover and cook on a high heat until it starts to boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook until all the water has evaporated. 
Remove from the heat and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Chicken tumbukiza

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Boil the chicken for about 45 minutes

then add potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, salt and pepper

and cook for about 10 minutes not to overcook the potatoes,

add spinach and cook for about 3 minutes. Serve

Credit: Fredrick Murithi

Beef Tumbukiza with matoke. No cooking oil

Ingredients

9 – 10 green bananas (Peeled and chopped into halves)

2 tomatoes (washed and diced)

1 cup of water

1 onion (washed and diced)

1 carrot (diced)

2 cloves of Garlic (thinly diced)

½ kg of meat (cut into pieces)

Oil for frying

1 green capsicum/hoho (washed and diced)

1 bunch of fresh coriander/ dhania ( chopped)

Salt to taste

¼ tsp of cayenne pepper

Directions:

In a cooking pot, fry the onions and garlic until soft.

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kenyan matoke

Add the meat and cook until brown.

matoke ya nyama

Next, add in the tomatoes, carrots, green capsicum, green bananas, salt and cayenne pepper.

matoke recipe

ndizi recipe

Stir and cover.

ndizi ya nyama recipe

Cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes and capsicum are soft (keep checking and stirring to avoid any burning)

how to cook matoke

Next, add in water, just enough to cover the matoke.  Cook for another 10 minutes until the bananas are tender but not mushy and the sauce is thickened a little.

how to cook matoke

At this point you can do a taste test and adjust your seasoning ( salt and pepper) if necessary. Switch off fire.

The final step, take your coriander/dhania and stir into the ready matoke ya nyama.

Serve this delicious Kenyan plantain recipe and enjoy.

kenyan ndizi recipe

Try this out and let me know how it goes

Credit: talkingtonelly

First Picture: Fredrick Murithi

Bobotie and Malva Pudding: South African Cuisine

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Bobotie (Serves 6-8)
2 thick slices of stale white bread
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 c. butter
2 large onions, chopped
1 3/4 lb. ground beef (sirloin apparently works best)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. tumeric
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground coriander
3 cloves & 5 allspice (I ground these up by hand with the peppercorns)
1/2 tsp. peppercorns
1/2 c. golden raisins (dark ones are OK too)
1/4 c. sliced almonds
2 tbsp. chutney**
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 bay leaves (or 6-8 lemon leaves)
1 c. milk
2 eggs, beaten

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9″x13″ pan. Soak the bread in the milk then squeeze it out, adding the squeezed-out milk back into the original cup; if you now have less than a whole cup, top it up. Add the eggs and whisk just until mixed.
2. Saute the onions in the vegetable oil over medium heat until they start to turn translucent. Add the spices (not the bay leaves), nuts, chutney, and raisins, and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the meat and bread and cook, stirring, for a minute or two just until the beef starts to brown.
3. Turn the meat into the prepared pan, place the bay leaves on top, and pour the egg-milk mixture over it. Bake for 30 minutes until the custard on top has set.
**South African chutney is sweeter than Indian; you can fudge it by combining duck sauce and apricot jam.

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Malva Pudding
1 egg
1 c. (250 ml) sugar
1 c. flour
1 tsp. (5ml) baking soda/bicarb
Pinch salt
1 tbsp. (15 ml) apricot jam
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tbsp. white or cider vinegar
1/2 c. (125 ml) milk

For the Sauce:
1/2 c. heavy cream
3 tbsp. (75 g) butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. (60 ml) brandy

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter an 8″ square pan or 9″ pie pan. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
2. Beat egg and sugar together well, and add the jam. Melt butter, add vinegar and milk, and add alternately to egg mixture with sifted dry ingredients.
3. Pour into the prepared pan and bake covered loosely with foil for 45-60 minutes.
4. Combine sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour the sauce over the pudding immediately after it comes out of the oven. Serve warm with custard, cream or ice-cream.

 Adapted from South African Gourmet Food & Wine

Cream Biscuits

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Ingredients:

2& 1/2 cups flour 250 g butter 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 tsp almond essence 1/2 cup corn flour Pinch of salt

Method:

1-Beat butter & sugar until light & fluffy. 2-Add essence & sifted dry ingredients, Form into a soft dough. 3-Roll out cut round discs n a fork to make patterns. 4-Bake at 180 for 15 mins.. Sandwich together when cool.

Icing:

80g butter 1 cup sifted icing sugar Beat together. Add 1/2 tsp almond essence. Mix well.

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Express French Butter Cakes – Madeleines

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Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 ¼ cup sugar
4 teaspoons almond powder
1 tablespoon agave syrup or honey
1/2 lemon zest
1/2 organic lemon juice
1 ½ cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
100g unsalted butter
Oil
3 ½ ounces dark or milk chocolate

Directions:

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 460 ° Fahrenheit and meanwhile melt the butter over low heat.

Step 2

In a large bowl add the eggs and sugar and then add the lemon zest, lemon juice and milk.

Step 3

Stir in sifted flour, baking powder, ground almonds and agave syrup.

Step 4

Then add the cooled melted butter and let it rest on the work surface for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Brush the madeleine molds with some oil and put a tablespoon of batter into each mold.

Step 6

Bake for 5 minutes at 460 ° C and lower the oven temperature to 390 ° F and bake another 5 minutes at this temperature.

Step 7

After baking, let the madeleines cool completely before removing them from the molds. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler and dip each bottom of the madeleine before leaving them to firm at room temperature by placing them upside down on a rack.

Credit: freerestaurantrecipes.com

Add Salt to Your Shampoo Before Showering. This Trick Solves One of the Biggest Hair Problems

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Our hair is a reflection of our beauty and because of that most of us spend tons of money on its maintenance, buying expensive shampoos and various hair products that offer a healthy and shiny hair. However, no need to spend such amount of money when you have the best product already in your home. It is cheap, easily available and most likely in your kitchen. We are talking about the simple salt.

This natural ingredient is an effective product when your hair is concerned, its use will make it stronger, and clean your scalp form dandruff and fat. In addition to this it will exfoliate the skin and stimulate hair growth. Overall it will improve the health of your hair and scalp.

Let us specify each benefit that salt can bring to your hair.

  1. Removes dandruff

Dandruff represents the layer on the scalp which is formed from pieces of dead skin cells. The use of salt can help you to remove dandruff from your scalp and as well as it will prevent any fungal growth. Plus, it will promote good blood circulation which is highly needed for good looking hair.

In order to be free of dandruff you need to separate your hair into sections, next sprinkle 1 – 2 teaspoons of salt on your scalp and performmassages with your wet fingers for around 10 minutes. Finally, wash off your hair as usual.

  1. Prevents the formation of excess fat

Excess fat results from too much sebum in the scalp produced by the sebaceous glands. Therefore, if you have oily or mixed hair, the use of salt will be a great assistance in removing excess fat.

Just include 2 – 3 tablespoons of salt intoyour regular shampoo and then wash your hair with it. Even after its first use you will see visible results.

  1. Stimulates hair growth

This ingredient is very beneficial for your hair as it prevents hair loss, and at the same time promotes hair growth.

Here it is how to use it to gain both benefits: wash your hair as usual, leave it wet and massage the scalp with sea salt for about 10 – 15 minutes. Afterwards, wash your hair. Perform this treatment two times a week for 2 months.

  1. Natural conditioner

The use of sea salt will soften your hair naturally, provide it with that natural shines as a result of the content of the essential minerals. Additionally it will moisturize, repair and protect your hair from external factors. If your hair is damaged, then this is the right solution for you as salt has the power to even heal damaged hair.

Which is the right salt type for your hair?

There are different varieties of salt and for the health of your hair you need to choose the right one. Salt contains sodium chloride (NaCl) which is its basiccomponent but there are 4 main types of salt. Here they are:

  1. Salt coming from salty solutions
  2. Stone salt extracted from the salt stones
  3. Sea salt (in this case the best one is from the Dead Sea)
  4. Sedimentary rock salt, or rock salt comingfrom the bottom of high salinity lakes

The best salt for your hair is the sea salt as it makes the hair follicles stronger and as well as nourishes the scalp. On the other hand, the iodized table salt is the best one that can fight off hair loss.

Credit: The WAU

simple vetkoek recipe

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10Cups of flour.

1teaspoon of salt.

4spoons of oil

5teaspoons of sugar

3 or less cups of warm water ( or water to make kneedable dough)

1 packet of yeast

Mix the dry ingredients together add warm water and oil. Kneed and let the dough rise. Roll out your dough and cut with a big cookie cutter for a neater presentation. Let it rise for the second time. Fry until golden.

Credit: Ntombi YourHigness Nyembe

Lunch Plain rice with parsely Butternut with margarine and vanilla essence

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Potatoe Salad
Boiled potatoes cut into cubes-nyana
With crispy ham
Diced red pepper
Boiled eggs
Aromat
And dressed with 1000 island n mayonnaise

Creamy veggies
Steam veggies,cool them
Heat margarine add 1 tbs flour n stir
Add milk & stir in grated cheese,sprinkle dash of white pepper

Mutton curry
Boil mutton pieces until tender
Fry onion garlic n ginger
Add biryani mix powder,all in one curry mix,paprika 
Add mutton pieces n salt let it cook
Add tomato paste and curry leaves simmer on low heat!

Credit: Ntombi YourHigness Nyembe