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Sangetta’s Chana Masala

The broadcaster and life coach Sangetta Dewan shares with us her mother's Chana Masala recipe, a simple and hearty classic that is her favourite dish to cook for family and friends. A Story of Mother's Love and Welcome "This recipe brings back fond childhood memories of Sunday mornings in my house. I would awake to the delicious aroma of spices floating through the house as my mother worked in the kitchen in preparation for friends and relatives popping in. It was open house in our home on a Sunday and anyone was welcome.  When they came my mother would make…

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Cooking with Love: Memories of Mum in Kribi, Cameroon

Grace Ekall, an inspirational healthy-living coach who has recently developed her own chilli sauce,  shares her lentil soup recipe and how a mother's love and dedication to wholesome, healthy cooking can have such a huge impact on us.My dad was a CEO of a French timber company. My mother was a trained nurse and natural medicine enthusiast, who stayed at home to look after my 10 siblings and I.She was an exceptional, dedicated and passionate mother, neighbour, friend and a great wife to my dad. We were extremely privileged. Although mum insisted that we do the dishes and other tasks around…

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Holi, a feast of colour and togetherness

Today is the beginning of Holi, the Hindu festival of colours. It symbolises the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and is also a time to forgive and make new beginnings. The second day of the festival is “Rangwali Holi” and on this day the streets take on a carnival atmosphere, as people gather to throw handfuls of vibrantly coloured powder in the air. Everywhere and everyone is covered in pink, blue, green and orange and the brighter the powder and the more covered they are, the better! Traditionally, people were soaked with turmeric and flower extracts…

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A special dal for feast days and celebrations

Reena from Reena's Rasoi shares us with us her Makhani Dal recipe, a wonderfully delicious dal that is traditionally prepared at times of celebration. "This is one of my favourite dals, the Punjabi name is Maa di dal (Black Urad dal). When you add butter to dishes made with this dal is it known as Makhani Dal because of the rich creamy texture from the butter added to it. It is a celebratory dal, as it takes time but is not difficult. Make it on a day when you have time to let it cook slowly and note that the dal…

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