Daawat Rice & Pasta
You’ve heard of potato bhajia, onion bhajia and fish bhajia before. Now, you will have also seen how to make chicken bhajia, and I can assure you that they will become your favourite type of bhajia. They are the perfect starter or snack to have for those dinner parties and you won’t believe just how simple they are to make.
Mushroom and peas in rice? What more do you want?! I love this super simple pilau recipe with mushrooms that is a great dish for vegetarians and to use up left over rice.
This cheesy Mexican rice dish is my favourite Mexican side dish. It’s loaded with all my favourite ingredients; cheese, peppers, kidney beans, avocado and so much more.
I love the aroma and taste of any biryani.. and even though this brown rice chicken biryani takes so much time to cook, it has to be one of my favourite meals to cook and almost the only thing that comes to my mind when I am super hungry. This dish is a perfect combination of flavours and goes really well with some natural yoghurt and pickled lemons.
Kuku paka (chicken cooked in a coconut sauce) and biryani are two amazing dishes, so I decided to bring them together and ended up with a recipe that I will be making over and over again for a very long time. The chicken is cooked in a rich coconut gravy and then layered with par-boiled fragrant rice and topped with my favourite fried onions and coriander leaves. This dish is a winner!
The name “Chicken Tikka” starts to make you drool. Chicken tikka is so simple to make and always great for those barbecue’s with the family and friends. It is marinated in a spicy yoghurt mixture and cooked over some coal to give it that delicious smoky flavour. You haven’t visited Kenya if you haven’t had chicken tikka at most of the famous barbecue restaurants around the city. I pair mine with a spicy rice, but chicken tikka can be a meal in itself.
Eggs are a very versatile ingredient and that’s why I cook with them quite often. This easy egg curry is ready in 25 minutes and is amazing served with some bread or rice. Perfect dinner or lunch idea.
I love any types of bhajias and since my little one started enjoying them too, i’ve been adding a lot more vegetables in them. She particularly enjoys eating these cabbage bhajia’s that are deep fried to give it that perfect crunch and serve with some ketchup and a spicy chutney.
Fried rice is my favourite meal to make when I have left over rice and some fish in the freezer. I love the simplicity of this recipe and love the flavours of the fish with rice. And best of everything, it takes under 15 minutes to make.
This hot dog fried rice is a budget friendly meal with big flavours and just amazing for using up that left over rice from the previous meal.
My mac and cheese balls are super cheesy and absolute favourite with the kids. These work great with left over mac and cheese.
There’s a hundred different ways to make a good curry, but every good curry doesn’t need a ton of ingredients. My super simple Rosemary Chicken Curry is a flavour bomb that is sure to become one of your favourites too!
I can’t ever say no to a burger, especially when it has mushrooms, beans, cheese.. basically all the good stuff. Mine is the perfect substitute for a meaty burger and you may not believe it, but my husband who will choose meat over anything, actually said that he would take this kidney bean and mushroom burger over any burger ever.. That says it all!
These Vegetarian steamed dumplings also called steamed Muthiya are one of those meals that most Indian families have on the weekends. They are super easy to cook and make the best use of left over rice.
I almost always have some Tilapia fish in my freezer since my little one loves it so much so this biryani recipe is one of those that I make very often. It is such a simple recipe and yet so scrumptious. It is also one of the easiest and quickest biryani you will ever make.
This savory, nutty and spicy one pot African chicken curry is my absolute favourite. The juicy chicken thighs marinated in a light spice mixture, cooked with loads of green peppers gives this dish a whole load of flavour to go with a bowl of steamed rice.
This paprika butter prawn rice is the perfect combination of prawns cooked in a flavourful paprika butter and tossed in some left over rice. So delicious!
Looking for an authentic and classic tomato sauce recipe to go with your pasta? This recipe is all you will ever need!
For me, rice and kidney beans are a match made in heaven. I just love the simplicity but bold flavours of this dish.
These Jamaican style Jerk Chicken Wings are a great addition to your game night or party or just your regular chicken wings cravings.
I absolutely love peri peri sauce and this recipe gets as close to the original Peri Peri sauce as you can get. I marinate chicken breasts in the peri peri sauce and grill it to give it a nice char on it.
Lunch can’t get any quicker with this really easy to make chili garlic spaghetti. Sometimes simple food is just the best!
This hearty and filling plate of egg fried rice topped with avocado will warm you up in this cold weather. It has the perfect bite from the rice, flavouring from the eggs and soy sauce and a beautiful creaminess from the avocado.
This cold weather calls for a warm and hearty plate for coconut and vegetable pilau. I love coconut in rice and the coconut in this dish marries with the spices in the rice so beautifully. This has got to be one of my favourite Pilau dishes.
A one pan easy lemon coconut chicken is all you need to pair with a bowl of steamed rice. The lemon and coconut in this dish dish makes the perfect gravy to coat the juicy chicken strips. Yummy!
It may seem like the most basic thing in the kitchen to know how to cook rice, yet most people get it wrong. In this recipe, I show you in detail how to cook the perfect rice.
The best thing about the Kenyan Style Goat Pilau is the perfect marriage of the tender goat meat with the spiced rice. This dish is a burst of flavour and a whole meal in itself. This dish is known to be best cooked by the women of the Kenyan Coastal region, but it’s so simple to make and I’m sure this will be one of those recipes that will be made very often in your home.
The secret to the perfect liver is not to over cook it. This recipe makes the most delicious liver which I serve with a coriander rice that has a hint of lemon. What a combination!
Kheer is an integral part of every Indian’s home. I don’t know why but it is one of those comforting desserts that just bring a smile to my face. My recipe has the perfect balance of sweetness and a bite from the rice and nuts as well as a beautiful aroma from the saffron.
Vibibi are soft and fluffy pancakes that are made from a rice and coconut batter. They are the perfect option for a light breakfast and you can even prepare the batter from the night before. You can also use rice flour if you don’t have the time or patience to soak the rice over night.
Pasta bakes are great meal ideas that you can prepare in advance for parties or get togethers. This pasta bake is a combination of courgettes and spinach and is just deliciously cheesy.
Mutton Biryani is yet another Biryani that is a beautiful fusion of taste, aroma and tender meat served on a fragrant rice. This version is a speciality of the Kenyan Coastal region whereby the meat is served on top of the rice.
Chicken curry with rice is just comfort food for me. I love the simple flavours in this dish that pair so well with some steamed rice or chapati’s. My recipe is a a Kenyan style chicken curry that is also sometimes referred to as Dhania chicken in a lot of restaurants around Kenya.
Samosa’s have got to be one of the most popular snacks in Kenya. You often find them filled with minced meat, but this version of vegetarian samosa’s filled with Ndengu or Pojo if that’s what you call green grams is so delicious, i’m sure most of you will choose to have it over the meat filled version. These samosas are little parcels of heaven.
My green gram makhani served with some Indian style roti’s makes the perfect comfort meal for a cool night. The word “makhani” refers to “with butter” and the addition of butter in this dish gives it that perfect smooth finish whilst the double cream makes a rich curry base. I use a smoking method in this recipe using hot coat and butter to give it a smoky taste and take the dish to a whole new flavour level.
Not a fan of chicken wings? Get out of here! No, but seriously, how can you not like chicken wings? Especially these spicy but sweet perfect wings in a soy based sauce served with steamed rice. Yummy yummy in my tummy!
Sometimes we just run out of ideas when it comes to cooking baby food. And it surely doesn’t have to be boring. This Banana Berry Rice Pudding is one of those recipes that my little one loves so much. And she has also featured in this recipe, which makes this recipe very close to my heart.
Everyone need’s a classic spaghetti & meatballs recipe to add to their weekly dinners. This comfort food is pretty much everyone’s favourite. The meatballs are a simple but flavourful mixture of ground meat (80% meat, 20% fat) and aromatics, browned in a skillet, cooked in a tomato sauce and served on spaghetti. Just perfect!
A creamy and thick flavourful avocado sauce mixed into the perfectly cooked spaghetti. Sound like a deal? This 15 minute Avocado Spaghetti is a dish that will be making it to your dinner table every week.
Chilli paneer on its own is so delicious, so why not pair it up with Spaghetti to make a yummy Chilli Paneer Spaghetti. Paneer is a type of firm cheese (cottage cheese) that takes on the flavour of the gravy/sauce very well and that’s why it works really well for this dish.
This lemon butter fish is a so easy to make and requires only a handful of ingredients, and the result is a flaky fried fish swimming in a pool of a buttery tangy sauce and served with a fragrant parsley rice.
Quick dinners is sometimes all we want after a long day at work. This sausage curry with toasted coconut rice is quick but packs a whole lot of flavours. The toasted coconut in the rice also gives it a whole new dimension of flavours as opposed to regular coconut rice.
This Asian inspired pork rice is great for quick dinners and is so full of flavour. Hearty and delicious! It can also be made using chicken instead of pork or if you are vegetarian, substitute for some soaked soya chunks for that meatiness.
Vegan food doesn’t mean boring food. This Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese is packed full of flavour and gives the dish some meatiness from the mushrooms. So quick to make and so yummy!
Flavourful Asian style sticky chicken wings coated in a ketchup based sauce, cooked perfectly in the oven and basted for that extra depth of flavour and then served on a sweet corn rice. This is the perfect recipe for a quick dinner!
Lamb stew with mashed potatoes or steamed rice, isn’t that a classic combination? My recipe is the most basic lamb stew recipe that is a must have in every household. It is easy to make and so fragrant.
If there is one dish on every Indian restaurant menu, it has to be the chicken tikka masala. This dish consists of perfectly grilled chicken cubes marinated in a flavourful mix of yoghurt and spices mixed into a beautifully cooked curry sauce consisting of a tomato base. Give the dish even more flavour by grilling the chicken over an open flame on a jiko to give it that yummy barbecue taste and aroma. Enjoy this dish with a side of steamed or jeera rice.
We Kenyan’s love to use coconut in most of our recipes. Now you can include it in your grilled chicken too. The coconut cream mellows down the spice in this recipe and blend creates an absolutely amazing marinade for this chicken. Serve this spiced coconut chicken on a bed of yellow rice for a complete meal.
Craving a curry and craving some fish? This Fish Curry recipe is sure to get everyone to the dinner table early! Serve it with your favourite steamed Basmati Rice and enjoy a super tantalising meal.
Bhajia’s are a very common snack when expecting guests. This recipe is a slight twist to the normal bhajia’s. These rice and sukuma wiki bhajia’s make great use of left over rice and go perfectly well with just ketchup for a dipping sauce.
Simple, perfectly spiced and absolutely delicious! This Kidney Bean Rice will make your day that much tastier.
This dish is so simple and sometimes referred to as kuku na nazi. This kuku paka recipe is a favourite amongst the family. It originates from the East African Coast with influence from the Indian cuisine.
Who doesn’t like a chicken and egg fried rice? That flavour of the wok along with a dish of chicken schezwan or kung pao chicken is to die for.
Chicken Biryani is a beautifully flavoured rice dish that is often layered with a spiced chicken/mutton/beef/vegetarian gravy and rice that is infused with whole spices. Traditionally, a chicken biryani involves a lot of steps including marinating the meat, frying the vegetables for layering, loads of coriander and mint leaves, fried eggs, saffron milk etc. My version is a simplified recipe that gives you those exquisite flavours.
Serve with some plain yoghurt and lemon pickle or kachumbari.
Who doesn’t like a barbecue? That char flavour on the meat is just heavenly. However, sometimes you just don’t have the energy to fire up the jiko and that’s when my recipe comes in handy. This barbecue pork fried rice was a favourite at my dinner table. The pork was so good that my husband ate a lot of the barbecue pork by itself. If you like, feel free to pull the meat apart, add some more barbecue sauce and enjoy it in a sandwich.
Indian pancakes are a staple in almost every Indian household. This is because of how quick they are to make, use up all the left over rice and often use ingredients that are already available in the pantry. This recipe of Rice Pudla or Savoury Indian Pancakes is exactly the definition above.
Left over pasta makes for the best pasta sandwich. This is one of the quickest lunch ideas and is great with a lot of different toppings. I used some left over pasta in tomato sauce and added fresh vegetables to liven it up a little. Personalize this sandwich with your preferred toppings and let me know how you liked it.
Who doesn’t love a warm buttery garlic bread along with some pasta? Now, you can combine the two and have a beautiful snack called garlic bread pasta to enjoy alongside Sunday movie time with the family.
This lamb kofta curry is one that won’t take hours to cook and guess what, it doesn’t require you to brown the kofta (meatballs) either. Enjoy this fragrant dish with a side of steamed basmati or jeera rice or some hot chapati’s.
Red bell peppers are often sweet and give a great crunch to any dish whilst giving it a wonderful color. The peppers in this Sweet Pepper Chicken pair with the mildly spiced chicken cubes to create a delicious supper. Serve on a bed of steamed Basmati or chow down with some hot chapati’s!
“Koroga” is a Swahili word that means “stir” and is very popular amongst Kenyans during the weekends. It is often done under “Banda’s” which mean “huts” and one is provided with a jiko (clay stove), large sufurias (pots), vegetables or meats and a range of spices along with any extra condiments. My chicken koroga is a home made version of the same that is cooked with a range of aromatic spices and good cuts of chicken. You can also add some yoghurt or cream to the gravy to make it richer. Serve the chicken koroga with hot chapatis or jeera rice.
We’ve all heard of apple pies and love them too. This is a twist on the classic using bananas to make Banana Pie Rolls. Yummy Banana Pie filling rolled in a thin rice pancake and fried to a crisp golden brown. Top it with ice cream and a sprinkling of icing sugar and eat away! This recipe is also great for when you have a bunch of bananas lying in the kitchen about to get spoilt. What more do you need?!
A simple pasta salad loaded with bacon and avocado mixed with an easy and light salad dressing. A sprinkling of thyme on the salad brings out the freshness in the bacon & avocado pasta salad. This salad is all you need after a week of heavy eating junk. It is to die for!
The idea of apple rings stuffed with sweet rice and coated in a crumble mix came to me while watching cooking videos on Facebook one early morning. The video showed how to make cheese burger bites using onion rings which were then breaded and deep fried. I used a similar concept which led to this delicious dessert which I call the modern sister of an apple crumble.
Whether it is home made pastry or store bought, the crisp and flakiness of the layers just go with anything with cheese. To make my leek & mushroom pastry a whole meal, I decided to add some of my favourite ingredients into the mix. I had to have mushrooms, leeks and rice, not to forget, a whole lot of cheese. I braided the pastry and brushed it with an egg wash to give it that beautiful golden design.
It’s funny how adding pineapple to any rice gives it a Hawaiian feel to it, however, this Hawaiian Rice is not only about adding pineapple. It’s got coconut milk giving it that sense of the coastal atmosphere, a crunch from the cashew nuts, freshness from the grated carrots, saltiness from the bacon and aroma from the different spices. This dish is a great twist to ordinary fried rice.
A Greek Pasta Bake also known as Pastitsio is the perfect marriage of flavours. My recipe consists of a layering of perfectly cooked pasta seasoned with herbs, lamb mince in a delicious tomato sauce, béchamel sauce and melted cheese. This dish is a great crowd pleaser and can be made in advance and refrigerated to bake the following day or for the weekend.
Home-made fish cakes are so much better than store-bought. For one, they contain less artificial ingredients and secondly, home made are just more healthier using fresh ingredients and whole grain options. These Tuna Fish & Brown Rice Cakes are bold and richly flavoured. They are not just your typical fish cakes.
Maru Bhajia’s are an extremely popular snack in East Africa, especially in Kenya. Bhajia’s can generally be made with a wide range of vegetables including onions, fenugreek leaves, aubergines etc and even with fish. My version includes the use of rice to make them super crispy. I serve the bhajia’s with a tomato chutney and it often also served with “khatu” which is a sweet and sour tamarind sauce. If you’d like to omit the rice, mix all the ingredients with the sliced potatoes without using any water and fry.
This is the definition of comfort food. You just can’t go wrong with chicken, coconut, green beans and rice in one dish. This dish is so simple to make and beats any take out in the world. Healthy, nutritious and packed with flavour!
Try these Spanish-style “doughnuts” that are piped and fried to get a crispy outside and a soft but chewy inside that is delicious with a thick chocolate sauce. The use of rice my churros with chocolate dipping sauce recipe gives the churros its chewy interior which I find is not very easy to obtain when making the churros without the rice. My recipe may not be authentic, but it sure as hell is finger licking!
Chicken Tikka Masala means a lot of yummy flavours, from spicy to slightly tangy, and combining it with some spaghetti gives you the best Indian-fusion called Chicken Tikka Masala Spaghetti. The chicken tikka recipe I have used below is a cheats recipe that I like to use when I have no time to marinate the chicken and when I am too lazy to get the barbecue going.
Who doesn’t love a filling and flavourful pot pie? This is one dish that I first cooked for my husband, who at that time was just my boyfriend, and my father-in-law. My Chicken & Rice Pot Pie is a combination of chicken and vegetables mixed with a rich and creamy sauce and layered with a pastry that is baked to a nice golden and flaky crust. This version also has rice in it however, feel free to leave out the rice if you’re not keen on a very heavy meal.
After a long day of work, who likes to spend a lot of time in the kitchen? No one? I thought so! My Barbecue Chicken & Rice Wraps are great when made ahead. I prepare mexican rice on a Sunday along with grilled barbecue chicken. For dinner the following day, I heat up the wraps, rice and chicken, layer it with some coriander leaves, squeeze some lemon and I have dinner ready for my Husband and myself.
In the last few years, we Kenyans have really started liking Avocado and eating it with almost every food we make. So this Avocado & Basil Linguine is a must! It’s so simple to make and although it may look boring, it is delicious! The basil leaves along with the avocado give the spaghetti a rich green colour and the cherry tomatoes just complete this dish.
Who doesn’t like chicken and who doesn’t like peanut butter? Well, atleast for me, the combination of the two is my favourite. This African Chicken & Peanut Stew, a specialty in West Africa, is packed with flavour. A sprinkle of roasted and roughly chopped peanuts for garnish gives it a crunch. Pair this dish with some steamed Basmati Rice for a complete dinner.
Are you craving for Mexican Rice from your favourite taco stand? It’s so simple to re-create at home. On this particular day, I ended up using kidney beans instead of black beans used in an authentic Mexican bean rice because I find black beans often very hard to find in most supermarkets. The taste however, is still so delicious and I top my Mexican rice with some cheese, avocado, sour cream, coriander leaves and some tortilla chips so I can scoop up the rice with a chip and munch on while watching movies.
Who doesn’t like a one-pot wonder? Less clean up and less cooking time. This is perfect for you! In this simple recipe that is quite famous around the internet, I brown my meat before I add all the ingredients to the pot. I’ve always liked to create layers of flavour to my dishes and although it’s a one-pot wonder, I wasn’t going to take the easy way and boil my meat along with all the ingredients, so here is my version. Bon appétit!
If you love pork and sweet potatoes, then you’re in luck. A sweet and savoury dish will take your taste buds for a ride. The sweet potatoes are roasted to soften the potatoes and bring out its sweetness along with a little char and the pork is nicely seared and seasoned. This is then reheated with some spinach and left over rice to create a whole meal perfect for lunch/dinner.
Cutlets made with left over rice give you that perfect crunch on the outside and a soft interior. It’s the easiest healthy starter to make for those unexpected guests and doesn’t take any time at all. Throw in any other vegetables that you like, along with left over rice, mashed potatoes and spices and you’re in for a treat.
This super quick dish is an easy baked salmon stuffed with a beautifully flavoured rice cooked with mushroom and capers. The salmon cooks very well in the oven to form a crispy skin which is a delight to eat with the soft rice inside.
This Soya & Rice with some peas is a delicious alternative to non-vegetarian rice dishes! Give it a try, you never would have thought soya could taste this good.
This beef pilau recipe is one that you will get right every single time you make it. The aroma from this dish is inviting and warming, and it is an extremely popular Kenyan dish. Most pilau’s often have the same method of preparing the base, so once you get that right, you have mastered the art of making any type of pilau.
There’s always a confusion on where the Swahili Fish with Coconut Rice originally comes from, Kenya or Zanzibar Island? Wherever it originates from, we Kenyans surely love this dish!
Minestrone soup is a hearty Italian comfort food that is often made with fresh vegetables that are in season with the addition of pasta or rice. It is flavourful and wholesome and also perfect for the cold nights.
We Kenyan’s love Avocado. I mean, if we had our way, we would put avocado in every single dish. This recipe is a simple fried rice served with creamy avocado and topped with crispy fried garlic. Trust me, the crispy garlic makes all the difference.
Pasta salads are simple to prepare and just so satisfying to eat after a whole week of heavy meals. They don’t have to be boring though. Add in your favourite vegetables and whip up this classic salad dressing to go with it. Yummy!
Celebrate with these delicious gluten-free cupcakes that take only 30 minutes to make. Swirl some vanilla buttercream on top, sprinkle some icing sugar or leave them plain to enjoy with your evening tea.
This recipe will always give you those crunchy and chewy cookies that you hope for. Don’t forget to add the chocolate in too, because who doesn’t like chocolate!
Classic spaghetti & meatballs with a slight twist. These meatballs are so delicious, they can be eaten as an appetiser on its own, made into a sandwich or even added into a soup. The pork and lamb meat mixed together with flavours from the onion, garlic, parmesan cheese etc. complete this comfort food.