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  • 19. Matar (Fried Green Peas)


  • 1. Chicken Curry
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  • 3. Sehna
  • 4. Raita & Lassi
  • 5. Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) & Sonth (for new mothers)
  • 6. Vakalolo
  • 7. Coconut Chutney
  • 8. Jalebi, Lakadi & Barfi (Burfi)
  • 9. Alu Bhindi (Okra and Potato) Curry
  • 10. Roti
  • 11. White Snapper in Tomato Sauce
  • 12. Potato/Eggplant/Greenpeas
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  • 14. Kathar or Green Jackfruit
  • 15. Bara
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  • 17. murku
  • 18. Payasam (dessert)
  • 19. Sev
  • 21. Khichdi
  • 22. Coconut Gujia
  • 23. Suji Laddoo


These are my own creations.
They work very well for me
I hope they do for you!




1 cup yellow split peas
4 cups of water
salt to taste
1/2 tspn. tumeric powder
1 small egg plant - chopped
1/2 tomato - chopped
1/4 inch ginger)
1 cloves garlic ) minced
1/4 onion )
hot pepper - to taste

For Tempering (forun)

1/4 onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 tspn. cumin seeds
1/2 tspn. mustard seeds
curry leaves - approx. 6
1 tblspn. oive oil (or any other)


In a medium size pot, put in daal & water
and bring to boil on medium heat
without lid on.
(It may froth up and overflow if lid is on)
Add salt, tumeric, egg plant,
hot pepper, tomato and the minced ingredients.
Cook on medium heat, uncovered
for 30 minutes then place lid on.
Add more water if needed.
Cook until daal becomes mushy and soft.
Cooked daal should have a thick
soup consistency. Lastly cook forun
in oil in a small pot,
on medium heat until seeds crackle
and onions get slightly browned.
Add forun in daal and stir.
Serve with rice and any chutney.
Serves 3 or 4 people.



4 cups yellow split peas, soaked overnight
½ teaspoon jeera
½ teaspoon sarso
¼ teaspoon methi
1 onion, chopped
4 pieces garlic, chopped
chili to taste, chopped
¼ inch ginger, chopped
a few tej patti
½ teaspoon haldi
2 teaspoons masala
salt to taste
3 tablespoons oil
1 and a half cups buttermilk
¼ cup dhania leaves, chopped
4 or 5 cups water
1 dozen *fulori (*recipe in the bottom)


Grind daal. Take 2 cups ground daal. Set aside.
Heat up oil. Fry onion, garlic, ginger,
chili, sarso, methi, jeera,
tej patti, haldi and masala.
Stir and cook all together until colour changes.
Add ground daal and salt.
Cook on very low heat for about 10 minutes.
If it sticks, add little water.
Add 4 cups of water and cook a further 10 minutes.
If it becomes too thick, add more water.
Add buttermilk and cook further 5 minutes.
Add *fulori. Lastly add dhania leaves
and turn off heat. Serve with rice.


Take 1 cup ground daal. Mix in salt to taste,
2 small chillies; 3 small pieces garlic, chopped;
little ginger, chopped; 1 onion, chopped;
½ teaspoon jeera; ¼ teaspoon haldi
and little chopped dhania leaves.
Mix all together well and fry a teaspoon
at a time in hot oil until slightly browned.
Add about a dozen fuloris to kadhi.
Freeze left over ground daal for another day.




1/2 bunch coriander leaves -
(about 15 stems) washed and chopped)
1 large ripe tomato - chopped
1/4 onion - chopped
1/2 clove garlic
hot pepper and salt to taste

Electric blender


Put tomato in blender first, pulse until broken up.
Put in leaves 1 tablespoon at a time, pulse
Lastly put in the onion, garlic, hot pepper,
salt and blend all together until mushy.
Serve a tablespoon of chutney with any curry
and rice or roti.

Tomato Chutney, uncooked

2 big ripe tomatoes, cubed
Half of a red onion, medium size, chopped
Fresh chilies, 2, chopped
Quarter cup fresh coriander leaves, washed and chopped
Salt to taste
Half a cucumber, chopped (optional)


Mix all together and enjoy with your favourite dish.


4 or 5 cups peeled, chopped pumpkin
1 small onion - chopped
3 cloves of garlic - chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
hot pepper - to taste
6 curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon curry paste or powder
salt to taste
3 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup of water - if needed
1/4 washed, chopped coriander leaves for garnish


Heat up a medium size pot on stove top.
Add oil, then onion, garlic,
curry leaves and seeds.
Stir for a minute or two.
Add tumeric and curry paste/powder.
Stir. Add pumpkin, hot pepper and salt.
Stir. Put lid on and let sweat for 5 or 7 minutes.
You may see liquid released from the pumpkin.
If this happens, let pumpkin cook in its own liquid
or if liquid is not released add
1/2 a cup of water. Let cook
for 20 minutes or so stirring
from time to time. When pumpkin is cooked,
it should look mushy. Lastly add coriander leaves
and stir. Serve with rice or roti.
Serves 4 to 5 people.

Note: pumpkin can be cooked without tumeric or curry powder.

4. Lauki and Yoghurt Curry

3 cups skinned, chopped lauki (hard seeds removed)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon curry powder or paste
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
6 curry leaves
2 cloves of garlic - chopped
1/2 onion - chopped
hot pepper - to taste
salt - to taste
1/2 cup water or a little more


In a medium size pot, heat up oil.
Add onion, garlic, curry leaves, seeds
and stir for a minute.
Add tumeric and curry powder/paste.
Add lauki and stir for a minute or so.
Add hot pepper, water and salt.
Let cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
Add more water, if needed.
Continue cooking another 10 minutes.
Add yoghurt. Let cook further 10 or 15 minutes
or until consistency of lauki changes
from hard to soft.
Serve with rice or roti
and chutney of any kind.

5. Mango Pickle & Mango Kuchla

A. Mango Pickle - Fiji Style


8-10 green mangoes (seeds removed) - cut into wedges,
salted and dried in sun for 2 days.
garam masala - 1/4 cup (store bought or your own)
methi - 1 tspn (roasted)
mangrael - 1 tspn (roasted) (small black seeds)
jeera - 1 tspn (roasted)
garlic and chili (minced) - to taste
mustard oil - enough to cover mangoes in jar
salt - to taste


Heat up mustard oil. Let cool.
Place dried mangoes in a large basin.
Mix in all the rest of the ingredients except oil.
Place in air tight jar. Add oil until mangoes are covered.
Pickles are ready to serve after a couple of weeks.
Jar may be taken out in the sun once a week.
Take lid off while in the sun and cover with a towel.

B. Mango Kuchla


4 unripe or half ripe mangoes
1 teaspoon jeera or cumin, roasted and ground
Quarter teaspoon ajwain, roasted and ground
4 pieces of garlic, minced
3 chilies, minced
Quarter teaspoon tumeric or haldi
1 teaspoon masala
salt to taste
oil, 3 tablespoons, mustard oil preferred,
heated and cooled
cloth for straining
clean jar for storing

Peel and chop mangoes by knife. Discard stones.
Place in food processor and mince.
Tie minced mangoes in cloth and squeeze until no
more water drops.
Spread out in the sun for 3 to 4 hours.
Empty contents in a basin.
Mix in salt, jeera, ajwain, garlic, haldi,
masala, chili and oil. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Mix well and place in a clean jar.
Store in fridge.

6. Baigan Chokha

3 large eggplants - washed and halved lengthwise, skin on
2 medium sized tomatoes - halved
3 cloves of garlic
1 onion - halved
little oil to brush
salt and pepper to taste
3 fresh green chilies
1/2 cup freshly chopped coriander leaves (dhania)


Take a cookie sheet, place foil on it and brush with oil.
Place eggplant and tomatoes face down on sheet.
Wrap onion and garlic in a separate piece of foil
and place on sheet. Roast in a 375 degree oven
for one and a quarter hours. Remove from oven,
let cool a little and then scrape flesh out
of eggplant and place in a dish. Discard skin.
Finally chop tomatoes, onion, garlic and chilies.
Add to eggplant. Add salt, pepper and coriander leaves.
Mix together. Serve with roti.

7. Potato Curry
[also known as Potato Bhaji in India]

4 potatoes - peeled and chopped
1/4 tsp. mustard seeds
1/4 tsp.jeera or cumin seeds
1/4 ts. fenugreek seeds
1 onion cut into slices
2 green chillies - chopped
3 cloves of garlic - chopped
grated fresh ginger - 1/2 tsp.
some curry leaves
3 sprigs of coriander leaves - washed and chopped
1 teaspoon curry powder or paste
1//4 tsp. tumeric
1 tomato - chopped
salt to taste
olive oil - 1 tablespoon
hot water - 2 cups

Add oil in pan, then add onion, garlic
, ginger, chili, curry leaves
and seeds altogether. Stir for 2 minutes,
add tumeric and curry powder or paste
and stir another minute. Add potatoes and tomato.
Fry for a minute.
Add water and let cook until potatoes are soft.
Lastly garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with rice or roti and chutney
or pickle on the side.

8. Tamarind Chutney

tamarind - 1 packet
water - 5 cups
salt - 4 tablespoons
sugar - 1 ½ cups
fresh chili - 6 to 10
garlic - 1 head
fresh ginger - 1 inch
grated coconut - ½ cup (optional)
masala (curry powder) of your choice
3 tablespoons
tumeric - 1 teaspoon
cumin seeds - 2 teaspoons
mustard seeds - 2 teaspoons
oil - ½ cup


Soak tamarind in water for several hours
or overnight. Next day mash
tamarind in water by hand.
This will take a while,
approximately 15 minutes.
In a large holed stainer,
strain mashed tamarind. Discard seeds
and pulp. Conserve juice.

Mash chili, garlic and ginger together.
Set aside. Put a large pot
on medium heat and add oil.
Add cumin and mustard seeds in hot oil.
Immediately add crushed garlic mixture.
Fry a minute then add tumeric
and masala. Let cook another minute.
Now add strained tamarind. Add salt and sugar.
Cook on medium heat for
approximately 45 minutes to one hour.
If using coconut, roast grated coconut
in a separate frying pan until light brown.
Add to tamarind chutney. Cook another ten minutes.
Chutney should be now ready.
Yield - approximately 4 cups.
Cool, bottle and refrigerate.

Note: This recipe is only a guideline.
You may have to add salt or sugar
to your taste while cooking.
Do not be disappointed if it doesn't come out
great in your first trial.
Adjust seasoning in your next trial.

9. Fish in Coconut Milk with Daruka


6 pieces snapper or any other fish
3 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 Onion - chopped
6 Curry leaves
6 cloves Garlic - chopped
2 chilies - chopped
1/4 inch fresh ginger – chopped
Salt to taste
1/4 cup coriander leaves– (washed and chopped)
½ cup oil or less
1 can coconut milk - low fat
(or use freshly grated coconut squeezed in warm water)
3 sticks Daruka, peeled and each cut up in 4 pieces
Water, estimate
1/2 tomato (chopped)


Season fish with 1 teaspoon curry powder and salt
Fry fish in a quarter cup of oil for 5 minutes on each side; set aside.
In a medium size pot heat up 3 tablespoons oil
Fry onion, garlic, ginger, curry leaves
and spices for a couple of minutes.
Add the fish, chilies and salt
Add 2 cups of water
Cook for 5 minutes on low heat
Add daruka and tomato and let cook for further 5 minutes
Add coconut milk (lid off)
Let cook another 5 minutes or just until milk heats up
Keep close watch as milk can boil over if unattended
Lastly add coriander and cook another minute
Enjoy with rice or cassava/dalo

10. Fijian Coconut Pudding

sugar 2 cups
coconut milk 2 cups
(grate coconut, add water and sqeeze)
or buy a can of coconut milk.
flour 3 cups (you may not use all)
baking soda 1 tspn.
baking powder 2 tspns.
vanilla few drops
oil or butter for greasing pot


Put sugar in a pot and heat up until sugar melts.
Place pot in kitchen sink and from a distance
pour coconut milk.
It will splatter. You will see lumps forming.
Return to stove top and heat up
until lumps melted.
Remove and cool.
Mix baking soda and powder to flour.
Add enough flour to the cooled mixture
to make a batter (pancake batter consistency).
Add vanilla drops.
Grease a pot with oil or butter.
Add flour mixture to pot.
Cover tightly. Place in steamer.
Steam for approximately 1 to 2 hours.
Serve and enjoy.
A large pot can be a substitute for a steamer

11. Garam Masala & Palau (Pulao) Masala

A. Garam Masala

3 tablespoons coriander (dhania)
½ teaspoon cumin (jeera)
½ teaspoon mustard (sarson)
½ teaspoon fenugreek (methi)
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
2 cardamon (elachi)
2 cloves (lawang)
1/4 inch cinnamon stick
½ star anise


Dry roast in a fry pan over low heat
until colour changes. (Approx. 4- 5 minutes).
Grind in coffee grinder and preserve
in an air tight bottle. Enjoy!

B. Palau (Pulao) Masala


Half a cup of cardamon (unpeeled)
Half a cup of cinnamon sticks
(broken in little pieces)
Quarter cup of cloves


Dry roast in a fry pan for 5 mintues, grind in a
coffee grinder, strain and store in an air tight
jar. Use as needed. (No need to peel the
cardamon, just grind really well and strain)

12. Bhajia

1 cup besan (chick pea flour)
1 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 cup cabbage or spinach, finely chopped
salt to taste
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ajwain seeds
water (enough to make a dropping batter)
oil for frying, approximately 2 cups

Mix together first 4 dry ingredients.
Dry roast cumin and ajwain together
in a fry pan until the colour changes
a few shades darker then crush using a rolling pin.
Add to dry ingredients. Add cabbage, onion, garlic, chili, salt.
Add water a little at time until dropping consistency.
Mix well. Deep fry spoonfuls until golden brown.
Drain on paper towel. Serve with raita or tamarind chutney. Enjoy!

13. Chai


6 cups water
6 cardamon pods
6 cloves
1 teaspoon roughly chopped fresh ginger
2 or 3 tea bags


Add cardamon, cloves and ginger to water.
Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add tea bags. Simmer another 2 minutes.
Let sit 2 minutes. Stir, strain and serve with
cream and sugar. Serves six.

14. Lemon Sirka


6 lemons, washed, cut in half
salt to taste
cumin (jeera), a quarter teaspoon, or less
fresh chili, one or two
2 cloves of garlic, minced
oil, one tablespoon


Squeeze lemon halves, save juice
Heat up oil in a fry pan
Add jeera, garlic and chili, fry for two minutes on low heat
Add juice and salt
Cook a few minutes until bubbles form.
Turn off heat. Let cool and enjoy with your favourite dish.

Lemon Sirka, no cooking required:

Squeeze lemon halves, save juice
Add salt and chili to juice.

15. Coconut Sweet


1 coconut, grated
1 cup sugar
1 and ½ cups water
6 cardamon pods, peeled and crushed
pinch of grated nutmeg
oil for greasing


Dry roast coconut in frying pan until colour changes
to light brown. Mix in cardamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
Bring sugar and water to boil until it thickens like a syrup.
Grease a sheet pan. Spread coconut mixture on the sheet pan.
Pour hot syrup slowly over coconut until it is soaked.
Cut into squares while hot. Leave aside for a few hours to harden.

16. Suji Ladoo


1 cup suji
1 cup flour
ghee, 3 tablespoons
1 and 1/4 cups sugar - (grind in food processor)
10 cardamon pods, peeled and crushed
ghee for frying


Mix together suji, flour and ghee. Add enough water to make a dough
(like roti dough). Roll out. Cut into small pieces and fry in ghee on
low to medium heat a little at a time until slightly browned and crispy.
Drain on paper towel. When cool grind in food processor.
Mix with ground sugar and cardamon and shape into balls
using warm ghee.

17. Gulgula


1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tablespoons of sultanas
6 cardamon pods, peeled and crushed
Half a cup water, (you may need more or less)
Hot oil


Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, banana,
sultanas and crushed cardamon together
Mix in enough water to make a semi-solid paste.
Fry a tablespoon at a time in hot oil under medium heat
until it becomes light brown.
Flip and cook the other side.

Note: When you make gulgula, don’t add all the water
at once to the flour. You want to start with a thick batter
and add water a little at a time until it becomes
semi-solid paste consistency. A good example would be
"toothpaste" consistency.

18. Gulab Jamun


1 tin condensed milk
10 cardamon pods, peeled and crushed
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
Self raising flour, estimate
Ghee for frying
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups water

Method for Syrup

Heat up sugar and water until it is boiling.
Turn off heat. Let cool. Set aside.

Method for Gulab Jamuns

Pour condensed milk in a large bowl.
Add cardamon, nutmeg and 2 teaspoons of ghee. Mix well.
Gradually add enough flour until a soft dough is formed.
(Softer than roti dough). Mix by hand for a minute or two
until it becomes smooth. If it sticks to fingers add little more ghee.
Now shape into fingers. In a wok heat ghee to medium heat for frying.
Add gulab jamuns 2 or 3 at a time. Fry both sides until light brown.
Drop into cooled syrup and leave it there for a few minutes. Enjoy.

19. Matar (Fried Green Peas)


1 cup dried peas
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
½ teaspoon chili powder
salt to taste
oil for frying


Soak peas overnight. Next day drain properly
and place on kitchen towel to be dried.
Take another towel and dab all over
to ensure no water remains on peas.
Heat up oil in a wok and fry peas on medium heat
until it becomes light brown in colour.
Stir a couple of times. Drain and add crushed garlic,
chili powder and salt. Mix well.
Warning: peas may splatter and pop during frying.
Wear kitchen gloves.
It would be safer to fry peas on a BBQ side burner.

20. Eggplant and Potato Curry (no masala)


6 cups chopped eggplant
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
Half an onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
chili to taste
½ tspn jeera
1/4 tspn methi
1/4 tspn sarso
6 leaves of tej patti
salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
1/4 cup oil
water, estimate


Heat up oil, add onion, garlic, chili,
jeera, methi, sarso and tej patti.
Fry until light brown in colour.
Add potatoes with salt and cook 10 minutes.
Add water if needed.
Add eggplant and cook for about 15 minutes
or until almost cooked.
Add tomato and let cook further 10 minutes.
Taste and adjust salt. Lastly add coriander leaves
and cook another minute. Enjoy with roti.

21. Peda


2 and half cups powdered milk (more or less)
1 tbspn ghee
extra ghee (optional)
6 cardamon, peeled and crushed
Crushed nutmeg, a little


3/4 cup sugar
½ cup water


Mix milk powder, cardamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
Prepare syrup by boiling sugar and water on low heat.
When syrup gets sticky add ghee, mix well.
Add enough milk powder, a little at a time,
to the syrup until a soft dough is formed and keep
stirring at the same time. Remove from heat.
When dough is warm enough to handle, form into little balls
and flatten between the palm of your hands.
If it sticks rub ghee on your palms. Enjoy.

22. Rau Rau


1 bunch dalo leaves, washed and chopped (discard hard leaves)
1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 chilies, chopped
Salt to taste
Oil, estimate
2 cups coconut milk
Water, estimate


Heat up oil. Fry onion and garlic until colour changes.
Add dalo leaves, chili, salt and water.
Cook until leaves get mushy, about half an hour.
Add coconut milk and cook until milk heats up. Enjoy.

Note: After half an hour of cooking if leaves don’t get mushy,
add one teaspoon of baking powder.

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Canadian Dishes


Here are recipes which don't fit into the category of Indo-Fijian
but I am sure that everyone will like them.......I certainly do!


7 eggs
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup mixed vegies
1 cup chopped spinach
1 can mushrooms
½ onion chopped
1 cup half and half cream
salt and pepper to taste
prepared pie shells (2)


Break up eggs. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
Divide mixture in half and pour in two pie shells.
Bake in 375 F. oven for approximately 1 hour
or a little longer until firm. Enjoy!


boneless chicken, chopped - 2 cups
2 frozen prepared pie shells
2 frozen flaky pastry dough -
(keep in fridge while preparing filling)
1 can mushrooms
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup mixed veges
half can chicken broth
1 can cream of mushroom
half chopped onion
2 minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons oil


Heat up oil, add onion and garlic.
Stir for a couple of minutes.
Add chicken, salt and pepper and chicken broth.
Cook for 10 minutes, Add the rest of the vegies
and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Lastly add cream of mushrooms.
Cook another 5 minutes. Set aside.
Place pie shells in 375 F. oven and bake for 12 minutes.
Add filling to pie shells. Cover with rolled out flaky pastry dough.
Pinch edges. Make a few holes on top with a fork.
Bake in 375F oven for an hour or until top turns lightly brown.

Chicken Shepherd's Pie

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken - finely chopped
1 large can spaghetti sauce
half onion - chopped
3 cloves of garlic - minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup cooked macaroni pasta
1 cup spinach - roughly chopped
1 can of mushrooms - drained
1 cup mozarella cheese - grated
3 cups boiled, mashed potatoes
3 tablespoons bacon bits - optional
3 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons oil


chicken mixture

In a wok, fry onion, garlic and ginger for 2 minutes.
Add chicken and cook until colour changes.
Add mixed veggies, spinach and mushrooms.
Cook further 2 minutes.
Now add spaghetti sauce and macaroni,
salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes more.
Use a 12 inch by 8 inch glass oven ware.
Place chicken mixture in glass ware.
Spread grated cheese on top.
Now spread mashed potatoes evenly
on top of cheese then dab with butter.
Bake in oven at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes.
Remove and spread bacon bits evenly on top.
Serve with salad and garlic bread.
Serves 5 or 6. Enjoy!



Borrow sauce recipe from Chicken
Shepherd's Pie but omit macaroni.

1 container of cottage cheese.
2 cups of grated mozarella cheese.
Prepare lasagna noodles as mentioned on the packet.
Make three layers of noodles, sauce,
cottage cheese and mozarella
in an oven proof glass pan.
Bake at 400 degrees F. for half an hour.
Serve with salad and garlic bread.
Serves 5 or 6. Enjoy!



2 cups cooked macaroni
2 boiled eggs, chopped
2 cups finely shredded lettuce
1 carrot, finely chopped
3 tablespoons cheddar cheese, cubed
1 celery stick, finely chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
mayonaise, 3/4 cup
sweet relish, 2 tablespoons
salt - pinch
pepper - few shakes


Mix all together.
Serve with bar-b-q or
in a bun as a sandwich.

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