ROOTS MANOEUVRE…….Sri Lanka inspired potato curry

By Karimah bint Dawoud.

Sweet potato, potato, parsnip curry,  rice,  beetroot and chicory salsa and mint and cucumber riata.

Roots Manoeuvre -Sri Lanka inspired potato curry
Roots Manoeuvre -Sri Lanka inspired potato curry

Many moons ago I had a friend, a wonderful photographer called James D Hipkiss who used to travel a lot of Sri Lanka and one year he brought cook book back. Even then I was foodie, so I took it upon myself to learn cook some new  recipes and including this one , full of popping mustard seeds and haldi.

Things have progressed a bit since then and local community garden, Meanwhile Gardens gave us  some organic produce last week including parsnips, so I thought we would add them along with some sweet potato, neither in the original recipe but all the better for the addition.For my sister in law, Cat, I have only just pulled this one out of the cobwebs of my mind when you were asking me about potato recipe this one was far away xxx

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By Karimah bint Dawoud, Food Writer and Muslim Chaplain.

Poached Eggs
Poached Eggs

Poached eggs are great for Saturday morning brunch; they’re light and easier to eat than boiled eggs. They are one of those things even a culinary genius like me 🙂 has to call their significant elder, my mum, and ask her how to make them. My mum makes the best poached eggs, that is after Delia and the Churchill Hotel.

I have spent ages researching how to make poached egg and according to kitchen mistress, Delia it all depends on the freshness of the eggs, which can be a bit off putting unless you live on a  farm or down the road from a farm shop.

Sorry Delia, with all respect, we can make nice poached eggs with a little less than fresh eggs and here’s how, according to mum.

You will need a small frying pan, a stainless metal ring mould, salt vinegar and hot water, oh yes and eggs.

Put the kettle on and boil, then place poaching ring in frying pan and turn heat on, add boiling water , ½ tea spoon of sea salt and 10 ml of vinegar.It doesn’t have to be your best vinegar, just cheap malt vinegar will do the trick.

Break the egg gently with a knife not on the side of the pan, with hot water boiling away, because that’s dangerous. Drop the egg into the mould and allow to boil for 3-5 minutes, you may want to cover with a lid but we found when we took the lid off it was a bit scummy, maybe the malt vinegar, Inshallah next time we will use spirit vinegar or even lemon juice….hmmm, when all the white of the egg has become solid the egg is ready, gently tip the water away, using a spatula or any flat utensil gently get the egg out of the pan and plate up.

Science is now proving what Islamic Medicine has been saying for hundreds of years; eggs are good for your heart, your throat, your chest. Ibn Sina said the temperament of egg yolks is hot and moist and gives laudable blood. It gives mild nourishment and is easily digested.

There is more white in the egg than yolk so actual quantity of white and yolk has to be considered when measuring nutritional benefit.

Ibn Sina also said the egg yolk soothes pain, it smoothes the throat and trachea, it is beneficial for the throat an coughs, ulcers of the lung kidney and bladder.

Modern science has confirmed that eggs are good for your heart, it’s not the cholesterol alone that affects the heart, and it is poor metabolism and I would add the method of cooking, frying as opposed to poaching or boiling will heap nasty  free radical into our system so avoid when possible.

Not eating breakfast can contribute to poor metabolism because the body thinks its starving and metabolism slows down, only to be bombarded with a big meal later on in the day.

Amore Islamic suggested way to start the day is – Water, then herb tea with honey, then juice then brunch, breakfast like  king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper, there is wisdom in these old saying and some of us and still old school enough to realise this. Alhmdulilah.



By Karimah Bint Dawoud, Food Writer.

This peach, apricot and gogi berry smoothie is a follow on from our healthy Moroccan peach/carrot smoothie .

Peach, apricot & gogi berry smoothie
Peach, apricot & gogi berry smoothie


5 apricots

10 ml gogi berries  

1 big peach


Soak  apricots and gogi berries in 500ml of water overnight or a few days in fridge in  a sealed container, then chop peach into jug blender, add soaked apricots and gogi berries and their water and blitz, enough for 3 x 235 glasses

Apricots are high in vitamin a, good for skin, eyes, bones and they also contain a significant amount of tryptophan, which is good for your appetite, helps you sleep better and elevates your mood. they also contain high beta carotene and high fibre good food for your heart.


Apricots stones are mentioned in Islamic medicine to purify salt water.


Gogi berries are a new one for most people. These cute little dried fruits can be bought in some supermarkets like Waitrose or health shops. They have been used in Asian and Indian for hundreds if not thousands of years, they are a super food; they give you energy, improve your sex drive, increase optimism, and improve your sleep. They are good for patients having chemo therapy as they help prevent liver damage. A Japanese study has shown that tumour growth was inhibited by 58% in a controlled group, definitely worth more research. gogi berries have shown to the best anti –oxidant so far discovered in the world, i definitely need to eat more of them

Peaches are also high in fibre, vitamins A and C,  they also contain potassium which is good for lowering high blood pressure, they are relatively low in calories and filling so good for weight loss, and one peach has only 70 calories. They are also fantastic anti-oxidant, and contain chlorogenic acid which combats the free radical found in pollutants, fried foods and the environment,

 And last but not least water.Did you know that water is mentioned in the Quran over 100 times, it is the most frequently mentioned source of nutrition, what are we without water?

Allah Almighty says:

“Then tell me about the water that you drink. Is it you who cause it from the rain-clouds to come down, 
Or are We the Causer of it to come down?
If We willed, We verily could make it salty (and undrinkable):

why then do you not give thanks (to Allah)?
[56:68-70]Allahumma lakal hamd…

BABA BRUNCH- Aubergine Dip

By Karimah bint Dawoud, food writer



If you have left over aubergine, egg plants that are looking at bit shrivelled, this middle eastern dish is just for you!

Wash the aubergines and drain and turn the gas hob on, place the aubergines one at a time on the hobb , using tongs turn after 5 minutes, then set aside on plate to cool or place inside a clear plastic bag, the condensation of  the steam will help to loosen the skins.

Cooled aubergine, take off the skin
Cooled aubergine, take off the skin

When cooled down, remover the skin, you don’t have to take it all off, the smokey left over skin will flavour the babagnoush. Place removed skin in compost recycling.

Cut or blend the aubergines with 1-2 tablespoons of tahini, 1-3 cloves of crushed garlic, salt and people you can add lemon juice and olive but it’s not necessary.

Serve with pomegranate fruits and enjoy as part of a mezze, mixed meal of bit of this and that, hmmm.

Brunch or Picnic Food
Brunch or Picnic Food

If you like these then you will enjoy other recipes in my book, “Heavenly Bites, The Best of Muslim Home Cooking.”


By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim chaplain and ECO Warrior 

Just reading back ECO Warrior, well in my small way but its small consistent ways that Allah loves.

Waste peelings, tea bags and eggs shells
Waste peelings, tea bags and eggs shells

“Aisha (Allah be well pleased with her) narrates that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Perform your deeds properly and in moderation, and know that one’s deeds will not cause any one of you to enter Heaven, and that the most beloved of actions to Allah are the most consistent ones even if little in amount.” [Bukhari]”

Some times this hadith can be a bit confusing and some of us allow shatan to whisper in our ear “then why both to do good deeds at all? This needs a more scholarly mind that mind to explain, however deep in my heart I know that we still have to compete with each other for good deeds as Abu bakr and Umar ibn al kitab, may Allah have mercy on them both ameen, did.

How does this relate to being an ECO Warrior and how can we apply this to our lives in the urban jungle?

Emptying Kitchen Waste into the Compost Palettes
Emptying Kitchen Waste into the Compost Palettes

If we say we are in touch with Allah creation, that we care about creation why are we still abusing the earth? Do we recycle? What do we recycle? How do we recycle?

Many of us live in houses with no gardens but we still produce waste and or excess.

Let us deal with kitchen  waste, anyone who cooks or is involved with the preparation of food makes wastes, food waste. Prevention is better than sure, so planning and knowing your limitation is one sure effective way to reduce waste of any kind.

There is a practice called zhud, in Islam  its a kind of restraint  thinking”do I really need to aquire such and such?”I  pray to the Creator , to make is easy for me to have restraint and its works, you could give it a try.

Still even with the best will in the world, there will still be waste.

In the UK Alhamdulillah some councils provide food recycle bins and some don’t. If you live in an area where the council don’t provide bins you can still DIY recycle food waste.

Get two bins from the local cheap plastic shop, every high street has one; a small bin about 25cm with a lid and ideally a handle and larger bin about 45cm with a lid and handle.

The small bin leave it on your kitchen window ledge if you live in a flat or out on the balcony, you may need a big flat stone to keep the lid on and stop it falling  off the ledge if the wind blows.

The larger bin you place outside the flat, either downstairs in eh front garden, in the car park, somewhere shelter but not right next to eh kitchen door. This bin you can either empty into a compost hole in your garden or take it to the local community garden like we do.


Every area has some sort of community garden, formal or informal or there are allotments, we take ours to meanwhile gardens on Ladbroke Grove. Over the nearly two years we have been taking our recycled tea bags, peelings, left over salad, olive pips and eggs shells, we have bonded with the staff and volunteers there who occasionally get to sample our culinary delights. This has now progressed into them giving us produce to do a sort of ready steady cook.

In short there is more that we can do if we are sincere in accepting our role of being custodians of the earth.

Green Deen By Ibrahim Abdul Matin
Green Deen By Ibrahim Abdul Matin

There is a new publication called  Grean  Deen? By Ibrahim Abdul Matin, an Afro- American brother. It’s published by Kube, of course, mashallah.

This is my holiday reading material so you will have to wait till we come back to get more of an insight or buy it and we can compare notes……



By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain & Well Being Writer,


Veggie Burgers
Veggie Burgers

So many things have been building up to a major change, I have for weeks been under gentle veggie pressure from friends and family to invent some new veggie recipes. Having been Rasta for 7 years and a pan African Egyptologist for 2 years, I have been through the stages of pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan progressively and disciplined.

Embracing Islam was a red light  to eat some much need meat, however assimilating into the food culture born Muslims  helped me put on weight and exacerbated my health problems. In Clinical Nutrition there is a theory called The General Adaption Syndrome; the body adapts to what it is fed, over time manifests reaction to it, becomes ill and the person can either continue eating the way they are and taking compound medicine or they can use illness to purify their system of the harmful imputs, the harmful things they have been eating.

Some of us have chosen the latter road, which is inspiring some very creative ways of re-creating old recipes for this time.

These vegetarian recipes are to support the Islamic idea of eating less meat , however when meat is eaten , that it should come from truly organic halal sources, which Inshallah we will cover soon.

The Prophet Muhammad Ate No Meats For Months

(6) Narrated Urwa: Aisha said to me, “O my nephew! We used to see the crescent, and then the crescent and then the crescent in this way we saw three crescents in two months and no fire (for cooking) used to be made in the houses of Allah’s Apostle. I said, “O my aunt! Then what use to sustain you?” ‘Aisha said, “The two black things: dates and water, our neighbors from Ansar had some Manarh and they used to present Allah’s Apostle some of their milk and he used to make us drink.”  ( BUKHARI Book #47, Hadith #741)


These  new veggie recipes, are not going to be  just give on Facebook because we want you to be part of my new book and help us by testing them and giving  feedback, please write to us  if you would like to be an official tester,, thank you