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  • Writer's pictureMargaret Hirsch


Well-known Indian Cuisine specialist and cook book author Ramola Makan recently joined us in store at Hirsch's for a virtual cooking session whipping up healthy and cost effective dishes using one hero ingredient with our fantastic range of Elba appliances.


A quick easy vegetarian dish made with every day ingredients.

4-6 servings

15 minutes


(Chole Masala Powder) can be bought as a prepackaged boxed spice at most Indian spice shops.


  • 10-12 whole dry red chilli roasted

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 cardamom (elaichi)

  • 2 to 4 bayleaves

  • 10 ml cumin seeds (jeera)

  • 10ml caraway seeds (ajwain)

  • 15ml coriander (dhania) seeds

  • 5ml fennel seeds (saunf)

  • 4 cloves (lavang)

  • 1 tsp black peppercorns

  • 2.5ml grated nutmeg

  • 2.5 ml dried ginger powder

  • 2.5ml mace powder

  • 2.5 ml dried mango powder (amchur)

  • 2.5 ml asafetida (hing)

  • 5ml black salt


  • 1 aubergine cut into cubes

  • 2,5ml Tumeric

  • 10ml oil

  • 10ml ghee

  • 5ml green chilli

  • Curry leaves

  • 1 tin chick peas

  • 1 cup tomato processed

  • 5ml Channa masala mixture (recipe

  • below or you can use the store bought

  • option)

  • Salt to taste


Fresh coriander


1. Heat spices in a pan on a low heat until aroma

permeates. Allow to cool.

2. Grind into a powder and store in an airtight bottle


4-6 servings

15 minutes


  • 1 cup couscous

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • Salt or stock to taste

  • 1 tin of chickpeas

  • Sweet potatoes peeled and cubed

  • Green and yellow peppers

  • Beetroot

  • Carrots


  • Sesame seeds

  • Parsley

  • Oregano

  • Bay leaves


1.In a frying pan add 10 ml oil.

2. Add chick peas and saute for 7 to 10 minutes

3. Add sweet potatoes and saute

4. Add rest of vegetables and saute for a few minutes.

5. Do not overcook

6. Add salt and Seasoning and stir through

To Assemble

1.On a flat platter Add a layer of cooked couscous

2. A layer of vegetables

3. Finish off with a layer of vegetables

4. Garnish with some parsley and sesame seeds.


A light lemony vinaigrette dressing goes perfectly with warm vegetables.


  • 200ml olive oil

  • 5 ml Dijon mustard

  • 10 ml honey

  • 5ml lemon juice

  • Lemon zest


1. Blend ingredients together


Indian flavours: Add garlic chopped green chilli cumin seeds and mustard seeds

Italian flavour: Thyme, parsley, oregano and basil

Mexican flavour: Garlic, cayenne pepper and ground cumin


4-6 servings

15 minutes

Hummus is a quick & easy dish to make which is primarily made out of chickpeas.

One can use the fresh variety which would need to be pre-soaked overnight and cooked in a pressure cooker until finger soft OR one could opt for the easy option of opening a tin of chick peas. Hummus is ideal as a snack can be served with toasted pitta breads, chips, or crudités such as cucumber wedges, carrot and/or celery sticks.


The flavour combinations for hummus are endless. Any combination of fresh ingredients could be added to a tin of chickpeas to make a Hummus.

Roasted beetroot and garnished with slivers of almonds.

Add parsley. Mint and spinach leaves to chickpeas and blitz.

The added ingredients must form part of the garnish.

Hummus will last for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

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