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With the heat beating down on us, our two talented food tour guides Noorin (@noogoopoo) and Nahla (@nahlatabbaa) share some of their favourite summery recipes on our podcast to keep us feeling light and nourished.

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We’ve shared below the recipes of two dishes discussed on our podcast, tempered curd rice and fasooliya (lightly cooked beans). Happy cooking!


Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins (if the rice is not cooked) / 15 mins if using cooked rice

Serves: 2


½ cup rice (uncooked)
1 ½ cup water
1 ½ cup yogurt
Salt as needed

1 finely chopped carrot
1 finely chopped cucumber
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp finely chopped ginger

1 tsp oil (preferable to use coconut or olive oil)
½ tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal (black gram dal)
1 dry red chili
1 stem curry leaves (8-10 leaves)
A pinch of hing (optional)
1 sliced green chili
Pomegranate seeds for garnish


Rinse and soak the rice for 10 mins before cooking in salted water. Cook the rice till it fluffs up. Mash the rice if you prefer it mushy.

Cool the rice before adding the yogurt to avoid it from curdling. Once the rice has cooled, combine the yogurt and vegetables in the rice. Taste to see if more salt is needed.

For the tempering: heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds. When seeds begin to splatter, add dry red chili and urad dal and fry till dal turns golden. Then add the green chili and curry leaves. Fry till the leaves crisp and then turn it off.

Pour the tempering into the curd rice and mix well. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Preferable to consume at room temperature but it also tastes great after refrigerating it for a while.


Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Serves: 2


Olive oil for cooking and to drizzle on top

2 large onions
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 large chilli sliced
1 cup of green beans or snake beans ( we enjoy just breaking them in half after we’ve trimmed the ends) but you’re looking for them to be as long as your pinkie
2 large ripe tomatoes or one can chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper
Optional: sugar or pomegranate molasses
Heat the oil and sauté chopped onions and garlic, throw in the chilli and beans sauté further for 3 min, throw in tomatoes to bring to a total of 7 min.
Depending on your textural preference, allow to simmer for longer but if you like a bit of a bite, allow to cool down, drizzle some olive oil on top and enjoy with pita bread.
For more variety, throw in feta cheese and pomegranates


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