"just add a little bit of this masala, a little bit of that spice and enough salt, but not too much"
How it all began
I rang Mum as I felt like some her Gujarati food, hoping she'd offer to cook for me, but I also knew I was old enough to be cooking myself.
In what is a typical Indian mother response to how to make some of her dishes was of course a little bit of this and a little bit of that - "but how much is that mum?"
The journey began, I very quickly realised that I was never going to learn all her food unless I wrote it down. I thought about how much my nieces love mu mum's food too. What would we all do if we couldn't cook them. Surely there must be a Gujarati Cookbook available for people like me.
I started my hunt locally and then expanded globally, the closest I got was Tarla Dalal book published in 199. Perfect, I'll get a copy and it'll have all the Gujarati recipes that mum cooks and I'll just need to adjust the recipes to be like mums.
Unfortunately this cookbook had no photos and the measurement for salt - was salt to taste?? And what about all the chicken and meat dishes? How frustrating, I'll never know how much salt to put in and mum always gets it so right that the masala chops and shaak is soo tasty!
"I'm incredibly grateful to have been brought up in New Zealand by my Indian parents. I get the best of both worlds. A rich, diverse culture that holds strong values and adds a zing to life with its colour and spice, alongside the beautiful, laid-back nature of New Zealand. It's the essence of this cookbook which is a recorded documentation of both the skills and cooking methods that come from India and have been adapted for the New Zealand culture through the memories and knowledge of my mother and family."
Who we created this for
Chatting to friends about learning the recipes and having them tell me how they wish they had the time to do the same with their mum and how much they all wanted a copy of what I was documenting lead me to realise how many of us 2nd gen Gujarati Indians wish we had is documented.
I know how important this was for me and even more so for a couple of friends who had lost their mum and now had their own children.
Also my sister in law who wasn't Gujarati wanted to be know how to cook Gujarati dishes for my brother and her children.
A Gujarati Language of Love
"Like many first-generation families growing up in New Zealand, our language of love was not in a verbal language of "I Love You", not in a physical language of hugs, but in a language that they were shown by their parents, which they passed on to the next generation. The Indian Language of Love: Food"
Our process and promise to you
Mum and I spent eight months cooking and recording "everyday Gujarati recipes", I tried to think of everydish I ever ate, from chevdo (Bhuja mix) to masala enda (curried eggs) and every meat and shaak mum had ever cooked.
The cookbook we created was to help not only everyday foods, but snacks, drinks, chutneys and how to make basic masala's from chai to garam masala,
We wanted to ensure it was easy to follow, and had simple instructions, not too complicated where you get put off and put the cookbook back on the shelf.
We wanted to create memories for my community and the future generations, so when you sat down with your family to taste a dish it reminded you of home and that home was only a few simple instructions and ingredients away.
Both mum and I wanted to ensure the memories and traditions were kept alive like Papad making and soupy chicken sunday, as I know it's these memories that keep our mum's and grandmothers close to our hearts and may we never forget them.
Our style of cooking
I already had a book and brought 2 more as gifts. Younger family members have said this our Gujarati style of cooking.
- Vajiya Patel, Auckland
Reminds me of my mothers and grandmothers cooking
Great book, very colorful, easy to follow recipes, and informative.
- K Patel, NZ
"..precisely replicate my mother's cooking"
A beautiful book. The recipes precisely replicate my mother's cooking. Thank you so much
- Kirty Patel , UK
Easy to follow recipes
This cookbook has so many easy to follow recipes having tackled many ofthe recipes in this book it is not that hard at all.
- Dharmesh B
Delicious, traditional Gujarati recipes
A company that goes the extra mile for their clients. Really looking forward to trying out all these recipes.
- Hinal Bhana, South Africa
A English written Gujarati cookbook
Usually I would call my mum and get her to talk me through a recipe... I've been using this book for years.
- Khushma Master
Great for passing on knowledge
The recipes are just how my Gujarati parents-in-law cooked food for the family. Also got the Gujarati / English spice labels. - Ruth Jasmat
Thank you Laxmi and Jayshri for a Gujarati Indian cookbook. I got married a month ago and this book has been a lifesaver.
- Shanti P
...the recipes are ones I grew up with
This is a beautiful book, the recipes are ones I grew up with and are easy to make. If youve ever wondered what Gujarati food is like or are searching for something different, add this book to your cooking collection.
- Bhavna Khanna, NZ
This cookbook is stunning
- visually and practically. The recipes that Ive made already are delicious, I've even tried making some of the ones with ingredients that Im not a particular fan of and surprisingly enjoyed them. I initially bought this for my mother as a gift and was so impressed that I bought myself a copy too! I cant wait to try out some more recipes __ x - Polly Britton, UK
Easy to follow
A beautifully published cookbook, which shows the true language oflove through food and family. This cookbook has so many easy to follow recipes, and all using ingredients that are not hard to find. Having tackled many ofthe recipes inthis book, cooking Indian food at home is easy. I believe all lovers ofIndian food should have one ofthese books in their kitchen. - Leena P, Aus
Although I do not cook authentic Indian food much, one of my favourite fortnightly recipes isin this book acrumbed chicken recipe that all ofmy children love. The book is so beautifully written and easy tofollow. Iam looking forward to trying out more recipes from the book.
- Amber C, NZ
Fabulous book, really easy to use, wonderful flavours and really inspiring. Iliked it so much Ibought several as gifts and I know they were greatly appreciated.
- Joy C
I love this Cookbook
I love this cookbook! Recipes are easy tofollow and delicious!
- Vanessa, NZ
Nice layout . Very clear instructions and descriptions.
Looking forward to stocking up on essential spices the next time I go to the city
- Dave Virgin
My favourite cookbook
I bought this book back in 201 7and itis still my favourite cookbook, and my most used one :) I highly recommend it.
- Eimear McGlinchey
GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARD
A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That Gujarati Indian Cookbook represented New Zealand against the rest of the World and have been awarded the Best Indian Cuisine Book and Best Spices and Herbs Book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards –
‘The Oscars of Food Awards’.
Christchurch Indian cookbook preserves family recipes
Jayshri Ganda came up with the idea of publishing a cookbook of her mum Laxmi's recipes, as a way of documenting what has been passed down from one generation to the next, so that's what they did.