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Kokani Delights - Mrs. Nujmoonnisa Parker

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The International Kokani Cook Book

After much anticipation, the debut cookbook by first time author Nujmoonnisa Parker was released during Ramadan. ‘Kokni Delights,’ is a journey not only into the world of Indian cooking but also into the history of a vibrant community.

The publication is a step-by-step guide to traditional Indian cooking, recipes which had been passed down over the generations. Parker explains: “My family comes from the Ratnagire area which is situated near Chipplun, while my in-laws come from Kalusta and Kotwal. The recipes in this book, stems from these villages.”

Parker, who is a qualified bookkeeper, says publishing a recipe book has always been one of her long term goals. “I have always loved cooking and baking. I enjoy coming home after a tough day at work to experiment in the kitchen. Although this has just been a hobby, I needed a new challenge and therefore decided to put this recipe book together.”

“I have looked at and compared many cookbooks and have not yet found one that captures the essence of traditional Kokni foods. It is with this reason that I embarked on this journey, by putting pen to paper, of capturing these recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation,” she said.

Taking a sneak peek at the contents of “Kokni Delights,” Parker said food lovers can expect to find traditional Indian dishes for any occasion as it features ‘common’ Indian dishes which will not necessarily be in a conventional cookbook.

“You will find recipes for example brinjal (eggplant) curry and fish curry which we call ‘aatoni.’ There are also an abundance of Indian sweetmeat recipes such as rhot (semolina plain cake), naan kataai (semolina biscuit), dudhri (baked milk almond pudding) and sandhan (boiled rice cake).”

“Kokni Delights” has been a pet project for Parker for the last two years, who credits the innovative title to her father in-law. The published book is now available at Datar Spice Centre, Portlands Meat Hyper, Dite Bakery, Goodhope Meat Hyper, Wmbley Supermarket, Opera Fruit & Veg, Spice City and Busy Corner Butchery in Grassy Park.

For more details on “Kokni Delights,” contact Nujmoonnisa Parker on 084 240 9635 or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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