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Rashida Juan publishes vegetarian cookbook

Her book 'Bhengori's Vegetarian Cookbook' is now available online

Former Estcourt resident Rashida Dawood Juan has just been published.

Her book ‘Bhengori’s Vegetarian Cookbook’ is now available online from Amazon or on the Kindle App as an e-book.

The book took over six years to compile and has been the result of years of experimenting with simple and practical solutions for a growing vegetarian family.

She explained: “Three of my four children chose vegetarian partners.

They were always asking me how to make the dishes that they loved. I decided to put the recipes together for my family.”

Wholesome Vegetarian Cooking for a busy Lifestyle
Wholesome Vegetarian Cooking for a busy Lifestyle

As a member of the Federation of Woman’s Institute (WI) for over 25 years, she entered and won ribbons at local and regional competitions. She recalls: “I was always teaching people how to cook my recipes.”

It was her role as Cooking Convener for the Estcourt WI, which allowed her the platform to showcase her abilities.

Her early years in Weenen and time in India studying had influenced her greatly.

Her Guajrathi Muslim heritage is something she is proud to showcase.

Rashida has been based in Cape Town since 2003 but remembers fondly her time living in Estcourt, as a hairdresser and later as a teacher at Mimosadale School of Industries.

It is the teacher in her that wanted the book to appeal to those who don’t have much time.

A lot of research was done to include recipes with ingredients that were easily available in our supermarkets.

Baking has always been a passion and she has included a comprehensive selection of egg-less treats.

Her famous egg-less chocolate cake is one of many that have kept her family and guests delighted for years.

It was important that the book be easy to read and easy to follow.

She has aimed the book at the younger person who for religious or ethical reasons wants to cook vegetarian but needs inspiration.

“Anyone can cook.
“The struggle with vegetarian cooking is that we think it is limited. With a little thought it can be varied, well-balanced and nutritious.”

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