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Easy recipe: Osso Buco

 Tracy Nduati shares her favourite recipes and secret ingredients for each (Photo: Courtesy)

Osso Buco is special to me because it takes a while to cook (four hours), but is extremely worth it. It reminds me that all good things take time.


Beef shanks



White onions

Red wine



Black pepper

Tomato paste


Salt to taste

Cinnamon (secret ingredient)


Dip the shanks in flour, then pan sear them till crispy.

Set aside and in the same pot sauté the vegetables (carrots, celery and white onions).

Add the wine and all the herbs. Add back in the shanks and cook on low heat for four hours.

Chicken Biriyani


Full chicken

Eight to 10 blended tomatoes

Tomato paste

Four large onions

One teaspoon ginger and garlic paste

One teaspoon ghee (cooking oil)

Plain yoghurt

Mint, coriander, mixed biryani spice, garam masala spice, curcuma (turmeric)

Stock cubes

Basmati rice

Orange food colouring

Two bay leaves, thyme, cinnamon, 6 green cardamom pods

Cooking oil and salt


I make my chicken biriyani by layering. I marinate the chicken and then pan fry it with the marinade (spices and yoghurt).

I then deep fry the onions separately. I boil rice and add some food colouring in a third pan.

Next, I layer them in a baking dish and place in the oven.

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