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Easy recipes: My favourite dishes to make

 Juliet Kane (Courtesy)

Juliet Kane is a lawyer with a great love for food. And that is why she started the Kane’s Kitchen Affair, a social media platform where she shares recipes and cooking tips.

1. Easy butter chicken

What you need:

  • 1/2kg of boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 2 onions diced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger finely minced or grated
  • 3-4 cloves garlic finely minced or crushed
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 large tomatoes, blended or crushed
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tbsp of curry powder
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream/cooking cream. A good substitute is plain yoghurt
  • 3 tbsps of butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Chillies, adjust to your preferred taste
  • Fresh dhania/coriander/parsley
  • Hot coconut/cumin rice and naan to serve with


  • Cook the onions in the vegetable oil for about five minutes until they are soft and translucent.
  • Add in the ginger and garlic.
  • Cook for two minutes until fragrant, then add in the spices. Cook for one more minute.
  • Then add the chicken, reduce the heat, cover and let it cook through.
  • Add the tomatoes and tomato paste to the cooked chicken, stir and cover until it boils.
  • Add in the sugar and stir. Once everything is well cooked, add in the cream and the butter.
  • Mix and cover for two to three minutes.
  • To finish off, add the fresh dhania and turn off the heat. 
  • Serve hot and enjoy!
  • I serve mine with some hot cumin rice and garlic naan!

2. Orange-berry yogurt cake

What you need:

  • 2 cups of self-raising flour. Alternatively, use 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 2 tablespoons of baking powder.
  • 1 tbsp of orange rind
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil - you can substitute with your favourite oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup of blueberries/ favourite berries/raisins


  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius as you begin to mix your ingredients.
  • In a bowl, mix the vegetable oil and sugar thoroughly.
  • Add in the eggs, one by one, mixing in each as you go.
  • Next, add the plain yogurt and orange juice. Combine well.
  • If you’re using orange oil or orange extract add it at this point . You can also add 2-3 drops of orange food colour just for the extra colour.
  • Add to the mixture the flour and orange rind.
  • Be careful not to over mix. The batter might be a little lumpy but that is okay.
  • To finish off, add the blueberries and fold them in. Prepare the baking tin by applying a thin layer of oil, butter, margarine or softening. You may also opt to line the tin with parchment paper.
  • That done, pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Put it in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
  • After the time is up, use a toothpick or skewer to check the doneness of the cake. If it comes out clean, then the cake is done.
  • Allow the cake pan to cool before removing the cake.
  • Serve warm with a tall glass of cold milk.

3. Orange-sugar glaze for the orange cake

What you need:

  • 1 to 2 cups of icing/powder sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp. of orange rind for garnish


  • Add the yogurt to the icing sugar.
  • Slowly add the orange juice and mix until you get a nice thick consistency.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before pouring the glaze on it.
  • Garnish the cake with the orange rind and any fruit you like. Enjoy.


Fave cooking tip: Taste constantly. Adjust the flavours as you go along

Must have kitchen tool: A sharp knife

Must have recipe: Garlic. Lots and lots of garlic

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