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Pantry Raiders #1

I am finally back in the family home for an evening, and the family decides to holiday up to Melbourne, leaving me here on my ownsome. Not keen to shop, I venture forth into the larder…

Fake Maharagwe

Serves 2 hungry people


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Tumeric, Chilli, whatever other curry spices you have in your rack


  1. Chop onion and garlic, fry in pan with oil and seasonings
  2. Add chickpeas, fry for a short time only
  3. Add milk, tomatoes, parsley
  4. Serve over rice

This dish looks exactly like Maharagwe. Almost tastes like it, but my substitutes really are poor. Coriander over parsley and coconut milk instead make for a much tastier and lighter meal (although I also got stuck with abborio rice, which is too gluggy). Also makes it vegan, which is a plus. I’m unsure of the red onion – Mum is sold on them and won’t use brown onions for anything – but it just feels wrong frying onions of the wrong color. They’re only adding bulk not taste to this recipe, so I guess it doesn’t matter. Tomatoes are the most important ingredient, as without them it is a little bland.

I actually did remember that I needed to take a photo of this one, but I couldn’t find a camera anywhere. The family must have taken it to Melbourne with them. Next meal gets pictures, honest.

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