I swear by the winds of Dar es salaam.  Believe me, whoever has visited this place is smitten by it.  A walk on our appartment’s amenities wing is enough to soothe my woes.  The wind is just so beautiful here.  Nature is so soothing.  However much stressed out or worn I feel but a peep outside the balcony or a walk down embracing the green landscape and the sea laden wind is enough to make me feel better any day.  I am sure it is the case with most of us.  Nature heals, it soothes, it relaxes.  It does not have to be the wind.  It could be anything – a view of the mountainside, a vision of the sea, sunrise, sunset, rustling of the leaves on a scorching summer afternoon.  I cant think of a part of nature that causes pain, unless in places where it gets destructive.

One of natures bounty in Africa is the corn. When we were in Nairobi corn used to grow on roadside.  I would initially wonder how, but slowly I realized that the Africans especially in this part of the continent thrive on their ugali.

Viha loves corn too.  Just simply sauteed in butter and a pinch of pepper.  I think all kids love corn, maybe because of the subtle sweetness it has.

I had made these corn and mint patties to a friend’s house, and am sharing the recipe here.  This also is great to send to kids to school.  Make them into different shapes and see them being eaten happily.

corn n mint patties

Prep time – 10 minutes

Cooking time  – 30 minutes

Makes – 20 patties


250 grms sweet corn kernels (used the canned ones)

2 big potatoes boiled

1 cup fresh bread crumbs (just grind brown bread in the mixer)

1/2 cup mint leaves

2 green chillies chopped finely

a big pinch garlic powder

a big pinch ginger powder


Strain all the water from the corn and pat dry

Take half the corn and grind it coarsely in the blender.  Please dont over grind it

Now put this in a bowl and mix with all the other ingredients adding salt to taste

Make it into any shape and bake it in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 180 deg cel.

Before baking brush the patties with melted butter or olive oil and lay on butter paper.

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