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Fruit or vegetable, the Banana provides sumptuous meals

Shobha Sonu
Auckland, March 4, 2023

The ubiquitous Banana, one of the few fruits that are grown throughout the year, is the main feature of the Home Chefs series on SevenzTV this week.

Asya Mohamed Abeid, Founder and Owner of Zanzibar Limited, an Avondale (West Auckland) based company that brings together various brands in community partnership, has donned the role of the Chef to cook Green Banana Curry with Coconut Cream.

“It is a combination of a vegetarian and non-vegetarian meal enjoyed by people of all cultures and ethnicities, indicating that food, like forms of art, transcends all human barriers,” she said.

Asya Mohamed Abeid took our host Bharati Sonu through the process of cooking the delectable Green Banana Coconut Curry.

She prepared the vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions, made out of green bananas and coconut cream.

It was interesting to watch Bharati learn from Asya how to peel green bananas, which is a time-consuming task. The delicacy was prepared with very few ingredients, following a simple cooking method.

Asya does not miss home as far as food is concerned because she has the skills to cook delicious food that reportedly tastes the same as the food from her mother’s kitchen.

Non-Vegetarian and Vegetarian Green Banana Coconut Curry (Photo by Sonu Kumar)

About Bananas

Bananas were the economic backbone of many African Kingdoms that thrived before European colonisation. Bananas were very significant in early African history because they encouraged fresh migratory surges. They spread rapidly throughout Africa and over time, many varieties of bananas were grown over a large spread of land.

Cooking bananas has been in practice in many parts of Africa for several centuries. This resulted in many interesting recipes that satisfy a cross-section of populations around the world.

About Asya Abeid

Asya is a creative entrepreneur, fashion designer and community leader.

Zanzibar Limited, which she established in April 2018, is an African Fashion house specialising in creating bespoke fashion items as well as providing a range of Africa-inspired homewares.

Born and raised in Zanzibar, an island in the Tanzania archipelago, Asya is of Portuguese and Iranian heritage on her father’s side and Kenyan and Yemeni on her mother’s side.

Both the Arab and the African cultures are entwined in her heritage, enabling her to draw upon a range of rich histories to inspire her creations.

Asya is also passionate about Human Rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment and likes to focus on self-improvement.

About the Home Chefs Series

The Home Chefs series is a multicultural cooking show, produced and aired on SevenzTV.

Since it began 18 months ago, the show has been featuring several tasty recipes.

Each show brings a detailed recipe and cooking method for the delicacy cooked or baked.

SevenzTV is an online multicultural ethnic community channel, created by Sonu and Shoba and hosted by their daughter Bharati.

All episodes of ‘Home Chefs’ can be viewed on www.sevenztv.co.nz, SevenzTV Facebook, YouTube and Indian Newslink platforms.

If you are a good Home Chef and have a delicious home recipe which you wish to share on the SevenzTV Facebook page, email the photograph of your dish along with your picture to ss@sevenztv.co.nz. The chosen recipe could win a special food voucher.

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