Recipe Index

Recipes by Origin

It is often difficult to establish with certainty where a certain dish has originated, especially where shared geography and culture determine the ways we eat and cook. Therefore, the list below represents my best guess at where a dish originates from. Please forgive me if I make mistakes along the way. They are entirely unintentional.

You may notice that not all recipes are featured here. This is because I don’t know the origin of some of them. If you do, please let me know!


V – vegetarian, or can be adapted to become vegetarian

(For Vegan and Gluten-free recipes, please see categories list)



Ajvar – red pepper and aubergine relish  V

Asparagus with eggs   OR   Sparoge s jajima    V

Dalmatian chard with garlic and olive oil    OR     Blitva s maslinovim uljem i lukom   V

 Dalmatian fish soup   OR    Dalmatinska riblja juha (i riba leso)

 Croatian Roast Lamb on the Spit

Cuttlefish risotto (Crni rizot, ili rizot od sipa)

Festive food from Dalmatia: Fritule (Aromatic fried dough balls)   V

Green Bean and Egg Salad  V

Istrian Frittata    OR    Istarska fritaja

Liver in Onion and White Wine Sauce (Jetrica u sugu od bijelog vina)

Mum’s Fruitcake  (Mamin vocni kolac)  V

My mum’s tomato sauce  OR Mamin sug od pomidora   V

Orahnjaca (Walnut Roll) V

Stuffed Peppers   OR  Punjene paprike

Stuffing for the Croatian Roast Lamb on the Spit

Venison Stew Hunter’s Style (Srnetina na lovacki)



Lemon Tart   V


Great Britain

Beef and ale pie

Date and nut loaf   V


Melting Chocolate Puddings with Cherry Brandy   V

Rhubarb Crumble   V

Roast chicken with tarragon rub

Roast lamb with rosemary

Smoked Haddock and Potato Bake



Aalu Tomato Rasedaar In Panchforan (Bihari Tomato Aloo)   V

A simple courgette curry  V

Bengali red dal V 

Chana masala  V

Chana masala from scratch    V

Coconut Chicken Masala

Coconut Lamb Curry

Gujarati aloo   V

Hariyalli Chicken

Hyderabadi Coriander and Mint Chutney    V

Hyderabadi Murgh/Gosht Timatar (Hyderabadi Chicken/Lamb with Tomatoes) 

Indian  Aubergine Pate – Baigan Bhartha     V

Kat’s Chicken Curry

Kale Aloo V

Kerala-style Vegetable and Coconut Curry V

Minty Dal – two ways     V

Murgh Masala (Chicken in Onion Tomato Gravy)

Panch Phoron    V

Pepper Chicken

Punjabi green lentils dhal with deep brown onions and garam masala    V

Rajasthani Laal Maas (Red Lamb Curry)

Rajma (Red Kidney Bean Curry)   V

Tarka Dhal      V



Nigella’s Penne alla vodka   V

Parmigiana (aubergine, tomato and mozzarella bake)     V

Smoked Salmon and Lemon Thyme Spaghetti



Burmese Chicken Curry (See-Pyan) 



Nigerian Red Kidney Bean Stew with a Peanut Sauce – Itiakiet Stew     V



Persian feast in my kitchen: Intro (Introduction)

Persian feast in my kitchen: the first courses

Persian feast in my kitchen: the mains

 Persian baklava: the sweet end to our feast



Mitiei (Spiced beef sausages)



Catalan Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Almonds  V


Sri Lanka

The aroma of curry leaves. Sri Lankan cooking (Introduction)

Sri Lankan coconut dhal  V

Sri Lankan Fish Curry (Meen Kulambu)

Sri Lankan Fish Cutlets

Sri Lankan Ginger Tea

Sri Lankan Pineapple Curry  V

Sri Lankan Spices  V

Varar – Cabbage and leek with coconut  V




Semlor – almond and cardamom buns



Chili con carne

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  1. Jenny Doudous

     /  21 September, 2007

    Hi there, just wanted to say hvala for this site. I am an Amreican liiving in France married to a guy from Sibenik and I can’t wait to surprise him with some delicious meals from your site.

    Thanks again and for all the wonderful links as well.



  2. Maninas

     /  27 September, 2007

    Hi Jenny! Welcome to my blog! I’ve got loads more Croatian Dalmatian recipes ready – some to post, and some to cook! I’ve still got lots to learn, though. :) I’d be interested to know what you thought of the dishes when you made them . Thanks. Fala!


  3. What a wonderful blog you have! And we now have a source for authentic Croatian recipes! I am so glad to be here :D .


  4. Thank you, Anita, and welcome to my blog!
    I love your writing, and your recipes, by the way!


  5. Impresivan popis recepata! Meni su posebno zanimljivi Indijski, Nigerijski , Myanmarski jer o tim kuhinjama malo znam. :)

    Hvala ti na komentarima na mom blogu i čitamo se dalje.


  6. Bok, Andrea! Ajde probaj posebno onaj nigerijski. Jako je jednostavan, i stvarno ukusan!


  7. Celeny

     /  16 February, 2010

    I am from the NYC and Dominican Republic and my boyfriend is from Zagreb, Croatia. We live in Portland Or, USA.
    I am soo excited to surprise him with these recipes.
    I have a few questions:
    Do you know how to make Sarma?
    How about Lepinja??
    Let me know~


  8. Hi Celeny! Welcome to my blog!
    I don’t have a sarma recipe on my blog yet (sorry!), but I saw one recently at Domestic Divas blog. My mum’s recipe for sarma is similar to the stuffed pepper recipe on this blog, except that she uses pickled cabbage leaves instead of peppers, and always adds pancetta and some extra cabbage to the sauce. Do check that post, because there’s a discussion on sarma in the comments. If you can only find shredded sourkraut, one of my readers from Canada suggests that you can roll your sarma in a regular cabbage leaves (parboiled), and in a pot, between layers of sarma put layers of sauerkraut , and cook it like that. It is not like sarma made from fermented cabbage, but it works.

    One thing though: my mum’s sarma sauce is different from the one in the Stuffed Peppers post. It’s much simpler which is good news! – Don’t worry, there’s no bad news! :) – she simply mixes together some flour, water and tomato puree and adds it to the pan. That’s it!


  9. mary

     /  25 November, 2010

    joooj what a super site. Im living in Sydney from parents born in Zadar, and just came across this. Fabulous recipes and i look forward to trying them.

    i go back home to croatia every year during the summer and am in love with everything croatian.!!!! you’re blog is beautiful and thank you.


  10. Papillon

     /  15 January, 2011

    Looking for croatian gingerbread recipes
    Can you help?


  11. Annabel

     /  28 December, 2011

    Hello, do you have a vegetable tagine recipe here?
    Many thanks,


  12. Hi.. so glad I found your site. Am a Canadian, living in San Francisco area. Was married to a Croatian from Hercegovina, and my daughter is married to a Bosnian from Sarajevo. Your tomato sauce sounds lovely, and I’m off to get the ingredients today… wish me luck!



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