Local mum tells how to make traditional Sudan meals

THIS week stay at home mum and university student Rashna Fathelraham shares why she loves cooking.

Name: Rashna Fathelrahman

Occupation: Mum of three and diploma of beauty therapy student at CQUniversity

What are you making today? The main meal is kebab koftas and a side of babagnouge, made with tahini, lemon, mushed egg plant, garlic, salt and pepper. We eat the koftas for feasts during Ramadan which is starting in two weeks. We always have friends over at night for a feast after the fasting period.

Who had the most influence on your cooking skills? My sister and mum. I was born in Sudan and we grew up in Qatar and used to cook lots of rice. We had a live-in, Indonesian nanny. I learnt from her, too.

What is your favourite dish to cook? Maqluba. It's made of rice, egg plant and chicken pieces. It's so delicious. It comes out like a cake with layers. I cook it often and eat it with yoghurt and cucumber.

What's your worst cooking disaster? One day I had people over and was doing lasagne and the sauce didn't thicken. I then forgot about it in the oven and it burnt. I had to order pizza.

The first thing I cooked was... Lentil soup. It used to be my favourite thing as a kid. I can eat it straight from the fridge. I love it.

My guilty pleasure is... Sweets. I like baglowa which is a pasta dish filled with nuts and coconut. You put sugar syrup on it and it's lovely.

MasterChef or My Kitchen Rules? We all sit down and watch My Kitchen Rules. My kids memorise the names of the people.

Make my... Magluba. Cook chicken pieces with onion. Cut egg plant into circles and fry them. Cook rice and make layers of the chicken, egg plant and rice on stove. Push it down then flip onto a tray to make a layered cake.

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