How to make two delicious dishes from Meghan Markle’s Grenfell Cookbook… including the samosas Harry couldn’t keep his hands off

We have the recipe so you can make them at home and see why Prince Harry was so obsessed.

The cookbook, called Together: Our Community Cookbook, includes 50 recipes from women who run the Hubb Community Kitchen, an initiative based near the site of the Grenfell Tower in London. Meghan Markle wrote the foreword.

The vegetable samosa recipe was created by Munira Mahumud, who said they were a favourite treat of her and her Grenfell neighbour Rania.

Munira explained in the recipe book: “Grenfell was a real community and my neighbour Rania and I used to party with food all the time.

“The first time I made these samosas for her, she ate ten of them. Really! They look like a lot of work, but if you have a food processor to chop the vegetables it’s very easy.”


  • Together: Our Community Cookbook, Waterstones, £9.99 – Buy now

Mum-of-two Munira managed to escape the burning building during the Grenfell blaze, helping her husband, his dad and their two kids to safety.

She said in the book it has always been a life-long dream of hers to run a food van, and wrote: “I spend any free time I have thinking up dishes, and putting ingredients together in my mind.”

In her foreword, Meghan Markle explained what it is like to visit the Hubb Community Kitchen.

She said: “On departure you will have been stuffed to the gills with samosas flecked with cinnamon, chapatis flavoured with carrots and onion, Russian Semolina cake, Persian teas and my very favourite avocado dip that I now make at home.”


Munira Mahmud's Vegetable Samosas – Makes 12

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 potato, about 150g
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • About 120g white cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1 large carrot, about 120g, peeled and grated
  • 100g mixed red and green peppers, cored, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 50g frozen peas
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 12 spring roll pastry wrappers, 25 x 25cm
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt

METHOD:

Extracted from Together: Our Community Cookbook (Ebury Press, £9.99, hbk). Photography by
Jenny Zarins

The Duchess of Sussex also wrote about meeting Munira specifically, and said: “On my first visit, I asked Munira, the resident chef de cuisine (so to speak), how I could help.

“An apron was quickly wrapped around me, I pushed up my sleeves, and I found myself washing the rice for lunch.

“Munira's sister-in-law, who had flown in from Egypt after Grenfell to help the family, helped me divide the correct amount of butter and fresh thyme to pour into the pot of rice bubbling away on the stovetop.

“All the aromas percolating in a kitchen filled with countless languages aflutter, remains one of my most treasured memories from my first visit to the kitchen.”


Another recipe in the book is Aysha Bora’s Coconut Chicken Curry, which serves four.

Aysha writes in the book: “My family is from India and preparing big meals for the extended family was part of our culture, but I used to beg for any job other than cooking.

“Then I got married and moved to Africa and suddenly everything changed – I began calling my mother and asking her for recipes.

“She told me: ‘Cooking for someone you love is what makes you a good cook.’ This curry is a particular favourite of my family in Tanzania.”


Aysha Bora's Coconut Chicken Curry – Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large chicken, jointed into 8 pieces, excess skin trimmed away
  • 1 large ripe tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 15g fresh root ginger, peeled
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6 serrano chillies, stems removed and de-seeded (use fewer if you prefer milder curries)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 x 400ml tins coconut milk
  • 3 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and halved
  • Juice of lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10g fresh coriander chopped, to garnish
  • Rice, chapatis or flatbreads, to serve

METHOD:

Extracted from Together: Our Community Cookbook (Ebury Press, £9.99, hbk). Photography by
Jenny Zarins

All proceeds of the book will go back to the Hubb and the book is now available to buy in stores.

The £9.99 book has already become a bestseller on Amazon, as numerous royal fans rushed to pre-order a copy.

Some of the recipes are family favourites and all have been created by the cooks who support not only residents affected by the fire but others in the community.


Meghan Markle’s clearly inherited mum Doria Ragland’s fashion sense as pair look chic at Grenfell charity launch.

Meghan will carry out her first official solo engagement as a member of the royal family visiting a Royal Academy of Arts exhibition next week. 

She proved this week she is a natural with kids in a sweet encounter with young girl.

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