Soul Cocina

Eco Chef Roger Feely

Beetroot Halwa, Haji Ali, Shantaram, Karate

Beetroot Halwa
4 cups Beets, grated
1/4 cup Ghee
8 cups Milk
2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Almonds, Sliced
1 teaspoon Rose Water (Lebanese)
1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder

Peel and grate beets and cook over low heat with ghee for 5 minutes. Add milk and simmer over very low heat, stirring, until milk has reduced to a thick paste (about one hour) Stir in sugar, cardamom and rose water. Top with sliced almonds and garnish with an organic rose petal.
This bakery delivery man in Calcutta's Chinatown brings sweet treats to shops and homes.

Sweet Treats from the Haji Ali Jiuce Center (notice the use of subja seeds)

Subja seeds are also used in drinks in Thailand and El Salvador as well, where they are called by numerous other names.
A Mumbaiker takes a break from the hustle of life in Mumbai near the entrance to Haji Ali
Haji Ali is a special place. Shantaram describes the scene at the Haji Ali juice center in his Book

You will be able to see Amita Bachan visit the Haji Ali Juice Center with Johnny Depp in the upcomming film Shantaram scheduled to be out in 2009. Can't wait till 2009 for Bollywood action? Check out 1983 Bollywood production "Karate" Or if you are in the San FranciscoBay Area, drop in to Bollyhood Cafe for your Bollywood fixI found this record after visiting Haji Ali one day last year. It was in a heap of records on the street among cows and goats.

Tune: Karate by Bappi Lahiri & Amit Kumar, Son of Soul Cocina Favorite Kishore Kumar.
from Bappi Lahiri's Karate

Tune: baazi pyar ki by Asha Bhosle Also from Karate

Tune: do diwane Pyar Ke by Kishore and Amit Kumar

Tune: The Jewelled Heart by Temple Of Sound & Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali from People's Colony No. 1

Tune: hairan hua hairan hua by Abida Parveen

Tune: On L'oubliera by Sandy Cossett from the CD Au Bonheur

Tune: Ala Balad El Mahboub by Oum Kalthoum born 1904 and passed in the glorious year of 1975

Tune: Camino de la Vida by Sergent Garcia with La Capitana

Tune: Lehna by Melaaz from the 1995 CD Melaaz

Do It Baby and Back Wey
Do It Baby performed by Susan Cadogan and Back Wey is performed by Dread Locks Faye
Back Wey was produced by Lee Perry in the wonderful year of 1975

My Camera's Shadow at Haji Ali at High Tide
Another Soul Cocina Production

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