Recipes From SOS Mothers

Food Is Family Cookbook

Food Is Family

Food is so much more than the nutrition it provides. Food is culture. Food is tradition. And most importantly, food is family.

For children, food is particularly important—and not just because of the essential role it plays in a child’s health and development. A delicious family meal provides children with a lifetime of memories marked by feelings of togetherness, safety and love.

We would like to thank our SOS Mothers for sharing their recipes and providing their children with the delicious meals you’ll see in this cookbook.

Recipes include: Kadai Chicken (India), Lentil Wot (Ethiopia), Mukimo (Kenya), Moroccan Sellou (Morocco), Kousa Mahshi (Syria), Samosas (Somalia), Potatoes with Meat in a Pot (Ukraine), Bengali Patishapta (Bangladesh), Pad Thai Goong Sod (Thailand), Guliyo Roti (Nepal), & Cochinita Pibil (Mexico).

Cook and share these recipes with love and help create a better world for children everywhere.


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Featured Recipe: Guliyo Roti
(Sweet Bread)

SOS Village: SOS Children’s Village Sanothimi, Nepal
SOS Mother: Manju Baral


1 cup wheat flour

3 ½ Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 cups water

1 Tbsp. ghee/oil/butter

3 eggs

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder 


1. In a bowl, mix wheat flour, sugar and salt. Add water, ghee and egg into the batter and whisk the mix softly. Rest the batter for 5-10 minutes.

2. Heat a pan to medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add a pinch of ghee. Put 4 Tbsp. of batter into the pan and gently spread it. Flip the roti in 2 minutes. Once you turn it over, cook for 1-2 more minutes.

3. Once the roti is a golden color, it is ready. Serve it with honey, jam or other sweet sauces.

SOS Mother: Manju Baral

"When I was a child, my mother used to prepare this sweet dish for me after school. When I joined SOS, I got the opportunity to take various trainings on nutrition.  And I adjusted my mother's recipe to make it more nutritous for the children. They always help me to prepare this dish. Sometimes we make heart shaped roti and decorate them with fruits."

SOS Family Potluck

We recently tested all the recipes and ate them for lunch. See the results of our potluck below!

Somalia: Samosas
Nepal: Guliyo Roti (Sweet Bread)
Cochinita Pibil Ingredients (Yucatan-Style Barbecued Pork)
Mexico: Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan-Style Barbecued Pork)
Bangladesh: Bengali Patishapta (Dessert Crepes)
Bangladesh: Bengali Patishapta (Dessert Crepes)
Ukraine: Meat and Potatoes
SOS Family Potluck
Staff Potluck!
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