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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Mangarri palya (cooking good food) (2010)


Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation


Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation


Central Australia





This recipe book is a collection of recipes developed during the Mangarri palya community cooking and nutrition project. The project focused on running training for community cooking leaders, running community events, and promoting nutrition and healthy lifestyles in the four western desert communities of Kintore, Mt Liebig, Papunya and Ikuntji in the NT.

In each community, local cooking leaders worked with the Mangarri palya project worker to create recipes, some old favourites for the community and some new. These recipes have been collected and used to create a cook book which is simple to use, with numerous photos and illustrations.

The Mangarri Palya community cooking and nutrition program has finished, and the cookbook is no longer online.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

When to use this resource

This recipe book can be used as a starting point from which to run healthy cook-up activities which engage and educate young people and adults, both men and women. Cooking can take place outdoors on gas stoves, to demonstrate equipment available to people who do not have working stoves, and also inside available community kitchens. The events should involve training in basic food preparation and hygiene.

Contact details

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation
PO Box 8274
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8953 4488
Fax: (08) 8953 4577
Email: admin1@waltja.org.au


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Last updated: 17 June 2014
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