• Almond and Chocolate Halwa

    October 7, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #216 VIJAYADASHAMI TREATS What is Dussehra or Vijayadashami? Its Monday and today’s recipe is a super delicious Almond and Chocolate Halwa. Dussehra or Vijayadashami is a festival celebrating the victory of good over evil, in North and East India. Lord Rama beheaded the ten headed demon King Ravana who had abducted Sita. Sita was Lord Rama’s wife. The word Dasha means ten and Hara means victory. This important Hindu festival coincides with the culmination of the nine days celebration of Navratri. Vijaya means victory and dashami here refers to the tenth day of the lunar calendar. For most of the south, east and north east of India, this festival marks the end of Durga Puja. How is Dussehra or Vijayadashami celebrated? Tomorrow is…

     
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  • Nutella and Oreo Truffles

    August 12, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #208 MEETHE BANDHAN This week India will be celebrating both Raksha Bandhan day and Independence Day on the same date – 15th Aug. What is Raksha Bandhan? Raksha means protection and bandhan means to tie. India and Nepal are unique in the sense that the Hindus celebrate Raksha Bandhan every year during the holy month of Shravan. This is a special day for brothers and sisters. A bond that is so special between both. I know there are some families where sister brother bond is a bit frayed because of differences. However, eventually they come round and look out for each other. Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the eternal bond between a brother and sister, they can be blood related or not. I know…

     
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  • Kansar – Patel Style

    June 24, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #201 JAMVA CHALO JI Any religious or happy occasion like Diwali, weddings, birth of babies, etc begins with kansar in a typical Gujarati home. Kansar varies from region to region in Gujarat. For most regions kansar is what we call lapsi. Usually broken wheat is boiled in water with jaggery.  However kansar that is made by the Patel community of Gujarat is totally different. We use either semolina or slightly coarse wheat and its steamed. Its then served with melted ghee and powdered sugar. The most important and vital ingredient in kansar is a bit of jaggery and ghee (clarified butter). These two are added as important religious items. It’s believed that jaggery and ghee has  purifying power. Just as we begin…

     
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  • No Bake Chocolate Swiss roll

    June 17, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #200NOTOUT  I joined FoodieMonday/Bloghop in March 2016 when their #31st theme was Fusion Thandai Recipes. I remember I was really struggling to figure out what to prepare for the theme and also how will I portray myself as a new member. What I found very quickly was that the members of the group were very friendly and helpful. Today we’re on our #200th theme and I’ve come a long way, more confident, have improved on how I write my blog posts, how I take photographs of the prepared dish, learnt about other Indian cuisines and also know the members and a bit about their families.   Many old members have left and new ones have joined. With some its now a lasting…

     
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  • Thandai Muffins

    April 8, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME:#190 MINICAKES Just before Holi, I had baked some thandai muffins to share with my neighbor. The recipe did not make it to the blog on time for Holi. I kept it in the draft file thinking that I’ll use it next year. Yeah, I know its a long time to keep it, but I’m quite good at storing stuff 🙂 When Preethi suggested a few themes for the #190, I opted for mini cakes as I knew I had the recipe ready and also because I didn’t want to make any chocolates which was the other theme I liked. I have quite a few home made chocolate recipes on my blog. Maybe when I get better ingredients and time then I wouldn’t mind…

     
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  • Thandai Chia Pudding

    March 11, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: DESI BLOGGERS CONNECTTHEME: HOLI KE RANG The Festival of Colors is just round the corner and once again everyone will be planning what food to have as friends and families get together to enjoy this festival. Like many festivals in India, it celebrates the good over evil. It also marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring, but take it from me I don’t think there was a spring season in Bangalore, from winter it went straight into summer. It is very hot here. Traditional Story: Hiranyakashipu, a demon king wanted to take revenge against Lord Vishnu who had killed his younger brother. Hiranyakashipu prayed for years and was granted a special boon by Lord Brahma that literally made him indestructible. He…

     
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  • Til Gud ke Ladoo

    January 14, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME:#178 HARVEST HARMONY Festivals are always a memorable part of my travels to India. Last year we missed celebrating Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pongal in India as we left before the 14th of January. However, what I remember is that whichever market area we passed by in Mumbai, the whole scene was a feast for the eyes. Colorful kites of all sizes, heaps of sesame seeds, varieties of gur or jaggery, ready made til gud sweets dotted the whole lane. We even got an opportunity to sample til gud chocolate barfi. At the moment I’m in Nairobi trying to get our visas for US and Thailand. After all the tonnes of papers we carried from Mombasa incase they ask for some proof or the…

     
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  • Lavender and Lemon Biscotti

    December 24, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOPTHEME:#176 FRUITSANDFLOWERS Wishing all my followers and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  As Edna Ferber, a famous novelist and playwright quoted ” Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” She was so right. Whether you celebrate Christmas as a religious festival or just as a festive holiday, the whole world gets encompassed in this joyful event. Its a reminder that good can prevail over evil, giving to others is a joy, we all can coexist together in peace and harmony. Come December and people appear more happy, more at peace, more forgiving. January is different, we all return to reality, sadness, daily life struggles, evilness around, hate, war and general gloom.  The last theme for 2018, Fruits and Flowers was…

     
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  • Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

    December 21, 2018mayurisjikoni

    This Christmas I had no intentions of switching on my oven as the weather in Mombasa is just too hot. However, things really don’t go the way you plan it right? Take for example the elaborate plans hubby and I chalked out for 2019. Its a year when we’ll be traveling from one end of the world to the other. So that we have everything organized before we leave for the trip we need visas. That also meant hubby and I had to get our passports renewed to the new electronic ones. We submitted them in mid Oct, presuming we’ll get them by end November, Dec go to Nairobi for visa application and by mid Jan we are set to travel. However, reality is something…

     
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  • Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake

    December 17, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOPTHEME:#175 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL The month of December, just becomes so different than the rest of the months. People start preparing for Christmas, people look forward to holiday time, people look forward to meeting up with family. Christmas season has been an exciting time for me since I was a little kid. In primary school it was the excitement of bringing something from home to decorate the Christmas tree and something special to share with all in the class for the end of the term Christmas Party. December also meant that we were required to go to the shop to help out as that was the busiest period of the whole year, did I mention it was a toy shop called Hobby Centre. We would be…

     
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