• Date and Cashew Nut Barfi/Fudge

    November 2, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER D What is the A- Z Challenge? Well, we’re a Facebook group and every alternate month the participants make a dish with the  relevant letter. The group was started in May 2018 by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan.  For November we have to post a recipe with the letter D. The star ingredient for the dish should begin with D. I made Dalithoi to go with my  Vastad Roti when I was doing the A- Z Indian Flatbreads for another group and I was feeling great that I’ve got my D recipe ready. Then a member asked about whether the dish name can begin with the specified letter and I re checked with Vidya.…

     
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  • Chinese Bhel

    October 29, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #168 CHAAT PARTY FOR DIWALI With Diwali, the Festival of Lights, comes not only the poojas and visits to the temples but also party time. Years ago our Diwali was marked with what we back then called ‘jaman’ meaning a meal. Diwali jaman was always at our place and it would be the traditional Gujarati fare with Gur na ladwa, 1 green vegetable, 1 sabji with a gravy and potato sabji, with two farsans like kachori, samosa, arvi na paan or dhokra. And not forgetting the dal, rice, pickles, papad, salad. Though that was a lot of hard work trying to feed around 20 -25 people, we all would look forward to this auspicious day. Nowadays gone are the traditional jamans at…

     
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  • Coconut Laddoos/ Coconut Fudge Balls

    October 20, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: DESI BLOGGERS CONNECT THEME: DIWALI DHAMAKA Desi Bloggers Connect is a Facebook Group where members support each other by sharing and commenting on each others post. Through this group I’ve got to know quite a few new bloggers. For this Diwali Festival, the admins decided that we should prepare a sweet and savory or either dish to share for the theme. When I volunteered to take part in this event, I had jotted down a few options, of which one was a recipe that my mother in law use to make often during Diwali. However, its a bit time consuming and it will have to wait for another time. After I got back from India, wasn’t keeping well because of a very bad viral infection.…

     
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  • Boondi Laddoo

    July 30, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #154 FILMI FOODIES Whenever Mallika who blogs at A Foodie Housewife suggests a theme for our weekly FoodieMonday group, she comes up with unique ideas. The #154th theme suggested by her was Filmi Foodies. So what does that mean? Well, either you make a dish that your favorite actor (note that these days there is no gender differentiation) loves, or any dish/dishes that an actor suggests or makes for the masses to follow their diet and nutritional plan or make a dish that has featured in a movie. The first foodie movie that I watched was Cheeni Kum. However, being a vegetarian I didn’t want to go into the whole procedure of creating a Hyderbadi Zafrani Pulao without meat. After that I watched…

     
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  • 719.Masala Farsi Puri

    October 16, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Happy Diwali    For most Gujaratis the Diwali celebrations began from yesterday with  Rama Ekadashi, whereby if you fast on this day, all your sins are forgiven and you attain salvation. However, in typical Gujarati style, fasting food or agyaras food is prepared. No grains or beans, onion, garlic, many vegetables are not allowed. However sabudana khichdi, moriyo, potatoes, etc are prepared.     Today is Vagh Baras or Vase Baras. On this day the cow and calf are worshipped. Vagh means debt and today all debts are cleared and new transactions are done in new ledger books after Labh Pancham. The word Vaak Baras is mispronounced as Vagh Baras. Vaak or Vani means  Goddess Saraswati, the one who blesses us with language and knowledge.…

     
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  • 717. Rose and Cardamom Cookies

    October 11, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Cookie,a must with tea or coffee Theme: Cookies For Your Sweet Tooth   BM #81 Week 2 Day 2    Isn’t it intriguing that when one has tea or coffee during mid morning or in the afternoon, one feels like having a cookie with it? I do. I usually want to have one small cookie with my afternoon tea. My siblings and I grew up having biscuits as we called them back then with our glass of milk. I enjoy dunking my cookie or biscuit in the tea, milk or coffee. A few places in the world will automatically serve a small cookie along with some coffee. I like that special treat whenever I get it.    I enjoying baking and cookies was what I learnt how to…

     
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  • 594. Gulkand Phirni

    October 28, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Happy Diwali Wishing all my friends and family a very Happy Diwali. Time is just flying by so fast. Its already Diwali but this time round my kitchen is not busy. You all may wonder why? A food blogger and her kitchen is quiet during the festivities. Well, it happens sometimes. I fell sick during my recent visit to Mumbai and its taking me a while to recover and gain enough energy to toil over a stove. Luckily, I had prepared my October shhhh cooking secretly challenge before I left for Delhi and Mumbai. My partner for the October “Diwali theme” was Avin Kohli of The Yellow Daal and she challenged me to make a Diwali treat using condensed milk and gulkand. Do take time to…

     
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  • 582. Gajar Halwa with Orange and Saffron (carrot halwa)

    August 15, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Vande Mataram What does independence mean? According to the Cambridge dictionary it means freedom from being governed or ruled by another country. Independence means living a life without being influenced or helped by others. On 15th August, India will celebrate its 70th Independence Day or Swatantra din. India got its independence from the British Empire. With each Independence Day we are also reminded of the Partition of India and Pakistan. Every Independent country or State that looks after its citizens, makes its citizens to feel proud and patriotic. As an Indian born in Kenya, what are my feelings and thoughts for India? I am lucky to have a strong connection with India though having been brought up in Kenya. My mother was born and brought…

     
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  • 532. Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

    November 25, 2015mayurisjikoni

    A delayed Diwali post     Life usually runs at a normal pace but sometimes in a short period we actually have to move through life at a much faster pace. Things just keep on happening one after the after without a break. And then the storm settles and we are back to a quiet period for a while. Feeling unwell,admitted into hospital for a short period, nephew got admitted into hospital with dengue fever, Diwali preparations, computer conked out, etc etc. However, everything is back to normal. I have so many recipes to blog but not finding the time to do so. However, will tackle them one by one and hopefully get through the list before I travel to India on 8th Dec. Life…

     
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  • 531.Baklava Bread Rolls

    November 10, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Baklava Bread Rolls #Bread Bakers Happy Diwali Diwali or Deepawali literally means a row of lights. For Hindus, it is one of the most important festival of the year. It is a time filled with light, love and joy. Rows of diya were lit after Lord Ram returned from his 14 year exile. Diwali has many significant meanings for the Hindus.In the true sense Diwali celebration lasts for 5 days beginning from Dhanteras to Bhai Dooj day.  Diwali means triumph over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance.Lighting diyas signifies light, a gift from God. Homes are cleaned, decorated, new clothes are bought, delicious food is prepared all to celebrate Diwali. Dhanteras is the first day of Diwali when when families and friends get together…

     
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