• 530.Coconut barfi

    November 4, 2015mayurisjikoni

    A hard nut to crack! When one thinks of coconut, the first thing that comes to the mind is the cool healthy coconut water. However, there is more to a coconut than just the water or the succulent flesh. Coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut oil, grated coconut, coconut flour, are all used in cooking in many countries. Right from sweet to savoury dishes, coconut is used to add flavour, creaminess and a bite to any dish. Curries, desserts, cookies, cakes, salads, drinks etc, name it and coconut is used. Coconut milk is used in place of dairy produced milk by vegans. Coconut water is rich in potassium and is considered a natural hydrator. Coconut flour is made from the flesh of the coconut. It can…

     
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  • 464. cardamom chocolate fudge

    December 22, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Disasters in the kitchen! Many recipes that food lovers come across on other blogs, the internet, recipe books, magazines, television, etc tempt them to save it and try it out some fine day. I too have saved, bookmarked, copied recipes and try them out as and when I can. Many have turned out to be disastrous. While some can be saved or consumed, others have had to be binned and I hate that. I’ve had nankhatais where the photos portray lovely dome shaped cookies and when I baked them they were flatter than a pancake! Caramel custard that sank as soon as it come out of the oven as the recipe called for whipped eggs and high temperature! Dhoklas which refused to rise.However the photos…

     
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  • 445. Fruit and nut rice kheer

    October 22, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Happy Diwali and a wonderful New Year Diwali festivities are not the same as back in India. However, the Indian community in Mombasa, holds various functions to involve the Hindus during these auspicious days. Rangolis, creativity, fetes, competitions, firework displays, yummy food, poojas and havans. As soon as Navratri gets over everyone begins cleaning the house, getting sweets and savouries ready, shopping for gifts and new clothes. Every year our community Patel Samaj holds a fete. There are various food stalls and games. Most of the people, Hindus and non Hindus come for the yummy food. Papdi no lot, Kachri bateta, Bhel, pani puri, sev puri, dosa, khichdi, pav bhaji,etc. Every year new varieties are added to the list. Other communities hold a dinner during…

     
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  • 438.peanut ladoos (jugu ladoo)

    October 6, 2014mayurisjikoni

    For my eldest Foi My eldest Foi, my dad’s older sister, turned 85 this year. She is still strong and independent. A woman with talent, she has instilled a few values in me, like how to keep a home spic and span. At 85 she still goes around the house with a duster and hates to sit idle.She constantly keeps herself busy, reading both English and Gujarati magazines, newspapers, doing pooja, watching telly and chores in the house. She was a teacher for many years, knows how to knit, crochet, and embroider. Nowadays she does not do the latter two but still knits.New born babies in our family get a sweater or booties from her.She also taught me that when travelling with jewellery, be it…

     
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  • 437. chakri

    October 3, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Get ready for Diwali Now that Navratri and Dussera is over, its going to be a mad rush to get ready for Diwali. House cleaning, making savouries and sweets, buying gifts and new clothes, getting all the decor out, competitions, rangolis and so much more. How much ever planning we do, it does seem like a mad rush towards the finishing line! By next week I need to get the parcels ready to send it off to my kids before Diwali. A parcel each to Bangalore, Dubai and Montreal. My new daughter in law, French by birth but becoming fully ‘Patelized’ as we say, loves chevdo and bhusu…. what she calls Bombay mix. I usually give order for the huge amount of chevdo and bhusu…

     
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  • Coconut Chocolate

    November 29, 2013mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:  FOODIE’S REDOING OLD POSTS #4  My son is getting married in April and the preparations have begun. In a few days I am off to India to shop till I drop! Easy to say that but am pretty tensed as I have so many things to do. In spite of writing all the ‘to do’ things on a list I am just worried that I may forget something. Its at times like this, one does not want to make a mistake in case you hurt someone’s feelings. When I got married, all the preparations and decisions right from the guest list to my wardrobe was decided by my parents and family. These days things are different and the bride and groom have a big…

     
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  • 333. doodh pak

    November 18, 2013mayurisjikoni

    My all time favourite diwali treat Why am I posting a Diwali recipe when its long gone? Well this Diwali for me was a mad rush getting ready for the big festival of the year. I had just got back from Canada, stayed over in Nairobi to apply for visa for Bangladesh etc etc. I got back home just 2 days before the festive season. After that it was a mad rush getting the home cleaned and ready for Laxmiji and preparing all the goodies. So obviously blogging took a back seat (as usual). Last Friday I decided to blog the recipe for doodh pak which is specially made on Kali chaudas (Naraka Chaturdasi) day by most Gujaratis. Doodh pak, bhajia and puri are offered…

     
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  • 330. saffron pistachio muffins (eggless)

    November 6, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Happy New Year I am back to blogging after such a long break. My trip to Canada was wonderful. The country is so beautiful and the best part of the whole trip was that my husband and I got to spend 5 whole weeks with our son Neel. Ever since he left high school, we had barely been meeting him annually for 10 to 12 days which is not much especially when there is a family wedding in those few days. It was like getting acquainted with him all over again. In the next few blogs I will be mentioning a bit more about Canada as this post is dedicated to the new year. New Year in different parts of India is celebrated during different…

     
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  • marble barfi

    August 27, 2013mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #10 What is the advantage of this theme? For the 10th week on Foodies_Redoing Old Posts, marble barfi got a new look.Old posts just get lost in the wide wide wide web unless they are very popular. Renu who blog’s at Cook with Renu has started a Facebook Group called Foodies_ Redoing Old Posts where every two weeks we can redo our old posts and share it on the group. What’s the advantage of doing this? Well, it gives us the opportunity to improve the write up, update photos and get comments. I’ve got so many old posts that need updating especially where the photos are concerned. This group definitely gives me the ‘push’ to prepare the dishes again for…

     
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  • 197. shiro (sooji halwa)

    November 15, 2012mayurisjikoni

    for my brothers    Today is Bhai Beej, bhai dooj or bhav bij and none of my brothers are near. Its a festival like Raksha Bandhan, a day dedicated to the love between brothers and sisters. Normally on this day brothers are invited by the sisters for a hearty meal. A tilak and arti is performed and in return the sisters get a gift. The spirit of love and togetherness is celebrated on this day. For this special occasion, I had planned on trying out a new recipe from Tarla Dalal’s numerous mithai dishes but my injured toe does not allow me to stand for too long. I made shiro or what the rest of India calls sooji halwa. Easy,quick and a bit friendly on…

     
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