• 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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  • Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

    December 21, 2018mayurisjikoni

    RECIPE: GINGERBREAD CRINKLE COOKIES Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies are slightly soft, a bit chewy, warm with spices and a must during Christmas or the Holiday Season. Sugar coated cookies with cracks or crinkles look so festive.   What are Crinkle Cookies? Crinkle cookies are cookies with cracks in them. They are intentionally baked in a particular manner to get the cracks or wrinkles. The crack effect with the sugar coating makes them look very festive. The sugared parts reminds one of snow capped mountains. There are so many varieties of crinkle cookies, chocolate, lemon, strawberry, peanut butter, red velvet, pumpkin, sweet yam, coffee and so many more.   Why I baked Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies? I love baking ginger cookies during Christmas time. Reminds me of the…

     
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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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  • Coconut Laddoos/ Coconut Fudge Balls

    October 20, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: DESI BLOGGERS CONNECT THEME: DIWALI DHAMAKA The Group Desi Bloggers Connect: My contribution for this theme is Coconut Laddoos/ Coconut Fudge Balls. Bloggers Connect is a Facebook Group where members support each other by sharing and commenting on each others post. I’ve met many food bloggers though this group.  For this Diwali Festival, the admins decided that we should prepare a sweet and savory or either dish to share for the theme. My Story: When I volunteered to take part in this event, I had jotted down a few options. 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…

     
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  • Ukadiche Modak/Steamed Modak

    September 10, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #161 GANESH CHATURTHI RECIPES FoodieMonday/Bloghop group decided to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with recipes. Recipes we would make to offer Lord Ganesha. Undoubtedly its the best time to make the famous Ukadiche Modaks or steamed Modaks.  Steam or fry them. I steamed these traditional Maharashtrian mithai. Ganapati Bappa Moriya, Mangal Murti Moriya All those celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi chant the above and get ready for the Ganesh Chaturthi, Vinayak Chaturthi or Vinayak Chavithi festival.  To find out what the chanting actually means watch this video. In fact, the festival marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Story: The story goes that when Lord Shiva was away, Goddess Parvati created Ganesha from sandalwood paste to guard the…

     
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  • Pineapple Coconut Virgin Mojito Float

    March 26, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Pineapple Coconut Virgin Mojito Float The original plan was to make a virgin pineapple mojito. By the way, did you know that the new term for a non alcoholic mojito (moheetoh) is nojito (noheetoh). Its been so hot and humid the past few days that hubby insisted that whatever I make it has to be super cold. So the idea of the float came to my mind. Pineapple Coconut Virgin Mojito Float is a cooling, thirst quenching, nectarous mocktail with fresh tender coconut, coconut water, mint and topped with pineapple coconut sorbet. Must admit though a dash of coconut rum would have taken the mocktail to a new spirit level 😉 Mojitos usually consist of lime, mint, sparkling water, soda or limeade, with some rum.…

     
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  • Puran Poli/ Ghari Rotli

    June 10, 2017mayurisjikoni

    What is Puran Poli/ Ghari Rotli? Puran Poli/ Ghari Rotli is an Indian Flatbread filled with sweetened cooked lentils and spices. It is usually prepared during festivals and special occasions. Lentils are cooked till soft and then spices and sugar or jaggery are added. This mixture is filled into a wheat or plain flour dough, rolled and roasted. Famous in many parts of India during festivals, weddings, celebrations, etc, the flatbread varies a bit from state to state. Gujarat: We generally use wheat flour dough. The stuffing is made from tuvar dal (split pigeon pea). We usually add sugar or jaggery and cook it with cooked Tuvar dal till it becomes like a thick paste. Spices like cardamom, nutmeg, saffron, fennel seeds are added. Known…

     
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  • 76th Foodie Monday Bloghop theme

    January 25, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Celebrating India’s 68th Republic Day It’s with much pride and joy that Indians all over the world will celebrate the 68th Republic Day on 26th January. The world’s largest democracy has progressed by leaps and bounds since 1947.The Indian Constitution came into being on 26th January 1950. The chief architect of the Constitution was Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar. January 26th 1930 was declared as the Purna Swaraj Day or Independence Day. Since 15th Aug was the actual Independence Day, 26th January was set as the Republic Day, the day when India became a Republic. Republic Day in India is celebrated with the same fanfare as Independence Day with grand parades by the Indian army, air force, navy, artists and performers not only in Delhi but…

     
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  • Strawberry Mousse (Eggfree)

    February 29, 2016mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: VALENTINE’S DAY RECIPE: STRAWBERRY MOUSSE (EGGFREE) Strawberry Mousse (Eggfree) Strawberry Mousse (eggfree) is a smooth, creamy, fruity and delicious dessert to serve during any occasion. Easy to make, its perfect for parties.   Memories The first time I made strawberry mousse was when I was around 18. At that time, with no internet and Google, the only way I could try out new recipes was to follow Tarla Dalal cooking books. Her Strawberry Mousse recipe used strawberry jelly. For some years that’s how I made it. That is till Google came into my life and I started trying out the ‘real’ mousse recipe. What is Mousse? A mousse can be sweet or savory. Its soft food whereby air bubbles gives it…

     
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