• Jaggery Banana Bread

    November 12, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER J Why I made Jaggery Banana Bread? Well, I’m a member of the group A-Z Recipe Challenge, a group started by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. What is required of in this group? Nothing too difficult but to cook a dish using an ingredient whose English name begins with the designated letter. This month we’re suppose to choose an ingredient that begins with J. Jalapeño, Jackfruit, Jelly, Jam and Jaggery are some of the few ingredients that I thought of.  I have jalapeño poppers on my list to try out for so long. The urge is now even more urgent as I tasted them during my visit to USA and loved them. …

     
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  • Karela Nu Shaak

    November 11, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #220 GOURDS ARE BEAUTIFUL What is Karela Nu Shaak? Karela nu shaak is simply a side dish or sabji where chopped karela or bitter gourd is stir fried till done. One can cook it with potatoes or cashew nuts. I chose to prepare it with cashew nuts and raisins. After the karela are cooked, jaggery is added to make it into a delicious, lip smacking sweet and bitter shaak, sabji or side dish that is usually enjoyed with hot rotlis or phulkas, any other sabji/shaak and tuvar dal. I’ve used the description of karela nu shaak as delicious and lip smacking. These are the words that hubby uses to describe it. He loves karela or bitter gourd and I’m not a fan…

     
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  • Magas/ Chickpea Flour Fudge

    October 21, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #218 DIWALI DHAMAKA As the theme suggests, FoodieMonday/ Bloghop group is already in the mood to celebrate Diwali. Fellow bloggers or should I say friends, decided to  cook something that we would normally make during Diwali, the festival of lights. This time I decided to make Magas as its called in Gujarati or chickpea flour fudge. What is Diwali? Diwali is the festival of lights, the victory of good over evil. Read more about Diwali here. What does Diwali mean for me? For so many years hubby and I have been alone for Diwali as our family members live in all different parts of the world. However, this year its so different. For one, we’ll be celebrating Diwali with hubby’s mum, my…

     
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  • 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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  • Paal Kozhukattai

    October 1, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: TAMIL NADU CUISINE A bit about the group: The month of September was when the Shhh Cooking Secretly Group visited the state of Tamil Nadu. This group is where members get together to cook a dish on the decided theme. We are paired up and we give each other two ingredients to cook with. This group was started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes. It was so difficult to pick a particular dish from this exciting cuisine.  Before I can enlighten you with the popular dishes from Tamil Nadu lets get to know a bit more about the state. Facts about Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu is situated in the most southern part of India. The capital of this state is more…

     
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  • Keto Fathead Dough Pizza

    September 30, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #215 PIZZA MANIA What is FoodieMonday/Bloghop? Its a group of blogger friends who get together every Monday to post a recipe on a chosen theme.This group has helped to explore some unknown areas and test some unknown waters too. Its helped to grow as a Food Blogger over the years. This week’s theme Pizza Mania was suggested by Preethi who blogs at Preethi’s Cuisine.I love her raw mango and jeera rasam. Coming to the theme, you’ve got to check out her unique aachari aloo pizza. This week’s theme: For this week Preethi suggested that we make a unique pizza, either use a different kind of pizza base or toppings. While I used my all time favourite toppings, mushrooms and olives, I created…

     
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  • Instant Ivy Gourd Pickle/Tindora Achaar

    September 11, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER I 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. This month we’ve got to think of an ingredient which begins with I, and it has to be the English name. Now that seriously doesn’t give anyone much choice, does it? A lot of discussion on the group took place about how to tackle this issue. Unfortunately, I was not able to participate actively in the discussion as I was traveling. This letter wise cooking sometimes allows one to think ahead, like I had the…

     
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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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  • Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup

    August 5, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #207 HERBALICIOUS What are herbs? Herbs are plants with seeds, flowers and leaves  where the leaves and green parts are used for flavoring, as part of food, as medicine and also used in some perfumes to enhance the aroma. In cooking, usually the leafy greens of herbs are used not as a main dish but as a part of a dish. So you may say that we use spinach, fresh fenugreek, fresh mustard leaves too and they too are leafy greens so why are they considered  vegetables and not herbs? Well, for one these leafy greens are usually prepared on its own or with other vegetables as a curry or used in salads in big quantities. Usually herbs are used in small…

     
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  • Rice Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

    July 29, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #206 GLUTEN FREE TREATS Today my 100% concentration is not on writing the post and yet I want to say so much. The problem is that I just don’t know how to put my feelings into words. For once I’m lost for words! I guess that happens to all those who become grandparents for the first time or even many times. I guess the feeling is the same. Yes, now officially I’m a grandmother or more precisely  as they say in Gujarati ‘Hu Ba bani gayi.’ So, now I proudly announce that I’m Ba to Lily Monique Mayuri Patel. Must say that’s a really long name but feel so honoured that the parents (my son and daughter in law) have decided that…

     
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