• 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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  • Paneer Makhani/ Paneer Butter Masala

    June 29, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: PUNJABI CUISINE Land of the Golden Temple, land of lassi, land of golden wheat, the land of the five rivers that is Punjab. Its the area where first civilization flourished around 2500BC, The Indus Civilization. Punjab is named after the five rivers, “Punj” means five and “aab” means water in Persian. The five rivers are Beas, Ravi, Chenab, Sutlej and Jehlum. Sikhism was founded in Punjab. Guru Nanak Dev laid the foundation of Sikhism in the late 15th Century. Did you know that Punjab and Haryana share the same capital city, Chandigarh? I didn’t till I read up a bit about Punjab. A state of colorful festivals and dances, then food from that place has to be awesome. Punjabi Cuisine…

     
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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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  • Lemon Pickle

    May 20, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #196 IT’S PICKLE TIME My mum use to make huge quantities of lemon pickle and other pickles and store it in those old fashioned ceramic brown and cream jars. The pickle would be served every Sunday along with khichdi and kadhi. As for the lemon pickle which I love so much,she would leave the lemon pieces in a container, covered with muslin cloth for days in the sun till the lemon peel would become soft. I never learnt how to make the pickle from her. A few years back Vibha bhabhi made the pickle and shared the recipe with me. Tips like leaving the lemon pieces to marinate in the fridge was my kaki’s valuable tip. I have tasted lemon pickle that…

     
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  • Yellow Thai Curry with Vegetables

    May 13, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #195 THIRD LETTER MAGIC My first taste of an absolutely tasty red Thai curry was in Bali when I visited it for the first time in 2017. The curry was served in a coconut shell.  As I had complained that I was not able to taste a veggie version of the Thai cuisine, my hubby’s best friend and his wife who live in Bangkok  made sure that I would not leave Thailand without tasting some good Thai curries. Just the night before we were to leave Bangkok, they treated us to a vegan restaurant called Veganerie at the Silom Complex. While they didn’t want to eat Thai food, hubby and I ordered Thai curries. I ordered green Thai curry with aubergine and…

     
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  • Naga Tomato Chutney

    April 30, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: NAGALAND CUISINE Nagaland, one of the seven sister state is mountainous state bordering Myanmar in the east, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to the north, Assam to the west and Manipur to the south. Home to diverse indigenous tribes, their markets and festivals celebrate diverse cultures. I had no idea that the capital city of the state, Kohima, suffered heavy fighting during World War 2. Nagaland is one of the smallest states of India, but by no means backward. Literacy rate is 79.55% and the official language is English. Though the 16 different tribes may have different cultures, ethnic dresses and different languages, the official language unifies them as one. Majority of the people from Nagaland are Christians by faith. 20%…

     
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  • Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

    April 1, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOPTHEME:#189 GAJAR KA JALWA Once again in a few days I’ll be on the move. So the routine has begun, packing my suitcase (I hate packing!), time to wind up the kitchen, close the house. Last minute tension, as I’ll be attending two weddings and have to make sure have all the wedding saris, jewelry etc. Always get the feeling, ‘am I forgetting something?’ However, I calm down for a few hours as I remember what my kaka (chacha, uncle) always use to say when we’d travel by flight alone to get back to boarding school. He’d say as long as you have your passport, ticket and some money, you’re fine. Traveling often, does that make me an expert at packing my suitcase? Not at…

     
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