• Thandai Makhana Phirni

    March 9, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #237 HOLI ON MY PLATE What is Holi? Like most festivals in India, Holi, the festival of colours too celebrates good over evil like other Indian festivals and also makes the beginning of spring. There are other reasons that Holi is celebrated. To read the traditional story as to why Holi is celebrated, click here. Modern day celebrates are more now as fun festival rather than the religious implication. How did colours become such an intrical part of Holi Celebrations? It is believed that the use of colour was started by Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna and Holi When the mischievous and playful Lord Krishna was young, he was very jealous of  Radha’s very fair complexion as he was very dark. Complaining to…

     
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  • Mango Sriracha Hummus

    March 2, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #236 HUMMUS TIME What is Hummus? An integral part of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Cuisine, Hummus is a dip, spread or sauce that traditionally is made from chickpeas, lemon, garlic and tahini. Made into a smooth paste or sauce depending how its going to be used, hummus these days is readily available in the supermarkets. The Main Ingredients are: Boiled Chickpeas, the white variety Garlic Olive oil Tahini Lemon juice seasoning Its that simple to make hummus. So why buy ready made ones which have preservatives and artificial food additives? How to use Hummus?  Spread on sandwiches, wraps, burgers Drizzle as a sauce over meat, chicken, fish, etc. It tastes really good with roasted vegetables and quinoa. Replace butter with hummus…

     
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  • Aloo Posto/Potato Poppy Seed Curry

    February 28, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: WEST BENGAL CUISINE/BENGALI CUISINE Like many other Indian states, West Bengal cuisine is a popular cuisine all over India. Think of Bengali Cuisine and Rasmalai, Rasgulla comes to ones  mind. Who can resist those sweet succulent juicy paneer balls? However there is so much more to Bengali Cuisine that those two sweet dishes I’ve mentioned. Patiently waited for the Bengali Cuisine to come as I so wanted to make the popular poppy seed curry or posto/poshto as its called in West Bengal. Thus, the recipe Aloo Posto.   First Trip to West Bengal My first visit to this state was years back when hubby and travelled from Nepal to Siliguri and from there to Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Mirik. Memories of our…

     
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  • Savory Oat Pancakes

    February 10, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #233 NUTRI BREKKIE FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group This week starts off with some healthy breakfast options by FoodieMonday/Bloghop group. Sujata who blogs at Batter Up With Sujata, suggested we make breakfast that is healthy, not sweetened with any sort of sugar if possible. Sujata’s Sattu Appe which is made from roasted chickpeas along with oats, semolina and spices is a good healthy way to begin the morning. You could also serve her veggie filled Cornmeal Oats Soya Idlis for breakfast. FoodieMonday is a group of 12 enthusiastic food blogger who prepare a dish for every Monday based on a chosen theme. Through this group, not only have I learnt a lot more about different regional cuisines from the members but we tend to hold productive discussions…

     
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  • Lemongrass and Ginger Jelly

    February 9, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER L My Choice for L is Lemongrass When it comes to the letter L, one can be spoilt with the number of ingredients one can use right from lemon, lime, lima beans, lentils, licorice, lettuce, lady’s finger, long pepper and the list can go on. In spite of all those choices, I chose to use lemongrass. The slightly lemony and strong fragrance  of lemongrass is my favorite. Why am I focusing on Letter L? Frankly, its all because of the challenge set by the group A-Z Recipe Challenge, whereby each month we take a letter and make a dish using that letter. The name of the ingredient  used should begin with the…

     
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  • Turmeric Yogurt Salad Dressing

    January 27, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #231 CONDIMENTS MAGIC   What are Condiments? A condiment is a spice, sauce or any preparation of several ingredients that is generally served with a  dish to enhance or compliment the flavour of the dish or food preparation. For example different sauces or gravies are made to enhance the flavour of vegetables, meat, fish, pasta etc. When we make dips, dressings, chutneys, spice blends, they help to compliment a dish for example when we made podi masala to enjoy with rice, idlis, dosa etc. Condiments can also be simple ingredients like salt, pepper powder, chili powder etc.   FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group The reason my topic today is on condiments is because this week’s FoodieMonday Group theme is Creative Condiments. Renu requested that we…

     
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  • Nuts and Jaggery Brittle

    January 13, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #229 SANKRANTI SPECIALS Happy Makar Sankranti to all my friends, followers and family What is Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Lohri, Maghi, Bihu, Thai Pongal, Suggi Habba, Makara Sankramana all fall more or less on the same day. These are all harvest festivals celebrated according to each one’s tradition and culture. Makar Sankranti, is dedicated to the Sun God Surya. It also marks the end of the winter solstice and beginning of longer daylight. While most communities will celebrate Makar Sankranti according to their tradition and culture, it is largely associated with kite flying and delicious food. Importance of Sesame Seeds and Jaggery during Makar Sankranti Most of Makar Sankranti treats will have sesame seeds and jaggery in them. Usually I make…

     
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  • Kiwi Cucumber Salsa

    January 7, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER K WHAT IS A-Z CHALLENGE? It’s 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 K. My choice is Kiwi, the famous soft, seedy green fruit. While my favorite way to have kiwi is one its own, sometimes I make a cool healthy chia seed pudding to take care of my sweet tooth. A BIT ABOUT KIWI FRUIT We all normally presume that Kiwi fruit or Chinese Gooseberry originates from New Zealand. However, it actually grew in…

     
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  • Veg Kebab Paratha

    January 1, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: UTTAR PRADESH CUISINE Where is Uttar Pradesh? Formerly known as the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh,  presently Uttar Pradesh is state in North India. One of the most populace states about 200 million, the capital city is Lucknow. Its north neighbors are the state of Uttarakhand and Nepal, Bihar to the east, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to the south east, Madhya Pradesh to the south and Rajasthan, Haryana and the National Capital territory Delhi to the west. Uttar literally means north so literally means north state. Mention Beneras, Ganges, Taj Mahal and almost everyone knows that these famous tourist  places are in Uttar Pradesh also known as UP in short. Allahabad in UP is famous for hosting the most visited…

     
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  • Mini Vada Pav

    December 30, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #227 PARTY STARTERS What are Party Starters? Have you heard of the saying “First Impression is the Last Impression?” Well, no wonder the first course at any party or as they call them starters or appetizers are usually the best taste wise, presentation wise, appealing to the eyes and taste all at once. Also known as finger food, party starters are usually small, can be eaten without in a couple of bites and some can be eaten with your hand. From simple chips with dips to elaborate and most expensive white truffle and gold mini pizza. When are party starters, appetizers or finger food served? Usually served during a sit down meal or at large parties. Sometimes parties like cocktail parties or…

     
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