• Badshahi Khichdi

    June 13, 2016mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #44 INDIAN SPICES SORTED Badshahi Khichdi is a humble khichdi that is turned into a more satisfying and delicious dish that is fit for a king. Not that the simple khichdi is not tasty. Basically this khichdi is made using split pigeon pea (toor, tuvar dal) and rice. The khichdi has some added vegetables mainly potatoes and brinjals(eggplants) and is tempered using onion, garlic, ginger, chillis and spices. However, I made this khichdi my way. I have tried to give it a more ‘royal’ appeal by stuffing the potatoes and brinjals with spices, chickpea flour and peanuts. This khichdi is usually served with spiced up yogurt, but since my preparation already has quite a few spices, I decided to serve it with…

     
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  • garlic and red pepper chutney

    October 29, 2014mayurisjikoni

    BLOGGING MARATHON #89 WEEK 4 DAY 3 THEME : REDO OLD POSTS Now that the festivities are over, its nice to get back to routine. Don’t get me wrong, I love Diwali. However, I tend to get so busy like everyone else and sometimes it seems that I am not going to be able to cope. Preparing mithai, full lunches, presents, treats, decorating the house, rangoli, diyas. The list is endless. I get so overwhelmed by the endless bookmarked recipes, that I want to prepare everything. Next Diwali I am going to make a list and stick to it. No stress and no fretting. The hot weather also does not help. By afternoon I am exhausted. This hot weather will now last till February. This…

     
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  • 344. chundo

    November 29, 2013mayurisjikoni

    chatpata delight My all time favourite pickles are chundo and lemon. Chundo goes well with theplas, parathas, left over rotis, masala puris, plain puris and even as a spread for a sandwich. I find Tarla Dalal’s recipe for chundo absolutely perfect. However, I have made very small changes to by using a raw apple mango. I like using apple mango because firstly its not a stringy mango and because even when it is raw its not overtly sour. This means that I use a little less sugar than required. So whenever the mango season begins (we are lucky to have two seasons in a year), I make chundo. Small quantities remain fresh and I store it in the fridge for freshness. CHUNDO (SWEET MANGO PICKLE)…

     
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  • Homemade Tea Masala

    September 7, 2013mayurisjikoni

    What is Homemade Tea Masala? Tea Masala which is also known as Chai or Chai spice is a mixture of spices which are ground together. Tea Masala is added to the boiling water before adding tea leaves and milk. With sugar added to the tea, Masala Tea or Chai is the most comforting drink on earth. Whenever I make masala or thikhi puri  or Ganthia Jalebi breakfast I love to have a cuppa of good Indian Masala Chai. On cold days you’ll probably find me curled up on the sofa with a hot mug of Masala tea. Exotic Spices and Spice Powders – Homemade Tea Masala I doubt there is any kitchen in the world where one cooks has not got any whole or powdered…

     
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  • Avocado Mushroom Pasta Salad

    August 6, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Updated Avocado Mushroom Pasta Salad post with better write up and photos. Recipe remains the same. AVOCADO MUSHROOM PASTA SALAD Avocado Mushroom Pasta Salad is one salad I can have practically everyday. The reason being its got all my three favorites well actually four.. avocado, mushroom, pasta and cheese. Whenever I make a salad that I’m going to have have as a meal, I add cheese not only for the protein part but also to make it more fun. Yes food for me has to be colorful, fun and appealing. Memories: After 8 years, since my son has been in Canada, we finally have decided to apply for the Canadian Super Visa. This visa allows us to visit our son whenever we want. What is…

     
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  • Tomato Salsa

    June 18, 2013mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIE’S REDOING OLD POSTS #2 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 will definitely give me the ‘push’ to prepare the dishes again for better photos. For the second redo posts I’m sharing my basic tomato salsa recipes with better photos and better…

     
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  • Pomelo Avocado Salad

    May 18, 2013mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #23 For this event, Foodies_Redoing Old Posts my 23rd recipe is an easy Summer Style Pomelo Avocado Salad. What is the group Foodies _Redoing Old Posts all about? Updating posts with better photos or better write up or both is  what the group Foodies_Redoing Old Posts started by Renu allows us to do. The advantage of rewriting the post in a better manner makes it more SEO friendly and good photos is what attracts your fans to check out the recipe. What Is A Salad? Salad is a mixture of vegetables, fruits, sometimes meat, fish, cheese, grains, lentils, beans, etc which is usually in in small pieces. Usually served as a starter, a side dish or as a light meal,…

     
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  • Greek Style Salad

    March 19, 2013mayurisjikoni

    What is a Greek  Salad? A Greek Salad is a salad that is part of the Greek Cuisine. Usually, it comprises of tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives, some feta cheese and fresh herbs usually oregano. It is also known as a Farmer’s Salad as he/she would have the ingredients at hand. A good healthy salad can be enjoyed as breakfast or as light lunch. These days it common to find variations of this salad where bell peppers, capers, fruits are added.   My Greek Style Salad During the hot season, (okay I know its always hot in Mombasa), I hate spending time in the sweltering kitchen cooking elaborate meals. Sometimes even a simple meal of roti and sabji (veg side dish) becomes a task to cook.…

     
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  • avocado cheese salad

    August 28, 2012mayurisjikoni

    I love adding cheese cubes , crumbled cheese , grated cheese to my salad. The day hubby sees cheese in the salad, he comments ” someone’s favourite is on the menu again!” Not that he wouldn’t eat the cheese, am sure he too loves it. Cheese makes the salad more fun…. can you imagine the mixture of different tastes…. its like music for the tongue. Enjoy this simple and lovely salad. Yes, avocados are still in season and not joking at all but now they are huge, they are actually the size of a hawaiian paw paw.  I am serious.  I’m sure you’ll love this salad as much as I love it. Its filling, different and loaded with all the essential nutrients required. You can…

     
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  • Banana Cucumber Raita

    June 19, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is a Raita? Raita is a yogurt based dish which is usually served as an accompaniment to a main dish. Raita are usually made using vegetables like bottle gourd, radish, cucumber, beetroot and fruits like banana, pomegranate, grapes, pineapple, etc. However that does not mean a raita is limited to those ingredients. These days there are so many different types of raita that are prepared. The most common raita you will find served with biryanis and pulao is a boondi raita or onion raita. Boondi is fried little pearl like balls. These are made from a chickpea flour batter. Boondi is added to the spiced yogurt base. How is Raita Served? Raita is served as a side dish or accompaniment to a main dish.…

     
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