• 25. khatti kanki (curd rice gujarati style)

    April 24, 2012mayurisjikoni

    All time family favourite   Rice plain or with other ingredients is a very filling dish. Easy to prepare with almost any vegetable, yogurt, stock, leftovers etc. Rice is comfort food for most people. I haven’t come across anyone as yet who doesn’t like rice.Did you know that uncooked white rice has a shelf life of 8-10 years if stored in a cool place. Did you know that rice is used during pujas to symbolize longevity, prosperity and fertility.    This particular recipe is a family favourite. We tend to make khatti kanki ever so often. I think the children loved it not so much because of the rice but more because of  the nice crispy crunchy chips (french fries) that we make with it.The first…

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  • 24. watermelon feta spinach salad

    March 13, 2012mayurisjikoni

      a cool treat!  Watermelons are in season at the moment in India. I have made this salad umpteen times as its  very refreshing, cool and different from the conventional salads. Usually, I keep the watermelon cubes in the fridge till required. Use up your not so sweet watermelon as a salad. Rich in potassium and Vitamin A, low in calories so go on and have this for lunch till the season lasts.   WATERMELON FETA SPINACH SALAD 2 generous servings 2 cups of watermelon cubes or balls 12 -15  baby spinach leaves, washed 10 -12 black olives cut into halves 1/2 cup feta cheese cubes 1/4 cup mint leaves Dressing: 2 tbsps olive oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar or lemon juice 1/4 tsp…

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  • 18. khatta moong/ sour green gram curry

    January 30, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Packed with protein  Like other legumes, green lentils or moong are low in fat and high in protein and fiber, and have the added advantage of cooking quickly. Moong have a mild, often earthy flavor, and they’re best if cooked with assertive flavorings. Lentils cook more slowly if they’re combined with salt or acidic ingredients, so add these last. Moong can be cooked in many ways, with the traditional onion tomato gravy, on its own as a dry dish, if sprouted can be cooked as a dish to accompany kadhi or in salads. Most Indian families cook moong at least once a week if not more. Moong curry with a spoonful of ghee tastes very delicious. My recipe is khatta (sour) moong. I prefer to make…

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  • shrikhand

    January 9, 2012mayurisjikoni

    It seems Neel is missing home cooked food as he has been requesting me time and again to give him the exact recipe for shrikhand. Exact recipe, how is that possible?  I learnt how to make shrikhand from Nunu my mother in law but I never bothered to ask her for the exact measurements. However, I just learnt how to make it as it was a very popular dish in our family. It is Nunu­­­’s favourite and the kids too love it. Well Neel, since I have started writing the blog, my jikoni is not just for cooking but also a place where I am measuring every ingredient I use for the recipes. Over the weekend, I  made the shrikhand and measured all the ingredients…

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  • 5. sabudana kheer

    January 5, 2012mayurisjikoni

    First Ekadashi for the Year 2012    Ekadashi is the eleventh day of the lunar month in the hindu calendar.Therefore Ekadashi comes twice a month. It is considered a spiritual day by most Hindus and devotees fast on Ekadashi. The fasting varies for individuals, some fast the whole day without water and food, some just eat fruit and some take one meal.  My childhood memories are my grandmother fasting on Ekadashi. My mum would prepare sama or moriyo ni khichdi for her. That would be her lunch and a glass of milk at night. However, we were not allowed to even dip our little fingers in the khichdi to taste it.  After marriage, Ekadashi was a fast normally observed by all. So naturally I also…

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  • 4. vaghareli rotli

    January 4, 2012mayurisjikoni

    remembering my mum      My mum was a very good cook where traditional gujarati dishes were concerned. I can’t remember her ever wanting to try out the new western dishes like pizza, tacos, burgers etc. I think she left that to my kaki and me to try out during the weekends. I will at a later stage include recipes that I learnt from my mum but for today I have to mention her most famous dish…. vaghareli rotli. My mum made the best vaghareli rotli. This  simple dish is a popular meal in our household. All of us have tried to make it like mum’s but there is still something missing. I think its simply the love that she added. Everyone from us siblings…

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