• 95. banana cucumber raita

    June 19, 2012mayurisjikoni

      heavenly yogurt Raita is a yogurt based dish which is usually served as an accompaniment to a main dish. Raita can be made using many vegetables like cucumber, radish, fruits like banana, pomegranate, grapes and savoury bundi. I made this traditional raita after such a long time. I say traditional because that’s the raita my mum use to make and when I got married, Nunu use to make it. Raita is a very cooling dish to have with parathas, on its own or with a full indian meal. My grandfather always use to say, ‘there should be enough mustard powder in the raita so that when we eat it, the mustard should be able to tickle our nose’. What he really meant was that…

     
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  • 94. pesto mushroom pie

    June 19, 2012mayurisjikoni

    A quick dinner idea    I just love mushrooms and whenever I see a punnet at the market or the vegetable shop, I have to pick it up. What to do with them, the idea comes later but buying mushrooms is a must! So this time its an open pie, very fast and a very satisfying meal.Serve it as a snack,or for dinner or lunch with some salad. Did you know that mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D? Well, yes they are.Like humans when exposed to the sun they produce Vitamin D.They are also a good source of the B Vitamins. Mushrooms are rich in selenium which helps to boost the immune system.Mushrooms can be eaten raw or cooked.     PESTO MUSHROOM PIE Makes…

     
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  • 90. mushroom soup

    June 15, 2012mayurisjikoni

    tastes better than the packet one   Mushroom soup is one of my favourite soups. Every time I make it, I remember the mushroom soup that was served at Driftwood in Malindi. While my family were having their choice of fish or chicken, I was not left with much of a choice. It was either vegetable curry or soups. So as the main dish, I decided to have mushroom soup and french fries. Weird combination, but better than the vegetable curry.  When my soup arrived, I was really shocked. The soup may have been a packet soup but the presentation was fantastic. A huge round bread with the top one third sliced off and the inside scooped out. The soup was in the scooped out…

     
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  • Pasta with Spinach Sauce

    June 10, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Inviting Nimesh Pasta in any form is a great hit with most people. Nimesh, my brother loves his pasta and so this recipe is for him. So Nimesh, hop onto a plane and come down or get Arti to make it for you. Its not too saucy or too dry. Just the way you love your pasta. A very sneaky way to get the kids to eat spinach. There are many ways of making pasta, so I decided to stick to only green vegetables for this one. I just made this last night and it was not enough for both of us. Perhaps Ajay and I were too hungry. Normally 2 cups of pasta is enough for 4 servings. Use any type of pasta you…

     
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  • Carrot Soup

    June 5, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:  FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #14 Carrot Soup is what I had the opportunity recently to update as the weather is getting cold in Bangalore. Evenings call for  something comforting and nutritious. Contributing this recipe for the Group called Foodies_Redoing Old Posts which is Renu’s baby. This group encourages food bloggers to visit their old forgotten posts and breathe a new life into them either by changing the photos, the write up or both. However, the recipes remain the same. If you are a food blogger and need a push to revive your lost posts then this group is just the right one for you.  What is a Soup? Soup is a liquid food which is usually made by boiling meat, fish and/or vegetables in…

     
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  • 72. Papaya Salad

    May 31, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Fruit or a Salad –or what? Have you ever spent your precious time and money trying to buy just the right papaya or paw paw? I have and still do. I always turn them  around to check if it will be the right one, try to weigh them in my palm to see if its heavy or light, whether it will ripen well or not etc etc.  Some say if the papaya is heavy then its good, if it is oval shape then it will be sweet. You can buy any shape and its all  like a pot luck. Some are extremely sweet and some can be unbearably spongy and bland. Now if you folks living in UK have spent pounds buying the precious tropical fruit…

     
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  • 69. dahi vadas

    May 29, 2012mayurisjikoni

     Cool, yogurt snack  I can’t remember my mum ever making dahi vadas at home. We usually had them when there were big community lunches or dinners mainly for weddings or we would have them at the famous Supreme Hotel. I learnt how to make dahi vadas from Nunu after my marriage. I remember when I had just got married, Nunu was preparing some dahi vadas and suddenly her friend came to pick her up. They were suppose to go for shopping or something. So bravely, I told Nunu I would finish up. Of course she asked me a hundred times if I would be fine frying the vadas and I said yes. So reluctantly she left the task to me and reminded me that they…

     
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  • 68. broccoli salad

    May 29, 2012mayurisjikoni

    crunchy green emeralds    Rainy season means loads of fresh crispy vegetables. Thats what exactly hit me when I entered the famous Mombasa Vegetable market this week. Just couldn’t make up my mind as to what to buy. Wanted to buy the whole market. The deep green fresh broccoli kept on beckoning me to buy her, him? I can eat raw broccoli, blanched, in soup form but I hate boiled broccoli. So it was broccoli salad for dinner on that day. The recipe is very easy to make and a nutritious one. Go on make it, you will love it. updated :05/05/2016           BROCCOLI SALAD Serves 2 1 cup broccoli florets, bite size 4-6 lettuce leaves or any greens of your…

     
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  • kadhi

    May 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Kadhi is a regular feature for lunch or dinner in most Gujarati homes. Kadhi is usually made to accompany a rice dish, be it plain rice, pilau or even biryani. Yes, some Gujaratis need kadhi with biryani. The type of kadhi  will vary from area to area. But as the saying goes, no one can make kadhi and tuvar dal like the Patels. When I say Patels it includes the Amins and Desais or to be more specific Gujaratis from Charotar area of Gujarat. My mum always use to tell me that if I didn’t know how to make kadhi then I’m not a true Patel. At that time it did sound scary that perhaps I’d be excommunicated from the community if I didn’t know how…

     
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  • 64. avocado, tomato and feta salad

    May 24, 2012mayurisjikoni

       It’s Feta Cheese Time               Feta cheese is a Greek cheese usually made from sheep or goats’ milk. It is then brined or pickled to give the salty, tangy taste and crumbly consistency. Modern commercially made feta is made from cow’s milk. However Greece and Bulgaria still prepare is mostly from sheep or goats’ milk. A single serving is about 38g. If you find the feta too salty soak it in water for 5 minutes to remove the saltiness. It is very difficult to find feta cheese in the normal grocery stores in India. To make paneer taste like feta, I would usually marinate it in salt and lemon for 2 to 3 hours. Though it doesn’t taste exactly…

     
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