• 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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  • My Best, My Worst and Everything In Between – 8 Years as a Food Blogger.

    January 2, 2020mayurisjikoni

    MY BEST, MY WORST AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN – 8 YEARS AS A FOOD BLOGGER Since I began my journey as a Food Blogger, my Blogging Anniversaries have come and gone without much celebration or pomp as it usually gets shadowed by new Year Celebrations. As a matter of fact, I started blogging on 2nd January 2012. As some of you may know, there were a couple of reasons I began the blog: A place where family and friends could access recipes world over To create recipes and jot them somewhere, recipes that I learnt from my dear mum, my mother in law who we fondly call Nunu and my aunt, my kaki to me. Having stopped working as a teacher, I had to put…

     
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  • Magas/ Chickpea Flour Fudge

    October 21, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #218 DIWALI DHAMAKA As the theme suggests, FoodieMonday/ Bloghop group is already in the mood to celebrate Diwali. Fellow bloggers or should I say friends, decided to  cook something that we would normally make during Diwali, the festival of lights. This time I decided to make Magas as its called in Gujarati or chickpea flour fudge. What is Diwali? Diwali is the festival of lights, the victory of good over evil. Read more about Diwali here. What does Diwali mean for me? For so many years hubby and I have been alone for Diwali as our family members live in all different parts of the world. However, this year its so different. For one, we’ll be celebrating Diwali with hubby’s mum, my…

     
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  • Almond and Chocolate Halwa

    October 7, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #216 VIJAYADASHAMI TREATS What is Dussehra or Vijayadashami? Its Monday and today’s recipe is a super delicious Almond and Chocolate Halwa. Dussehra or Vijayadashami is a festival celebrating the victory of good over evil, in North and East India. Lord Rama beheaded the ten headed demon King Ravana who had abducted Sita. Sita was Lord Rama’s wife. The word Dasha means ten and Hara means victory. This important Hindu festival coincides with the culmination of the nine days celebration of Navratri. Vijaya means victory and dashami here refers to the tenth day of the lunar calendar. For most of the south, east and north east of India, this festival marks the end of Durga Puja. How is Dussehra or Vijayadashami celebrated? Tomorrow is…

     
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  • Paal Kozhukattai

    October 1, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: TAMIL NADU CUISINE A bit about the group: The month of September was when the Shhh Cooking Secretly Group visited the state of Tamil Nadu. This group is where members get together to cook a dish on the decided theme. We are paired up and we give each other two ingredients to cook with. This group was started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes. It was so difficult to pick a particular dish from this exciting cuisine.  Before I can enlighten you with the popular dishes from Tamil Nadu lets get to know a bit more about the state. Facts about Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu is situated in the most southern part of India. The capital of this state is more…

     
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  • Keto Pumpkin Mousse

    September 16, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #212 LET’S CELEBRATE FALL My first Fall experience It was in the year 2013 when hubby and I made our first trip to Montreal to visit our son. It’s when also we first experienced the fall or autumn season. The colours of fall is truly one of nature’s miracle. When we reached Montreal early Sept the leaves on the trees were still green. By the end of the month the green leaves were changing colors. You get to see hues of yellow, orange, red and purple. Not all trees change colour during fall. Some of the more famous trees that change color are sugar maple(turns first yellow, then orange and finally red), red maple (turns dark red or yellow), bald cypress (turns…

     
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  • Ragi Shavige Uppitu/Ragi Vermicelli Upma

    August 19, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #209 THINDI YENU What an interesting theme name you may be thinking. I too was completed intrigued by these two simple words. In Kannada yenu means what and thindi is snacks or tiffin. So its simply translates as What is for Snacks/Tiffin? Yeah! I now know a few more Kannada words 🙂 besides Namaskara and Thumba Dhanyanvadagalu. On a serious note, if hubby and I ever plan to stay in Bangalore for a longer period, learning Kannada would definitely be on my list.  This interesting theme was suggested by Aruna. She wanted us to prepare any breakfast dish which is very much a part of Karnataka. As I was browsing through her blog Vasu’s Veg Kitchen, I came across a very interesting…

     
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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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  • Chocolate Phirni

    July 22, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #205 MITHAI MEIN TWIST Its so nice to be back to FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group. I’ve missed a few themes in the past few weeks because of traveling and a wedding in the family. Indian weddings means a lot of work, preparing for traditional rituals, taking care of guests, making sure everything works seamlessly. Its also when all attending meet up with friends and family. I met some of my sister in law’s family and her friends after so many years and it was really fun spending time with them, catching up where we last met and getting to know how life has treated all of them. The 205th theme, Mithai Mein Twist was suggested by Sasmita who blogs at First Timer Cook. As…

     
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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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