• 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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  • No Bake Chocolate Swiss roll

    June 17, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #200NOTOUT  I joined FoodieMonday/Bloghop in March 2016 when their #31st theme was Fusion Thandai Recipes. I remember I was really struggling to figure out what to prepare for the theme and also how will I portray myself as a new member. What I found very quickly was that the members of the group were very friendly and helpful. Today we’re on our #200th theme and I’ve come a long way, more confident, have improved on how I write my blog posts, how I take photographs of the prepared dish, learnt about other Indian cuisines and also know the members and a bit about their families.   Many old members have left and new ones have joined. With some its now a lasting…

     
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  • Thandai Chia Pudding

    March 11, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: DESI BLOGGERS CONNECTTHEME: HOLI KE RANG The Festival of Colors is just round the corner and once again everyone will be planning what food to have as friends and families get together to enjoy this festival. Like many festivals in India, it celebrates the good over evil. It also marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring, but take it from me I don’t think there was a spring season in Bangalore, from winter it went straight into summer. It is very hot here. Traditional Story: Hiranyakashipu, a demon king wanted to take revenge against Lord Vishnu who had killed his younger brother. Hiranyakashipu prayed for years and was granted a special boon by Lord Brahma that literally made him indestructible. He…

     
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  • Chakhao Poireiton Phirni/Black Rice Phirni

    January 31, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: MANIPURI CUISINE Search for Manipuri on the internet and you’re going to learn about some herbs and vegetables that are not commonly found in the market. The reason being that Manipuri cuisine depends largely on the seasonal ingredients. Have you heard about jelly ears, water spinach, roselle leaves, bitter beans to name a few? I hadn’t known that they existed till I was reading up on Manipuri Cuisine. Use of hot chillis is common as opposed to garam masala in the Manipuri cuisine. Manipur is known as the Jewelled Land because of its natural beauty. The numerous hills and peaks means that one has to consume food that provides strength and agility. Staple diet consists of rice, vegetables and fish.…

     
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  • Easy Fruit Trifle

    January 26, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: HEALTHY WELLTHY CUISINES THEME: 60 HWCG #TwistWithBiscuitHW Twist with biscuits is an interesting theme as its so easy to include biscuits or cookies into making a quick dessert. Everyone on the group was wondering what to make. Some suggestions came along like using savory cookies or biscuits for bhel, or a no bake cake etc. I had made up my mind to make an easy dessert recipe as its really dear to my heart. Mind you, I’m eagerly waiting for the biscuit bhel recipe. My eldest son did his Hotel Management and Administration from a Swiss Hotel Management School. When he came home after his first semester, his fingers had so many cuts. Being a mother, my heart hurt that his fingers were hurting.…

     
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  • Til Gud ke Ladoo

    January 14, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME:#178 HARVEST HARMONY Festivals are always a memorable part of my travels to India. Last year we missed celebrating Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pongal in India as we left before the 14th of January. However, what I remember is that whichever market area we passed by in Mumbai, the whole scene was a feast for the eyes. Colorful kites of all sizes, heaps of sesame seeds, varieties of gur or jaggery, ready made til gud sweets dotted the whole lane. We even got an opportunity to sample til gud chocolate barfi. At the moment I’m in Nairobi trying to get our visas for US and Thailand. After all the tonnes of papers we carried from Mombasa incase they ask for some proof or the…

     
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  • Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake

    December 17, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOPTHEME:#175 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL The month of December, just becomes so different than the rest of the months. People start preparing for Christmas, people look forward to holiday time, people look forward to meeting up with family. Christmas season has been an exciting time for me since I was a little kid. In primary school it was the excitement of bringing something from home to decorate the Christmas tree and something special to share with all in the class for the end of the term Christmas Party. December also meant that we were required to go to the shop to help out as that was the busiest period of the whole year, did I mention it was a toy shop called Hobby Centre. We would be…

     
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  • Date and Cashew Nut Barfi/Fudge

    November 2, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER D What is the A- Z Challenge? Well, we’re a Facebook group and every alternate month the participants make a dish with the  relevant letter. The group was started in May 2018 by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan.  For November we have to post a recipe with the letter D. The star ingredient for the dish should begin with D. I made Dalithoi to go with my  Vastad Roti when I was doing the A- Z Indian Flatbreads for another group and I was feeling great that I’ve got my D recipe ready. Then a member asked about whether the dish name can begin with the specified letter and I re checked with Vidya.…

     
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  • Poha Phirni/ Rice Flake Pudding

    October 24, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Today is Sharad Poornima and on this day usually rice flakes(poha) are soaked in milk and left outside or where there will be moonlight at night for it to ‘catch’ the moonlight. During Sharad Poornima, the full moon is closet to Earth. It is believed that the moonlight has curative properties. It’s a tradition that I’ve been following since I got married and not knowing exactly why we put the rice flakes soaked in milk outside and consume it later at night. My mum would always ask me if I’ve made doodh poha. I’m not a big fan of the poha soaked in milk and eaten, perhaps because when I was younger the only variety of poha available was the thick one and the milk…

     
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  • Coconut Laddoos/ Coconut Fudge Balls

    October 20, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: DESI BLOGGERS CONNECT THEME: DIWALI DHAMAKA Desi Bloggers Connect is a Facebook Group where members support each other by sharing and commenting on each others post. Through this group I’ve got to know quite a few new bloggers. For this Diwali Festival, the admins decided that we should prepare a sweet and savory or either dish to share for the theme. When I volunteered to take part in this event, I had jotted down a few options, of which one was a recipe that my mother in law use to make often during Diwali. However, its a bit time consuming and it will have to wait for another time. After I got back from India, wasn’t keeping well because of a very bad viral infection.…

     
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