• 704. Baklava Flavored Sandesh

    September 25, 2017mayurisjikoni

    FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP & MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017 #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES/DURGA PUJA DAY:21 This year Durga Pooja/Puja begins on 26th September and ends on 30th September. On these days the Goddess Durga is worshipped with much reverence. Durga Pooja is mainly celebrated in West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Meghalaya, Manipur and Jharkhand. Months of preparation culminates into these days of Pooja. Pandals are built and idols are made. During this period people also prepare art and cultural programs. Lavish poojas, scrumptious bhog are very much a part of the celebrations. Ma Durga is a Goddess that was born from the divine powers of the 3 main Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv. She took birth mainly to defeat the evil half man half buffalo demon…

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  • 696.Quinoa Lapsi

    September 15, 2017mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017 #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES DAY:13    Plastic is becoming a mega concern world over as the land and oceans are getting littered with this ‘we love to use it so much’ product. Low production cost, easy to manufacture, versatile,impervious to water, easily moldable, has made this product so popular world over that its used right from pins heads to space ships. Its replaced wood, metal, glass, ceramic, paper, stone, leather etc. However, misuse of plastic has caused it to become as one of the major environmental threats to the world. Its alarming that minute particles are making their way to our food. Both land and sea animals are ingesting plastic and this in turn is landing up on our plates.…

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  • 670. Date Coconut Energy Balls

    July 17, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Shravan…. A Holy Month    Shravan or Saawan is the holiest month in the Hindu Calendar. Many Hindus fast for the whole of the Shravan Maas or month. Different Hindu Communities begin the fast on different dates. Some begin the fast immediately after Guru Purnima and some later on in the month. This holy month then culminates with Raksha Bandhan, a festival where the sisters tie a rakhi or thread on the wrists of their brothers. Some people fast the whole month i.e. every day for the whole month and some fast every Monday of this holy month and are called the Shravan Somvar Vrat.          Why is this month so important to the Hindus? According to the Hindu Mythology, when the Gods…

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  • 652. Ghari Rotli (Puran Puri, Puran Poli)

    June 10, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Happy Father’s Day    A lot of importance, praise, appreciation, love and thought goes into celebrating Mother’s Day. However, I feel that Father’s Day has definitely drawn the short straw! It comes, cards are exchanged, gifts are bought and Father’s Day is over. I feel that dads, papas, fathers, aboos, all over the world are less appreciated. I know my dad didn’t help my mum to change nappies, bathe us, clothe us when we were young but he did so many other things for us(my brother, sister and me).    From what I gather, I always cried when my dad would come home for lunch even though I fed before his arrival.  So while having his lunch with his right hand, his left hand would be busy pulling the…

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  • 644.Mother’s Day

    May 13, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Happy Mother’s Day A few weeks back, I was thinking of my mum and obviously missing her tonnes. I wanted the approaching Mother’s Day to be less painful. Now don’t get me wrong my kids (from 3 now I have 5 🙂 ) all shower me with lots of love. I thought why not get some of my blogger friends to celebrate this day with me. Its amazing how much closer we all have become and most of us poured our hearts out and each ones recipe is somehow, somewhere connected to their mothers. I approached 25 and 19 responded with enthusiasm and sent heartfelt messages. So here’s what each of them shared for Mother’s Day.  Mayuri Patel: My mum loved her Gujarati snacks like handvo,…

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  • 623. Thandai Malpua with Strawberry Compote

    March 13, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Happy Holi Everyone Any festival celebration means food and lots of it. Food, fun, colour, rituals all make a successful celebration. If one is missing then the celebration or festival is not complete. Our #FoodieMonday #Bloghop group decided on #Holi as our 83rd theme. With Holi it means that I’ve been with this wonderful group for now a year. My first post for the group was a fusion Holi theme. I remember preparing the dish not knowing exactly how it will be received by the other members of the group. Must say they were a friendly group and immediately felt as though I’d known them for years. Its been a great journey of learning new recipes, new cuisines, how to improve photography, drawing strength from…

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  • 609. Kesar Sooji Phirni with Mango Jelly

    January 30, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Vasant Panchami/Basant Panchami/ Saraswati Puja Om Hreem Saraswatyai Namah Saraswati Ma.(source Google) It is believed that the celebration of this auspicious day which falls on the 5th day of the Magh month (Gregorian calendar month of February) marks the beginning of spring season. Punjab region celebrates this festival by flying kites.The mustard plants begins to flower during this time, creating stretches of fields into bright yellow carpets.The blooming mustard plants symbolise youth, freshness, procreation,love, change and life itself. Its a day when people wear yellow clothes and celebrate with sweets that are yellow in colour. In Uttarkashi, its a farmers festival. Doors of homes are decorated with yellow flowers to welcome spring and the sowing season. In Bihar people wears yellow clothes and yellow tilaks…

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  • 594. Gulkand Phirni

    October 28, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Happy Diwali Wishing all my friends and family a very Happy Diwali. Time is just flying by so fast. Its already Diwali but this time round my kitchen is not busy. You all may wonder why? A food blogger and her kitchen is quiet during the festivities. Well, it happens sometimes. I fell sick during my recent visit to Mumbai and its taking me a while to recover and gain enough energy to toil over a stove. Luckily, I had prepared my October shhhh cooking secretly challenge before I left for Delhi and Mumbai. My partner for the October “Diwali theme” was Avin Kohli of The Yellow Daal and she challenged me to make a Diwali treat using condensed milk and gulkand. Do take time to…

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  • 592. Amaranth fruity pudding (rajgira kheer)

    October 10, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Navratri celebrations Its amazing how different states of India celebrate Navratri. Some with poojas and havans, some by laying out different types of miniature dolls depicting the Gods, demi Gods, animals and people. For Gujaratis its all about garbas and dandiya raas. I miss the small familiar community celebration that takes place every year at the Patel Samaj in Mombasa. This year I’m in Bangalore. Years back when I was in Bangalore with my daughter, Navratri passed by without much happening. The highlight was a pooja in our society Club house and then Dussera celebration. However, Navratri celebrations have taken on a whole new meaning. As HSR Layout gets more developed, we saw lots of decorations and more temples celebrating the festival. A Durga ma…

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  • 584. Dulce de leche baked yogurt(Bhapa Doi)

    August 22, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Hey anand umang bhayo, jai ho Nandlal ki,Nand ke anand bhayo, jai Kanhiya lal ki Hindus all over the world will celebrate Janmashtami, Gokulashtami, Krishna Jayanti, Ashtami Rohini as its known on Thursday 25th August this year. What is Janmashtami? Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar(incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. He took the human form and came to this earth over 5000years ago, 5243 to be exact to vanquish evil and bring back faith in religion. Its believed that Lord Krishna was born at midnight. He was the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudev(of the Yadava dynasty) from Mathura. His maternal uncle Kansa (Devaki’s brother) ascended the throne by imprisoning his father King Ugrasena.King Kansa was a tyrant. After…

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