• 73. biscuit pudding

    June 1, 2012mayurisjikoni

    a dessert to die for   Biscuit pudding has been a family favourite ever since I got married and entered the V.V.Patel household. Nunu taught me how to make the pudding. She learnt it from a demonstration given at the Friends Club. Its a very simple but rich pudding. Not for people who don’t like nuts and milk. Whenever we made this dessert for a dinner party, we had to make sure that tonnes of it was made so the family could have it again the following day. Bowls have disappeared from the fridge. So if anyone saved it to eat later, they would have to sulk and do with a piece of fruit or no dessert. My family in UK too, love this pudding, though…

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  • 11. Tal sankari

    January 15, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan as its called in Gujarat is the only festival which follows the solar calendar and falls every year on 14th January. This festival is celebrated by many states of India for different reasons. Its the beginning of the harvest season, its the end of the inauspicious phase which begins during mid December, its the end of the southeast monsoons. Mainly everyone celebrates this day because it marks the beginning of the transition of the Sun God from the southern  to the northern hemisphere. Many states fly thousands of colourful kites on this day as an oblation to the Sun. During Uttarayan different states make different sweets. In Gujarat the most popular is tal sankari or tal laddus.…

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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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