• Lemongrass and Ginger Jelly

    February 9, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER L My Choice for L is Lemongrass When it comes to the letter L, one can be spoilt with the number of ingredients one can use right from lemon, lime, lima beans, lentils, licorice, lettuce, lady’s finger, long pepper and the list can go on. In spite of all those choices, I chose to use lemongrass. The slightly lemony and strong fragrance  of lemongrass is my favorite. Why am I focusing on Letter L? Frankly, its all because of the challenge set by the group A-Z Recipe Challenge, whereby each month we take a letter and make a dish using that letter. The name of the ingredient  used should begin with the…

     
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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 RECIPE: MAGAS/ CHICKPEA FLOUR FUDGE What is Magas/ Chickpea Flour Fudge? Magas/ Chickpea Flour Fudge is a famous sweet dish or mithai in the Gujarati Cuisine. Its a popular sweet fudge  that is enjoyed by both adults and children. Some kids refer to it as ‘bavo’. Any Patel wedding you attend, or go to their homes during Diwali you will definitely find Magas. During weddings, huge quantities are made by the bride’s family and sent to the groom’s family and also shared with all those who attend the wedding. Made from chickpea flour, ghee, sugar and cardamom, its not a difficult mithai or sweet to make at all. After roasting the flour in ghee, sugar is added and then…

     
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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 RECIPE: KETO PUMPKIN MOUSSE Why Keto Pumpkin Mousse? For the fall theme, pumpkin just pops up in the head and I’d always wanted to try pumpkin mousse. I personally love how easy it is to make a mousse and its so delicious, fluffy and light on the stomach. Th idea was to use coconut sugar but had to deviate from that idea and make a keto friendly. I have a couple of relatives and followers who wanted to see an easy keto dessert. So I thought let me try Keto Pumpkin Mousse. Also pumpkin is pretty keto friendly. Now before we go into the recipe for Keto Pumpkin Mousse I have to share with you my first fall…

     
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  • Bombay Mix/Namkeen Chocolate Bark

    August 26, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #210 ULTA PULTA RECIPE: BOMBAY MIX/ NAMKEEN CHOCOLATE BARK Bombay Mix/ Namkeen Chocolate Bark is tasty, unique & different . Get the slightly salty, chilli, sweet & crunchy taste all rolled into one. The namkeen or Bombay mix adds a bit of the saltiness and spiciness to the the sweetness of the chocolate. So go on, try something totally different to nibble on. It goes down well at gatherings or parties. What is Namkeen/ Bombay Mix? is fast becoming a popular snack option world over especially with some beer. You can buy a variety of Namkeen or Bombay Mix at any Indian Grocery Store. There are so many different varieties that are available.Namkeen or Bombay Mix is the generic name given to…

     
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  • Chocolate Phirni

    July 22, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #205 MITHAI MEIN TWIST RECIPE: CHOCOLATE PHIRNI Chocolate Phirni is a twist to the classic phirni. Phirni is traditionally made from soaked and ground rice cooked in milk and sugar. Spices like cardamom, nutmeg, saffron are added along with some nuts. To give a twist to a traditional Indian Sweet, I have added both milk and dark chocolate to a phirni recipe.   The Group: FoodieMonday/ Bloghop It is 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. Also and fun time meeting up…

     
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  • Kansar – Patel Style

    June 24, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #201 JAMVA CHALO JI RECIPE: KANSAR – PATEL STYLE Kansar – Patel Style is an important, simple and yet very delicious sweet dish that is prepared during important ceremonies and festivals. It just needs four basic ingredients, semolina or coarse wheat flour, ghee, jaggery and powdered sugar.   Importance Of Kansar Any religious or happy occasion like Diwali, weddings, birth of babies, etc begins with kansar in a typical Gujarati home. This dish preparation varies from region to region in Gujarat. As we begin Diwali celebrations kansar is made and offered to the deities. It is also offered to Ganeshji on the day of pre-wedding ceremonies. For many communities in Gujarat kansar is what is offered to the bride and groom to…

     
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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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