• Kesar Rasgulla

    November 1, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: DIWALI SWEETS AND SAVOURIES RECIPE: KESAR RASGULLA What is Kesar Rasgulla? Kesar Rasgulla is a saffron flavored traditional sweet dish that is famous in the Indian Subcontinent. Kesar means saffron in Hindi. And Rasgulla is a sweet dumpling made from cottage cheese, paneer or chenna. The balls are rolled and then allowed o cook in a sugar syrup. The sugar syrup is usually flavored with cardamom and sometimes other ingredients like rose essence, rose petals, saffron, mint, chilli, etc are added. This adds a different flavour to the rasgulla. As a matter of fact, one is rasgulla and plural is rasgullas. Translated into simple language ras is juice and gulla is a ball. So actually rasgulla means a juicy ball.…

     
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  • Farali Papdi Chaat

    October 19, 2020mayurisjikoni

     EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #269 NAVRATRI NAVRAS RECIPE: FARALI PAPDI CHAAT What is Farali Papdi Chaat? Farali papdi chaat is an Indian Snack which is served with chutneys. Chaats are also served with basics likes boiled potatoes and chickpeas. In this case, Papdi is a small fried disc made from flour. Furthermore, toppings are added on the papdi, drizzled with chutneys and served. Usually, chaats are considered as famous street food in India.    More About Farali Papdi Chaat Farali means any food that is allowed during Hindu Fasting days or month. Usually during the festival of Navratri, many follow the farali diet. This means:  grains, beans, pulses, lentils not allowed refrain from onion, garlic, peas, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplants, and many other vegetables no meat,…

     
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  • Chutney & Paneer Thalipeeth

    October 15, 2020mayurisjikoni

    Recipe Chutney & Paneer Thalipeeth Chutney & Paneer Thalipeeth is a flatbread which I prepared using a gluten free flour, grated paneer and green chutney. I used leftover chutney. With a bit of extra spices and salt Chutney & Paneer Thalipeeth is a change from the usual fasting food or Samo Khichdi or Sabudana Khichdi.  What is Thalipeeth? Thalipeeth is a flatbread from the Maharashtrian Cuisine. Generally, a multi grain flour called bhajanee is used. Spices, chopped onion, fresh coriander are added to the soft dough. By the way, experts pat the soft dough onto the hot tawa or skillet using their fingers. But, I can’t do that! Thalipeeth is usually served with yogurt and homemade butter.   Fasting Time Thalipeeth Sometimes, for some of…

     
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  • Haupia – Hawaiian Coconut Dessert

    October 12, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #268 TROPICAL COCONUT RECIPE: HAUPIA – HAWAIIAN COCONUT DESSERT What is Haupia? It should be noted that Haupia pronounced as how-pee -ah, is a traditional Hawaiian Coconut Dessert. Basically, this recipe requires only four ingredients, coconut milk, sugar, cornflour (cornstarch) and water. Indeed, that all. On top of that, the dessert gets cooked within 10 minutes. However, patience is required to allow haupia to set and chill. But, take it from me, haupia at room temperature tastes different. Therefore, if you love custard then you’ll definitely love haupia. Haupia Variations Actually, Haupia is enjoyed on its own. However, nowadays there are so many variations to the basic recipe. Its used to make the following: Haupia Pie Chocolate is added to the basic…

     
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  • Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad

    October 7, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : AN INGREDIENT BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER Q Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad I love how filling and delicious quinoa salads are and apple avocado quinoa salad is no less. The charming thing about quinoa is that it can be paired with practically any ingredient to make a filling, healthy and enjoyable dish. For the Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad, it was not a planned salad at all. I knew that I wanted to make a quinoa salad but the ingredients just sort of popped up when I opened my fridge. I am so glad that it turned really well.   What is Quinoa? Quinoa(pronounced as Keen -Wah) is not a grain but is classed as a pseudo cereal. It actually…

     
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  • Saffron Tapioca Pudding

    September 28, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #266 EXOTIC SAFFRON RECIPE: SAFFRON TAPIOCA PUDDING What is Saffron Tapioca Pudding? Saffron Tapioca Pudding is a sweet dish prepared by cooking soaked tapioca pearls or sabudana in milk till it becomes thick. The pudding can be enjoyed hot or cold. Once the tapioca pearls are soaked well enough making this pudding is very easy. I generally soak them for 4 – 6 hours in plain water. Adding saffron is optional but I’m a huge fan of saffron so look for any opportunity to use it whenever I can. What is Tapioca Pearls? Known as tapioca pearls as they look like little tiny pearls or sabudana. Dana in Hindi means small round beads or grains. They also go by the name of…

     
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  • Apple Kheer

    August 24, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #261 MILKY WAY  RECIPE: APPLE KHEER This Week’s Theme on FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group: This week, the group has to use milk or its products like yogurt, paneer, milk powder, evaporated milk, condensed milk. If possible the main ingredient has to be milk or its products. This interesting theme, suggested by Swati who blogs Food Trails, offers so many options. With the Ganesh Chaturthi over the weekend, I thought of making an easy and not too sweet apple kheer. Frankly, I’ve ordered too many apples this week so thought of using up some to prepare Apple Kheer. Next on the list to make was Swati’s Mango Falooda but I’ll have to wait for our next mango season to begin which will be in 2-3…

     
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  • Peach Cardamom Lassi

    July 13, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #255 DAHI DELIGHTS DISH: PEACH CARDAMOM LASSI This Week’s Theme on FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group: This week’s theme Dahi Delights  has been suggested by Poonam who blogs at Annapurna. Poonam’s suggestion was to try and use dahi as a main ingredient, for any dish be it a drink, starter, main or dessert. Before I go into explaining what is dahi, I have to mention that Poonam’s crisp, clear and colourful photos of all her dishes is a treat for the eyes. Her blog is a a wonderful balance of vegetarian dishes from India and International. What is Dahi? Dahi is the Hindi/Gujarati word for yogurt. The word yogurt is also referred to curd in India. If you ask a shopkeeper for yogurt, he probably…

     
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  • Samo Tikki/ Barnyard Millet Pattis

    July 6, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #254 FARALI FARMAISH DISH: SAMO TIKKI/BARNYARD MILLET PATTIS This Week’s Theme on FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group: This week’s theme FARALI FARMAISH  has been suggested by Kalyani who blogs at Sizzling Tastebuds. Kalyani’s guideline for the theme is pretty simple –  prepare a dish that our family enjoys during any fasting day. And let me tell you if you were to go from north to south, east to west in India, you’d probably land up fasting everyday as there are so many fasting days. Kalyani’s blog largely focuses on vegan and healthy dishes. Having said that, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have recipes for desserts, bakes and Indian sweets. For this week’s theme I made Samo Tikki or Barnyard Millet Pattis. A good way to…

     
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  • Thandai Makhana Phirni

    March 9, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #237 HOLI ON MY PLATE What is Holi? Like most festivals in India, Holi, the festival of colours too celebrates good over evil like other Indian festivals and also makes the beginning of spring. There are other reasons that Holi is celebrated. To read the traditional story as to why Holi is celebrated, click here. Modern day celebrates are more now as fun festival rather than the religious implication. How did colours become such an intrical part of Holi Celebrations? It is believed that the use of colour was started by Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna and Holi When the mischievous and playful Lord Krishna was young, he was very jealous of  Radha’s very fair complexion as he was very dark. Complaining to…

     
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