• 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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  • 580. Makhana and Paneer Salad

    August 8, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Satvik Food According to the Ayurveda(Indian traditional medicine), food is divided into 3 main groups, Satvik (Satvic), Tamasic and Rajasic. Food not only nourishes the body but affects the mind too. In this fast paced world our food is not only loaded with chemicals through fertilizers, canning, processing but we tend to overindulge in fast foods that are bad for our body, mind and health.We all get tempted by cheesy pizzas, delish bakes, silky chocolates. Satvik foods are smooth, savory, easy to digest, light and fresh. Satvik foods encourage mental clarity, good health and peace.Foods belonging to this group are rich in Prana(life force). Foods included in this category are basically lacto vegetarian foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh diary products, grains and pulses, natural…

     
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  • 561. Sabudana Vada

    May 17, 2016mayurisjikoni

    a great treat Sabudana vada has been on my ‘to do list’ for a very long time. These days I am trying to avoid fried foods if possible so that when we dine out, I can indulge in whatever I want. However this Ekadashi, I just decided to make a fried snack. I am so glad I made these so crunchy and delicious vadas. A Maharashtrian snack, which is commonly found as street food, its easy to prepare and crispy from the outside and soft inside. Its usually served with sweetened yogurt. I am not a big fan of sweetened yogurt so I decided to make a yogurt coconut chutney. Sabudana vadas are very often made during fasting time. I had these crunchy vadas for…

     
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  • 552. Lemongrass Fruity Tea

    April 11, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Happy Chaitra Navratri The 35th theme for #FoodieMonday #bloghop was #NavrathriSpecial.  I was in a dilemma as to how I will get this post ready in a day as I was travelling on Sunday. I’ve already posted many fasting recipes. I’m glad this theme was chosen as I’ve learnt something new. Did you know that Navratri is celebrated 5 times in a year? I didn’t know that. The first is Vasanta/Chaitra Navratri (around March or April), Ashad Navratri (around June or July), Sharad Navratri (around Sept or Oct),Pausha Navratri (around Dec or Jan) and Magha Navratri (around Jan or Feb). Our family celebrates the Sharad Navratri. Chaitra Navratri begins on the first day of the Chaitra month(this year 8th April) and ends on Ram Navmi…

     
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  • Farali uttapams

    April 5, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Beautiful Nature   This evening just as the sun was setting, the sky was just so beautiful. Blue sky as though its daytime. I was busy in the kitchen when hubby shouted out “come quickly, look out of the window.” I had to reach out for my iphone and take a photo. Nature is amazing and pleasures us with so many different colours in all shades imaginable. Its important that we take time to observe and enjoy nature. Its brings immense joy and peace to our mind and soul. When you don’t stop to admire nature you miss out on the wonders of world. Today’s recipe is Farali Uttapams.  My partner Ramya of Lemon Kurry gave me the ingredients barnyard millet and yogurt. Our theme for March…

     
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  • 549. Honeydew melon sorbet

    April 4, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Marathon time! Its Monday and our 34th #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #NoCookNoBake. So many doors open up with this theme right from salads, smoothies, summer drinks to desserts. Anything to get away from my hot kitchen. Global warming is seriously affecting world climate and yet we humans seem to see no end to our wants and cravings. Where have the days gone when a family existed on one small fridge, one television, one phone, only fans. The more we want, the more materialistic things are created and produced.To meet the demand, more factories are constructed. This means greenery disappears. I think every country in the world should make it mandatory that every building that comes up should be surrounded with trees and greenery. The green…

     
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  • Recipes for Ekadashi or for Fasting days

    March 4, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Recipes for Ekadashi or for Fasting day Farali rotli Farali Dokhra Buckwheat savoury pancakes Coconut barfi Raw banana and paneer kofta curry Strawberry frozen yogurt Cassava in coconut milk Farali kadhi Sabudana khichdi Sabudana kheer  

     
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  • 543. Farali rotli (roti)

    March 4, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Making fasting a bit more healthy Usually when we all fast, I think we land up eating more than normal. I always find that the food we prepare for fasting is so much tastier even though we don’t use many spices. Most of what we prepare during fasting is full of carbohydrates. However these are good carbs, high in soluble fiber and have low glycemic index, as long as your preparation is not fried. I don’t like the fried puris that are usually prepared during fasting as I find them too oily. So a good alternative to the puri is farali theplas or even farali rotli (roti). Yes, you read right farali rotli. Delicious with whatever farali sabji you make. Some of the healthy options…

     
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  • 537. Farali dhokra

    January 20, 2016mayurisjikoni

    MOTHERHOOD   We live where there are numerous apartments in one compound. So no doubt we have a mixture of cultures and religions.Evening time comes alive as mothers and kids are all out walking, talking playing etc. A few days ago I overheard a conversation between young mums. As usual the talk was on how each one’s child is performing in school, their manners, what they eat etc. What I noticed was that the conversation was turning into a competition as to whose child was better. On my way to the apartment I couldn’t help thinking why these mums and their kids think they are in sort of a race. As our children grow up, we really don’t remember if they did better than their…

     
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