• 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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  • 535.Buckwheat savoury pancakes/uttapams

    January 12, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Buckwheat savoury pancakes#Bread Bakers Starting a healthy year The Bread Bakers theme for January is Ancient Grains hosted by Robin Beck of A Shaggy Dough Story. I’ll be honest, had a slight idea about ancient grains but never actually paid much attention to it. I have used some of them not knowing that they are classed as ancient grains. My research began on the internet as to what really are ancient grains(heritage grains). All the grains we know are somewhat ancient as they have existed for years. However ancient grains are ones that have not changed over the last hundred years i.e have not been hybridized. They have not been modified over the years.Ancient grains have more robust texture thriving without much pesticides and fertilizers.Some of…

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  • 527. sweet potato tikkis/pattis

    October 15, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Its time for garbas and dandiyas      Navratri is back and will be over before we know it. Its time for fasting, prayers and dancing (garbas and dandiyas). Many   Hindu families abstain from meat and alcohol during this period. Some fast by having only one meal without garlic or onions. Some fast omitting pulses and grains from their diet. Some have only milk and fruit. I don’t fast all 9 days but do fast on the 8th day of Navratri. Nav means nine and ratri means night. During these 9 nights and 10 days the Hindus worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga. The nine forms are Durga, Bhadrakali, Amba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala,Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita and Bhavani. Different states of India celebrate Navratri in…

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  • 517. coconut barfi / coconut fudge

    August 3, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Road frustration Every person driving a car, matatu (local transport mini vans), rickshaw,lorry or riding a bike or scooter or motor cycle thinks that they own the road. Every person thinks that he/she has to get to their destination in a jiffy. Every person thinks that others waiting in the queue in a traffic are either stupid or foolish or not smart. The result is road hogs are born and the bigger the vehicle the more menacing they are. They manage to drive off smaller vehicles off the road. Rickshaws or tuk tuks (as they are called here) drivers steer in and out of lanes not worried about causing jams, scrapping other vehicles or causing one to brake suddenly. Their attitude is “you dare even…

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  • 449. raw banana and paneer kofta curry

    November 3, 2014mayurisjikoni

    raw banana, sweet plantain, plantains My mum use to make raw banana or plantain bhajias or fritters for Ekadashi. No measurements, she would just mix grated banana with mashed potatoes and spices. Simple and yummy. However, I was yearning for some kofta curry. Ekadashi and kofta curry. Well that is possible. I made them with plantains and paneer. Kofta curry without onions and garlic you might question? Well its totally possible. I didn’t want to make rajgira puris as I find them too oily. Instead, I made some farari theplas and the meal was ready. Normal sweet bananas are eaten as a fruit and the green plantains, sweet plantains or raw bananas are different. They belong to the banana family but are used as a…

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  • 438.peanut ladoos (jugu ladoo)

    October 6, 2014mayurisjikoni

    For my eldest Foi My eldest Foi, my dad’s older sister, turned 85 this year. She is still strong and independent. A woman with talent, she has instilled a few values in me, like how to keep a home spic and span. At 85 she still goes around the house with a duster and hates to sit idle.She constantly keeps herself busy, reading both English and Gujarati magazines, newspapers, doing pooja, watching telly and chores in the house. She was a teacher for many years, knows how to knit, crochet, and embroider. Nowadays she does not do the latter two but still knits.New born babies in our family get a sweater or booties from her.She also taught me that when travelling with jewellery, be it…

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  • Rajgira Halwa/Shiro

    July 9, 2014mayurisjikoni

    What is Devshayani Ekadashi? Once in a while Ekadashi dates confuse all the Hindus. One such Ekadashi is the Devshayani Ekadashi which was on 8th and 9th July this year. Some observed the fasting on 8th and some on the 9th. Shayani literally means sleeping. Its believed that on this Maha Ekadashi ( great eleventh), Devpodhi or Devshayani Ekadashi Lord Vishnu falls asleep on the Sheshnag (cosmic serpent) in the cosmic ocean of milk. Its believed that Lord Vishnu sleeps during the four holy months of Chaturmas. This holy period coincides with the rainy season. It also signifies the beginning of penance, rituals, poojas, parikramas and making a conscious effort to advance oneself in the religion aspect. That does not mean that during the rest…

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  • 414.samo and potato pattis

    July 8, 2014mayurisjikoni

    where are the rains?     It’s quite hot in Mombasa and it seems the cold weather had disappeared early. The rains have disappeared.  It rained a lot two weeks back and the Loreto Convent School ground, just next to our building got filled with huge puddles of water. A light drizzle didn’t affect the children. It was fun watching them play in the rain. Little kids love to jump in the puddle oblivious of the consequences… wet shoes, socks, clothes. Its the gleeful laughter that is music to the ears. The trees all around appear lush green, the sea is all grey with a curtain of mist over it. I remember how we use to play in the rain during the monsoon. Our school,…

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  • 405.samo shiro/halwa

    June 22, 2014mayurisjikoni

    an Ekadashi sweet    Samo, moriyo or shama millet is used widely for preparing Ekadashi or fasting food. Either on its own or mixed with rajgira flour or arrowroot flour or potato flour. Samo kheer, samo khichdi, samo chila etc. Well, I want to share with you a sweet dish made using samo. Its an easy dish and satisfying. If you know how to make sooji ka halwa or sooji shiro then making this sweet will be as easy as ABC.  The texture of the shiro or halwa will entirely depend on how fine or coarse the samo is. I had no choice but to use the coarse on as that’s the only one available in the shops here at the moment. Its an ideal…

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