• Moriyo Khichdi/Sama Khichdi

    May 18, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #21 For this event, Foodies_Redoing Old Posts my 21st recipe is Moriyo Khichdi or more popularly known as Sama Chawal or Samo Khichdi.   What is Moriyo? Moriyo, Sama Chawal, Samo, Barnyard Millet, Sama, Samvat, Vari, Varai, Swang, Bhagar,  shyama rice, kuthiravali, udalu are all different names for a grass seed. The grass seed from the cultivated crop(grown like rice in paddy fields), Echinochloa Frumentacea is not a grain or legume and therefore very popular during fasting days be it navratri fasting or ekadashi. Its wilder more natural cousin is Echinochloa colona which is also known as Jungle Grass, Deccan Grass or Awnless Barnyard Millet. Health benefits of Including Moriyo or Little Millet in your diet Not only rich in…

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  • 52. sabudana khichdi

    May 18, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Pearly drops of starch  Sabudana, pearl sago or tapioca are widely used in India for preparation of fasting food. Sabudana is the starch extracted from cassava. The starch is commercially prepared into a powder or flour form,coarse flakes or pearly balls. Before using any form it has to be soaked in water to rehydrate it. Sabudana or sago as its called in India is widely used for desserts, kheers and as a binder in various recipes. Sabudana khichdi is one of the dishes widely prepared during Ekadashi or other fastings. Simple to make and a filling dish as its full of carbohydrate. In India various sizes of sabudana are sold, but I prefer using the medium size sago. Sabudana is available in most indian grocery…

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  • 49. strawberry frozen yogurt

    May 16, 2012mayurisjikoni

    happy birthday Rishi I love strawberries but they are very difficult to find in Mombasa. I remember the days when big juicy strawberries were available in the shops and markets on a very regular basis. At that time my favourite and very easy dessert to prepare was strawberries with fresh cream. 2 days ago I found a punnet of strawberries at the market in Mombasa after eons and I just grabbed it. Didn’t even bother to ask the price. Of course very soon I realised I have paid a lot of money for about a cup and a half of strawberries. Didn’t want to make an easy dessert with it, but what could I make? Going through my recipe book I came across the recipe…

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  • ekadashi/farali theplas

    May 2, 2012mayurisjikoni

    thepla with a difference…. thank you Heni     Last November, my foi Manju aunty invited us to her place just for a change of atmosphere. We all were going through a difficult time after the loss of my mum. Fortunately for me we decided to visit her on Ekadashi day.Unfortunate for my sister in law Heni, as she had to make dishes with potatoes and more potatoes. On Ekadashi fasting which comes every 15 days, one is not allowed to consume grains and pulses and any vegetable that falls under the pulses category like peas, beans, brinjals etc. There are not many options left except for potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, yam etc. We were suppose to have  lunch at her place. There are not many…

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  • 31. avocado vinaigrette

    May 1, 2012mayurisjikoni

    No anchovies for me,please. Avocado vinaigrette served in some of the fine restaurants of Mombasa have a bit of anchovies in it. Most restaurant owners do not understand that when you are a vegetarian it includes no fish! Most say but fish is vegetarian. Did he mean the fish was a vegetarian? If you are lucky to get vegetarian avocado vinaigrette as a starter, then you just eat it quietly savouring the acetic acid because you will be paying for the dish at the end of the meal. Obviously, I have stopped ordering avocado vinaigrette at the restaurants and instead make my own at home whenever avocados are in full season. Vinaigrette is simply a mixture of oil and vinegar, sometimes seasoned with spices, herbs…

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  • Shrikhand – Gujarati Style

    January 9, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is Shrikhand – Gujarati Style? Shrikhand – Gujarati Style, is a yogurt based sweet or dessert that is very popular especially in the Gujarati Cuisine. Whenever you’re served a Gujarati meal, the sweet dish is served with the main meal. Shrikhand is best served with puri (wheat based fried flatbread). Excess water or whey is removed from plain yogurt to make it thick and creamy. Sugar and spices like cardamom, nutmeg and saffron are added along with chopped nuts which usually are almonds, pistachios and charoli if you get some. Charoli is Buchanania lanzan, a seed that tastes a bit like almonds. Fresh chopped fruits or their puree can be added for different flavored shrikhand. The most popular is Mango Shrikhand.   Memories It…

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  • Sabudana Kheer/ Tapioca Pearl Pudding

    January 5, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is Sabudana Kheer? Sabudana is the Hindi name for tapioca pearls. The starch extracted from the tapioca or cassava root. The starch is then processed to make them into round balls.  Sago on the other hand though looks like tapioca pearls is made from the starch extracted from the spongy pith of various tropical palms. Tapioca used in the Far East to make bubble tea is the same but the sizes, flavour and colour vary. While making the boba or bubbles, color and flavoring is added. Kheer is the Hindi word for a milk pudding. Therefore Sabudana Kheer is simply a milk pudding made with tapioca pearls. I like to make sabudana kheer during Ekadashi. What is Ekadashi? Ekadashi is the eleventh day of…

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  • Beetroot Tomato Juice

    January 2, 2012mayurisjikoni

    updated Beetroot Tomato Juice : 27/06/2020 My Family and Fresh Juices Fresh juices are most welcome when the sun is beating down on you and sweating zaps you of  your energy. My family is a big consumer of fresh fruit juices. In fact my hubby and eldest son would rather have some juice instead of water. Even though all the ‘fresh’ juice cartons mention no added sugar, I seriously don’t believe them as all the juices taste really sweet. Therefore, I try as much as possible to make fresh fruit juices at home. I know they all would prefer the sweetest juices like fresh passion fruit, lemonade or even sugar cane juice every single day  but I don’t make it often. Usually I prefer either watermelon or…

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