• Witches’ Finger Breadsticks

    October 23, 2020mayurisjikoni

    Theme: Halloween Recipe: Witches’ Finger Breadsticks   What are Witches’ Finger Breadsticks? Simply put Witches’ Finger Breadsticks are breadsticks that are shaped into witches’ fingers. These make a fun, spooky Halloween party treat, easy to make and healthy too. These breadsticks are not crispy and crunchy like the more famous Italian breadsticks or grissini. They are more like soft bread. Usually enjoyed with a dip.   Halloween Theme You may be wondering why amid Navratri Festival I’m talking about witches’ fingers. Well, Swathi Iyer who blogs at Zesty South Indian Kitchen suggested that we make some Halloween treats as a group. I jumped at the idea as till now I don’t have a spooky Halloween treat post on my blog. This event has given me…

     
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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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  • Pineapple Slush

    April 20, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #243 LITTLE CHEFS FoodieMonday/Bloghop Theme As many parents find themselves and their kids at home because of the worldwide spread of Corona Virus, parents are taking this opportunity to introduce their kids to other skills than those learnt in the classroom. Cooking and helping around the house are some of them. Bearing this in mind this week’s theme suggested by Priya is recipes that kids can put together either partly or entirely by themselves. For this theme I’ve chosen to make the ever so easy Pineapple Slush. Memories….. While I don’t have little kids in the house and didn’t want to ‘borrow’ neighbors kids because of the social distancing, I had to think about 25 year back! Why, well I had to…

     
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  • Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding

    February 17, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #234 SUPER NUTS AND SEEDS FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group FoodieMonday is a group of 12 enthusiastic food blogger who prepare a dish for every Monday based on a chosen theme. Through this group, not only have I learnt a lot more about different regional cuisines from the members but we tend to hold productive discussions about ingredients, cooking methods, recipes and in this manner share cooking related knowledge with each other. Theme Suggestion Using seeds or nuts or both is this week’s theme. You may think, that’s a pretty easy theme. However, it was not as easy as one may presume. Did you know that almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts, pine nuts, walnuts are not true nuts but seeds? Pecans, chestnuts are true nuts. Swaty suggested…

     
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  • Nuts and Jaggery Brittle

    January 13, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #229 SANKRANTI SPECIALS Happy Makar Sankranti to all my friends, followers and family What is Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Lohri, Maghi, Bihu, Thai Pongal, Suggi Habba, Makara Sankramana all fall more or less on the same day. These are all harvest festivals celebrated according to each one’s tradition and culture. Makar Sankranti, is dedicated to the Sun God Surya. It also marks the end of the winter solstice and beginning of longer daylight. While most communities will celebrate Makar Sankranti according to their tradition and culture, it is largely associated with kite flying and delicious food. Importance of Sesame Seeds and Jaggery during Makar Sankranti Most of Makar Sankranti treats will have sesame seeds and jaggery in them. Usually I make…

     
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  • Mango Yogurt Smoothie

    May 20, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BLOGGING MARATHON #88 THEME: KID’S DELIGHT – HEALTHY DRINKS – WEEK 3 DAY 3 RECIPE: MANGO YOGURT SMOOTHIE For this theme of healthy drinks I’ve decided to concentrate on healthy smoothies for kids that are not only enjoyable but filling and nutritious too. So here’s a delicious mango yogurt smoothie. The other two kids friendly smoothies I made are: Banana Peanut Butter and Oats Smoothie Strawberry Finger Millet Smoothie   Kids and Meals – a few tips I constantly to get to hear mums complaining about kids not eating. They tend to force feed toddlers and as a result meals becomes a constant battle between the mother and child. Feed the children when they are hungry Your lunch time may not be your child’s…

     
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  • Banana Peanut Butter and Oats Smoothie

    May 18, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BLOGGING MARATHON #88 THEME: KID’S DELIGHT – HEALTHY DRINKS – WEEK 3 DAY 2 As I mentioned in the Day 1 post for healthy drinks for kids, I want to refrain from using artificial flavors, additives, colors and today to the list I add harmful fats like hydrogenated vegetable fats. These are found in baked goods, restaurant foods, sold as margarine, finds its way into products like peanut butter, other nut spreads etc. Peanut butter in moderation is good for health. Making peanut butter at home is so easy. Roasted peanuts are processed in a food processor till it becomes a smooth paste. Its that simple. Why should kids have peanut butter included in their diet: Its rich in protein. Has good fat. Keeps…

     
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  • Strawberry Finger Millet Smoothie

    May 17, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:BLOGGING MARATHON #88 THEME: KID’S DELIGHT – HEALTHY DRINKS – WEEK 3 DAY 1 For the next 3 days I will be preparing healthy drinks for kids. Yes, I know I don’t have kids at home, mine are all grown up. Usually its this fact that prevents me from taking part in the monthly Kid’s Delight theme that is organized by Srivalli. However, for the month of May, I participated in this event. The good part is that fellow members who host this event can decide on the theme. I will be hosting the kid’s delight healthy drinks from 16th May to 16th June. There is a specific reason why I chose healthy drinks. When we have so many options of serving healthy home made…

     
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  • Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

    February 19, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Healthy Dessert For Kids Theme: Kid’s DelightBM#85 Week 3 Day 3    During my last trip to Montreal, during the weekend we decided to go to the Old Port area. It was bustling with people, it was a very hot sunny day, many food trucks were around selling food, desserts etc, stalls selling hats, sunglasses, souvenirs, and so many things. While most of the Canadians and tourists were enjoying the sweltering sun, I was looking for some place to sit under the shade. I  cannot bear really hot weather. It just zaps all my energy and I feel so sluggish. I finally found some place on the bench under a tree and right in front of the truck selling chocolate dipped frozen bananas. The choice…

     
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  • Double Chocolate Cookies

    February 19, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Double TreatTheme: Kid’s Delight – Chocolate DishesBM#85 Week 2 Day 2   I often bake chocolate cakes, cookies and muffins for my niece and nephew. Whenever hubby and I visit his uncle, I take either cookies, muffins or cakes for the kids. For my nephew its the more chocolatey the better. I still remember when he was in hospital with dengue fever, he wanted to have chocolate cake and asked me to put chocolate pieces in them. That’s how much he loves chocolate. The next few days the only food he’d eat was cake. My niece now tries out some of the cakes that are on my blog. Its such an overwhelming feeling; the niece that I used to bake for now bakes for her family.  …

     
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