• Kiwi Cucumber Salsa

    January 7, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER K WHAT IS A-Z CHALLENGE? It’s group started by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. What is required of in this group? Nothing too difficult but to cook a dish using an ingredient whose English name begins with the designated letter. This month we’re suppose to choose an ingredient that begins with K. My choice is Kiwi, the famous soft, seedy green fruit. While my favorite way to have kiwi is one its own, sometimes I make a cool healthy chia seed pudding to take care of my sweet tooth. A BIT ABOUT KIWI FRUIT We all normally presume that Kiwi fruit or Chinese Gooseberry originates from New Zealand. However, it actually grew in…

     
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  • Crunchy Winter Salad

    January 6, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #228 WINTER DELIGHTS WINTER FOOD Depending in which part of the world you are, winter food can vary according to the climate. A little nip in the air and one can crave for warm salads, hot soups, stews, piping hot daals and rice, hot parathas for breakfast or even comforting drinks. I love countries where one can enjoy food according to the seasons. Mombasa, really doesn’t give us that opportunity as its always hot. While we are enjoying a bit of the cold weather in Bangalore, soups and hot meals dominate our table. However, one really shouldn’t neglect the fact that salads, during winter provides you with the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. SOME WINTER VEGGIES AND FRUITS Cabbage Cauliflower Brussel Sprouts…

     
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  • Poha Phirni/ Rice Flake Pudding

    October 24, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Today is Sharad Poornima and on this day usually rice flakes(poha) are soaked in milk and left outside or where there will be moonlight at night for it to ‘catch’ the moonlight. During Sharad Poornima, the full moon is closet to Earth. It is believed that the moonlight has curative properties. It’s a tradition that I’ve been following since I got married and not knowing exactly why we put the rice flakes soaked in milk outside and consume it later at night. My mum would always ask me if I’ve made doodh poha. I’m not a big fan of the poha soaked in milk and eaten, perhaps because when I was younger the only variety of poha available was the thick one and the milk…

     
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  • Peanut and Fruit Salad/ Chaat

    March 15, 2017mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: PEANUT AND FRUIT SALAD /CHAAT #FANTASTICAL FOOD FIGHT What is a Peanut and Fruit Chaat? While everyone knows what a salad is, for some chaat is a new word. Basically Chaat is an Indian Sub Continent word that is used to describe any dish that has a mixture of ingredients like fried chickpea flour noodles(sev), boiled lentils, chopped vegetables and fruits served with a hot chutney, a sweet date tamarind one or simply drizzled with lemon juice. There are just too many variations of chaat. Trying to Eat Healthy When you’re a food blogger and food is your passion, its pretty difficult to stay away from all those tempting recipes out there in the cyber world and cook books. I get tempted to try…

     
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  • 603. Exotic Fruit Salad

    January 2, 2017mayurisjikoni

    HAPPY NEW YEAR Write it in your heart that every day of this new year is the best day.  A new year has begun, time to reflect on what we achieved last year, what we didn’t and  what we would like to achieve. Like every year I continuously make a resolution to lose weight, which so far I haven’t; not get so emotional if my kids don’t call regularly, which is pretty difficult to stick by and have more patience with my hubby’s weird, out of this world ideas. However, I still get angry and try to retaliate them with all my energy 🙂 This year I’ve not made any resolutions as I forget about them even before the 15th of January. Desserts, chocolates, good…

     
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  • Idli Chaat

    October 3, 2016mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME:#60  CHATAKEDAAR CHAAT Have you noticed how life in India can be so chaotic. Forget about getting problems sorted out in an orderly and calm fashion. Everyone thinks that the more you shout, the louder you are the problem will vanish. Shouting, loud accusations and chaos does not bring about solutions. However, after a bout of all this ‘hangama’ life carries on till we experience the next round of shouting which gets louder by the second and then suddenly peace and quiet rules. Has the problem been solved? Not at all but for many spectators it is entertainment. But isn’t the chaotic life that attracts so many to India again and again?I am grateful that I’m right now sitting in my apartment where the…

     
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  • 588. Amiri Khaman/Gujarati Sev Khaman

    September 19, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Angels are often disguised as daughters The week just goes by so quickly. Every day I wake up and say to myself,  2more months, few more weeks before the wedding and so much to do. Yesterday when we were discussing with my future son-in-law and his mum what happens after the wedding ceremony, so it was like bidaai (farewell to the bride) will happen and we take Nami (my daughter) with us. I wanted to burst into tears at the moment, as reality is fast approaching that she will belong to some other family. I had to be really strong and keep a smiling face, but am sure that if hubby dear would have been with me I surely would have burst out crying. As…

     
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  • 495. healthy bhel

    April 14, 2015mayurisjikoni

       Easy communication WhatsApp has improved communication tremendously. You just need to be connected to an internet or wifi and voila… you’re good to go. Its become easier to communicate with friends and family who are far from us or when we are travelling. So the typical messages sent are  ‘leaving for the airport’, ‘reached the airport’, ‘done with security and immigration’, ‘having coffee’, ‘boarding plane’, ‘boarded’. Then for a while its peace and quiet. As soon as one lands, the first task is to find out if there is free wifi at the airport. If there is messaging begins again. ‘Lovely airport’, ‘immigration line very long’, ‘waiting for baggage’, ‘reached our destination’, etc etc. While for most of this is really good because we…

     
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  • 460. dahi papdi chaat

    December 10, 2014mayurisjikoni

    new serials The new serials which have just begun or are coming up on some of the Indian channels are based on a variety of different themes as opposed to the usual saas bahu drama. I am glad that Indian television is growing by leaps and bounds. It is trying to cater for all ages. Though some of my favourites are family based like Diya aur Baati Hum, Balika Vadhu, Yeh Hai  Mohabbatein. Yeh Rishta kya kehlata hai, I am enjoying the new ones like Everest, Nisha aur uski cousins and Udaan. Kailesh Satyarthi a child’s right activist and Malala Yousafzai an education activist have won the Peace Noble Prize. While their cause has become more apparent and in the limelight of the whole world…

     
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  • 439. Pomegranate and Cucumber Raita

    October 7, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Cooling and filling       Last Friday and Saturday were very hot and humid. I made my regular lunch on Friday… roti, sabji, dal and chaas, but didn’t feel like having that. So opened to the fridge to make a smoothie but got some yogurt and cucumber in my hand instead. So the smoothie was side lined for a yummy raita. I prefer the banana cucumber raita  but didn’t have bananas. So I made it with pomegranate and cucumber. It was a cooling and filling treat. Suddenly the weather took a turn on Sunday and its been raining till now. Watching the rains from my window is fine but getting out is yucky! Today, I had to go out to do some veggie and…

     
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