• Chocolate Sesame Fudge

    January 12, 2021mayurisjikoni

    Chocolate Sesame Fudge Delectable, chocolatey and soft, Chocolate Sesame Fudge is a vegan take on the famous chocolate barfi or fudge. I replaced the ghee with olive oil. Also I have used homemade sesame seed paste. Not too sweet, Chocolate Sesame Fudge is different kind of sweet to enjoy during the Makar Sankranti festival. Don’t worry, the ‘must have’ sesame seeds and jaggery are included in the fudge. Happy Uttarayan/ Makar Sankranti/ Pongal     Come fly a kite     And watch it sail     Across the sky,     Waving its tail.     By Jean Warren   What is Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti Once again it Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. Uttarayan is the Gujarati name for the festival celebrated all over…

     
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  • Fresh Turmeric Chaas

    January 10, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: CELEBRATE DAIRY RECIPE: FRESH TURMERIC CHAAS What is Fresh Turmeric Chaas? Fresh Turmeric Chaas is a refreshing yogurt drink with grated fresh turmeric added to it. Healthy, immunity boosting and delicious, hubby and I try and have this drink at least five times a week if not more. Difference Between Lassi and Chaas Though often both are interchanged, they basically are not the same. The similarity ends at yogurt.  Chaas is usually made with added water and has no sugar. Lassi on the other hand is thick like a smoothie, may have a little added milk and may have sugar, honey or any other sweetener added to it. Sometimes lassi can be of the savory kind too, with salt added but…

     
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  • Vegetarian Moussaka

    January 2, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: HOT POT SPECIAL RECIPE: VEGETARIAN MOUSSAKA Vegetarian Moussaka Vegetarian Moussaka is a flavorful, creamy and delish version of the original meat moussaka. Herb flavored lentil tomato sauce is spread between layers of vegetables, topped with Béchamel Sauce and baked.   What is a Moussaka? A Moussaka is a layered casserole dish with minced meat in between layers of vegetables, usually eggplants and potatoes. Mention Moussaka and its generally associated with Greece. But did you know that the dish originates from the Balkan and Middle East. The best known version world wide is the Greek version. Before 1900 Moussaka was simply layers of vegetables and minced meat. Nikolaos Tselementes, a Greek Chef trained in France introduced Béchamel Sauce based Moussaka which…

     
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  • Biryani Masala

    December 28, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #278 SPICE MIX SECRETS RECIPE: BIRYANI MASALA   What is Biryani Masala? Biryani Masala is a blend of aromatic spices in varying proportion that are roasted and powdered. Biryani Masala is the spice powder or blend that is commonly used to add to biryani or rice dishes. Masala is the term used in the Indian SubContinent for spice blends or spice powders. To give any biryani dish that spicy, aromatic, exquisite, distinct taste adding Biryani Masala is a must.    Here are some of the Biryanis that I add Homemade Biryani Masala to: Kabuli Chana Biryani/ Chickpea Biryani I add some whenever I prepare Heni’s Paneer Dum Biryani Egg Biryani   Spice Blends, Spice Powders, Masalas, Podi Whatever the name used for…

     
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  • Vangi Bath/Eggplant Rice

    December 21, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #277 ONE POT WONDER RECIPE: VANGI BATH/EGGPLANT RICE   What is Vangi Bath/Eggplant Rice? Vangi Bath/Eggplant Rice is a tasty, filling and easy to make rice dish which is very popular in both the cuisines of Karnataka and Maharashtra. The difference comes from the spice mixture added to the rice dish. Vangi is the Kannada and Maharashtrian word for Eggplant (aubergine or brinjal) and bath is rice. There are many variations of recipes, some add cooked rice to the stir fried eggplant, while some cook is together. I prefer to make it as a one pot meal, adding raw rice to the stir fried eggplants and allowing both to cook together.    Vangi Bath/Eggplant Rice – Maharashtrian Style Making Vangi Rice has…

     
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  • Carrot Bliss Balls

    December 14, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #276 KIDS TREATS RECIPE: CARROT BLISS BALLS Carrot Bliss Balls Carrot Bliss Balls with flavors from ginger and cinnamon. Nuts, seeds, coconut, turmeric powder, oats, dates, carrots are added. These balls are not only nutritious but are healthy, full of fiber and free from processed sugar. The natural sweetness comes from the dates. What are Bliss Balls? Also known as energy balls or protein balls, these balls are made with ingredients that provide energy. Most ingredients like dates, nuts, other dried fruits are used. Sometimes other ingredients like seeds, oats, healthy flour, protein powder, healthy powders like maca, spirulina, baobab, ashwagandha, etc are added.  It all depends on what one requires from the energy balls. They make ideal snack option, perfect for…

     
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  • Chikoo Kulfi/ Sapodilla Kulfi

    December 8, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : AN INGREDIENT BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER S RECIPE: CHIKOO KULFI/ SAPODILLA KULFI   What is Chikoo Kulfi/ Sapodilla Kulfi? Chikoo Kulfi/ Sapodilla Kulfi is a delicious creamy fruity frozen dessert, easy to make and not too sweet. Perfect summer time treat. First, lets clear what is chikoo? Chikoo is the Hindi name for  sapodilla (pronounced as sapo-diya) or sapota. It is a sweet fruit that is brown in colour and grows on an evergreen tree. This fruit is native to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. In India it grows abundantly in the state of Karnataka. Whenever I’m in Bangalore and its chikoo season, I have one every single day. I simply love chikoo. I know many don’t like…

     
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  • Peas & Potato Pattis – Surti Style

    November 30, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #274 WINTER VEGGIES RECIPE: PEAS & POTATO PATTIS – SURTI STYLE What is Peas & Potato Pattis – Surti Style Peas & Potato Pattis – Surti style, is fresh peas stuffed in mashed potato and fried, much like a croquette. The only difference is that the potato covering is not usually coated with breadcrumbs. Surti style as its believed that this snack originates from the city Surat in Gujarat. Undoubtedly, the spices used adds a typical Gujarati flavour. Peas & Potato Pattis can be served as a snack with green chutney or as a part of the main meal.   Winter and Peas Winter in India means you get really fresh peas. That’s the time when one gets tempted to try and…

     
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  • Tandoori Gobi/ Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower

    November 29, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: FRESH WINTER VEGGIES RECIPE: TANDOORI GOBI/ ROASTED TANDOORI CAULIFLOWER What is Tandoori Gobi? Generally the word Tandoori is used for non vegetarian preparations like tandoori chicken, tandoori mutton, tandoori fish, etc. However, to cater for the vegetarians its common to find tandoori paneer, tandoori mushroom, tandoori gobi, etc on a menu. Tandoor is a clay oven. First the main ingredient be it vegetarian or non vegetarian is marinated in yogurt along with spices. Usually people have their specific recipe for tandoori spice mixture. The marinated food is then roasted or grilled in a tandoor. At home its not possible to have a tandoor, therefore an oven is used or its roasted in a pan. Winter Vegetables What type of vegetables…

     
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  • Sabut Moong Dal/ Green Moong Curry

    November 23, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #273 MY FAMILY FAV  RECIPE: SABUT MOONG DAL/ GREEN MOONG CURRY What is Sabut Moong Dal/ Green Moong Curry? In brief, Sabut means whole and Moong is known as Green Grams in English. Clearly, every Indian household world over has its own version of Sabut Moong Dal. In fact, its one of the most popular dals or curries that is enjoyed with some rice, roti or paratha.Surprisingly, Sabut Moong Dal has not been featured on my blog as yet. Interestingly, though I cook it at least once a week, I’ve not jotted the recipe down till now. However, as they say, there is a time and place for everything. Perhaps, this recipe was meant for this week’s FoodieMonday theme. But, I’m not…

     
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