• 25. khatti kanki (curd rice gujarati style)

    April 24, 2012mayurisjikoni

    All time family favourite   Rice plain or with other ingredients is a very filling dish. Easy to prepare with almost any vegetable, yogurt, stock, leftovers etc. Rice is comfort food for most people. I haven’t come across anyone as yet who doesn’t like rice.Did you know that uncooked white rice has a shelf life of 8-10 years if stored in a cool place. Did you know that rice is used during pujas to symbolize longevity, prosperity and fertility.    This particular recipe is a family favourite. We tend to make khatti kanki ever so often. I think the children loved it not so much because of the rice but more because of  the nice crispy crunchy chips (french fries) that we make with it.The first…

     
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  • Watermelon, Feta and Spinach Salad

    March 13, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is a Salad? Salad is simply a mixture of raw or cooked vegetables and fruits served with or without a dressing. It may also contain other ingredients like meat, chicken, fish, grains, lentils, legumes etc to make it into a wholesome and healthy meal. Salads can be served as a starter or as a side with the main meal. These days one can enjoy a hearty salad on its own as a meal. I prefer serving watermelon, feta and spinach salad as a starter. However, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it a light meal especially during the hot summer months. A Cool Treat Whenever the watermelon season begins in India or Kenya, I love to make Watermelon, Feta and Spinach Salad. Each spoonful…

     
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  • 18. khatta moong/ sour green gram curry

    January 30, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Packed with protein  Like other legumes, green lentils or moong are low in fat and high in protein and fiber, and have the added advantage of cooking quickly. Moong have a mild, often earthy flavor, and they’re best if cooked with assertive flavorings. Lentils cook more slowly if they’re combined with salt or acidic ingredients, so add these last. Moong can be cooked in many ways, with the traditional onion tomato gravy, on its own as a dry dish, if sprouted can be cooked as a dish to accompany kadhi or in salads. Most Indian families cook moong at least once a week if not more. Moong curry with a spoonful of ghee tastes very delicious. My recipe is khatta (sour) moong. I prefer to make…

     
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  • 17. Plum Salsa salad

    January 26, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Salsa or salad, you decide!    Plums, the dark red Santa Rosa variety are once again in season in Kenya. Compared to the ones I have eaten in UK, these plums are very juicy and sweet and a bit tart at the same time. The skin also tastes a bit tart. One of my favourite fruits but unfortunately the season is very short, just about 3 to 4 weeks. Plums are rich in vitamin C and K, fiber and antioxidants. Dried plums are called prunes.While the season lasts, I have been busy trying out various recipes using plums. A quick and very easy recipe is plum salsa salad. Have it as a salad or as a salsa with tortilla chips. The sweetness from the plums,…

     
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  • lettuce cups/wraps

    January 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    goodness in  crunchy packets   Fresh, crunchy, sweet, just enough saltiness, tangy, a wee bit chilli, aromatic. Wondering if I am practising my adjectives? Well, you would too if you had these delicious lettuce cups. I first had this delicious treat when my kaki made them at her home. Since then I’ve had them in many Chinese restaurants. They are an exciting starter for vegetarians. Call them cups or wraps, whatever you like.  Let your imagination run riot and add whatever ingredients you want right from vegetables to meat. Lettuce cups are good as  starters or an innovative salad dish too. I prefer to use the iceberg lettuce but feel free to use chinese cabbage if you get some.  You can chop the vegetables and…

     
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  • mexican salad

    January 23, 2012mayurisjikoni

    a meal on its own Writing about the virtues of a salad is just not enough. You have got to make it and serve it to believe it. Besides providing you with all the healthy nutrients, its a tummy filler, so you eat less of the main meal, its a perfect light meal on its own, very refreshing on a hot summer day etc etc. I could just carry on and forget to give you the recipe of the salad. What makes salads appealing are the colours. Let your imagination run riot and create art on a platter. Colours, colours and colours and everyone will be asking for more salad. MEXICAN SALAD Serves 4, for 2 as a meal. salad ingredients : 6 lettuce leaves,…

     
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  • Avocado Beetroot Salad

    January 15, 2012mayurisjikoni

    green and red, a wonderful combination      Kenya is well known for its wonderful avocados. Soft, buttery emerald green fruits packed with vitamins E and  B, mono saturated fat and rich in potassium. In India avocado is sold as butter fruit. When I was living in Bangalore, during my first visit to the vegetable shop, I had a tough time asking for avocado. The poor guy just didn’t understand what I wanted. He just shrugged his shoulders and helped me with my basket to the till. In other words he was perhaps trying to tell me ‘please ma’am just leave the shop with what you have found and don’t fry my bheja!’ The following week I went to the super market Big Bazar and…

     
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  • Tal Sankari

    January 15, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan as its called in Gujarat is the only festival which follows the solar calendar and falls every year on 14th January. This festival is celebrated by many states of India for different reasons. Its the beginning of the harvest season, its the end of the inauspicious phase which begins during mid December, its the end of the southeast monsoons. Mainly everyone celebrates this day because it marks the beginning of the transition of the Sun God from the southern  to the northern hemisphere. Many states fly thousands of colourful kites on this day as an oblation to the Sun. During Uttarayan different states make different sweets. In Gujarat the most popular is tal sankari or tal laddus.…

     
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  • 9. spinach masoor dal

    January 12, 2012mayurisjikoni

    wholesome dal     Whole masoor, flat lentils or puy lentils as they are called are packed with proteins, dietary fibres and Vitamin B1. The colours of these legumes or lentils range from yellow to orange red  to green, brown and black. They are used in making curries, soups and even salads. Today I will share with you the recipe of spinach masoor dal. Serve it with hot rotis, bread or rice.     This lentil cooks well and quickly. I usually soak it for 30 minutes or so in warm water and then put it in the pressure cooker. 2-3 whistles and its done. You may even just boil it in enough water in a saucepan till done. updated on 28/09/2015      …

     
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  • tomato carrot soup

    January 11, 2012mayurisjikoni

    I love tomatoes. Its such a versatile fruit and an important ingredient for most dishes whether it be curries or salads. My all time favourite is tomato soup. Ready made tomato soup whether in restaurants or from packets is a bit tangy. So I made a few amendments to suit the taste buds of all in the family. Hope you like it too. Note that in this recipe I have not used oil or butter. No wonder its an excellent healthy start to a meal. A cup of soup before a meal helps you to cut down on meal portions. Soup, bread and salad make an excellent light meal option. I add different herbs, fresh or dried every time I make the soup. Carrots add…

     
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