• Avocado Beetroot Salad

    January 15, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Recipe: Avocado Beetroot Salad Avocado Beetroot Salad is a colourful, easy to make, delicious, vegan, gluten free, healthy and filling salad. If I have so many adjectives in the first sentence then this salad must be finger licking good, right?? It definitely is for me as I two of my favourites together – avocado and beetroot. Memories 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…

     
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  • Tal Sankari/ Til Chikki

    January 15, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #41 RECIPE: TAL SANKARI/ TIL CHIKKI Tal Sankari/ Til Chikki, a must have Indian sweet during the Makar Sankranti/ Uttarayan/ Lohri festival. Generally made during the winter season as it provides energy, is nourishing and keeps the body warm. What is Tal Sankari/ Til Chikki? Tal Sankari/ Til Chikki is simply a delicious sweet made from two basic ingredients, sesame seeds and either sugar or jaggery. Some add a bit of ghee or oil, some don’t. There are so many variations of this basic tal sankari/ til chikki. One can add coarse nut powder or roasted split chickpeas ( roasted chana dal). Add flavorings like cardamom, nutmeg, rose essence, etc. All depends on how the family enjoys it. Here, I’ve…

     
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  • Spinach Masoor Dal/ Spinach Puy Lentil Curry

    January 12, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Spinach Masoor Dal/ Spinach Puy Lentil Curry Spinach Masoor Dal or Spinch Puy Lentil Curry is a wholesome, healthy, easy to prepare, creamy, with flavors of spinach and coconut. Best enjoyed with some plain rice or any Indian Flatbread. What is Masoor Dal or Puy Lentil? Known as whole or sabut masoor, flat lentils or puy lentils they are packed with proteins, dietary fiber and Vitamin B1. The colours of these legumes or lentils range from yellow to orange red  to green or brown and black. They are used for making curries, soups and even salads. Today I will share with you the recipe of spinach masoor dal or curry. Serve it with hot rotis,naan, bread or rice. Masoor or Puy lentils cooks well and quickly…

     
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  • Tomato Carrot Soup

    January 11, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #40 RECIPE: TOMATO CARROT SOUP Tomato Carrot Soup Tomato Carrot Soup is an easy to make, delicious, creamy soup. Doesn’t require many ingredients and the best part is that you can either roast the ingredients or simply stir fry and cook them in a pot. If I’m not time constrained then I prefer to roast the tomatoes, carrots, onion and garlic. If I want a soup in a jiffy then I simply saute the ingredients in a pan with some oil or butter. After adding the water or stock allow it cook for a bit and puree. Tomato Carrot Soup I’m a huge fan of tomato soup and can have it practically everyday. In fact I make a huge batch…

     
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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 Kheer is a creamy, delicious, gluten free and rich pudding enjoyed during fasting days or whenever you feel its kheer time. 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…

     
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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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  • Beetroot Orange Salad

    January 2, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: MY FIRST RECIPE ON THE BLOG With much excitement and a little nervousness here’s my first recipe, Beetroot Orange Salad. Most people make new year resolutions and the commonest one is to become healthy, get healthier or lose some weight. Whatever the resolution might be, I thought that starting on a healthy note is befitting. In order to get the post started, sat at computer wondering how to begin. Then I realized taking a tiny step is the best. Hence, a simple recipe.   MY BLOGGING JOURNEY It has been a tough journey. However, I’m not complaining as I’ve made so many blogger friends, my photography has improved, my writing skills too are honed. Along the way I have also learned that I really don’t…

     
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