• Tikkar Paratha/Rajasthani Pyaaz Tamatar Tikkar

    September 24, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON#92 THEME: A-Z  FLATBREADS AND MORE – INDIAN FLATBREADS What is Mega Blogging Marathon? Well, its a group of bloggers who get together to post a dish for 26 days according to the chosen theme. For more details check out the initiator Srivalli’s page here. For this theme we had a choice of 3: 1. A-Z Indian Flatbreads that are not made using batter e.g. like rotis 2. A-Z Indian Flatbreads using batters e.g. dosa 3. A-Z International Flatbreads. I decided to opt for option number 1. India has such a huge variety of flatbreads to offer that are made on the stove top, in the tandoor, in the oven, under the grill or fried. Its going to be a challenge to…

     
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  • 423. Green chilli bhajia/bajji

    July 28, 2014mayurisjikoni

     The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr. Suess    I cannot claim to be a voracious reader, but I do love reading. I love reading fiction, and usually read books recommended by friends or family. I love reading stories based on true life but am open to reading thrillers, science fiction, romance etc. I tend to read at my own pace, sometimes just a couple of pages sometimes an entire chapter, depends on how interesting I find the story. Stories have a tendency to transport one to another world, re kindle your fantasy, create imagination and above all know a bit more about cultures, the world, different people etc. Recently…

     
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  • 351. instant pudla (puda, chila)

    December 22, 2013mayurisjikoni

    perk me up snack    Pudlas made from besan (chana) flour are a common feature in most Gujarati homes. Serve it for breakfast, as a snack or a light meal. This dish is so versatile that it can be made to suit any palate be it the young ones or the old ones. Amazingly easy and tasty, one can add anything to it. Add freshly chopped spinach, fenugreek, spring onion or coriander. Add tomato puree, grated carrot, beetroot or even a finely chopped onion. Serve it with pickles, tomato ketchup, chutney or chilli sauce. Kids love it topped with yummy grated cheese or paneer. Though I prefer them hot just off the tawa, kids love to take them in their tiffin box as a snack.…

     
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  • 238. khandvi

    March 10, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Happy Mother’s day Today UK celebrates its Mother’s Day. Kenya and India celebrate the US one. I get to know Mother’s Day in UK is approaching when my sister and cousins post it on Facebook. That’s the time I would call to wish my mum and then again ,when we celebrate in May. Though I tried explaining to her why I wished her in May she never quite got it. For her Mother’s Day was just a couple of weeks before Easter and when she would get flowers, chocolates and gifts from my sister, brothers and sister in laws. This recipe is for my mum. She loved khandvi and finally I have got the hang of spreading the batter pretty evenly before it turns into…

     
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  • kadhi

    May 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Kadhi is a regular feature for lunch or dinner in most Gujarati homes. Kadhi is usually made to accompany a rice dish, be it plain rice, pilau or even biryani. Yes, some Gujaratis need kadhi with biryani. The type of kadhi  will vary from area to area. But as the saying goes, no one can make kadhi and tuvar dal like the Patels. When I say Patels it includes the Amins and Desais or to be more specific Gujaratis from Charotar area of Gujarat. My mum always use to tell me that if I didn’t know how to make kadhi then I’m not a true Patel. At that time it did sound scary that perhaps I’d be excommunicated from the community if I didn’t know how…

     
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  • stuffed bhindi or bharela bhinda

    May 8, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Updated on 13/10/2018 Ladyfingers,okra or bhindi is a very popular vegetable in India. Its cooked dry, used in sambhars, made with tomatoes or with a  gravy, depending on the type of cuisine. Gujaratis normally cook it dry. The Japanese use okra to make tempura. In Malaysia its stuffed with fish paste and in other parts of the world, the slime helps to thicken a soup.  It is a slimy vegetable, which is reduced when cooked dry. Most kids  love bhindi.  Nikil my son loves stuffed bhindi. Whenever we visit hubby’s aunt (foi), she always gives me some vegetable that has been either grown at home or at their office yard. Right from brinjals, doodhi to spinach. This time round she gave me these fresh young…

     
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  • stuffed brinjals or bharelu shaak

    May 8, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Most people hear the name aubergine, brinjal or eggplant and make a face. That includes my lovely daughter Nami. Try this recipe out and brinjals will not taste the same.With the limited number of vegetables available at present in Mombasa, I constantly have to figure out a way to repeat the vegetables but try and them in different ways. Both my mum and Nunu made stuffed brinjals or eggplants  only when we had guests over for lunch or dinner. However, I make them often as I can especially when I get the small variety. The small ones cook pretty fast and at the same time hold their shape pretty well compared to the slightly long ones we soemtimes get in the market. However, I use…

     
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