• Kala Chana Pulao/Brown Chickpea Pulao

    March 30, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #240 COOKING WITH RICE Rice Storage in Olden Days Long ago, the time of my great grandparents and grandparents, rice was stored in huge earthen pots (that could easily fit a man in it) for the whole year. Back then rice was a seasonal crop and there were no facilities to vacuum pack them or store them in plastic bags. The huge pot would have a hole just about 4-5 inches above the bottom part which would be closed off with a scrunched up cloth. Whenever, rice was required, the cloth was removed only a bit for the rice to pour out. My aunts, at both the paternal and maternal villages would store the rice in a smaller tin or dabba so…

     
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  • Sprouted Moth and Spinach Pudla

    March 28, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: PANCAKES What are Pancakes? Pancakes are flat, often thin or slightly thick cakes made in a frying pan or griddle using a a batter. Can be either sweet or savory. Traditionally, the batter is made with flour, egg, butter and milk. However, these days there are so many variations of pancakes. Though the description has the word cake, in reality pancakes are one of the oldest forms of bread known to mankind. Each country has its own kind of pancake. For some the batter may be more or less the same with a few changes or in some countries the ingredients may be totally different from the more famous American pancakes we know. Take for example Indonesian pancakes which are…

     
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  • Avocado Mint Lassi

    March 23, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #239 COOL LASSI The FoodeiMonday/Bloghop theme lassi was suggested by me and I decided to use Avocado and mint to make a creamy, cooling and filling lassi. The market is flooded with avocados and its best to enjoy them while we can. What is Lassi? Pronounced as lassi (la as in laugh) and not lessi as Lassie the dog famous from the movie Lassie Comes Home. Lassi is a yogurt based drink which can be sweet or with salt. It usually is thick like a smoothie and very filling. This yogurt based drink from the Indian Sub Continent is best enjoyed during the hot summer season. What is the difference between Lassi, Chaas and Buttermilk? Lassi – as I mentioned basic lassi…

     
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  • Celery Greens and Apple Juice

    March 16, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #238 GO GREEN What is the Go Green Theme? Go Green as suggested by Aruna, is not related to the environment but to using green leafy vegetables or herbs to create a dish. Greens can be anything from spinach, kale, collard, mint, coriander, basil, lettuce or salad leaves, etc. I chose to use the leafy celery greens as my main ingredient for this theme. Benefits of Including Celery Leaves In  Your Diet Most people tend to throw away celery leaves which is a shame as they have their own health benefits if consumed. Here are some pointers as to why you should include them in your diet: They are low in calories Low in Carbohydrate High dietary fibre Its a good source…

     
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  • Mangalore Cucumber Curry

    March 4, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER M My Choice is Mangalore Cucumber The vegetable vendor who comes to our  Bangalore apartment complex thrice a week does not fail to bring Mangalore Cucumber. I would look at it, pick it up and then put it back. One day decided to buy and try out a dish with it. Asked the vegetable vendor how to use it and he replied curry. Just as well there are so many recipes on the internet and I chose to follow Cherie’s recipe. Also known as Thouthe Kodel, the curry turned out so delicious that I was wondering why I’d not used this fruit as yet. What is Mangalore Cucumber? Known as Mogem in…

     
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  • Watermelon Rind Salad

    February 24, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #235 BEST FROM WASTE Best from Waste: A much required but hardly ever discussed topic. How can we reduce kitchen waste? Our Grandmothers and Mothers were a frugal lot, hardly ever passing off anything as waste when it comes to kitchen waste. What do we mean by kitchen waste? Its not all the wrappings that come with your food but green waste. Watch any cookery show and you will see chefs peeling away thick layers from a fruit and vegetable and throwing it away, trimming food to make it appear perfect, and in the process wasting food. Have you noticed how a huge chunk is cut off from carrots, cucumbers, beetroots, tomatoes… that’s not called trimming! Trimming means cutting a thin slice…

     
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  • Savory Oat Pancakes

    February 10, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #233 NUTRI BREKKIE FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group This week starts off with some healthy breakfast options by FoodieMonday/Bloghop group. Sujata who blogs at Batter Up With Sujata, suggested we make breakfast that is healthy, not sweetened with any sort of sugar if possible. Sujata’s Sattu Appe which is made from roasted chickpeas along with oats, semolina and spices is a good healthy way to begin the morning. You could also serve her veggie filled Cornmeal Oats Soya Idlis for breakfast. FoodieMonday is a group of 12 enthusiastic food blogger who prepare a dish for every Monday based on a chosen theme. Through this group, not only have I learnt a lot more about different regional cuisines from the members but we tend to hold productive discussions…

     
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  • Lemongrass and Ginger Jelly

    February 9, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER L My Choice for L is Lemongrass When it comes to the letter L, one can be spoilt with the number of ingredients one can use right from lemon, lime, lima beans, lentils, licorice, lettuce, lady’s finger, long pepper and the list can go on. In spite of all those choices, I chose to use lemongrass. The slightly lemony and strong fragrance  of lemongrass is my favorite. Why am I focusing on Letter L? Frankly, its all because of the challenge set by the group A-Z Recipe Challenge, whereby each month we take a letter and make a dish using that letter. The name of the ingredient  used should begin with the…

     
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  • Keto Cauliflower Paneer Poha

    February 3, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #232 GO FOR GOBI What is Gobi? Today’s recipe is Keto Cauliflower Paneer Poha. However, before we get to the recipe, lets find out what gobi is. No I’m not talking about the Gobi Desert.  Gobhi, phoolkobi is cauliflower.  Cauliflower is a cruciferous(brassicaceae) vegetable that looks like a white version of its cousin, broccoli. Belonging to the genus brassica oleracea, its white head sometimes called the curd is the edible part. Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, cabbage, collard green, kale, bok choy belong to the same genus and are sometimes called cole crops. Some interesting facts about Cauliflower: Did you know that yellow/orange, green and purple cauliflowers exist? Yes they do. Its during my first trip to the famous Jean Talon market in Montreal…

     
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  • 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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