• Farali Kuttu Khichdi/ Buckwheat Khichdi

    October 8, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #165 NAVRATRI SPECIAL Navratri is just round the corner and many homes especially ladies are getting ready for the 9 days festival. For Gujaratis it means garba and dandhia. It’s also the time when many fast for the 9 days. Different people fast in different ways depending on their tradition, culture or area they come for. For most Gujaratis these 9 days of fasting means no grains or pulses are consumed along with many of the beans and other vegetables. The dishes one can prepare are exactly as the same as the ones we make for Ekadashi or Farali.  There are some who fast 9 days without taking any salt and only eat fruits, nuts and milk. I carried some buckwheat groat…

     
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  • Onion and Carrot Ragi Bhakri

    September 18, 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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  • Kalan

    August 13, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #157TH ONAM RECIPES I must admit though I’ve been blogging for quite a number of years, I’ve yet to try out so many recipes. The list is endless. India itself has so much to offer. Each state or each festival has its own cuisine. My knowledge of South Indian cuisine was limited to idlis and dosas before I started participating in various groups. Through the numerous exciting  themes that the FoodieMonday group has offered so far, its made me go searching on the world wide web, fellow bloggers blogs and sometimes recipe books to make something that fits the theme. Onam is one of them. I’ve heard about Onam but have actually not bothered to find out more about the festival. The…

     
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  • Ragi Sevai

    May 7, 2018mayurisjikoni

    The weather in Mombasa has changed from super hot to cool within a week. Feb and march were really hot, so hot that I’d want to get out of the kitchen as quickly as possible. My kitchen is partially an open plan one, don’t have a door and it leads straight to the dining area. Hubby decided to fit in an AC in the dining living room area. It would also help to bring down the temperature in the kitchen. After much planning got it fitted only for the weather to change. Since its installation have used it only once and that too it was a test drive! Many parts of Kenya are flooded. Roads have been washed away and small bridges have fallen.  Homes…

     
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  • 729. Bengana and Shanmehali Xaakor Khar

    November 29, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Assam – The Red River State November is when the Shhh Cooking Secretly Group visited Assam. Assam is a state in the North East of India. Its strategic location makes it the ‘Gateway to the Seven Sister States of North East India’. Assam’s history goes way back to the ancient times, having been mentioned in the Mahabharata, was known as Asham during Aurangzeb’s time and the British developed the tea estates  during the British Rule. Assam is well known for its flora and fauna and the famous tea estates. Assam itself has nearly 500 varieties of orchids. Its also known as the state of the  Red River due to the presence of the Brahmaputra. Its a state rich in culture and traditions. Coming to the…

     
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  • 727. Undi (Pundi Gatti, Oondi or Rice dumplings)

    November 20, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Delicious Dumplings    A visit to Phoenix Mall, Bangalore is like a dazzling visit to Fairyland. Only thing is that nothing is free, you need oodles of money to buy whatever you want. I remember when I was studying in India in the 70s, nothing much was available and relatives and friends would have a long list of things they’d want us to bring for them from Kenya. Tables have turned, everything is available in India right from Rin soap to Audis. For a girl who comes from the supposedly second biggest city in Kenya, the malls are like paradise for me. Visiting Foodland is a foodie’s dream but unfortunately everything from lettuce to wheat pasta is overpriced. Eating healthy is an expensive habit. Wonder…

     
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  • 716. Khara Biscuits

    October 10, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Savory Cookies are yum Theme: Cookies For Your Sweet Tooth BM #81 Week 2 Day 1      Since yesterday, the power fluctuation has been so annoying. The power keeps on coming and going every 10-15 minutes. On top of that there was no internet since yesterday! How can one get work done without reliable power or internet. We have become so dependent on power for everything. Be it housework, office work or any other kind of work, power is required. Where other countries take power supply for granted we here in Kenya still have to  treat it like a luxury but everything is done on computers! I think if Kenya wants to be recognized as a great reliable, friendly country its got to tackle so many issues and one of…

     
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  • 490. Andhra style palak dal

    April 1, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Amazing dal         Visits to India means eating out. While I still have to acquire a taste for most of the fusion food, like chinese dosa, served with sweet and sour sauce and all that, I do love eating the more traditional food and street food. My daughter’s friend suggested we go to Nagarjuna, an Andhra restaurant in Bangalore. Kobe, a sizzler place directly opposite sounded a better option. However, I am so glad we went to Nagarjuna. The food was so delicious and its the first time I had a meal on a banana leaf. I’ve had food on the dried leaf plates and bowls but not on a fresh green banana leaf. I went for the traditional south indian thali.…

     
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  • 180. vaghareli chaas

    September 7, 2012mayurisjikoni

    a daily health drink Chaas or lassi is a healthy yogurt drink. Besides getting your daily dose of calcium and protein, chaas is very cooling drink and settles your tummy after an extra hot, I mean chilli meal. We have chaas everyday and I don’t consider my meal complete without it. Don’t laugh, but these days I have it with pasta, tacos, basically any meal. Out goes the fizzy damaging coke and in comes the chaas. Haven’t had chaas and pizza yet!  Now that I don’t keep any fizzy drinks at home, I do offer it to my guests, but occasionally do get  funny looks too…. what serving chaas instead of soda or packet juices! But then its so normal to serve chaas in India…

     
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  • 167.farari kadhi

    August 28, 2012mayurisjikoni

    one more kadhi This Ekadashi I made some kadhi using moriyo as I didn’t have any of those fancy farari flours. Usually its made from rajgira flour. I remembered that the ISKCON temple in Mumbai makes kadhi from moriyo and it goes well with moriyo itself or sabudana khichdi or even the farari theplas.  Easy to make and something different to have when you are fasting. FARARI KADHI 4 servings 1 cup yogurt 4 cups water ½ cup moriyo, samo pinch of turmeric powder (haldi) ½ to 1 tsp green chilli paste 1 tsp ginger paste 1½ tsp salt 1 tsp grated jaggery (gur) or sugar 1 tsp cumin seeds ( jeera) 8 curry leaves (limbdi) 1 inch cinnamon stick 4 cloves 6 peppercorns 2 tbsps…

     
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