• 254. bajri dhebras (millet flour parathas)

    April 18, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Travel food Bajri dhebras (millet parathas) is a common snack for Gujaratis. Train, car, plane, bullock cart or ship, however one travelled, bajri dhebras were carried to have on the way. I remember my mum packing a pile of the dhebras for our train journey to Mombasa. We would take them along for picnics and sometimes instead of handvo had dhebras while watching a movie at the drive-in cinema. The very first time I made bajri dhebras was when I was around 14. My mum had gone to Kericho for a wedding and my grandmother insisted that she wanted to have some dhebras for dinner. I did try and convince her that she could wait till my mum got back but she was pretty adamant.…

     
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  • Methi Paneer Bread/Fenugreek Cottage Cheese Bread

    February 15, 2013mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:  FOODIE’S REDOING OLD POSTS #7 Old posts just get lost in the wide wide wide web unless they are very popular. Renu who blog’s at Cook with Renu has started a Facebook Group called Foodies_ Redoing Old Posts where every two weeks we can redo our old posts and share it on the group. What’s the advantage of doing this? Well, it gives us the opportunity to improve the write up, update photos and get comments. I’ve got so many old posts that need updating especially where the photos are concerned. This group with definitely give me the ‘push’ to prepare the dishes again for better photos. I had some cottage cheese or paneer as its called in India, sitting the fridge. I know…

     
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  • Methi Bateta nu Shaak/ Fenugreek Potato Vegetable)

    November 20, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Weather in Mombasa  Once again the hot season has begun with a vengeance. It has become extremely hot and humid in Mombasa. Every time I go to my favourite green grocer shop, the owner complains about vegetables and fruits not reaching Mombasa on time because of the traffic on the Mombasa Nairobi Highway. Not much of a highway as its single lane on both sides. Till all these problems somehow get sorted, I have to get very innovative in the kitchen, cooking up the humble potato in numerous ways. Thankfully the small bunches of not so bitter fenugreek are grown locally. That’s what I’ve used to make a simple and flavorful sabji, shaak, vegetable or side dish. Benefits of fresh fenugreek (methi) Fenugreek is a…

     
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  • 195. Dakor na gota

    November 7, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Hot hot gotas Gotas are bhajias made from chickpea flour. Its a very easy, quick snack and served as farsan in a gujarati thali. I remember every time my sister and I would go to visit our relatives in the villages in Gujarat, we would  be served gota along with kadhi, rice, vegetables, puri and a sweet dish. I am not a huge fan of the gotas made from cabbage but I love the dakor na gota. People say that the best gotas are from Dakor, home of Ranchodji, next to my grandfather’s village Umreth. I have tasted Dakor na gota and they are very spicy but are great with extra sweet tea. Nowadays ready mix packets of Dakor na gota are available in the…

     
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  • Vatidar Bhajia/Dal Bhajia

    June 17, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Through this post I’d like to wish all the dad’s out there a very Happy Father’s Day. It is true that Father’s Day gets overshadowed by Mother’s Day. However, dads too play an important and vital role in our upbringing. For me my dad has and is always there for me. His advise, his organizational skills, his reasoning ability, his strong family bonding ability and just his love and how his eyes lit up every time I call makes me feel so safe and comfortable. My dad loves any indian farsan or snack, be it samosas, kachoris, bateta vada, arvi pan bhajia etc. In that respect, I am like him as I love these fresh snacks anytime to chevdo, gathia etc. His all time favourite…

     
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  • 13. masala (tikhi) puri

    January 17, 2012mayurisjikoni

    a spicy brunch treat Special Theme: Redo Old Posts BM#78 Week 4 Day 3     Go to any typical Gujarati family for breakfast on weekends and masala puri or tikhi puri with sugary masala tea will surely be served to you. The younger Gujaratis usually do not make them that often as they prefer to shy away from fried stuff, but they do relish them when someone else has made them. My Dad’s favourite…. anytime can be tikhi puri time. If bhabhi makes dosas for the rest of the family, my dad is happy with tikhi puri and a mug of tea. There are 2 versions of the tikhi puri you can make, the soft type or the slightly crunchy type. The soft type is…

     
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