• Nuts and Jaggery Brittle

    January 13, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #229 SANKRANTI SPECIALS Happy Makar Sankranti to all my friends, followers and family What is Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Lohri, Maghi, Bihu, Thai Pongal, Suggi Habba, Makara Sankramana all fall more or less on the same day. These are all harvest festivals celebrated according to each one’s tradition and culture. Makar Sankranti, is dedicated to the Sun God Surya. It also marks the end of the winter solstice and beginning of longer daylight. While most communities will celebrate Makar Sankranti according to their tradition and culture, it is largely associated with kite flying and delicious food. Importance of Sesame Seeds and Jaggery during Makar Sankranti Most of Makar Sankranti treats will have sesame seeds and jaggery in them. Usually I make…

     
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  • Crunchy Winter Salad

    January 6, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #228 WINTER DELIGHTS WINTER FOOD Depending in which part of the world you are, winter food can vary according to the climate. A little nip in the air and one can crave for warm salads, hot soups, stews, piping hot daals and rice, hot parathas for breakfast or even comforting drinks. I love countries where one can enjoy food according to the seasons. Mombasa, really doesn’t give us that opportunity as its always hot. While we are enjoying a bit of the cold weather in Bangalore, soups and hot meals dominate our table. However, one really shouldn’t neglect the fact that salads, during winter provides you with the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. SOME WINTER VEGGIES AND FRUITS Cabbage Cauliflower Brussel Sprouts…

     
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  • My Best, My Worst and Everything In Between – 8 Years as a Food Blogger.

    January 2, 2020mayurisjikoni

    MY BEST, MY WORST AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN – 8 YEARS AS A FOOD BLOGGER Since I began my journey as a Food Blogger, my Blogging Anniversaries have come and gone without much celebration or pomp as it usually gets shadowed by new Year Celebrations. As a matter of fact, I started blogging on 2nd January 2012. As some of you may know, there were a couple of reasons I began the blog: A place where family and friends could access recipes world over To create recipes and jot them somewhere, recipes that I learnt from my dear mum, my mother in law who we fondly call Nunu and my aunt, my kaki to me. Having stopped working as a teacher, I had to put…

     
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  • Mini Vada Pav

    December 30, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #227 PARTY STARTERS What are Party Starters? Have you heard of the saying “First Impression is the Last Impression?” Well, no wonder the first course at any party or as they call them starters or appetizers are usually the best taste wise, presentation wise, appealing to the eyes and taste all at once. Also known as finger food, party starters are usually small, can be eaten without in a couple of bites and some can be eaten with your hand. From simple chips with dips to elaborate and most expensive white truffle and gold mini pizza. When are party starters, appetizers or finger food served? Usually served during a sit down meal or at large parties. Sometimes parties like cocktail parties or…

     
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  • Kadha/ Herbal Spicy Tea

    December 23, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #226 GRANDMA’S REMEDIES What is Kadha? Kadha is a mixture of herbs and spices boiled in water for about 7-10 minutes. Lemon juice and honey/jaggery are added, mixed and this herb and spice mixture or tea is a remedy for colds, flus and coughs both dry and chesty. Its usually drunk when its hot or warm depending on who is having it. Usually children are given warm kadha. Kadha Ingredients Ingredients for kadha are usually found in the kitchen. If you don’t have the ingredients then they are easily available from and Indian store or online. If fresh holy basil is not available then use dried one or add more mint. Water Fresh turmeric or turmeric powder tulsi leaves/ holy basil mint…

     
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  • Christmas Gifts from my Kitchen – Hot Chocolate Spicy Mix

    December 16, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #225 CHRISTMAS TREATS FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME With Christmas approaching, I was hoping that my friends from this group would choose Christmas Gifts from your kitchen as opposed to the second option which was Curry Leaves. Don’t get me wrong, curry leaves too is a good theme but perhaps for a later time. For now wanted to jump onto the Christmas preparation bandwagon. Nowadays, Christmas is a festival celebrated by almost everyone even if they are not Christians. My family in UK tend to celebrate Christmas with the same fervor as Diwali or perhaps even more. You just cannot help but get into the joyous celebration mood because of the decorations, carol singing, festival deals in the shops etc.  CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM MY KITCHEN…

     
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  • Maharage Ya Nazi/ Kidney Beans in Coconut Milk

    December 9, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #224 DUE SOUTH WHAT IS MAHARAGE YA NAZI/ RED KIDNEY BEANS IN COCONUT SAUCE Maharage ya nazi is a popular Swahili dish which is made from red kidney beans, very simple spices, tomatoes and coconut milk. In the Kiswahili language maharage is red kidney beans and nazi is coconut. However, you must be wondering why I’m introducing you to the Swahili dish Maharage Ya Nazi or Kidney Beans in Coconut Milk. Well, read on and you’ll find out why that was cooked in my kitchen today. Group Theme For this week the FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group theme was suggested by Kalyani who blogs at Sizzling Tastebuds. The theme was Due South. In other words, Kalyani wanted us to cook a dish from any of…

     
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  • Ambode/Masala Vada

    December 2, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #223  What are Ambode/Masala Vada? Ambode are masala vada made from chana dal with a few other ingredients added. Also known as Masala Vada or Dal Vada, Ambode is a famous street snack in Karnataka. Ambode is also served as a tea time  snack with filter coffee in many homes. Besides chana dal (chickpea lentil) being the main star of this crunchy, crispy, mouth watering  snack, chopped fresh dill, fresh coriander, onion, curry leaves, rice flour, green chillis, ginger and a bit of coconut is added. All these different ingredients makes them taste so different from Vatidar Bhajia which are quite popular with my family as a tea time snack. I took the liberty of adding a tablespoon of urad dal (split…

     
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  • Vegetarian Chickpea Gyros

    November 25, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #222 MYSTIQUE MEDITERRANEAN What are Vegetarian Chickpea Gyros? Gyros, pronounced as ‘eeyros’ is a Greek popular street food which is like a sandwich but served on a flat pita bread. The fillings range from chicken, lamb to vegetables. For a vegetarian version, roasted vegetables, chickpeas, pulled jackfruit are used. Actually, let your imagination run riot and use any of your favorite filling. Meat or veggie is usually served with salad ingredients like any other sandwich. In place of mayonnaise fresh sauces like tzatziki or hummus is used. To create a delicious vegetarian version I used chickpeas.   Group theme This week, our FoodieMonday/Bloghop theme is Mediterranean Cuisine. Any dish made from that region. Whenever one mentions Mediterranean immediately Greek Cuisine comes to…

     
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  • Moong Paniyaram

    November 18, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #221 MOONG MAGIC What is Paniyaram? Paniyaram, Paddu, Guliyappa, Yeriappa, Ponganalu is simply a steamed batter made in a mould. Usually a batter of rice and urad dal is poured into the paniayaram pan or appe pan(aebleskiver), covered with a lid and allowed to steam till done. Made either sweet or savory, paniyaram is usually served as a snack any time of the day. The savory ones are served  with some chutney and or sambhar.  Usually made from leftover idli/dosa batter,however these days a variety of lentils and other grains are used to make this lovely crispy on the outside and soft in the inside snack. My first time to enjoy painiyaram was at Farzi Cafe, Bangalore, where paniyaram was served in…

     
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