• Badam Kesar Pista Kulfi

    July 18, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: LET’S CELEBRATE NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY RECIPE: BADAM KESAR PISTA KULFI Badam Kesar Pista Kulfi is a creamy, delicious frozen treat flavored with almonds, saffron, pistachio and cardamom. Easy to make, it never fails to impress my family and friends. Homemade kulfi is the best as it has no artificial flavorings or colors. Trust me, all the patience of boiling down the milk to half its quantity is well worth. Here’s a tip: use a wide pan like a wok or kadai to make the process faster.   What is a Kulfi? Kulfi or Qulfi is a traditional ice cream from the Indian Sub Continent. Slightly more dense than the usual ice cream we know. But it is creamy and with…

     
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  • Gunpowder Aloo Dahi Chaat

    July 9, 2021mayurisjikoni

    RECIPE: GUNPOWDER ALOO DAHI CHAAT Gunpowder Aloo Dahi Chaat is a lip smacking, bursting with different flavors, and healthy snack made with spicy roasted potatoes topped with brown chickpeas, onions, yogurt and chutneys. Aloo Chaat is a famous street food from the Indian Sub Continent. The potatoes are either boiled or deep fried and served with chutneys. There are so many different variations of Aloo Chaat. Each state, each vendor will have a slightly different recipe. What I love about this recipe that it is a versatile recipe. Add ingredients you wish like boiled chickpeas, sprouts, pomegranate, boiled peanuts, chopped vegetables or fruits, etc. Serve with chutneys of your choice from green chutney to tamarind to garlic chutneys. My Gunpowder Aloo Dahi Chaat Sometime back…

     
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  • Mushroom Masala

    July 4, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: MUSHROOMS RECIPE: MUSHROOM MASALA/ MUSHROOM CURRY Mushroom Masala/ Mushroom curry is an Indian style curry made with mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, spice mixture, herbs and a bit of cream or coconut milk. The flavorful, tasty and creamy curry is enjoyed with naan, paratha, roti or rice. What is a Curry? Before I lead you to the Mushroom Masala recipe, let us get one thing cleared and out of the way. Curry is a word coined during the British Rule in India. It originates from the Tamil word kari which means a sauce or relish for usually rice. Curry originates from the Indian Sub Continent. Although curry  refers to both a dried or wet version of any dish prepared to enjoy with rice or…

     
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  • Tandoori Masala/Spice Mixture

    June 27, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: SUMMER GRILLING RECIPE: TANDOORI MASALA/SPICE MIXTURE Tandoori Masala/Spice Mixture is blend of various spices that is generally used as a marinade for food prepared in a tandoor (clay oven) or for grilling. The types of spices and proportions used makes it different from the other spice mixtures like the famous garam masala. I always prepare a small batch of tandoori masala/spice mixture and keep it handy in an airtight jar. Though I don’t fire up the grill outdoors, my grill in my kitchen is often busy. I love to marinate cauliflower, mushrooms or paneer in yogurt with tandoori masala and then grilling it. How To Use Tandoori Masala Use it for tandoori chicken, fish, any other meat or even vegetables, paneer…

     
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  • Zucchini Halwa

    June 8, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : AN INGREDIENT BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER Z RECIPE: ZUCCHINI HALWA – VEGAN Zucchini Halwa is dairy free, melt in the mouth, flavorful, aromatic halwa cooked in the Indian style. If you are a fan of doodhi ka halwa or bottle gourd halwa then you’ll surely love this one. My blog follower requested I make an Indian sweet but vegan. Lots of Indian sweets are made from dairy milk, or will have ghee (clarified butter).  Recently, for my online shopping Iist I wrote 1 zucchini and I got 1 kg! That is a lot of zucchini. Used it to make zucchini paneer appe (recipe to follow soon), used some for handvo, added to my baked pasta. That is when…

     
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  • Mango Falooda

    June 6, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: MANGOES KING OF FRUITS RECIPE: MANGO FALOODA Mango Falooda is a delicious dessert drink made with fresh mango and ice cream. An easy to make summer Indian dessert, mango falooda is simply irresistible. Along with chopped ripe mango, mango puree, jelly(jello), vermicelli and basil seeds (sabja seeds) are added to chilled milk. Top it with chopped nuts and you have an Indian version of a sundae. The Origin Of Falooda or Faluda Falooda or Faluda is originally a Persian drink dessert brought to the Indian Sub Continent during the Mughal Era. And some say it was brought to the Indian Sub Continent by King Nader Shah, a Persian Ruler. Whichever way it came, it clearly was a dessert drink meant for…

     
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  • Chandrakanti Pitha

    May 30, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: ODIA PITHA RECIPE: CHANDRAKANTI PITHA Chandrakanti Pitha is a delicious dessert which is traditionally made in the Ganjam district of Odisha. Made from soaked moong dal and rice batter, the outer part is crispy and the inside soft and not too sweet.It tastes like moong halwa but with a crispy coating. One has the option to cut the cooked and set batter into any shape one desires. I stuck to the traditional square pieces. Alternately one can shape them into balls before deep frying. A bit about Pitha Pitha is not restricted to the state of Odisha only. One can find different kind of pitha in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Assam. Pitha is a type of food which can…

     
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  • Dahi Bhindi/Okra Yogurt Curry

    May 12, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : AN INGREDIENT BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER Y RECIPE: DAHI BHINDI/OKRA YOGURT CURRY Dahi Bhindi/Okra Yogurt Curry is creamy, slightly spicy and tangy curry that goes well with any Indian Flatbread like roti, paratha, naan or rice. An easy curry to prepare, it is a different way to enjoy okra or bhindi from the usual dry preparation. What is Okra? Okra also goes by the name lady’s fingers or gumbo. It is a flowering plant and okra is the edible seed pod of the plant. Did you know that it belongs to the same family as hibiscus and cotton? Popularly known as bhindi or bhinda in India, it is a favorite of many, young and old. Raw okra can…

     
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  • Beetroot Vada

    May 9, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY THEME: SUPERFOOD BEETROOT RECIPE: BEETROOT VADA Beetroot Vada is a delicious, crunchy, spicy take on the traditional Sabudana Vada. Vada is fritters and in this case roasted or boiled beetroot is added to the traditional mashed potatoes, spices and soaked tapioca pearls mixture. Ideal snack option, for starters or as a part of a meal not only for fasting days but whenever you want to. While I’ve deep fried beetroot vada, you can by all means use an appe pan (aebliskiver pan) to make healthier versions or in an air fryer. The whole idea of adding beetroot to the traditional recipe came about when I had extra roasted beetroot in the fridge. I usually make sabudana vada on Ekadashi Fasting but wanted…

     
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  • Idli Podi/ Milagai Podi

    March 30, 2021mayurisjikoni

    What is Idli Podi/ Milagai Podi? Idli Podi/ Milagai is a flavorful condiment made from roasted lentils, spices and seeds. Also known as Gun Powder, Chutney Podi, Idli Karam Podi, its so easy to prepare at home. Actually, the word podi basically means powder. And, Milagai refers to chilis.. that is what I learnt today from my blogger friend Sandhya. Basically lentils, spices and seeds are used. Other ingredients added make it slightly different in taste. I’m told that each South Indian household has its own version of Podi. A difference of measurements of the basic ingredients or some special ingredients added to it to make it unique. Check below for all the different kinds of podi that are common to find in any South…

     
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