• Vadiya Saag

    November 19, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #171 SAAGSAGA When the #171st theme was decided as saag by the FoodieMonday/Bloghop group members, I was thrilled as I don’t even have one saag recipe on my blog. How did I miss posting it? But then how many times have I really made saag at home? Hardly. Most of the time its enjoyed at a restaurant. What is saag? It basically refers to the leafy greens that are grown or sold in the Indian Sub Continent. The leafy greens which are found in abundance during the winter season may include spinach, amaranth, fenugreek, mustard greens, dill, kale, basella etc. These are used on its own or combined to make a wonderful pureed, partially pureed  or finely chopped sabzi or curry. One…

     
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  • Indori Sev Tamatar Sabji

    October 31, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: MADHYA PRADESH CUISINE I remember watching the Incredible India advertisement on most of the Indian Channels and also BBC World and the phrase ‘ Hindustan Ka Dil Dekho’ was a very catchy one. The Dil described in the phrase is Madhya Pradesh. This state of rich culture and history literally lies in the middle of India and is rightfully called the heart of India. Its the second largest state surrounded by Rajasthan to the northwest, Gujarat to the west, Maharashtra to the south, Chhattisgarh to the southeast and Uttar Pradesh to the northeast. Before 2000 Chhattisgarh too was a part of Madhya Pradesh. Its the home to the world heritage site Khajuraho monuments, with breathtaking sculptures. Its also the home…

     
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  • Nagori Puri

    September 17, 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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  • Mixed Vegetable Curry

    June 25, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #150 – VEGGIES WITH ONE TSP OIL Sujata who blogs at Batter up with Sujata suggested that we make a veggie dish with just 1 tsp oil. I thought “ok that’s not difficult,” as most of the daily sabji, shaak or curry I make hardly has any oil in it unless I need to stir fry onions or roast some kind of flour to thicken the gravy. But the catch 22 was I couldn’t prepare it before I travelled as I didn’t want to buy any vegetables and I knew I would not be able to get all the ingredients I need here in Montreal. However, still managed a simple curry, so easy to make and hardly took 10-15 minutes to make.…

     
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  • Main Course with Gravy or Rice

    March 11, 2018mayurisjikoni

    BM#85 MAIN COURSE WITH GRAVY OR RICE       What constantly baffles me is when people who usually prepare meat and fish dishes cannot think beyond simple potato curry for vegetarian options or a simple pea pulao for rice options. I’m seriously hoping that all die hard non vegetarians will think of vegetarian world beyond potatoes.   When you’re a member of a group like Blogging Marathon, there can never be a shortage of new dishes, new ideas or a twist to any dish. For the BM#85 one of the themes that members could choose was MAIN COURSE WITH GRAVY OR RICE. Indian Cuisine definitely does not have a shortage of how many types or styles of gravies or curries one can serve to Vegetarians. Simple…

     
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  • TonDak/ ToNak (cowpeas in coconut curry)

    February 12, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Just too busy Theme: Main Course with Gravy/RiceBM#85 Week 2 Day 3   Its amazing how many caps a woman has to wear. I really thought that once the kids are all grown up, I’ll be free. However, so many daily chores need our attention. Last week I was like up to my head and nearly wanted to stop everything and just sit. When I say everything, it means everything…cooking, housekeeping, blogging, book keeping, social, exercise, you name it… except of course sleep. Would just love to sleep, wake up, eat and go to sleep again. However, we all know that is not possible.    Since I’ve started blogging, never have I had to prepare for 3 events on the same day…yes you read right 3 events!…

     
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  • Madra (Chickpea Curry in Yogurt)

    February 11, 2018mayurisjikoni

    A Himachali Curry Theme: Main Course with Gravy/RiceBM#85 Week 2 Day 2   The whole of India has so many varieties of curries that its really unbelievable. I’m guessing that if we tried out all the curries we’d probably need more than 200 days! Each variety then has a variation from state to state, region to region and home to home. As I keep on visiting other bloggers sites, I come across so many varieties that my bookmarked list is just getting too long.    Recently, for another group (Shhh Cooking Secretly) we had Himachali Cuisine as the theme and that’s where I came across this wonderful curry made from two main ingredients, chickpeas and yogurt. I wanted to make this curry but the ingredients I was…

     
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  • Mushroom Spinach Curry (Dhingri Palak Sabji)

    February 10, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Healthy Curry Theme: Main Course with Gravy/RiceBM#85 Week 2 Day 1   Its good to back with the Blogging Marathon team. I enjoy the themes. However, I missed December as I was on holiday and January as I didn’t have access to a kitchen. Every month Srivalli gives a choice of different themes and it becomes difficult to choose which ones to do. Keeping the healthy eating decision I’ve taken for 2018, I thought curries would fit that bill.    I know when most of you think of curries, you think of curries with lots of red chili powder, gallons of oil floating on top and basically unhealthy. However, let me assure you that most homes do not make curries that are floating in oil and color. My curries usually…

     
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  • 732. Santula – Odia Style Mixed Vegetable Curry

    December 11, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Those Tiny Spices Make All The Difference It’s really amazing how addition of small amounts of spices can make a dish taste so different. Every Indian household has it own spice (masala) box or dabba (tin) which we use for our everyday cooking. Some spices like turmeric powder and red chili powder will be standard in any spice box. The variations come with the other spices. Don’t get me wrong, all the spices are used all over India but in some cuisine some spices are used in a larger quantity than others. My spice box has the typical  spices that will be found in the masala dabba of most Gujaratis. Mustard seeds(rai), Cumin seeds (jeeru), fenugreek seeds (methi), carom seeds (ajmo), turmeric powder (hardar), red…

     
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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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