• 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…

     
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  • Viazi Karai

    December 16, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: GUEST POST FOR SIZZLING TASTEBUDS Whenever I’m approached to do a guest post, I get really excited as it gives me the opportunity to share a bit of me with the blogger and I get to know the blogger, different cuisine and different ideas too. So when Kalyani, asked if I would be a guest on her blog, I obliged willingly.  Kalyani has a wide selection of Vegetarian recipes be it healthy, vegan, for toddlers or some treats too.Check out a healthy chaat using moong .I’m waiting to get some fresh crunchy purple cabbage to try out her Bolivian Purple Cabbage Salad. Do you want to try a healthy dessert? Then check out the Vegan Chilli Chocolate Mousse.Its quite easy to maneuver through her…

     
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  • Paneer Samosa

    June 6, 2016mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #43 RAMADAN SPECIAL  RECIPE: PANEER SAMOSA What is a Samosa? Samosa is a fried snack. The pastry is crispy or flaky and its stuffed with a spicy filling of vegetables, meat or paneer. Spices, herbs, are added to the dry cooked. The filling is stuffed in a pastry which is usually made at home. There are two main different types of samosas The difference is in the way the pastry is made. The more famous samosas that are widely available in India have a flaky pastry and are folded into  more plump triangles. The ones that I grew up enjoying have a thin precooked pastry that becomes crispy on frying. They are triangle in shape but not as plump as the Indian…

     
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  • 539. Vitumbua (coconut rice pancake balls)

    February 9, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Vitumbua #BreadBakers From the East Coast of Africa Vitumbua (singular kitumbua) pronounced as vee toom booa are the local answer to pancakes/ doughnuts in East Africa especially in Tanzania and the coastal part of Kenya.Instead of being deep fried, they are made in a special vitumbua griddle/pan. Its similar to the aebleskiver pan or appe pan or paniyaram pan. Vitumbua is a common Tanzanian street food and found during Ramadhan in Mombasa. Its usually served with hot tea as breakfast. Beneath the crust the interior is light and fluffy, melt in the mouth texture. Most of the East African Coast cuisine has been influenced by Indian, Yemeni and Omani culture so perhaps vitumbua too may have been brought here by one of the settlers. The…

     
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  • 303. vibibi

    August 2, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Mombasa style Ramadhan food A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Humi requesting to write a recipe as a guest on her blog. She is hosting an event, Ramadhan – an event to share. Obviously the first thing I did was check out her blog and instantly liked it. Loved the name, Gheza-e-shiriin, meaning sweet food. As I mentioned in my previous recipe, blogging has introduced me to more people with a common passion and that is cooking. Humi’s blog has recipes influenced by many places…. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Dubai. What an exciting combination. I love the pictures. So I will be keeping an eye on her blog for more exciting recipes. Getting back to the invitation, I must say I…

     
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  • 237. kaimati

    March 10, 2013mayurisjikoni

    4th President elected After a long wait, the election results finally came out yesterday. The final tallying was completed around 2 or 3 a.m. on Saturday. The results were officially announced around 3.30 p.m. The nation waited patiently. Uhuru Kenyatta becomes the 4th President of Kenya and the 1st under the new constitution. The youngest guy to occupy the prestigious post, a classmate of mine, much is expected from him. Hope he is able to deliver what he has promised along with his running mate Ruto. People suddenly sprang back to life after having been in a slumber like a hibernating bear for a nearly a whole week.  To celebrate this important historic moment I made a typical coastal dish, Kaimati. It is like a…

     
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  • Mamri

    March 5, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Election fever is on Once again disappeared for a whole week…. no blogging and friends were wondering if I had run out of recipes. Hardly the case. It’s just that I went to meet my son in Dubai and spent a whole week getting dazzled by the tall buildings, all the gold and diamonds and the endless number of restaurants. I got to taste bao (chinese steamed bun), nice soft and less salty halloumi cheese and goat cheese. I would have tried out a lot more variety of food but the serving portions are huge. Its amazing how you can find practically any sort of cuisine in Dubai. Dubai as a holiday destination is fine but I think to stay in connected with the rest…

     
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  • 193. healthy ugali

    October 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    kenyan diet    Ugali or sima as its called down at the coast is a very healthy meal which unfortunately no longer is a part of the daily diet for so many young Kenyans. Sausages, chips and other junk foods have become more convenient and appealing. However, it is still the basic meal for the common man. Ugali is made from white maize flour or what is commonly called here maize meal. Filling, full of good carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins, ugali is very easy to prepare. I learnt how to make it from my house help Julius. However he still thinks I don’t know how to make it. But shhh, I do prepare it on his days off. Ajay loves ugali and we tend to…

     
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  • Kenyan Style Biscuits/Rolled Biscuits

    May 11, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What are Kenyan Style Biscuits? How these homemade biscuits got the name Kenyan Style Biscuits or Kenyan Biscuits, I have no idea. The only thing I know is that most Asian homes in the 50s to 70s era made them. Most common flavour was from the cardamom powder added some made ginger flavored ones. For me it was when the women of our family spent time together, doing their share in baking these biscuits. Basically flour, sugar, butter, milk and leavening agents are used to make these super delicious biscuits. Memories  When I was growing up, the only biscuits that most Gujarati families in Kenya made were the rolled biscuits. Its only when numerous recipe books started coming out into the market that I tried…

     
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