• Detox Water – 7 varieties

    November 12, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #170 DETOX RECIPE After all the Diwali fried snacks, sweets, desserts, heavy meals, its time to give the tummy a rest and give it a good detox. Just the right theme at the right time, well thought out by Kriti who blogs at  Krispy Kadhai. So what’s all this hype about detox water, detox soup, detox salad, detox meals, detox smoothies etc, etc. etc? Well, basically its more of a marketing tactic. None of them contain any magic formula or chemical to miraculously detox the body in a matter of 1 or 3 days. Our body is designed to detox regularly, meaning getting rid of toxins on a daily basis. For that to happen our liver and kidneys have to work perfectly.…

     
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  • Hot Chocolate

    November 5, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #169 MY BEGINNER RECIPE When Amrita who blogs at The Food Samaritan suggested to recreate a recipe that we made for the first time, all by ourselves, it brought back so many memories for me. From the age of 7 or 8 I was already in the kitchen helping my mum. Simple tasks like washing the vegetables, laying the table for meals, smearing ghee over rotis etc. By 10 I was helping her to bake cookies, would get up early in the morning to help her peel tonnes of potatoes when she made chevdo. It then went on to rolling small puris for kachoris, helping her to roast bhakri, stirring khadi, making salads, chopping vegetables, etc. At the age of 12 I left…

     
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  • Stir Fried Vegetables with Orange Sauce

    October 15, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #166 STIR FRY Stir fries are one of the easiest meals to make. Stir fry literally means cooking tender vegetables or meat,  blanched vegetables, or boiled vegetables and meat in a small quantity of oil over high heat. This results in the vegetables becoming a bit crunchy and most of the nutrients is preserved. While some vegetables are easy to stir fry some need to be blanched for a while. What is blanching? Blanching is a cooking method where vegetables or fruits are added to boiling water, allowed to cook for a short time, removed from the hot water and immediately dipped in ice cold water. The way one cuts or chops the vegetables also makes a difference. Certain fish, prawns, shrimps…

     
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  • Black Rice Pudding with Mango

    August 6, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #156 ANY BUT WHITE RICE One of the reasons why I had bought black rice during my visit to Bali was to try out the simple and yet so flavorful pudding that is so common to find on menus in the restaurants around Bali. Sometime back I had posted a red rice kheer and a black rice salad recipe. I kept on getting comments that fellow bloggers had not used red or black rice. It was my turn to choose the #156th theme. I thought let the group get an opportunity to try out rice other than white which they’ve not used. For me it was simple, out came the packet of forbidden rice as its also called to make the pudding.…

     
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  • Iced Chai Saffron Latte

    July 16, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: TYPES OF TEA   What is tea? Tea is the young leaves and buds picked from an evergreen shrub called camellia sinensis. All the different kinds of teas we know come from a specific species of camellia sinensis. There are so many varieties of tea out there that its gets really confusing which one is the best. I say the one that you like, is the best. Tea in many countries is a serious affair. Tea originates from Southwest China where is was consumed  for medicinal purposes. It became popular as a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang Dynasty. Portuguese priests and merchants introduced it to Europe during the 16th Century. Its during the 18th Century that the United Kingdom became great…

     
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  • Blueberry Iced Tea

    July 11, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A-Z CHALLENGE THEME: A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER B Before I go into my usual story telling mode, I have to explain to you what the A-Z challenge group is all about. Every alternate month the participants make a dish with the  relevant letter. The group was started in May by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. The first letter was A. For July we have to post a recipe with the letter B.  I have chosen to use blueberries. The past few days in Montreal have been unbearably hot. Many states towards the Eastern side are experiencing a heat wave where temperatures are rising to 34°C but it feels so much hotter than that. A couple of days ago we went out as…

     
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  • Kashmiri Kahwa/ Kashmiri Tea

    July 6, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME:  JAMMU AND KASHMIR CUISINE The first time I ever tasted anything Kashmiri was when my sister in law got married to a Kashmiri Brahmin. It was during one of our visits to India that her mother in law insisted that we enjoy a full Kashmiri meal, all vegetarian and without any onion or garlic. My first introduction to this totally different cuisine was an eye opener for me. Simple, healthy and flavorful. Whenever anyone mentions Kashmiri cuisine the first thing that comes to mind is dum aloo in a thick creamy gravy. While quite a few dishes are made in thick creamy gravy, or Wazwan style, there is another whole style of cooking that was traditionally followed by the Kashmiri…

     
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  • Carrot Coconut Kheer

    June 11, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENTS: BLOGGING MARATHON #89 WEEK 2 DAY 2 FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEMES: MAKE ONE TYPE OF INDIAN SWEET / EID SPECIAL Lets talk about the the Blogging Marathon theme first. I chose make one type of Indian Sweet because I wanted to make different types of kheer and also showcase that its possible to make both sugarless and with sugar without any hassles. I’d come across so many carrot kheer recipes and always wondered what it would taste like. So voila there I made it and it tastes awesome. Its actually a great dessert, easy to make and the charming thing about this recipe is that besides being so colorfully tempting, one can control the amount of sugar that goes into it. Since carrots are slightly sweet,…

     
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  • Orange Saffron Semolina Cake

    May 21, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #145 – CAKES When Preethi who blogs at Preethi’s Cuisine suggested Cakes as the #145th theme for FoodieMonday/Bloghop group I jumped at the suggestion as for quite a while now I have not tried out a new cake recipe. I’ve been baking cakes but the normal eggless one that I bake as people have asked for it. When the suggestion of cake came up, I’m sure no one in our group thought of the forthcoming big Royal Wedding. I baked the cake on Friday evening and added the final touch on Saturday morning, thinking to myself that ‘ok dessert is ready for tonight’. Around lunch time hubby comes home and asked me why I was not watching the wedding. I asked whose and he…

     
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  • Mango and Yogurt Smoothie

    May 20, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BLOGGING MARATHON #88 THEME: KID’S DELIGHT – HEALTHY DRINKS – WEEK 3 DAY 3 I constantly to get to hear mums complaining about kids not eating. They tend to force feed toddlers and as a result meals becomes a constant battle between the mother and child. Your lunch time may not be your child’s lunch time. When my kids were growing up, my mother in law and I followed one rule, feed the children when they were hungry. No child can go without food. At some point they do feel hungry. Make meals an enjoyable part of their lives and not a chore or a battle. The other rule we followed as the kids grew up was, they ate what we ate. No special…

     
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