• Avocado Mint Lassi

    March 23, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #239 COOL LASSI The FoodeiMonday/Bloghop theme lassi was suggested by me and I decided to use Avocado and mint to make a creamy, cooling and filling lassi. The market is flooded with avocados and its best to enjoy them while we can. What is Lassi? Pronounced as lassi (la as in laugh) and not lessi as Lassie the dog famous from the movie Lassie Comes Home. Lassi is a yogurt based drink which can be sweet or with salt. It usually is thick like a smoothie and very filling. This yogurt based drink from the Indian Sub Continent is best enjoyed during the hot summer season. What is the difference between Lassi, Chaas and Buttermilk? Lassi – as I mentioned basic lassi…

     
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  • Celery Greens and Apple Juice

    March 16, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #238 GO GREEN What is the Go Green Theme? Go Green as suggested by Aruna, is not related to the environment but to using green leafy vegetables or herbs to create a dish. Greens can be anything from spinach, kale, collard, mint, coriander, basil, lettuce or salad leaves, etc. I chose to use the leafy celery greens as my main ingredient for this theme. Benefits of Including Celery Leaves In  Your Diet Most people tend to throw away celery leaves which is a shame as they have their own health benefits if consumed. Here are some pointers as to why you should include them in your diet: They are low in calories Low in Carbohydrate High dietary fibre Its a good source…

     
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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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  • Ginger Ale Punch

    May 7, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER G What is the A- Z Challenge? Well, we’re a Facebook group and every alternate month the participants make a dish with the  relevant letter. The group was started in May 2018 by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. For the month of May (it’s already a year since the group began, time flies!) we have to post a recipe using an ingredient that begins with G. G is not a difficult letter as such as there are many food items that begin with G. I normally don’t drink fizzy drinks but when its real hot, ginger ale is what I love sipping on. With the scorching sun bearing down on us, the family was…

     
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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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  • 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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  • Banana Peanut Butter and Oats Smoothie

    May 18, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BLOGGING MARATHON #88 THEME: KID’S DELIGHT – HEALTHY DRINKS – WEEK 3 DAY 2 As I mentioned in the Day 1 post for healthy drinks for kids, I want to refrain from using artificial flavors, additives, colors and today to the list I add harmful fats like hydrogenated vegetable fats. These are found in baked goods, restaurant foods, sold as margarine, finds its way into products like peanut butter, other nut spreads etc. Peanut butter in moderation is good for health. Making peanut butter at home is so easy. Roasted peanuts are processed in a food processor till it becomes a smooth paste. Its that simple. Why should kids have peanut butter included in their diet: Its rich in protein. Has good fat. Keeps…

     
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  • Pineapple Coconut Virgin Mojito Float

    March 26, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Cheers!    Go to any party, bar, pub, lounge, restaurant, reception, and you’ll see people clinking their glasses and saying cheers. Whether young or old, men or women, kids or adults all raise their glasses, filled with alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks to toast a host or for general good wishes to all present.   The word cheers originates from the French word chiere which meant face or head. By 18th century it meant gladness and was used as a way for encouragement. Today cheers is simply a way of wishing one or a group, good health and happiness.    It is believed that glasses were raised up as an offering of wine to the Gods. Clinking of glasses has many theories. However, no one is really sure which…

     
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