• Vegetarian Moussaka

    January 2, 2021mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: HOT POT SPECIAL RECIPE: VEGETARIAN MOUSSAKA Vegetarian Moussaka Vegetarian Moussaka is a flavorful, creamy and delish version of the original meat moussaka. Herb flavored lentil tomato sauce is spread between layers of vegetables, topped with Béchamel Sauce and baked.   What is a Moussaka? A Moussaka is a layered casserole dish with minced meat in between layers of vegetables, usually eggplants and potatoes. Mention Moussaka and its generally associated with Greece. But did you know that the dish originates from the Balkan and Middle East. The best known version world wide is the Greek version. Before 1900 Moussaka was simply layers of vegetables and minced meat. Nikolaos Tselementes, a Greek Chef trained in France introduced Béchamel Sauce based Moussaka which…

     
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  • Vangi Bath/Eggplant Rice

    December 21, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #277 ONE POT WONDER RECIPE: VANGI BATH/EGGPLANT RICE   What is Vangi Bath/Eggplant Rice? Vangi Bath/Eggplant Rice is a tasty, filling and easy to make rice dish which is very popular in both the cuisines of Karnataka and Maharashtra. The difference comes from the spice mixture added to the rice dish. Vangi is the Kannada and Maharashtrian word for Eggplant (aubergine or brinjal) and bath is rice. There are many variations of recipes, some add cooked rice to the stir fried eggplant, while some cook is together. I prefer to make it as a one pot meal, adding raw rice to the stir fried eggplants and allowing both to cook together.    Vangi Bath/Eggplant Rice – Maharashtrian Style Making Vangi Rice has…

     
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  • Sabut Moong Dal/ Green Moong Curry

    November 23, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #273 MY FAMILY FAV  RECIPE: SABUT MOONG DAL/ GREEN MOONG CURRY What is Sabut Moong Dal/ Green Moong Curry? In brief, Sabut means whole and Moong is known as Green Grams in English. Clearly, every Indian household world over has its own version of Sabut Moong Dal. In fact, its one of the most popular dals or curries that is enjoyed with some rice, roti or paratha.Surprisingly, Sabut Moong Dal has not been featured on my blog as yet. Interestingly, though I cook it at least once a week, I’ve not jotted the recipe down till now. However, as they say, there is a time and place for everything. Perhaps, this recipe was meant for this week’s FoodieMonday theme. But, I’m not…

     
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  • Gobi Musallam/Whole Roasted Cauliflower Curry

    October 26, 2020mayurisjikoni

     EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #270 CAULIFLOWER STORIES RECIPE: GOBI MUSALLAM What is Gobi Musallam? Gobi Musallam is a vegetarian version of the famous Chicken Musallam from the Mughal Cuisine. Musallam means whole. Just as a whole chicken is cooked, so is Gobi Musallam. Gobi or Gobhi is the Hindi word for Cauliflower. The chicken is stuffed with eggs and cooked dry or with gravy. Gobi Musallam is a totally vegetarian version and therefore no eggs are used. A creamy sauce is added to make it more appealing. Sauces and Marinades for Gobi Musallam After trimming the leaves off, whole cauliflower or gobi is boiled till its about 60% cooked. The rest of the cooking is completed in the oven. Let me warn you this dish cannot…

     
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  • Gujarati Thali & Methi Na Gota

    September 14, 2020mayurisjikoni

    .EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #264 TIME FOR THALI RECIPE: GUJARATI THALI & METHI NA GOTA What is a Thali? Thali in Hindi means plate. It is a round platter on which food is served, commonly in the South Asian and South East Asian Countries. In India thali refers to a variety of food served on one big platter. Usually, thali is served for lunch or dinner. These days with brunch becoming a fad breakfast thalis too are served in many restaurants or eateries. Types of Thali: As a matter of fact there is a huge variety of Thalis available in India. Go to any part of India, any state, any region and you will not miss a thali. A typical thali will contain a flatbread, rice,…

     
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  • 15+ Popular Indian Curries

    July 20, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #255 DESI BASE CURRIES GET TO KNOW YOUR INDIAN CURRY This Week’s Theme on FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group: This week’s theme Desi Base Curries  has been suggested by Preethi who blogs at Preethi’s Cuisine. Preethi suggested that we make a base curry of our choice which is a part of the Indian cuisine.  What is a Curry? 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 flatbreads, the world generally knows it as meat, fish, vegetables, etc, cooked in a sauce…

     
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  • Kabuli Chana Biryani/Chickpea Biryani

    June 22, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #252 CHANA TIME DISH: KABULI CHANA BIRYANI/CHICKPEA BIRYANI How did I decide to use Kabuli Chana? The local ISKCON temple opened up its restaurant for take aways only, after having been closed for 2 months because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Last Saturday, my neighbor placed an order with the temple restaurant for Sunday Lunch and I jumped for joy as I’m really fed up with daily cooking. It was a much required rest from the kitchen for a while at least. For hubby and me he ordered one thali but it was enough for two. After we finished our lunch, a bit of the vegetable biryani and a bit of Chole (Chickpea Curry) was left over. I mixed both and put…

     
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  • Mangalore Cucumber Curry

    March 4, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER M My Choice is Mangalore Cucumber The vegetable vendor who comes to our  Bangalore apartment complex thrice a week does not fail to bring Mangalore Cucumber. I would look at it, pick it up and then put it back. One day decided to buy and try out a dish with it. Asked the vegetable vendor how to use it and he replied curry. Just as well there are so many recipes on the internet and I chose to follow Cherie’s recipe. Also known as Thouthe Kodel, the curry turned out so delicious that I was wondering why I’d not used this fruit as yet. What is Mangalore Cucumber? Known as Mogem in…

     
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  • Aloo Posto/Potato Poppy Seed Curry

    February 28, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: WEST BENGAL CUISINE/BENGALI CUISINE Like many other Indian states, West Bengal cuisine is a popular cuisine all over India. Think of Bengali Cuisine and Rasmalai, Rasgulla comes to ones  mind. Who can resist those sweet succulent juicy paneer balls? However there is so much more to Bengali Cuisine that those two sweet dishes I’ve mentioned. Patiently waited for the Bengali Cuisine to come as I so wanted to make the popular poppy seed curry or posto/poshto as its called in West Bengal. Thus, the recipe Aloo Posto.   First Trip to West Bengal My first visit to this state was years back when hubby and travelled from Nepal to Siliguri and from there to Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Mirik. Memories of our…

     
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  • 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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