• Punjabi Vadiya Da Pulav/ Punjabi Vadiya

    August 5, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: RECIPE SWAP CHALLENGE THEME:RECIPE SWAP 2 Increasingly I find that people are not fulfilling their commitments, whether it be at home, at work, with families, friends , causes, groups, clubs, as citizens. People are becoming less mindful of what is expected from them. What is commitment? Commitment is the willingness to give up your time and energy to something that you believe in, or a promise or as a firm decision to do something. Its happening too often that people nowadays  feel that’s it alright to not carry out the task, duty or promise. There are some unfulfilled commitments that do not necessarily stop your daily routine for example when the iron man or presswala does not deliver pressed clothes on time, but image…

     
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  • Tawa Pulao

    April 30, 2018mayurisjikoni

    I first came across the recipe for tawa pulao on Jolly’s blog. I made it the way she did and the family loved it. Last year when I was in Mumbai, we’d go for a walk on Juhu beach nearly everyday till I managed to trip on a brick buried in the sand and fractured my toe! Hubby doesn’t like to eat from the canteens at Chowpatty but I get so tempted with all the aromas and colors. Once, we stopped by to buy a bottle of water and saw how tawa pulao was made. Its one of the simplest recipes ever if you have leftover rice and some leftover pav bhaji masala. I love how they cook the pav bhaji on those gigantic tawas.…

     
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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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  • 720. Paneer Kundan Kaliya

    October 23, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Exotic Name, Exotic Dish Diwali week is ever so busy in general, but more so for me this year as my maid decided not to come to work and to top it up came down with a bad flu and fever. So I nearly sat out this theme. What am I talking about? Its the FoodieMonday/Bloghop day. The #115th theme – Awadhi Cuisine was decided by Kriti who blogs at Krispy Kadhai.    I was really in no mood or didn’t have the energy to really do any research on that cuisine. However, eat we all must whether sick or not and I had a huge slab of paneer staring at me whenever I opened the fridge. So, do you get those days when with…

     
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  • 710. Bajri and Moong Dal Khichdi

    October 2, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Super Healthy    Navratri and Dussera are over, all the feasting is over..for now. After all the rich snacks and desserts, Saturday meal was a simple khichdi made using bajri (bajra, pearl millet) and moong dal.        The 112th theme for FoodieMonday/Bloghop suggested by Amrita who blogs at The Food Samaritan, was #1Tsp Oil. This theme couldn’t have come at a better time. Saturday meal was definitely light on the stomach and yet full of nutrition. Thanks Amrita for encouraging us to cook with little or no oil.     On my ‘to do list’ was this bajra khichdi ever since Sapana of Cooking with Sapana posted the recipe for the protein rich dishes theme. Sapana thank you so much, the khichdi turned out really delicious.  …

     
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