• Chinese Smiling Sesame Cookie Balls

    January 20, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #230 CHINESE NEW YEAR Chinese New Year 2020  Gong hei fat choy  is the Greeting for Chinese New Year in Cantonese and Gong xi fa cai (pronounced gong she fa tsai) in Madarin. Basically it means wishing you great happiness and prosperity. This year Chinese New Year, Spring Festival and also known as Lunar New Year falls on 25th January. Like most Indian festivals, Chinese New Year doesn’t fall on the same day every year as it follows the lunar calendar. Did you know that the New Year festival usually lasts 15 days? How is Chinese New Year Celebrated? Its a day for praying to God, for good harvest and planting. People also pray to their ancestors. A vast variety of food…

     
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  • Nuts and Jaggery Brittle

    January 13, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #229 SANKRANTI SPECIALS Happy Makar Sankranti to all my friends, followers and family What is Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Lohri, Maghi, Bihu, Thai Pongal, Suggi Habba, Makara Sankramana all fall more or less on the same day. These are all harvest festivals celebrated according to each one’s tradition and culture. Makar Sankranti, is dedicated to the Sun God Surya. It also marks the end of the winter solstice and beginning of longer daylight. While most communities will celebrate Makar Sankranti according to their tradition and culture, it is largely associated with kite flying and delicious food. Importance of Sesame Seeds and Jaggery during Makar Sankranti Most of Makar Sankranti treats will have sesame seeds and jaggery in them. Usually I make…

     
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  • Crunchy Winter Salad

    January 6, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #228 WINTER DELIGHTS WINTER FOOD Depending in which part of the world you are, winter food can vary according to the climate. A little nip in the air and one can crave for warm salads, hot soups, stews, piping hot daals and rice, hot parathas for breakfast or even comforting drinks. I love countries where one can enjoy food according to the seasons. Mombasa, really doesn’t give us that opportunity as its always hot. While we are enjoying a bit of the cold weather in Bangalore, soups and hot meals dominate our table. However, one really shouldn’t neglect the fact that salads, during winter provides you with the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. SOME WINTER VEGGIES AND FRUITS Cabbage Cauliflower Brussel Sprouts…

     
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  • Christmas Gifts from my Kitchen – Hot Chocolate Spicy Mix

    December 16, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #225 CHRISTMAS TREATS FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME With Christmas approaching, I was hoping that my friends from this group would choose Christmas Gifts from your kitchen as opposed to the second option which was Curry Leaves. Don’t get me wrong, curry leaves too is a good theme but perhaps for a later time. For now wanted to jump onto the Christmas preparation bandwagon. Nowadays, Christmas is a festival celebrated by almost everyone even if they are not Christians. My family in UK tend to celebrate Christmas with the same fervor as Diwali or perhaps even more. You just cannot help but get into the joyous celebration mood because of the decorations, carol singing, festival deals in the shops etc.  CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM MY KITCHEN…

     
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  • Jaggery Banana Bread

    November 12, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER J Why I made Jaggery Banana Bread? Well, I’m a member of the group A-Z Recipe Challenge, a group started by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. What is required of in this group? Nothing too difficult but to cook a dish using an ingredient whose English name begins with the designated letter. This month we’re suppose to choose an ingredient that begins with J. Jalapeño, Jackfruit, Jelly, Jam and Jaggery are some of the few ingredients that I thought of.  I have jalapeño poppers on my list to try out for so long. The urge is now even more urgent as I tasted them during my visit to USA and loved them. …

     
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  • Karela Nu Shaak

    November 11, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #220 GOURDS ARE BEAUTIFUL What is Karela Nu Shaak? Karela nu shaak is simply a side dish or sabji where chopped karela or bitter gourd is stir fried till done. One can cook it with potatoes or cashew nuts. I chose to prepare it with cashew nuts and raisins. After the karela are cooked, jaggery is added to make it into a delicious, lip smacking sweet and bitter shaak, sabji or side dish that is usually enjoyed with hot rotlis or phulkas, any other sabji/shaak and tuvar dal. I’ve used the description of karela nu shaak as delicious and lip smacking. These are the words that hubby uses to describe it. He loves karela or bitter gourd and I’m not a fan…

     
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  • Magas/ Chickpea Flour Fudge

    October 21, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #218 DIWALI DHAMAKA As the theme suggests, FoodieMonday/ Bloghop group is already in the mood to celebrate Diwali. Fellow bloggers or should I say friends, decided to  cook something that we would normally make during Diwali, the festival of lights. This time I decided to make Magas as its called in Gujarati or chickpea flour fudge. What is Diwali? Diwali is the festival of lights, the victory of good over evil. Read more about Diwali here. What does Diwali mean for me? For so many years hubby and I have been alone for Diwali as our family members live in all different parts of the world. However, this year its so different. For one, we’ll be celebrating Diwali with hubby’s mum, my…

     
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  • Almond and Chocolate Halwa

    October 7, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #216 VIJAYADASHAMI TREATS What is Dussehra or Vijayadashami? Its Monday and today’s recipe is a super delicious Almond and Chocolate Halwa. Dussehra or Vijayadashami is a festival celebrating the victory of good over evil, in North and East India. Lord Rama beheaded the ten headed demon King Ravana who had abducted Sita. Sita was Lord Rama’s wife. The word Dasha means ten and Hara means victory. This important Hindu festival coincides with the culmination of the nine days celebration of Navratri. Vijaya means victory and dashami here refers to the tenth day of the lunar calendar. For most of the south, east and north east of India, this festival marks the end of Durga Puja. How is Dussehra or Vijayadashami celebrated? Tomorrow is…

     
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  • Keto Fathead Dough Pizza

    September 30, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #215 PIZZA MANIA What is FoodieMonday/Bloghop? Its a group of blogger friends who get together every Monday to post a recipe on a chosen theme.This group has helped to explore some unknown areas and test some unknown waters too. Its helped to grow as a Food Blogger over the years. This week’s theme Pizza Mania was suggested by Preethi who blogs at Preethi’s Cuisine.I love her raw mango and jeera rasam. Coming to the theme, you’ve got to check out her unique aachari aloo pizza. This week’s theme: For this week Preethi suggested that we make a unique pizza, either use a different kind of pizza base or toppings. While I used my all time favourite toppings, mushrooms and olives, I created…

     
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  • Keto Pumpkin Mousse

    September 16, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #212 LET’S CELEBRATE FALL My first Fall experience It was in the year 2013 when hubby and I made our first trip to Montreal to visit our son. It’s when also we first experienced the fall or autumn season. The colours of fall is truly one of nature’s miracle. When we reached Montreal early Sept the leaves on the trees were still green. By the end of the month the green leaves were changing colors. You get to see hues of yellow, orange, red and purple. Not all trees change colour during fall. Some of the more famous trees that change color are sugar maple(turns first yellow, then orange and finally red), red maple (turns dark red or yellow), bald cypress (turns…

     
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