• 51. wholewheat buns

    May 16, 2012mayurisjikoni

    amazing aroma    I love baking bread. There is nothing more welcoming and comforting than the smell of freshly baked bread. I remember passing Oven Door in Westlands and could smell baked bread for miles. Well not miles but I would always want to pass by it to get the aroma of bread baking. We must have even pestered our mum to buy the fresh loaves for us. Though I find kneading the dough quite a task, I love the end result. I think I should buy a food processor to make kneading easy. I have baked so many buns, so often for the devotees of Hare Krsna when my in laws were in Mombasa. Soup and hot buns is an unbeatable combination. updated: 12/05/2016…

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  • 46. corn curry or shaak

    May 14, 2012mayurisjikoni

    tender yellow pearls Rains mean fresh corn. Yellow or white they are both very tender, milky and taste very nice during the rainy season. Roasted, boiled or in a curry form. Call it anything you like, corn, maize, sweetcorn, makai, bhuta. Corn is rich in carbohydrates,dietary fibres, thiamin and folates. Low in sodium and saturated fat.I love this shaak or curry or vegetable. Its a ‘keep your guests busy’ curry. Use any corn you prefer, white or yellow. The gravy is thickened by the coarse peanut powder. I love adding coconut milk or coconut cream as opposed to fresh cream.     CORN CURRY OR SHAAK 3 to 4 servings 2 cobs of sweet corn 2 tsps salt 3 cups water 1½ cups finely chopped onions…

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  • 44. apple carrot salad

    May 12, 2012mayurisjikoni

    crunch, crunch, crunch   If my dedicated followers have been thinking why I have not posted any new salad recipes then its just because some of the ingredients are really difficult to get in Mombasa. The rains in Kenya have destroyed a lot of crops. The carrots available at the moment are really fresh, crunchy and sweet. Usually, carrot salad is pretty boring with just a few raisins added to it along with some sort of dressing. Carrot salad doesn’t have to be boring any more. This recipe promises to be crunchy, tangy and delectable. updated :03/04/2016  Updated the photos. Love my iphone 🙂         APPLE CARROT SALAD For 2 2 medium carrots peeled and grated or sliced 1 apple whichever you…

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  • Banana Cinnamon Frozen Yogurt

    May 11, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #22 For this event, Foodies_Redoing Old Posts my 22nd recipe is an easy cold treat, Banana Cinnamon Frozen Yogurt. Hot Weather in Mombasa Generally Mombasa is a hot and humid coastal city. I cannot remember when I last must have worn a sweater here. However, there are some months that are much hotter than others. The sweltering heat begins from November till April when the rainy season begins. Till then its a sweating, lethargic and uncomfortable period. Going out, exercising, cooking all become a task. I generally try to postpone shopping till the list becomes a bit longer. Time For Frozen or Cool Treats One just cannot help yearning for some ice cream during the hot season. Having said that,…

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  • stuffed bhindi or bharela bhinda

    May 8, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Updated on 13/10/2018 Ladyfingers,okra or bhindi is a very popular vegetable in India. Its cooked dry, used in sambhars, made with tomatoes or with a  gravy, depending on the type of cuisine. Gujaratis normally cook it dry. The Japanese use okra to make tempura. In Malaysia its stuffed with fish paste and in other parts of the world, the slime helps to thicken a soup.  It is a slimy vegetable, which is reduced when cooked dry. Most kids  love bhindi.  Nikil my son loves stuffed bhindi. Whenever we visit hubby’s aunt (foi), she always gives me some vegetable that has been either grown at home or at their office yard. Right from brinjals, doodhi to spinach. This time round she gave me these fresh young…

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  • stuffed brinjals or bharelu shaak

    May 8, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Most people hear the name aubergine, brinjal or eggplant and make a face. That includes my lovely daughter Nami. Try this recipe out and brinjals will not taste the same.With the limited number of vegetables available at present in Mombasa, I constantly have to figure out a way to repeat the vegetables but try and them in different ways. Both my mum and Nunu made stuffed brinjals or eggplants  only when we had guests over for lunch or dinner. However, I make them often as I can especially when I get the small variety. The small ones cook pretty fast and at the same time hold their shape pretty well compared to the slightly long ones we soemtimes get in the market. However, I use…

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  • Stir Fried Cauliflower and Potato/ Phool Kobi ane Bateta nu Shaak

    May 1, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is Cauliflower? Did you know that the name cauliflower originates from the Italian name cavolfiore which means cabbage flower? Belonging to the species Brassica Oleracea, only the head or what is sometimes referred to as the curd (as it looks similar to curd cheese) is eaten. By the way, did you know that cauliflower belongs to the same group as cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, collard green and the group is sometimes referred to as ‘cole’ crops. Believed to originate from Cyprus, cauliflower is an autumn/winter crop. Coloured Cauliflower Growing up, the only colour of cauliflower I’d seen was white. Sometimes, the stem would be a bit purplish but that I learnt was due to over exposure to the sun when the cauliflower is…

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  • 11. Tal sankari

    January 15, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan as its called in Gujarat is the only festival which follows the solar calendar and falls every year on 14th January. This festival is celebrated by many states of India for different reasons. Its the beginning of the harvest season, its the end of the inauspicious phase which begins during mid December, its the end of the southeast monsoons. Mainly everyone celebrates this day because it marks the beginning of the transition of the Sun God from the southern  to the northern hemisphere. Many states fly thousands of colourful kites on this day as an oblation to the Sun. During Uttarayan different states make different sweets. In Gujarat the most popular is tal sankari or tal laddus.…

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  • 7. spicy cucumber and carrot salad

    January 11, 2012mayurisjikoni

    five vegetables a day     Ten servings of fruits and vegetables a day is what is recommended as a part of an ideal meal plan. That gets one thinking that if I am suppose to eat all those veggies and fruits then when do I eat the rest? The rest I mean the yummy stuff like breads, rice, cakes, muffins etc. Its pretty simple, have a salad everyday and it will take care of your 5-6 servings of vegetables and fruits. Today this salad recipe does take care of at least five. My blog will feature a lot of salad recipes because that’s a part of our meal everyday. I have included coriander leaves as a vegetable as one should not underestimate its health…

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  • shrikhand

    January 9, 2012mayurisjikoni

    It seems Neel is missing home cooked food as he has been requesting me time and again to give him the exact recipe for shrikhand. Exact recipe, how is that possible?  I learnt how to make shrikhand from Nunu my mother in law but I never bothered to ask her for the exact measurements. However, I just learnt how to make it as it was a very popular dish in our family. It is Nunu­­­’s favourite and the kids too love it. Well Neel, since I have started writing the blog, my jikoni is not just for cooking but also a place where I am measuring every ingredient I use for the recipes. Over the weekend, I  made the shrikhand and measured all the ingredients…

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