• Tandoori Gobi/ Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower

    November 29, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: FRESH WINTER VEGGIES RECIPE: TANDOORI GOBI/ ROASTED TANDOORI CAULIFLOWER What is Tandoori Gobi? Generally the word Tandoori is used for non vegetarian preparations like tandoori chicken, tandoori mutton, tandoori fish, etc. However, to cater for the vegetarians its common to find tandoori paneer, tandoori mushroom, tandoori gobi, etc on a menu. Tandoor is a clay oven. First the main ingredient be it vegetarian or non vegetarian is marinated in yogurt along with spices. Usually people have their specific recipe for tandoori spice mixture. The marinated food is then roasted or grilled in a tandoor. At home its not possible to have a tandoor, therefore an oven is used or its roasted in a pan. Winter Vegetables What type of vegetables…

     
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  • Kesar Rasgulla

    November 1, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: DIWALI SWEETS AND SAVOURIES RECIPE: KESAR RASGULLA What is Kesar Rasgulla? Kesar Rasgulla is a saffron flavored traditional sweet dish that is famous in the Indian Subcontinent. Kesar means saffron in Hindi. And Rasgulla is a sweet dumpling made from cottage cheese, paneer or chenna. The balls are rolled and then allowed o cook in a sugar syrup. The sugar syrup is usually flavored with cardamom and sometimes other ingredients like rose essence, rose petals, saffron, mint, chilli, etc are added. This adds a different flavour to the rasgulla. As a matter of fact, one is rasgulla and plural is rasgullas. Translated into simple language ras is juice and gulla is a ball. So actually rasgulla means a juicy ball.…

     
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  • Traditional Mexican Mollete

    September 30, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: MEXICAN FOOD RECIPE: MEXICAN MOLLETE What is Mexican Mollete? Before we go into any other details let’s get the explanation of what is a Mexican Mollete out of the way. Basically, we all know that Mexico was colonized by the Spanish. So technically the word Mollete is Spanish word for a type of bread. However, in the Mexican Cuisine its an open faced sandwich. As we all know that the Spanish do not pronounce ‘LL’ as we do in ball. Double LL becomes Y. Therefore Mollete is pronounced as Mo – ya -te. Traditional Mexican Cuisine Authentic Mexican Cuisine followed by the Mayan Indians was healthy and nutritious as they believed in living off the land. Using naturally found ingredients…

     
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  • Vegetarian Bao Buns & Sweet and Sour Sauce

    July 30, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: STEAMED FOOD VEGETARIAN BAO BUNS  What are Bao Buns? The first time I saw the Bao Buns was at the lounge of the Taiwan International Airport. Hubby and I were in transit and it was lunch time. A huge buffet was spread out and bao buns were among them. However, all the fillings were non veg. I took one plain one to taste and liked it. These steamed treats are super healthy and the best part is that one can use any filling. Traditionally a Chinese dish, the popular filling is pork belly. I searched several recipes to find what would work for me. Finally, I decided to use mushrooms as my main filling. A bit about the group: Members…

     
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  • Rainbow Salad Bowl

    June 30, 2020mayurisjikoni

     EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: SUMMER SALAD RAINBOW SALAD BOWL A bit about the group: Members of this group give their partners two secret ingredients according to the theme decided and prepare a dish. Once the dish is ready we add the photo only and other members try and guess the secret ingredients. Towards the end of the month the secret is revealed when we share the recipe link. This month’s theme SUMMER SALAD was suggested by Kalyani. Kalyani’s blog has a variety of recipes right from South Indian Dishes to other world cuisines. My Partners For this theme I had two partners,  Seema who blogs at Mildly Indian and Shobha who blogs at Shobha’s Food Mazaa. Seema’s blog is full of recipes tried out…

     
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  • Sorekai Majjige Huli/ Bottle Gourd in Coconut Yogurt Curry

    May 31, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: UDUPI CUISINE My dish for the theme: SOREKAI MAJJIGE HULI/BOTTLE GOURD IN COCONUT YOGURT CURRY A bit about the group: Members of this group give their partners two secret ingredients according to the theme decided and prepare a dish. Once the dish is ready we add the photo only and other members try and guess the secret ingredients. Towards the end of the month the secret is revealed when we share the recipe link. This month’s theme UDUPI CUISINE was suggested by Jayashree who blogs at Evergreen Dishes. Visit her blog some awesome South Indian Dishes like Drumstick Rasam. Making Instant Neer Dosa is on my list. My partner for this theme was Shobha who blogs at Shobha’s Food Mazaa.…

     
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  • Ragi and Oat Pancakes

    April 30, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: MILLETS RAGI AND OAT PANCAKES A bit about the group: Members of this group give their partners two secret ingredients according to the theme decided and prepare a dish. Once the dish is ready we add the photo only and other members try and guess the secret ingredients. Towards the end of the month the secret is revealed when we share the recipe link. This month’s theme MILLETS was suggested by Aruna. Check the delicious Ragi Peanut Ladoo she has made using finger millet.   My Partner For this theme my partner is Swaty who blogs at Food Trails. Swaty gave me ragi and oats as my secret ingredients while I gave her jaggery and ghee as we both wanted…

     
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  • Sprouted Moth and Spinach Pudla

    March 28, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: PANCAKES What are Pancakes? Pancakes are flat, often thin or slightly thick cakes made in a frying pan or griddle using a a batter. Can be either sweet or savory. Traditionally, the batter is made with flour, egg, butter and milk. However, these days there are so many variations of pancakes. Though the description has the word cake, in reality pancakes are one of the oldest forms of bread known to mankind. Each country has its own kind of pancake. For some the batter may be more or less the same with a few changes or in some countries the ingredients may be totally different from the more famous American pancakes we know. Take for example Indonesian pancakes which are…

     
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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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  • Pahadi Gahat/ Kulath Ki Dal Phanu/

    February 1, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: UTTARAKHAND/PAHADI CUISINE Where is Uttarakhand? Known as the Land of Gods, Uttarakhand is situated in North India. Uttara is northern and khand is region, therefore the northern region. Separated from Uttar Pradesh in 2000, its an amalgamation of  13 hilly districts of Northern India. In fact, this scenic state is has various outdoor activities, many religious shrines, abundant in wildlife and home to the Valley of Flowers. Uttarakhand is divided into two regions Kumoan and Garhwal. Its neighbors are China (Tibet) in the north, Nepal to the East, Himachal Pradesh to the North West and Uttar Pradesh to the south. Some interesting facts about Uttarakhand The ancient language Sanskrit is its official language Known as DeviBhoomi or Land of Gods…

     
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