• 20. pav bhaji

    February 2, 2012mayurisjikoni

    a humble but nutritious meal Pav bhaji is a very popular street food of India. In marathi pav means bread and bhaji means a potato based curry. Pav bhaji was a quick but light meal eaten by most mill workers in Mumbai. Most people visiting India do not leave the shores without having tasted pav bhaji. The street version, is usually full of potatoes, dried peas, tomatoes and onions, served with a generous helping of butter, raw onions, fresh coriander and a wedge of lemon. The bread is overly buttered, but that’s what makes it so tasty. My first taste of this dish was when I was studying in Mt. Abu. On a very cold evening, the smell of butter and  fried onions was very…

     
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  • 17. Plum Salsa salad

    January 26, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Salsa or salad, you decide!    Plums, the dark red Santa Rosa variety are once again in season in Kenya. Compared to the ones I have eaten in UK, these plums are very juicy and sweet and a bit tart at the same time. The skin also tastes a bit tart. One of my favourite fruits but unfortunately the season is very short, just about 3 to 4 weeks. Plums are rich in vitamin C and K, fiber and antioxidants. Dried plums are called prunes.While the season lasts, I have been busy trying out various recipes using plums. A quick and very easy recipe is plum salsa salad. Have it as a salad or as a salsa with tortilla chips. The sweetness from the plums,…

     
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  • Lettuce Cups/ Lettuce Wraps

    January 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #49 RECIPE: LETTUCE CUPS/ LETTUCE WRAPS What are Lettuce Cups/ Lettuce Wraps? Fresh, crunchy, sweet, just enough saltiness, tangy, a wee bit chilli, aromatic. Wondering if I am practising my adjectives? Well, you would too if you had these delicious lettuce cups/ lettuce wraps. Lettuce Cups/ Lettuce Wraps is a great recipe when entertaining. Guests can build up their own lettuce cups or wraps with different fillings. Basically, lettuce leaves are served topped with a dry filling and served with sauces. The lettuce cups or wraps make a healthier option to sandwiches with bread. However, initially they were served as a starter or appetizer mostly at Chinese Restaurants. These days lettuce cups or wraps have taken on different avatars. One…

     
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  • Vaghareli Rotli

    January 4, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Remembering my Mum My mum was a very good cook where traditional Gujarati dishes were concerned. Actually, can’t remember her ever wanting to try out the new western dishes like pizza, tacos, burgers etc. Instead, she left that to my kaki (aunt) and me to try out during the weekends. One of my mum’s dishes loved by all was vaghareli rotli. Best ever comfort food for my siblings and cousins. All of us have tried to make it like mum’s but there is still something missing. I think its simply the love that she added. This simple dish is a popular meal in our household. Some of Mum’s Recipes that I love: Going to watch movies at the Drive In meant that handvo would be…

     
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