• Beetroot Energy Balls

    February 5, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Healthy Red    Mondays comes just too fast.Imagine we’re already into the second month of the year. In just a month, the other Presidential Election candidate, who lost the second round of election that took place in Nov, was ‘sworn’ in as the ‘People’s President’. In their battle to win the powerful chair, the country is still battling with basic needs. High Food Prices, clean drinking water, better roads, proper sanitation, a cleaner environment to name a few issue needs urgent attention. So many issues to tackle. Mombasa has trash dumped all on roadsides and the hills are going taller by the day. I wish the politicians would for once with dedication just get on with what their tasks are instead of wasting time and useful…

     
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  • 723. Koat Pitha

    October 31, 2017mayurisjikoni

     Land of the Dawn Lit Mountains    As I had mentioned last month, The Shh Cooking Secretly group started by Priya Suresh of Priya’s Versatile Recipes is traveling round India state by state. Not physical travel, but cuisine wise. For the month of October participating members had to come up with dishes that are popular in Arunachal Pradesh with the given secret ingredients. This state wise cooking is opening up a whole new world of cuisine for me. I’m learning new names of dishes, new ingredients and different cooking methods. Food in Arunachal Pradesh in general does not have much oil unless its a fried dish and they depend largely on ingredients grown or available locally. People of Arunachal Pradesh love their meat and bamboo…

     
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  • 677. Cabbage and Spinach Muthia (muthiya)

    July 31, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Steamed and Healthy     Last weekend was my second visit to Niagara Falls and I thought I will not be as impressed with this natural wonder as I was the first time. However, I was so wrong. It was as though I was watching the mighty falls for the first time. I guess that the feeling of awe will never cease no matter how many times I may get an opportunity to visit the Niagara Falls. Its one of my favourite places on this Earth.     We took my dad who is visiting Canada for the first time, to Niagara Falls. We booked him into a falls view room and boy was it spectacular. My niece from Atlanta paid us a surprise visit(my son…

     
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  • 664. Fusion Veggie Taquitos

    June 29, 2017mayurisjikoni

    A Fusion Recipe Its the end of the month and that means its time to post a Shhh Cooking Secretly Group recipe. What is this group about? The initiator of the group is Priya Suresh a blogger at Priya’s Versatile Recipes. Every month members are paired up and then they give each other two secret ingredients based on the theme. We prepare the dish and post just the photo so other members can guess the secret ingredients. At the end of the month we post  our recipes and the secret ingredients each got are out! This month my partner was a new comer to the group, but I’ve known her for a while. She’s a young blogger with recipes on her blog that are little different…

     
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  • 653.Mangonada/ Chamango Slush

    June 10, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Superlicious  Theme: Explore Latin American Cuisine BM #77 Week 2 Day 1 Its my first time to join the Blogging Marathon. I’ve known about this group for quite a while as I follow most of the members. However, all this time I did not join the group as I found that perhaps blogging 6 new recipes in a month on specific days is a big challenge. However, I’ve just taken the plunge and am going to try out the waters. So what is this group all about? Well, it was started by Srivalli who blogs at Cooking for all Seasons and at Spice your life. Members blog for any 2 weeks but for 3 consecutive days on chosen themes. For my first theme I chose…

     
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  • 650. Potato Stuffed Chilli Bhajias

    May 30, 2017mayurisjikoni

    What is Scoville Heat Unit or Index?    Time is flying! It’s already nearly the end of the month.End of the month usually means a recipe for the Shhh Cooking Secretly group.This group was started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes. I, along with Amrita of The Food Samaritan help Priya to run it. Ever since I joined the group in 2014, I’ve enjoyed being a part of it. Lots of changes have taken place, some old members have left, new ones have joined. Back then partners gave each other any two random ingredients, my first one being barley and broccoli. Nowadays we give partners two ingredients according to the decided theme. This month the theme was #stuffed.Though we know all participants will have stuffed…

     
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  • Turmeric Aniseed Rusks

    May 29, 2017mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #94 SNACKS What is a snack? A snack is any sort of small amount of food eaten in between meals. It can be fruits, veggies sticks, to fried bhajias, baked goodies or even sandwiches. It all depends on individual tastes and requirements. When we were growing up, my mum would give us a glass of milk and leftover rotis with chevdo. We would put the chevdo in the middle of the roti, roll it up and it was the yummiest snack ever. In our house, bateta vada, bhajias, kachoris, samosas were mostly served at dinner time with parathas and vegetable curries. Once a week we would walk with my mum to the Westlands shopping area.It was a day when we would go…

     
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  • 645. Tzatziki

    May 15, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Where is my dahi?     Dahi is the hindi/gujarati word for yogurt. When my kids were growing up, yogurt was a part of their meal every single day. Plain yogurt or made into lassi but mostly good old plain home made yogurt . Dollops of the thick creamy goodness was eaten with dals, rice, khichdi and vegetable curry.If anything was slightly chilli for the kids a dollop of yogurt took care of it. While the boys were not too fussed about yogurt or lassi, my daughter on the other hand would throw a tantrum if she didn’t have her bowl of yogurt for lunch.She’d cry out “where is my dahi?” if we didn’t serve it with her lunch.    As you may have guessed…

     
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  • 644.Mother’s Day

    May 13, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Happy Mother’s Day A few weeks back, I was thinking of my mum and obviously missing her tonnes. I wanted the approaching Mother’s Day to be less painful. Now don’t get me wrong my kids (from 3 now I have 5 🙂 ) all shower me with lots of love. I thought why not get some of my blogger friends to celebrate this day with me. Its amazing how much closer we all have become and most of us poured our hearts out and each ones recipe is somehow, somewhere connected to their mothers. I approached 25 and 19 responded with enthusiasm and sent heartfelt messages. So here’s what each of them shared for Mother’s Day.  Mayuri Patel: My mum loved her Gujarati snacks like handvo,…

     
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  • 643.Mum’s Matar Kachori (Gujarati Peas Kachori)

    May 12, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Mum’s love is never ending People say that time heals the wound, the pain. But it really doesn’t. One is never too old to need a mum. We all go on with our lives but not a single day goes by when I don’t remember my mum. Missed you tonnes when my children got married, miss you when its Mother’s Day, miss you when its your birthday, I don’t have the heart to call dad when its your wedding anniversary, miss you when I need some advise, basically miss you every moment. Remember how so proudly you’d bought a whole dinner set for me when I’d moved to my new home. Still use it everyday. I use and treasure your orange scarf that you had…

     
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