• 658. Shorbat Adas (Middle Eastern Lentil Soup)

    June 19, 2017mayurisjikoni

      A Healthy Ramadan The holy month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims all over the world.It is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar.Its the month when the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed. During this month the Muslims fast for the whole month from sunrise to sunset. The holy month of Ramadan is much more about purifying the soul, focusing attention on God and about self discipline and sacrifice rather than focusing on food and drink. After sunset the fast is broken by taking a few sips of water and a few dates during Iftar or the evening meal. Suhoor is the meal served before sunrise. This meal is usually hearty and healthy meal to provide one with energy. Keeping in mind my…

     
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  • Keri nu Shaak /Mango Curry

    August 1, 2016mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #51 CURRIES Updated on 23/05/2020 – I’ve only updated the photos and organized the write up. Recipe remains the same. What is Keri nu Shaak? Shaak in Gujarati refers to a curry or any stir fried vegetable. Such a broad spectrum word! Keri is mango so Keri nu Shaak is Mango Curry. Yes mangoes are not just to be eaten on its own, or used for desserts. Mangoes play a big part in the Indian Cuisine, right from starters to desserts.  Keri nu Shaak is pretty easy to make. All you need is a semi ripe or raw mango which is not too fibrous. The mango is cut into big chunks and cooked using water, spices and jaggery. Every family will have…

     
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  • 558.Mum’s Maida na parotha

    May 9, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Happy Mother’s Day It’s Monday (don’t they come fast) and our 39th theme for      #FoodieMonday#Bloghop is #MothersDaySpecial. For this theme we were allowed to make something special for our mums or prepare one of their recipes. I chose to prepare one of my mum’s all time famous and popular dish, her maida parothas. She would make these simple and yet so so so delicious parothas for breakfast. She always prepared hot ones for all of us. It was an absolute treat to have these parothas with masala tea and pickle. When she became too sick to cook, I had on occasions prepared these parothas for her and she enjoyed them.My mum mostly made Gujarati style food. Her secret was to keep it simple,…

     
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  • 406.komaj

    June 24, 2014mayurisjikoni

    A Persian bread I recently joined the group We Knead to Bake. Komaj (#18) was the bread given by the Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen, the initiator of the group. Komaj is a Persian sweet savoury bread from south east Iran where cumin grows in abundance. No wonder this bread has cumin and turmeric as one of its main ingredients. When Aparna posted the recipe for the members to bake, I was initially intrigued by the combination of cumin, turmeric, dates and cardamom. I was wondering how the combination of all four would taste. I baked the bread a few days ago and it was a big challenge. No don’t get me wrong, the bread is pretty easy to make… the challenge was the continuous…

     
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  • Masala Bread

    May 22, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Updated on 05/12/2018 Its been a long time since I baked a bread. A cool rainy weather called out for some soup. Making soup for dinner meant a home baked bread. I dug out my ‘to try list’ and made masala bread. The first time I had made masala bread was when I was attending the baking technique classes in Bangalore. Adding all sorts of masalas to the bread was totally new to me… at that moment I frowned at the idea of adding coriander, onion, garlic, curry leaves, chillis, etc to the bread dough. Wondered how it would taste. After baking it and sampling it, I found it very delicious. The other students were surprised that I’d never tasted a masala bread. Forgot about…

     
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  • Sukhi Bhaji/Farali Bateta Nu Shaak

    September 12, 2012mayurisjikoni

    updated on 02/01/2019 What is Sukhi Bhaji? Sukhi Bhaji or Farali Bateta nu Shaak is a simple vegetable side dish made from potatoes, spices, nuts and sometimes raisins are added. Bhaji is a Marathi word and Shaak a Gujarati word for any vegetable side dish prepared to serve with rotis, parathas or rice. Sukhi means dry. Here potatoes are stir fried and cooked till done. Sukhi bhaji is not only popular during fasting days like Ekadashi or Navratri but can be served any time for lunch or dinner. What is Farali? Farali, farari means any food that is served during fasting days. According to the Hindu custom fasting can be without any food or omitting certain groups of food. It all depends on individuals. For…

     
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  • vaghareli chaas

    September 7, 2012mayurisjikoni

    updated on 31/12/2018 Chaas or lassi is a daily healthy yogurt drink. Besides getting your daily dose of calcium and protein, chaas is very cooling drink and settles your tummy after an extra hot, I mean chilli meal. We have chaas everyday and I don’t consider my meal complete without it. Don’t laugh, but these days I have it with pasta, tacos, basically any meal. Out goes the fizzy damaging soft drinks and in comes the chaas. Haven’t had chaas and pizza yet! Now that I don’t keep any fizzy drinks at home, I sometimes offer it to my guests, but occasionally do get  funny looks too…. what serving chaas instead of soda or packet juices! But then its so normal to serve chaas in…

     
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  • Vatidar Bhajia/Dal Bhajia

    June 17, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Through this post I’d like to wish all the dad’s out there a very Happy Father’s Day. It is true that Father’s Day gets overshadowed by Mother’s Day. However, dads too play an important and vital role in our upbringing. For me my dad has and is always there for me. His advise, his organizational skills, his reasoning ability, his strong family bonding ability and just his love and how his eyes lit up every time I call makes me feel so safe and comfortable. My dad loves any indian farsan or snack, be it samosas, kachoris, bateta vada, arvi pan bhajia etc. In that respect, I am like him as I love these fresh snacks anytime to chevdo, gathia etc. His all time favourite…

     
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  • Vaghareli Bread/Spicy Bread Snack

    May 21, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIE’S REDOING OLD POSTS Old posts just get lost in the wide wide wide web unless they are very popular. Renu who blog’s at Cook with Renu has started a Facebook Group called Foodies Redoing Old Posts where every two weeks we can redo our old posts and share it on the group. What’s the advantage of doing this? Well, it gives us the opportunity to improve the write up, update photos and get comments. I’ve got so many old posts that need updating especially where the photos are concerned. This group with definitely give me the ‘push’ to prepare the dishes again for better photos. Bread can be toasted, buttered, fried, made into so many things…. sandwiches, breadcrumbs, croutons etc. When my brother…

     
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  • 39. mango panna

    May 9, 2012mayurisjikoni

    mangoes and hot season    Mango panna, aam panna or raw mango juice is a cool, refreshing drink made during the summer in India. It prevents heat exhaustion as its loaded with sugar and is rich in pectin, Vitamin B and C. Most aam panna recipes will recommend boiling the mangoes with the peel but nowadays we just can’t be sure what chemicals may be present on it. I prefer peeling the mango before boiling it and I like using the half raw mangoes so that I don’t have to load it with sugar to make it palatable. In India I use the semi ripe alfonso mangoes and in Kenya it has to be the apple mango. If these are not in season as yet,…

     
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