• Dhana Jiru/Coriander Cumin Spice Powder

    April 13, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #242 MASALA DABBA What is a Masala Dabba? Masala is the word that refers to spice in the Indian Subcontinent and dabba is a tin. Every Indian household wherever they may live, be it in India, US, UK, Australia, Europe, Africa, etc will have a tin where spices that are used regularly are kept. Just spooning them out from the masala dabba or tin is so much easier than opening and closing individual spice jars or bottles. What my Masala Dabba contains Depending on which part of India you come from or which community you belong to, the spices in the dabba will vary. For example my sister in law is married to a Kashmiri Brahmin so her masala  tin has Kashmiri…

     
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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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  • Bhinda Nu Shaak /Stir Fried Okra

    August 6, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is Bhinda? Bhinda is the Gujarati name for lady fingers, okra, or as more popularly known as bhindi in Hindi, Bendekayi in Kannada, Dhenras in Bengali, Vendai in Tamil. Popularly used in the Caribbean to make gumbo, its prepared in different ways in India. Bhinda or Okra is a very popular vegetable in India and surprisingly a favorite with many kids too. Open a number of tiffin or lunch boxes and you’re bound to find bhinda or okra with some roti. The origin of okra or bhinda is disputed as some claim it to be from West Africa, some say Ethiopia and others believe its from South Asia. The name Okra originates from a West African language. Did you know that Bhinda or Okra…

     
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