• TonDak/ ToNak (cowpeas in coconut curry)

    February 12, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Just too busy Theme: Main Course with Gravy/RiceBM#85 Week 2 Day 3   Its amazing how many caps a woman has to wear. I really thought that once the kids are all grown up, I’ll be free. However, so many daily chores need our attention. Last week I was like up to my head and nearly wanted to stop everything and just sit. When I say everything, it means everything…cooking, housekeeping, blogging, book keeping, social, exercise, you name it… except of course sleep. Would just love to sleep, wake up, eat and go to sleep again. However, we all know that is not possible.    Since I’ve started blogging, never have I had to prepare for 3 events on the same day…yes you read right 3 events!…

     
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  • 667.Bunny Chow

    July 10, 2017mayurisjikoni

    All in One Theme: Oceanic Cuisine BM #78 Week 2 Day 1 I’m into my second participation in the Blogging Marathon and it is definitely helping me to plan better and discover new dishes around the world. For the Oceanic Cuisine which should not be confused with Oceania which is a region consisting of islands in the Pacific Ocean. For the Oceanic Cuisine, a theme selected by Srivalli for the BM, she suggested that we can choose a cuisine of any country that is surrounded by 2 or more oceans or seas. I chose to cook a dish from South Africa. South Africa is surrounded by South Atlantic, Indian Ocean and at the tip by the Southern Ocean. It is a multiethnic country with strong…

     
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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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  • 598. Paneer and Mushroom Enchiladas

    November 14, 2016mayurisjikoni

    DRASTIC CHANGES – America counts votes as India counts notes Early this morning as I sat at the computer to write my post for today I was in a dilemma whether to write about Children’s Day which is being celebrated today in India or about the shock that the PM Narendra Modi gave the whole nation on Tuesday 8th November 2016 at around 9p.m. My blog being also a sort of diary for me about important events and personal happenings, the issue on demonetisation won. As usual I was busy watching my Indian series when I noticed on my mobile that our apartment block group going a bit crazy. Checked the first message and read that from midnight all 500 and 1000 rupees notes will…

     
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  • 567. Badshahi Khichdi

    June 13, 2016mayurisjikoni

    I did it my way! Badshahi Khichdi is a humble khichdi that is turned into a more satisfying and delicious dish that is fit for a king. Not that the simple khichdi is not tasty. Basically this khichdi is made using split pigeon pea (toor, tuvar dal) and rice. The khichdi has some added vegetables mainly potatoes and brinjals(eggplants) and is tempered using onion, garlic, ginger, chillis and spices. However, I made this khichdi my way. I have tried to give it a more ‘royal’ appeal by stuffing the potatoes and brinjals with spices, chickpea flour and peanuts. This khichdi is usually served with spiced up yogurt, but since my preparation already has quite a few spices, I decided to serve it with plain yogurt.…

     
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  • 546.Thandai cookies

    March 16, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Happy Holi In recent years, many of the Gujarati communities in Kenya tend to organize Holi celebration functions, fun and frolic with colours, pichkaris, water filled balloons, delicious food and cool drinks. When I was growing up, I had not even heard of Holi. My first experience was when I went to school in Mt.Abu and got hit by a water filled balloon. It really hurt. Those days the balloons were filled with plain water. Now people fill them with coloured water.  I cannot remember anything special being made at home on Holi or any special celebrations. When I got married and came to Mombasa, no special celebrations were organised by most families and communities. The popularization of Indian Television series world over brought all…

     
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  • 356.Chole Bhatura

    January 23, 2014mayurisjikoni

    After a long time I usually don’t get a chance to make chole bhatura as my hubby dear is allergic to chana. When I invite guests over, the idea of making chole bhatura never appears to my mind. However, during my very short stay in Bangalore with my daughter, I made chole bhatura. I came across the kabuli chana (white grams) in her kitchen drawer and soaked them immediately. I love chole bhatura but not the overly spicy type.  I made the dish after eons. When the kids were at home, I use to make chole bhatura often. I love to have left over bhaturas the next day with a nice cup of masala tea. Yes actually dunking it in the tea….yum. Hope you enjoy…

     
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  • 324. homemade spices

    September 7, 2013mayurisjikoni

    exotic aromas Making home made spices is delightful and in the process we can make them in the proportion that we want. Adding a bit more cinnamon, less cloves, just enough jeera etc. The recipes are just a rough guideline and eventually one develops their own unique masala or spice mixture. I have had several requests for home made spice recipes. So finally I have managed to compile the recipes and its time to share them with you. The trick is to roast the spices over very low heat so that they do not get burnt. Let the spices cool before you grind them. Dhana jiru is used a lot for most gujarati dishes. DHANA JIRU 1 cup dry whole coriander (dhana) ¼ cup jeera…

     
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