• Kala Chana Pulao/Brown Chickpea Pulao

    March 30, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #240 COOKING WITH RICE Rice Storage in Olden Days Long ago, the time of my great grandparents and grandparents, rice was stored in huge earthen pots (that could easily fit a man in it) for the whole year. Back then rice was a seasonal crop and there were no facilities to vacuum pack them or store them in plastic bags. The huge pot would have a hole just about 4-5 inches above the bottom part which would be closed off with a scrunched up cloth. Whenever, rice was required, the cloth was removed only a bit for the rice to pour out. My aunts, at both the paternal and maternal villages would store the rice in a smaller tin or dabba so…

     
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  • Sprouted Moth and Spinach Pudla

    March 28, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: PANCAKES What are Pancakes? Pancakes are flat, often thin or slightly thick cakes made in a frying pan or griddle using a a batter. Can be either sweet or savory. Traditionally, the batter is made with flour, egg, butter and milk. However, these days there are so many variations of pancakes. Though the description has the word cake, in reality pancakes are one of the oldest forms of bread known to mankind. Each country has its own kind of pancake. For some the batter may be more or less the same with a few changes or in some countries the ingredients may be totally different from the more famous American pancakes we know. Take for example Indonesian pancakes which are…

     
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  • Avocado Mint Lassi

    March 23, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #239 COOL LASSI The FoodeiMonday/Bloghop theme lassi was suggested by me and I decided to use Avocado and mint to make a creamy, cooling and filling lassi. The market is flooded with avocados and its best to enjoy them while we can. What is Lassi? Pronounced as lassi (la as in laugh) and not lessi as Lassie the dog famous from the movie Lassie Comes Home. Lassi is a yogurt based drink which can be sweet or with salt. It usually is thick like a smoothie and very filling. This yogurt based drink from the Indian Sub Continent is best enjoyed during the hot summer season. What is the difference between Lassi, Chaas and Buttermilk? Lassi – as I mentioned basic lassi…

     
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  • Celery Greens and Apple Juice

    March 16, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #238 GO GREEN What is the Go Green Theme? Go Green as suggested by Aruna, is not related to the environment but to using green leafy vegetables or herbs to create a dish. Greens can be anything from spinach, kale, collard, mint, coriander, basil, lettuce or salad leaves, etc. I chose to use the leafy celery greens as my main ingredient for this theme. Benefits of Including Celery Leaves In  Your Diet Most people tend to throw away celery leaves which is a shame as they have their own health benefits if consumed. Here are some pointers as to why you should include them in your diet: They are low in calories Low in Carbohydrate High dietary fibre Its a good source…

     
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  • Thandai Makhana Phirni

    March 9, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #237 HOLI ON MY PLATE What is Holi? Like most festivals in India, Holi, the festival of colours too celebrates good over evil like other Indian festivals and also makes the beginning of spring. There are other reasons that Holi is celebrated. To read the traditional story as to why Holi is celebrated, click here. Modern day celebrates are more now as fun festival rather than the religious implication. How did colours become such an intrical part of Holi Celebrations? It is believed that the use of colour was started by Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna and Holi When the mischievous and playful Lord Krishna was young, he was very jealous of  Radha’s very fair complexion as he was very dark. Complaining to…

     
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  • Mangalore Cucumber Curry

    March 4, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER M My Choice is Mangalore Cucumber The vegetable vendor who comes to our  Bangalore apartment complex thrice a week does not fail to bring Mangalore Cucumber. I would look at it, pick it up and then put it back. One day decided to buy and try out a dish with it. Asked the vegetable vendor how to use it and he replied curry. Just as well there are so many recipes on the internet and I chose to follow Cherie’s recipe. Also known as Thouthe Kodel, the curry turned out so delicious that I was wondering why I’d not used this fruit as yet. What is Mangalore Cucumber? Known as Mogem in…

     
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  • Mango Sriracha Hummus

    March 2, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #236 HUMMUS TIME What is Hummus? An integral part of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Cuisine, Hummus is a dip, spread or sauce that traditionally is made from chickpeas, lemon, garlic and tahini. Made into a smooth paste or sauce depending how its going to be used, hummus these days is readily available in the supermarkets. The Main Ingredients are: Boiled Chickpeas, the white variety Garlic Olive oil Tahini Lemon juice seasoning Its that simple to make hummus. So why buy ready made ones which have preservatives and artificial food additives? How to use Hummus?  Spread on sandwiches, wraps, burgers Drizzle as a sauce over meat, chicken, fish, etc. It tastes really good with roasted vegetables and quinoa. Replace butter with hummus…

     
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  • Aloo Posto/Potato Poppy Seed Curry

    February 28, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: WEST BENGAL CUISINE/BENGALI CUISINE Like many other Indian states, West Bengal cuisine is a popular cuisine all over India. Think of Bengali Cuisine and Rasmalai, Rasgulla comes to ones  mind. Who can resist those sweet succulent juicy paneer balls? However there is so much more to Bengali Cuisine that those two sweet dishes I’ve mentioned. Patiently waited for the Bengali Cuisine to come as I so wanted to make the popular poppy seed curry or posto/poshto as its called in West Bengal. Thus, the recipe Aloo Posto.   First Trip to West Bengal My first visit to this state was years back when hubby and travelled from Nepal to Siliguri and from there to Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Mirik. Memories of our…

     
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  • Pancakes

    February 25, 2020mayurisjikoni

    Did you know that today is Pancake Day? Also known as Shrove Tuesday, preceding Ash Wednesday. Its usually celebrated by Christians with pancakes.  Pancakes are flat cakes made from a batter and are usually cooked on the griddle or frying pan. Here’s my collection of Pancakes, pick your choice.   Lahooh /Lahoh – Somali pancake Baghrir – Moroccan Pancakes Hoppers – Sri Lankan Pancakes Dangella – Gujarati Pancakes Apple Aebleskiver Farali Uttapams Chocolate Crepes with Strawberries Vibibi – Swahili Pancake Kabalagala – Ugandan pancakes Koiloreo / Kuilodde/ Koilori – Goan Pancakes Dutch Baby Pancakes Savory Millet Pancakes Buckwheat Savory Pancakes Chickpea Flour Savory Pancakes Oladushki – Russian Pancakes Savory Oat Pancakes Pudla /Chila / Puda – Indian pancakes  

     
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  • Watermelon Rind Salad

    February 24, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #235 BEST FROM WASTE Best from Waste: A much required but hardly ever discussed topic. How can we reduce kitchen waste? Our Grandmothers and Mothers were a frugal lot, hardly ever passing off anything as waste when it comes to kitchen waste. What do we mean by kitchen waste? Its not all the wrappings that come with your food but green waste. Watch any cookery show and you will see chefs peeling away thick layers from a fruit and vegetable and throwing it away, trimming food to make it appear perfect, and in the process wasting food. Have you noticed how a huge chunk is cut off from carrots, cucumbers, beetroots, tomatoes… that’s not called trimming! Trimming means cutting a thin slice…

     
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