• Yellow Thai Curry with Vegetables

    May 13, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #195 THIRD LETTER MAGIC My first taste of an absolutely tasty red Thai curry was in Bali when I visited it for the first time in 2017. The curry was served in a coconut shell.  As I had complained that I was not able to taste a veggie version of the Thai cuisine, my hubby’s best friend and his wife who live in Bangkok  made sure that I would not leave Thailand without tasting some good Thai curries. Just the night before we were to leave Bangkok, they treated us to a vegan restaurant called Veganerie at the Silom Complex. While they didn’t want to eat Thai food, hubby and I ordered Thai curries. I ordered green Thai curry with aubergine and…

     
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  • Moong Dal Shorba/Moong Dal Soup

    May 9, 2019mayurisjikoni

    The word Shorba originates from the word chorba, sorpa, shurpa. This soup is widely enjoyed in the Middle Eastern Countries, some parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. It is believed that the soup originates from Persia. Hot salted water with added meats, vegetables made this a versatile dish that even travelers could make. No wonder popularity of this healthy and easy to make dish spread far and wide. India was introduced to Shorba during the Mughal Era. Vegetarians then came up with their version of shorba. My favorite  is a tomato shorba anytime, which I tend to make so often. When I made some Qubani Naan, I wanted to pair it with a curry. However, hubby insisted that I make a soup and before I…

     
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  • Ginger Ale Punch

    May 7, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: A- Z CHALLENGE THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER G What is the A- Z Challenge? Well, we’re a Facebook group and every alternate month the participants make a dish with the  relevant letter. The group was started in May 2018 by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. For the month of May (it’s already a year since the group began, time flies!) we have to post a recipe using an ingredient that begins with G. G is not a difficult letter as such as there are many food items that begin with G. I normally don’t drink fizzy drinks but when its real hot, ginger ale is what I love sipping on. With the scorching sun bearing down on us, the family was…

     
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  • Summer Salad

    May 6, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOPTHEME: #194 SUMMER FRUIT FEST This week’s theme was suggested by Swaty who blogs at Food – Trails. Swaty’s blog is full of fun recipes from appetizers to desserts. I love her photography. Check out her blog for some exciting delicious recipes. When Swaty suggested using summer fruits to create a recipe, I was happy as I was in the right place to enjoy really colorful summer fruits – Thailand. You’ll find many fruit vendors on the streets selling cut ripe mangoes, cut raw mangoes, water melons, dragon fruits, other melons, pineapples, peeled pomelo, durian, rambutan, rose apple slices, papaya, guava, coconut and longan. A really colorful smoothie bowl would have been the ideal recipe for this theme, but I couldn’t make the smoothie as…

     
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  • Memorable Journey – Patong

    May 2, 2019mayurisjikoni

    11th April 2019 As sad as I felt leaving family behind, hubby and I were looking forward to our next destination. With mixed feeling we moved forward. Originally we were booked to fly out to Chiang Mai, the land of misty mountains in north Thailand.  However plans changed as the pollution level in the area had reached a critical high. The AQI (air quality index) reached 230 at one point, which indicates very unhealthy air quality. It is believed that natural forest fires, intentionally set forest fires and crop burning attribute to this smog every year around Feb, March and April. We were not planning to stay on in Phuket so didn’t really look into making any plans in that area. It was back to…

     
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  • Rajgira Thalipeeth

    April 1, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: DESI BLOGGERS CONNECT THEME: FARALATDESIBLOGGERSCONNECT Growing up I had known only one Navratri the one that falls around the months of September/October. Its when we put on our chaniya chilis or saris and spent hours dancing, usually the garba and dandiya. It was when I entered the blogging world that I learnt that there are four different Navratris observed and celebrated in India. What is Navaratri? Nav means nine and ratri means nights. Nine nights are are celebrated in the name of Goddess Durga. During these 9 nines and 10 days many devotees of Durga Ma observe fasting. During the fasts some consume only one meal of fruits and milk only, some have no salt, some observe the fast by not consuming grains, beans…

     
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  • Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

    April 1, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOPTHEME:#189 GAJAR KA JALWA Once again in a few days I’ll be on the move. So the routine has begun, packing my suitcase (I hate packing!), time to wind up the kitchen, close the house. Last minute tension, as I’ll be attending two weddings and have to make sure have all the wedding saris, jewelry etc. Always get the feeling, ‘am I forgetting something?’ However, I calm down for a few hours as I remember what my kaka (chacha, uncle) always use to say when we’d travel by flight alone to get back to boarding school. He’d say as long as you have your passport, ticket and some money, you’re fine. Traveling often, does that make me an expert at packing my suitcase? Not at…

     
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  • Mizo Bai – Vegetarian

    March 31, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY THEME: MIZO CUISINE The Seven Sister States have been a challenge where the cuisine is concerned. All these states depend on locally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs. So far we cooked from the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and now its Mizoram. Still got two more to go Nagaland and Tripura. The states we have covered so far tend to use quite a bit of meat for their everyday meals. Mizoram is no exception. Mizo Vawksa made from pork, Misa Mach Poora, made from shrimps, Paanch Phoron Torkari is a veg and non veg dish, Bai a dish whereby pork and veggies are mixed, Swahchiar a rice dish cooked with meat, fish or chicken. Koat pitha is popular in…

     
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  • Buckwheat Idli

    March 25, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME:#188 IDLY MEDLEY What is Idli? Idli or Idly is a popular South Indian savory steamed cake which is usually made from rice and black lentils(urad dal). The batter is allowed to ferment overnight without yeast or other raising agents. Next day its steamed in a idli stand or in small bowls. Its a popular breakfast dish and is served with usually with a coconut chutney and sambhar. Sambhar is a lentil stew or dal, with some vegetables and spices added to it. The idli is soaked in the sambhar, topped with chutney and enjoyed. There are a variety of  instant  Idlis which requires no fermenting and can be made within 30-40 minutes. The most common one is made using semolina but these days…

     
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  • Pav Bhaji Dip with Nachos

    March 18, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME:#187 DESI TWIST When this interesting theme was announced by Kalyani who blogs at Sizzling Tastebuds, I was a little confused. Do we cook a western dish with some desi twist to it or cook a desi (Indian) dish and give it a western twist. Fortunately she explained what she wanted us to do, give the Indian dish a western twist. Confused still?? I’m still frowning and thinking. However the recipe below will explain how I understood the theme. Coming to Kalyani’s blog, its worth a visit as she has many healthy and vegan recipes. Find some interesting egg free bakes too. When I had to decide what to make, my choice was limited to the ingredients present in my kitchen as soon I’ll…

     
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