• Chinese Bhel

    October 29, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #168 CHAAT PARTY FOR DIWALI With Diwali, the Festival of Lights, comes not only the poojas and visits to the temples but also party time. Years ago our Diwali was marked with what we back then called ‘jaman’ meaning a meal. Diwali jaman was always at our place and it would be the traditional Gujarati fare with Gur na ladwa, 1 green vegetable, 1 sabji with a gravy and potato sabji, with two farsans like kachori, samosa, arvi na paan or dhokra. And not forgetting the dal, rice, pickles, papad, salad. Though that was a lot of hard work trying to feed around 20 -25 people, we all would look forward to this auspicious day. Nowadays gone are the traditional jamans at…

     
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  • 692. Palak Pakodi Chaat

    September 12, 2017mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017 #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES DAY:10 When one talks about a vegetarian protein rich diet, they think that our meals maybe very boring with just dals, sabjis and rice or rotis. For this Mega Blogging Marathon, I’ve tried to showcase basic protein rich ingredients that can be made into some exciting, delicious, tasty meals. When one talks about tasty meals or dish, the first thing that I can think of is chaats. Yes Chaats. So, what are chaats? They are basically a mixture of basic ingredients made into a lip smacking, tasty dish with a melange of all tastes…sweet, sour, salty, chili and not so bitter. Right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, ( no please don’t start singing the…

     
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  • 591. Idli chaat

    October 3, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Chaotic life Have you noticed how life in India can be so chaotic. Forget about getting problems sorted out in an orderly and calm fashion. Everyone thinks that the more you shout, the louder you are the problem will vanish. Shouting, loud accusations and chaos does not bring about solutions. However, after a bout of all this ‘hangama’ life carries on till we experience the next round of shouting which gets louder by the second and then suddenly peace and quiet rules. Has the problem been solved? Not at all but for many spectators it is entertainment. But isn’t the chaotic life that attracts so many to India again and again? I am grateful that I’m right now sitting in my apartment where the surroundings…

     
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  • 588. Amiri Khaman/Gujarati Sev Khaman

    September 19, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Angels are often disguised as daughters The week just goes by so quickly. Every day I wake up and say to myself,  2more months, few more weeks before the wedding and so much to do. Yesterday when we were discussing with my future son-in-law and his mum what happens after the wedding ceremony, so it was like bidaai (farewell to the bride) will happen and we take Nami (my daughter) with us. I wanted to burst into tears at the moment, as reality is fast approaching that she will belong to some other family. I had to be really strong and keep a smiling face, but am sure that if hubby dear would have been with me I surely would have burst out crying. As…

     
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  • 504. Mexican Bhel

    May 15, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Floods everywhere These days the news is mostly on the floods in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya and how people are getting to work and back home. Traffic delays, flooded main roads, water in homes, power station shut down because it gets flooded, resulting in some areas going without power for hours or even days. Everyone is busy blaming the County. While that is true that the county did not prepare for the rains by cleaning out the drainage, its our fault too. Rubbish which includes plastic bags, plastic bottles, paper, cigarette boxes, food packages etc are all thrown mindlessly on the roads and the roadside. So many times I have seen hawkers leaving dirty and used plastic bags on the roadside, people having…

     
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  • 495. healthy bhel

    April 14, 2015mayurisjikoni

       Easy communication WhatsApp has improved communication tremendously. You just need to be connected to an internet or wifi and voila… you’re good to go. Its become easier to communicate with friends and family who are far from us or when we are travelling. So the typical messages sent are  ‘leaving for the airport’, ‘reached the airport’, ‘done with security and immigration’, ‘having coffee’, ‘boarding plane’, ‘boarded’. Then for a while its peace and quiet. As soon as one lands, the first task is to find out if there is free wifi at the airport. If there is messaging begins again. ‘Lovely airport’, ‘immigration line very long’, ‘waiting for baggage’, ‘reached our destination’, etc etc. While for most of this is really good because we…

     
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  • 460. dahi papdi chaat

    December 10, 2014mayurisjikoni

    new serials The new serials which have just begun or are coming up on some of the Indian channels are based on a variety of different themes as opposed to the usual saas bahu drama. I am glad that Indian television is growing by leaps and bounds. It is trying to cater for all ages. Though some of my favourites are family based like Diya aur Baati Hum, Balika Vadhu, Yeh Hai  Mohabbatein. Yeh Rishta kya kehlata hai, I am enjoying the new ones like Everest, Nisha aur uski cousins and Udaan. Kailesh Satyarthi a child’s right activist and Malala Yousafzai an education activist have won the Peace Noble Prize. While their cause has become more apparent and in the limelight of the whole world…

     
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  • 85. a cool chaat on a hot day

    June 12, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Ekadashi is just round the corner and again its what shall I make for dinner besides the normal sabudana khichdi or moriyo. Perhaps by Friday I will come up with a new idea, but in the meantime let me share this recipe with you. Last Ekadashi I made aloo tikkis which my mum use to make.We use to have it with a variety of  chutneys. Just a few minutes before dinner, I decided to make it into a more exciting and filling chaat. It tasted good, and was filling also. If you make it on a normal day, you can use thin sev instead of the farari chevdo. I bought ready made farari chevdo. You can  use potato sticks or potato crisps instead of the…

     
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  • 61. pani puri

    May 21, 2012mayurisjikoni

      a must have during summer Pani puri is a very famous street food in India. Also known as golgappas, every nook and corner will have a pani puri stall. It is one indian snack that is very popular all over India. Years back, the puris were not available in the shops in Kenya so if we ever wanted to have pani puri, we had to make the puris at home. Its a very laborious task if you have many mouths to feed. I remember helping Nunu to make the puris and it would take us more than 3 hours as the quantity was never small. Nowadays the puris are readily available in market so I don’t make them at home. The best puris in…

     
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  • 58. kachri bateta

    May 20, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Street food from Mombasa  Some years ago kachri bateta was a very popular street food in Mombasa. These days we hardly see any of them around in town or at Lighthouse with their little glass covered cart. Now we find sausages and chips in these carts. Whenever we came to Mombasa for a holiday and stayed at Manju aunty’s house in Old Town, kachri bateta was our tea time treat. Back then we were served this on layers of old newspaper. Loved the tangy and crispy dish. The vendors made the potato curry  pretty dry. A few weeks back I read in Coastweek that kachri bateta was also sold outside Naaz Cinema for moviegoers to have as a snack. Nowadays no kachri bateta and even…

     
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