• Thandai Chia Pudding

    March 11, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: DESI BLOGGERS CONNECTTHEME: HOLI KE RANG The Festival of Colors is just round the corner and once again everyone will be planning what food to have as friends and families get together to enjoy this festival. Like many festivals in India, it celebrates the good over evil. It also marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring, but take it from me I don’t think there was a spring season in Bangalore, from winter it went straight into summer. It is very hot here. Traditional Story: Hiranyakashipu, a demon king wanted to take revenge against Lord Vishnu who had killed his younger brother. Hiranyakashipu prayed for years and was granted a special boon by Lord Brahma that literally made him indestructible. He…

     
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  • Easy Fruit Trifle

    January 26, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: HEALTHY WELLTHY CUISINES THEME: 60 HWCG #TwistWithBiscuitHW Twist with biscuits is an interesting theme as its so easy to include biscuits or cookies into making a quick dessert. Everyone on the group was wondering what to make. Some suggestions came along like using savory cookies or biscuits for bhel, or a no bake cake etc. I had made up my mind to make an easy dessert recipe as its really dear to my heart. Mind you, I’m eagerly waiting for the biscuit bhel recipe. My eldest son did his Hotel Management and Administration from a Swiss Hotel Management School. When he came home after his first semester, his fingers had so many cuts. Being a mother, my heart hurt that his fingers were hurting.…

     
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  • Til Gud ke Ladoo

    January 14, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME:#178 HARVEST HARMONY Festivals are always a memorable part of my travels to India. Last year we missed celebrating Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pongal in India as we left before the 14th of January. However, what I remember is that whichever market area we passed by in Mumbai, the whole scene was a feast for the eyes. Colorful kites of all sizes, heaps of sesame seeds, varieties of gur or jaggery, ready made til gud sweets dotted the whole lane. We even got an opportunity to sample til gud chocolate barfi. At the moment I’m in Nairobi trying to get our visas for US and Thailand. After all the tonnes of papers we carried from Mombasa incase they ask for some proof or the…

     
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  • Poha Phirni/ Rice Flake Pudding

    October 24, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Today is Sharad Poornima and on this day usually rice flakes(poha) are soaked in milk and left outside or where there will be moonlight at night for it to ‘catch’ the moonlight. During Sharad Poornima, the full moon is closet to Earth. It is believed that the moonlight has curative properties. It’s a tradition that I’ve been following since I got married and not knowing exactly why we put the rice flakes soaked in milk outside and consume it later at night. My mum would always ask me if I’ve made doodh poha. I’m not a big fan of the poha soaked in milk and eaten, perhaps because when I was younger the only variety of poha available was the thick one and the milk…

     
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  • Coconut Laddoos/ Coconut Fudge Balls

    October 20, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: DESI BLOGGERS CONNECT THEME: DIWALI DHAMAKA Desi Bloggers Connect is a Facebook Group where members support each other by sharing and commenting on each others post. Through this group I’ve got to know quite a few new bloggers. For this Diwali Festival, the admins decided that we should prepare a sweet and savory or either dish to share for the theme. When I volunteered to take part in this event, I had jotted down a few options, of which one was a recipe that my mother in law use to make often during Diwali. However, its a bit time consuming and it will have to wait for another time. After I got back from India, wasn’t keeping well because of a very bad viral infection.…

     
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  • Black Rice Pudding with Mango

    August 6, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #156 ANY BUT WHITE RICE One of the reasons why I had bought black rice during my visit to Bali was to try out the simple and yet so flavorful pudding that is so common to find on menus in the restaurants around Bali. Sometime back I had posted a red rice kheer and a black rice salad recipe. I kept on getting comments that fellow bloggers had not used red or black rice. It was my turn to choose the #156th theme. I thought let the group get an opportunity to try out rice other than white which they’ve not used. For me it was simple, out came the packet of forbidden rice as its also called to make the pudding.…

     
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  • Makhana and Dry Fruit Kheer

    June 10, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BLOGGING MARATHON #89 WEEK 2 DAY 1 THEME: MAKE ONE TYPE OF INDIAN SWEET For the #89th BM theme I chose make one type of Indian Sweet as I specifically had one famous and easy Indian sweet in mind, and that is kheer. I want to show that any type of kheer can be made into a sugar less option too. I personally don’t like the taste of any artificial sweeteners. However hubby loves his stevia. When I made the kheer, I added sugar at the last stage. I removed a portion for hubby, added stevia and to mine I added sugar. Also one is able to control the amount of sugar according to their taste. Don’t want to add sugar then add palm…

     
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  • Almond, Coconut and Cacao Nib Bites

    April 9, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Modern style laddoos    Majority of us love our desserts and the more sinful the better. However, in this modern age when we spend more time sitting and when our daily work or chores does not involve strenuous physical activities, we cannot really indulgent in those sinful desserts on a regular basis. I’ve stopped stocking on ice creams and haven’t made a decent sinful dessert in a very long time. The last indulgence was on my birthday when I had waffles topped with hazelnut ice cream, chocolate sauce a generous swirl of fresh cream…sigh!!!!!    That does not mean I’ve become a goodie goodie or am so disciplined that I can resist all those sinful desserts. I just stay away from them. Its at times…

     
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  • Pineapple Coconut Muffins

    April 2, 2018mayurisjikoni

    My babies are Adults My twins turned 32 on 30th March. Boy and girl, just three apart but they are like chalk and cheese, aasman aur zameen as the saying goes—- they understand each other totally and yet are so different. My daughter is like a social bee, making a zillions of friends and thrives in a noisy environment. My son on the other hand prefers to keep to himself and probably wouldn’t survive in a very busy environment.     Its a different kind of feeling, a feeling of pride, satisfaction, joy and happiness when a parent sees their child or children growing up into fine adults and venturing out into the wide world to find their own niche. My eldest one is only…

     
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  • Scandinavian Apple Charlotte

    March 12, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Dusting The Cobwebs Off The Cookbooks   When Poonam, who blogs at Annapurna suggested Cook from a Cook Book as our #135 theme for FoodieMonday/Bloghop group, it was definitely time to get those books off the shelf. As fellow member Amrita commented, it gives us the opportunity to do some serious reading. I have so many cookbooks but majority are by Tarla Dalal. I was so tempted to just open one of the books and cook from her collection.However, I had to deviate from my comfort zone.    As I was going through the books, I came across Hamlyn All Colour Cook Book. How could I forget this book? It was one of the first cookbooks I had  from my family which had International dishes. At 18…

     
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