• Nuts and Jaggery Brittle

    January 13, 2020mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #229 SANKRANTI SPECIALS Happy Makar Sankranti to all my friends, followers and family What is Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Lohri, Maghi, Bihu, Thai Pongal, Suggi Habba, Makara Sankramana all fall more or less on the same day. These are all harvest festivals celebrated according to each one’s tradition and culture. Makar Sankranti, is dedicated to the Sun God Surya. It also marks the end of the winter solstice and beginning of longer daylight. While most communities will celebrate Makar Sankranti according to their tradition and culture, it is largely associated with kite flying and delicious food. Importance of Sesame Seeds and Jaggery during Makar Sankranti Most of Makar Sankranti treats will have sesame seeds and jaggery in them. Usually I make…

     
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  • Karela Nu Shaak

    November 11, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #220 GOURDS ARE BEAUTIFUL What is Karela Nu Shaak? Karela nu shaak is simply a side dish or sabji where chopped karela or bitter gourd is stir fried till done. One can cook it with potatoes or cashew nuts. I chose to prepare it with cashew nuts and raisins. After the karela are cooked, jaggery is added to make it into a delicious, lip smacking sweet and bitter shaak, sabji or side dish that is usually enjoyed with hot rotlis or phulkas, any other sabji/shaak and tuvar dal. I’ve used the description of karela nu shaak as delicious and lip smacking. These are the words that hubby uses to describe it. He loves karela or bitter gourd and I’m not a fan…

     
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  • Pithlu/Besan ka sabji

    October 14, 2019mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #217 KHAALI FRIDGE Does the theme title sound absolutely weird? It does but its one that Renu who blogs at Cook With Renu, decided that we should put on our thinking caps. As for me as soon as the theme was chosen, I knew that Pithlu or besan ka sabji is what I’m going to make. So what is the theme all about? Well, Renu wanted us to presume that we have no vegetables in the fridge or pantry and still are suppose to put a simple and yet filling meal on the table. In reality, getting or ordering take away is a much better option. Before I tell you more about the dish I prepared, my friend Renu has a wonderful…

     
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  • 580. Makhana and Paneer Salad

    August 8, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Satvik Food According to the Ayurveda(Indian traditional medicine), food is divided into 3 main groups, Satvik (Satvic), Tamasic and Rajasic. Food not only nourishes the body but affects the mind too. In this fast paced world our food is not only loaded with chemicals through fertilizers, canning, processing but we tend to overindulge in fast foods that are bad for our body, mind and health.We all get tempted by cheesy pizzas, delish bakes, silky chocolates. Satvik foods are smooth, savory, easy to digest, light and fresh. Satvik foods encourage mental clarity, good health and peace.Foods belonging to this group are rich in Prana(life force). Foods included in this category are basically lacto vegetarian foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh diary products, grains and pulses, natural…

     
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  • Raab/Millet Flour Porridge

    January 29, 2015mayurisjikoni

    What is Raab? Raab is like a soup or porridge made from  pearl millet flour (bajri). Incidentally, Ragi(Finger Millet) Raab, Ragi Kanji or Ragi Porridge is very popular in South India. Also its a very popular breakfast in Kenya and is called Uji. In the case of my grandmother, whenever she didn’t feel like eating a normal meal, a bowlful of Raab or Millet Porridge was what she would want.  Lactating mums are given Raab everyday and its also a remedy for sore throats and colds. Also given to people recovering from an illness. In addition to other pureed food, babies are given a tablespoon or two of Raab. Health Benefits of Raab Raab has loads of benefits. Its  comfort food, wards off cold, flu and…

     
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  • Ghee kera

    October 14, 2014mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #16 What is the group all about? Ghee Kera is what my daughter calls kera nu shaak. Its not a savory dish at all but one of the easiest to prepare and so popular among kids. Contributing this recipe to the Group called Foodies_Redoing Old Posts which is Renu’s baby. This group encourages food bloggers to visit their old forgotten posts and breathe a new life into them either by changing the photos, the write up or both. However, the recipes remain the same. If you are a food blogger and need a push to revive your lost posts then this group is just the right one for you. What is Ghee Kera? Kera. keda, is the Gujarati word for…

     
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  • Doodh Pak

    November 18, 2013mayurisjikoni

    What is Doodh Pak? Doodh in the Hindi or Gujarati language means milk and pak in Gujarati means…… Doodh Pak is commonly made from milk, a bit of rice, sugar and nuts. These days rose petals and fresh fruits are added to make it more rich. Doodh Pak is different from Basundi. Rice is not used for basundi and the milk is boiled till it becomes thick. After that fresh fruits, nuts and spices like cardamom, nutmeg are added. Unlike kheer which is thick and more rice is used, for doodh pak we use little rice and its not thick. Doodh Pak can be served hot or chilled. When is Doodh Pak made? Traditionally, doodh pak is made during the Diwali festival especially on Kali…

     
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  • Buttered Masala Sweet Corn

    June 8, 2013mayurisjikoni

    What is Buttered Masala Sweet Corn? Buttered Masala Sweet Corn is one of the easiest snacks to prepare. Its simply sweet corn that is boiled or steamed mixed with butter and spices. Can you use canned sweet corn to make this snack? Yes you can, just warm it up in a microwave oven or in a pan. When sweet corn is in season I prefer to buy the sweet corn, boil it and keep the kernels ready in the fridge to prepare a quick and healthy snack. Better than fried snacks. Salted or Unsalted Butter? The choice is yours, use whichever one you have at home as you can easily adjust the amount of salt added to the snack. I have made this snack using…

     
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  • savaa ni bhaji (dill and lentils)

    August 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Prina my niece, loves savaa ni bhaji with rotli and so does her dada. Savaa, suva or dill leaves are prepared as a vegetable in India either with lentils or potatoes. It is a herb but grows in abundance in India during the rainy season and winter season. Big fat bunches sometimes sell for just under 10 rupees. My visit to the Mombasa market this week was a delight as I saw only one seller with a few bunches of the bhaji. I quickly grabbed a few and made the vegetable on the same day. This herb does not stay for too long as the leaves start to turn yellow within a day or two. I love savaa ni bhaji with the lentils but Ajay…

     
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  • Chori Turia nu Shaak

    August 19, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:  FOODIE’S REDOING OLD POSTS #13 What is Chori Turia Nu Shaak? A simple vegetable side dish or sabji is called shaak in Gujarati. Its usually enjoyed with some rotli or paratha along with a dal and some rice. A typical daily Gujarati meal at my home is one or two shaak, dal or kadhi, roti, chaas and a salad. If I make roti then I don’t make rice, if there is rice on the menu then rotis will not be made. Chori Turia nu Shaak is just simply a mixture of chori and turia. Chori (Vigna Sinensis) is also known as yard long beans, asparagus beans, Chinese long beans or snake beans. The ones available in India and the ones I’ve seen in Indonesia…

     
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