• Mexican Rice

    June 10, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is Mexican Rice? As such traditional Mexican Cuisine didn’t feature rice on their menu. Corn was the staple at that time till the Spanish Colonizers introduced rice in Mexico around the 1520s. It was prepared in a similar way to the Spanish Rice but instead of saffron, cumin and red chili was used. Thus the main difference in the rice is the colour, while Spanish rice is yellow, Mexican rice is orange reddish. These days Mexican rice is served as a side dish with tacos, enchiladas, quesadilla, chili con carne, as stuffing for burritos, etc. Main ingredients for a Mexican rice are onion, garlic and tomatoes. Memories….. So when was the first time I ever tasted Mexican Rice? Well, when I was around 16…

     
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  • Mum’s Vegetable Soup

    June 8, 2012mayurisjikoni

    A Very Simple Vegetable Soup Mum’s Vegetable Soup is an easy to make soup without any oil, dried herbs, or spices besides pepper powder. Its one of the healthiest, nutritious and comforting soups that I enjoy. All you need are fresh vegetables like peas, potato, cauliflower, carrot, tomato, French beans and fresh corn if available. Why is it called Mum’s Vegetable Soup My mum didn’t know how to cook any other cuisine bedsides the Gujarati one. However some of her simple attempts at something different were definitely her own style like her pasta dish or her peas and egg pulao. One such preparation was the simple vegetable soup. The Nairobi Agricultural Show was a big event of out family. We would have a stall at the…

     
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  • Dal Dhokli/Dhokri

    June 6, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT:  FOODIE’S REDOING OLD POSTS #12 Updated: This post has been updated for the Facebook group called Foodie’s_Redoing Old Posts. Its a group that Renu who blog’s at Cook With Renu, thought out and put into action. We’re on our 12th re-doing old post and I simply love this group. Why? Well, its got me to pay more attention to my much neglected old posts. For this post I have updated the pictures and a bit of the  write up  of the famous Gujarati stew Dal Dhokli/Dhokri but the recipe remains the same. You may want to check out my other posts that I’ve re-done. 1.Vaghareli Bread /Masala Bread 2. Tomato Salsa 3. Strawberries and Cream 4. Coconut Chocolate 5. Cassava in Coconut Milk 6. Baked…

     
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  • Moriyo Khichdi/Sama Khichdi

    May 18, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #21 For this event, Foodies_Redoing Old Posts my 21st recipe is Moriyo Khichdi or more popularly known as Sama Chawal or Samo Khichdi.   What is Moriyo? Moriyo, Sama Chawal, Samo, Barnyard Millet, Sama, Samvat, Vari, Varai, Swang, Bhagar,  shyama rice, kuthiravali, udalu are all different names for a grass seed. The grass seed from the cultivated crop(grown like rice in paddy fields), Echinochloa Frumentacea is not a grain or legume and therefore very popular during fasting days be it navratri fasting or ekadashi. Its wilder more natural cousin is Echinochloa colona which is also known as Jungle Grass, Deccan Grass or Awnless Barnyard Millet. Health benefits of Including Moriyo or Little Millet in your diet Not only rich in…

     
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  • Moong Dal Khichdi

    May 2, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Moong Dal Khichdi Moong dal is split moong beans. Generally there are two kinds of moong dal available in the market. One is with the skin and the other one without the skin. Both can be used interchangeably. Both types of dals are used to make khichdi. Moong is a vital source of protein for those following a vegetarian diet. We try and include legumes, lentils, beans in our daily diet. What is Khichdi? Khichdi is a popular preparation in the Indian Sub Continent. Mention khichdi and immediately it brings a smile on most faces, its comfort food and very healthy. Generally, khichdi is a mixture of lentils (dals) and rice cooked together. In fact, some make it plain with just addition of turmeric powder…

     
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  • Stir Fried Cauliflower and Potato/ Phool Kobi ane Bateta nu Shaak

    May 1, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is Cauliflower? Did you know that the name cauliflower originates from the Italian name cavolfiore which means cabbage flower? Belonging to the species Brassica Oleracea, only the head or what is sometimes referred to as the curd (as it looks similar to curd cheese) is eaten. By the way, did you know that cauliflower belongs to the same group as cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, collard green and the group is sometimes referred to as ‘cole’ crops. Believed to originate from Cyprus, cauliflower is an autumn/winter crop. Coloured Cauliflower Growing up, the only colour of cauliflower I’d seen was white. Sometimes, the stem would be a bit purplish but that I learnt was due to over exposure to the sun when the cauliflower is…

     
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  • 23. Bruschetta

    March 11, 2012mayurisjikoni

    A quick tangy starter Bruschetta(pronounced as brusketta) is an easy and popular italian starter. It has acquired local flavours like addition of chillis, soya sauce and a variety of herbs. Some serve bruschetta on semi soft toasted bread, soft bread or crispy bread. Personally, I prefer crispy crunchy bread. Add the chopped vegetables onto the bread slices just before serving or keep it in a separate bowl and let your guests help themselves. Use ciabatta, french loaf or any bread (not sweet bread) with medium slices.   BRUSCHETTA 10 – 12 pieces 10 – 12 slices of bread 2 large tomatoes 1 small onion 10 olives black or green or mixed 1tsp dried herbs or 2tbsps fresh herbs chopped 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper…

     
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  • 17. Plum Salsa salad

    January 26, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Salsa or salad, you decide!    Plums, the dark red Santa Rosa variety are once again in season in Kenya. Compared to the ones I have eaten in UK, these plums are very juicy and sweet and a bit tart at the same time. The skin also tastes a bit tart. One of my favourite fruits but unfortunately the season is very short, just about 3 to 4 weeks. Plums are rich in vitamin C and K, fiber and antioxidants. Dried plums are called prunes.While the season lasts, I have been busy trying out various recipes using plums. A quick and very easy recipe is plum salsa salad. Have it as a salad or as a salsa with tortilla chips. The sweetness from the plums,…

     
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  • lettuce cups/wraps

    January 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    goodness in  crunchy packets   Fresh, crunchy, sweet, just enough saltiness, tangy, a wee bit chilli, aromatic. Wondering if I am practising my adjectives? Well, you would too if you had these delicious lettuce cups. I first had this delicious treat when my kaki made them at her home. Since then I’ve had them in many Chinese restaurants. They are an exciting starter for vegetarians. Call them cups or wraps, whatever you like.  Let your imagination run riot and add whatever ingredients you want right from vegetables to meat. Lettuce cups are good as  starters or an innovative salad dish too. I prefer to use the iceberg lettuce but feel free to use chinese cabbage if you get some.  You can chop the vegetables and…

     
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  • mexican salad

    January 23, 2012mayurisjikoni

    a meal on its own Writing about the virtues of a salad is just not enough. You have got to make it and serve it to believe it. Besides providing you with all the healthy nutrients, its a tummy filler, so you eat less of the main meal, its a perfect light meal on its own, very refreshing on a hot summer day etc etc. I could just carry on and forget to give you the recipe of the salad. What makes salads appealing are the colours. Let your imagination run riot and create art on a platter. Colours, colours and colours and everyone will be asking for more salad. MEXICAN SALAD Serves 4, for 2 as a meal. salad ingredients : 6 lettuce leaves,…

     
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