• 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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  • Bhinda Nu Shaak /Stir Fried Okra

    August 6, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_REDOING OLD POSTS RECIPE: BHINDA NU SHAAK/ STIR FRIED OKRA Bhinda Nu Shaak/ Stir fried okra is a simple and yet very flavourful side dish which is usually enjoyed with some roti and dal (lentil curry). Generally, every day Gujarati style shaak or sabji tend to have simple spices and are easy to make. What is Bhinda? Bhinda is the Gujarati name for lady fingers, okra, or as more popularly known as bhindi in Hindi, Bendekayi in Kannada, Dhenras in Bengali, Vendai in Tamil. Popularly used in the Caribbean to make gumbo, its prepared in different ways in India. Bhinda or Okra is a very popular vegetable in India and surprisingly a favorite with many kids too. Open a number of tiffin or lunch…

     
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  • Chickpea Curry/ Chana nu Shaak)

    July 28, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #18 Get Your Protein Chana, bengal gram, Egyptian beans, garbanzo beans, chickpeas,whatever you know them as are very healthy. Nunu always says  ‘eat chana and become strong like a horse’. Red, brown or black chickpeas are suppose to be a dieter’s delight. Half a cup of these chickpeas contains nearly 6g of protein and 5g of fiber. Half a cup of boiled chickpeas is only around 140 calories. Benefits of Including Black Chana or Chickpeas in your diet Besides being a good source of protein, black chickpeas (though they appear more red or brown) are rich in dietary fiber which is good for the digestive system. Low in glycemic index, its beneficial for diabetics. It has a unique combinations of…

     
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  • Muhogo Na Bhajia/ Cassava Fritters

    July 27, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is Muhogo Na Bhajia/ Cassava Fritters? Muhogo Na Bhajia/ Cassava Fritters is a fried snack made from boiled cassava, grated cassava and soaked tapioca pearls. Usually prepared on Ekadashi Fasting days, it is gluten free and vegan. Enjoy these bhajias or fritters as tea time snack, as an appetizer or as a part of a main meal. Muhogo is the Kiswahili word for Cassava, Yuca or Tapioca. Bhajia is a popular snack from the Indian Sub Continent. Also known as bhajji, bhaji, bhajiya is a spicy fried fritter usually enjoyed as a snack on its own with chutney or served as a part of a main meal. One is bhajia, several are bhajias. Make them with flours, vegetables, meat, fish and different grains. Best…

     
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  • 4 Different Nimbu Pani Recipes

    July 26, 2012mayurisjikoni

    RECIPE: 4 DIFFERENT NIMBU PANI RECIPES 4 different Nimbu Pani recipes are so easy to make. Within minutes you can enjoy or serve a refreshing and chilled nimbu pani with just a few ingredients at hand. WHAT IS NIMBU PANI? Nimbu Pani is a lemon water drink that is usually made during the summer time. Not only is it refreshing but also an instant energy booster during the hot season. It is what the West calls lemonade. Another famous name for this tasty summer drink is shikanji. Usually, lemon juice, sugar, a bit of salt and a spice of choice is added to chilled water and served. However, one can easily replace the water with soda water to make a different kind of party drink.…

     
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  • Valor Nu Shaak

    July 26, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Valor Nu Shaak An easy to make, delicious with simple spices, Valor Nu Shaak is a Gujarati style vegetable side dish. Its generally served with rotli (wheat flatbread), a lentil curry and rice as a part of the daily meal. What is Valor? There are so many varieties of beans in the world. Each has importance in different cuisines all over the world. While most of us are familiar with the more popular beans like French beans, lima beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, there are so many more varieties. One such bean is the Hyacinth Bean or Indian Bean which is very popular in India. Two varieties of these beans exist, the short and slightly broad ones.The short and broad ones are called papdi or…

     
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  • Idli Sambar

    June 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Idli Sambar Idli Sambar is a fluffy soft, melt in the mouth fermented and steamed breakfast, served with a delicious, piping hot lentil stew and topped with fresh coconut chutney. Not only is idli sambar a healthy breakfast, but also the fermentation process increases the bioavailability of proteins, and enriches the idli with vitamin B. Low in fat, sometimes its served with a dollop of ghee which is beneficial for healthy joints. 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. A popular breakfast dish, its…

     
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  • Roasted Potato and Avocado Salad

    June 21, 2012mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #27 Updated on 12/06/2020 For this event, Foodies_Redoing Old Posts my 27th re done recipe is my kind of salad – Roasted Potato and Avocado Salad. What is the group Foodies _Redoing Old Posts all about? Before we get into how to make this filling and tasty salad, let me explain a bit about this group. Updating posts with better photos or better write up or both is  what the group Foodies_Redoing Old Posts started by Renu allows us to do. The advantage of rewriting the post in a better manner makes it more SEO friendly and good photos is what attracts your fans to check out the recipe. This group allows me to stay focused on updating old posts…

     
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  • Vatidar Na Bhajia/ Dal Bhajia

    June 17, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Event: Father’s Day Recipe: Vatidar Na Bhajia/ Dal Bhajia What is Vatidar Na Bhajia/ Dal Bhajia? Well, first of all vatidar means ground dal or dar. Dal is the Hindi word for pulses and dar is the Gujarati word. Bhajia are fritters, deep fried in oil. Vatidar na Bhajia is basically bhajia or fritters made from coarsely ground dals or pulses. Vatidar Na Bhajia/ Dal Bhajia is a Coastal Speciality A visit to Mombasa is not complete if you have not had the famous vatidar na bhajia. Every coffee shop, fast food restaurant will serve these famous bhajias. In the evenings, women sit at corners or near their home preparing these hot snacks for hungry passersby. During our visit to Mombasa, a visit to the…

     
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  • 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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