• Lahooh/Lahoh

    April 14, 2018mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON – APRIL 2018 #87 BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: EXPLORE THE FLAVORS – INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST DAY 12 “Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper”    Today is one of those days when I don’t have much to write about. Finally its begun to rain. Just as well as last night was just too humid. The AC was on at its lowest and I was still feeling hot. Today has been a cool day…remember I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, Mombasa is never too cold that you may need to wear a sweater or a cardigan. Due to the fact that I hardly get a chance to wear them, I probably own 2 that may be ancient.    Day…

     
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  • 732. Santula – Odia Style Mixed Vegetable Curry

    December 11, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Those Tiny Spices Make All The Difference It’s really amazing how addition of small amounts of spices can make a dish taste so different. Every Indian household has it own spice (masala) box or dabba (tin) which we use for our everyday cooking. Some spices like turmeric powder and red chili powder will be standard in any spice box. The variations come with the other spices. Don’t get me wrong, all the spices are used all over India but in some cuisine some spices are used in a larger quantity than others. My spice box has the typical  spices that will be found in the masala dabba of most Gujaratis. Mustard seeds(rai), Cumin seeds (jeeru), fenugreek seeds (methi), carom seeds (ajmo), turmeric powder (hardar), red…

     
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  • 729. Bengana and Shanmehali Xaakor Khar

    November 29, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Assam – The Red River State November is when the Shhh Cooking Secretly Group visited Assam. Assam is a state in the North East of India. Its strategic location makes it the ‘Gateway to the Seven Sister States of North East India’. Assam’s history goes way back to the ancient times, having been mentioned in the Mahabharata, was known as Asham during Aurangzeb’s time and the British developed the tea estates  during the British Rule. Assam is well known for its flora and fauna and the famous tea estates. Assam itself has nearly 500 varieties of orchids. Its also known as the state of the  Red River due to the presence of the Brahmaputra. Its a state rich in culture and traditions. Coming to the…

     
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  • 689. Sai Bhaji

    September 9, 2017mayurisjikoni

    MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017 #80TH BLOGGING MARATHON THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES DAY:8 Coming back to Mombasa is certainly a jolt back to reality. No more wide pavements, traffic order, running water in taps, well stocked supermarkets etc etc. After a long journey from Montreal to Nairobi with a 3 hour stop in Paris, hubby and I were exhausted. As we came out from the arrivals terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, we thought just one more hour and we’ll be home. I could only think of my bed as I could barely keep my eyes open. Strong coffee too was not helping. One of the worst airports to move from one terminal to the other is Nairobi and Addis Ababa. Which of the…

     
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  • 635.Baba Ganoush

    April 14, 2017mayurisjikoni

    GUEST NO.8 ON THE BLOG     My 8th Guest on the blog is Mehwaesh Islam. Now you may be wondering how did an Islam enter the Patel family. Let me clear up the air for you. Mehwaesh is originally from Bangladesh, married to my best friend Daxa’s son. Daxa and family are more like family than friends to me.Paras, her son is like my son. So technically that makes Mehwaesh my daughter in law. I first met Mehwaesh during their wedding in Bangladesh. At first sight she appeared to me as a very sophisticated lady. On getting to know her, she is a very intelligent, caring, quiet and a friendly person. I had the opportunity to lunch with them at their quaint little home…

     
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  • 613. Litti Chokha

    February 6, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Venturing out to try something different Yes, its Monday (so soon) and can you believe it we are into the 6th week of the 2017. Time flies. For our 78th theme on #FoodieMonday #Bloghop we decided to go regional with #RegionalCuisine. As soon as the theme was decided I knew I wanted to try out a cuisine that I’ve never done before. So it had to be the Eastern part of India. I guess having made baked yogurt and rasmalai doesn’t really count. I decided on Litti Chokha from the state of Bihar. Well, some say that its also from Uttar Pradesh. What made me choose Litti Chokha? Two reasons, one being that my son in law is from that state, well now Jharkand which…

     
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  • 567. Badshahi Khichdi

    June 13, 2016mayurisjikoni

    I did it my way! Badshahi Khichdi is a humble khichdi that is turned into a more satisfying and delicious dish that is fit for a king. Not that the simple khichdi is not tasty. Basically this khichdi is made using split pigeon pea (toor, tuvar dal) and rice. The khichdi has some added vegetables mainly potatoes and brinjals(eggplants) and is tempered using onion, garlic, ginger, chillis and spices. However, I made this khichdi my way. I have tried to give it a more ‘royal’ appeal by stuffing the potatoes and brinjals with spices, chickpea flour and peanuts. This khichdi is usually served with spiced up yogurt, but since my preparation already has quite a few spices, I decided to serve it with plain yogurt.…

     
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  • 518. Baigan raita / Eggplant yogurt salad

    August 5, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Appreciation  When one writes endearing comments on posts or facebook or likes your hard work, it brings immense satisfaction. Appreciating hard work has many advantages. One makes new connections, learns new things, makes one a better person, makes one work harder and above all makes one happy. We can appreciate what life offers us, appreciate what others do for us, appreciate when one cares for you, appreciate when someone teaches us. Appreciating someone else’s work does not make one little but on the contrary makes them benevolent. Little words like sorry, thank you, hello,  makes ones day more happy. Lets make a conscious effort to appreciate more and complain less. That sort of contradicts what I wrote in my last post, however, after venting my…

     
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  • 434. Eggplant mini pizza

    September 24, 2014mayurisjikoni

    not eggplants again !   During my holiday in Italy, I was a bit disappointed that the choice for vegetarians was very limited. Margherita pizzas, pasta with tomato sauce, pasta with mushrooms or cold grilled vegetables. Usually it would be grilled eggplants, zucchini and pepper. No garlic or onion flavour and forget about getting any chilli flakes. Pizza hut and Dominos spoil us by giving us endless satchets of chilli flakes. Italian restaurants in India and Kenya give us chilli oil, yummy chilli sauces, pestos that are chilli. However, visit any restaurant in Italy and its difficult to find any of those extra condiments… no extra olive oil, chilli oil, chilli flakes, salt or pepper ! I had vowed to my hubby dear that once…

     
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  • 411. Chidambaram Gosthu (eggplant sabji)

    July 4, 2014mayurisjikoni

    Bookmarked       My usual routine before I start blogging is to read recipes from fellow bloggers that I follow. Some have a story to tell, some go straight to the recipe. I browse through the ingredients. Usually I get to learn about a new ingredient, or a twist to an existing recipe or favourite foods make me drool. Desserts, cookies, breads, cakes, muffins make me sit up more straight. I note down the recipes I want to try and the list just seems to get longer. So I am slowly making an effort to go through the list and actually try them out. Not all recipes turn out well, some I need to make according to the likes and taste of the family. My…

     
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