• Stir Fried Vegetables with Orange Sauce

    October 15, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP THEME: #166 STIR FRY Stir fries are one of the easiest meals to make. Stir fry literally means cooking tender vegetables or meat,  blanched vegetables, or boiled vegetables and meat in a small quantity of oil over high heat. This results in the vegetables becoming a bit crunchy and most of the nutrients is preserved. While some vegetables are easy to stir fry some need to be blanched for a while. What is blanching? Blanching is a cooking method where vegetables or fruits are added to boiling water, allowed to cook for a short time, removed from the hot water and immediately dipped in ice cold water. The way one cuts or chops the vegetables also makes a difference. Certain fish, prawns, shrimps…

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  • 619. Eggless Zucchini Bread Muffins

    February 24, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Guest No.4 on the Blog   My guest this week is my charming niece Pooja. Young, energetic, caring and always smiling. Pooja loves helping people, it just comes very naturally to her. Born in Kenya, partially brought up in Kenya and then in US, she is pretty much a very down to earth sort of girl. She would come to spend her holidays in Mombasa when she was very young. She loved to be around my mother in law or me when we worked in the kitchen.It seemed that she was observing how we were preparing the food. Trips to the beach was like an ultimate dream come true for her. She simply loved the sand and the sea. I remember as a toddler she…

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  • 515. Chickpea flour savoury pancake

    July 23, 2015mayurisjikoni

      sweet memories   The food blogger world for is getting bigger and bigger. Getting to know more bloggers, following many regularly and commenting too. Its amazing how some recipes reminds one of their childhood. It can be a whole recipe, a method or just a single ingredient that can trigger the memory.  One such recipe I came across was zucchini pancake by Shobha of Shobha’s Food Mazaa. As I read the recipe, I immediately thought of my mum. She would make pudlas (chilas) and sweet pudlas often for dinner for the huge family. She would have two tawas on the cooker, and would spread out perfect round pudlas for all of us. My cousin would usually ask her to add an egg in his…

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  • 502. Pasta with butternut squash sauce

    May 9, 2015mayurisjikoni

    What not to do when travelling That’s an interesting article I read on MSN today. Sometimes we think that some things are just common sense and not worth writing about or telling others about. However, every airport has its share of people who travel wearing the most weirdest clothes, accessories or footwear. I personally like to travel in comfortable clothes so its either jeans or cotton trousers and a top or kurti with trainers or my fit flops.Depends where I am going to. Colder areas, I put on jeans and trainers. Warmer areas call for cotton trousers and fit flops. We all love to smell pleasant on a flight but its best not to wear overpowering scents. So the writer recommends comfortable clothes but no…

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  • 488.zucchini boats

    March 27, 2015mayurisjikoni

     Feel the Light Songs can uplift the soul, calm your mind, create a peaceful environment, bring smiles on faces, sometimes tears, transport you to a different level and make your heart beat. One such song I heard recently was Feel the Light by Jennifer Lopez. She has sung the song for the upcoming movie Home.The song is wow but what makes it even more wow is the dress she had worn for the American Idol. The 20 foot radius and 40 foot diameter long dress almost covered the whole American Idol stage. Called a projector dress it acted as a blank canvas projecting a variety of special effect lights.Watch the video to believe and at the same time enjoy the beautiful lyrics of the song…

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  • 150. spinach zucchini soup

    August 16, 2012mayurisjikoni

    healthy option Zucchini, baby marrow or courgettes can be cooked, eaten raw, baked, stir fried or pureed. I previously had tried just zucchini soup and it didn’t turn out that great. The end result was a pale colour soup and hardly any taste. However, next time round added a few more ingredients to make the colour and taste more appealing. The soup turned out just fine. What really beckons us to eat something besides the aroma is the colour. The eyes love what it sees and sends hunger signals to the brain. Anyway hope you like this recipe. SPINACH ZUCCHINI SOUP 4 servings 2 cups of chopped zucchini 2 cups chopped spinach ½ cup cubed potato ½ cup finely chopped  fresh coriander 2 tbsps olive…

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  • 136. zucchini carrot salad

    August 6, 2012mayurisjikoni

    orange and green healthiness Zucchini, baby marrow, courgettes all different names for one vegetable. Bake it, stir fry it, fry it, add it, or eat it raw.Yes, eat it raw as a salad and it tastes good. A combination of green zucchini and orange carrots is a delightful medley of colours. Use a dressing of your choice. Can mix yellow zucchini too. A healthy accompaniment to any of the main dishes you prepare.    ZUCCHINI CARROT SALAD 4 servings 1 big zucchini or 2 small ones 1 cup shredded carrot ½ tsp salt ¼ cup of finely chopped fresh coriander or mint ¼ tsp minced garlic ¼ cup finely chopped white or red onion ¼ cup mayonnaise or thick yogurt ½ tsp mustard powder pinch…

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  • 94. pesto mushroom pie

    June 19, 2012mayurisjikoni

    A quick dinner idea    I just love mushrooms and whenever I see a punnet at the market or the vegetable shop, I have to pick it up. What to do with them, the idea comes later but buying mushrooms is a must! So this time its an open pie, very fast and a very satisfying meal.Serve it as a snack,or for dinner or lunch with some salad. Did you know that mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D? Well, yes they are.Like humans when exposed to the sun they produce Vitamin D.They are also a good source of the B Vitamins. Mushrooms are rich in selenium which helps to boost the immune system.Mushrooms can be eaten raw or cooked.     PESTO MUSHROOM PIE Makes…

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  • Pasta with Spinach Sauce

    June 10, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Inviting Nimesh Pasta in any form is a great hit with most people. Nimesh, my brother loves his pasta and so this recipe is for him. So Nimesh, hop onto a plane and come down or get Arti to make it for you. Its not too saucy or too dry. Just the way you love your pasta. A very sneaky way to get the kids to eat spinach. There are many ways of making pasta, so I decided to stick to only green vegetables for this one. I just made this last night and it was not enough for both of us. Perhaps Ajay and I were too hungry. Normally 2 cups of pasta is enough for 4 servings. Use any type of pasta you…

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  • 40. Spaghetti with vegetable sauce

    May 11, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Vegetarian ‘bolognese’ sauce All you vegetarian out there, have you ever noticed how limited your choice of a sauce with pasta gets when you go to a restaurant? When a non vegetarian orders spaghetti or any other pasta with a sauce, the sauce is rich not only with tomatoes and meat but also vegetables. So how difficult is it for the chef to make a simple tomato vegetable sauce or a white sauce with vegetables? Not too difficult but all you get served is a plain white sauce or a plain tomato sauce with the pasta. How boring. I love spaghetti and make my own ‘bolognese’ sauce at home sans the meat. I am not out to insult the fine italian chefs but just trying…

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