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  • Monday, January 02, 2006


    From my Rasoi (Winter) - The Line-up...

    Wow!! all I can say is, I'm honoured!! (blush! blush!)

    When I started off this blog event, I anticipated some excitement and a few contributions. But what I have to show now is a lot more. Not only did you wonderful people keep up my spirit with your energized enthusiasm and eagerness to participate, but you also gave an astounding performance in depicting the theme with your respective creations!! So without further ado, here are all the culinary experts with there mouth-watering delicacies! The very first entry came from lovely Jennifer of Atabela, who brings us the much loved winter contender - Sarson ka Saag and Makki ki Roti. And if that's not enough, she even has a treat for our sweet tooth - Sooji Halwa. How sweet of you Jennifer! Next in line comes the culinary queen Indira of Mahanandi fame, who never fails to entice us with her hypotic food pictures accompanied by their dying-to-try recipes. She shares with us her annual Winter holiday tradition of making Murukulu - her husband's birthday treat! VK from My Dhaba brings with him a big bowl of Bengal-gram Dal Kootu curry. A perfect warmer for this not so perfect weather! Thanks VK, this is soon going to be my lunch.

    All the way from New Delhi, comes Sury of (Lima) Beans and Delhi Cha(a)t, bringing in her guilty pleasure - Fish Chop. So have a seat, pour a nice hot cuppa, and bite into this little delight! Priya joins us all the from her Kitchen to offer us her husband's favourite spicy snack - Spicy Roasted Chickpeas. Go ahead, pop one in your mouth and I guarantee you'll be coming back for more! Dying for a spicy South-Indian soup? Well have no fear, 'coz Sailu is here! Sailu shares with us her delicious recipe of Ulava Chaaru. Serve this at your next dinner party, and it sure to win you praises! The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz never ceases to amaze me! Here she is once more with her first time tried Tadka Dal, that was so good, she made again the very next day! Bravo to you Paz! Anthony shares with us his Bachelor Cooking tips when he brings us a pot full of his famous Chicken Pepper Capsicum. This dish left me drooling over so bad, I knew I had to make it! Thanks Anthony! Look no further, here comes Dawna, who's Always in the Kitchen! She celebrates her 101st post by dedicating it to her very own original, Bengali Dal. Way to go Dawna, dals are just what we all need to warm ourselves from this harsh cold! Aah... Garam Masala spices things up just right with a Winter Cauliflower Subzi. So what are you waiting for, go ahead and give it a try! Ms. Stephanie of The Feast Crusade is humble enough to share with us her family's christmas favourite, Mutton Curry. This recipe was created by her mom and handed down to her when she was just 8 years old. Wow Stephanie! Good food definitely flows in your blood! Make way folks, for the Tham Jiak fame, Rokh who makes winter seem so much more delightful with her Kheema recipe. A hot dish for cold times. What a lovely idea Rokh! Haven't had enough as yet, well then, here's more... Going Towards a Better Tomorrow, Kay cooked up enough of the widely loved Chicken Biryani to feed a feast! You are absolutely right Kay, i have et to find a non-vegetarian lover who doesn't crave a mouthfull of this aromatic dish! Golliwog of Amost Gourmet was so inspired by the "From my Rasoi" idea, that she finally decided to start her own food blog. What a better way to inaugurate the occasion than with a plate-ful of Bisibele Rice. Can't wait to see more of your creations Golli! Aaah... what would spicy food be without the wonderful Courtney of Naughty Curry. This time around she totally sweeps us away with her Bengali Pilau Rice. Raisins in rice in winter? How could you beat that! Brett of In Praise of Sardines, needs no introduction to the food blog world. He brings to us Kashmiri Rogan Josh with a very humble and honest intetion behind it - A Menu of Hope. Thanks so much for your contribution Brett, we are all very proud of you. Do join me in giving a warm welcome to another first-time food blogger Lucette, of Cooking Vintage. Her first post and first blog event, Lucette definitely rocked me with her Spicy Fish Curry. It was so good that the dish was reduced to leftovers in no time, leaving her no time to take a picture! Lady Amalthea tried her hand at Indian Cooking for the first time ever and totally won me over with her Warming Vegetable Paneer. A real crowd pleaser! Next comes Marc of Mental Masala bringing with him delectable Dal. One look at his collection of the various lentils in his pantry and you will instantly be convinced that this guy knows his Dals! The well-known and much adored Barbara of Tigers and Strawberries takes the seasonal pomegranate and whips it into a gem of a dish- Jewelled Chicken. Don't let her first-time indian cooking confesion fool you, this babe totally tules at the stove! Just a perfect end to a great beginning with something sweet - Gajar Halwa, served by non other than Deccan Heffalump at the Cook's Cottage. A spoonful and you will be in Halwa Heaven... I promise! Thank you one and all for supporting my blog and this event and making it such a huge success the first time around. I join you in looking forward to many more mouth-watering contribtions to many more tintilating themes! Till the next round-up, I leave you with my contribution to winter - warm melt-in-your-mouth Alu Parathas!

    Happy New Year!!


    26 Comments:

    Blogger vkn said...

    What a wonderful collection WOW dishes Meena. Kudos for such a wonderful presentation and hard work. You are as usual wonderful with your writing.

    Can't wait to try all of these exotic dishes. I am quite surprised and thrilled to see that there are quite a few non-Indians making Indian dishes much better than how we do. Isnt it good news to Indian cuisine as a whole?

    Thank you for the round up Meena. Look forward to your next theme. Cheers! Take good care of you and stay warm!

    1/02/2006 03:57:00 PM  
    Anonymous Indira said...

    Fabulous job, Meenakshi!
    Just sent you an email, please check it out.

    1/02/2006 04:23:00 PM  
    Blogger Barbara Fisher said...

    What great contributions, and what varied dishes. It would be ever so cool to have a potluck with all of the contributors, wouldn't it?

    So, what is the theme for the next installment? I have to start planning and thinking on it! ;-)

    1/02/2006 04:31:00 PM  
    Blogger VJ said...

    First time here. Absolutely great site! Happy New Year!

    1/02/2006 04:41:00 PM  
    Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

    It is wonderful to see the food contributions from the bloggers. Great Job Meena:)

    1/02/2006 05:10:00 PM  
    Anonymous paz said...

    What a wonderful lineup of delicious looking dishes. I'd love to taste each and everyone of them. ;-)))

    Thanks for putting the event together, Meena!

    Best,
    Paz

    1/02/2006 07:19:00 PM  
    Blogger sis said...

    Excellent!Wonderful line up of absolutely mouth-watering contributions and nice to see Indian Cuisine being relished by all.Great job,Meena!Hope you have a wonderful year ahead..:)

    1/02/2006 10:56:00 PM  
    Blogger MM said...

    Wow! What an amazing collection of yummy food! I am salivating so badly I almost had to wear a bib. Thanks so much for organising this event. I really enjoyed it and now I am very hungry and have to go down to the shops to get some briyani & parathas. And marsala tea. And ... oh dear.

    1/02/2006 11:01:00 PM  
    Blogger sailu said...

    That sure is an excellent line-up of Inidan food.Wonderful work!

    1/02/2006 11:09:00 PM  
    Blogger Sury said...

    Fantastic presentation, Meena! Kudos to you and all the wonderful participants for bringing this terrific virtual feast to us. Please keep them coming!

    Wish you and your family a very happy New Year!

    1/03/2006 12:07:00 AM  
    Anonymous deccanheffalump said...

    Add my 'Abzolootely' to all the above comments.Great initiative Meena.

    1/03/2006 01:40:00 AM  
    Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

    wow! impressive post. Thanx for the guide.

    1/03/2006 08:28:00 AM  
    Blogger Meena said...

    To All: Thank you all for participating. This wouldn't have been possible without all you encouragement and help!

    1/03/2006 11:49:00 AM  
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