It was simple rules followed by me that I love to introduce new participants each time before round up , this year I think it would be easier for me to introduce some old and very lovely buddies of this blog , who in time become my great friends to whom I am very much attached too ! They are
Asha from Foodies hopes- her name is enough to introduce her, right ?
Bee & Jai of Jugalbandi ( whom actually I welcomed as new participants in last year’s Valentine’s Day theme :D ) ,
Harekrishanji , whose tagline always makes me smile :D
Kajal From Recipe with Step by step pictures (she participated first time in Last year's Rday theme ).
Mythreyee, whose bog is now having a nice name – Paajaka.
Viji from Vcuisine , whose blog is full of nutritious recipes and healthy tips along with positive thoughts.
It is just a little change from the normal rule I followed each time
( its even easier too ;) , to list it then to list another 27 new participants ), as all others are the first time participant to any event of this blog :D. I appreciate your hard work in making this Theme successful, though really missing some old buddies who couldn’t make it this time, and very glad to get many new bloggers around too J .
Spreading Aroma of her cooking in all foodies , Asha is sharing her unique recipe of Broccoli and cheese in cream sauce.
Meera from Enjoy Indian food is sharing her 3 wonderful and equally creative entries for this theme ,Narangi ni Basundi ( Basundi of Orange ) , Orange Sandesh & very inviting Mooli ke parathe with carrto and spinach (Indian flat bread made with white radish, carrot and spinach).
Mythreyee from Paajaka is here with a mothwatering Paneer Capsicum Tikka.
It looks so tempting , I bet no one can eat just one : P.
Nanditha Prabhu, From Satvika ,is sharing not only the yummy sandwiches but also a loving article for nation with title – where the mind is without fear. I loved reading each line of it, you will love it too !
We have yet another smiley face created whole different way from Cham of Spice club.
Check out here , here recipe of curd rice and the dish she named – patriotism in plate , you are creative with naming dishes too , Cham ! I think if next time I make new dish and find it hard to get a name I should ask you: D, sometime I really do get confused naming dishes :( , check me here : -? .
Next is Click Bee , oops… :P , Jai and Bee of Jugalbandi sharing their fabulous picture apt to this theme . The first word I had seeing the pic was , simply superb !!! , what did u think when u saw this first time ? ??
Siri is sharing this information about India and our ancient achievement from her corner to this theme, that’s really worth knowing for all people around here.
Superchef Manju has rearranged her spice bottles to make that pic apt for the theme .
has sent me few pictures suitable to this theme , to share with all of you . In spite of his busy personal routine with his mother’s hospitalization he thought that “ the show must go on “ .here is what he wrote –
“Sending Photographs for my entry . Pasta and Paneer Tikka Masala,
combination on tricolour.
This was prepared by me wife on 31/12/07. She could not prepared
anything special today. My mother is hospitalized and my wife and son
both are sick.
Still I thought the show must go on.
Hope this will satisfy the criteria”
Competing with my own made Juices here are one more picture from Harekrishnaji …it is Peach & Apricot Crush , Litchi Crush & Kiwi Crush. That is perfect with colors too !
A Special thanks to you Harekrishnaji.
Pooja of hunny patch ,clicked something too quick as she learned about this theme on the last day of submission , she is here with a lovely picture of tri colored silk along with a lotus candle votive .
Here is a lovely picture she took to share with us, a fruit kebab with mandarin oranges, apples and kiwis . that’s really lovely Krishna.
(Note: As her blog is private , those who are not listed with her blog, cant view this link , you can reach her on email id - email@example.com, and be a part of her blog too. ) .
Here is the recipe in here own words.
Basmati rice 1 cup
Cubed veggies 1 – ½ cup (I added tender beans, carrot, fresh corn kernels, green peas)
Greens – fresh coriander and mint leaves (each one small bunch)
Grind into paste
Onion small 2, ginger 1 small wedge, green chili 1-2 (those who like garlic can add here)
Oil + Butter 1 tbsp
Cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamoms, bay leaves - each 2 pieces
Slit green chili 1
Cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder 1 tsp each
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Salt to taste (added in batches)
Wash and cook the basmati rice with 3/4 water and 1 tsp butter in electric rice cooker for 10 minutes only till ¾ done. Add ¼ tsp salt to it. Once it is cooked, spread it on a plate so that grains are separate.
Steam cook the veggies with a pinch of sugar and ½ tsp salt. You can keep this on top of the rice in electric rice cooker.
Grind onion, ginger and green chili paste and keep it ready.
In a skillet, temper as given. Add the slit green chili and once done, keep it separately for garnishing.
Add the onion paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the spices and sauté for few more minutes.
While it is frying – grind both the leaves with a pinch of sugar and salt in mixie. Add little water only. Don’t grind it before hand and keep it ready. The color will go.
Now add this to onion and spice mix and sauté on low flame till the water evaporates. Add the steam cooked veggies now and sauté for few more minutes.
At the stage add the cooked rice and mix gently. Adjust the salt. Once it is mixed well, switch off the stove. I did this only for 1 minute. Be careful not to break the rice.Scoop this rice in a bake ware and drizzle the lemon juice on top. Tie it with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven (150oC) for 10 minutes.
Mix well before serving. Serve with any raita and some salads. Very delicious even when it is cold.
Here are entries from me ....
A huge hug from me to all the participants for making this theme success and showing their creativity in various ways. Well there is one more theme to celebrate together before we actually start with our Vegetable of the week event.
Theme of the next week is Valentine's day Special . The rules are same as it was for last year.
I will publish a detailed post about that in a day or two with logo for the theme of the week - Valentine's Day , last date for submission will be 14th Feb 2008. Start preparing your dish now ,and stay tuned to this blog for more :)