Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Jihva for Love

I never stepped into kitchen at my Mom’s place for the purpose of cooking. Neither did my mom ever force me for that. Instead Mom always thought and told me that if I can learn these programming stuffs , become an engineer, and handle my job such easily then cooking will not be a hard thing for me any day to learn. She taught me that cooking is an art and I can learn to make any variety of dishes just by knowing some basic things and then cook it according to my taste and style.

Not only that, Dad is a foodie too and he keeps on sharing his experience with cooking many times. Even when I was not active in kitchen I was keen on those tips of dad. And I remember many times I observed Mom on how she cooks while chit chatting with her specially in the evening times when I normally get back from job after a long tired day .... Before that when I was studying in schools and college I think I never gave it a slightest attention on how these cooking things are done and which dish needs what ingredients... ahhh.... those carefree days... :D.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The award for VoW-bitter gourd ....

Oh.... there you are.... ready to shower your wishes on winners and almost hand together for round of applause. Wait , we have some confusions …………

With 2 categories we have “TIE” and to choose one from those you can vote in the poll widget on the side bar.

And well, you can start cheering up for The Best Presented Recipe Award.
This goes to Kalai for Bitter gourd Tamarind Masala. I can hear cheerful sounds and clapping now :D

Enjoy the award Kalai.

We will present awards to winners of other 2 category as soon as we finish with poll. Vote them now.

Check out my entries for "click-Au naturel" and "MBP-One pot wonder" here.

Friday, April 18, 2008

VoW-Bitter gourd Round up and Voting starts from now....

Bitter gourd – you love it or you hate it. There is no other options for that. Yeah people like me could be exception who is slowly trying to consume it knowing the enormous benefits it has. Not only to control sugar level , it is very helpful to cure Cancer, Constipation and piles, blood-disorders, respiratory disorders, alcoholism, cholera and Numerous infections.

We have a saying in Gujarati – “Kadva Kaarela na Goon na hoy kadva” meaning Karela tastes bitter but it has many is having many qualities in it. I know back in India sometime mothers used to give Juice of it to child for fever. We never realize those values when we were in India , I am glad that I came to USA that made me aware of what a rich legacy of everything we had. Anything of today’s technology seems dull compared to deep knowledge of those things our people had. May it be counting the distance between starts, or deciding time by the length of shadow. We had people knew these things thousands of years ago even. I know some people who even today guess time by the position of sun on their head while working in farm in day time.

Ayurveda- is another thing which I started exploring very much after I came here. Even up to that extend that I feel like going back to India and do detailed study on that:D.

Well, coming to round up of Bitter gourd recipes , we have 60 great entries to enjoy bitter gourd now. With these entries this - liking and hating things -is also visible. As some choose to skip it this month while some choose to send more than 1 entries for the same. We have 10+ bloggers with more than 1 dish from them including --- Asha – 2, Srivalli - 5 , Mythreyee - 3 , Jayashree - 2 , Kajal – 6 , Meera - 3 ,Sandhya - 2 ,Kalai - 2 , Rina-2 and Trupti-2, Jan- 2. I must say they are all wonderful in cooking bitter gourd in wide range - from pickle to Pulao… :) . Thank you all for sending in your delicious recipes to cook bitter gourd with. It surely is a good chance for people like me to start eating it more and more to try each dish with.


Bitter Gourd as Starter dish

Kakarakaya Pakoda by srivalli
Spicy Karela Nuts by srivalli
Kakarakaya vepudu by srivalli
Bitter gourd fritters by srivalli
Garlicky Lemony Bitter Gourd Crisps by Jai&Bee
Healthy Bitter gourd Fritters by Trupti
Bitter Gourd fries by Dhvya K
Pavakka Pakora by Mythreyee
Sorisa batta kalara bhajja by Shibani

Bitter gourd as Side dish



Bitter Gourd Crisps by Pravs
Kakara kaya Gojju ~ Bitter Gourd Medium Sauté by srivalli
Bitter gourd Stir fry by Divya
Baked bitter gourd Chips by Sia
Parikkai thayir pachadi by Jayasree
Bitter gourd Pickle by Ranjeetha
Kakarakaya Podi by Deepika
Kakarakaya Karam by Vijaya
Pavakka(bitter gourd)Pickle by Mythreyee
karela crispy lemony fry by Priyanka
Bitter Gourd Fry by Rama

Bitter Gourd as Main course (Gravy/Curry)



Karela Masala by Asha
Karela Stir fry by Asha
Baked Gutti Kakarakaya (Baked Stuffed Bittergourd)by Hima
Baby bitter gourd fry by Jayashree
Bitter Gourd curry by Cham
Pavakkai Kozhambu by Vineela
Dheeve Ummen by Nanditha
Bitter gourd Pitlai by Jayashree
Bitter Gourd Baskets in Thick Gravy by Lavi
Simple Karela (Bitter Gourd) Stir-Fry by Jan
Hagalkai gashi by Archy
Bitter gourd gojju by Rupa
Bitter gourd curry by Uma
Bitter gourd with Lentils by Kajal
Bitter gourd with Tomato-Onion Gravy by Kajal
Bitter gourd with Mango(Keri-Karela) by Kajal
Stuffed Bitter gourd by Kajal
Stuffed Bitter gourd with onions by Kajal
Bitter gourd- onion Curry by Kajal
Karela Masala by Jan
Uchche Posto Jhuri -- Bitter Gourd fried with Poppy seed paste by Sandeepa
Karela Ju bhajji by Medhaa
Bitter Gourd fry with Besan by Sandhya
Spicy Bitter Gourd curry by Sandhya
Karela Kanda nu shaak by Meera
Karela Dhokli nu shaak by Meera
Bharela karela curry by MS
Tetor Dal by Me
Kaaju Karela(cashew &bitter gourd) curry by Me
Bitter Gourd curry by Bhawana
Bitter gourd Rasam By Sushma
Shukto by Bhagyashri
Bitter gourd fry by Kalai
Bittergourd tamarind masala by Kalai
Bitter gourd stir fry by Reena
Tamatar karela by Reena

Bitter Gourd as Dinner dish/One dish Meal with Bitter Gourd


Bitter gourd with eggs By Dhivya
Bitter Gourd peels Thepla by Meera
Bitter Gourd-Ragi Utappa by Trupti
Karela Pulao by Mythreyee

Do check it carefully and at the end of that don’t forget to vote for three categories as you did here.

Categories are
Most authentic recipe
, Best presented( by picture shown here) and Most creative recipe.

Please mention your votes in separate comment along with the category name( please note that my entries are excluded from this ). Those comments will be moderated for 1 week .The voting time is from today to 23rd April mid night. It's a good idea to value someone’s effort , so take little time and drop in your vote for your choice of entry .

Keep voting, keep rocking and keep cooking , And if you have some more time, help me with my click-confusion.

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So stay tuned and keep rocking gals... hugs to you all.

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