Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Healing Foods - Beetroot Event Guest Hosting

Hello friends,

This month I am hosting 2 events. The first one is "Only" Event: Low Oil/Low Calorie.

Second one is called Healing Foods which most of you from blog world are already very familiar with. I am very very thankful to Siri for allowing me to host this event for this month.

This month the Healing Food chosen is Beetroot. Now, I am sure I don't even need to introduce this super healthy super food. But, I know, there are still a lot of people who have never used it or do not use it very often, like me. So, this month, it is an inspiration to all of us who are like me to use it in varied ways you can and show your culinary skills.

Please follow this link to know all about Beetroot.

Nutrients in Beetroot (Info Source)

Beet greens are a very good source of calcium, iron, Vitamins A and C. Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid. They are a very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium. Beet greens and beetroot are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, iron and vitamin B6Betacyanin is the pigment that gives beetroot its color, and has powerful antioxidant properties.
Beets, rawNutritional value per
100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy180 kJ (43 kcal)
• Carbohydrates9.56 g
Dietary fiber2.8 g
• Fat0.17 g
• Protein1.61 g
Vitamin A equiv.2 μg
- beta-carotene20 μg
- lutein and zeaxanthin0 μg
Thiamine (Vit. B1)0.031 mg
Riboflavin (Vit. B2)0.040 mg
Niacin (Vit. B3)0.334 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)0.155 mg
• Vitamin B60.067 mg
• Folate (Vit. B9)109 μg
• Vitamin C4.9 mg
• Calcium16 mg
• Iron0.80 mg
• Magnesium23 mg
Phosphorus40 mg
Potassium325 mg
Zinc0.35 mg
A comprehensive breakdown of nutrients can be found in theNutrition Database where this food can also be added to a meal planner.

Beetroot also help in the following:

  • Cholesterol Reduction
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • Healthy Liver Function
  • Cancer Prevention

Here are the simple rules:

  • Cook any Vegan / Vegetarian dish using BEETROOT as the chief ingredient and blog about it this month.[Eggs are allowed in baked goods only.]
  • Link back to this announcement and to Siri's Healing foods page is a must.If you have tried a recipe from another blog, link it to that post as well.
  • Usage of logo is recommended.
  • Multiple entries are always welcome.
  • Archived entries are accepted as long as you link it to the announcements and update the post .
  • You can share the recipe sent here with other events as well.
  • Non bloggers are most welcome to participate
  • The deadline is September 31st 2010.
  • Once you have blogged about your dish, mail the following details to priya.mitharwal@gmail.com with the subject - Healing foods-Beetroot
    • Your name
    • Blog name
    • Dish
    • URL of the dish
    • A picture of your creation.

That's all for now. Take care till next post.

Left Over Idlis with Pappula Podi - Tried from Sailu's Kitchen

Hello Friends,

This is one of the quickest turnaround on a bookmarked recipe. Actually, it so happened that I was checking my Google Reader for all blog updates (As I do it everyday) and saw that Sailu had posted this recipe. Do I even need to introduce Sailu. She is like maha chef of blog world. I simply adore her blog and have been following her blog even before I had my own blog. 

Coincidentally, I had leftover idlis from previous day, so I immediately (within 2 hours of reading this, if you can believe that) conjured up delicious Left Over Idlis with Pappula Podi recipe. It was mouth watering. I have had left over idli upma, but this was a nice twist to it. I used my home made (meaning already made and did not use her podi recipe) recipe which I had posted here. Please head over heels to Sailu's blog for the wonderful recipe :)

I am sending this to my own event of Bookmarked Recipes - Every Tuesday.
That's all for now. Take care till next post.

Guest hosting "Only" event with "Low Oil/Low Calorie" Theme

Hello friends,

I am very happy to guest host "Only" series started and created by Pari. First of all, I would like to thank Pari to allow me to guest host this event. I am a big fan of hers. You must visit her blog (if you are not already following, which I am sure you are), to check her delicious collection of recipes.

With the lifestyle, many of us are leading these days (mostly sedimentary), it is very important for us to adapt the practices which help us become and stay healthy. One of the most important part of adapting a healthy lifestyle is the selection of which kind of foods we make, eat and share along with the physical activity that one must choose appropriate for themselves and their families. And, who doesn't know the benefit of using recipes which do not need oil or use very less oil and also the recipes which are less in calories so that we eat delicious foods with no guilt/sin at all. Isn't that like dream come true for all of us.

This month's theme of "Only" event focuses exactly on this and I can bet anything that roundup will be something to bookmark in totality :)

As you all may know already this series also will have a winner. The winner gets a book from Pari, the details of which are here. Winner will be chosen by me by random.org and he/she has to provide me with an address in India within two days of the winner declaration else a new winner will be chosen by me.  

As you know that the cookbook giveaway to the winner is  sponsored by www.tarladalal.com  and it is based on the theme of the month. Since this month we indulge into a health conscious food indulge, the offered giveaway is 100 Calorie Snacks.

Click on the cover image to sample content from the book

The book is filled with 30 scrumptious recipes that have been classified under 6 different categories of Chatpata Chaat, Waffles & Pancakes, Instant Dishes, Dry Snacks, Wraps & Kebabs and Multi-Cuisine Snacks. The recipes have been designed by her team of nutritionists and chefs in a manner that they are filling as well nutritious.

Below is the logo.

  • Any number of fresh entries can be sent but only 2 enties from the archive will be accepted. Archived entries to be reposted, else will not be accepted.
  • Only vegetarian entries (egg allowed) will be accepted.
  • Use of logo is mandatory.
  • The entry should be linked back to this announcement and Pari's event announcement page.
  • Last Date of entry is September 30th 2010.
  • The winner will be chosen by me by random.org after the round up is completed.
  • Please send an email @ priya.mitharwal@gmail.com in the following format.
    • name
    • blog's name
    • blog url
    • recipe name
    • recipe link
    • pic  resized to 300pixel
    • Country (this is an important field to be filled as it will be easy for us to know whether he/she is from India or abroad)
  • I will post the round up within 7 days of event completion unless there's an emergency.
So, put your chef caps and start sending delicious and healthy entries features low oil or low calories.

That's all for now. Take care till next post.

Bookmarked Recipes - Every Tuesday Event - 31st August 2010 (Volume 5)

Hello friends,

This is the fifth volume of Bookmarked Recipes - Every Tuesday Event. You can find recipes for all other volumes here. where we all with link the blog posts where we posted a recipe that we had Bookmarked from another blog or book or magazine or simply from a TV show written on a blank paper. It would be great to know when you bookmarked it (date), if you would like to share it, not mandatory.

Remember, you will have to post that recipe on Tuesday, August 31st 2010 and no archived or past recipes are allowed to be entered in this event. You can make that recipe any date or time, but it has be posted on Tuesday. Hope that is clear :)
Please use the logo displayed below in your post and link it with this post or the original announcement post of this event.
Once you have posted your recipe on your blog, simply link it using "Mr. Linky" below. Linking will open only after 12 am on 31st August 2010 (India Time) and will stay open till end of the day (US Pacific Time).

Hoping to see lots of recipes as I know all of us have bookmarked recipe, blogger or non-blogger. If you are a non-blogger, please feel free to send me the recipe with pic and the source of your bookmark.

That's all for now. Take care till next post.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Curried Pasta - T & T from My Diverse Kitchen

Hello friends,

This month's Tried & Tasted event's featured blog is Aparna's blog My Diverse Kitchen. The event is hosted by Srivalli which is started by Lakshmi of Kitchen Chronicles and Zlamushka.

I have so many of Aparna's bookmarked recipes that I don't think I will be able to make them all in the few days that I have for the event. But, as I love all those recipes, I am surely making them all sooner or later :)

She has a wonderful collection. She is also a daring baker, so you will get all varieties of recipes in her blog, from all courses of meals.

Curried Pasta is the one that I so wanted to try and got the chance recently. Please do visit her blog for the entire recipe as I used it as it is. I just used my own veggie mix (of what I had in freezer - peas, carrots, corn, green beans mix), but everything else is same. Enjoy !!! 

I am also sending this to Vegetarian Foodie Fridays and Pasta Presto Nights # 179.


That's all for now. Take care till next post.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chhola Paneer - छोला पनीर (Chickpeas and Paneer in Spicy Gravy) from Lisa's Kitchen

Hello friends,

Another Recipe that I tried from our fellow blogger Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen. Do I even need to mention more about her. I love her vegetarian cooking :) Please do check out the recipe with her.

Chhola Paneer - छोला पनीर (Chickpeas and Paneer in Spicy Gravy) was such a nice, rich and creamy gravy. Loved all the flavors going in that curry. Two things I changed, (1) I did not fry paneer as I like them not fried better (2) I did not have cilantro, so used Kasoori Methi (Dry Fenugreek Leaves) instead.

I had made this on Rakhi and had a friend couple invited. We all just simply loved and enjoyed it :)

I am also sending this event to BB6: Potluck DishesLet's Relish: Paneer and Show Me Your Curries events.


I am also sending this to to MLLA # 26 hosted by Briciole and started by Susan and CWF: LB - Chickpeas hosted by Nithu and started by Kiran.


That's all for now. Take care till next post.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sevai Kheer - सेवई खीर (Rice Noodles Pudding)

Hello friends,

Hope everyone had a lovely and happy Rakhi yesterday. Here is the sweet I made that I am sharing with all of you. It is one of my family favorite. Enjoy !!!

Sevai Kheer - सेवई खीर (Rice Noodles Pudding)

Sevai (Vermicilli/Rice Noodles) - 2 cups
Milk - 6 cups
Sugar - 1.5 cups (adjust this amount to your liking, this quantity is usually likeable by all, but feel free to increase or decrease)
Ghee (Clarified Butter) - 1/3 cups
Kaju/Kishmish (Cashews/Golden Raisins) - 1 tbsp each, roasted in 1tbsp of ghee

  • Take a heavy bottomed pan and boil milk in it.
  • Meanwhile, take the ghee in a frying pan and once it is hot, add broken sevai to it.
  • Roast till nice aroma comes from it and the color of sevai turns to almost golden brown. Remember, it roasts real quick, so keep an eye.
  • Once milk starts boiling, add roasted sevai to it, mix and let the sevai cook on slow flame. Takes about 15 min.
  • While cooking it will also absorb most of the milk. At this point, add sugar to it and mix well.
  • Once sugar is all dissolved, add roasted kaju/kishmish and mix well.
  • Adjust the amount of milk per your liking. I personally do not like it very thick or very runny, just perfect :)

Serve it WARM as dessert for either lunch or dinner. I sometimes just warm and eat it as a snack. Always feel free to add some milk before serving or warming as noodles have tendency to absorb all the milk.

That's all for now and take care till next post.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Saunf aur Tamatar Paneer - सौंफ और टमाटर पनीर (Cottage Cheese in Fennel and Tomato Sauce)

Hello friends,

Here is a second bookmarked recipe of mine that I tried from Niya's Blog. Please do visit her blog for more recipes and very delicious recipes. 

Saunf aur Tamatar Paneer - सौंफ और टमाटर पनीर (Cottage Cheese in Fennel and Tomato Sauce) was simply mouth watering and we loved it. The only change I did to this was not use coriander seeds, but instead use coarse powder as I don't like coriander seeds in my mouth. I used whole fennel seeds, but if you do not like that, feel free to crush them as well. 

But, I am sure, you would love the refreshing taste of saunf (feneel seeds) in your mouth. It is such a simple recipe, very few ingredients, not very spicy and just lovely.

This goes to my own event of Bookmarked Recipes - Every Tuesday.


That's all for now. Take care till next post.


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