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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

                                   Thank you for all lovely entries and really appreciate your enthusiasm to participate!
                 I accepted some single dishes like starters or a snack,though I wanted some complete spreads,ideas to cook for the guests! Please forgive me if I, have not followed my own rules or have been  lenient..Not worthy
          I could not post an entry through the event period,though I hosted thrice guests!! But sure I will post some in future…he he .. Big Grin
              Sushma Mallya of Authentic food delights  sent me some starters for the event! Samosas,Crispy vegetable 65,Crispy onion Mushroom pakoda and Spring onion corn balls 
samosa crispy onion-mushroom pakoda
crispy spicy veggie 65 spring onion and corn balls

                     Prathiba of The chef and her kitchen, sent me “ Mysore Masala Dosa” with two different chutneys! Sure the guests will enjoy this menu!  Check out the recipe for a useful tip too!
masala dosa
                                    Pari Vasisht  from Foodelicious sent a wonderful spread she made for her all brothers and family! Check out her post “Bread & butter pudding” to see all the recipes she have made along with  !
Pari's Spread!
                Sadhana of “ A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine”  was the next to send me her “Rainbow meal”. Don’t miss her useful section “Know what you eat”!
RainbowRice
She also sent me another Kids friendly meal,looks pleasing to eyes,sure kids will enjoy!
MacandCheese

Varsha of Will- o -wisp sent me her Veg.Pulav  as her entry. The picture looks sinful is it  not?!!
Varsha's Veg. Pulav
Chaitra of Aathidyam sent me the next entry,which she made as a sunday special combo –Check it out in her pretty blog ,in the post  “Roti with Dum aloo”.
COMBO DELIGHT
                                       Priya of Priya’s Easy and Tasty recipes sent her Microwave cooked spread, which she cooked for her friends who visited suddenly!! All the dishes looks yummy,so don't miss to try it out!
Priya's Microwave spread
                          Priya Narasimhan From the blog Priya's Vegetarian Recipes, was the next to send me her No fuss “American Dinner Menu”.Sure it sounds good :)
dinnermenu1 from Priya Narasimhan
                             Minu from Chettinal Fiesta sent a very special menu,yes, its very special because her mom has cooked this menu for her:) Check out this post for the flavorful chettinad Spread!
Minu mom's Chettinad special!
Priti,my sweetie sent a spread she cooked for her DH’s birthday! Check out the part 2 and part 3 for the complete recipes that are in the menu!
priti's Birthday special menu!
Also she sent me another entry which her sister cooked for her,It was really very new to me! Sounds yummy!Check it out here in her post “Daal Baati and Khyari
Daal bhati khayri
Viki of Viki’s Kitchen Blog eagerly sent me A simple Dinner,with awesome Pizza in it!
pizza dinner
OC from Aromatic Kitchen sent me her wonderful spread she made as Onam sadya along with her beautiful memories!
onam sadya
Lata Raja of Flavors & Tastes has cooked for her Husband’s colleague, a lunch spread which you can find here in her post “ A Sunday lunch Menu
Lunch menu  from latha
Sandhya a budding blogger from Sandhya’s Kitchen sent her “Chole, Puri and Raita”,A friend too have been invited :)
sandhya-kitchen chole puri with raita
Shama From Easy 2 cook Recipes sent her lovely 3 entries!!  First one is to celebrate her Hubby’s Birthday with a special Dinner!
shama Birthday dinner
She also sent a “simple dinner menu idea
Shama's Dinner menu
Shama Lunch
Thanks Shama for wonderful entries :)
Jeyashri from jeyashri’s Kitchen,well,who gave the idea for this event,started a blog before I slowly post this roundupBig Grin!! I know she will be having guests everyweek,no wonder,coz,who can resist such a wonderful spread!! Soon I am going to be her guest!!
Jeyashris menu!
Chitra from Ratatouille sent me a “pizza” she made for her parents and a “lunch menu” she cooked for My parents Cool.
VEGPIZZA
lunch menu
Shaista of Mixcalculations, took cooking vegetarian  as a challenge and completed the mission!! Find out her mouthwatering menu in her post!!
Shaista
Arti Agarwal of Breakfasttodinner,have sent a “south Indian thali” which she cooked for her hubby specially who loves south Indian meals :)
south indian thali
Sireesha from her blog Mom’s recipes, sent the" “menu” she cooked for her cousin and she was satisfied with the tastes,even the guests admired it !
Sireesha
Lubna from Yummy food  enjoyed a “Complete meal” with her friend Valarmathi,who brought her yummy vadas and looks like they both had a blast :)
complete meal
Sreevalli from Ammaji recipes sent a “menu” she cooked for guests!
snaps1
Nisha from Nisha’s Kitchen, who cooked for her friend who came with her kids,and the kids loved her Kala channa so much! Check out the reason why in her post “Lunch menu”
Nisha's spread 
Kanchan from Kitchen gossip  have sent “her entry” Corn rice and ridge gourd fry!! Sure looking mouthwatering!
Kanchan
Nutan from Rice n Spice, have sent “a cake”,which she baked for a friend’s Anniversary and a “potato bun” for the event!
mango cake
potato buns

Please feel free to contack me if there is any doubts or incorrect links..
UPDATED:
I have some how missed out Shanthi’s Entry And here it is :
Wonder how I missed such a beautiful post!! Sorry Shanti!! Do check the post for a beautiful experience :)


Thank you!

COOKING FOR GUESTS – EVENT ROUND UP!!

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

           I simply followed the recipe from a cookbook. Its a long time wish for me to try this and today I tried and was satisfied with the results. There are so many sponge dosa recipes out there in the blog world,and here is another simple version!  It was too spongy and was good enough even when cooled down!
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Next time I will try adding Vendayam/fenugreek seeds as in other blogs!! Angel,though it was very very spongy,I will try that for flavor!

INGREDIENTS:

Idly rice(parboiled rice) 2 cups
Rice flakes/aval/poha 1/4 cup
Sour butter milk 3 – 4 cups
Cooking soda 1/4 tsp
Oil & salt As needed

Sponge stack!

Method:

  1. Soak washed rice and aval  together in buttermilk overnight.
  2. Morning,drain the excess buttermilk if any and grind to a smooth batter like our idly dosa batter(bit watery than that)
  3. Mix salt(I added 2 tsp) and cooking soda and mix well.
  4. Heat the tawa (I used a nonstick one) and pour a ladle full of batter and drizzle oil and don’t spread the batter,cook covered in medium flame for a minute.
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  5. Now super soft spongy dosa is ready to enjoy!
Porous texture!
Serve with a spicy chutney,we had with coconut chutney ground with red chillies and a garlic! Was really yummy and we all 3 ate well Happy
With chutney!
Notes:
  • No holes formed in the dosa? Check the consistency of the batter,too thick batter or even too thin batter wont give you porous dosa. Try adding more cooking soda and mix well and try again.

My next post will be My event round up!!

SPONGE DOSA

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

       This one is very easy to make,my hubby who doesn't likes pasta sauces, loves to eat pasta like this. I have used penne here,you can choose your pasta and try this. Any bachelor can try making this! Kids will sure love this too!!
Pasta

Ingredients:(serves 1)

Pasta of your choice 3/4 cup
Butter 1 tblsp
Cheese spread 2 –3 tblsp
Pepper,crushed little coarsely 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp
Olive oil/cooking oil 1 tsp
Salt as needed

Method:

  1. Cook pasta with salt,cooking oil,till soft,as per the packing instructions. If you want the pasta to get cooked soon,soak in water for  1 hr and then cook.
    Soaked cooking
  2. Drain the water and keep aside.
  3. Heat a broad pan and add the butter and just melt it in low flame.
  4. Add the cooked pasta and stir in the cheese and pepper.
    with butter on frying pan Added cheese
  5. I used Amul Cheese spread with pepper in it,so I dint added pepper.
    Amul punchy pepper cheese spread Have pepper on it own
  6. Toss well till the cheese melts and blends well with the pasta.If you want bit juicy,you can add a tblsp of milk and mix.
    Tossed
  7. Serve hot!!
Pasta

EASY CHEESY PASTA

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