Think Spice: Think Turmeric Event Round-Up

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About Think Spice:

Sunita of Sunita’s world started Think Spice in April 2008. She has even allowed several bloggers host this event (here’s the list from Sunita’s site) and I’m lucky to be host this popular event. Many thanks to Sunita.

Why this theme – Turmeric?


While searching for the right theme for the event, I found that turmeric (Holud, Haldi) was not covered by any one till date. Turmeric is one of the most used spices in any kind of cuisine, and when talking about Indian culinary arts, turmeric is just indispensible.

Event Metrics:

There were 56 entries in all, and I divided the entries into five broadly defined categories – vegetarian dishes, non-vegetarian entrée, whole meals, rice preparations and miscellaneous. Muskan of A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine was kind enough to search for some of the wonderful health benefits of turmeric in her post, and here’s the list:

  1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
  2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
  3. Is a natural liver detoxifier.
  4. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  5. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
  6. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

For an elaborate list of beneficial effects of turmeric click here.

And here’s the round-up:

Vegetarian dishes:

Non-vegetarian entrée:

Rice preparations:


Non-vegetarian whole meals:


Apart from these four categories there were 14 other entries which included rasam, sambhars, spicy powders, pickles, etc.

Please let me know in case I’ve left out any entry or gave an incorrect URL/blog name. You can email me or post a comment for this, and I’ll correct it.

The Think Spice event for January 2010 hosted by Nandini of Food Food Food. Here’s the complete list of round ups.

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Gajar Halwa

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“There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime.  Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them.”
– P.J. O’Rourke

There were a lot many troubles going on for the last couple of weeks. My internet connection broke, and then the computer got virus infected and crashed. Above all my Masters first semester exams was going on. The net result, I was not able to write a post for almost a month now. At last hopefully everything is fine now, and back to form.
When it comes to a big get together, or a year end weekend party there has to be a mouthwatering and tempting dessert at the end of the dinner menu. It was my mom and sister’s birthday on 24th, and so the house was packed with guests and relatives. Searching through Sanjeev Kapoor’s book on microwave cooking got hold of an easy way of cooking carrot pudding, the better way to call it – Gajar ka Halwa. The preparation turned out to be a very tasty one. I used the sugar free, as most of the family members are diabetic.

There is something very peculiar about this winter season. The weather is so dull and dry, but the veggies and fruits you get at this time of the year are so colorful. These days I just love going to the farmer’s market, shopping for vegetables – all of them looking so colorful and vibrant. The carrots in there bright reddish orange tinge are a must buy this season. Gajar halwa is best prepared with Delhi carrots, the ones that are long and reddish in color. Carrots are very good for the eyes due to the high amount of Vitamin A present.

Serving: 6
Preparation time: 15min
Cooking time: 20min

Ingredients:

Carrots (Gajar): 1kg

Milk (Dudh): 1 ½ litre

Sugar (Chini): ½ cup

Khoya: 200gms

Clarified Butter (Ghee): 2 tablespoons

Cardamom (Elaichi): 3-4 powdered

Almonds (Kaath Badam): 12-14

Raisins (Kismis): 2 tablespoons, soaked

Preparation:

  • Put the almonds in a microwave safe bowl and pour in water till they are covered fully. Microwave high uncovered for 3-4min. Take them out and cool those down till you can hold the nuts, peel off and chop into thin slices, keep aside.
  • Take the grated carrots in a microwave safe deep bowl and mix well with 1 ½ tablespoon of ghee. Microwave high covered for 10min, or till they become soft. Stir once or twice in between
  • Pour in the milk and again microwave high covered for 8-10mins, stirring once or twice in between.
  • Add the sugar and khoya and cook in microwave high uncovered for 5-6min
  • Take out and garnish with almonds, and raisins

Hot tips – While grating the carrots, it’s better to leave out the hard middle part of the carrot. You can put in a little coloring agent, to have the bright color of the halwa.

Further readingsGajar Halwa by Bon Vivant

1 Serving of raw grated carrot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45.1
Total Fat 0.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 75.9 mg
Potassium 352.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.5 g
Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
Sugars 5.0 g
Protein 1.0 g
Vitamin A 264.8 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 7.6 %
Vitamin C 10.8 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.5 %
Calcium 3.6 %
Copper 2.5 %
Folate 5.2 %
Iron 1.8 %
Magnesium 3.3 %
Manganese 7.9 %
Niacin 5.4 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.0 %
Phosphorus 3.9 %
Riboflavin 3.8 %
Selenium 0.2 %
Thiamin 4.8 %
Zinc 1.8 %

Sending this recipe to my dear friend Radhika’s event for this month – Delectable Desserts, Pastries & Ice Creams, another friend Arundhuti has recently announced her first blog event, this carrot pudding is on her way to to her Served with Love event and also to MEC: Festive Food hosted by Cham, this event is the brain child of Srivalli

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Monthly Mingle: Winter Fruits and Vegetables

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Winter has already set in and the markets are flooded with the colorful fruits and vegetables from the December harvest. There is a plethora of the fresh vegetables and fruits that are available in the markets – avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, grape fruit, pears, spinach, beans, and so many others. So if you have any recipes having these fruits or vegetables as the main ingredients then go ahead and rush in your entries for this month’s edition of Monthly Mingle: Winter Fruits and Vegetables. Along with these winter harvest as the main ingredients the recipes may have other vegetables or non-vegetarian ingredients.

Meeta of  “What’s for Lunch, Honey?” fame organizes the Monthly Mingle event each month and was kind enough to allow us to host this event for the month of December-January. Please send in your entries to bengalicuisine@gmail.com

(bengalicuisine[at]gmail[dot]com) between 24th December 2009 and 11th January, 2010.

The rules are simple and easy:

1. Create any dish between now and 11th January, 2010 that fits the idea of Winter Fruits and Vegetables. There is no limit to the number of entries you can send for the event.

2. Your creation should be prepared for the current Monthly Mingle theme and cannot be shared with any other blog events.

3. You must provide a link to this post and the official Monthly Mingle page.

4. Please send in your recipes to bengalicuisine@gmail.com with “Monthly Mingle” as the subject line along with the following details:

  • Your preferred name.
  • Name of your blog and its url.
  • Name of the dish and url of the post.
  • Your location (Country)
  • A picture of the dish 300pixels wide.

We would appreciate if you can kindly use the logo of the event.

If you have any queries please drop a comment here or mail us at bengalicuisine@gmail.com.

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