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.
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:
- It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
- When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
- Is a natural liver detoxifier.
- It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
- Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
- 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:
- Smoky Spinach Potato curry, Dahi Wali Bhindi - Pari Vasisht of Foodelicious
- Alu Paneer Masala – Malini of Khana Khazana
- Olan – Sadhana of A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine
- Stuffed Capsicum – Kanchan of Kitchen Gossip
- Stuffed Mini Eggplants – Cool Lassi(e) of Pan Gravy Kadai Curry
- Green Peas Curry – Lissie of Salt and Spice
- Aloo Kari Patta – Sowjanya of Ruckika Cooks
- Turnip fry.- Madhu of Ruchii
- Batata/Aloo Sukhi Bhaji (Potato Dry Curry) and Toor Dal Varan (Pigeon Peas Curry 2) – SE (Denufood) of Denufood-Delicious & Nutritious Food
- Aloo poha, Bhindi ki Kadhi – Indu Srinivasan of Khatta Meetha Teekha
- Poori masala- Shama of Easy to cook recipes
- Napa Cabbage Pakodas, Bhindi Zunka, Raw Banana & Oats Poriyal – Priya Suresh of Priya’s Easy N Tasty Recipes
- Vengaiaya Thaal / Spring onion Pachadi, Onion Gosthu, Cauliflower with Peas Kurma – Aruna of Veggie Paradise
- Paneer Butter masala – Divya of Dil se
- Beans & potatoes with a healthy quotient – Sugar Plum Fairy of vanillastrawberryspringfields
- Spiced Okra with Tomatoes - Tigerfish of Teczcape – an escape to food
- Moru curry/ Yogurt gravy, Cabbage thoran/uppeari – Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen
- Masala dosai – Nandini of Usha Nandini’s Recipes
- Panchmisali Tarkari – A Bengali mix-vegetable Delight – Indrani of Appayan
- Tadka Moong dal – Suma of VeggiePlatter
- Masaledar Pudine wala Qimah, Lazeez Murg Qurma – Mona of Zaiqa
- Dhania Chicken Masala – Priya Suresh of Priya’s Easy N Tasty Recipes
- Mocha chingrir Daal: Banana Flower, prawn Lentil – Sayantani of Home-maker’s Diary
- Fiery Chicken – Aliena of What’s cooking today!!
- Tasty Tangra, Mouri Parshey, Gurjali Macher Jhol – SGD (Sharmistha) of COOK-A-DOODLE-DO
- Mutton bone soup - Shama of Easy to cook recipes
- Methi Bhaath Karnataka Style – Pari Vasisht of Foodelicious
- Khichdi and Kadhi – Sowjanya of Ruchika Cooks
- Khichdi - Mona of Zaiqa
- Lemon peas rice – EC of Simple Indian food
- Vegetable masala rice – Indu Srinivasan of Khatta Meetha Teekha
- Rajma & Bellpepper Pulao, – Priya Suresh of Priya’s Easy N Tasty Recipes
- Pineapple Sadam / Pineapple Rice – Radhika Vasanth of Food for 7 Stages of Life
- Palidha Dal Chawal – Fazela Vohra of Kharas Mithas
Non-vegetarian whole meals:
- LambNVeggie Kebab with Broccoli-Lime Rice – Cool Lassi(e) of Pan Gravy Kadai Curry
- Goa Portuguesa galinha assado – Sugar Plum Fairy of Vanillastrawberryspringfields
Apart from these four categories there were 14 other entries which included rasam, sambhars, spicy powders, pickles, etc.
- Vegan Fresh Turmeric Pickle – Muskan A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine
- Dahi Ki Kadi – Mona of Zaiqa
- Lemon rasam , Mor Kozhambu – Rohini of Curries and Spices
- Manja Paal-Turmeric Milk – Kayal of Kayal’s Kitchen
- Green Chili Sambar, Mini Idli pepper fry – Nandini of Usha Nandini’s Recipes
- Sambar sadam, Sabudana khichdi – Indu Srinivasan of Khatta Meetha Teekha
- Avial, Masala dosai – Shama of Easy to cook recipes
- Tiranga Aachar – Spice of Spice Buds
- Kande pohe, Susheela – PJ of Seduce your tastebuds
- Poha Chivda – Cham of Spice-Club
- Simple and Tasty Idly Sambar, Channa Dal Flour Chutney – Aruna of Veggie Paradise
- Curry Powder – Graziana of Erbe in cucina (Cooking with herbs)
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.