Foodabulous Fest September 2013 - Event Roundup

First of all, let me thank all of you who have come ahead and participated in making the Foodabulous Fest event for the month of September 2013 a success. Let's quickly run through the round up for it!

Though the theme I had fixed was for Onam specialties, I received quite a bit of mixed entries. I guess I will do the round up by splitting up the entries as "Onam Specialties" and "Other Vegetarian Specialties". I received a total of 40 blogger entries + 2 non-blogger entries, which I have included in the round up below. Hope I have not missed out any entries!

First, looking into the Onam special dishes:

Vegetarian Sides:

Avial/ Mixed Vegetables, Cucumber Pachadi, and Mambazha Pulissery by Cooks and Facts

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Koottu Curry by Kachus Delights

Muringakka Thoran/ Drumstick StirfryKumbalanga Pachadi and Avial by From My Own Kitchen


Kadumanga Achar by Shaain's Cooknotes

Inji Curry from The Humpty Dumpty Kitchen

Dates Plum Pickle by Mrs. Zahra Farook
Plums-2 chopped
Dates 12- soaked in half cup vinegar for 1/2 hour
Sesame oil- 3 tbsp.
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Chili powder 2 ttsp or more
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp each
Asafetida- a pinch

Heat oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds add ginger garlic pate. Add plums cook. Add chilli powder. Then add dates along with vinegar. Cook. Add a pinch of asafetida. Add more vinegar if you want... store in bottles


Semiya/ Vermicelli Payasam by Cooks and Facts


Paasi Paruppu Payasam by Nayana's Kitchen Kreations

Tuvar Dal Payasam by The Brunchbox

Chakka Pradhaman by Nandoos Kitchen

Nutty Dates Payasam by Saju's Tastes

Cherupayar Parippu /Split Moong Dal Payasam-Kerala Special by Ms. Roshny Daniel

Cherupayar Parippu/Split Moong Dal – 200gm
Jaggery -400gm
Thick coconut milk /1st extract /Onnampaal – 1½ cups
Medium thick coconut milk/IIst extract /Randampaal – 4 cups
Light coconut milk – 4 cups
Ghee – 3 tablespoon
Dried Ginger/chukka (powdered) - 1 tsp
Jeera (roasted and powdered)-1 tsp
Cashew Nut
Coconut(diced to small piece) pieces -1/4 cup

Roast the cherupayar parippu / moong dal in a dried pan till golden brown. Cool and  Wash it. Meantime melt jaggery in 1 cup water. Strain the melted jaggery to remove impurities. Add 3 cups water and boil the parippu . When parippu is well cooked, add the Jaggery and mix well with spatula. Add the Light coconut milk and allow to cook on medium heat.Stir well. To this add the Medium Thick milk , mix well and boil again stirring continuously over medium-low heat for about 8 - 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens and evaporates becoming half the original. Finally add the Thick Coconut milk - 1st extract /Onnampaal and cook for a minute at low heat and switch off the flame. Keep stirring until the milk is incorporated. 
(Note: Do not boil the Thick coconut milk, boiling will result in separated coconut milk.)
Add the Dried ginger/Chukka -Jeera mixture and remove from Flame.

Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan . First fry the coconut pieces until brown and drain on to a paper towel and set aside. Fry the raisins until plump and drain. Add in the cashews and fry until golden brown. Mix all this in to the payasam. Now its ready to serve.

Looking into the other entries received:

1. Home Cook Food linked in Authentic Falafel Balls, Aloo Parval Ki Dry Sabzi, Tiramisu with Home Made Cheese, Baked Vegetable Spring Rolls, Raw Mango Curry, Kadai Paneer, Pasta Arabiatta with Vegetables, Gulkhand Phirni, Apple Sprouted Chana Achar, Bagara Baingan, Carrot Tomato Pulao, Schezuan Appam, No Bake Chocochip Brownie Bars, and Instant Green Chilli Pickle. Hats off Linsy, so many entries you have linked!!!

2. Priya's Virundhu linked in Chinese Scallion Pancakes

3. Mayuri's Jikoni linked in Peanut Butter Banana Chocochip Muffins

4. Simply Tadka shared Rava Kesari, Lauki Ki Kheer

5. Kitchen Serenity contributed Dates Fudge, Homemade Rose Syrup, Ven Pongal, Creme Caramel

6. The Brunchbox chipped in with Ambode

7. Spicy Foood contributed Fruit Verrines

8. Motichoor Laddoos from Tangy Minds

9. Three Red Magic Cooler from Cookbook Jaleela

Thank you all for participating!!! Appreciate your continued support in the future as well... Have a lovely weekend...

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