Thursday, October 4, 2007

Microwave Easy Cooking with Basics - Round up and next Theme!

Another month has gone and its time for the round up of the Microwave Easy Cooking with Basics. The entries that came in were quite something, I would say. I was really apprehensive about expecting entries for this theme as this is something quite boring and can be said as difficult. But I was wrong, I was trilled at the enthusiasm showed by the bloggers and the entries were exciting. Most helpful when you want to do something quick. I have tried to summarize at the end. Hopefully everybody finds this round up helpful.

Before I start with the round up, let me announce the next theme which is going to be Snacks!. Well I am always fond of Snacks and if they can be easily made in Microwave, send them in. Check here for details on the Event. Entries can have the subject line as MEC: Snacks

Before I start, I would like to thank everyone who had taken time off to send in their entries. I really appreciate that.

Well here we go............

I asked for Basics and look what I got!

Suma from Veggie Platter showed that anything and everything can be done in Microwave.

Check out how Suma toasts / Roasts of Nuts, Dals, Flours & spices AND Papads & Fryums.

Talk about everything in Microwave! She is so meticulous in explaining everything on 'how to' in microwave.

Thanks Suma for the wonderful tips and process shown in Microwave.

Viji's blog as I said is a treasure for a beginner. Her series on Weekend Brunch puts any menu planner in wanting. The varied of dishes she brings out in her series are so amazing. And can you believe, she got most of her basics done in Microwave for her Weekend Brunch this time. How fantastic!

Hop on to her blog for more details on how the preparatory cooking was done to get started with the whole Karnataka Brunch!

Well now Asha is my most favorite blogger. I guess she is for many! And I would've been really disappointed had she not sent in anything, because she was busy with her RCI: Kar. But she has managed to send in atleast one. Thank you Asha, very sweet of you to take time for this event.

And guess what she grows so much of tomato that its no wonder that she had to find out efficient ways to store them all. She brings out a basic Tomato sauce out of the Microwave, which can used in a myriad of dishes! The sauce looks rich and beautiful that it can be had as such but Asha gives us a list that can make use of this heavenly sauce. I guess this works out best for people who have plenty of tomatoes on hand and also those who need to get a dish out in jiffy. Enjoy!

Next is from Super Chef of Mirch Masala

She says they have recently started using Microwave and make use of it for cooking rice, boiling potatoes, extracting juice out of lemon, defrosting frozen peas, paneer. Wow thats whole lot I would say!


Now we come to our next entry, which is from the blog called 100% Microwave Cooking. Well this is one blog that showcases everything in Microwave. Talk about dedication!

Easycrafts makes a point to try everything in microwave and this blog is one stop reference to recipes that can be prepared using Microwave.

Easycrafts talks about simplified cooking with MW. So how about roasting, blanching, extracting and can you believe making paneer!. Check out this blog which features Microwave cooking to the pleasure of mine!

Can you imagine what comes next? Yes idlis and Uttapams. The Traditional items from South India all from Microwave.

Siri from Siri's Corner says "WHERE THE BELLY RULES THE MIND..."

She has made 'A Idli and An Uttapam' all Microwaved. She says she was too lazy to make idlis in the Idli stand. And she was surprised that they turned out yummy and delicious and Quick when she tried them out in Microwave!

Not just these Siri becomes very innovative and makes a Microwave Omelette!

Nupur's One Hot Stove is a place for all. Her posts are lengthy! But you think I am complaining? Nay, I love reading her posts which looks more like a novel than an account of whats going to come as a recipe. Most times, I become reminiscent while reading those accounts and get nostalgic. Talk about spicy notes to spice up your life.

For this theme, she has come up with the most unexpected basics! You want to cook veggies in a jiffy or in a mood to roast papad or just want to sip a cuppa of tea while doing all these, Nupur has all the tips on hand. But the best one I can say is the tip on disinfecting kitchen sponges! This is ultimate. Way to go Nupur and we expect more to come.

Sona, calls herself the kitchen scientist. It fits her quite well, as I see she experiments with most of the things and comes out with some fabulous looking dishes. What attracts the readers when they land in her blog, are her pictures. They are unique and very artistically taken.

She remembers somebody saying "things are best explained when done using an example", so she explains basics showing us two dishes made so simple.

First one is Palak Thoran...she says she prefers to eat Palak only if its MW'ed, This palak thoran gets done in 5 mins cooking time.

Her second entry is "Avial". Avial is a beautiful dish from kerala, an amalgam of different veggies. Both hard and soft ones. Sona explains how these different textured vegetables need to be cooked together in a Microwave.


Pravs of Simply Spicy shows us how to prepare a beautiful chutney with Cilantro in Microwave.

She also prepares her cup of tea in Microwave. check her blog for details on how to roast Pappad, cook Thayir milagu, or Boil milk.

The wonderful ladies from The Yum Blog never cease to amaze me. The energy and enthusiasm showed by them is boundless. They prepared a tomato puree which comes handy when you have lot of tomatoes on hand or if you plan to buy them in bulk and store, this is the best way to do so. I have seen that they do many basics cooking in Microwave, so check out their tips on using Microwave.

Thank you for your wonderful tips Lathamma, appreciate them.


Last entry was from a beautiful blog called Ruchi Chūchu. Creativity is something best explained as something you see and say "wow, why didn't I think about this". This is how I felt when I landed in Sivani's blog. Its so beautifully assembled and her ingredient listing is unique.

She talks about making White Sauce and yes I am so fond of White sauce. Its been long time since I remembered White sauce. It was those days when I used to make burgers, I never liked mayonnaise as I don't eat Eggs, so had to prepare White sauce with flour. I loved the aroma coming out of this while you stir it.

I just loved the fact that we can do this in Microwave in no time. Sivani, thanks for the lovely entry.

Thanks for the lovely entries. To summarize I have tried listing out the different things that can be done

Roasting Dals, Papads and Fryums
Toasting Nuts, Spices and coconut
Toasting Flours
Preparing Tomato Sauce, White Sauce
Blanching of Tomatoes
Extracting Lemon Juice
Boiling Milk
Making Tea
Cooking Vegetables
Making idlies and Uttappams and Omelette!
Basics for Chutneys
Basics for Curries
Cooking rice
Defrosting Vegetables, paneer
and last but not the least Disinfecting kitchen sponges!

A big thanks to one and all. Hope this will be helpful to all those who want to venture into Microwaving! Request everybody to enjoy and share their thoughts. Click on the hyperlinks in each entry and appreciate the entries, for they have helped much towards easy cooking in Microwave.

Looking forward to the next round up with Snacks!

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easycrafts said...

hey srivalli dear...u forgot my post on basics

Srivalli said...

Easycrafts, kindly accept my most sincere apologies. In my haste to complete the final draft, yours somehow got missed. Have updated now. Thanks for pointing it out.
Expecting more entries from you for the next theme!

Raaga said...

nice... I will see what I can make... you should have done cakes this time...

easycrafts said...

No problem does always happen in an excitement to post such can surely count on me for the next theme too....

Srivalli said...

Raaga, I was thinking of you when I was deciding on the theme. I would love to have cakes, but i thought this event should be us in learning some cooking pattern. So wanted to cover some basic stuff before we jump into the hard ones...I have replied the same to your previous comment...thanks and expect something from you this time...

Thanks EasyCraft, very nice of you

Laavanya said...

A very useful round up Srivalli.. great entries. Thank you for organizing this.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Nice roundup Valli...learnt many useful microwave tips dear :-)

Pravs said...

Nice round up :)

Sivani said...

What a wonderful round-up, Srivalli.

I know I use the microwave in rather set patterns in general, because I am a creature of habit.

Seeing the lovely posts here I am inspired to expand my culinary explorations.

Thanks for hosting this!

Nupur said...

Thank you for a great round-up! I especially love the summary at the end of the post. I have an idea for the snack theme...will try and post it.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Nice round up Sri! It must have taken quite some time for you to do this!:)) And a small write up explaining each entry! great Sri dear! Hugs to you!:))
I already have one snack posted. I can send that. And I'll think of some more soon!
Have a great bloggers get together at chennai!:))

Asha said...

Beautiful round up and great ideas to MW cooking basics,thank you!:)
Still on break, just thought I would check out the round up!:D
Will see what I can come up for next.

Suganya said...

I want to participate in this event, but just can't squeeze posts in time. Bad planning on my side. At least snacks should get me on board.

Sharmi said...

nice event and great roundup. I dont cook much in microwave but I see so many entries and it provokes me a lot.

starry nights said...

Thanks for getting this together, very useful and so many new ideas to get things done .

Neelam said...

Very nice roundup srivalli...very informative and beautifully written!

Tee said...

Lovely roundup, Srivalli! Lot of great tips here...
The next theme sounds interesting...let me see what I can whip up :)

Cynthia said...

I have a suggestion: you all should come together and put all the recipes in a book and call it the new microwave cookbook.

Cynthia said...

Or another name: The microwave, for more than just re-heating.

remya said...

nice wonderful roundup....

Mansi Desai said...

wow, great to know all these tips!! makes me feel my microwave is so under-utilized! hahahaa....

I love the next theme! Snacks willbe fun, and I'll bookmark the next post:)

bee said...

thiss is a really useful set of recipes and posts. thank you.

KayKat said...

I almost never use the microwave for cooking, but this Snacks theme sounds too tempting!

Thanks for organizing this, Srivalli.

Siri said...

Wow Srivalli, lovely roundup and the intro to each and every entry is fab..:D and Snack is a nice theme dear..:)

Siri said...

Lovely Round up Srivalli and the intro for each n every entry is nice...and I like the Snack theme too..:D. will send my entries soon...:)

Swapna said...

Great round-up. Sorry I missed your event. But I will definitely participate in MEC: Snacks.

Roopa said...

Wonderfull roundup sri! i will try this time atleast to post something for your event!

Cinnamon said...

That was a wonderful round up. Could not participate then... but surely will come up with something this time!


Great job!! Can get so many recipes and useful for every body...Thanx for organising!!I am eager to participate in your next snack MEC event.!!Hope you got the mail!!

Anonymous said...

nice roundup & wonderful MW recipes:)

Vcuisine said...

Excellent round up Valli. Amazing your time management with three kids. Take care. And your them will benefit many. Viji

Lissie said...

great job, srivalli! good that you are coming up with new ideas...

Sig said...

Great round up Srivalli... I've missed this event so far, hopefully I will get around to it this month... with so many great tips about basic m/w techniques, it will be easy to come up with something.

Prajusha said...

Great Round up. nice to see lot of Microwave recipes.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

heers to u, Shri..u make life soo much easier and exciting for us!!

Srivalli said...

Laavanya, thank you

Sirisha, thank you thats the whole idea..:)

Pravs, glad you would participate

Sivani, thank you. You do things differently I know..:)

Nupur, thanks..oh thats great!

Lathamma, nice of you to say that...

Asha, thanks for the entry

Suganya, ok accepted..:)..expecting one for snacks!

Sharmi, fine then do get provoked enough and send me one...:)

starry nights, thanks

Neelam, thank you for your interest!

Tee, expecting yours soon

Cynthia, thats indeed a marvelous suggestion! Will think abt it

remya, thanks

Mansi, thank you

bee, glad you liked it

KayKat, well get all geared for that then

Siri, thank you

Swapna, thats fine, expecting your entry for the next!

Roopa, please do

Cinnamon, looking forward to that

RAKS KITCHEN, yes got it and thanks!

paati, thank you

Viji, thanks for your kind words. But can't beat you with time management

Lissie, thank you

Sig, yes so please do dish up something for the next theme

Prajusha, glad you liked it

Sona, thats very nice of you to say

bhags said...

Sorry Sri, for the lack of the microwave I always turn up empty handed for your event....:(

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