Thursday, January 7, 2010

My Legume Love Affair - Edition 18 ~ Round up!

For many days I was thinking how I was going to start this post. Seriously, I was! For that matter every post has this starting problem, thinking how to have to dramatic effect with the topic I am going to talk about and how I am going to keep the interest on.

For once today's post doesn't require much efforts from me. I know many of you would love to get more ideas for using the most loved legumes in as many ways as our wonderful participants have to share.

I would like to thank Susan for asking me again. I must say I felt it was destined that I begin and end the year with the event that was great experience. And to all bloggers who sent in their entries. It was really fun reading through all your posts. My apologies if I had missed to leave a comment. Let me assure you that I have read and digested each one of your entry!

With about 77 entries, I feel overwhelmed seeing the varieties one can do with legumes. I initially wanted to do on legumes. Half way through the process I was confused. Then next best option was on menu categorization. So if you need an idea for a starter you have a whole list of them slacked up!

Yes yes, before that I have the winner to announce! But hey lets proceed to enjoy the feast before that! Scroll down to see the winner!

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Ambika sends in two entries, one exciting Chickpeas and Oats Falafel. She was introduced to Falafel by her husband who used to eat this everyday. She often wonder how he can until she tasted herself and soon found addicted. Check out her post to see how she serves. And also her Kidney Bean biscuit that she sends for the event!

Cham has a tough decision to make, whether it is a vada or bonda. She makes this during the Karthigai Deepam and muses on this yummy festival dish that's made on all festival. Now who cares when it looks as delicious as she served. Bring on ok!

Deepti decided to try something different with the Kidney beans and finally decided on making patties! And yes to make these healthy she add carrots and peas. On top these are shallow fried to boot!

Divya tries to make a healthier version of falafel by baking it. Yes this can be a wholesome meal when paired with pita bread and hummus. Now my goal is to make them and get my kids eat this!

If the weather is great and you are in need of something munching to get you enjoy it more, then Indrani has the perfect snacks to offer. Her fried black chickpeas are great and not to mention the crunchy kachori filled with green peas. Though in season you get plenty, these days these are available through the day. You just need to get a handful to enjoy these famous Bengali delicacy

Janet offers a colourful starter with tomatoes stuffed with lentils and couscous. Looking at her picture sure makes you grab one right off right?

For Kulsum, mishaps in life are better thinking on the wonderful joy that good ole food brings in. Especially if these are authentic comfort types. Chana Batata is one such dish that brings in loads of joy and memories of carefree life for her. Let's get the same dose by checking out her post!

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Lataji makes a canopy of legumes by including everything that she can in this delicious Deepavali Mixture that she makes every year. She fondly recollects how much her mom used to make these for the season to distribute to friends. Now don't we wish we were all living close by!

Nithya loves adding legumes to her meal because they are nutritious and add a variety too. This time round she picked on making pigeon pea salad!

Priya Srinivasan wanted to try her hands at a new dish that is also healthy. So she choose Black-Eyed Beans and makes a bonda with them!

Next we have Priya Suresh sending us two dishes. First is the Spicy Channadal which is her all time favorite snack. She remembers her mom making this very often. The other one is a vada with Aval in it. Now that's a new one for me. These are so crispy because of the Aval added.

If you want a quick chaat, then Sadhana & Muskaan 's 10 Minute Chana Chaat is the one for you. chickpea are good source of protein and these chaat has beets, carrots to top it all!

Now simplicity is best of all and it can't get any better than these tasty Steamed Jumbo Peanuts from Shoba. She fondly recollects days back home enjoying these with her siblings!

Srinithya makes this healthy Vada with sprouted moong dal.

Now this is something very interesting. How do you like the idea of a snack that tastes great but doesn't require pan frying or baking or deep frying? Sounds incredible. Well that's exactly what Sweatha says sending us her Turkish Red Lentil Kofte. Check out to see how she does!


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Dhanggit, in a festival mood prepares Warm Fava Beans and Spicy Chorizo Salad for a party and I am sure it was the highlight looking as it does!

Fate seems to decide differently for Jaya who tries something different for the first time as she normally hesitates to order something new. But guess that was good as it forced her to prepare it again at home and share it with us. This Rustic three lentil soup with vegetables was that good!

Jeanne talks about how else life can be wonderful, un complicated. Yes there are hundreds of things that can, but food is the only one thing that she thinks can control and keep it simple. And for a night alone, she chooses this Chickpea and chorizo stew to entertain herself!

Nisha sends in some Maharastrian Moong Usal which can be served any time of the day and is very versatile. Not to mention the fact that it is healthy!

Reading PJ, I knew she was a person after my heart. I love winters too, I mean the real cold ones. But unlike me, she has the best of all that I read. And to enjoy her days she makes this hearty lentil soup to make her day!


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Shri makes this hot curried red lentil soup as an answer to the snow that's driving her crazy!

For Simona, the serendipity is the state to be. And when in such state you can expect great creations to come out of her kitchen, which are not only interesting but great tasting too. These Beans with pesto is one such thing, if you always wanted to make pesto check on her post without delay!

I know you know Soma's lens has magic. What else will you call this simple sound dish to look so exotic! It's a salad with Fruits, Nuts, Beans and Rice and bingo you are seeing a festive dish to enjoy!

Mullagutawny soup is nothing but our dear old rasam to those of you who south Indian rasam. And this is what was Sowjanya's better half's favorite at hotel. Why not, with a twist in name, everything becomes mystery!

Vidhya makes this Dhall soup which is their favorite from the hotel near by. But she is most hesitant to try this at home, fearing the failure of which her kids may not eat again. But as everything comes to good, she succeeds in the end!


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When Asha talks about stuffing, my gosh I can only imagine all those sinful treats. And she has nothing less in offering with her Dal stuffed pooris. What else can be better than this!

Dhivi these days seems to be rally high on loafs and what not. Not to mention her yummy pictures. Getting a request for a vegetarian meat loaf, she finally got the right one after lot of research. Well it not only looks great but sounds delicious!

As I have always said Adais are my favorite one. And getting another version to try from EC, esp multi legume one, makes me happy.

Turning a disaster into success is the base of all success stories. If you want more examples, do visit Kanchan to know how moong dal pakodas ended up as chillas and on second attempt turning out well!

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When you want quick no fermented dosas, you can resort to Moong dal dosas and Suma has the most perfect and tempting on on a plate!

For a quick and healthy breakfast idea, try Bean Toast from Supriya. These are easy to make and very healthy too.

Growing up Swathi hated upma, but her mom would make her eat with sweet treats. But after knowing how essential it is, she decides to give a twist by adding Green gram to the upma and is elated it met her better half's approval!

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For a quick dal, Divya makes use of chana dal and gets a lunch ready!

With lentil being an important part of our food culture, Kamala tries to mix in 4 different dals to give a variety and look to the dish! Her Mixed dal curry is nothing short of addiction.

Each one of us have our own comfort foods. We crave for it more when we are back home from a trip. Mints shares her Daal Tadka, a comfort food that she prepares typically back from a vacation and it is something she has adapted to her taste!

Nivedita talks about her craze for Avare Kalu, and goes on and on about it. Before you think what it is, it's the Indian broad beans and a most versatile vegetable at that! No wonder Nivedita is seen singing in merry!

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Preeti shares her delicious Tadka dal fry that her mom used to make and surprise her guests. Nobody was every able to guess the lentils used. So it must really be something to taste!

When Priyanka is in mood for some comfort meal, then it is Dal Ka dulha for her with few other things to make it complete! With rolled out pooris in dal, I am sure this tastes wonderful!

Suma makes a traditional Andhra special with Beerakaya Pappu which is slightly different from the way most other dals are made. The sweetness from the ridgegourd along with green chilies adds more flavour!

Sunshinemom talks about how she requires a daily dose of these powder packed lentils. She says she needs it especially when the month long family functions demand long hours from her. She quotes the many dals that are part of her Indian pantry. I can only wonder at the taste each one bring out. For starters, lets check out her beautiful Chane ki dal.

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Aruna while mostly makes a salad with the Black Eyed beans, she makes this gravy for chapati for the first time and surprised how tasty it was!

Deepa shares two of the most wanted dishes for the event. First one being the choley, she says she didn't share the picture because she didn't like it. But made it again and wow it looks great! The other one being the Rajma masala. I am sure there aren't many who don't like either of these two!

In a snow clad day, Indo gets to do poori masala, yay I know you are wishing she send that right. But she sends another favorite of many the spinach with kidney beans and how it is not the palak paneer of the restaurant fame!

Laura from The Spiced Life has a lovely retreat with two simple yet comforting dishes. She feels after heavy festival food, this simple fare was enough to get her all back to form. Masoor Dal Khade Masale Waali sounds exotic enough to stir memories of good times!

Nithu Bala comes with two different gravies for the event, her Channa Masala will surely sounds good and not to mention the Karamani Kara Kuzhambu.

With Black Eyed Pea making its way to so many gravies, its no wonder on its popularity among all. Padhu joins the group of folks sending this wonder beans!

Pari loves avarekalu but is surprised that her hubby asked for this Avarekaalu Saaru, especially on his special day. And is treated with an array of dishes of which this is on limelight!

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PJ talks about traditions that we keep on the first day of the year, hoping things shape up the way the day goes. How well I know that! How it is With habits, so it is with food. I was surprised to see the importance of being a must thing for the such days and so is PJ who prepares this not only because she wants to follow traditions but simply because she loves black eyed pea!

For radhika, her biggest challenge lies in getting her son eat sprouts. And guess what she tweaked the famous pav bhaji with moong sprouts and finally made him eat!

With the cold hitting her place, Silpa has two hot dishes straight from her kitchen, One being the chola masala, when on a cold day she remembered the boiled channa lying around and made this quick dish. The other being the Hot Chilli Red Kidney Beans.

The worthiness of a book lies in how many times a hand reached out to it. And Siri talks just about that aspect on a food book that she got hooked. All about cooking for one and how funny it can be at times. In the process shares a simple dish that she prepared on whim all about a chickpea with spinach!

For Sreevidya, being a south Indian her comfort foods just don't border with avail and sambar. But takes a step forward to include rotis and et all. Of course next comes the Jeera Pulav with Rajma. On one such cold day, she had just this whim to prepare and finally she enjoyed!

Simple legumes become exotic dishes by adding spices and that's what Srinithya has for you with her Rajma in a moghlai style!

Srividhya makes a unique combo of bittergourds with chickpea. She says one would start loving bitter gourd when combined with other interesting legumes like chickpea!

Usha sends in a feast to eyes with her Green Chickpeas & Paneer Curry. I am sure you are all ready to grab it right away!

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Janet experiments with red wine and in the process gets about with kidney beans stewed in red wine along with herbs and tomatoes. The simplicity of the whole dish appealed so much to her that she really enjoyed the whole meal!

Always being a fan of paruppu usli, Nithu finds another variety that she can try her hands on. This interesting Karamani Paruppu Usli sure looks a must try one!

Prathibha sends in a Chana dal Stir fry that serves both as an excellent side for rice as well as a roti. Now best time saving aspect I won't mind learning such dishes!

The mistress of story telling is back at works, where she spins a tale of the missing coffee, tea packets. All just when some guests land at home. With bated breath you read on, hoping she is going to unfold the mystery. Pat she declares that the story is not about the missing packets for sure. But all about the packet of Broad beans that her eyes fall on! Well you can check out to see if the mystery is solved or not!

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I agree that we folks have our fancy with pickles, podis and what not. And Suma just goes ahead to proclaim to the whole world on the delicious taste that nothing can beat with a simple steamed rice with spiced powder topped with ghee!

Horse gram is quite famous in the southern parts of India and quite a few dishes get prepared. Valarmathi talks about the Kollu masiyal that frequents her table!

Finally from me, my most favorite of all, Beans paruppu usili to brighten any meal!

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Graziana makes one of those traditional recipes Green Beans Casserole with Mushroom Cream. What's special about this is most of it were from her garden. I can imagine how flavoursome that must have been!

And this one pot meal is what Laura made to go along with the wonderful dal. It is a Pilaf With Potatoes & Peas and goes well with simple dal to make a satisfying meal!

Lubna shares her beautiful pictures of Qubooli, which is often called the poor man's biryani. Well if this is what one can eat being poor, I guess most of us won't mind!

Preeti sends in a delightful Peas Pulao that makes a great combo with the tadka dal fry she sent. Now isn't this make a great lunch menu?

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When I got the entry from the duo, I was hurrying up to check what this was all about. I was sure taken in by the beautiful pictures that Sadhana & Muskaan had to share on the Veg. Mexican Baja Gordita, a meal on its own!

Then one pot meal comes from Srividhya who send in yet another delightful Rajma Pulao.

From the creator of this lovely event Susan, comes this Channa Pulao. What's more pleasing is the fact that she recreated my dish and thoroughly enjoyed it!. I am really so glad that this dish gets so much credit.

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Finally we have some sweet entries sent by Faiza Ali. This chana dal halwa is a must to have with the way it looks and appeals. She says it was her favorite sweet growing up and one dish she always looked forward too.

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Next comes a Jamuns which have the most unexpected ingredient added, peanuts with bananas! These are not only easy to make they are just great! Thanks priya for the innovative dish.

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Finally the winner of the The Blogger Aid Cookbook & Hurst Bean Box is Nithu Bala. Her entry was the 50th entry and that proves lucky! Congrats Nithu.

I once again like to thank all bloggers for taking part in this event. Do accept my apologies if I have left out any of your entry, will address it immediately if notified.

Thank you and enjoy a great weekend. Will be back with a lovely Vegetarian Main Course!

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33 comments :

ruchikacooks said...

Round up and write up are top notch. Intro to each recipe makes the reader to check it and cook it.

Ambika said...

Hey Srivalli, awesome roundup dear!!! A nice write up too :)

Soma said...

Thanks again dear Srivalli for this wonderful roundup. MLLA 's are always a treasure chest for ideas!

kamalabhoopathy said...

Wow!! Srivalli wonderful roundup

Pari said...

Great work Valli. Congrats to the winner.

myspicykitchen said...

Hi srivalli, could you please check the links for the entries. Links from ambika's entry to swetha's Turkish Red Lentil Kofte are not working

Cham said...

That is again an inspirational round-up Valli! Gosh 77 entries- great entries!

Simona said...

Wow, what a great set of recipes! Thanks for the roundup.

Priya said...

Wat a beautiful and huge roundup Sri...Congrats to the winner..

Rahin said...

Gotta love the legumes ...thts an awesome roundup, jamuns with peanuts n bananas ....never even heard of :D many recipes bookmarked

sra said...

Another heart-warming round-up - thanks, Valli!

Preeti Kashyap said...

Awesome roundup! So many yummy stuff to try out!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Lovely round up...

Deepti said...

Gr8 roundup n its gr8 to see so many varities...congrats to the winner.

Sreelu said...

aww Srivalli, My dish is missing :(. Did you get my email with pic, sent it a while ago

jayasri said...

O' My God!, amazing, stunned, awesome, delicious, wonderful!!!!, still i can put some more into this, I was quite flabbergasted to see so many of them, I missed out again, I am speechless, I have Book marked, hats of to all of the participants and sharing so many recipes, and Of course you srivalli have done a good job keep it up, hats of to you too, loved your explanations and a beautiful roundup

Susan said...

Thanks so much, Valli, for another great MLLA round-up, especially since you've got so much else going on. Delicious dining all the way!

Sunshinemom said...

Isn't it just wonderful how we use lentils in such myriad ways!!

I have opened up some 10tabs already and had to stop thinking "more next time"!

Faiza Ali said...

Lovely roundup valli. All the dishes are so delicious and yummy.

AvanthiRao said...

Wow cool roundup........

PJ said...

Great roundup, Srivalli! You have been an awesome host for this event.

Indrani said...

Awesome job you've done putting sooo many dishes in one place and with description of every dishes..hats off to you, Sri...a giant hug to you

Nithu Bala said...

:-) Am speechless..A great surprise to me..Thanks Sri..you have done a very nice round up..so many wonderful dishes to try out..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...that's an yummyliicous roundup...i can see so many new recipes....love to try them....great work Valli...Congrats Nithu...

nivedita said...

Hi Srivalli
Please can you send me some patience and creativity!!!
Lovely round up with wonderful explanation about each post!!
I love to visit your blog.
Thanks for taking me in, but sorry I could not keep my promise to send more entries. Hope I will make it next time.

Prathibha said...

Lovely Entries for the round up.Nicely done..

shanthi said...

gr8 and eye catching round up

EC said...

Nice roundup with personalised comments

Divya Vikram said...

Amazing roundup Valli with so many entries at a place!

Lori Lynn said...

Love how you presented the round-up.
LL

Sara's Corner said...

Great roundup!!!

homecooked said...

Yummy round-up Sri :)

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