Sunday, April 1, 2012

5 Years of Blogging, Celebration with Indian Thali Mela & a Giveaway!

Yes it's been 5 years since starting this wonderful space, that has become an integral part of my life! A heart felt thanks to all my readers and friends for all the support I have had for these five years of  blogging. What started as something as a way to something that's been a dream, has become an integral part of my life. Not just me, my entire family has come to love this space.

This blog has given me so much, so many wonderful friends and readers. I have learnt so much through the process and I hope it has helped some in the way.

To celebrate the occasion, I decided to have two interesting events. 

Indian Thali Mela:

No celebration is complete without a Mela. My first blog anniversary was Dosa Mela, and what followed has been such exciting Melas all around.  This time I decided to do the big thing, the Indian Thali. The Indian Cuisine is so well represented by the Thali.

I am so excited to say that I would be creating an eBook with the entries that come for the Mela. I will be selecting the entries on different criteria, like the picture quality, the entries that are included. The entries that make to the eBook will be based on selection criteria. Will either be putting up a polling or have judges do the selection. The judges decision will be final.

PS: By default all entries will be considered for the eBook. If you don't want your entries to be part of this wonderful eBook, please send me an email on the same.

The guidelines for the Indian Thali Mela are as below:

Photo Credit

From now till May 20th, post an Indian Thali on your blog.
  • Link back to this announcement is mandatory
  • Usage of the logo is appreciated as it helps spread the word.
  • Both Veg and Non Veg entries are accepted.
  • Multiple entries are accepted. 
  • Mandatory picture of the entire thali is a must. 
  • Atleast one dish in the featured thali has to be a new dish, you can link to your other dishes on your blog.
  • If you are including many new dishes, if you wish you need not post all the recipes in the same post, but post later and link back with the same Thali picture.
  • If you want to submit entries from archive, the entries should at least be posted during 2012. If you are posting an archive the post should be updated with a link back to this event along with the Logo.
The Thalis can be of two types:

Festival Thalis that has more dishes and that which is normally cooked during a festival or special occasion. Minimum dishes can be about 7 or more. (though need not stick to 7)
Everyday Thalis: Thalis having 3 - 4 dishes,

Thalis can be breakfast, brunch or meals. It can be of North Indian or South Indian or mix also.


Traditional South Indian Breakfast - 1 - Idli, Sambar, Chutney, spice powder
Traditional South Indian Breakfast - 2 - Ven ponga, Sambar, Chutney, Vada and Kesari, -
Rajathani Thali - Rotis, Dal, one subzi, salad, yogurt w/o Sweet (N Indian)
South Indian Thali - Poriyal, Sambar, Rice, Rasam Curd, papad, w/o sweet (S Indian)
Non Veg South Indian Thali - Chicken Pakoda, Chicken Kura, Mutton Pulusu, Rice, Dal and Curds
Kerala Thali

The thalis can be of any state, or mixed also. No restriction on this.

You got to post a mandatory picture of the thali in the traditional method or in modern setup.
Should publish at least one dish per post. Other new posts can also be linked to the linky tool.
    Any questions, please send them to

    The cookbook Giveaway!

    Apart from the Mela, I will be giving away a book The Cake Doctor! I have been so much into baking lately, I thought this book will be a great help.

    All you have to do is comment on this post. You are welcome to share your thoughts, what you enjoyed from this blog. I will be choosing the winner on April 15th, 10 PM (IST). So start commenting.

    Please do share and promote however you wish..:)

    The Giveaway is closed, check out the Winner

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    The Pumpkin Farm said...

    Congratulations , keep rocking and inspiring us all
    Liked the kicked off event. Am sure up for grabs

    Usha said...

    Congratulations Valli! Wish your blog many more such mile stones.

    When I first started blogging & discovered your blog about 3 1/2 - 4 years ago, I loved reading about Konda, chinnu & pedhu. I still read your posts know but just lazy to comment.. ;)

    Rituparna said...

    I would love to create a delicious Bengali Thali. How much fun that would be.
    A baking book would be a lovely addition to my collection. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

    rekhas kitchen said...

    Congrats Valli aahhh finely you came up with this theme as thali mela great idea. We can see many more thali ideas. onece again congrats on your 5th year.

    Aparna said...

    Congratulations on completing 5 years of blogging, Srivalli. That's some milestone, and wishing you many more years of it to come.
    Wow! A thali mela, that's quite a celebration. :D

    Prathibha said...

    congrats valli..Thalis drive me crazy..loooking forward for the wonderful feast..will definitely try to send my entry
    I really appreciate your skills of microwave cooking,I had never prepared a complete meal in MW..wish u many more years of happy Blogging

    Aarthi said...

    valli that is a great event..will post a special thali in my blog..

    I totally love ur blog..The way you explain recipes and the stories which u say about ur kids are awesome..keep blogging..Congrats dear..I am in for the giveaway..

    Preeti Garg said...

    congrts dear....awesoome event....but here linky toool not visible

    Srivalli said...

    Thank you everybody for the dropping by and your kind words..glad to read them all.

    Preeti Thank you for letting me know.

    PJ said...

    Wow!!What a wonderful way to celebrate the anniversary!!Wish you many more such milestones :). I enjoy reading the prelude to all the recipes and I have tried quite a few yummy dishes from your blog as well. Loved them all..

    As for the give away, its a lovely book :)

    Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

    Congratulations, Valli. I am sure it will be a feast for all of us to drool over all the thalis!!

    Kitchen Flavours said...

    Congratulations Valli....that's an huge milestone.....wish u r space many more yum years to come...keep rocking.....u inspired me to bake and cook recipes in mw.....u r pictorial series is very helpful to understand a recipe and u r cute kid stories always fascinate me....

    Ambika said...

    Congratulations Valli!! Wish you many many more such milestones!! You have such a wonderful variety of Indian food up on your page, everytime I go googling for an Indian recipe, your page never fails to show up. That is quite an achievement. Hope to see lots more from you :)

    Shobha said...

    Congratulations dear...and wishing you many many more successful blogging years.

    radha said...

    Congratulations. Five years! Great. Would love to participate in the thali mela, let's see if I can actually get round to doing it.

    Shama Nagarajan said...

    Congrats dear!!! happy hosting!!!

    eclairre said...

    I would love to win! Thanks a ton!!


    Sumi said...

    Love your blog for many things. especially the frequent mela's and the Indian cooking challenge.
    Came across many new recipes through these events:)
    Happy blog anniversary:)

    vaishali sabnani said...

    Heartiest Congratulations!!This sure is an event to celebrate..Super theme..and actually looking forward to this all others..a totally addictive space..have loved being part of these and BM..found a great friend in you:))..Valli Rocks!!
    love n hugs!!

    Nirmala's kitchen said...

    Congrats for completing five yrs of blogging where by we also learnt many new dishes from so many marathons conducted by you.
    Please count me in for the giveaway!!!as it is very interesting.....

    Kalyani said...

    Congrats on the long stint Valli !! and the theme looks good ! Congrats again :)

    Sizzling Tastebuds
    Event : Pickles & Preserves Fest + Giveaway
    Event : CWS - Oats

    PriyaVaasu said...

    Congrats Valli!!! Delectable Theme!!!

    Nithu Bala said...

    Congrats Valli:-) Love to see lot more recipes in coming years too. Have been reading your recipes for last three years and love the way you write about each and everything in a detailed way. I still remember the day I saw your event announcement for MLLA-18 in 2009. It was the first event I participated and it fetched me a prize too. I always like your ideas of picking titles for the events. Best wishes Dear..keep rocking. I'l send an entry to your current event too.

    Jaleela said...

    Congratulations Srivalli! Wish your blog many more such mile stones.

    Sailaja said...

    Congratulations, Valli. :)

    Indulge said...

    Wow.. 5 yrs.. that's an achievement. Wishing you many more years and we all love to read your tit bits and get sneak peaks in your kitchen. Lovely mela and giveaway. I will surely send you my entry.
    Love Ash.

    Cham said...

    Congrats Valli :) It is been like yesterday ur dosa mela , now with thali.
    Wish you many many years of happy Blogging....

    Roma said...

    hey! Congratulations Srivalli! 5 years is really a long time and I have learnt so many great dishes from you. I have been so busy with my ebook on Indian Baby food that I havent been really blogging so much lately. The book will be out next month and I will be freeee after that . Hearty congrats once again!

    Katie said...

    Happy Blogiversary!

    suhani said...

    congrats for completing 5 yrs of ur shows ur dedication nd hard worktowards ur blog..looking forward to ur thali mela..posts from talented bloggers are gonna drop into ur a novice in baking would like to have a baking book in my kitchen..God Bless u Valli.

    notyet100 said...

    this one is nice theme,congrats,,wish ya many more milestones,..:-)

    easyfoodsmith said...

    Wow! Five years in blogging is quite a milestone that you achieved with an emphatic success. I wonder if I will ever reach that statistic ;) The Indian Thali Mela is a very unique and interesting idea to celebrate it.
    Today, I saw a blogger having posted a recipe from the cook book that you chose for the Giveaway.I quite liked it and was keen to buy this book. I was quite pleasantly surprised to see it at your blog!! Co-incidence I guess :)

    Jayashree said...

    Congratulations on completing 5 years of blogging, Valli.

    Rupa said...

    I haven't visited your blog in a long time and I am thrilled that I came by just in time to wish you a happy 5th blog anniversary! Whenever I need no nonsense, detailed, good recipes, I come to your blog first. I haven't said it before perhaps but thanks for all the hard work you put in to this blog. All I have to do is click and search to find what I want and get cooking! You make it look easy but I bet it's a lot of work to plan these recipes, make them, take pics, post etc. All the best for many more years of happy blogging!

    Archana said...

    Congrats dear. You rock.

    Anisha said...

    Cograts Srivalli.. :)
    I came to your blog for the first time in around December when I had started blogging.
    I have always used your blog as a reference as to how we should write food recipes on the web from my initial days as a food blogger.
    Your blog has always been a source of inspiration.

    Jagruti said...

    Congrats Valli! That's a huge achievement :)

    Inspired by your theme I have cooked up a Odia thali and have submitted it over here.

    Thanks for your inspiration that I challenged my limits :)

    Saraswathi Iyer said...

    Congrats. I have submitted my entry.

    Follow foodie said...

    Hi, First time here.Linked my entry.

    Follow foodie said...

    Hi srivalli,

    I have updated.Let me know if this is okay

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