November 30, 2012

Magic Mingle # 12 Announcement, and a journey through the past 12 months...

Magic Mingle -  a name that conjures up a concoction of two ingredients that come together in an array of magical dishes, dished out from the members every month. It all started when S (as my husband is fondly referred to in this blog) & my elder daughter asked me why I always cook traditional stuff, and kiddo especially asked me to cook something 'different yet tasty' one day. 

So, while Couscous Cutlets and Panner Tikka Frankies were accepted at the dinner table, my culinary adventures of mixing two totally different ingredients began. And why not make an adventure of it too, I thought .. And hence began the MM (Magic Mingle) journey, and happy to say we successfully complete 12 editions of the same. Thank you, dear members for making this a success. I do hope you have enjoyed the journey as much as I have done. This event is open only for MM Members. If you want to join this culinary bandwagon, drop me a line at Meanwhile, thanks to Pradnya and Vaishali for hosting the Oct & Nov editions of Magic Mingle.

We have a new V 2.0 of MM beginning next month where we experiment further, but moving slightly out of the comfort zone. The MM members had voted in a survey last year that we are all ready to move into the next level of experimenting. That story can wait, for it unfolds in the Jan edition. 

But till then, the ingredients for the 12th edition of Magic Mingle is very Christmassy (oh,with the year coming to a close, why dont we pick the choicest ingredients)....

Chocolates & Fresh Fruit

Simple rules for MM linking and ingredients:
  • Chocolate can be used in solid or liquid form. You may use white / dark / bitter / milk chocolates. However, only fresh fruit to be used (no candied peels or dried fruit as the main ingredients). Which means you can use fruit in puree or whole form only. But please remember these two are the star ingredients, so your dishes must showcase the same. 

  • Event runs from 1st - 15th Dec 2012. Members' entries MUST have the logo and the link to this event announcement. All MM members are highly encouraged to visit the entries and leave a comment or two.

  • Once the entry is up, please link to the following Linky tool and mail the link to with the subject "MM - Dec 2012".

Here's wishing you all a very merry X Mas in advance , and look forward to your entries


November 15, 2012

Podalangai Thayir Pachadi | Snakegourd in yoghurt gravy

One of the quickest side dish using yoghurt is this ultra creamy and tasty Raita using snake gourd (or called Podalangai (tamil) or Padavalakai (Kannada)). Amma makes this often, and it goes well with Rasam rice or even a spicy pulav / Brinjal Rice. I usually make thovve (dal based curry), Kootu (veg gravy) or dry saute with this vegetable, but my favourite is this Raitha. 

Quick to put together, its super cooling in the summer and is light on the stomach too. Let's get cracking :)

November 13, 2012

Happy Diwali !

Wishing all my readers a very happy Diwali ! May prosperity, good health and cheer be with you this day and all year through !!


November 6, 2012

Wholewheat and Finger millet -Choco walnut muffins

This was a recipe that was long in the offing. Kiddo kept asking for something chocolatey, but with Diwali (and its imminent sweet binging) around the corner, I was keen to make something healthy at the same time low cal. So in went wholewheat flour, palm sugar, olive oil.... you get the idea :)

And out came yummy smelling super soft spongy that I wished I could sink my teeth into, although am not a chocolate person in any sense ! Well, these cupcakes can be made vegan too, and you could skip the butter / yoghurt and use only oil.
Its a make-ahead recipe that could could come in handy for kids' birthday parties too:) 

Off to the recipe now. Oven settings could vary, so check your muffins accordingly.

November 4, 2012

A break from blogging, and my baby's birth announcement

Its been a while since I logged on, and my sincere apologies to my readers for this rather unscheduled (?) break. I have been happily initiated (again) into the joys of motherhood with the arrival of my 2nd daughter a month ago !

So, while it would be a while before I returned to full time blogging and the baby grows into manageable proportions, I shall endeavour to post something on a non-regular basis :)

I sincerely hope you would keep visiting this space along with the updated Recipe Index to check out your favourite recipes from time to time :) 

Till then,
cheers !

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