Festive Food~Raksha Bandhan

Dear All,

Festive Food is back again with Raksha Bandhan event.

Last year myself and Purva started Festive Food Event to enjoy the joy and happiness of all the festivals around us and it has been wonderful year.

The bond between brother and sister celebrated in form of Rakshabandhan. I do not wish to repeat same thing again so for more details about Raksha Bandhan [Rakhi] please visit our last year announcement.

Coming to the event it's pity simple as all of our events. The purpose is to celebrate, do not think that you have a cook a dish to be part of this one.


1. Send in pictures, memories which relates you to Rakhi.

2. You being creative made Rakhi, Card or any other thing? Send that too...I will be happy.

3. Send in your entry of celebration even if you have not prepared anything specify for the day. You can share your purchased Rakhi/sweets/gift etc details too.

4. If you did prepare something special [sweet dish, any main dish, savoury snack] for the occasion share with us.

So you got it? It's all about sharing...

Since Rakhi is on 5th Aug '09, last date to send your entry is 16th Aug '09.

  • Old entries are accepted as long as you didn't sent the same last year and link back to this page.
  • Please link back to this event announcement. I would be glad if you can include Logo. There are no restrictions on the number of entries.
  • Send in your entries at Indian.festivefood@gmail.com with below mentioned information:

* Your Name:

* Dish Name:

* Blog’s Name:

* Blog URL:

* Post URL:

* Picture(s):

  • Non Bloggers no need to get upset, email your recipe along with the picture. I will post it on your name and include it in the round up.

Let's celebrate and share....

100th Post with Recipes Re-visit

It's my 100th post, and let me thanks again all my blog followers, readers, visitor and everyone of you cause of whom this blog is still up and running. Not to mention all the wonderful blogs around gives lots of inspiration too, do continue to visit this place and encourage me :)

I thought a lot what to post to make it special...I was still in fix then suddenly I remember my 50th Post...ahh that's perfect what else can be better than re-visiting our own recipes..isn't it?

So I thought of posting these 2 recipes which are in my collection for long :-)..First up is Dum Aloo, this recipe I adapted from my pressure cooker booklet and this one is super hit.  My BIL said...Dum Aloo mei Dum hai ..:)  So I do tell you all to try out this delicious and wonderful recipe.  Below is the picture when I made this first time.

Next up is Channa Jor Garam, after the 1st try now I always end up making the same instead of channa sabji as my DH like only the snack version now! Add your own spices and spice up evening with simple and healthy Channa Jor Garam

Thanks You All once again.

Festive Food- Summer Treat Roundup Part II

Hello guys, Hope all of you are well.  I'm back again with Festive Food: Summer Tread Round II, check roundup I here.  Here are some delicious, easy and simple to make recipes which we can enjoy during summer infact any time..check out the wonderful recipes we received for this roundup and enjoy.  Before I move over to the roundup thanks to all of you for sending all the yummy dishes.

Simple pachadi is all we need to complete the meal and that's what is send over by Sanghi of Sanghi's Food Delights easy and yummy Sweet Mango Pachadi, she love this pachadi and so do I.  Check her space for the recipe and enjoy.

Sailaja from Sailaja Kitchen has sent over Ragi Ambuli which is best to hot summer and to keep the body cool, it's a simple and very healthy recipe..now am thinking of buying Ragi too.

Here is one more Fermented Raagi Porridge (Raagi Koozhu) Kayal of Kayal's Kitchen which she too says it's good to keep quenching the thirst. Check out her way of making koozhu.

Shreya of Mom's Cooking sent us simple Jackfruit Thoran recipe which relates to her with lot of childhood memories...so here we are getting the essence of our event...to revise memories
and treaure them :-)....

Traditional Gujarati Kadhi anyone? Parita from Parita's World sent over her favoutire dish which is  ofcourse her mom's signature dish, yummy loooking kadhi and as she says we just need some hot khichdi to enjoy this...

Here is one more favorite here and this time Mosaru Vade from Ashaji of Foodie's Hope.  Vadas soaked in spicy curd is all we need in this summer rite..looks so yum.

One more curd dish is Mor Kootu from Usha from Usha Nandini's Recipes which she says she prepare in every summer, check the simple and easy recipe for some summer relief.

Mangai Pachadi making it's way from Hemamalini's Salt To Taste to our event, this pachadi is Hema's favorite and I see reasons why it can be ours too ;)...check her space for the simple recipe

Spiced Creamy Spinach is from Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes visit her post to learn this yummy recipe and to know various benefits of spinach

Refreshing Japanese style Chilled Sesame Udon Salad is all we need for summer says Priya, which is easy and quick to prepare.

And here is healthy, refreshing and yummy Dahi Beets Cutlet

Khatta Meetha Aam Aachar from Priyanka of Asan Khan try this yummy sweet and sour pickle with anything and everything...check the recipe at her space.

One more Sweet, Sour and Spicy Mango Chutney from Cham of Spice-club and Green mango Raita she made both the dishes in microwave..umm interesting isn't it ...check out her recipes to enjoy them.

Summer and no pickle? How can that be possible so here we have Tomato Pickle and Avakaya (Mango Pickle) simple and irresistible recipes from Srilakshmi of Annapurna

And next up is from ME simple, easy and quick to make Tomato Chutney/Dip

Thanks Again and wait for another part too :)

Chilli/Mirchi Pakoda

got this lovely chillies and the first thought came was to make chilli/mirchi pakoda and nothing else in my mind. This was the first time I made mirchi pakoda and I must say it was good. After searching for recipe here and there and I did exactly I do every time...experiment with my own ;) so I grab this and that and settle for few ingredients to prepare the pakoda...and it's different from any other ..read on to know the difference ;).

Okie before I move on..here it something...I made this masala from hand
picked ingredients and trust me it's so good and aromatic...I'm using it in different dishes to give the extra touch. Recipe is below ...try it out and let me know if you like it. Also I added rice flour in batter to give crispyness and the result was just as desired. Along with Chilli I made stuff bread pakoda which were yummy as well. I just manage to do some clicks as my nephew was so so eager to eat them ;)

Serving - 12-15 Pakodas


For Pakoda:
Chillies - 12 pieces [as you required]
Bread - 3 pieces [ as you required]
Lemon - 1/2 piece or 1tbs juice
Salt - 1tbs
water - 2 cups
Oil - for deep fry
For Batter:

Chickpeas Flour - 1/2 cup
Rice Flour - 2 tbs
Redchilli Powder - 1tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1tsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp [ optional]
Salt - to taste
Hot Oil - 1tbs
Water - as required

For Stuffing:

Boiled Potato - 1 [ mashed]
Paneer - 1/2 Cup [crumbed]
Redchilli Powder - 1tsp
Salt - to taste

For Masala:

Coriander Seeds - 1tsp
Sesame Seeds - 1tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Carom/Ajwain Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek/Methi Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Dry Mango or Amchur Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 1
Cinnamon - 1" stick


1. For Masala: Dry roast all the masala ingredients one item at a time just for 1 min or 2[except dry mango or amchur powder]. Let them to come room temperature and grind them along with dry mango/amchur coarse in mixi or grinder without any water, keep aside.

2. Wash and pat dry the chillies. To de-seed the chillies, make a slit in center of chilli using knief and remove all the seeds with hands or spoon. [ You might have burning sensation after de-seeding the chillies with hands]

3. Fill a large bowl with water, add half pieces lemon juice and 2tsp salt. Soak the de-seed chillies in this water for 10-15mins, after this pat dry them and keep aside.

4. Make thick batter using all the ingredients listed above mention for batter and leave it for 10mins if possible. This batter should be thicker than we make for other onion/potato pakodas.

5. In a bowl place all the stuffing ingredients and 2tbs of masala which we made at step 1, mix everything well.

6. Stuff the chillies one by one with the mixture prepared in above step[5].

7. In a pan or wok heat oil. Dip stuffed chilli in batter and coat the batter nicely all over chilli.

8. Slowly place this coated chilli in hot oil and deep fry them until golden brown. Place in the kitchen towel.

9. For bread pakoda, cut the bread in half. Take a a piece and soak in water for 2-3 secs or just sprinkle some water. Place 1/2 tbs of stuffing in one corner and cover it with the other side of the bread, apply water over the bread edges and seal them. Dip them in batter and deep fry until golden brown.

Have a another look

Hot pakodas with Tea and enjoy your day :-) This yummy pakodas goes to JFI-Chilli Event at Cardamom, started by Indira of Mahanandi

And to Shanti's Lovely winter Recipes

Mango pancake with Pear Stuffing

his recipe is result of R&D which I was planning for a while so here comes Mango Pancake with pear stuffing.  I usually making pan cakes every now and then and use wheat flour instead of all purpose flour.

Serving - 8-10 small pancakes

For Pan Cake

Wheat Flour - 1 cup
Mango Pulp - 1 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup [according to taste]
Cashew/Pista - few [ optional]

For Stuffing

Pear - 1/2 cup chopped
Butter - 1tsp
Sugar/Honey - 2 tbs
Water - 1 /2 cup


1. Wash, peel and dice the pear.

2. In a pan melt butter add the chopped pear and fry for 2mins.

3. Now add the sugar or honey with 1/2 cup water.

4. Cook on high for 5 mins or until the pear turn soft and keep aside.

5. In a blender or mixi add mango pulp/chunks, milk, sugar, cashew and pista and beat for 2 mins.
6. In a bowl add flour, blended puree and mix well.  Add water if required to make batter like dosa/pancake.

7.  In a hot tawa/pan/griller pour 1/2cup of the batter to make small pancake.  Apply little oil or butter in corner and cook both sides for 2 mins each.

8. Place 1tsp of pear in center of pancake fold then into half.  Have it with Maple Syrup.

This goes to Srivalli's Mango Mela

To Divya's Show me your Breakfast

Srilekha's EFM Theme - Breakfast Series

Lore's Original Recipes