Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Cooking from Other Blogs # 3

I managed to try a few of the dishes that I had bookmarked from other beautiful blogs and wanted to list them here...

Viji's Oats Upma - I prefer savoury preparations to sweet ones so this was just perfect as breakfast and was loaded with vegetables.


Viji's Gulab Jamun - This was very soft and delicious but I still have to perfect the frying method though. I didn't prepare the stuffing however, just made them plain.


Paati's Carrot Kurma - We enjoyed this with Chapathis


Jugalbandi's Theeyati Chaaru - though I was skeptical about adding jaggery to the rasam, i didn't regret it one bit after tasting it. I used tamarind paste instead so didn't get the beautiful yellow rasam that Bee had.. I also blended in about half a tomato and added to the rasam. My daughter loved this as well, she drank bowlfuls of it and clamored for more. Perfect rasam to drink...


Bindiya's Butter Cake - The recipe looked a lot like the Chocolate chip muffin recipe I normally use so gave this a try without a second thought but without nuts. The quantity ensured that we didn't overindulge and it resulted in 4 mini cakes. This was also super quick to make.



Asha's Coleslaw - this was so easy to make and tasted wonderful.. crunchy and creamy (Sorry but I didn't manage to get a picture of this).

Sharmi's Sorakkai Paal Kootu - we loved this delicate curry


After making Salara and sending off the Amish Friendship Starter onto 2 other bloggers, I still had a pack on hand so decided to keep it and try baking some other tempting creations that I had come across. This time however, I added only a third of a cup of flour, milk and sugar on the 6th and 10th days and the result was 2 cups of starter using which I made:

1) Nupur's Chocolate Bread - but used walnuts and chocolate chips instead of pecans. My daughter, who recently got hooked on chocolate, liked these and my husband who doesn't usually like very chocolatey cakes actually loved these much to my surprise and delight. I think the starter lent it a different taste and texture that normal chocolate cakes lack...


2) Jugalbandi's Chelsea Buns - I halved the recipe and doubled on the black raisins since I didn't have any golden ones on hand. These were wonderful, especially the next day after warming them in the microwave.


I would like to thank each and everyone of you for inspiring me to try these wonderful recipes. I still have many more that on my list of "To Cook" - will keep updating my space...

23 comments:

  1. Great array of goodies to try. Jamun looks great and so does Chaaru!:))

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  2. Nice choice of dishes. Each and every entry looks great.

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  3. Isn't it a lot of fun cooking from other blogs?
    Sharmi's paal kootu is on my list too. I don't know when I am going to make all the recipes I've bookmarked.
    The gulab jamun pic is beautiful!

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  4. all of them look so good. esp the gulabjamun! thanks a lot for trying out the recipe. hope you enjoyed!

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  5. nice ones lavs.....so tried out a lot of recipes....great.....and I liked each one of them dear.....:-)

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  6. nice choice of dishes....all looks yummy....lovely pics

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  7. Lovely dishes dear..:D .. esp saaru looked so yummm..:)

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  8. wow, you've been cooking up a delicious storm. the gulab jamuns look perfect. thanks for trying out our recipes and for your feedback.

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  9. Everything looks so good!! Glad your loved ones enjoyed the chocolate bread/cake.

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  10. laavanya..you are on a roll here...everything looks great...should try out the
    coleslaw and chaaru....

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  11. yummy goodies! hv been eyeing those gulabjamuns for a long time ;)

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  12. GJ's are my favorite and I also eyed since so long the Oats upma from Viji's. Those rolls look cute, great job, Laavanya!

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  13. I love this series of yours... inspires me... I don't have a series, but regularly cook from blogs:-)

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  14. Wow great selections , good to cook and try from other's blog....:))

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  15. Good choice of recipes you tried...

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  16. hey what an amazing dishes have u cooked?
    you must have had an amazing time making those as they look incredible

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  17. Lavanya, feel like trying the jamoon again my dear, after seeing your post. Nice taste you have. Oh, practice makes the man perfect. Don't worry as long as the taste it good. Viji

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  18. lovcely dishes !! i am drooling :P

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  19. Great laavanya! :)) I too am planning to take a break from blogging in november to cook from other blogs.I have already made some dishes and taken pics, but no time to post them as we are always participating in events!:D

    I especially liked the rolls from bees blog!:))

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  20. Thank you for your kind words... It really was fun trying out the recipes and we had a great time eating them too.

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  21. I came looking for your egg click! Laavanyaa,you are posting it ! are'nt you?? :))

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  22. these are all so pretty!! and u did justice to all of them!! cool!! good job girl!!

    don't know how I missed, but adding you to my blogroll right this minute!!:) you yourself have some interesing recipes that i should try:D

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  23. Great effort. Its really interesting to try out diff recipes... am doing it often, but no time to picture it and post. Good job.

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