July 29, 2012

Avant Garde Cookies ~ On an epicurean voyage

Avant Garde Cookies

I once had my blog’s byline as “Explore, Experiment, Experience and Enjoy”. Now, isn’t that what food is all about? I still cannot find an apt phrase, that is so simple when it comes to explaining food. Food has long since stopped being such a mere means of sustenance and with the globalization we all get to create and taste interesting things which our ancestors were deprived of.

What else could be more beautiful when you could put that phrase into action with a group of friends who happen to share the same love for good food and the adventurous streak. This fun group is formed just to do that – live out every foodies fantasy. I do not want to go elaborately into words by explaining all about the group but just that, watch us all in action as we cook up and serve you all some eye catching, fit to ogle at, finger licking food that will tease your palates and awaken your senses. 

I may not have explained about the group in detail, but I do have a few choice words about the primary members of the group who will embark on this epicurean voyage every month.

Anusha – A Lawyer by qualification but who loves teaching grammar to kids and a complete foodie. I live in constant fear of this girl, as I fear that anytime the teacher in her would reach out and tweak my ears for my poor grammar. On a serious note, I admire her adventurous and experimental streak when it comes to cooking. This gal is just so unfazed and I wonder if I’ll be able to keep up with her.Winking smile

Jayanthi – I’m a big fan of her cakes and bakes and I’m sure you all will love it too once you get to see her collection. Visiting her space always gives me so much pleasure for its neatness and eye appeal. The way in which she presents her dishes will only leave you hungry and craving for more. I just wish I have her imagination and boldness when it comes to experimenting with the ingredients.  Embarrassed smile

Kavitha – I admire this girl for her sheer guts for taking both her C.A and M.B.A exams simultaneously and doing so well. Her funky and down to earth narrative would leave you yearning for more. Start reading her post and you will feel as though you are being taken on a tour with her as your host. You will feel the comfort level at 10 on a scale of 1-10. High five

Priya Sreeram- The person behind the name of this group. I wish I could write half as good as she does. I admire her vocabulary, choice of words, narrative and most importantly, her healthy recipes made even more alluring by her beautiful snaps. I like the cook in her as I wait so eagerly, for what she is going to serve next and she never fails to surprise me. Surprised smile

Roshni – Now, this lady has travelled places. You can tell that by just going through her space. Despite being a typical south Indian, she cooks all cuisines so well and with such an amazing expertise. To me she is a foodie, so experimental, completely at ease at what she does and who happens to love and enjoy cooking especially for her loved ones. In love

Veena – Blogger, Quilter, Entrepreneur and I wonder what else she has under her belt that she never fails to stun me. In my opinion, she is not only an expert when it comes to cooking TamBram recipes but she has also proved her mettle when it comes to eggless baking. She has quite a collection that you will love. Green with envy

Finally me, of course. It would be so unfair to talk about myself here. I leave that to you to form an opinion, as I believe that every one is entitled to their own. Don't tell anyone smile

Do you like what you have read so far and want to be a part of this lively foodie group? Then all you have to do is Email me @ ticklingpalates@gmail.com with your name and blog url. Entries will be accepted only be on a first come, first serve basis, provided you agree to follow certain regulations of the group.

Watch all of us cookies in action.... till then happy cooking and eating.....
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July 28, 2012

Gongurra Soya Curry | Soya Chunk Recipes

Gongurra Soya Curry


What a week this has been? Totally without any connectivity. Though I had a lot of time at hand which I used constructively, I sort of felt disconnected and lost. The feeling that I have become addicted to the Internet keeps nagging at the back of my mind. Now coming to today’s post, this one was specially made as a guest post to feature in Bhavyas Cuisine. I came to know of Bhavya through FB and when she asked me to do a guest post for her, I was quite pleased as I happen to like her recipes a lot and for the neatness with which she presents her dishes. They are a not only a delight to the eyes and quite healthy as well.


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July 25, 2012

Braided Pizza Bread – Step by Step

Briaded Pizza Bread


This is my first attempt at making a braided bread and look how it has turned out. I’m mighty pleased with the result. So, what do you all say?. It does look like a mini Egyptian Mummy, Doesn’t it?  As I wanted to post some breads for this month’s let’s cook theme, I tried baking a basic white bread a few weeks back and guess what, it was a super flop. It was just one of those days when a bread was not supposed to be baked I guess, when all things of nature just worked against it.


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July 21, 2012

Tomato Methi Pulao

Tomato Methi Pulao


It’s been sometime since I posted any rice recipe. Methi (Fenugreek leaves) has always been my nemesis of sorts. I’m always wary of using fresh methi leaves either in rice or gravy for the fear of it making the dish turn bitter. That’s what happened a few years ago and the kids just refuse to eat anything with fresh methi in them. Oops, they started behaving as though a cat has just been served some very hot milk every time the talk of methi leaves cropped up. So, I bought methi leaves only to dry it up in the oven to convert into “kasuri methi”.


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July 19, 2012

Ridge gourd Chutney / Peerkangai Thogayal

Ridge gourd Chutney


Before marriage, I was of the opinion that all the thogayals are basically coconut based. That is how women folks at my home made thogayals or at least that is how I thought so and I was quite surprised to see that it is quite the opposite at my in-laws place. My MIL very rarely adds coconut to thogayals, especially to the ones that gets mixed with rice and served. I was also amazed at the vegetables that she used to make thogayals. She makes thogayals with almost all the vegetables that I never thought were possible and above all each one differed from the other and the taste too.


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July 18, 2012

Ennai Kathirikkai Kulambu (No onion, No garlic recipe)

Ennai Kathirikkai Kulambu


Ennai kathirikkai kulambu is one of my favorite recipe when it comes to south Indian Cuisine. My grandma makes it so well and it is such a pleasure to look at those stuffed baby brinjals/eggplants swimming in the spicy, hot tamarind sauce. I love to eat the tangy brinjals as a side dish for curd rice. Nothing can beat the combo. It happens to be one of my favorite ways to eat this kulmabu too. As this gravy does not have either onions or garlic it is a perfect dish to prepare during fasting time when some do not happen to include both the ingredients in their cooking.


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July 16, 2012

Lauki Bhajjias / Bottle gourd Fritters

Bottle gourd Fritters


Hmmm... now what can I say... Blogging has opened up my eyes to trying out all new things. I’m sure it is the same for many of you. Take this humble vegetable bottle gourd for example. Despite watching it grow at the backyard of my Grandma’s place during my growing up years this vegetable has failed to inspire me to try out anything new with it. It has always been either this spicy Curry or more often Sambar if anything has been left over, that is until I tried out these fritters.


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July 13, 2012

Roasted Egg Curry

Roasted Egg Curry


I made this curry after watching it on a TV show and followed it to the T and guess what the boys verdict was? It totally sucked. As I do not eat eggs, I just tasted the gravy alone and totally agreed with them. Something was totally missing and despite the fact that I liked the way in which it was made, this dish just refused to go to that another level. So made a few adjustments and tried it once more and those changes did wonders to the bland curry. A very simple, yet delicious one this one turned out to be. So give it a try and see for yourself as it makes a definite change from the regular egg curries.


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July 11, 2012

Mango Milkshake

Mango Milkshake
This year’s mango season has been splendid, I must say. I have simply lost count of the mangoes I have gorged. I would also say that the mangoes made this hot summer bearable and worthy. So is it any wonder when I chose this simple summery mango drink for this month’s Blog hop from my partner Nayna. Ah!! her presentations are simply superb and elegant and you can give a 5 star rating whole heartedly.
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Blog Hop Wednesdays ~ Week 19

While in some parts of the world, though the summer is officially over and the schools have begun, in the other the summer is just about peaking and the people have just begun to enjoy their summer holidays. Hope they enjoy it with their family and feel quite happy. Welcome to yet another month of Blog Hopping! Another opportunity to gawk at some scrumptious good food prepared by our wonderful Blog Hoppers by unearthing from their partner’s virtual kitchen for the Blog Hop Wednesdays. These are tried and tested recipes by our foodie friends.

Please note that this linkies is only for the Blog Hoppers and any other entries will be deleted promptly.  If you are new and want to know more on this then register by submitting your blog here to participate from next month onwards.

1. Rice Cakes
2. Mung Beans and veggie Pulao
4. Watermelon Lemonade
5. Mango Milkshake
6. Raisin & Paneer Pulao
7. Dal Maharani
8. Ceylon Channa Paratha
9. watermelon granita
10. Pineapple Gojju
11. Vegetable Cutlet
12. Ammini Kozhukkattai
13. Carrot Moong Dal Stir Fry
14. Pineapple Upside Down Marble Cake
15. Watermelon and Assorted Salad
16. Ridge gourd Thogayal
17. Carrot Rice
18. Home made Peanut Butter
19. Lahsun Wala Mung
20. Dum Gobi
21. Banoffee Pie
22. Okra jhunka
23. Microwave Palkova
25. Multi-grain Flakes Pongal
26. Mango Milk shake
27. Sweet poha/aval/beaten rice
28. Lachha Paratha
29. Chicken Fry
30. Snake Gourd Lentil Stew
31. Kobbari Biscuttu- Gayathri
32. Hakka Noodles
33. Okra and Potato saute with black pepper
34. Bengali Black Gram Daal
35. Tomato Sambal- a Spicy Tangy Sauce
36. Eggless Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes
37. Kuccha Baingan Ka Bartha with a Mustard Twist

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