Think Spice …think cumin roundup and announcing the spice for September.

by Sunita on August 31, 2007

A few weeks ago I very gingerly stepped into the world of event hosting.Thinking hard… yes, I did do some thinking indeed…I came up with an event to honour the various spices around us. And since I did quite a bit of ‘thinking’, I wanted the other bloggers to do the same ( am I being a bit sadistic here?!!:D)…well, I did want my fellow bloggers to think about a spice called ‘cumin’…and guess what, they did…I mean you all did and came up with some fabulous dishes. I’m really thankful to all of you who sent all those lovely dishes my way, thereby making my humble event a success.

Before I reveal all those lovely dishes that came my way, I would like to announce the next spice that I would like you to think during the month of September.. And it is none other than…do I hear the drums rolling…‘mustard seeds’…a spice that is very close to my heart…

Keen as… sharp as… hot as… The imagery surrounding these little round seeds tells the story. Mustard may not be the essential desert island kitchen ingredient, but we would be the poorer without it: consider a dab of mustard to partner roast beef, a lively mustard vinaigrette, edgy sauce à la moutarde or vibrant curry. It’s one of the world’s oldest condiments, yet one we often take for granted.


Mustards
are several plant species in the genera Brassica and Sinapis whose small mustard seeds are used as a spice and, by grinding and mixing them with water, vinegar or other liquids, are turned into a condiment also known as mustard.


Mustard seeds are the proverbially small seeds of the various mustard plants. The seeds are about 1 mm in diameter, and may be colored from yellowish white to black. They are important spices in many regional cuisines.The seeds can come from three different plants: black mustard (B. nigra), brown Indian mustard (B. juncea), and white or yellow mustard.In the Indian subcontinent they are often used whole, and are quickly fried in oil until they pop to impart a flavor to the oil. Black or brown mustard seeds are widely used in Indian, especially Bengali and Southern Asian, cooking. When fried, the taste is nutty rather than fiery.
(wiki/bbc)

So, when you’re cooking up all those lovely dishes in your kitchen, try to think of these little seeds and add them to add some spice to the dishes… whole, powder them, make them into a paste-use them in any form you want! As for the rules, they’re the same as last time . So, let’s get cooking…and of course thinking…about mustard seeds… So, Think Spice…Think mustard seeds.
Now, back to the round up. I think I have included all the entries that have been sent my way. If, however, I have left anyone out (not intentionally , of course), kindly drop me a mail and I will try to set things right. This is my first attempt, and I hope any mistakes will be forgiven and forgotten…So here goes…

I’ve tried to group the thirty two dishes in different categories…first one up is…

Drinks


Mona sends us a cumin seed cooler, also known as jaljeera to quench our thirst…very refreshing!

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Want a medicinal drink? Check out Ramkumari’s Cumin kashayam…sure to aid in quite a lot of ailments!

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Tummy trouble anyone? Just relax…another medicinal drink, especially for an upset stomach comes your way from Lakshmi in the form of a cuminised lime juice.

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The amazing drink ‘dedicated purely to the real taste of cumin’, which also excites the taste buds, is coming our way again in the form of Aarti’s jaljeera.

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Rasam(South Indian soup)


Vanamala sends us this lovely jeera rasam…have a ladleful…doesn’t it look nice!

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Another cumin rasam ready to go, but another version…this time it’s Namratha’s…great!

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Condiments/Dressings


Look at this wonderful looking red radish raita sent our way by Madhu….simply irresistable!

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Sig too has been doing a lot of thinking and has come up with a wonderful orange cumin salad dressing… the salad sure looks happy with the way it has been dressed up!

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Bindu comes to us with some nice looking toor dal chutney, andhra style, that goes by the name of ‘kandi pachadi’.

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Potatoes

A great dish of ‘achari aloo wadi’, which is a dish of potatoes and ‘wadis’ with pickle masala ingredients, seasoned with oil, comes to us from Asha…absolutely delicious!

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Padma has sent us this dish of ‘red skinned potatoes with crushed cumin’…very spicylicious!

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A simple but gorgeous looking bowl of ‘jeera aloo subzi’ has been sent our way by Suma…such a nice quick dish!

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Elle heard cumin callin’ and made this nice and simple dish of ‘potatoes sauteed with cumin’…lovin’ it!

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Look at these little darlings… make way for ‘jeera baby aloo fry‘, sent to us by Richa…she even wrote an ‘ode to the spud’!

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The next dish of ‘jeera aloo sabji’ comes from Srivalli’s kitchen…isn’t the colour so appetising!

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The last cook up or bake up with potatoes comes from your’s trulycuminy wedges…the cumin certainly enhanced the taste!


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Other vegetables/side dishes


Usha has send us one of her family’s favourites… ’snakegourd puttu’…I bet it’s going to be many others’ as well!

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Musical has sent us the following entry in the form of a ’simple mixed vegetable jeera wali’…lovely name for an equally lovely dish!

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Very quick to make and delicious looking paneer cubes coated in spices… this dish of ‘masaledar paneer’ comes to us from Rajitha.

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After some serious soul searching, Sra came up with a lovely ‘cuminy cruciferae’…it’s great, and more importantly ’simple and straightforward’!

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It’s time for musical’s second entry, which is the Oriya version of the famous pairing of eggplants and curd called ‘dahi baigana’… delicious indeed!

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Raaga tries to recreate her friend’s egg roast, a dish which she admits to ‘polishing off’ from her mate’s lunch box…you’ve done a great job I must say…I wouldn’t mind ‘polishing’ that off!

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Suganya has created a ‘marriage of a western vegetable with Indian spices’ in her sugar snap peas saute…that sure looks like a marriage made in heaven!

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Rice/Pasta


Tired of the same red looking pasta…take a break…try out this lovely green ‘cumin spinach pesto pasta’ by Pushpa.

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Kajal has sent over an easy to follow and step by step recipe for some great looking ‘cumin and onion rice’…

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The following is a recipe for the well loved ‘jeera rice‘( cumin rice) by Jyothi…mmm love it!

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How about a touch of royalty now… Saju has brought for us some ‘nawabi pilau’…fit for a king indeed…or for a queen as well!

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Another lovely jeera rice recipe…this time it’s from Nags and it has an Odiyan touch to it!

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Bread

Tea time anyone?…then grab some of these crisp cumin and rosemary poories, dished out by musical, her third entry!

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Next up is this lovely cumin bread with a hint of cumin and orange, sent our way by Viji...I can literally smell the heavenly aromas drifting through the oven!

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Burgers


Cumin seems to be Quellia’s favourite spice and she has made it jump out of these lovely burgers

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Shayne has come up with her own version of cuban burgers… very nice indeed!

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That’s it this month! Thanks again to all who participated…there would have been nothing to round up without these lovely entries.

And for those who came by to wish my little girl, I haven’t forgotten the slice of cake..help yourselves:)

Till next time, Ciao.

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 musical September 1, 2007 at 12:01 am

Amazing round-up Sunita! A full course meal here with cumin: soups, appetizers, side dishes, bread, rice, raita! you name it, you got it! A real delight to the senses. Thanks to you for bringing us this yummy event and thanks to everyone for the great entries!

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2 Rajitha September 1, 2007 at 12:06 am

that was one great round-up and what an array of dishes.. i am bookmarking this page…
and thanks for hosting it…now it is time for mustard…here i come!!

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3 Pragyan September 1, 2007 at 12:16 am

Amazing round-up of cumin-based recipes. My salutes to you and the contributing bloggers. I will participate next time and henceforth. Next time definitely, considering its mustard seed..you will understand why when you visit my blog :)

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4 Srivalli September 1, 2007 at 2:02 am

excellent round up…many new ones to learn.

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5 Prema Sundar September 1, 2007 at 2:59 am

Thats a great round up sunitha…

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6 sra September 1, 2007 at 4:11 am

Thanks for the round-up, Sunita, will try and participate in the next event too!

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7 Suganya September 1, 2007 at 5:45 am

And you say this is the first time you host an event? Wonderful job sunita!

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8 Raaga September 1, 2007 at 5:54 am

Hey Sunita, Lovely round up.

I just posted a dish that uses mustard as the main ingredient… 2 days ago. So technically it is after the jeera event was over. Can I send that in??

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9 Vcuisine September 1, 2007 at 7:13 am

Sunita, what a great roundup, with your little tiny notes. That makes it so spcial to admire. You did a great job. Lovely round up with great entries. Next month spice is really interesting. Let me see what can I contribute. Have a good day. Viji

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10 sunita September 1, 2007 at 7:54 am

musical,it was you all great bloggers who did it. I loved rounding up the lovely entries.

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11 sunita September 1, 2007 at 7:55 am

rajitha, thanks…looking forward to your future participation.

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12 sunita September 1, 2007 at 7:56 am

pragyan, welcome to my world…looking forward to your entries…glad you dropped by.

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13 sunita September 1, 2007 at 7:58 am

srivalli, thanks…there i always something to learn, isn’t it?

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14 sunita September 1, 2007 at 8:00 am

Sra, you’re welcome…looking forward to your future entries.

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15 sunita September 1, 2007 at 8:04 am

raaga, thanks…do send your recipe over…just repost it as an entry for the event.

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16 sunita September 1, 2007 at 8:06 am

Viji, thanks…you all deserve it with such great entries…that was the least I could do.

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17 Redchillies September 1, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Wonderful roundup Sunita. Who knew we could make so many dishes with cumin! Hope to participate in your next event.

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18 Cynthia September 1, 2007 at 3:16 pm

This is quite a successful start to hosting your own blog event, Sunita. Congrats!

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19 sunita September 1, 2007 at 3:54 pm

redchillies, it was a nice learning experience for me as well…looking forward to your participation.

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20 sunita September 1, 2007 at 3:58 pm

cynthia, all credit is due to those lovely entries sent in by the participants.

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21 Mona September 1, 2007 at 7:15 pm

gr8 round up with soooooooo many good recipes Sunita ! :-)

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22 Suma Gandlur September 1, 2007 at 7:55 pm

Thanks for such a lovely event. Hoping to learn more about spices & their usage from the upcoming events.
Great round up.
This time, Mustard seeds, I have to think hard.

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23 Sandeepa September 1, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Great round up and I already have something for mustard, just made today and I know you also have a version of the dish

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24 Kajal September 2, 2007 at 2:04 am

Very nice round up my dear keep it up. You mange all this entries very well with beautiful writing…. This is very important when you write for all entry is very time demanding process. Really your work is award-winning. Great Great Great!!!!!!

Next event is also great idea my dear…..

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25 Saju September 2, 2007 at 7:24 am

what a wonderful array of recipes. I too am bookmarking this page.
Thans Sunita for super idea and hosting this great spice series.

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26 sunita September 2, 2007 at 8:51 am

mona,all due to the sooo many great contributions:)

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27 sunita September 2, 2007 at 8:58 am

Suma,thanks…and you better get thinking:)

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28 sunita September 2, 2007 at 8:59 am

kajal, thanks…well all of you have sent in such lovely entries..that’s the least I could do:)

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29 sunita September 2, 2007 at 9:00 am

sandeepa, thanks…looking forward to your entry…

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30 Namratha September 4, 2007 at 10:51 pm

Absolutely wonderful! Cumin dishes look amazing, would love to try every one of them…so mouth watering..esp the potato dishes..yum yum!:) Great job with the round-up Sunita..you are a pro in hosting events honey, so never think this was your first ;) Hmm should think up something for Mustard now..

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31 Arts September 5, 2007 at 6:11 am

Excellent Roundup Sunita…
and a nice theme for next month as well!

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32 Sig September 6, 2007 at 5:53 am

Great round up Sunita, u’ve done a fantanstic job hosting the new event… Who knew so many recipes were possible with cumin!
Mustard seeds… now I’ve to put on my thinking hat again :D

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33 sunita September 7, 2007 at 9:51 am

namratha, I agree..all the dishes do look great indeed..thanks to all of you…thanks again for the nice words…btw,you better start thinking about mustard seeds now;)

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34 sunita September 7, 2007 at 9:53 am

sig, thanks…better not lose your thinking hat…you’re gonna need it very often in the coming months;)

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35 Priya September 7, 2007 at 5:58 pm

hi sunita..nice blog..i really liked the event on Mustard seeds..so have sent my entry…happy cooking…

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36 sunita September 8, 2007 at 9:41 pm

priya, have received your entry…glad you could participate.

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37 Sharmi September 9, 2007 at 6:45 pm

hmmm I was not able to participate cos of JFI. seems like a great roundup and lovely feast.

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38 Asha September 10, 2007 at 9:57 pm

Hey, where is my comment go? I came here to get your URL for Mustard post and I don’t see my comment!:(
Loved the round up and already saved the page too! Thanks for taking time Sunita!:)

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39 ushaprashanth September 11, 2007 at 6:52 am

Hi sunita!!!!
THat’s a great round up !!!!! Keep it up!

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40 sunita September 11, 2007 at 10:31 am

sharmi, it was a feast indeed…maybe this time round…

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41 sunita September 11, 2007 at 10:32 am

asha,I’m sorry, but I haven’t seen any earlier comment of your’s either :( …anyway you’re most welcome…it’s due to you all that it was a success.

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42 sunita September 11, 2007 at 10:33 am

usha, thanks..glad you dropped by.

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