Think garlic round up and announcing the spice for February…

by Sunita on February 1, 2008

Last month, garlic has been under the spotlight. Throughout the month, my inbox has been flooded with yummy garlicky morsels. I adore garlic and was really glad that so many of you do too . Thank you once again for your lovely entries.

Before I bring you the round up, let me present to you the star spice for the month of February….and yes, it is a star indeed….for, it is none other than the pretty star anise.

So during this month, whenever your mind tilts towards spice, reach out for some star anise!

  • Star anise, star aniseed, badiane or Chinese star anise, is a spice that closely resembles anise in flavor, obtained from the star-shaped pericarp of Illicium verum, a small native evergreen tree of southwest China.
  • Star anise is shaped like an eight-pointed star and contains shiny seeds with an aniseed flavour ( a powerful and liquorice-like aroma), which comes from the essential oil, anethole.
  • It’s best to buy whole stars which can not only be added directly to the cooking pot either whole or in segments but can also be ground. Stored whole it keeps for well over a year in an air tight container.


My association with this spice is quite limited…hence, I too am looking forward to what you all come up with this spice. So, come on…let’s get down to the thinking business and while we’re so engaged, let’s just remember,Think spice…think star anise. Please refer here for the rules for participation.


Now, without more ado, here’s the roundup of all your wonderful entries…thank you again for participating.

As usual, I hope I have included all the entries…however if you notice anything amiss, please do not hesitate to drop me a mail and I will try to correct the error as soon as possible..

Soups…

Spanish potato soup…..Dolores
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Pea and garlic soup…..Johanna
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Tomato soup and garlic toast…..Nags
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Pepper, cumin and garlic rasam…..Suganya
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Garlic and butternut squash soup…..Dhivya
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Condiments/dips/spreads

Green garlic chutney……Kajal
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Methi pepper gojju…..namratha
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Poondu Kolumbu…..Ramya
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Bagna coada……Marta
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Garlic pickle…..Anu
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Pepper garlic curry…..Lavanya
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Garlic parsley butter…..Margot
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Skordalia…..Ivy
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Tomato garlic chutney…..Rak’s kitchen
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Garlic chutney…..Laavanya
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Vegetables

Broccoli with roasted garlic and red pepper flakes…..Gretchen
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Poondu kozambu…..Kamini
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Broccoli in garlic sauce…..TBC
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Spinach – carrot stir fry…..Zlamushka
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Broccoflower with garlic crumbs…..Valli
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Patatas bravas…..Anuzi
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Crispy garlic potatoes…..Shella
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Kashmiri garlic flavoured bottlegourd…..Bindiya
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Bean bujji…..Siri
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Provencal winter squash gratin…..Shana
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Sagu…..Priya
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Tendlya Talasani…..Meera
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Steamed broccoli tossed in a zesty garlic dressing…..Deeba
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Potato gnocchi in garlic butter sauce…..Raaga
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Spanish style potato wedges with rosemary and garlic…..Sig
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Babycorn in garlic tomato gravy…..Valli
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Non – vegetarian

Garlic baked chicken…..Angel
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Wine braised chicken with garlic…..Kelly
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Leg of lamb spiced and spiked with garlic…..Sus
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Grilled garlic chicken…..Nupur
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Fish gravy(Kerala style)…..Rina
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Garlic chicken…..Maya
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Turkey wings curry( Kerala style)…..Rina
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Chicken Marbella…..Judy
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Sukiyaki beef…..Windy
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Garlic crab…..Laurie
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Spicy red chicken wings…..Happy cook
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Chicken in garlic sauce….Rachel
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Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic…..Jenny
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Garlic shrimp…..Sagari
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Garlic roasts/bakes

Home made roasted garlic pasta…..Kittie
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Oven baked garlic…..Evelin
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Oven roasted garlic…..Eskay
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Breads/flatbreads

Lasun paratha…..Apu
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Garlic and herb monkey bread…..Jenny
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Garlic avocado roti…..Kalai
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Garlic bread…..Kevin
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Garlic bread with cheese….Srivalli
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Rice /pasta
Garlic rice….Renuka
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Garlic mushroom risotto….Asha
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Asian style spaghetti with garlic and cilantro…..Mansi
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Vegetable pulao and palak paneer…..Vijaya
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Penne and vegetable saute…..Raaga
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Miscellaneous
Garlic, cheese and sausage bites…..Beth G
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Squash and aged white cheddar tart with sage and roasted garlic custard…..Ashley
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Roast vegies on garlic bruschetta…..Meeta
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Garlic jam…..Katy
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Thai red curry…..Jugalbandi
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Koddel……..Meera
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Lemon garlic chickpeas with sauted kale…..Lisa
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Garlic and curry leaves chutney powder…..Lakshmi
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Garlic curry…..Revathi
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Paneer in hot garlic sauce…..Rajitha
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That’s it! Enjoy your weekend and keep warm…we’ll certainly need to !!

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Siri February 2, 2008 at 2:20 am

Lovely RoundUp Sunita and the star anise pic is soooooooooo awesome.. Lovely n beautiful pic.. will try to whip up something with it..:D

~ Siri

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2 Beth G. February 2, 2008 at 2:24 am

Awesome!! So many delicious recipes :O) Star anise is a new one for me, can’t wait to try making something new with it!!

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3 musical February 2, 2008 at 2:37 am

Such a lovely round-up Sunita! Everey dish looks so good! Thanks, dear! for this wonderful series! And you chose such a lovely spice for the next one, that’s another favorite! Looks like i’ll have to get out of my hibernation and get down to do some thinking again :) .

Keep warm and have a delightful weekend.

musical.

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4 Rachel February 2, 2008 at 3:43 am

Great array of garlic dishes….hmm star anise…. hah I have cynthia’s post to guide me :D

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5 Srivalli February 2, 2008 at 6:23 am

wow…so many garlicky ones to choose…great round up as usual sunita..good job

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6 Suganya February 2, 2008 at 6:51 am

With entries like such arriving in my inbox, I would always be hungry. Great roundup, Sunita. Star anise is a great choice.

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7 chemcookit February 2, 2008 at 9:07 am

How exciting! I absolutely love all these garlicky recipes and I’m looking forward to trying at least a few of them.. thanks for such a great roundup!

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8 Happy cook February 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

Wow wonderful round up as usual.
Star anise is excelent choice.
I know what i am going to send for you.
It will be something chinese…..
Have a nice weekend.

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9 sunita February 2, 2008 at 10:59 am

Siri,
thanbks….can’t wait to see what you come up with star anise :-)

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10 sunita February 2, 2008 at 11:00 am

beth g,thanks…do try out those month’s spice…after all learning something new is the name of the game :-)

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11 sunita February 2, 2008 at 11:01 am

Musical,
thanks dear…I hope star anise will be tempting enough for you to come back with a star recipe… :-)

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12 sunita February 2, 2008 at 11:02 am

rachel, thanks…take the guidance and give it a go :-)

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13 sunita February 2, 2008 at 11:03 am

sug,
:-D … I agree…glad you like the current theme :-)

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14 sunita February 2, 2008 at 11:04 am

chemcookit,
thanks…with so many lovely entries, one is actually spoilt for choice :-)

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15 sunita February 2, 2008 at 11:05 am

happy cook,
thanks…looking forward to your future participation :-)

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16 Ramya February 2, 2008 at 12:08 pm

It’s really wonderful to know dishes on ‘Spice’ focus. Everytime ‘Think Spice… think —…’ event ROCKS!!!

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17 Asha February 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Oh my!! So many delicious entries!!:))
Star Anise is great choice, just need a pinch of that spice to jazz up a dis!:)

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18 Windy February 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Thanks for that Sunita! Can’t believe there are so many interesting, yummy dishes just from the garlic alone. Hope that I could think of a dish for the next spice – star anise. :)

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19 vimmi February 2, 2008 at 5:10 pm

What a lovely array of dishes. Garlic is an ingredients in all my recipes, love it. Have bookmarked a variety of recipes to try.

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20 Sig February 3, 2008 at 1:51 am

Another fabulous round up! I need a mint now… :D
Love Star Anise… I have something in mind already… :)

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21 Daily Meals February 3, 2008 at 2:17 am

Great round-up Sunita! Now I must think about the star anise…

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22 Namratha February 3, 2008 at 3:13 am

Good round up Sunita and looking at all these dishes, I feel like having some garlic now! :D Nice spice choice for Feb, I recently made something which has Anise in it… :)

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23 Nags February 3, 2008 at 5:48 am

lovely round up and awesome spice for next month! my mom uses this extensively and i just love the flavour and the shape :)

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24 Passionate baker...& beyond February 3, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Lovely round-up Sunita. Have always loved star-anise 7 have ajar which had better be put to good use now! Cheers

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25 Meeta February 3, 2008 at 2:03 pm

I love garlic and believe me this roundup is gonna be my treasure when I want to make something garlicky. Great roundup and thank you!

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26 Meeta February 3, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Oh PS! I love the new theme too – nice and challenging.

Hugs!

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27 Kribha February 3, 2008 at 9:23 pm

For a garlic lover like me this page offers so many good items. I have bookmarked it. Staranise is a challenging theme. I’ll have to do a lot of search to come up with something.

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28 Annarasa February 4, 2008 at 1:19 am

Great round-up Sunita! Looking forward to contributing to ’star anise’!!

~ Apu:)

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29 AnuSriram February 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm

gr8 roundup.. lot of recipes to try

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30 Psychgrad February 4, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Wow – that’s quite a roundup!

I’d love to participate in next month’s roundup. I have been meaning to figure out how to cook with star anise and actually bought some on a whim about a month ago. Thanks for the motivation!

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31 sunita February 4, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Ramya,
Thanks…glad you like the concept :-)

asha,
Thanks…I’m hoping to learn from this theme :-)

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32 sunita February 4, 2008 at 11:53 pm

windy,
Thanks…and yes, they are all wonderful entries…I’m sure you’ll com up with something nice for the current theme :-)

vimmi,
thanks…try them out at your own leisure.

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33 Kalai February 5, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Beautiful roundup! Star anise is definitely something I don’t use very often… Will have to think abt that one! :)

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34 Rajitha February 6, 2008 at 5:10 am

Sunita..sorry to hop in so late..out of blog hopping world for a few days..so missed this fantastic round-up!!

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35 Coffee & Vanilla February 8, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Beautiful roundup Sunita :)
Thank you for hosting this event.
I will try to participate in this month event as well.

Have a great weekend, Margot

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36 Arfi Binsted February 11, 2008 at 2:47 am

sunita, i have posted a bavarois using with star anise as well, but i sent it as an entry of zorra’s event. too bad. i saw this round-up too late. congrats for the success event. i always miss your event as i don’t see this on IMBB.

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