Jun 30, 2013

Dish It Out- Mango and Chili: Event Announcement

This time I get the chance to host “Dish It Out” event for July month announced by Vardhini from Cooks Joy and theme is Mango and Chili, here you can use raw mango or ripe mango with any form of chili. In India, Mango festival will celebrate in July month, so I take Mango and Chili as core ingredient of recipe.

The event runs from July 1st to July 31st 2013 and the rules are as follows.
1. Prepare a dish that highlights “Mangoes” and “Chili” and we should be able to taste the mentioned ingredients.
2. Only vegetarian or vegan recipes please. Eggs are allowed in baking.
3. Usage of the logo is appreciated.
4. Recipes must be linked to this event announcement page Dish it out announced by Cooks Joy and Hosted by Simply Tadka.  If sending an old entry, it needs to be re-published with the links.
5. You can send in any number of entries.
6. Non bloggers can also send in their recipes to the email below.

Please link your entries using the linky tool attached to this post by 31st July 2013. If you have trouble linking, do let me know and I will add it for you.

Non bloggers – Email me your entry and I will post it in my member recipes blog and link it up here. My email id is simplytadka(at)gmail(dot)com.

Looking forward to all the yummy entries.

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Review on Bong Mom's Cook Book & Chhanar Dalna By Sandeepa Mukherjee Dutta

Hi Friends…
Few days before, I got a copy of “Bong Mom’s Cook Book” written by Sandeepa Mukherjee Dutta through Indiblogger. I want to thank Indiblogger who gave me chance to share my thoughts on these lovely and joyful stories from a Bengali mother’s Kitchen. As I’m new comer in food world it’s a small trial from my side to share few words about this beautiful book in my blog “Simply Tadka”. 

Source: Bong Mom's Cook Book

Sandeepa Mukherjee Dutta is a bong mom, who has a very popular food blog Bong Mom’s Cookbook (
www.bongcookboook.com). She has been providing awesome recipes to readers for over six years. By profession, she is engineer, working full time and lives with her family in New Jersey, USA. This is her first book based on Bengali food and theme and title both based on her blog. She gets the chance to publish her book with HarperCollins publications.
Sandeep Mukherjee have a successful food blog, Bong Mom’s Cook Book which gives more emphasis on Bengali cuisines and through which we get lots of core ingredients and techniques about Bengali food and culture both in one platform. 

She is really a big inspiration for everyone who manages professional career plus home duties with two lovely daughters. She started food blog in 2006 and now has launched first cook book with Bengali kitchen stories… She is a really innovative writer who does not just frame collection of good recipes with pictures and procedure but makes cooking so interesting and joyful through lovely stories. Through this book, I get lots of information about Bengali culture and taste… I love all flavor of Bengali spices specially Paanch Poran spice which is made with combination of five different spices. 

I love her way of narrating the cooking as a lovely story tale. Some contents included which I like most are “By God! Bongs Also Eat Veggies!” here she has covered some vegetarian dishes as well and for the veggie in which include Shorshe Dharosh, Begun Bhaja, Aloor Dom, Dhokar Dalna and more. 

Second punching line is “Fishy Fishy Bong Bong” which really highlighted line in whole book. As we know, Bengalis are really big food lovers and they love fish in food as non-veg stuff so in this section you can get lots of flavorful fishy which really tasted and tried by Sandeepa. 
As I am personally a fond lover of Bengali sweets and desserts, I have already attempted lots of sweet in my kitchen. So it’s my favourite columns “Love in the Time of Dessert” where I get recipe of Malpuas, Patishapta, Coconut Laddoo and Payesh. 

She is a really successful blogger now with big 6 year experience which she used in framing this wonderful cook book and get milestone in food world to become author from a blogger. So once again, I want to wish her a hearty congratulation and wish her for bright future as successful author.

This time I tried Chhanar Dalna from Sandeepa’s book, it’s a really delicious in taste and easy to prepare for dinner or lunch. It’s a different recipe among the other paneer with creamy rich and thick consistency gravy. Chhanar dalna is paneer curry which serve in potato and tomato based spicy gravy and serve with hot rice in Bengali cuisine.

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 3 Persons
Category: Bengali Cuisine
Recipe Source: Bong Mom’s Cook Book

250gm Cottage Cheese/ Paneer
1 Large Potato, Diced
1 Chopped Tomato
2 Green Chilies, Chopped
1 Tsp. Ginger, Grated
2 Bay leaves
1 Small Green Cardamom
2 Cloves
1/2 Tsp. Cumin Powder
2 Whole Dried Red Chili
1/2 Tsp. Red Chili Powder
1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
Salt to Taste
1 Tsp. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Oil


Heat oil in non-stick pan and sauté paneer cubes with sprinkle of turmeric powder. Cook till to slightly golden and keep aside.

Heat the rest of the oil in deep non-stick pan and sauté bay leaves, cumin, cloves, cardamom and red chili till to sputter. Add diced potatoes with sprinkle turmeric powder and cook till to golden color.

Add chopped tomato, ginger and chili with salt. Fry the tomato till the soft and mashy on medium flame. Make a paste with water, salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder and cumin powder. Add this mixture into frying pan. Sprinkle little water and fry the spices for about 5 minutes.

Add a cup of warm water and salt to taste. Cover and cook till the potatoes are done. If you need more gravy, add little more water and bring it to a simmer. Add sugar, its optional. Add fried paneer and simmer for 2 minutes more. Serve hot with rice. 

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Jun 26, 2013

Macaroni Cheese Bites

It’s a myth that pasta like, spaghetti, macaroni, twisted pasta, penne pasta and more varieties of pastas can use only for pasta recipes or in Italian food. Now-days, you can prepare anything with these number of pasta’s varieties. This time I prepare Macaroni cheese Bites for kid’s delight theme.

Macaroni Cheese Bites is a deep fried snack which prepared with over boiled or soft and mashed pasta combine with onion and boiled potatoes plus some Italian ingredients included oregano, chili flakes and cheese and olive oil which serve with extra cheese and ketchup.

It’s a really good attempt for kid’s meal. You can prepare this bites for parties, picnic and kitty party or any get together. Whenever your pasta becomes over boiledLL, don’t worries just go with same ingredients or add vegetables as per preference and JJmake these crispy bites. Even you can prepare this recipe with leftover pasta. After preparing shape, place the bites plate into freeze for 15-20 minutes to set properly and then fry them. If you are health conscious or don’t like oily food, go with baked bites.

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Serving: 15-18 Pieces
Category: Snacks

1/2 Cup Del Monte Macaroni, Boiled
1/2 Cup Boiled Potato, Mashed
1/4 Cup Onion, Chopped
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Grated
1 Green Chili, Chopped
1/4 Tsp. Chili Flakes
1/4 Tsp. Kasoori Methi/ Dry Fenugreek leaves
1/2 Tsp. Oregano
1/2 Tsp. Roasted Cumin Powder
Salt to Taste
1 Tsp. Olive Oil
3 Tbsp. Bread Crumbs
1/2 Tsp. Corn flour/ Corn Starch
Oil, for deep frying
All-Purpose Flour, for dusting

Boil the pasta or macaroni with salt and water for 20-30 minutes little over cook. Now drain and wash under cold running water and chop or mash in small pieces.

Take a large bowl and combine boiled and mashed potato, chopped onion, chopped green chili, grated mozzarella cheese, chili flakes, salt, oregano, cumin powder, kasoori methi, bread crumbs, oil and chopped macaroni. Mix together as dough. If you found moisture in dough, you can add more bread crumb or corn flour to adjust the moisture in dough.

Make small heart, diamond or any funky shape with the help of cookie cutter. Place the plate in freeze for 15-20 minutes to set this bites for lovely and crisp look. Now roll out these bites in plain flour/ maida.

Heat the sufficient oil in wok for deep frying on high flame. When oil is hot enough, add pieces one by one and fry till to golden and crisp on low flame. Drain out this cheese bites on Tissue paper and serve with ketchup or extra cheese.

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Jun 25, 2013


This time I prepare very different and crispy snack that we call Ringo, it’s just like a pizza in Indian style. It’s a super hit snack for specially kid’s party. You can serve this ringos with green dip or ketchup and tea. Ringo is deep fried snack in which combine colorful veggies with dal batter and spread on bread slices. You serve round form or quarterly whatever you like. For this recipe, I prefer common vegetables like onion, capsicum and carrots but you can change these vegetables with according to preference and availability. 

Soaking Time: 4-5 Hours
Preparation Time: 20-25 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 10 Pieces
Category: Funky Food

10 Bread Slices
1 Cup Yellow Split Gram/ Dhuli Moong Dal
1/2 Cup Bengal Gram/ Chana Dal
1/2 Cup Onion, finely chopped
1/3 Cup Green Capsicum, finely chopped
1/3 Cup Carrots, finely chopped
1/3 Cup Cucumber, finely chopped
2 Green Chili, finely chopped
Salt to Taste
Red Chili Powder to Taste
1/2 Tsp.Black Pepper Powder
Oil, for deep frying
Chaat Masala for Seasoning
Tomato Ketchup, for dip

Wash and soak the both lentils in water for overnight or atleast 4-5 hours. Drain the whole water and blend it till to smooth consistency batter with little small quantity of water (approx. 1 tbsp. if needed).

In second step, chop the all vegetables; capsicum, onion, green chili, carrot in finely form. Combine lentil batter, chopped vegetables, salt black pepper and red chili powder together in large bowl.

Cut the bread pieces into round shape with the help of bowl or cookie cutter. Heat the enough oil in wok for deep frying, when oil is hot enough. Spread the paste on bread slices evenly and place the slice in hot oil carefully from the top side first and fry till to golden. Do same procedure with rest of slices and batter. 

Now cut the bread slices into quarterly with the help of pizza cutter and sprinkle chaat masala on the top of ringos. Serve this hot ringo with ketchup and tea or coffee.

1) You can add any number of vegetables according to color and choice.
2) Don’t spread batter in excess quantity. Just spread as thick layer evenly.

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Jun 23, 2013

Final Remainder about WCG Event

Hi Friends…

Yuppiieee, Only 60 Hours are left for participation and increase the chances of winning. Here is the final remainder and updates about on-going Winner’s Choice Giveaway.

First of all, I want to say thanks to all co-blogger and non-blogger friends who support me a lot. I got 30 unique participants who got scores out of 9 compulsory entries in this event. 
There is one more extra entry in which you have to share this post with friends as much you can, will be consider as eligibility for second giveaway. Yes, I choose two lucky winners both choose through random.org but second will be choose on the basis of how many times, you shared this giveaway. Every entry is wrathful for me.

Please leave a comment or mail me at simplytadka@gmail.com, if you have any doubt or queries regarding miscalculation. Good luck!!

Here is list of participants with scores, here red lines shows our highlighted participants who shared this giveaway with big numbers more than 4-5 times which are first most eligible for second giveaway too.

Blogger Name
Blog Name
Scores/ 9
Tangy Minds
Babitha Costa
Babi's Recipes
Bidisha Banerjee
Non Blogger
Bini Basheer
Non Blogger
Divya Asha
Non Blogger
Jaleela Banu
Cook Book Jaleela
Manjula Bharath
Desi Fiesta
Meenakshi Kapur
Non Blogger
Prami Pramitha
Pramitha Loves Cooking
Shailaja Reddy
Sahasra's Recipes
Sharanya Palanisshami
Sara's Tasty Buds
Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj
Virunthu Unna Vaanga
Asiya Omar
MyHealthy Happy Kitchen
Garima Kumari
Non Blogger
Pooja agarwal
Prethika Skm
Prethika’s Space
Priya Anandakumar
Yummy Foods
SheyDivine (SharanyaPathmanathan)
Just Not The Cakes
Specially For Ladies
Aprajita Trivedi
Non Blogger
Sangeetha Pn
Eat n Eat Little More
Sapana Bhel
Cooking With Sapana
Sharanya Csl
Nirmal Kapur
Non Blogger
Santosh's Kitchen
Mrs Home Maker
Dee’s Cook Room
Sailaja Damodaran
Sailaja’s Kitchen
Pooja Raje

Swetha Vantalu


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