July 06, 2015

And the winners are....

Thank you all for your good wishes and love. Thank you to all those who played and left comments.

Here are the winners of the cookbooks. The winning numbers were generated randomly through a number generator.


                    Day 1 - Amrita Roy - Perfect Tapas

                   Day 2 - Holly Donahue Singh - Essential Mediterranean cookbook

                  Day 3 - Christina Roy - Bong mom's cookbook & From Mom with love...

                  Day 4 - Stephanie - Spice Kitchen & Original Pizza and Pasta cookbook

Congratulations to all the winners. Please send me an e-mail atahaarmail@gmail.com with your address so I can ship your cookbooks.

July 02, 2015

Final Day 4 cookbook giveaway - spice


For the last day of the cookbook giveaway, I've chosen cookbooks from which I've made desserts before. Kuch mitha ho jaye (ending on a sweet note).

The first one: the spice kitchen. It has a good collection of recipes everything from jamaican jerk chicken to cumin lemon butter (it works!).

But I want to recommend the clove spiced caramel corn. It's not a snack, its a dessert!

The second one: the original pizza and pasta cookbook will tempt you to make pizza for main course and dessert. You know with chocolate mountain pizza, you cannot go wrong.

These cookbooks are part of a four-day cookbook giveaway as our blog celebrates 9 years.

All you have to do is

1. leave a comment either on the blog (ahaar.blogspot.com) or

2. on the facebook page of the blog (facebook.com/ahaarblog).

I hope you have enjoyed this as much as we have.  Have a wonderful weekend.

July 01, 2015

Day 3 cookbook giveaway - Indian cookbooks


For Day 3 of cookbook giveaway, I have two Indian cookbooks for a lucky winner.

The first one - From mom with love came to me a few years ago. At first I didn't do much with it, then I tried a couple and then another couple of things from the book. The Panchmel dal recipe is pretty good.

The author mentioned once she wrote it for her kids who grew up in the US.

The second one - Bong Mom's cookbook needs no introduction! It's by Sandeepa, who blogs at Bong Mom's Cookbook.  Her blog is probably as old as mine.

The book is a collection of her memories and recipes and her writing is as evocative as her recipes. And oh la la, this book is autographed by her which makes it even more special.


This cookbook is part of a four day cookbook giveaway as our blog celebrates 9 years.

All you have to do is

1. leave a comment either on the blog (ahaar.blogspot.com) or
2. on the facebook page of the blog (facebook.com/ahaarblog).

Thank you for your love, comments, shares, likes and lessons. We learn and grow each day.

June 30, 2015

Chingri mach diye fulkopi datar tarkari (cauliflower stems with shrimp)

Cauliflower stems in mustard sauce with shrimps


You know what this post means, right? This means that my parents are visiting from India. Every summer I wait when they come to see what new recipe they will share with me.

Just last week, I was making some cauliflower for dinner and as I got ready to clean up, my parents carefully kept all the cauliflower stems away. I've was expecting a Labra or mixed vegetarian dish. But I was in for a surprise.

The cauliflower stems in this dish are cooked with big chunky potatoes and shrimp in a mustard sauce which brings out the best of the stems. The combination just works!

The prep may take some time but the result more than makes up for it.

Make it for the long weekend and watch your friends and family enjoy it.

Ingredients:
(serves 4)

Stem from a big cauliflower - cut into 2" pieces
1 big potato - cut into 1" cubes
10-12 shrimp - cleaned
2-3 green chillies
1 tspoon panch phoron
1-2 garlic cloves - grated
1/2 tomato - blanched and grated
2 tspoon mustard seeds ground to a paste with 1/2 tspoon posto (poppy seeds)
1 tspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2-3 Tbspoon oil

Method:
Mix the shrimp with salt and 1/2 tspoon turmeric powder. Heat 1 tbspoon oil and saute the shrimp lightly. Set it aside.

Grind 1 of the green chillies, garlic and the tomato together. Then grind the the mustard seeds and posto with a little water till it makes a thick paste.

Heat the rest of the oil and temper it with the 2 green chillies and panch phoron.

Then add the turmeric powder, and the potatoes. Let it cook for a minute or two. Then add the tomato paste and saute it for a couple of minutes.

Add the mustard paste, cauliflower stalks and the shrimp and let it all cook together for another minute.

Add salt and about 1/2 cup to 1 cup water (depending on the consistency you want) and close the pressure cooker. Let is cook for 1 whistle.

Then open the cooker and finish it with chopped cilantro leaves.

Cauliflower stems in mustard sauce with shrimps
Serve hot with white rice.

Day 2 cookbook giveaway - Essential Mediterranean cookbook


For Day 2 of cookbook I've chosen one of my favorites - The essential Mediterranean cookbook, published by Bay books in 2003.

This book captures the sunny cooking of Mediterranean countries, whether simple or complex, from all areas around this balmy sea. Full-color illustrations.

It has gorgeous photos and unique recipes like this pine nut and honey tart.

This cookbook is part of a four day cookbook giveaway as our blog celebrates 9 years.

All you have to do is

1. leave a comment either on the blog (ahaar.blogspot.com) or
2. on the facebook page (facebook.com/ahaarblog).

Thank you for your love, comments, shares, likes and lessons. We learn and grow each day.

June 29, 2015

Ahaar is turning nine!

Bring out the streamers, balloons and face painting (yes, we're into that now a days). And don't forget the cake. Our little blog is turning nine.

We are so happy that this repository of recipes and memories is still going strong. To celebrate we are giving away some cookbooks through out the week. I will post a picture of the cookbook every day.

All you have to do is leave a comment either on the blog (ahaar.blogspot.com) or on the facebook page (facebook.com/ahaarblog) to tell us how you found us.

Thank you for your love, comments, shares, likes and lessons. We grow each day, and have enjoyed every year of the journey.

Here is today's book - Perfect Tapas. Published by Parragon, this book has a selection of the very best tapas recipes to inspire you.


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