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Sunday, January 10, 2010

BEET 'N' RICE & the FOODIE BLOGROLL : Contests and Rewards....... I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HURRAY!!!!!!! for I won the "Comment to win a copy of Sanjeev kapoor's Party Cooking Book" contest.......

That was the first time I participated in the contest, after checking it, for quite sometime now..... & Yuppie!!!! I won it....!!! I loved it because I would be adding another cook book to my shelf...... & that too of Mr. Sanjeev Kapoor, The Master Chef......!!! I like him because of all the twists & turns he gives to his preparations..... & makes it lovable at the end or rather edible..... which means.... HAPPY ENDING!!!!!! So did my contest..... "had a HAPPY ENDING!!!!! "

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As usual I opened my mailbox to check out that days communication to me..... And I read all my comments first...HAPPY!!!!! Then directing them to their respective folders, I check the ones that are just informative or fun or "just Garbage"....... & opened this to see who won it...... & VOILA!!!!!!!!! It was me..... The blessed one..... (at least sometimes I am....) ;-)

I was so happy to read through it.... I even commented to receive that Tote bag.... which is truly cute & serves the purpose too.... but no regrets..... I love what I got...... OK.....!!!! will write more later.... Lets get down to talk about the prep, I wanted to post about......

I love Beetroots...... !!!!! Is it not that I love almost everything existing?????? It sounds kinda repetitive...... So........... let me say, I adore beets a lot.... The primary reason being, it's color........ It is one vegetable, that is blessed with a bright vibrant color...... Just add this into anything, be it plain curd..... The same old curd would seem to appear happy with that new color it adorns..... Like a NEW BRIDE.... who is all pink, blushing & red in her outfit all gracing that nuptial bed!!!!!!! So does the beet seem to grace the bowl..........!!!!!!!!!!!

During childhood, when mom prepared beetroot pallya, I would take a table spoonful of it, beat it into the curds & enjoyed this combo, like it was my own prep...... a yummy dessert...something like a custard....... I shared & ate the same with a lot of pride......

And as I shared earlier, I get bored very soon with veggies prepared regularly..... It is then I get down to prepare a veggie rice or a pulao...... SO that day I had just a, kinda dried up beet, which I did not wanna waste.... So I thought I would add this to the rice & prepare a pulao kinda delight...... Be it whatever, even grass cooked with a little salt, spice & oil would taste yum too..... !!!!!!!!!! That was how this 'Beet'n Rice came into being.....

Beetn Rice



Beetn Rice

Ingredients:

Beetroot - 1 medium (dried...maybe ;-) sorry!)
Long Grained Rice or Basmati - 2 cups (I used the regular though)
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Tomato - 1 small, finely chopped (optional)
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 1/2 tsp
Green Chilli - 1, slit lengthwise
Coriander Leaves - 6 to 7 twigs, finely chopped
Mint Leaves - a handful, finely chopped
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Salt to Taste

PS: May add all the whole spices (Ghota Masala) for that rich taste.

Method:

Peel & wash the beetroot, well. Cut them into small cubes & keep aside..... Wash the rice, drain & keep it aside too.

Place a cooker on fire & heat the oil. Now add the slit green chilli & saute for a minute. Then add the chopped onions & fry till translucent. Add ginger garlic paste & stir fry for a minute or two. If adding tomato, then do & fry till it is soft & mushy. Then add the cubed beet & stir fry. Then add the chopped leaves & stir fry further, till all the ingredients blend well. Now add the powdered masalas & combine, stirring at regular intervals. Do not forget the salt......

When all the ingredients have been fried & combined well, add enough water, tighten the lid & wait for 4 to 5 whistles. Remove from fire...... allow the steam to release completely, all by itself...... Now transfer the finally 'Beetn Rice' to a serving bowl....

Beetn Rice



Now for the accompaniment..... goes with anything & everything..... If nothing more is available.... just make a simple raitha.... for it....

Simple Cucumber Raitha

Ingredients:

Set Curd - 1/2 cup
Cucumber - 1/4 cup, finely chopped
Salt to Taste

Method:

Beat the set curd well.... to a thick & smooth consistency. Add the chopped cucumber & salt & mix well, gently.....

Cucumber Raitha



Now serve the above prepared 'Beetn Rice' with this yummy & delectable raitha. Savor with sounds every time you relish a spoonful of this delectable preparation.........

Beetn Rice



BLOGFARE:

Sailaja has passed on her Beautiful Blogger Blogfare with her friends..... As I consider myself to be one too, did take a pick......... & I would like to thank her, for being so large heart 'ed & passing on the same.........

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Hmmmmmmm....... But that doesn't stop there...... as I need to announce my WIN!!! WIN!!! TOFA, my reward, that I was bragging about at the very beginning of this post......

So this is what I commented on the "Comment to win a copy of Sanjeev Kapoor's Party Cooking Book" contest! Hope it is clear..... though not CRYSTAL CLEAR!!!!

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Foodie Blogroll : Contests and Rewards

The Foodie Blog Roll Contests: Winner!


But as I just read now, it says, to write about it when I receive it...... which I have not..... It's OK..... The day I receive it, I would flaunt it in flesh (pages & cover) & brag about it again, too...... I can always write about things, without falling short of words....... And yes! I love & adore that small & cute little Rewards ICON!!!! Don't you ..............???????????

WISHING ALL LUCK & HOPE!!!!!!!!!

UNTIL WE C NEXT...... KEEP THE FAITH!!!!!!!!! :-)




45 comments:

  1. Congrats! :)

    The recipe looks delicious. Yum.

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  2. lovely and colourful beet rice which looks very tempting and congrats on winning chef Sanjeev Kapoors cookery book.

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  3. Congrats.... Wow colorful and delicious.. Healthy one will try soon..

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  4. Congrats on ur award dear..keep rocking. Lovely colorful beet rice dear....way to gooooooooo on....

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  5. Aloha Ash, of course you won!! you deserve it!! blessings to you:)
    I love your cooking and your photos!!!I'm always wanting to try it after I read it. My first goal is to collect all of the spices...I think I am your new cooking student. I can't wait to try my first dish, Can you tell me more about your culture in your food. is this traditional recipes of India, I am sure the different parts of your country cook a little differently depending on the region and influences. I hope you don't mind my questions, Maybe you could suggest a cookbook for me that would give me a good base to start with? But you know, when ever I want to learn the true food of a culture, it is from the kitchen with recipes and food being made handed down from the older generations. I will take any suggestions you might have for me, I am very experienced in the world of cooking, but not in your culture, I think you have to know both to really produce something authentic, pray for me!!! your humble student and friend from far across the sea
    Aloha
    Brandi

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  6. Congrats and the beet rice looks super delicious.

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  7. Hey, congratulations on winning Sanjeev Kapoor's book. Lovvvvvved ur write up :):) Beet rice looks amazing with the rich color and the long grain, blew me out!!!!!!!!!

    Chitchat

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  8. Congratulations dear for ur lovely prize!! rice is looking delicious..totally yum!!

    Dear I would like to share Kreative blogger award with you. Please collect it!!

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  9. Wow Ash, Congratulations on winning Sanjeev Kapoor's Party Cooking Book. You deserve it and ur so sweet,I'm sure u'll share ur recipes in this book with us..lol.
    Love ur Beet N Rice. What an awesome looking rice- healthy and beautiful. I love beetroot..I normally make it into a subzi or make a veggie sandwich.so thanks for sharing this idea..a great way to make kids eat beets.

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  10. Hi dear, Happy New Year to both of you....Thanks for passing me the cheerleading award, sorry for posting it little late...& finally Congrats for the win.....enjoy your new book.....& take care, hope u r feeling all better.....btw rice looks delicious...

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  11. Congraz ash, very lucky to have his book....And beetroot rice looks yummy and very nicely presented with the raitha..

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  12. Congrats dear, it is really good to have won the Masters Cook book!! And beets, mm.. I am not a beet-person...But ur rice looks too yummy too miss..May be I can give it a try soon :) And congrats on ur awards too!

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  13. pls collect ur award from my blog dear

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  14. congrats. Sanjeev kapoor is certainly the best and its good that you won his book. Keep up the good work.Beet N rice looks fabulous.

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  15. Simple & tasty one.Congrats dear,Enjoy .....

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  16. Conratulations to dear winner....Many more contests is waiting for u :)

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  17. Oh my - congratulations! Well deserved, too!

    I love beets - never thought of combining them with rice. But I love the colors of this dish even more!

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  18. CONGRATS on winning a new cookbook. And boy does that rice look good!

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  19. Thanks for the nice comment! Kiss

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  20. Congrats on winning that.
    Go for more ......

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  21. plein de saveurs il est appétissant
    bonne soirée

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  22. Wow!!! Congrats Asha dear for winning the cookbook...Nice comment as well...
    Beet rice looks awesome...I love this, I usually make it when i m that lazy to cook ;)

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  23. Hey Congratulations!!! And yes, I did indeed do a post after a long time :) was a little busy :)

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  24. Congrats!
    The recipe looks delicious.
    See soon.

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  25. Hey Congrats!
    Landed here while surfing. U have a great collection of recipes with lovely pictures. Will surely come back..

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  26. What an unusual dish! Well, unusual for where I live, that is! I would LOVE to try that. I like beets too, but the only way I ever see them in America is in a jar - pickled beets. You don't see them that often in the grocery store. Your posts are always a happy and delicious surprise. I haven't subscribed yet, silly me. Gonna do that right now, and give a link of your blog to my mom too, she would love it!

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  27. Thanks for those lovely words. It was really sweet of you. I'm glad you liked by blog. I liked yours too. You have a great collection of recipes here. Will be a regular visitor.

    Wish you a very happy new year!

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  28. Hi. Congrats on winning. so we are going to read nice recipes from that book,now made by u .
    Hey drop by, would love to read your chirpy comments at my blog.
    http://cooking-goodfood.blogspot.com
    Pari

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  29. Congratulations Ashji...Looking forward for a recipe from you from that book :)

    beet rice is rich!

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  30. congrats on winning Sanjeev Kapoor's book:)
    Beet rice looks awesome & so delicious!! For a great beetsfan like my daughter, this dish sure will please the palates!! Great click... :)

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  31. Dear Ash, Please collect the Beautiful Blogger Award from my blog.You deserve it.You are a great blogpal.

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  32. Congrats on the win ! Beet and rice looks inviting :-)

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  33. Olá, querida amiga!
    É muito bom visitar seu cantinho...
    Amo culinária...
    Melhor seria se você tivesse um tradutor google.
    Você baixa grátis no próprio google.
    Beijinhos.
    Itabira - Brasil

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  34. congratulations winning the cook book.
    Nice color rice. beets i like very much

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    http://pangravykadaicurry.blogspot.com

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  36. Pongal wishes to you & your family

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  37. Congrats Ash...Love the color of the rice, obviously got from beets :-)Bet it's yumm and flavorful too..

    Thanks for visiting collaborative curry..and hope to see you often :D Thanks for the b'day wishes too :-)

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  38. congrats....!!! the beet rice looks real good and the raita creamy and mouthwatering!

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  39. Congrats on your prize and awards..love this beet rice..looks extremely yummy...I'm new here..love all your recipes..

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