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‘Serve me Some…Salads’ Event Round-up

You can eat Salads any time of year, don’t you think? Well atleast I can. And what I love most is that you don’t have to feel guilty even one bit, no matter how much you’d gorge. What’s more, they fill you up real fast too. I love that salads are so versatile ‘cos you can make your own combos of fruits and veggies alike, add a dressing of choice, or stick to plain old salt and pepper…do what you like, sky’s the limit! And salads are just what the doctor ordered, so you bet I will be making the most of this round-up.

Thanks everyone for sending in your entries…I’m all set to try every one of these now. And since I’m on a weight-loss spree, all of this really helps inspire me more! The round-up really makes for a treasure trove for all those weight-watchers out there too. This time, only bloggers chose to contribute, so all you have in the round-up are pictures and links to each contribution. Have fun drooling and get set to eat healthy!

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Umm Razeen’s Fatoush
Umm Razeen’s Kiwi and Sweet Melon Salad
Shubhada’s Instant Fruit Salad
Vidhya Iyer’s Mixed Veggie Salad
Nivedita Thadani’s Soya Beans Salad
Padhu’s Kosambari/Indian Salad
Deepti Pawar’s Pineapple Salad
Deepti Pawar’s Rotini Garden Vegetable Salad
Indrani’s Barley & Veggies salad with Greek dressing
Indrani’s Red cabbage, Kidney beans & Tomato salad with a zesty dressing
Indrani’s Mixed fruit & veg salad with Thai dressing
Indrani’s Green Moong & tomato Kachumber
Priya’s Nutty Cabbage Salad
Priya’s Minty Mixed Veggies & Chickpeas Salad
Priya’s Beets, Corn & Celery Salad
Priya’s Creamy Potato,Tomato & Dill Salad
Priya’s Rajma& Mixed Veggies Salad
Priya’s Mixed Veggies & Olive Salad
Jyoti’s Cucumber Bhurji Salad
Lakshmi’s Beetroot Citrus Salad
Manju Rajendar’s Rainbow Fruit Salad
Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal’s Sprouted Green Moong Salad
Aparna Vijay’s Fruit Salad with Custard
Kalyani & Gayatri’s Jicama Salad
Nayna Kanabar’s Pink Grapefruit and Pickled Gherkin Salad
Miriam Korula’s Spinach & Strawberry Salad
Suma Rowjee’s Pineapple, Corn and Roasted Bell Peppers Salad
Suma Rowjee’s Chilled Penne Pasta and Sweet Corn Salad
Kanchan’s Kakdichi Koshimbir/Cucumber Salad with yogurt dressing
Madhuri’s (not me!!) Fruit Salad
Nithu Bala’s Cauliflower & Orange Salad
Nithu Bala’s Kachumbari
Nithu Bala’s Mixed Vegetable and Fruits Salad
Nithu Bala’s Honey Fruit Salad
Nithu Bala’s Spicy Fruit Salad
Madhuri’s (this is me now) Carrot Salad | Carrot Kosambari
Madhuri’s Egg Salad
Madhuri’s Jugalbandhi Salad
Madhuri’s Macaroni Salad
Madhuri’s Potato Salad
Madhuri’s Spinach Raita
Madhuri’s Sprouted Moong Salad
Madhuri’s Summer Salad

A parting shot with a drool-worthy collage, just for you -

‘Serve me Some…Juice, Shakes, Smoothies’ Event Round-up

What was planned in lieu of helping you beat the sweltering summer heat, is now served to you when its pouring cats and dogs everyday, be it morning, noon or night! The sun is hiding behind the numerous beds of dark grey clouds as I write this, and the raincoats and umbrellas, the coats and the gumboots have all come out of their hibernation so we can jump in a puddle or two, splash about and have some fun as we walk down the street!

Down to business: My first ever event on the blog and I’m overwhelmed by the response. Thanks so very much everyone for your contributions! So sorry about the delay in posting the round-up. Blame it on my ill-health which took its toll on me. But here I am finally, all done with collating it, and I’ve stuck to a pretty simple format. The entries are in the order I received them. I don’t think I have, but If you think I have missed any entry, please let me know and I’ll update it right away.

OK now hold your breath! Ready? 1…2…3…Alrightie, here we go, whouiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…

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Jagruti’s Mixed Berries and Toffee Smoothie
Jagruti’s Superfoods Smoothie
Deepti’s Mango Shake
MD’s Cantaloupe/Musk Melon Smoothie
Deepti Pawar’s Sunset Slush
Deepti Pawar’s Roasted Oat-Almond Smoothie
PJ’s SPB Shake
PJ’s Coconut-Fruit Smoothie
Aquadaze’s Lemongrass Iced Tea
Nirmala’s Protein Shake
Nirmala’s Green Smoothie
Nirmala’s Fruit and Carrot Smoothie
Deepti’s Pomegranate Juice
Aliena’s Watermelon Cooler
Aliena’s Papaya Surprise
Aliena’s Iced Tea
Kamala’s Fresh Pineapple Juice
Jyoti’s Strawberry Shake
Jyoti’s Creamy Dates and Coffe Smoothie
Jyoti’s Strawberry and banana shake
Jyoti’s Honey Bee
Shubhada’s Coco-Jumbo
Shubhada’s Banana Smoothie with a dash of sin
Shubhada’s Cucumber Buttermilk Mocktail
Nivedita Thadani’s Green Grape Juice
Nivedita Thadani’s Spicy Pineapple Juice
Nivedita Thadani’s Watermelon Juice
Nivedita Thadani’s Muskmelon Juice & Milkshake
Vidhya’s Papaya-Banana Smoothie
Vidhya’s Mint-Lemon Juice
Tushita’s Tomato Juice
Suma Gandlur’s Almond flavoured Dates-Banana Milkshake
Sweatha’s Cinnamony Pumpkin Smoothie
Suma Rowjee’s Orange Soda
Suma Rowjee’s Cold Coffee
Prani’s Pineapple Juice
Srimathi’s Fresh Pink Orange Juice
N S’s Strawberry-Celery-Banana Smoothie
Muskaan & Sadhana’s Strawberry frosted flakes Shake
DaisyBlue’s Dates Banana Shake
Namitha & Sunitha’s Strawberry Preparado
Namitha & Sunitha’s Mango Shake
Sonal Agarwal’s Avocado Milkshake
Sonal Agarwal’s Nirvana Mocktail
TurmericnSpice’s Berry Smoothie
Divya Vikram’s Green Monster
Food lovers’ Lemonade
Food Lovers’ Sapodilla milkshake
Umm Razeen’s Burj-al-arab Smoothie
Umm Razeen’s Abbadi Milkshake
Umm Razeen’s Peanut butter-Banana Smoothie
Nags’ Sharjah Shake
Nags’ Sambharam/Spiced Buttermilk
Nags’ Litchi-Lemon Cooler
Nags’ Grape Tea
DK’s Pomegranate Smoothie
Swathi’s Strawberry Orange Pineapple Smoothie
Anu Nandu’s Fresh Fruit Cocktail Juice
Priya’s Cantaloupe Mango Berry smoothie
Cooking Foodie’s Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Meenakshi’s Pow Wow Date Shake
Nithya’s Strawberry Smoothie
Priya Suresh’s Cinnamon Flavoured Clementine Juice
Priya Suresh’s Beetroot & Banana Smoothie
Priya Suresh’s Orange Lassi
Priya Suresh’s Cucumber & Mint Juice
Priya Suresh’s Pineapple Lassi
Priya Suresh’s Cardamom Flavoured Lychee Shake
Priya Suresh’s Cornflakes & Banana Milkshake
Priya Suresh’s Cantaloupe Melon Smoothie
Madhuri’s Bubble Iced-Lemon Tea
Madhuri’s Carrot Milkshake
Madhuri’s Jal-jeera
Madhuri’s Kokum Juice
Madhuri’s Piña Colada
Madhuri’s Pudina Juice
Madhuri’s Raw-Mango Sharbat

Priya Suresh, a special mention to you for sending in those whooping 8 entries…you go girl!

Those were the contributions from the bloggers. Now over to the Non-bloggers, 2 of them are my best friends – Shrigowri and Rashmi and it was really sweet of them to have sent their entries over. Thanks a bunch girls! The third non-blogger is Sanyukta Gour. She has been kind enough to send me her contribution. The fourth non-blogger contributor is none other Daddy dearest! His contribution too means a lot to me…ever encouraging, ever enthused to try out new things, he sent me over a bottle of his latest hit ‘Masala Mango Sharbat’ and asked me to consider it his contribution for the first event on the blog…wasn’t that sweet of him? :) He said he’d leave the the picture-taking to me, but I didn’t mind one bit since I love shooting pictures with food anyway. And I was getting one big bottle of the Sharbat all to myself too…didn’t need anymore incentives on this one!

I’ve decided to feature Shrigowri’s, Rashmi’s and Sanyukta’s recipes here. Will save Daddy’s Masala Mango Sharbat for a regular post on CCN. Here we go -

Shrigowri’s Raw Vital Powerhouse

When Madhuri first announced the event I first said yayy to myself. Why?? Because it was a very easy task for me to do. How? To post something that I do everyday.(Ok,I skip the weekends) So here is a days’ drink.

I was brought up to believe that a right juice is a medicine by itself to any ailment or to just maintain one’s well-being. Then comes the fact to me, that it is a drink to quench my thirst on a hot day.  Also, I was taught by my mother whom I believe  to be an encyclopedia on juice therapies not to add sugar to any juice be it vegetable or fruit .So I have always followed it and there is no added sugar in my drinks be it a shake, juice or a smoothie. According to nutritionists we are supposed to be consuming 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. But I believe it can never be achieved by just eating a regular meal. So, here is a simple way to accomplish that.But there is a small drill that you have to perform in order to reach the goal ! I’ll tell you what it is. A few things I follow to maintain the best quality of the juice:

  • Use all fruits and vegetables with their peel.
  • Very carefully wash and wash and wash the vegetables/fruits/greens in warm/hot water.
  • Cut them to the right size based on what you juice them out in.No need to finely chop them. Just big chunks will do fine.
  • Since juices heat up a little bit during the process of making them [blending/juicing] it is best to use vegetables out from the refrigerator to keep them cool and not let them heat up to retain the nutrients in them.
  • Drink up the juice as soon as it is made.I believe keeping it out oxidizes the juice and it results in a loss of nutrients which makes it no use in consuming if you want to reap all the goodness out of them.
  • I use a juicer for these kind of juices.{ If you do not have one don’t stop yourself from doing this.Just blend it in your blender/mixer and strain it through a clean sieve/cloth/sift separating the fiber and juice}
  • At my house, this drink is consumed in the morning before breakfast.It’s best to drink this the first thing in the morning if you can refrain from  the habit of drinking coffee/tea. {Confession} I am not there yet !! So I have this an hour or two after drinking my morning tea.

Here’s the recipe for the raw fresh juice I have used.

Servings: For 2 tall glasses


  • 1″ Ginger
  • 1 Anjou pear
  • 1 Chinese pear
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Tomato
  • Half a Mango with peel
  • A quarter cabbage
  • 2 handfuls mixed greens: Spinach, kale, lettuce, chard, arugula, mizuna, mache, radicchio ( this was from a mixed greens box)


Juice/blend together all the cut fruits,vegetables and greens that you have washed.There is no order to use up the ingredients.They have to be all in  together at the end. So go ahead and do it as you like.If blending using a mixer/blender strain it. Give it a good stir and pour them in to glasses and drink it up as soon as possible. I don’t think there is any other super food than this.You can add ice if you really need it. I don’t.Please look up the nutritional values of each fruit or vegetable if you are interested in knowing about what they contain if consumed raw like this.

Remember the drill I mentioned? For variations in making these raw juices just open you refrigerator and grab 3/4 vegetables that you think you can consume raw. Use up any fruits you have at home. I wouldn’t use bananas in this. It is just that it is good for a shake/smoothie. Any other watery fruit/vegetable will do well.  Don’t think too much.They all should add up to at least 5 together. You can go up to 8 also. Just get a hold on them and wash them. Also, just use up any greens you think that are not very strong in flavor. I have seen people using even fennel leaves and bulbs. I haven’t been that daring yet!! You go on and try it and see what tastes good to you. The idea of using fruits and vegetables together is to create a balance in taste. So try all combinations that suit you best.Also you can use sprouts if you have any. Just use what you have readily available!!

Vegetables that you could use:
Carrots, beets, capsicum, cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, cucumber, beans, radish(very strong-so be careful in proportions), turnips, pumpkins(white and yellow), Broccoli( if available). Just anything that you find in the market easily will do.
Fruits that you could use:
Apples, oranges, melons, pomegranate, grapes, any seasonal fruits. Don’t get fancy looking for pears/strawberries/blueberries which are not in season and are not native to the region and ones that cannot be procured easily.

Lime/lemons, ginger, garlic(if you are brave enough), mint.

The idea of using a juicer or straining the juice makes it easier only to consume as compared to a juice with these ingredients just blended together.So be sure to strain it if blending in a mixer. Just get innovative and try your hand at it. Oh and yes, I forgot to tell you that I  have a secret recipe for the fiber that comes out of all this. I will post it in one of Madhuri’s events that calls for fibres. Don’t think I throw all that fibre away…NO WAY !!!

Rashmi’s Melon Trio

For a considerably long time the only form of fresh juice that I knew were the ones we get in most of the juice places in Bangalore – ‘Ganesh Fruit juice centre’ and the like. Juices made from fresh fruits, sugar and water. I still enjoy them a lot; grape and mango juice being my favorites! But I have come to know fresh fruit juice can be made with no sugar or water added! Only the fruit!! Yeah I know..”Eureka” moment! :P Anyway, loved it..loved the wholesomeness in it. Well, this juice is inspired by one such juice joint ‘Health Express’ here in Melbourne. I forgot the name for the juice, so I’m calling it Melon Trio…water melon, honeydew melon and rock melon (cantaloupe). Add equal amounts of each melon in the mixer and voila thats our Melon trio! I have given a twist by adding a bit of ginger, pepper and a dash of salt and called it a mocktail. Don’t go by it’s pale colour…it tastes much better I can assure you of that. The Health Express has other options a combination of carrot, celery, apple and lime and many such combos. Well, sky is the limit…go ahead make your own combination!

With Summer almost over and the on set of Autumn…sending this to Madhuri’s ‘Serve me Some…Juice’  when it is still little warm here!


  • 1 C (cup)  – roughly chopped water melon
  • 1 C – Honeydew melon
  • 1 C – Rock melon (or what we call Cantaloupe)
  • Ginger – about 1′ piece
  • Peppercorns – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste


In a mixer, grind all of the above well and pour it to the glasses. If you wish, chill before you serve. Do not strain..just drink!

Sanyukta’s Almond Milkshake

Sanyukta says she loves to cook, but more than cooking she loves to be creative. She’s an Architect by profession. Sayukta, considering you’re an Architect (like me), that is not surprising at all!


  • 1/2 cup Almond – soak in warm water for 1/2 hr and peel
  • Milk – 1 ltr
  • Sugar – as per your taste
  • Water – to soak almonds
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Saffron strands – 3-4
  • Almonds to garnish


  • Take peeled almonds in a blender, with enough milk so the almonds are covered. Blend till the almonds are coarse in texture.
  • Boil the remaining milk, add the ground almond paste, saffron and sugar.
  • Cook for about 15 minutes till the milk is thick.
  • Garnish with almonds, and serve it hot/cold as per choice.

Daddy’s Masala Mango Sharbat

Thought I’d just give you a picture to drool at before I feature this on CCN, so here goes -

Here’s another collage of all the visual treats for a parting shot.

Thanks very much everyone! Look forward to the ‘Serve me Some…Salads’ event round-up soon ‘cos I’ve decided to tie myself to the chair and get it over with, before you all forget there was such an event here on CCN!  I plan to restart ‘Serve me Some…’ once I’m feeling my normal self again. Till then, the recipes from my kitchen will flow in as always!

Psst, I must say again: Thanks so much for your patience with me. Love y’all. Warm hugs!

Serve me Some…Salads

Hurrah! The ‘Serve me Some…’ second event is here! This time, it is ‘Summer Soothers II : Salads‘ which can help us combat the heat. No warm salads please, we’re trying to cool off here.
I’ve received a whooping 70-odd entries for last month’s event. Thank you all for sending in your entries. Will share the round-up with you all soon. Read on for more on this month’s event…
Here are the rules once again, just to ensure we’re all on the same page -

  1. Create a refreshingly cool Salad to fit the theme of ‘Summer Soothers’. You could use fruits, veggies or what you deem fit. Get as creative as you can! (Only vegetarian entries please. Eggs are allowed).
  2. Post it on your blog anytime during the month, starting today, right until 30th April ‘10 (Entries must be in English please).
  3. Provide a link to this announcement in your post and also please include the logo. It helps spread the word.
  4. Have an archived entry? No problem, just link it to the event announcement and update the post.
  5. Send in as many entries as you like. You have all month…the more the merrier!
  6. Lastly, please send me an email, not later than 11pm IST on 1st May,’10, at ’cookcurrynook[at]gmail[dot]com‘ with ‘Serve me Some…Salads’ in the subject line, and the following details
  • Your Name.
  • Blog URL.
  • Name of the recipe
  • URL of the post.
  • A picture of the dish, 300 pixels wide.

7.  Non-bloggers, please send me an email at the mentioned id, with the following details

  • Your Name.
  • Name of the recipe
  • The detailed recipe, with the ingredients and procedure.
  • A picture of the dish, 300pixels wide (if you have one).

There was some problem with the form creator tool I used, hence withdrawing that and sticking to conventional email entry submission. Will work something out soon, so we can ease out the process for the next event.

In case you have any queries/concerns, feel free to drop me a line at my email. I’m sure we can sort it out.

Alright, so whatcha’ waiting for? Let those creative juices flow…Do I hear the munch-munch of crunchy salads being feasted upon already? :D Go on, wow us all!

Serve me Some…Juices, Shakes, Smoothies

I’d promised to set the ball rolling on a series of enthralling events called “Serve me some…”, with diverse themes every month, all set to wow you and have you drooling like never before. And here I am, with the Event Announcement! I could not have done this without help on the ideation process from my dearest friends Shrigowri and Deepti Pawar. Thank you girls…really appreciate your never-dying enthusiasm. Hugs!

Before I embark on the announcement, I have to say this to all my readers: Love you all for being avid readers of my blog, and your constant encouragement and support, to say the very least. I’m sure you will all back me up on this new initiative too. Non-bloggers, do not be disappointed, cos I’m throwing this open to everyone, blogger or not. So get all set to cook up some storms in your kitchen!

Since I’m starting the series with the onset of summer here, the first of the series is bound to have something to do with making it easier for us to deal with the hot summer days ahead; The first of the ‘Serve me some…” series starting this month, therefore has

Summer Soothers I: ‘Juices, Shakes, Smoothies’,

for its theme. A theme, which I’m sure most of you in India will back me up on…what with the temperature soaring so steadily, we will soon need portable swimming pools to cool off on the move!

Ok, so here are the rules of the game. Nothing new, but just to make things clear, here’s how it works:

  1. Create a juice/shake/smoothie to fit the theme of ‘Summer Soothers’. You could use fruits, veggies or what you deem fit. Get as creative as you can! (Though it doesn’t really apply to this theme, I’m still saying it…only vegetarian entries please. Eggs allowed).
  2. Post it on your blog anytime during the month, starting today, right until 31st March ’10 (Entries must be in English please).
  3. Provide a link to this announcement in your post and I’d appreciate it if you could also include the logo. It helps spread the word.
  4. Have an archived entry? No problem, just link it to the event announcement and update the post. No need to re-post by dating it to the event period, I personally don’t see any sense in that.
  5. Send in as many entries as you like. You have all month…the more the merrier!
  6. If your concoction is inspired from a cookbook, site, blog or another chef, please acknowledge and provide a direct link to the source (as applicable).
  7. Lastly, please send me an email, not later than 1st April ’10, at ‘cookcurrynook[at]gmail[dot]com‘ with the following details
  • Your Name.
  • Blog URL.
  • Name of the recipe
  • URL of the post.
  • A picture of the dish, 300 pixels wide.

8. Non-bloggers, please send me an email at the mentioned id, with the following details

  • Your Name.
  • Name of the recipe
  • The detailed recipe, with the ingredients and procedure.
  • A picture of the dish, 300pixels wide (if you have one).

In case you have any queries/concerns, feel free to drop me a line at my email. Im sure we can sort it out.

Alright, so whatcha’ waiting for? Let those (creative) juices flow…Do I already hear the whirring of mixers and blenders and ching-chings of your best serving glasses and goblets? :) Go on, wow us all!