Friday, 10 October 2008

Think Spice... Think Fenugreek - The Roundup!

Oh dear - my very first time hosting a food event... and I'm late!

Apologies to anyone waiting for the Think Spice... Think Fenugreek round up. Life has been getting in the way of blogging, and I missed my target of the first week in October. But I'm hoping that the lovely selection of fenugreek based dishes will go some way to appeasing you all!

First on the list is this wonderful Punjabi Kadhi by Hitashi from Culinary Hike. It is a yogurt based curry prepared in way I haven't seen before - beating the yogurt with some spices and gram flour to create the base. Can't wait to try it!

Punjabi Kadhi

Priya from Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes took advantage of the fact that fenugreek is a legume to sprout the seeds and create this Sprouted Fenugreek Onion Gravy. She recommends serving it with hot rice and papads - all I can say is count me in!!

Sprouted Fenugreek Onion Gravy

Who knew making a pickle could be so easy, and look so good! Vijaya from Daily Meals presents this crunchy Cauliflower Pickle. With cauliflower in abundance at the moment, I can't wait to give this a go!

Cauliflower Pickle

Jayasree of Kaila's Kitchen shares with us these unusual Rice wade. Wades are like poori - deep-fried dough balls - in this case flavoured with methi and fennel. I'd love to try these with that moong dal Jayasree!

Rice Wade

Nags from Edible Garden continues her mystery masala series to bring us this fantastically coloured sambhar cum rasam spice blend. Can't you just smell those wonderful fragrances from here?

Sambhar cum Rasam Masala Powder

Psychgrad from Equal Opportunity Kitchen really pushed the boat out with this Sri Lankan Red Shrimp Curry, managing to find pandan leaf (I'm jealous!) and trying cooking with fenugreek for the first time ever! She was a little underwhelmed with the results - but I think it looks wonderful!

Sri Lankan Red Shrimp Curry

And here is my submission! Fenugreek Poached Fish with Saag Aloo

Fenugreek Poached Fish with Saag Aloo

These went straight onto my to-make list! In fact, why haven't I made them already?? Aparna from My Diverse Kitchen sent over these beautiful baked methi muthias fenugreek crackers. She says they are a modified Gujarati recipe - and perfect to satisfy that savoury craving! I utterly agree!

Methi Muthias Fenugreek Crackers

Our second entry to use sprouted fenugreek is Geetha from The Fragrant Kitchen's Sprouted Fenugreek (Methi) Rice. I am definitely going to try this - it is healthy and sounds absolutely delicious!

Sprouted Fenugreek (Methi) Rice

Geetha also initally sent me this Methi Dal but as it uses fresh rather than dried fenugreek I couldn't count it as a Think spice entry. Then I thought I'd share it with you anyway, as it is a great dal recipe - and I love dals!

Methi Dal

Next, PG from My Kitchen Stories gives us a luscious Chicken Makkhan - also known as Butter Chicken. It is a rich dish, not too hot - doesn't it sound just wonderful?!

Chicken Makkhan

Rupa, from new blog A Virtual Vegetarian, just made it in time with another Gujarat dish - the impressive Methi dana aur papad ki subzi. She also shares another couple of health benefits of fenugreek - did you know it is highly recommended for diabetics as it aids the absorption of sugar?

Methi dana aur papad ki subzi

Thanks to everyone for these wonderful submissions - and thanks to Sunita for allowing me to host this great event!

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sunita said...

You're most welcome , dear kittie, and thanks for this lovely round up of equally lovely recipes :-)

Daily Meals said...

Good job Kittie! Thank you for hosting this event...

glamah16 said...

Great round up Kittie.

Ivy said...

Great round up Kittie. I wanted to participate but I didn't even know what Fenugreek is.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Great roundup! I love fenugreek but don't use it enough as I'm not super versed with it. This gives me a lot of great ideas for things to try

PG said...

I've been waiting for this one. Getting inspiration for more fenugreek recipes. Great job on the event Kittie!

Adam said...

Cool roundup... there's savory and sweet, which is a beautiful balance.

giz said...

Good job Kittie - what a great way to highlite an ingredient that many of us are so intimidated by.

A Virtual Vegetarian said...

Thank you for adding my dish to your event...great job! There are some recipes in this event that I'm itching to make.

Maggie said...

Thanks! I've been eagerly awaiting this roundup since I've never used fenugreek. I can't wait to give some of these recipes a try.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing selection. Thanks for hosting this Kitty! :)

Núria said...

It was worth the waiting ;D. You did a great job here darling! All recipes look fantabulous and now I know what is Fenugreek :D

Lo said...

I'm loving this round-up. Fenugreek is one seasoning that I've not gotten familiar enough with to use regularly... and these are some really great recipes!

Laura Paterson said...

Thanks everyone for your comments - I'm very glad you've enjoyed the round up!

Dee said...

Excellent round-up Kittie! Lots of great ideas here.

goo9 said...

thanks for sharing.