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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Announcing my first event this year - 'Love for Lentils'!!

I am keeping my word.I had promised to myself that I'll try to be more loyal to my blog this year and I'm just trying to start off.I have seen dedicated bloggers who make it a point to blog not once, but more than once a day and that too with incredible recipes! I really appreciate their dedication and just wish that I could write more frequently.

Now coming back to my post today, I am glad to announce the very first event of 2012 that I will be hosting at my place. And that is about lentils.In my country India, lentils are one of the most popular, common and staple food items.It is so common that it might not even find a mention on the menu list in many Indian cuisines - it comes by default with the staple! Lentils are an absolute powerhouse of vegetable proteins and very very filling. They can be fried,blended, curried - can be made into soups or curries and can even be taken steamed and lightly spiced. Such is the range of varieties that lentils provide!
In my kitchen, lentil is almost a staple and a bowl of lentil soup or 'Dal' is mandatory both with lunch and dinner. Moong, Musur and Urad are the most common lentils that I usually cook. Lentils can be spiced with a wide variety of spices and they can be made to taste superbly with a whole range of veggies like cauliflowers and beans.I have plans to share a couple of my common 'Dal' recipes in my blog posts so that you can try them out in your kitchens. Also, I would love to have Lentil preparation ideas from your kitchen too.So please stop by my event 'Love for Lentils' starting Jan 5, 2012 and ending Feb 15, 2012. Do share your ideas about preparing Lentils and find out what others have in their minds.Lets all come together and cook something healthy and wholesome this month!

The rules of the event are very simple and easy to follow:
1. Post a recipe on your blog about any preparation with Lentils and link it to this event page on my blog.
2. The event badge above must be displayed in your post or anywhere on your blog.
3. The post may be a recent one or an archived post - 
I wouldn't mind as long as it links back to this page!
4. After posting the recipe, leave me a comment stating why you think lentils should be a part of our daily diet.

5.I would love to have as many posts as you care to send me! So no restrictions on the number of posts that you may send in.
6.Please use the Linking up tool below to send your entries.
7. If for any reason you are unable to use the linking up tool,please send me the details of your entry in the following format to my mail id - the.chef.sings@gmail.com

and I'll take care of the rest!

i. Blog post URL(not the Home page plz!)
ii. The name of your dish
iii. A photo of your dish that you want displayed

The event will be on till Feb 15, 2012. So please start spreading the word and join in with all your splendid ideas!I will be waiting:)

27 thoughtful musings left behind...:

Nava.K said...

Hi Sudha,

I got to know your blog via amelia and I am very impressed with what you have been sharing esp all the lovely recipes. Yes, being Malaysian Indians, we too must have dhal at home, from making sambar, rasam, stir fried with veges and plenty more. I actually have quite a lot of recipes in my blog in which dhal has been an ingredient.

faseela said...

Happy hosting sudha...........will send the entries soon.....As u r accepting the archive ones it is so nice that we can send more entries related to the theme.....Wonderful theme!!!!

faseela said...

Dear I have linked 1 from my archive........Lentils, a small but nutritionally mighty member of the legume family, are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, they are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. So without doubt lentils can be included in our daily diet.....

Ambreen said...

Happy hosting Sudha, will try to link my entries soon! Wishing you a very Happy New Year :)

Sudha said...

Hello Nava,
This is so good to hear!Please feel free to start linking up the recipes that you would want to share with all of us - so nice to have you join in:)

Thanks so much for joining in,Faseela - such a pleasure to have you here:)

Dear Ambreen,
Thanks for your wishes, dear and waiting eagerly for your recipes:)

Lizzy Do said...

You have motivated me to make some lentil soup!!! Hope to share it soon!

Amina Khaleel said...

happy hosting... nice theme for the event.. will be sending my entries soon..

Amy said...

Happy hosting,will send my entries....I have some dal recipes,but still couldnt post,now it is time to write & post....
I linked this to my events list Food Blog Events

Sudha said...

Hello Lizzy - I'm waiting to see what you've rustled up!A pleasure to have you join in, dear:)

Sure Amina!I will be waiting very eagerly for your recipes - so buck up:)And do spread the word for more interesting recipes to be shared through this event!

Dear Amy,
Thanks for being so thoughtful - I really appreciate that you thought of linking up my event to your events list - thanks again!Do write about your recipe and link up - waiting eagerly:)

Maayeka said...

Hi Sudha..First time here,you have a wonderful space !!
Happy hosting .. nice theme..will love to send my entry soon..

Sidra Amjed said...

Hi !!
Great space you have here.
Lentils have all the essential components of a complete meal, so it a more healthier choice.
Just entered my post of Daal Maash.

Rumana Rawat said...

I have sent my post dear.. happy hosting

Nisha said...

Hi Sudha,

Just posted Adai recipe for Lentils event. You have a wonderful blog :)

Amy said...

hi,I have linked one entry now...Will try to link some more entries before the closing day...Happy Hosting!!

Indulge said...

HI Have linked my entry. for Vegetarian foodies, Lentils are a prominent part of their daily protein and carb diet. So adding any veggie or leafy vegetable to Dal is ideal for fast and nutritious cooking.
Love Ash.

Maayeka said...

Happy hosting dear!!wonderful and protein packed theme:).sending my enrty -mag methi.

Divya Vikram said...

I have linked up my entry. But there was no option to link up a picture. Let me know if you require me to send you one. And thanks for letting me know about the event :)

ANU said...

Hello Sudha,

Thanks for stopping by....I have linked my recipe here...will link more if possible.


Ramya said...

nice theme..will try to send an entry...but too busy with office these days

Priya said...

Sudha, i have linked few of my entries, do check it out dear..

Hema said...

Hi Sudha, have linked my entry, as for why I feel lentils are very important, it's a good source of protein in a vegetarian diet, without which you end up eating more carbs..

Rasi said...

Hii sudha..jus added my entry of Pumpkin Puli Kootu, a TN speciality..I love lentils, one due to the flavor & versatility they have & second the proteins they provide, our main source for vegetarians!

Hema said...

Hi Sudha, I've linked my entry Bitter Gourd Pitlai..

Amalia said...

Wow, what amazing recipes you've compiled here Sudha! There's so many to look at and choose from! I love lentils, but I have to admit, my family doesn't use them very often in our cooking. It's sad, I know, but this event is totally inspiring! Thanks for vamping me up about lentils. They're delicious and a great stable in the kitchen, as you said :)

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely dishes

Balvinder Ubi said...

Amazing entries,I wish I would have participated.

Patsy said...

I have never made a dish with lentils, so I am delighted to find so many recipes on your event, Sudha! Hugs. Patsy

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