Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Cooking solo for 500 - Game plan & Insider's tips

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Cooking for 500 - The game plan

This cookbook lists 10 recipes that I’m cooking for the Cooking Solo for 500 event. The event showcases the unity of South Indian cuisine and promotes One page cookbooks. The following recipes would be served in the Jan 17 cookout in Chennai.  All are invited ! 

1.: Cabbage Kootu (Cabbage – coconut – lentil curry) ( Palghat Iyer recipe)

2.: Drumstick Sambar (Tamarind – lentil stew) (Tamilnadu)

3.: Mysore Rasam (Lentil stock- tamarind thin curry)  (Karnataka)

4.: Dali Thove (Flavoured lentils) (Karnataka).

5.: Tomato Pappu (Tomato – lentil stew) (Andhra).

6.: Shunti Tambli ( Coconut - ginger - yogurt blended curry) (Konkani).

7.: Boondi Thayir Pachadi ( Fried gram flour droplets in yougrt) ( Tamilnadu)

8.: Semia Payasam ( Vermicelli pudding) ( Tamilnadu)

9.:  More Milagai (Fried, sun dried chilies) ( Tamilnadu) 

10.: Paruppu (Mashed lentils)  


6 comments:

Varsha Vipins said...

You make it sound so simple..Hatsoff Ramki..:)

Roopa said...

Congrats to you Ramki!! That must have been quiet a day !! Hats off to you !!

Divya Kudua said...

Congrats Ramki..quite an achievement..one page cookbook rocks!!

Neha said...

Congrats Ramki, U did a gr8 job..

Sonal said...

Hats off to you man!! You are an achiever. Congrats!!

V. said...

Kalakkitte thalaiva :-)

I have been living in the US for about 40 years. Vegetarian food always has been a problem for me. If I could visit Chennai, I would love to take one of your courses.

I once tried to make dal thove - this was before I discovered your site. It was barely edible -- this is saying it kindly.

10 dishes for 500 people in 3 hours? Hats off to you.

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