We are delighted to be hosting an online blogging event, one year after stepping into the blogosphere. It has always been an enriching and enjoyable experience to share our recipes through various events hosted by our blogger friends. The idea of hosting events piqued our interest and prompted us to creatively think for a theme. In a hunt for an innovative theme, we happened to listen to a radio program called "Lunch with Altu Phaltu" from which we adapted this concept for our event. Here we are with a theme for the first ever event to be hosted by us. We named it 'Design A Menu'.

Design A Menu

The Thought behind 'Design A Menu' -
One of the common dilemmas we face everyday in our kitchens is to prepare a menu to satisfy our family members with a limited choice of ingredients on hand. So we thought it would be a good idea to get our brain juices flowing and go through this exercise of creating a menu with a handful of ingredients in our pantries.

What is 'Design A Menu'?
The idea of this event is to create a menu for a 3 course pure vegetarian meal  (Appetizer, Main Course, Dessert) including all the ingredients below. Feel free to use the regular spices, seasonings, salt and sweeteners that might be required. No eggs please!!
Rice and/or Roti, Milk and/or Yogurt are assumed to be available.

Bhendi (Okra/Ladies Fingers), Sorrakaya (Anapakaya/Bottle Gourd), Palak (Spinach)
Dals, Grains and Flours
Kandi Pappu (Toor Dal), 
Oats and/or Whole Wheat Flour
Banana and/or Apple
Others (Usage of ingredients in this category is optional)
Onion, Tomato, Cilantro, Green Chillies, Ginger, Garlic 

Guidelines for participating in this event -
1. Design a sample menu using ALL the listed ingredients, cook and post one or more recipe(s) from the menu you have designed, between Mar 15th 2011 and Apr 15th 2011. (Make sure the menu is part of the post too).
2. Please link back your entry to this announcement page.
3. No archived entries please.
4. Usage of the logo is mandatory. 
Design A Menu

5. Email us at mail2tamalapaku[at]gmail[dot]com with subject as "Design A Menu " with the following details -

Your name
Recipe name
Recipe URL / Link
Picture of the dish 

6. Non bloggers can email us the recipe and I would include them in the round up after the completion of the event.
Please note that you don't have to make all the items from the menu designed.  

Looking forward to be flooded by your creative menus and entries.
Posted by Harini on Sunday, March 13, 2011
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  1. lovely event happy hosting

  2. Suma Gandlur Says:
  3. Nice idea. Seems like I have already posted the dessert recipes (that I know) using the ingredients above.:)Kidding. Will come up with something.

  4. Simplyfood Says:
  5. Whata wonderful event and very different , will surely try and participate.

  6. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  7. That's surely a nice theme for the event, happy hosting dearies :)

  8. Priya Suresh Says:
  9. Very interesting theme, happy hosting H&J..

  10. Usha Says:
  11. Interesting theme and will try to participate.

  12. HAppy hosting :-) nice these, will try to participate

    Hamaree Rasoi

  13. Cool. will send in my entries soon. Have updated my events page.

  14. jayasree Says:
  15. Interesting event...Shall try to participate.

  16. Wonderful Event Harini!!!! can i send my basundi to the event!!!

  17. Unknown Says:
  18. Wonderful theme Harini. Happy hosting will send my entry soon.

  19. That's an awesome event. Happy hosting!

  20. Harini Says:
  21. Thanks everyone for our response.
    @PriyaVaasu - The event is to design a menu with ALL the veggies, fruits and dals/flour/grains listed and post atleast one recipe from the menu you have designed and send it to us along with the menu details.

    So Basundi might not qualify as an entry as the star ingredient has to be from the ingredients listed in the details. (milk can be used but again has to be used along with the listed ingredients)..Hope I am clear.

  22. Mina Joshi Says:
  23. I love this idea!!I will certainly have a go at creating a menu!!

  24. aipi Says:
  25. Great idea..happy hosting dear ! Will send my entries..

    US Masala

  26. Wonderful Idea!
    Will try to participate.
    All the best for your first event.

  27. Archana Says:
  28. Sounds good. Need to try how about bottle gourd halwa or does it have to be veg only?
    Please do collect you award from my place.

  29. Unknown Says:
  30. Hey, that is a great menu, will surely try to participate. Happy hosting your very first event :)

  31. lubnakarim06 Says:
  32. Just sent u my entry....

  33. Unknown Says:
  34. Thanks Harini - I was sure it existed by another name in other parts - the Sanyasi undali is equally funny :)
    I am sending my whole wheat cilantro pizza to your event - will send details and post your logo tomorrow - cheers, priya

  35. I am first time here.Your blog name Tamalapaku so nice.My blog also vegetarian blog. I will try to send my menu also.Happy hosting

  36. first time visited..wonderful idea!! will sure try to participate...happy hosting!!

  37. Kalyani Says:
  38. hey Harini: Nice event ! Will try to participate and send in my entries soon ! Only question is : Do we need to cook and post all the 3 courses? Or just one from each category ? or just one or two?
    Looking forward to hearing from you..
    Happy Hosting and Happy Ugadi !
    Best wishes
    Mom Chef

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