Announcing Indian Cooking Challenge!

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Growing up I always remember looking forward to all our traditional festivals and more so to the delicious dishes that are made for the occasion. Each festival has specific sweets and savories. And Amma goes all the nine yards to get them done. I have enjoyed so much being a part of the helping hand for her. Of course, I was the sole person enjoying all those treats before anybody gets to taste. Even now thinking of the fun, makes me get so nostalgic. Over the years, this tradition was seen giving way to new ones. We then saw home cooks learning all the traditional dishes, who would come home and make for us. Those typical Kai Muruku, Badursha etc. Then came a period, when even getting a home cook making these seem a waste of energy. But the cycle repeats right. Amma now makes whatever she can at home, rest when I remember that I got to learn, I ask her to teach me. Like the Kaja, we all love that so much. We just stopped making them, as its so time consuming. But I loved the experience of making it all myself and finally recording it too.

I have had many readers ask for authentic recipes. I have sent Amma’s recipes to them, saying though I haven’t personally tried them, I have tasted the results and every time it turned out awesome. When I realized this, I was feeling funny that I had never taken up the challenge to make them myself.

I am sure many of you feel the same as I have felt. Many of you would love to learn the authentic dishes that our elders made. I would want our children to enjoy these treats the same way as we did as kids. While I was asking Amma to teach me those treasured recipes, it struck me that I really don’t know many of the traditional festival food. I would love to learn them, especially in my current hectic schedule, I may not be inspired enough to take up the task. But throw a challenge, then I all for it.

Naturally, I thought so would many of you. You all must be having your family treasured recipes that you have not made yourself yet. I know making those authentic forgotten dishes, learning them would surely spice our life enough! Don’t you agree?

Come join us if you are game for it!

This event is going to be called the Indian Cooking Challenge! and below is the logo

Indian Cooking Challenge Rules:

  • Bloggers if they want to join this event, should have at least 30 posts and have been active for the last 3 months.
  • Members cannot miss this event more than 2 times in a row.
  • If somebody is not able to take part, it should be informed in prior.
  • In their blog post, they should explain in detail their experience while cooking the dish along with the verdict.
  • Elaborate pictures if accompanying is most welcome.
  • Should display the logo of the Indian Cooking Challenge in their blog, along with a link back to the event announcement.
  • Should leave the details in the ICC Blog under each challenge, that way members can visit the other member’s blogs.
  • The recipe details will be sent out to all members and should be followed as per the details were given, unless and until they cannot use or consume any of the ingredients listed.
  • Like if the member is Vegan, they can substitute the ingredients needed for the recipe with a Vegan choice.
  • Vegans do not eat –
    1. dairy (milk, paneer, ghee, butter, yogurt, cheese)
    2. Honey
    3. Eggs
    4. Of course any kind of meat
    5. Paneer water/whey
  • Other items used for baking or related items can also be replaced with something different if need be.

The posting date is 15th of every month!
Other details:

  • Special cooking gadgets will be suggested along with the recipe.
  • Alternative ingredients will be suggested
  • We should be able to come up with an alternative for Vegan specific requirements. If it’s not possible, the member can be excused.
  • The recipe should mostly be given for 4 people or small servings.
  • Other references will be cited.


The members will be choosing an authentic recipe to work out for the month. A Tried and tested recipe will be given to the members and they will have to try it out and post it at the end of the month. Yeah yeah, you can say I got inspired by the Daring Bakers group! But I wanted it to be based on an Indian theme, hence trying out our Indian authentic dishes!

Please confirm in the comment section your interest to be part of this event. I am still working on the list of recipes and once I have the members, hopefully, I should be able to get a comprehensive one which will be challenging. Your ideas are most welcome, so please share them.

Those interested to contribute to the list of dishes that are complex in your cuisine, kindly list them out in the comment section. I will take a complete list and put it for polling!

Expecting your enthusiast participation!

Update: Those interested to join this group, please read through the rules and leave your email id for me to contact you. Without email ids, it is very difficult for me to communicate!

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  1. Hi Srivalli,

    very nice idea, count me in. Since my mom is here for a month, I can surely do something new with her help & post it πŸ™‚

  2. Valli, even I was thinking it would be nice if someone starts a similar event on indian cooking like the DB challenge. I am so happy that its you and I know you are a perfect host.
    Count me in.

  3. Hi Srivalli !!!

    Just got to blogging a month back.So many drafts are still pending to get published. This is something really encouraging to try out our old good healthy dishes. Thanks a ton…
    Few Maharashtrian/Konkani dishes:
    1. Ukadiche Modak
    2. Patholi
    3. Dhondas(Cucumber & Rava steamed burfy)
    4. Gavhachi Kheer
    5. Shevya and naralacha ras
    there are so many …. So I am in for this challenge..

  4. I know you are the only person who get all this wonderful ideas of course I am in valli. my choice is boondi laddu and kakinada kaja.

  5. Valli, I was searching for this post in cooking4allseasons πŸ™‚ As we have already talked through mail count me in. I am preparing a list too. will share it with you along with the recipes.

  6. Valli,
    I am up with the List from Kerala

    (Payasam Category)
    1.Ada Pradhaman(jaggery/milk)
    2.Pal Payasam
    3.Chakka Pradhaman
    4.Ethapazha(banana) Pradhaman

    (Appam Category)
    1.Aethekka appam (banana fritters)

    (Halwa category)
    1.Ari/Godhambu Halwa(rice/wheat halwa)…cereal
    2.Chakka/ethappazha halwa(jack fruit/banana Halwa)…fruit

    1.Ethakka(raw plaintain)sarkarapuratti
    2.Aval(Red rice flakes)Nanchathu
    3.Aval Vilayichathu

    "Flashed in my mind just now" items πŸ™‚
    …will surely rethink abt the list πŸ™‚

    Bharathy πŸ™‚

  7. OMG – only you could have thought of this Valli! I think its a great idea – not sure if I even have the time or energy to promise to participate but will definitely support you from the outside πŸ˜‰


  8. My suggestions to add to the list:

    Lavang Latika
    Mysore Pak
    Dharwar Peda
    Puran Poli
    Boondi Ladoo
    Rava Ladoo
    Choorma Ladoo
    Besan Ladoo
    Narial Barfi
    Coconut Ladoo
    Sohan Papdi
    Karha Parshad
    Kaju Katli
    Diamond Cuts
    Gulab Jamun
    Kala Jamun
    Milk Peda

    Tamil specialities:
    Thirattu Pal
    Golden Jubilee
    Pori Urundai
    Kasi Halwa
    Tirunelveli Halwa
    Sweet Boli
    Sweet seedai

    Heop this helps!

  9. Nice event srivalli,they are so many dishes which our mom and granny used to do and now we are not doing it.ex:-

    chakodilu,gavalu,madata khaja,kakarakayalu,i would recollect only this of my granny's festival dishes πŸ™‚

  10. Valli – is it too late to join? Didn't know what ICC was about and just read the introduction. Do let me know. Thanks.

  11. Srivalli,
    You echoed my sentiments when u talked about losing our traditional recipes because of the changing times and constraints of the clock. I have been searching for my departed grandmother's Bhakarwadi and Chiroti recipes for a while now. Also my reason for starting my blog.
    I am not clear about the procedure but count me in. Do I need to sign up for the challenge? Let me know —

  12. hi valli, i would like to participate, which id should i send and would like to know where u are announcing the next after the rava ladoo which i missed please…

  13. Hi,
    Even i am interested in participating this challenge.I posted about authentic recipes in one of the public forum, but no response in that :(.Glad see huge response here for this event.

    My list as of now is Aaviri kudumu,Steamed Bhendi,Vanaka pachi pulusu.

    Will add more soon.


  14. Hi Srivalli,

    I would be interested in this.. Please let me know more details if this is still open…


  15. Hey, I dont know how I missed this one, but just came to know about this. I guess it was because I did not get a chance to blog hop for the last few days. Count me in, my email is bhagya03(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. Sri, I would like to be part of this challenge. I have newly started a blog to fight my health challenges with right and exercise.Your "Indian Food Challenge" will be inspiration to cook and something to look forward to when Iam feeling low.

  17. Hi Srivalli,
    Your blog is really inspiring and informative. πŸ™‚ Im a newbie.. would love to participate in this event. If you can add new members, request you to add me.. I will ask my mom, MIL and aunt for some authentic recipes and post it.
    Waiting for your confirmation mail eagerly.

    Happy Dassehra.
    Anu Ramesh

  18. Hi Srivalli,
    Iam Rani and I have staretd my blog few days bac..
    Let me know the challenge details and I would join.
    Also take a look on my blog – Still many things to get published and completed

  19. Going by the adage ' better late than never ', I hope I'm not too late.
    Count me in ,so that I too can be a part of all the exciting activities.

  20. Hi

    SriValli, i would like to participatein ICC…..and please add me in your mailing list and let me know….

    Valli Datta

  21. Hi Srivalli

    I came across this wonderful challenge on Ruchika's blog. I would love to take up this challenge and learn to cook traditional, authentic food as made by grandmothers of the yore. Since I am reading this a year later, please let me know how to go about it. Thanks so much, I look forward to cooking with everyone!

  22. I wanna be a part of your challenge too… It is nice & enthralling to c all participate…. But I do not see a post regarding the event of this how does one get to know about it????? Please throw some light….. to help…..


  23. HI Srivalli,

    Your awesome food blogs are an inspiration to newer bloggers!

    I find that most of your recipes fit my motto – Healthful Decadence!

    I would love to be part of this recurring event!

    My email:

  24. hey interesting……… too I love cooking ,i have so many ideas of indian cooking……just started my blog a month back…count me too….waiting 4 ur email.

  25. Hi Srivalli
    This is Bhagi (sry 'm not able to leave a comment on the ICC blog)….I'm having some trouble with my laptop and have the pics of this month(feb 15 reveal date) in it…so won't be able to post the challenge..once its fine I'll post it…..thanks

  26. Hi Srivalli,
    Have been a slent reader of ur blogs all this time…Just recently I started my own blog and now I think I am ready to join the ICC…So count me in and please send me the details too…will be looking forward to it.

  27. Hi Srivalli…
    Nice to see this ..
    I am in for it…:) Where can i see the topic for the next event? can u guide me please??

    Thanks and regards.. Also add me to the list.

  28. Hi Srivalli,
    I dont mean to bother you but I'm really excited to be part of the ICC challenge and dont want to miss any of the future challenges. I sent you a note last week but have not heard back from you. I understand if you have been busy but if you sent me an email with the information, I have not received it. I would really appreciate if you can resend it to me.

    My email address –


  29. Hi Srivalli,

    I am new to blogging and recently started a food blog . i have seen the rules and would like to participate in this sweets event. would like to know more info. like when is the last date for this to submit and other things. hope u will get back to me . my mail id is :
    also would like to receive from u any suggestions to improve my blog.

  30. Hi there,
    My name is Ameya, and I am in the process of creating my food blog. I would like to join the ICC event. My email is Please contact me regarding the event details and how I can join. Thanks so much.

  31. I am not sure if you are still taking participants but I am new to Indian food and would love to cook my way through with real authentic recipes.

  32. Srivali i still dunno if u added me to the contest… I didnt get any update… I would love to participate… please leave me a messgae on my blog of mail me at
    Thank u so much..



  33. Shubha, This was one of the reasons why I asked for interested bloggers to leave their email ids. It becomes very difficult for me to identify the email ids by clicking thr your profile. Will be sending the details shortly

  34. Hi Srivalli

    Thought for quite a while-finally decided to give ICC a try or rather decided to challenge myself with something new each month. Count me in
    abbhi_515 (at) yahoo (dot) com



  35. hi Srivalli :
    I have newly founded this blog and would greatly help if you can add me to your community of Indian Cooking challenge and other food blog events too ! My email ID :

    Also do drop by my blog πŸ™‚


  36. hey Srivalli…
    I am new to the world of bloggoing…I would like to participate in the event…plz help me to do so….
    thnx a lot

  37. Hi Srivalli

    I have started blogging just recently and would love to participate in the Icc event, i have followed your earlier events and Gulab Jamun was on of my fav 4m the many u all have hosted.

    This is my email id

    Do let me know.

  38. hi srivalli
    its a great thought about indian traditional cuisine.. i don't abt more than south food
    i know most of indian cuisine
    could u tell me how to postt and how to decide challenge

  39. Hi Srivalli,

    My name is Nayana and the email id is

    I know this is too late and the challenge is going on since many years but I am very much interested to be a part of it if possible.

    Would be very happy if you include me in the group.

    Eagerly waiting for ur reply in my mail…

  40. Hi, i am sumathikeshav
    I saw your challange of indian cooking i am also intreasted in that can u please guide me how to proceed
    Becaz i dont have any blog of my own is this very important having a blog,if v do not have then we cannot participate in challange.if v can then how?
    My email id is
    I will be waiting for your answer.

  41. Hi,
    I’m a new to food blogging and own a blog
    I have been inactive for quiet a while now due to personal reasons and would like to keep up my blog live in the coming month. I happened to bump across your blog and the blogging marathon page pulled me in to read further. I would like to participate in your blogging marathon to keep me motivated. Please let me know the procedure to join the BM if its still going on. My email id is and i would be happy if you could visit my blog and provide me some suggestion to improve my blog.


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