I won't leave you Sra, she said, sending me another entry when I told her the first one wouldn't qualify. Please don't, send me as many entries as you like, I said.
For the first few days, this was the nature of the conversation I held with some bloggers - an entry would come in, I would check it out, say no in what I hoped was a pleasant manner, and would get another. I've earned much notoriety and some praise as the event evolved and rules went on being added for the first couple of weeks. In the last six weeks, it's been a pleasure to open my e-mail and see an entry waiting - around 40 in all, not counting my own. Thanks, all of you, for participating!
Next to enter was her. When I saw the title, I wondered anxiously if this was another dish I had to turn down, as I had said "no dunking in sauce". But happily, it wasn't.
Trust your instincts when you are tempted to eat at an "authentic" Indian restaurant - home-made is usually better, she seems to say. Here are her nine gems of a curry.
This was a new (to me) and easy combination of mustard oil, paneer and besan - I must remember to make this soon.
It's one of her favourite greens and she makes this dish when she's short on time.
This girl did what so many of us are doing - attempt something because she has a blog. To go with her first attempt into non-instant rava idli, she made this grindless gravy.
Et tu, Brute! was her reaction when I announced the event, buffeted by events as she was feeling. But she rose splendidly to the occasion and made these.
As green as jade, this is a curry often present in Maharashtrian weddings. She has used kokum to make it.
She said this curry was a breeze and I found it very unusual. Check it out on this new blog.
It's a crazy challenge, there are a zillion conditions and it's very clever, she said, and I was quite flattered! Here's this much mulled-over recipe.
Juicy potato was her contribution, literally speaking. Check it out!
She said she made up this dish specially for the event. Delightful, isn't it?
The handy and versatile potato makes another appearance in this event, through this dish. She will show you how to make this spicy dish.
Please play this game in its true spirit and don't look for loopholes in my rules, I said, and Madame took the cue. See what she did!
She made this for the event. Read her piece to find out why it was made and how it turned out! Funny as usual. The piece, that is, not the dish, I hasten to qualify.
This aficionado of Indian cuisine thought long and hard and cooked up something with much potato and not much toor dal in this.
She thought it wasn't difficult when she read about the event, but was proved wrong. See what she came up with.
This blogger had an Old Mother Hubbard moment, and see what she came up with!
Did you know you needn't soak dry black-eyed beans overnight? Here's how it was revealed to her.
This kadai featured a beerakai (ridge gourd/turai)-and-tamarind gravy, take a look.
No way, she told herself, when she found out about this event, but she had to eat her words. In more ways than one, and how!
The pumpkin gets its due in this recipe, helped along by kalonji/nigella. Don't omit that or the coriander powder, it just won't be the same, she says.
Like her, I have roots and shoots sprouting out of my potatoes, sweet potaotes and onions. A bit of cabbage and I have the makings of this fulfilling gravy.
This fan of no-fuss meals realised halfway through the process that she was cooking a grindless gravy. Find out what it is!
This is her second entry, made in energy-conservation mode. And one of the few non-vegetarian entries entered in this event.
She sent in what was to become the first 'fishy' entry - tangy with tamarind and spicy with green chilli.
She claims it really wasn't hair oil she was using to make this dish. What a culture shock the cooking medium in this dish turned out to be!
A prize fillet of trout demanded a dish from across the continents. Warm comfort for her on a cold day.
An unusual combination of cauliflower and pepper - she teaches you how to make a different dish!
Hail the minimalist recipe, she says in the course of her rant. And presents us one with an unusual combination of ingredients, here it is!
She had a couple of ideas, but alas! My rules cruelly shot them down. She soldiered on, and see what she came up with!
She put a lot of thought into this dish, often despairing at the evolving rules, but made it!
There's always stock of this, a happy combination of Mum and Mum-in-law's recipes, in her fridge.
She doesn't really like gravies that have bits and things in them (which is how they look without a blender), she said, but found one for me anyway. Why worry, when she can put it on pizza and jazz it up with cheese?
Here's an easy, hearty, grindless gravy that she made - hop over to her blog and check it out!
This is one of those dishes that has the same name across various States though the recipes often differ. She even has us peek into the legend behind its name.
Fate gave her two good reasons to post this dish. I'm glad this event was one of them.
She's just returned to the world of blogging, and as usual, has an unusual recipe for this event. Here it is!
Curry with all my terms and conditions and deadline was on her mind even as she had to think about Christmas preparations. See what she came up with.
This started off as a very promising poem, but I found out that the point of it all was an entry for the event. She just needs to change the last line and it would speak volumes for what many of us encounter in life sometime or the other.
This multi-coloured dish has an unusual ingredient added to give it richness but let it stay low-cal. Find out what she added.
And here are my own entries:
Vegetables in Dressed Up Coconut Milk
Cauliflower-Brown Rice-Besan Gravy
A Kashmiri-style Paneer
I've listed the entries largely in the order I received them. Some of you didn't send me the details, some of you didn't send me the pictures, some sent pictures that were too large, and some, pictures that were not small enough - I've not used those but have chosen to decorate them with my artwork instead! If there's anything that needs to be amended - mismatched links, mismatched photos, missing entries - please let me know.
A Very Happy New Year to all of you!
Grindless Gravies Round-Up No-grind