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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Tricolour Raita

History has it that the Indian National flag, in its present tri-colour form, was adopted by a constituent assembly meeting twenty two days before 15th August 1947, our Independence day! Each of the tri- colours have a symbolic meaning. The saffron (almost orangish) color symbolizes courage, sacrifice, and the ability to put the nation's interest above self; white stands for peace and truth, and green is for faith and chivalry. Info courtesy, the wikipedia!
Pooja of My Creative Ideas has come up with an Independence day theme for food. Here is my entry to her interesting event. A foodie tribute to our wonderful motherland!

Carrots - 3 medium sized
Onions -1 big
Green chillies - 4 Nos
Coriander leaves (cilantro/kothammalli) - a small bunch
Yoghurt (curds/thayir) - 2 cups
For seasoning
Ginger - a small piece (grated finely)
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cumin (jeera) - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Asafoetida - a pinch

Grate the carrots. Finely slice the onions. Chop the corinader leaves and green chillies.Add everything into a bowl.
Heat a little oil in a skillet and crackle the mustard seeds. Add in the cumin and stir fry. Add the curry leaves. Pour this over the vegetable mixture. Add in the ginger, yoghurt,a pinch of asafoetida, and salt to taste.
Refreshing taste!!
The Theme Independence Day 2008 event is on at http://creativepooja.blogspot.com/2008/07/theme-of-week-is.html

Vidya of My Recipes (iyercooks) has tagged me with '7 Facts about me' :-)
The rules of the tag are:
(a) List these rules on your blog.
(b) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
(c) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
So here goes...
7 Facts about me.
Work: I started work as a journalist right after my MA exams. Moved onto other genres of writing over the years.
Education: A masters in English and a professional degree in Medical & Psychiatric social work. Love to learn and hope to do more in future.
Friendship: I was born with a strong social streak. I love friends!
Relationship: My hubby and his and my family
Internet (WWW) - My friend dragged me in kicking and protesting to open my first email ID in '98 :-)
Fitness: I love long walks
Dreams: Lots. I thrive on them :-)
I tag my new visitor, Priti of indiankhanna, Purva of purvasdaawat, Usha of veginspirations, Lore of culinarty, Lubna of Yummy Food (kitchenflavours), Sri Priya of srikarskitchen, and A&N of reluctantchefs.
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Purva Desai said...


Thank you for visiting my blog...
You have a delicious blog too..
Tricolour Raita looks perfect entry for the event..
even I made Tricolour Juice yesterday for the event, which I will post it soon..:)
hey ve u heard about Festive Food Event....check out the link

Keep in touch

Pooja said...

really a nice colorful raita it is .
thank you for your entry dershana.

Vidhya said...

Hi Dershana, like this tricolour Raita, will try this. Have added you in my blogroll. Pls check out.

easycrafts said...

Lovely presentation Dershana, I too made almost the same, but need to search the colours in it...poor photography skills of mine to be blamed

Priti said...

Raitha looking gud...love the beetroot chakara so much ...lovely idea :)

Usha said...

Looks very nice and the beetroot chakra was a very nice twist,good entry for the event :)

Vidhya said...

Hey Dershana, have tagged you please check this link


easycrafts said...

I have a small treat for you here...http://simpleindianfood.blogspot.com/2008/08/masala-puri-with-moong.html

Purva Desai said...

hey thanks for tagging me......it was interesting to know abt ur life...
will finish the tagg soon

Purva Desai said...

u ve a frienship treat waiting for u....grab it frm my blog....

srikars kitchen said...


Thxs for tagged me.... looks yummy & delicious dear....

Sagari said...

thats a beautiful looking raita

Kitchen Flavours said...

Tricolor Raita looks gr8. Thank u for tagging me.

Lore said...

Oh wow, your dish is mouthwatering! Thanks for the tag :)

Sunshinemom said...

Very nice indeed!! Pretty entry, Dershana:)

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