Introducing “Your Recipe Rocks” – An Ode to the food blogging community!

Rava Kichidi

Earlier this week my friend Smitha, left a comment in my blog saying that she tried the oven baked zucchini fries and it came out very well.  Couple of weeks back she also mentioned that she tried the Easy Basundi for a party and it was a hit too.  When I posted a recipe for making Easy Baklavas another friend SS prepared baklava the traditional method and sent me a picture also, telling that it was inspired by me.  Last week another visitor A also mentioned that she tried the Zucchini Dal and Zucchini fries.  Thanks a lot buddies.

I’m mentioning all this because, even though I started this blog as a hobby to pursue my passion for baking/cooking, I feel very happy when I read each and every comment and exhilirated when somebody tells me that they tried the recipes in my blog and it came out well.  So I thought why not pass this happiness to other food bloggers too.  Even prior to starting my own blog, I have visited many blogs and have kept bookmarking interesting recipes but tried only a very few.  Call it laziness or lack of time.  Since I have a food blog now, I know how happy I would be if somebody tried my recipe and complimented it.  So I want to make a conscious effort to try at least one recipe every week from other blogs and hence this ode to the food blogging community.  There are so many food blogging sites which have great recipes!!!

I know what you all are thinking, this is very similar to MBP (Monthly Blog Patrol) created by Coffee of The Spice Cafe.  Yes it is, but I want to make it more current. Since we all know that there is a shortage of rice supply in the US, I thought why not try to go on a rice strike for atleast one meal every week.  Even now in my family we eat rice only for lunch and it’s a light meal in the evenings. But again being a south indian our light meals are limited to idli, dosa, pongal, arisi (rice) uppuma and it also has rice as the main ingredient.  I do make soups and salads regularly but considering the pressing issue of increase in the price of rice I wanted to do something more.  So I thought why not try one more non-rice main dish from other food blogs once a week (more than 1 meal would be great too) and post the final picture/pictures every Sunday.  This is my own way of thanking all the food bloggers for the wonderful recipes produced in their kitchens and reproduced in their virtual kitchen.

Your Recipe Rocks!By cooking 4 non-rice main dishes a month we will not only limit our rice consumption but we will also be experimenting various other cuisines, food grains, and increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables which is healthy as well.  More than anything we can bring a smile in the face of our blogging friends more often.  I don’t want to call this an event, instead a tradition and name it Your Recipe Rocks (YRR)

The rules are:
1.  Just make a conscious effort of recognizing your fellow bloggers’ efforts and make a Non-Rice dish you like from their recipes atleast once a week and post it in your site and link it back to the parent site and to this post.  If you could mention “Your Recipe Rocks (YRR)” in the title of your post, it would be easy to check it out while browsing the entries in the RSS feed aggregators.  Posting the recipe is not necessary, but mentioning any variations done to the original recipe should be fine. Also email me your name, recipe title, 125 x 125 pixel photo URL and the permalink of your post using the contact page.

2.  It has to be a wholesome, stomach filling main dish without rice.  Those who are already not eating rice and the main dish is either chapathis, parathas or bread, you can try different types of parathas from other blogs or a side dish in case of chapathis or add a salad/soup to your meal.  The recipe should be from another food blog and not any cooking/recipe website.  There are so many things we can come up with, like soup, salad, pizza, sandwich, pasta, bread, use couscous, quinoa, barley, oats, millets, beans etc.

3.  As I have mentioned earlier you need not limit to one rice free dish a week, more than that is also fine.

4. If you don’t have a blog you can send the picture/pictures and links to the recipes you have tried via the contact page.  I will do the round-up in the first week of the following month.

Anybody interested in joining me to start this small tradition?

P.S: Everything said I would like to add one final note.  This is neither a competition nor compulsory. I know how tedious food blogging can get, having to cook/bake something interesting regularly and taking pictures, participating in so many food events and other stuff.  So don’t stress yourself too much.  It’s ok if you are not able to cook something new every week.  Just consider what I have written and do it whenever you find time, and post it in your blog the following Sunday.

Dee, thank you very much for your time and support.

This week I tried Cham’s Idli Rava Kichidi.  Cham had prepared this kichidi and chutney for JFI: Garlic.  Instead of using idli rava I prepared the kichidi with regular rava (semolina), crushed tomatoes instead of fresh ones and added a handful of frozen peas while the water was boiling.  The kichidi tasted very good.  I added only one 1 garlic clove in the chutney to suit our palette.  My husband loved the flavor of garlic both in the kichidi and in the chutney.  

Thanks Cham for the wonderful recipe.   Looking forward for many tasty recipes from you.  Your Recipe Rocks 😉

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    Good recipe, thanx!

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    Hey I had a question,can I send Khaman recipe for YRR event???

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    Good one. I will put it in the side bar to announce. I guess I am too late already but will try!:)

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  12. maheswari

    I have posted a chicken dish for YRR.I don’t know whether you prefer only veg items or not.If so, plz let me know.I will remove the entry and post a veg dish soon.


  13. Madhuram

    @Priya: Welcome Priya. Thanks for your suggestion. My idea behind this event is to watch the consumption of rice because of the shortage in supply. So I want to use other grains instead of rice more often. Unlike other events were we just cook one or two dishes maximum for the event, I want to cook something new every week. So it will be around 4 dishes every month. So I’m not sure if I will be able to use the same grain again and again. Moreover I want to give sort of little freedom to the other bloggers as to cook whatever they wish to, the only criteria being it has to be a non rice wholesome dish. I think this sort of wiggle room is necessary because there are so many other food blog events going and don’t want them to feel pressured. Hope you are with me on this one

  14. vandana

    Great idea…would love to be a part of it.

  15. Priya

    Nice Idea.

    A small suggestion. As this is to watch our consumption of grains, if we concentrate on specific grain each month, it will encourage us to try new grains.

    With the help of technorati and others we can easily get blogs about that specific grain 🙂


  16. JZ @ Tasty treats

    I will definitely try to keep up with this small but sweet tradition!

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  19. Madhuram

    Sunshinemom, thank you very much for the words of appreciation.

  20. sunshinemom

    A great idea by a very thoughtful person:). Maybe next Sunday!

  21. Madhuram

    @TBC: Sure TBC, I’m glad that you are interested in this event. Go ahead and post it. On the right hand side, under Pages you can find Contact me. Anyway I’ll try to display the contact info. in a clear manner. Thank you.

  22. TBC

    Hey Madhuram,
    I have something which fits the theme of “YRR” right now. I do not have a fixed posting schedule and rarely post during weekends. Is it alright if I post something mid-week (today) instead of Sunday?

    BTW, I looked high and low for an e-mail id.

  23. Madhuram

    Sangeeth, thank you very much for your appreciation. Hope you will be able to come out with some good non-rice dish from fellow bloggers.

  24. sangeeth

    it is a very good event. Everyone will feel happy if a co-cook apprciates their recipe once in a while..I will surely tryout some recipe and join the event asap 🙂

  25. Madhuram

    Thanks Bee, in that case we have to watch our consumption of wheat flour and all purpose flour too.

    Thank you very much Anjali J, Uma, Divya, Arundathi and Kamala. I’m very glad that you guys are willing to participate.

    Cham, my husband took the picture. Actually I had named it something else earlier, but my husband was not satisfied with it and this one just flashed in my mind.

    Thank you very much Medhaa, Dee, Siri, Sowmya, Sig, Priyanka.

    DK you are absolutely right. We get fixated on rice dishes that we don’t try other cuisines quite often. You have taken the first step for all of us by creating AWED. Thank you very much.

    Thanks Srivalli, Vegeyum Ganga, Priya, SS, Laksh, Akay, Shubha, Swati and Rhitu. Hope we can come up with a variety of non-rice dishes.

  26. rhitu

    hey thats a great idea.
    hope to find lots of non rice recipes on ur site

  27. Swati: Sugarcraft India

    Thanks Madhuram for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment… Its great to see your blog and your eggless recipes will be a big help … Will see each other around !!

  28. Shubha

    Very very nice Madhuram…. Its really very nice…:) lets see what i can come up with…:D iam already searching blogs heheh

  29. A-kay

    That is a neat idea Madhu! Will see what I can come up with 🙂

  30. Laksh

    The pic looks delicious.. You are making me hungry!! Will try and post something soon 🙂

  31. SS

    Thanks for the mention, that was sweet. Will see what I can churn up for this .

  32. Vegeyum Ganga

    Great idea! I like to try dishes from other blogs but don’t do it often enough. However, I do like to link to other posts that relate to mine, so readers can read further.

  33. Priya

    Hi Madhuram,

    That’s a lovely lovely lolvey recipe. I love your blog and most of all I appreciate that it is eggless. You had left a comment on my “Mooli ki Paratha” that you have tagged me for a short MEME. Hmmm but I could not find it. Could you send me the link 🙂


  34. Srivalli

    very nice idea…will try to send some!

  35. DK

    This is awesome and also for a worthy cause. Not only do we get to appreciate fellow bloggers hard work and creativity, we also get to learn new recipes. If this by itself was not good enough, this also gives an oppurtunity to go beyond our fixation( o well rightfully so!) rice and rice consumption. Will try to chip in as and when I can Madhu.

    Good one

  36. priyanka

    I am in.. 😀

  37. Sig

    That is a great idea Madhuram…

  38. sowmya

    thats a lovely concept…will participate..

  39. Siri

    Lovely idea Madhu.. 🙂 a nice way to acknowledge lovely dishes we make.. 😀 will try to post some soon!


  40. Dee

    Madhu, It was completely ur idea, I just went along!! great to see that u posted, Im still making the dish!!! too hungry to post now… will do it tonite or tomm…. Loved the idea!! and cham’s dish looks great!!

  41. Medhaa

    Nice event.

    here to we have shortage of rice and flour and whats availabe now is highly priced. guess we should all make pasta dishes for a while.

  42. Cham

    Ur Rava Kichdi Pict is beautiful.Thank You so much to try my recipe Madhu 😀 It is really true when someone says they tried our recipes and came out great , there is no word to decribe our joy 🙂
    Wonderful NON-rice idea, i am preparing non- rice dishes very often…. I will join ur event and participate with joy Dear 😉 I really love the title!

  43. Arundathi

    good idea – though in india, we eat so much rice – a rice shortage would be horrendous! at home, we eat rice only once or twice a week, so there’s lots for me to contribute. will be there…

  44. DivyA Vikram

    Nice one..even I have tried reducing our rice consumption by substituting it with pasta n chapathis..

  45. kamala

    Good idea madhu.I was just thinking of non rice dishes.Will try to bring out some

  46. Uma

    That’s really a good idea to show our appreciation to fellow bloggers, Madhu! I will do my part by participating in this. Thanks for such a lovely idea.

  47. Anjali J.

    Great event.. sounds interesting.

  48. bee

    good idea. however, i suspect there’s a wheat shortage too. this week, all purpose flour cost me 32 cents a pound (it’s usually 17 or 19 cents) in the bin at my co-op. and there was a restriction of one pound per customer.