Friday, July 30, 2010

A CSN $50 gift certificate giveaway and way

I am pretty much sure that you have already heard the name of CSN Stores. They have over 200 online stores where you can find everything from cookware to cribs to dining room sets and dog beds!  
CSN Stores has offered to giveaway $50 gift certificate to one of my lucky readers! Is not that great? And guess what you have to do?
1. Become my follower.
2. Say my blog is wonderful.
3. My recipes are the best.
Thats unethical. I know.. I know...
Well, all you have to do is to leave a comment on this post and tell me your favourite accompaniment with food and that finds a place on your dining table almost everyday. For eg. Chutney, Raita, Pickles.
So, friends, what are you waiting for? Share it with me and who knows you could be the lucky one! Time start from now till 8th August 2010 GMT. I will announce the winner on 9th August (thats my hubby b'day). I'll select one person randomly and he/she will be the lucky winner. You'll get the gift certificate code in email with instructions as to how to use it.

N.B: CSN stores ship only in U.S and Canada. Even if you don't live in either of the countries you can still participate in this giveaway and in case you win, you can use it to get something for someone who lives there.

Good luck guys!

Now, recipe of today's post: My favourite accompaniment with food-Raita.

Raita is an Indian condiment and goes very well with Indian spicy food. It is particularly served with Biriyani and spicy Pulao. I make raitas almost everyday as an accompaniment for our lunch. It is a matter of minutes to prepare them. Instead of having plain yoghurt I prefer to have them. Everybody has their specific way of making it. I prefer to keep the yoghurt thick and creamy while other make like to dilute it a bit. Here are my two favourite raitas: Boondi Raita and Cucumber Tomato and Onion Raita.
Ingredients for Boondi Raita:

3/4 cup Boondi.
400 ml yoghurt.
Handful fresh chopped coriander leaves.
Salt to taste.
½ tsp sugar.
½ tsp roasted cumin powder.
¼ tsp red chilli powder.

Soak the boondi in warm water till they are soft or alternatively microwave the boondi soaked in water on a high for 1-2 minutes. Drain and cool it under cold water.
Mix the yoghurt, soft boondi and fresh coriander. Season with salt, sugar, cumin powder and red chilli powder.

Now comes the second one..: Cucumber Tomato and Onion Raita:

400 ml yoghurt.
1 tomato diced.
1 small red onion.
12 cm piece of cucumber peeled and diced finely.
Fresh chopped coriander leaves.
Salt and sugar to taste.
½ tsp roasted cumin powder.
¼ tsp red chilli powder


Mix the yoghurt, tomatoes, onion, cucumber and fresh coriander. Season with salt, sugar, cumin powder and red chilli powder.
Sending this off to Suma's Event- Side dishes from India


  1. Love this boondi raita..beautiful click too..I make chutney almost everyday:-)

  2. Love those variations and the creamy raitha. Seriously except the Eastern pickle bottle there is nothing in my dining table :-(

  3. i like any raitha this boondi raith looks so deliicous.
    always we need some pickles.. and most favorite is homemade mango pickle..

  4. love it love it love it..boondi raita is my fav with khichadi always...yummy yum...inviting pics make me drool..homemade fruit chutney or mixed fruit chuntey and a bowl of cucumber raita with some nuts in it and i personally love yellow lemon pickle.

  5. What is usually on our dinner plates are two things--raw carrots and fresh baby peas.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks for announcing this giveaway. In my house, favorite accompaniment is yogurt.

  7. Hey, as I was reading yr post, the first accompaniment that came to my mind was....boondi raita! However, I use boondi as it is (don't soak it) and I put chaat masala instead of cumin.
    This is indeed my quick fix raita when we have guests and I don't have time to prepare any other fancy raita.

  8. Count me in for the give away. My favourite accompaniment is pickle....can eat it with almost anything.

  9. Boondi raita looks delicious! Its my favorite too with any kind of khichdi or pulav!
    My favorite accompaniment is cucumber raita with flavorful tadka and some crushed peanuts.

  10. for us a favorite accompaniment is cucumber tomato diced salad! thanks for the chance! :)


  11. Like the raita, good click. Curds or Yogurt has a permanent place on my dinning table for all 365 days of a year.

  12. Yummy! I love boondi raita.. my favorite condiment is any raita.. apple raita, pineapple raita, cucumber raita

  13. I love any type of raita.. and that is my favorite condiment.. cucumber raitaq, apple raita pineapple raita

  14. Thanks for this giveaway...we always have some ghee or sesame oil in a small bowl which gives a wonderful taste to any "indian style dal"!!!

  15. Its always a big bowl of yogurt for us :)

  16. my favorite accompaniment is either pickle or tomato.

  17. I love raitas and clicks are so delish!!!Pickles and Idli podi are always present on our table.

  18. Mango pickle finds its way to our table every single day.

    Thank you!

    alias2003 (AT) lycos (DOT) com

  19. Nice! Raita looks darn good!
    Well I almost always have pickle with my meal. If pickle is not there, then chutney...yummy!

  20. We always have potatos in one form or the other.

  21. I like the fact that you are not asking people to become your followers. My favorite is some salad with raw vegetables. Good luck to all.

  22. My favorite side would definitely be salad... chopped cucumbers with sea salt and lemon and tomatoes with salt and sugar. If its a north indian dish (onion garlic curry) then also come chopped onions but avoided during weekdays...

  23. boondi raita is always good, easy to whip up fav. is mango pickle.....

  24. Whatever fresh vegetable is in season. Lately it has been cucumber and tomato.

  25. wow boondi raita is my favorite too ..ur raita looks soo delicious n tempting family n me too love to have pickle or podi(made with mung dal n red chilly) always with rice or idli ,dosa ...its the best combination along with some chutney n fresh salad



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