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Early Christmas Gifts and My First Award!

A knock came at the door while I was… .Well, okay, I admit it, I was taking a nap!!! Ooooh there’s a package! What could it be???

A package from India!!

Yes, okay I knew it was on its way, but that doesn’t take away the joy of receiving goodies from loved ones across the world, right?

Here is some of the yummies that were inside:

So, first things first, there is the mysore pak, yum! A pressure cooker gasket, and that ADORABLE  little mortar and pestle. Good Indian coffee, too.

And all the homemade spice mixes!! Priceless. Clockwise from top there is upma mix(which somehow always tastes better than mine), chutney pudi, uchalu pudi, vangibath, menthya & pepper for bisi bele bath, dry coconut, palya pudi, sambhar pudi, and last but far from least… 2 kinds of red chilies (guntur and byadagi).

Uchalu is the most unique of these and as far as I know, specific to Karnataka regional cuisine. Made from niger seeds, red chili, garlic and jaggery it is mostly had with jowar roti or chapathi. This page has some more info, and a slightly different recipe. I’ll be posting a couple recipes using this in the weeks to come.

Another wonderful surprise I received was my very first blog award from dear Akila at Akila’s Kitchen. Thank you so much!!

Akila hosts events with Dishes starting with “letters of the alphabet” starting from A. Great concept! The current one is letter “D”.¬† She also has “D”elicious recipes on my must try list,¬† like idli 65 and mango rasam!

I would love to pass this along to these fabulous bloggerettes!

Thanks to all who visit me here, I appreciate every one of you!

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