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Food Parade on Independence Day

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August is the month in 1947 when leeches left our country in search of fresh blood. If you ever suffer from blood loss, you would know how difficult and slow process it is to recover from anemia. Constant fatigue, weakness, listlessness are the norm. Our country has been going through this recovery process, still remained strong and united without going into a chaotic, oppressive dictatorship. By keeping a peaceful, nourishing atmosphere, mother India has provided us a safe shelter to grow and thrive without placing restrictions on us. Needless to say food has an important role in recovery process. In this month of India’s Independence, let’s whip up our culinary skills to salute mother India. Join and let’s do a food parade from all states. I want classic recipes, colorful photos and charging words that would look like rose petals sprinkled on a parade route. In this time of war and destruction unleashed by mutant evil leeches, we need hope and a reason to celebrate. Lets make this Independence Day food parade fun and grand.

Parade Submission Guidelines:

1 Write about traditional(proper) meal of your region or an entry(recipe)/essay/poem/drawing related to food from India, between now and August 14th. Publish it on your blog.

2 Email me (mailmahanandi@gmail.com) your entry by August 14th, with these details.

Entry name - both in English and in Regional Indian language and URL
Recipe Origin - Region, State and the title of that state
(Ex: from Nandyala, the land of Nandis or/and from Andhra Pradesh, the Rice Bowl of India)
Your name and your blog’s name and URL
Colorful, beautiful photo of your recipe in 455:280 pixel size.

Parade procession of all the entries in gorgeous food colors of India will be on Independence Day ~ August 15th.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Tuesday August 1, 2006 at 11:07 am- permalink)

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47 comments for Food Parade on Independence Day »

  1. WOW ! This is gonna be the best event for Indian Food Bloggers from all over the world and i would love to participate in this event.

    Comment by Priya J — August 1, 2006 @ 11:16 am

  2. Today is the National Day of Switzerland and I was thinking that in another few days it is our Independence Day….and here you are already with an event.I am so happy Indira,happy because you are going to make it a special day!

    Comment by Sumitha — August 1, 2006 @ 11:38 am

  3. Thats a GREAT way to celebrate Independence day. Would love to participate.
    BTW welcome back Indira.

    Pavani

    Comment by Pavani — August 1, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

  4. Way to go Indira!!!!!

    Comment by Ashwini — August 1, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

  5. Bravo!!

    Comment by ArSu — August 1, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

  6. Good thinking and a good start!!!Will try to participate!!

    Comment by BDSN — August 1, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

  7. What a great idea ! would love to participate.

    Comment by Krithika — August 1, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

  8. “Recipes that would look like rose petals sprinkled on the parade route” - that counts me in… Very powerful words and a way to show our unity thro food -

    Cheers
    Revathi

    Comment by revathi — August 1, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

  9. i did nto know each state in India had a title

    Comment by Supriya — August 1, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

  10. Great event Indira. What a nice way to celebrate this special day.

    Comment by Madhu — August 1, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

  11. What a neat idea!

    Comment by RP — August 1, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

  12. This is beautiful! I will post about it on my blog, to let folks know that -the- Indian food blogger event is happening in honor of India’s Independance! Woohoo! Jai Mother India!

    Comment by Barbara — August 1, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

  13. What a creative idea, Indira. Really fantastic. I hope to join in the parade with something that will do justice to the creativity of the idea.

    Comment by Vaishali — August 1, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

  14. When you say leeches, do you mean pakistanis?

    Comment by parimala — August 1, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

  15. The leeches are the British. Isn’t that right Indira?

    Comment by Madhavi — August 1, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  16. Thank you so much for your interest and encouraging words. I am deeply honored and looking forward to receiving your fabulous entries and words.

    Thank you!

    Comment by Indira — August 1, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

  17. Oh!… Not on purpose, but I think my whole blog is dedicated to God’s Own Country food :)
    Hmmm..now what do I make for that ultra traditional display?? You are making me think always!! and my brain is complaining Indira!!!
    If only I did this while in scool,I would have been…hehehe..

    For Supriya, Check out Govt’s India Tourism websites for Titles for each states.

    Leeches…ooooh…That was a little bitter. I too was soo bitter and angry one time, but as I aged (ah! Now dont start thinking 50),I realise every Country is the same..It all depends on how powerful each Country is at a certain time,
    to trash the voiceless poorest countries and suck out the blood.

    Indira replies:
    InjiPennu, is that you L.G? You changed the name. InjiPennu=Inkpen? Please don’t laugh.:)
    I know, my brain hurts too sometimes and I blame it on the heatwave.:) Don’t stressout about these things, restup my friend.
    About Leeches - here I thought I am being gentle. I didn’t even name the names. Also I don’t think that using the word “leeches” is neither angry nor bitter. It is the plain truth. The word is essential to my introduction and does a true justice to these people who really enjoy and flourish on other countries misery.

    Comment by InjiPennu — August 1, 2006 @ 8:30 pm

  18. What a wonderful and innovative idea!!!Gr8t

    Indira replies:
    Thanks Madhuli.

    Comment by madhuli — August 2, 2006 @ 12:39 am

  19. Hi Indira,

    Hats of to ur idea,I would love to be part of this event.

    Indira replies:
    Looking forward to receiving your entry. Thanks Tanuja!

    Comment by tanuja — August 2, 2006 @ 1:13 am

  20. Inji means Ginger in Malayalam
    Pennu is girl

    So it is actually Ginger Girl ;-) if you translate. Long time wanted to change my name. Didnt know it was so easy to change it actually.
    Just changed and republished and everything became InjiPennu. I hate L.G since everywhere I go, the Google ads would come up about L.G Electronics etc..hehehe

    Comment by InjiPennu — August 2, 2006 @ 9:26 am

  21. What a neat idea Indira, I really feel your passion for our beloved country. I do hope I can participate in some way. Thanks for uniting all Indian food bloggers this way and celebrating our Independence day! At this time of the hour, what we need is UNITY and celebrate the DIVERSITY in our country. I do hope people from every STATE, RELIGION, CASTE and from every back ground participate in this. It will be a great idea if they include some pictures of historical landmarks, costumes etc of their state to showcase their culture along with the food!

    Comment by veda — August 2, 2006 @ 10:06 am

  22. Wow… this is a great idea Inira.
    A good chance for all of us to know everything about our own country.

    Comment by radhika — August 2, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

  23. Wonderful idea, Indira! Eager to participate…Just a doubt…U had said ‘traditional meal’..Does that mean a single recipe or all the recipes which form a complete meal?

    Comment by Chandrika — August 2, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

  24. That is the spirit Indira, and (y)our fever goign to catch up every one on this blogosphere and i hope this parade to be as grand as our Mother India…JAI Hind!

    Comment by Karthi Kannan — August 2, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

  25. GInger Girl, I like it, nice blogname.:)

    Thanks Veda. If you find anything that’s useful for the parade, don’t hesitate to post the links here. I greatly appreciate the help. Thanks.

    I agree. Thanks Radhika.

    Chandrika: Thanks for your interest. Either one is fine. Again totally your interest. Even two or three entries is also OK. I am also planning to prepare one for each - from my town, state and country.:)
    BYW, you have a very nice blog. I did browse little bit yesterday, though didn’t left a comment. Added it to my links. Keep it up.:)

    Jai Hind, Karthi.:) Thanks.

    Comment by Indira — August 3, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

  26. This is first time i am visiting nandyala.It’s very informative for new food bloggers like us.It is very encouraging…Thankss.

    Comment by kalpana — August 5, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

  27. WIll you mind if i blog about a dish not from a home state ( It will still be Indian !) for the parade. I badly want to make something for it, but it looks like i am going to have a hectic week at work, so thought of blogging about a photo i already have.

    Indira replies:
    No not at all, Archana. Please do. I am going to list the entires according to statewise in alphabetical order in my recap. (For that, where you are from is irrelevant, what I ‘d like to have is ‘origin of the recipe’ (state, region or town etc) from India that you have blogged for this event.)
    I am happy to hear that you are going to make time to participate in this event. Yay!:)
    Also don’t worry about the photo size etc. I will do it myself. It’s quite easy for me.
    If you have any doubts please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks Archana!

    Comment by Archana Thomas — August 7, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

  28. That’s splendid ! Thanks Indira.
    Archana

    Comment by Archana — August 8, 2006 @ 10:12 am

  29. […] Indira, the talented writer of the popular Indian food blog, Mahanandi, has a one time food blog event going on this August to celebrate the independence of India from British colonial rule. It’s called the Food Parade on Independence Day, and the idea is a great one meant to celebrate the wonderful variation of the regional cuisines of India. […]

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  30. Hi Indira. Have been reading your posts for a while now. I wanted to participate in this event…and so have started a blog of my own in earnest! You should be hearing from me soon.

    Indira replies:
    Wow! That’s just great. Best wishes for your blog and looking forward to reading your entry. Thanks Anita.

    Comment by Anita — August 9, 2006 @ 1:38 am

  31. hi indira,
    though i’ve been blogging for a few years now, i haven’t really been into the blog events except for the odd meme that i participate in - just a function of work. but i love your blog so much and was so inspired by your independence food parade call to action. so i got home early from work today to make something that i’m going to blog about soon and send the link to you. cant’s say the photo will be anywhere near as gorgeous as the one you take though! thanks for organising. the round-up is going to be so delightful.

    Indira replies:
    Lulu, you’ve made me happy. :) Thank you!
    Looking forward to receiving your gorgeous creation, I am sure it’s going to be the star attraction of this parade.
    Thanks Lulu.

    Comment by lulu — August 9, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

  32. just realised that my URL is not only outdated (has my old manhattan blog) but i had also spelt it wrong. yikes!

    Comment by lulu — August 9, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

  33. Hello Indira,
    Ive been reading ure blog and couple of other blogs for a while and that gave me enuf encouragment to start my own. I will try to participate in this event with something from my state.

    Comment by Deepz — August 11, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

  34. […] Mixed vegetable curry or ‘gajbaje’ (randayi means a side dish with coconut masala) is one of the most popular dishes among Konkanis. It is usually prepared using vegetables like okra, ridge gourd and cucumber (Usually a special kind of cucumber called as magge in Konkani is used for this dish. Cucumber can be replaced since both taste almost same. Unlike cucumber, magge cannot be eaten raw). There are two types of ‘Gajbaje’ popular among Konkanis. Among the fish eating Konkanis (Living in North Kanara district) and Marathis of Belgaum (I am referring to my aunty who is a deshpande), this dish is prepared with teppal/tirphal and toor daal. Among the vegetarian Konkanis(living in South Kanara), a lot more vegetables are used for this dish and prepared only with coconut (the recipe for this is similar to what Vaishali has mentioned here. I did not know about this version till Aruna sent me the recipe. Then I saw the same recipe in Vaishali’s blog). At my native, this dish is a must in most of the festivals and weddings. Usually we use the three vegetables mentioned above because most of the people grow these vegetables at home and are easily available in market also. I saw in my pachi’s house, they use lot more vegetables and I loved the corn cob used in the dish. This dish is a must for Ganapathi pooja at their home. When I read about Independence Day parade, I asked my brother to give me a suggestion for the event. His idea was superb, but a lot more difficult to achieve with my skills. So I simplified his idea and thought of sending this dish to the event. This is one of my all time favorite side dishes and the most famous side dishes I could think of, only after mooga randayi. So this would be an entry from Konkan to the event. (Indira, I hope you accept this. I have tried my best to take good pictures with the limited resources I have). […]

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  35. […] So here’s Varan Phala ,from Maharashtra-The land of the great Maratha Warriors, for Indira’s wonderful Food Parade on Independence Day […]

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  37. Hi Indira,

    I have a quick question…Are non-veg items allowed in the Food Parade?

    Indira replies:
    Ofcourse, they are. No restrictions on entries for the food parade as long as they celebrate the Indian cuisine.
    Thanks Chandrika.

    Comment by Chandrika — August 13, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

  38. […] I have been going through different food blogs and saw dishes from different parts of India. But couldn’t find any Goan recipes. So this is my entry from beautiful Goa for the Independence day parade. […]

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  42. Dear Indira,

    You sure seems to be pulling off another
    hat trick with this achievement.

    Wishing you all success in this endeavour.

    Txs to your web site….my kitchen got a bit tastier.

    Best regards/prasad lbv

    Comment by L B V PRASAD — November 23, 2007 @ 2:54 am

  43. Wowy, lovely concept Indira.. will definitely try to send u something..:)

    Cheers,
    Siri

    Comment by Siri — August 3, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

  44. Iam very happy to send my first entry to this awesome Independence Day event hosted by you. You can all view my entry to this event at http://kitchenflavours.blogspot.com/2008/07/jalebis.html There is a small word from me also on the page. Hope you all lik it.

    Comment by Lubna Karim — August 4, 2008 @ 1:54 am

  45. Hi Indira,

    can we send in 2 entries? and are previously-posted recipes allowed?

    Comment by Mansi — August 13, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

  46. […] When I read about Independence Day parade, I asked my brother to give me a suggestion for the event. His idea was superb, but a lot more difficult to achieve with my skills. So I simplified his idea and thought of sending this dish to the event. This is one of my all time favorite side dishes and the most famous side dishes I could think of, only after mooga randayi. So this would be an entry from Konkan to the event. (Indira, I hope you accept this. I have tried my best to take good pictures with the limited resources I have). […]

    Pingback by Mixed vegetable curry (Gajbaje randayi) | Aayi's Recipes — July 24, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

  47. […] I have been going through different food blogs and saw dishes from different parts of India. But couldn’t find any Goan recipes. So this is my entry from beautiful Goa for the Independence day parade. […]

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