Indian Cooking Challenge Rules and List to Choose

>>  Monday, June 15, 2009

I am really overwhelmed with the response to the Indian Cooking Challenge event. To make it even more exciting and interesting, I have come with some rules. I hope these rules will help make it more interesting and something of a challenge to look forward. Suggestions and thoughts are most welcome!

The concept of Indian Cooking Challenge will work out like this.

Select a dish either sweet or savory.
Get a tried and tested recipe
Share it with members
Everybody cooks the dish and posts on their blog by the deadline.

Before getting on with the rules, lets talk about the list. For now I have about 35 different sweets and savories suggested by bloggers. Others are welcome to list out their choice too. Will be putting up a poll soon with the finalized list.

The Project Plan for Indian Cooking Challenge is as follows

Get the finalized list of items - Last Date is 17th June PST (EOD)
Polling on the choice of the month - Will end by 20th June PST
Announce the Choice of the dish - 22nd June
Get a foolproof recipe for the chosen dish - 24 - 25 June
Mail all the members the recipe - at the earliest by 27th or 28th.
First challenge will be for the month of July, which should be posted on the blogs by 28 - 29 July.

Other details:

Special cooking gadgets will be suggested along with the recipe.
Alternative ingredients will be suggested
We should be able to come up with an alternative for Vegan specific requirements. If its not possible, the member can be excused.
The recipe should mostly be given for 4 people or small servings.
Other references will be cited.

Indian Cooking Challenge Rules:
  • Bloggers if they want to join this event, should have at least 30 posts and have been active for the last 3 months.
  •  Members cannot miss this event more than 2 times in a row.
  • If somebody is not able to take part, it should be informed in prior.
  • In their blog post, should explain in detail their experience while cooking the dish along with the verdict.
  • Elaborate pictures if accompanying are most welcome.
  • Should display the logo of Indian Cooking Challenge in their blog, along with a link back to the event announcement.
  • Should leave the details in the ICC Blog under each challenge, that way members can visit the other member's blogs.
  • The recipe details will be sent out to all members, and should be followed as per the details given, unless and until they cannot use or consume any of the ingredients listed.
  • Like if the member is Vegan, they can substitute the ingredients needed for the recipe with a Vegan choice.
  • Vegans do not eat -
    1. dairy (milk, paneer, ghee, butter, yogurt, cheese)
    2. Honey
    3. Eggs
    4. Of course any kind of meat
    5. Paneer water/whey
  • Other items used for baking or related items can also be replaced with something different if need be.

I think that's about it, but will update once I get more. The logo is still not ready, will have it before we start.

Ok, the list for now

Update: wow its now 90 in total!!

7 cup sweet
Ada Pradhaman(Jaggery/Milk)
Aethekka Appam (Banana Fritters)
Ari/Godhambu Halwa(Rice/Wheat Halwa)...Cereal
Ariselu / Athirasa,
Aval Vilayichathu
Aval(Red Rice Flakes)Nanchathu
Besan Ladoo
Boondi Laddu
Chakka Pradhaman
Chakka/Ethappazha Halwa(Jack Fruit/Banana Halwa)...Fruit
Cham Cham
Choorma Ladoo
Coconut Ladoo
Dharwar Peda
Diamond Cuts
Ethakka(Raw Plaintain)Sarkarapuratti
Ethapazha(Banana) Pradhaman
Fried Ice-cream
Golden Jubilee
Gulab Jamun
Kai Muruku
Kaju Katli
Kakinada Kaja.
Kala Jamun
Kalkandu Pongal
Karappusa / Omapodi
Karha Parshad
Kasi Halwa
Kesari Bath (with rice)
Lavang Latika
Malai Sandwich
Milk Peda
Mishti Roi ( Sweet Yougurt )
Murukku/ Chakralu
Mysore Pak
Narial Barfi
Nethram Appam
Paal Peni
Pathi Peni
Payesh - Kheer - Rice Pudding
Pori Urundai
Pulli pitha/Dudh Puli (tiny coconut dumplings in sweetened milk)
Puran Poli
Rava Ladoo
Ribbon Pakoda
Rumaali Roti
Sohan Papdi
Suji Ladoo
Sweet Boli
Sweet seedai
Thirattu Pal
Tirunelveli Halwa
Tokkudu Laddu

Please update the comments section with your names that are missed in this post that you might want to try.

Looking forward to a great list in place that we all can enjoy!


Divya Kudua June 15, 2009 at 10:52 PM  

Wow..things are moving quite fast and am so excited.Got a little scared checking out the names of the dishes..but whats a challenge without a bit of scary element:).I am in..waiting for the dish for July:)

Divya Vikram June 15, 2009 at 11:13 PM  

Except murukku havent tried anything. So it is really going to be a challenge so that I get to learn a lot! Great going valli!! I suggest Athirasam..

Kamalika June 15, 2009 at 11:27 PM  

Its do exciting .. in this way i will be sure i will post regularly ..

Poornima Nair June 15, 2009 at 11:30 PM  

Some of the dishes are really making me nervous, wonder if I'd have everything I need. Real excited too.

Uma June 15, 2009 at 11:35 PM  

Great list of sweets!! Would love to try them all! Interesting challenge Srivalli! How about Kajjikaayalu and Palakova?

Waiting for July challenge!!

Medhaa June 16, 2009 at 1:38 AM  

hey this is sounding like fun, the list is a bit daunting but thats why its a challenge. Let me know if I can be of any help

Priya June 16, 2009 at 2:06 AM  

Sri, i wish can suggest Parotta, Parathas,Dal Makhani,Paneer butter masala,etc...Rules are really very prefect and am waiting for July's challenge..

KavyaNaimish June 16, 2009 at 3:11 AM  

Nice event...n dat would be really fun to make a single and selected item by all the bloggers...I'm in to take part...I want to add Fried Ice-cream and Kesari bath(with rice) to the list....

Shifa Firoz June 16, 2009 at 7:28 AM  

im already drooling!!!! can we add the pudings to the list?

saraswathi iyer June 16, 2009 at 8:41 AM  

Hi, how about my 7 cup sweet?

Indrani June 16, 2009 at 8:43 AM  

In Bengali sweets, I would suggest making 1. Patishapta, 2. Rasgulla & rasmalai, 3. Pulli pitha/Dudh Puli (tiny coconut dumplings in sweetened milk), 4. Malpua, 5. Sandesh 6. Kalakand etc.
Ans Sri, I am in for the challenge

roma June 16, 2009 at 9:31 AM  

Dishes sound delicious and are perfect for a challenge. Geez, I am nervous!

Mythreyee June 16, 2009 at 9:33 AM  

Wonder if you could include gulab jamun. Wanted to try it for a long time.

renuka June 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM  

That's really tongue twisting ones,eagerly waiting to participate.I would suggest Mysorepak(old version),Jangiri,Thenkuzhal

Malini June 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM  

Sri, well after going trough the list, I am getting nervous...well I want to add some authentic Bengali Sweets, as suggested by malpoa, lobongo lotika, pantuaa..I mail you the list shortly...

Priya Narasimhan June 16, 2009 at 9:02 PM  

Atleast for all those mouth watering sweet dishes, I will definitely take part in the challenge.

Archana June 17, 2009 at 2:32 AM  

Sounds really interesting. i am in Srivalli. It is very nice to host such a challenge.

Archana June 17, 2009 at 2:45 AM  

I think many of the Halwa's are missing, Kaju Kathli, Besan ladoo. All recipe looks exciting. But some of them, I have not even heard. But as everyone says. It's a challenge. It will be fun.

Archana June 17, 2009 at 2:47 AM  

Oops, i am sorry Srivalli, I found kaju Kathli andLadoo in the list. I think only variety of Halwa's are missing.

Lakshmi Venkatesh June 18, 2009 at 9:51 PM  

Hi, Srivalli. Saw ur post today only. Sounds interesting. Lot to learn. I am also in for the game. Hope it is not too late. I suggest Coconut Burfi, Thengai Poli, Paruppu Poli

sandhya June 18, 2009 at 11:04 PM  

hi srivalli, has been on a blog hiatus for quite smetime.This challenge has inspired me to start again. i am also in.Dont know if its too late now.

Pooja June 19, 2009 at 3:19 AM  

This is interesting! Am all excited and geared up! Being a Keralite I suggest Palpayasam,Unnakkayi & Parippu Vada :)

jayasri June 30, 2009 at 8:54 PM  

wow, i too want to participate in the event but i have already missed ur rava ladoo i think, can i participate from the next one as i don't do much sweets... this is going to be good and i can some try different kind of sweets ! which are quite a challenge in the list some of them i have never tried i think ! its quite exciting... thanks valli...

Sonal July 8, 2009 at 9:04 AM  

wowow!! been out of the blogsphere for so long and missed soo much.. valli i too want to participate in the event but i have already missed rava ladoo , can i participate from the next recipe...pls mail the recipe i will surely try and post by the end of the month.

arti agarwal July 23, 2009 at 5:57 PM  

hi shrivalli,i would suggest sandwiches

Minu August 7, 2009 at 11:29 PM  

i'd like to join in the challenge too.

TAZAIKA March 13, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

hi i was just checking the list of icc members in ur blog my name is not included.i have already taken part in one challenge till now.lemme know

Sowmya Karthy July 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM  

wow so many sweets!!!

valli, please count me in..



Nisha Sundar October 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM  

Hi Srivalli.. I would like to join this Indian cooking challenge... Count me in.... My email id is

Gayathri Sathyanarayanan December 26, 2012 at 11:33 PM  

Consider me, my maid id is
my blog is:

Gayathri Sathyanarayanan December 26, 2012 at 11:36 PM  

plz consider my maid id . id

my blog is:

Briju Parthasarathy November 16, 2013 at 6:51 PM  

Hi Srivalli, Please accept my participation for the coming month. I would like to be part of ICC.

Briju of

Nusrath Jahan January 12, 2015 at 10:28 AM  

Hello ,would like to be a part of this challenge .my email id is

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