Tangy Delights - 'Think Spice-Think Tamarind' Roundup

Last month bloggers churned some tangy delight for the 'Think Spice' event.We have a total of 36 entries from 21 bloggers.Thank you so much dear friends for being a part of this wonderful event and many thanks to Sunita for letting me host this event for the second time.

So here they are,an array of dishes to tantalize your tastebuds...

Rice flavored with tamarind hold a special place in each household.Then names may be different but the taste is always yummmm!!!!

Have some left-over rice ,then try out Denny of Oh Taste n See's version of yummy Puli Sadham.

Mathangi Balasubramanyan of Yummy Cuisines!! prepared Puliyodarai / Tamarind Rice which is similar her grandmother's version.

Puli sadham from my kitchen is a taste from Kongunad.

Chithranna also from my kitchen and this is my favorite!

When it comes to tiffin items Poha/aval is one of the quickest ingredient to prepare a dish with.

Sprouted Black Channa and Tamarind Poha Upma from Nithu Bala of Nithu's Kitchen is loaded with healthy sprouts.

Puli aval upma from my kitchen is a quick fix for lazy and busy days.

Dishes to go with steamed rice

Rachana of Sizzle N Spice prepared Chincheche Saar - Tamarind Saar/ Soup which is an awesome combination with some moong dal khichdi and crunchy papads or bhajias

Niloufer Riyaz of Kitchen Samraj's Rasam is aromatically prepared with fresh spices.

Sri of Cardamom and cloves prepared South Indian pitlai,a dish similar to Sambar but a little thicker and is excellent with steamed rice.

She also sends this delicious- Rasavangi , a South Indian brinjal stew.

Shabitha Karthikeyan of My Home Kitchen made this Ennai Katharikkai Kuzhambu ,a eggplant dish stuffed with Indian spices.

She has also sent in Kara Kuzhambu,a spicy South Indian gravy that tastes great with steamed rice and ghee.

Nisha of Nisha'skitchen- Masala Baigan,tangy brinjal dish with spices.

Nithubala of Nithu's Kitchen made this tempting Mambazha Kuzhambu which is for everyone who loves Mangoes!

Abbhirami Rajagopal of Soulful creations- Sour Sindi Curry, a delicious dish that was prepared for a memorable lunch at home.

Suma Gandlur of Veggieplatter- Onion Pachi Pulusu lends a helping hand when the refrigerator is empty!

Priya of Priya Easy N Tasty Recipes has sent in a whole bunch of dishes

Kadala Kuzhambu/Chickpeas Gravy is a famous dish from Pondicherry

Sprouted Methi Seeds Kuzhambu prepared with her favorite spice and it also happens to be her grandmom's specialty dish.

Vazhakkai (Raw Banana) Malli Kuzhambu is a unique gravy that tastes like heaven when paired with steamed rice and ghee.

Denny of Oh taste and see - Vathakulambu , delicious and fiery gravy made with 'wonder berries'.

Poondu kuzhambu from my kitchen

Side dishes

Kanchan of Kitchen Gossip made this delightful Soya Kheema,a recipe that she learnt from her mom.

Hisham of Torviewtoronto prepared this Soya meat curry which I think will go well with Rotis /Chapathis.

Swapna of Simple Vegetarian Recipes- Puli Bajji,which is a not only a side dish but also works well as an excellent dipping sauce.

Suparna of The Spice Rack Gosthu which she prepared using a fellow
blogger's guidelines, is an awesome combination for Pongal.

Sanyukta gour(bayes) of Creative Sanyukta- Sambhar to go with fluffy idlis

Mixed Vegetable Kurma from Nithubala of Nithu's Kitchen is not only ideal for Parotta but also compliments other tiffin varieties.

Niloufer of Kitchen Samraj sends this wonderful sambar specially for piping hot Idlis.


Jyoti V send this all purpose Tamarind chutney for the chaats, snacks, pakoda.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal of Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes - Zucchini Chutney , quick and easy dish which she learnt from a friend.

Kalva of Curry In Kadai- Kobbari Pachadi ,a delicious marriage of coconut,tamarind and spices.

Priya of Priya Easy N Tasty Recipes Spicy & Tangy Garlic Chutney made this with her mom's recipe.

Vara kothamalli thuvaiyal from my kitchen helps in times when you are feeling bloated and lack a healthy appetite.

Vegetable curries

Suja Sugathan made this Pavakka Mathura Curry a Sweet Bittergourd curry that is sure to win over anyone who hates this veggie.


Faiza Ali of Faiza Ali's Kitchen 's Bread chaat is sure to seduce your eyes and your tastebuds


Nivedita of Nivedita's Kitchen made these yummy Chigali-Tamarind lolly pops similar to the ones she ate as a kid during the summer holidays.

Apart from all these droolworthy recipes ,Sanyukta gour(bayes) of Creative Sanyukta shares with us the benefits of tamarind...

Tamarind is a very well known herb having many uses such as culinary, medicinal, ornamental uses and as an economic dye. Its botanical name is Tamarindus indica. Tamarind is included in daily diet as it has many health benefits that are sure to keep you healthy or improve you overall health.

Benefits of Health Tamarind -Here we discuss fifteen important benefits of tamarind:

* Tamarind has multiple benefits as cathartic, febrifuge, antiseptic and refrigent.
* Tamarind is used as an Ayurvedic medicine for gastric problem, digestion problems and cardio protective activity.
* Tamarind can be used as a mild laxative. The pulp which comes from the pods of the tamarind tree is a gentle laxative that improves general sluggishness of the bowels. One to two tablespoons of the pulp in evening can improve bowel movements.
* Tamarind is very useful to treat bilious disorders. Being acidic it excites the bile and other juices in the body.
* Tamarind leaves are used in herbal tea for reducing malaria fever.
* Tamarind lowers cholesterol level in the body and helps in promoting healthy heart.
* Sore throat is treated when gargled with dilute tamarind pulp.
* Decoction of tamarind leaves is useful in treating jaundice and ulcers.
* Dilute tamarind decoction can help in destroying the stomach worms in children.
* Tamarind protects from Vitamin C deficiency.
* Tamarind heals the inflammation of the skin to great extent.
* Tamarind seeds are used in preparations of eye drops that treat dry eye syndrome.
* Being a good source of antioxidants, tamarind helps fight against cancer.
* Juice extracted from tamarind flowers are used for treating piles
* Tamarind is used as blood purifier.

Other uses of Tamarind:

* Tamarind pulp is used for jams, syrups and sweets. In the West, tamarind contributes to the preparation of Worcestershire and barbecue sauces and other meat condiments.
* Tamarind juice is used as a cleaning agent of brass, copper and other metal.

Hope you all enjoyed this roundup.I have learnt quite a few new recipes and met some interesting budding bloggers as well.Now I am off to try some dishes and I hope you too will try them out and appreciate the goodness of this tangy spice..