26 October, 2009

MLLA-15th Helping Round-up & The Winner is...

Nobody there is that doesn't love a bean.
If not the royal Navy bean, then the wax bean,
the soybean, the green bean, the black bean—the
pot is large, it contains multitudes—white bean,
pink bean, small red bean, the lowly pinto, the
lovely lentil—let the lamp affix its bean—or
the walnut-shaped garbanzo, large lima bean, baby lima,
(A reunion of the Bean families is here assembled),
the cranberry bean, white kidney bean, northern bean,
or their ed cousins: green split pea, yellow
split pea, and ol' blackeye. A lineup
of likely legumes. Gather ye bean-pods
while ye may. Go and catch a falling bean
and if you catch one, let me know.
A man and a woman are one. A man and a woman
and a bean are one, or two, or three.

The beans I mean, no one has seen them made
or heard them made, but at supper-time
we find them there. Come live with me,
and eat some beans and we will love
within our means. One could do worse
than be an eater of beans.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's bean?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Had we but world enough, and time,
this coyness, Lady, were no crime.
But, at my back, I always hear
a pot of beans bubbling near.

Mark but this bean, and mark in this,
how little that which thou deny'st me is.
An aged bean is but a paltry thing.
I must lie down where all ladders start,
in the foul rag-and-bean shop of the heart.
O my love is like a red, red bean,
that's newly picked in June:
O my love is like a pinto bean,
that's truly cooked at noon.

So much depends upon a red kidney
bean. You might ask, Do I dare
to eat a bean? Dry beans can harm no one.
They remind us of home sweet home,
home on the range,
home where the heart is.
Without expecting anything in return,
they give us protein, zip, and gas.
Add what you will—onion, tomatoes, red
pepper, chili powder, juice of lemon,
salt & pepper to taste. Add ham
hocks, bring to a boil, simmer slowly.
Call your friends, serve with
panache, ers, and green salad.

How do I cook them? Let me count the ways—
boiling, steaming, frying, baking.
And if these verses may thee move,
Sweet Lady, come live with me
and be my love. And if this fare
you disapprove, come live with me
and please be my cook.

(Source: Bean Soup, Or A Legume Miscellany by Philip Paradis)

Yes, legumes remind us of home sweet home… a bowl of comfort food which takes us down the memory lane! And 65 plus blogger friends with more than 70 recipes have shared their Legume Love Affair. Thank you one and all for participating in MLLA, 15th Helping and a big thank you to dear Susan for giving me this wonderful opportunity to host one of my very favourite food blog event and giving me ample time to post this round-up. Friends, please accept my sincere apologies for delay in putting up this round-up. Without much delay, presenting you all the grand round-up of My Legume Love Affair, 15th Helping. Don't forget to scroll down to see the winner of this edition.

Salads & Soups

Preeti Kashyap from Relishing Recipes: Black Eyes Peas Salad on a Crispy Spinach Spoon
SE from Denufood: Chane/Harbare/Chole Koshimbir(Chikpea Salad)
Sailaja from Sailaja’s Kitchen: Lettuce & Moong Dal Poriyal
Nisha Mudliar from Nisha’s Kitchen: Kalachanna & Aloo Salad
Graziana from Erbe in Cucina: White Bean Soup
Soma from eCurry: Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup
Allison from Spice and More: Fenugreek Srouts
Astra Libris from Food for Laughter: Warm Black-Eyed Pea and Feta Salad
Lisa from Lisa's Kitchen: Mung Bean and Vegetable Soup
Supriya from Queen of My Kitchen: Beans Salad

Spice Powder & Chutney:

Lata Raja from Flavours and Tastes: Gujarathi Milgai Podi

Appetizers, Tiffins & Snacks

Kalva from Curry in Kadai: Pappu Upma (Moong Dal Upma)
Supriya from Celebrating Little Things In Life: Handvo
Priya Suresh from Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes: Horsegram Masala Vadai
Shaista Tabrez from Mixcalculations: Fried Black Chickpeas
Srivalli from Cooking 4 all Seasons: Kadambam Dosa (Mixed Lentil Crape)
Mints from Vadani Kaval Gheta: Ragada Patties
Faiza from Faiza Ali's Kitchen: Falafel
Lata Raja from Flavours and Tastes: Muthusarai/Magizhampoo Thaenkuzhal
EC from Simple Indian Food: Rajma Cutlet
PJ from Seduce Your Tastebuds: Peanut Sundal
Gethan from My Tasty Recipes: Green Gram & Oats Dosa
Smitha from Kannada Cuisine: Nucchina Unde
My Experiments & Food: Moong Dal Cheela
Smitha from Kannada Cuisine: Kadalekai Usli
Deepika from My Life and Spice: Zhatpat Chatpat Matar Chaat
Sarah Jayne from Weekend Carnivore: Baked Bean and Veggie Burger
Radhika Vasanth from Food for 7 Stages of Life: Mangodae (Mung Bean Fritters)
Kanchan from Kitchen Gossip: Mung/Moong Pakode (Mung Dal Fritters)
Esaiselvi from My Kitchen: Sprouted Moong Sundal
Shoba Shrinivasan from Anubhavati - Tastes from my Kitchen: Sweet Green Gram Dhal Sundal
Indu Subramanian from Kaipakkuvam- Indu Subramanian's Blog: Sundal Varieties
Saritha from My Kitchen's Aroma: Black Eyed Beans Masala Vada
Susan from The Well Seasoned Cook: Spicy Vegetable Fritters

Side Dish

Pari Vasisht from Foodelicious: Chana Masala
Mrs. RV Singh from Melting Pot: Chana Masala
Lata Raja from Flavours and Tastes: Varuththu Araitha
Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe: Smoky Baked Beans
Kamala Bhoopathy from Cook @ Ease: Moong Dal Tadka
Purva Desai from Purva’s Daawat: Chowli (Black Eyed Beans) Curry
Priya Suresh from Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes: Amarnath Leaves Kootu
Sandhya Hariharan from Sandhya’s Kitchen: Chole puri with Cucumber-Onion Raitha
Jaya Wagle from Jaya Space: Green Beans & Moong Dal Sabzi
Rupali from Chakh...Le...Re!: Mixed Beans Curry
Suma Gandlur from Veggie Platter: Mamidikaya Pappu / Mango Dal
PJ from Seduce Your Tastebuds: Pachai Payaru Kadaiyal (Green Gram Gravy)
Pari Vasisht from Foodelicious: Paneer, Peas & Potato Curry
Shalini Venkatesh from Sizzling Spices: Mixed Dal
Pavitra from Dishes from My kitchen: Unta Majiga Pulusu(Lentill Balls in Yoghurt Sauce) & Chaaru
Renu from Renu’s Kitchen: Lobia Curry
Siddhi Sheth from Cooking Vegetarian: Mesir Wat
Shri from Tasty Touch: Channa Masala
Priti Nilesh from Khaugiri: Shepu Dal
Sweatha from Tasty Curry Leaf: Tofu Bhurji
Jisha from Kerala Recipes: Snow Peas Thoran
Satya from Satya's Cooking Experiments: Cluster Beans Curry
Nalini Mehta from Route to India: Dal Dhokli
Sheetal from Life is Beautiful: Chi-Stew
Ramki from One Page Cookbooks: Tamil Paruppu
Shwetha Thammaiah from Cookie Shutter: Urad Sabat
Rachana Shakyawar from Humming Today: Indian Broad Beans with Baby Potato Curry
Melanie Crasta from Thondore: Moong Curry
Anu Ramesh from Anuz Cookbook: Kabuli Chana Masala
Sia from Monsoon Spice: Badanekayi-Erulli Huli

Main Dish

Sheba from Art, Food and Travel Chronicles: Lentil Shepherds Pie
Gethan from My Tasty Recipes: Red Chilli, Green Gram Rice
Vaishal from Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes: Trinidadian Rotis Stuffed with Split Peas
Sushma from Savi-Ruchi: Black Eyed Peas 'N' Pasta
Preeti Kashyap from Relishing Recipes: Dhuli Moong Dal Paratha

And the winner of MLLA, 15th Helping is..... ~Drums roll~


Congratulations Soma :) Please mail me your contact details at sia[at]monsoonspice[dot]com ASAP.


  1. amusing poem, lovely food - thanks for an interesting helping of legume!

  2. HI Sia...great poem, phenomenal round up and congratulations to the winner..

  3. Wonderful roundup Sia!!!! Congratulations Soma!!!!

  4. great round-up sia and congrats to soma. Think I sent you 2 entries, I can't find my moong dal paratha :) or is it that only one entry per person will be displayed?

  5. Lovely roundup Sia and congrats to the winner.


  6. Yaayaa! I am doing to the joy dance now. This is my first draw lucky draw win in my entire life! The bean finally got me luck or may be you did it. Thanks Sia;-)

    Wonderful round up! This is one round which I always look forward to.
    Soma (www.ecurry.com)

  7. What a lovely roundup Sia. And congrats to Soma.

  8. @All, thank you :)

    @Preeti, oopa. I have made the correction! I missed it because you send didn't send it as a separate mail. sorry abt that.

    @Soma, congrats sweetie:) It was my hubby who picked the lucky winner :)

  9. Hey Sia, Loved your poem! Great round up and quite a few recipes to explore.

    Soma- congrats, and your soup sure looks yummm!

  10. Great round up sia..congrats soma..

  11. what a lovely round up sia, my ayurvedic doctor says we need to use lot of legume during winter.., this whole round-up with new recipes is a great event.., congratualtions soma..

  12. oops! sorry Sia. Thanks for adding it

  13. That poem's a hoot! Thank you, Sia, for your great work on this round-up. I know you had a lot on your plate last month - and that's not counting the legumes! Hope you are finally settling in nicely. : )

  14. great poem, phenomenal round up and congratulations to the winner..


  15. Congratulations for ur blog being nominated in indibloggies ......

    Wonderful roudup!!!!!!!!!

    With Luv,

  16. I have a request. Could you perhaps post an entry about how you play around with your photographs. they are stunning and the editing along with the font you use on the photos. please teach me how!

  17. Great poem and an excellent round up!

  18. Hi Sia, Hope all is well with you. Did not see you around for long!

  19. Wow Sia, like the poem, like the new masthead, who could ever think of Tajmahal covering the screen of a food blog! It made me smile wide. Also saw the curry leaf podi...it is an amazing recipe we discovered.
    How have you been? Keep in touch,

  20. Hi sia, haven't seen any new post, I wasn't blogging from past 2 months, I came back here to wish you and your family a very happy new year, hope you are doing well, see you again with lot more recipes, and lovely write-ups

  21. Hi Sia,

    Hope you doing okay. Haven't seen you around.


  22. Hey Sia!
    Happy New Year!
    Where are u and how are u??? You've suddenly disappeared.... Is everything ok?

  23. Sia, How have you been? Long time no hear. Love to see the new house of yours which is keeping you this busy :)

  24. Sia,

    Where are youuuuuuu????????????

  25. Just poping in to say hiiiiiii

    You have a wonderful round up posted here, hope you are doing good :) .

  26. Hey how are you doing there. You are not drowned in the snow there. Not seen you for a while.
    Hope you are fine there.

  27. Hi Sups, I came back blogging in January, didn't see your post pop up since then. Hope everything is okay, you are just taking a break! :))


  28. Hi Sia,
    where have you been.. no updates these days.. is everything fine.. i am regular reader of your blog.. been checking for long time and no new posts.. do let us know if everything is fine..

  29. Hi,

    You have a very good web site with excellent recipes.

    I would like to prepare Ganji Rasam (http://www.monsoonspice.com/2006/10/ganji-saarurasam.html)

    given by you in your blog for my daughter who is recovering from Throat infection, cough, cold and doesn't feel like eating anything.

    I always cook rice in Pressure Cooker / Rice Cooker. So I don't know how to prepare ganji.

    I request you to kindly let me know how to prepare ganji to make Ganji Rasam. (I use Sonamasoori Rice in daily cooking )

    Thanking You

  30. Hey sia, where are you? haven't seen you for a while, I am always on and off my blogging, I just dropped in to say what's cooking in your kitchen!! hope you are doing well.. see you soon, take care,


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