Arusuvai Friendship Chain: Season 2; Round Up

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When I decided to renew the charm of the Arusuvai Friendship chain little did I know that it would become so popular. Within the first week itself we had several interested bloggers to the list and till date everyday I open my blog I see new entries. Right now we have 36bloggers from India and 4-5 interested bloggers from abroad, whom we plan to link in the chain at the last stage of Arusuvai.

Bharathy and Srivalli both warned me of the difficult job of co-ordinating the whole system of linking up one blogger to another. And truly it’s a huge task of contacting the interested bloggers, collecting all the information, co-ordinating the chain and keeping track at each and every step. But all thanks to our wonderful participants whose co- operation made it all so easy. Above all I always know that Bharathy and Srivalli are there to help me out with everything. They always encourage me and share experience at each and every step.

Right now the chain is in the fourth link of the chain and am glad that every participant is pleased to have taken part. Every day it brings smile to my face when I read their mails conveying the message as how much they like to meet and make friends for life through this chain. That’s the reward for my effort. Here is a glimpse of the chain so far…

The chain was put to start by Bharathy of ‘Spicy Chilly’ in October. She sent Pumpkin seeds to me (Sayantani). Check the Baked Masala Peanuts recipe that I cooked for my family.
Sayantani of ‘A Homemaker’s Diary’ sent mustard powder to Bharathy with which she made a traditional Kerala style Banana stem pickle called Vazhapindi Achar.

Divya Kudua of ‘Easy Cooking’ received Panchforon from Sayantani with which she cooked a Bengali style Potato and peas curry.

Gayathri of Gayathri's Cook spot received Mace or javitri from Divya and she baked a batch of Aromatic nutty Muffins.
Megha Goyal of Live to Eat received Star Anise from Divya and she prepared Sauteed Mushroom.
Shalini of Sanctified Spaces received yellow mustard seeds from Gayathri. She prepared a tongue tickling Crunchy Carrot and Chili Pickle.

Priya Hari of Priya's Kitchen received Black sesame seeds from Hema. She prepared a spicy Milagai Podi to spice up breakfast.

Nisa Homey of 'Cooking is Easy' received Palm jaggery fom Hema, with whcih she prepared a mouth watering delicacy called Kozhukattai.

Hema of 'Chef Hema' received dried green peppercorns from Sayantani and she whipped up two mouth watering dishes. Green Peppercorn Rice and Green peppercorn garlic kuzhambu

Veena Arvind of 'Kitchen Celebrations' received Kokum from Megha and she prepared a healthy and tasty Ayurveda inspired recipe from Sukham Ayu. A must check recipe of Gujarati Dal.

Kajal of 'Kajal Dreams' got a lovely Valentine themed package from Shalini. She got poppy seeds and made delicious Potato Curry and Poppy seeds Halwa.

Archana of 'The Yum Factor' received Active dry yeast from Veena and she baked wonderfully light Pesto and Sun dried Tomato bread. The braided bread surely is a winner.

Nivedita of Nivedita's Kitchen also received her mystery ingredient from Veena, and she was puzzled to guess  the agar agar she received. She prepared a very light but refreshing dessert, Agar agar pudding with praline topping.

Our very own Simran of Bombay foodie got Dried ginger roots from Shalini and she made a delicious batch of Gingersnaps. Total Yum.

Veena Krishnakumar of 'Veg Junction' received Barley from Gayathri and she prepared a very healthy Barley Uthappam.

Santosh of Santosh's Kitchen received black poppy seeds from Nivedita and what a innovative way she used it to prepare Cake rusk with black poppy seeds. A must check recipe.

Jayasree of Kailasa Kitchen received a packet of dried Apricot from Veena. She prepared a delicious bowl of rose hues Beetroot and Mewa Pulao.

Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen received an unusual ingredient called 'Gondh or Gum Arabica' from Veena, with which she prepared a Mediterranean flavoured  Rose, Pistachio & Cardamom Ice-cream With Gum Arabic

PJ of 'Seduce Your Tastebuds got a packet of Mangodi or Moong Dal
(yellow lentil) wadi from Archana and she prepared a lip smacking Rajasthani delicacy called 'Mangodi ki Khadi'.

Rachel of Tangerine's Kitchen got Ajwain or carom seeds from Nisa. This was one ingredient which she never cooked with, so she paired it with the humble potato and prepared Ajwain Potatoes.
Saee of 'My Jhola' was elated to get her mystery package from Rachel as she sent her couple of Organic Vanilla pods. Without wasting any time she baked a delicious batch of 'Cashew and Vanilla Bean Cookies'.
The very talented Sanjeeta of Lite Bite prepared a scrumptious stack of Healthy wheatgerm pancakes with the cornflour she received from Nivedita.

Rituparna of 'Chocolates and Dreams' received cornmeal from Jaysree and she prepared a delicious batch of Cornmeal Strawberry Muffins.

Rajani of 'Healthy Slurps' got a very less known ingredient called Rajgira atta or Amaranth Flour from Jaysree. She very creatively cooked an one dish meal called 'Raj Conito'. If you are curious to know what that is please head to her blog.

Our very talented Nithya of 4th sense cooking, received very rarely found  lavender from Simran and she very lovingly baked and decorated a lovely batch of Lavender Linzer Cookies.

Monika of Sin-A-Mon Tales baked Baked Ajwaini fish with carom seeds she recieved from Nisa.

Sharmi of Neivedyam was busy with her shifting still she managed to dish out a healthy bowl of Muesli with the Organic dry grapes Aparna sent her.
Richa Priyanka of Ambrosia received flaxseeds from PJ and she stuffed this power packed seeds in some sattu filled buns.

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  1. Woww beautiful dishes, truly a great roundup.

  2. Excellent roundup, lovely clicks there, need to take time' to go through slowly...will come back again:)

  3. Great look Medley of so many delicious recipes. Excellent round up.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Nice round up and awesome post.

  5. Tremendous effort and lovely job.Is there any chance that we in USA can participate,atleast with virtual ingredients.For example ,a mail with the pic of the ingredients.This is just a suggestion.If it is ok,then we will participate for sure.

  6. I enjoyed receiving and sending out the packages.Nice way to network with fellow bloggers.

  7. Thanks everyone.
    @Savitha, thats a nice idea. I would suggest you to work on this concept and come up with a new event idea. and if you do so count me in. very innovative idea and I love this.

  8. I too have received the ingredient from Veena. Shall post the recipe shortly and do mail me to whom I should be sending out the packages.

  9. Hello Sayantani,

    This is great job you done from all of us for Arusuvai Friendship chain.

    How is your health dear?

    Hope everything is fine.

    Have a great day dear...with lots of FUN!!!


  10. @Kajal, thanks dear. loved doing all these and its such a rewarding work to get to know all of you wonderful people.

    @will soon mail you Jayasree

  11. hey Sayantani, really a nice blog.Tumio one hoi bangalore theke.I need some information.Tumi panchphoron blore a kotha theke pabo?- RAJASREE FROM BLORE.

  12. Did Arusuvai is an Event?- 3 years back it made a huge round in US! Love the round up !

  13. @Rajashree, I bring my spices from Kolkata. but in Bangalore also you will get good Bengali spices at several places. try HAL market or Malleswaram markets. you will get all Bengali staple items. between why dont you make your own panchforon. mix mustard, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, nigella seeds and fenugreek seeds in equal quantities. you will get these spices in all super markets.

  14. hey! Sorry for the delay--my e-mail is Waiting to hop on!

  15. you guys are doing a wonderful job!!! impressive...

  16. Hi Sayantani
    hope you are fine and better after your short break. Have you seen the arusuvai link that i sent you? I have sent the ingrdients to jayashree and aprna. Thanks so much for coordinating

  17. Wonderful job Sayantani. Keep it up.

  18. Hi
    thanks for the update but i gues there is a little confusion,it is Veena Krishnakumar and not Veena Arvind.

  19. Love this round up Sayantani...stangely I didn't get any indication about any new posts in your blog. I was wondering where you were...

  20. Oops,thats not a littlebut was a big mistake on my part and am really sorry for that.I really apologise for this dear. Hope you will forgive this unintended mistake of mine.

  21. Thts a lovely round up, hope ur doing well:)

  22. Amazing connections through food!

  23. Sayantani, just sent a personal mail, please check it up. I am not sure if my mails are reaching you:-(

  24. looking at the lovely roundup I am a lil excited and a lil tensed:) After getting the ingredient I have to prepare something and then I will also have to give someone some ingredient right?

  25. That chain is totally awesome and you did a great job linking all these talented bloggers! The roundup is great!

  26. wow, love all the roundups and the whole concept. Now, Reshmi and I are planning to do something similar in USA as we over here missed Arusuvai. Getting big time inspiration :)

    Hey, a question here, in this case, no blogger receives ingredients twice from 2 bloggers, right?

  27. this is a very intersting event and delicious roundup,
    first time here and loved your space
    happy to follow you

  28. Hi Sayantani,
    I have mailed you and am adding a comment here too.
    I have posted a recipe with the secret ingredient sent to me by Jayasree.
    Please add it in your round up and let me know whom I should be sending an ingredient to.
    Thanks for keeping the co-ordination on.

  29. Thank you so much for prompt response. It is really tough to keep the work going when there is no regular internet connection. And yet you have shown your commitment, you are great!
    Also please do give me the contact info of the people to whom I would send the Arusuvai parcels.
    Thanks so much.

  30. Really very nice happy to see all ur recipes. Can u plz join me?

  31. Hi Sayantani, nice to se the Arusuvai chain catching on so well. Makes me feel proud to part of it this time.
    Just a reminder- is there any one who is interested in the chain and receiving an ingredient?I have not received info on whom I oculd send out a package to.Can you help?
    Thank you so much.

  32. great. i love your blooger. very nice roundup!

  33. Thanks for posting Sayantani!! I love this concept of Arusuvai!! I haven't found 2 new people yet :( but I am not losing hope..

  34. Dear Sayantani,
    Just found out a blog who had copied a hundreds of my blog posts entirely along with a lot of others too… Found this post of yours and a lot of other posts from your site too. Please check this site.


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