Sunday, 31 January 2010

Think Spice: Think Amchoor

Think Spice is an event which was conceived by Sunita of Sunita’s World. The event has been going strong for more than 2 years, having explored a number of wonderful spices, some of which I hadnt heard about, I must admit. Having travelled all over the blogosphere, Think Spice is making a halt at Taste Buds for the month of February.




Amchoor has been one of my favourite spices but off late I have noticed that the usage of this tangy spice has decreased in my kitchen. So with an aim to rediscover Amchoor I have chosen it as the star for this month’s Think Spice event, which will be hosted here on Taste Buds.

The name of this spice comes from Aam (Mango in Hindi) and choor meaning powder. Amchoor is a fruity spice with a tart flavour, made from dried unripe mangoes. To make amchoor, early-season mangoes are harvested while still green and unripe. The green mangoes are then peeled, thinly sliced, and sun-dried. The dried slices, which are light brown and resemble strips of woody bark, can be purchased whole and ground by the individual at home, but the majority of the slices processed in this way are ground into fine powder and sold as ready-made amchoor. (source: wisegeek)


Amchoor is a predominant flavoring agent in north Indian cookery, used in a wide range of dishes including Sabzi/Bhaji (Vegetable preparations), soups, snacks etc. to provide a slightly sour flavour.

Here are the guidelines for the event.

  1. Post a recipe with Amchoor as the star ingredient (only vegetarian recipes please, though eggs are allowed), it can be in either the dried strip form or in the powder form. You can also include any other dried mango variety (Aam papad comes to mind). It will be great if you can share any other information related to Amchoor.
  2. Include a link to this post and also to Sunita’s Think Spice post.
  3. Email me your entry at bhagya03[at]gmail[dot]com with “Think Spice:Think Amchoor” as the subject line. Include the following in the email
    • Your name
    • Name of the dish
    • permalink of your post
    • picture of the dish, 250 pixels wide
  4. Old posts are welcome if updated or reposted with the above mentioned links.
  5. The deadline for sending in your entries is 1st March 2010.
  6. If you are a non blogger and wish to participate, simply email me your entry with a picture, at the above mentioned email address.
  7. The logo is yours to be used!

The round up will posted in the first week of March.

So there you are then. Get cooking with Amchoor and get creative as you do so!

PS: You still have one more day to send in your entries for Think Spice: Think Vanilla for the month of January, hosted at Snacksgiving.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting, Bhagyashri. Looking forward to all the lovely entries.

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  2. Lovely choice Bhagyashri..:) Amchoor is used in almost every dish I make..will definitely send an entry for you.

    Happy Hosting.

    Siri

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  3. ..also I am adding this to my event's blog.:)

    Siri

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  4. Good one shall post some entries...

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  7. Nice theme Bhagyashri,

    count me in....

    Do checkout my 1st event..
    http://panchpakwan.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-first-event-annoucement-pasta-party.html

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  8. Sunita: My pleasure!

    Siri: Thanks a lot! Looking forward to your entry.

    Ramya: Thanks, will wait for your entries!

    Parita: Thanks!

    Jagruti: Waiting for your entries :)

    Jyoti: Thanks, on my way to check your event!

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  9. Hi
    I came to know about your blog from Nithu and she suggested me to send my yesterday post to your event but i am late for a day.Any way i have sent mine hope you will accept it.
    Very nice blog and this thought.

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