Monday 2 January 2012

Much as I love the holidays, all that sweet stuff and baking and endless parades of chocolate, cookies and cream gets to me after a while. So what better way to (not) detox, than by cooking up a spicy Indian storm?

I am privileged this month to be hosting Lyndsey's Sweet Heat Chilli Challenge. For those of you who have no clue what I am talking about, the lovely Lyndsey blogs over at Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops and is a chilli-ophile :-) Every month a new theme is announced for the challenge, and the only requirement is that your recipe entry needs to have chilis/ chillis/ chilli peppers or peppers in it. Any kind of chili is accepted, mild or hot.

That said, this month's theme makes it really simple to have chilli in your recipe, as its that perennial spicy favourite, (East) Indian food. Indian food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world with reason. It can be hot and spicy, or with just a hint of heat and a myriad of spices. Hot, spicy and comforting, what more do we wish for? Any way you look at it, you cannot go wrong with it, especially after a month-long orgy of sweets, chocolates and decadent desserts.

So pull out those spices and grab those chillies and let's all be honorary (or real) Indians for this month :-)

The Rules:

More about how to enter. There aren't that many hard and fast rules, and most are really simple.
  • There are three ways to enter this challenge -
  • The easiest way is to use the Linky List at the bottom of the blog post. Just click on the 'Click Here to Enter' line and follow the simple instructions.
  • Leave a comment with a link to your entry in the comments section. Please note that I approve comments first, so it may take a while for your comment to appear.
  • Tweet your recipe using the hashtag #sweetheat and I will retweet any that I see. You can also tag me or Lyndsey in your tweet (@michpetersjones or @LyndseyFleenor)
  • You can create your own recipe or make your favourite recipe but please credit the original source if using someone else's and you must write your own directions for the recipe.
  • You can enter as many times as you like. The more the spicier.
  • The round up will be on the 30th of January and you have until the 29th to enter. Entries will close at midnight on the 29th January (Canadian Mountain Time)

So, what are you all waiting for? LET'S ROCK INDIAN!!!

1. Brown Rice Moong Dal Khichadi
2. Green Peas Curry
3. Kerala Style Kumquat Pickle
4. Chicken 65
5. Palak Paneer
6. Baakar Bhaji/Pumpkin Subji
7. Paneer Jalfrezi
8. Spicy Steamed rice cakes
9. Mirchi ka salan/curried chiles
10. Chicken Biryani and Raita
11. Aloo Tikki Chaat
12. Tandoori Chicken
13. BBQ chicken biriyani
14. Sweet and Spicy Fruit Kebabs
15. Pani Puri/ Gol Gappa
16. Chicken Lollipops
17. Aamvada
18. Tru daali Daal
19. CilantroCorn Upma
20. AlooBath
21. Dry Chilli Chicken
22. Daal wada
23. Daal Paatra
24. Plantain (Raw Banana) Curry
25. Red Sorrel Leaves Chutney
26. Hari Daal ke Kebab
27. Fiery Lamb & Spinach Curry
28. Spiced Green Beans
29. Laal Maans
30. Molagai Podi
31. Baingan Bharta-Eggplant Curry
32. Paneer Steak with Roasted Pepp
33. Nasi Lemak with Prawn Sambal


  1. Yum! Can't wait to make some spicy Indian food! Great choice : )

  2. Sounds like fun, and a challenge! I've never entered a cooking contest in my life. 2012 might be the year to change that!

  3. Ooooh I love Indian food - and I'm already marinating the chicken for a curry tonight so this is perfect.

  4. Great! My neighbour just gave me a jar of dried chillies he grew last summer, they come with a health warning!

  5. love it!... i'm definitely on board this month!

  6. Sounds good to me - I'm in!
    Mary x

  7. Really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with, I can't wait :-)

  8. Couldn't ask for a better challenge to kick off the new year! I'm in! Just linked a post from my blog to this page! Thanks for hosting this!

  9. You have an award waiting on my space calling your name. Please tend to it. It requires your TLC ASAP.
    Love Ash.

  10. Thanks for hosting with this fab theme !I linked my entry to the page!

  11. What a theme!!
    Entry submitted dearie. :)

  12. My entry at 17 - Aamvada and 20 - Aloobath.

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  13. Linked my entry at No.21...

  14. Lined my entry at 30 & tweeted too... Molagai Podi!

  15. hey Michelle..just linked my entry...but the linky refuses to accept the title fully...tried three times..but it gets stuck..its Peppers!!..n not pepp..could u plz edit it?thanks.

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