Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BSI - Event - Contestant entries – Winner Announced!!!

OK! First of all a big fat thank you to all of you who submitted entries for this event. I had all together 22 entries for this week’s event, making it a great success!

To be perfectly honest with you choosing a winner from these wonderful recipes that I received was a very difficult job. As I went through each one of the recipes, it was very easy to get distracted by your amazing photos. Every time I saw a new recipe, I was thinking if only I can have some of it…so many adorable looking yummy dishes..ummm mouth-watering! It’s difficult not to drool, but more than that was choosing the winning dish. The recipes which gave me the most hard time to control my urge of eating them somehow, were the following, Kesar Pista Rasmalai, Apple Pista Milkshake by Creative Sanyukta, Jumbo Pistachio CookiesPista Shahi Rabri by Super Yummy Recipes, Falooda Kulfi by IndianSimmer, Delicate Darling – Pistachios gujiya/puri by A Pinch of Love, Pistachio Halwa by Joy of Cooking, Pistachio Lime Cookies by Isabel Lake, Pistachio & Cardamom Cake (Eggless) by Queen of my kitchen, Garam Masala Tofu Scramble by Recipe Rhapsody and Pistachio Gelato by Biggest Diabetic Loser.

I wish I had more prizes to give out, in that case I could have done justice to all the brilliant entries but there is only one winning place to secure. Finally after quite a lot of deliberation I decided the winner of this week’s event is  Pistachio & Cardamom Cake (Eggless) by Queen of my kitchen. A big congratulation to Supriya. Now can I have a piece of your cake please?

OK! Time to announce the next week’s host for the BSI- Event. I am really glad and happy to announce that Sanyukta from Creative Sanyukta will be the next host of this event. Please visit her blog to see the next week’s BSI and participate. Thanks Sanyukta for hosting this event on your blog.

Below is the list of all the entries I received for the 92nd week of BSI- EVENT :

1. Pistachio-Bottlegourd Pudding/Lauki Pista Kheer - By Creative Sanyukta

2. Luxury Fruit Bread – By Chacko’s Kitchen

3. Chilled Carrot Soup with Pistachios – By Quips, Travels and Braised Oxtails

4. Falooda Kulfi – By IndianSimmer

5. Jumbo Pistachio Cookies – By Super Yummy Recipes

6. Pistachio & Cardamom Cake (Eggless) – By Queen of my kitchen

7. Delicate Darling – Pistachios gujiya/puri – By A Pinch of Love

8. Basundi Recipe – By What’s cooking today?

9. Mango Shrikhand – By The taste space – steam, bake, boil, shake!

10. Garam Masala Tofu Scramble – By Recipe Rhapsody

11. Shrikhand –By Creative Sanyukta

12. Kesar-Pista Basundi –By Creative Sanyukta

13. Heavenly Cracked Wheat Kheer – By Creative Sanyukta

14. Tri colour peda – By Joy of Cooking

15. Shrikhand – By Joy of Cooking

16. Pistachio Halwa – By Joy of Cooking

17. Pistachio Lime Cookies – By Isabel Lake

3 cups sugar
1/2 cup lime zest, about 6 to 8 limes
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes, chilled
6 ounces shelled pistachios
5 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon natural almond extract
3/4 cup fresh lime juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor work bowl, add sugar and lime zest. Process until sugar and zest are well mixed, about 20 seconds. Scrape into a large mixing bowl. Reserve about 1/2 cup of lime sugar in a separate bowl for later use.

Add flour, baking powder and salt into food processor and pulse briefly to mix. Add cold butter into food processor with flour mixture and 3 ounces of the pistachios. Process with short pulses until mixture resembles cornmeal and no large lumps of butter remain, about 10 seconds. Add remaining pistachios and mix briefly, about 5 seconds. Pour this mixture into the sugar and lime mixture in the large mixing bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix egg yolks, vanilla extract, almond extract, and lime juice together.

Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, pour in the lime/sugar and flour/butter mixture and stir until combined, about 15 seconds. Then, while the mixer is still running, slowly add egg/lime juice mixture and mix until well combined and dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 15 to 30 seconds.

Scrape the dough into a large bowl and refrigerate until cold, but not solid, about 30 minutes. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Take the dough balls and roll the tops into the reserved lime sugar. Use the bottom of a water glass to press the cookies flat, about 1/4-inch thick. Bake the cookies until slightly browned, about 15 minutes. Remove the parchment paper with the cookies from the tray to a cooling rack and cool.

18. Kesar Pista Rasmalai – By Creative Sanyukta

19. Apple Pista Milkshake – By Creative Sanyukta

20. Almond-Pistachio Vermicelli  Milk Pudding – By Creative Sanyukta

21. Pista Shahi Rabri –By Super Yummy Recipes

22. Pistachio Gelato –By Biggest Diabetic Loser


  1. Hey Thr,
    This event looks intresting! I would love to participate. Where can I post my entry?

  2. Hi sweetie! Apparently there is some misunderstanding about the contest as this week's host is Cheryl of Southern Cookbook (you can see the hosts here: http://biz319.wordpress.com/bsi-rules/ ) Please contact Biz to work this out.

  3. Sorry about the confusion regarding this weeks BSI! I think from Hema it kind of went a different direction.

    Check on my post today, but my thought was to let Southern Cookbook continue this week with butter, and then you can continue to host your pistaccio (sp?!) another week and I'll add you to my BSI page - hopefully that will be okay with you! :D


  4. Hi Biz,

    Yes, this sounds fine to me. I will edit my both posts related to BSI event and then this will be the 92nd week of BSI event. I will extend the date of submission as well.


  5. hey Sanchita
    just found out about your event from Sanyukta;s..am I late for the entry or what? please let me know, so I can send you...

  6. Hey Jagruti,

    No you still have time :) its open till 29th August 10pm GMT.

  7. Sanchita, nice event. I will see if I can post something in time. How does the host selected for this event? Please do let me know.

  8. Hi Priya,

    Thanks :) I will look forward to your entry :) There is no rule to choose the next host, it's the current hosts responsibility to choose the next host and reveal his/her name with the results of the competition.

  9. Have you already chosen. If not, let me know and I can try to be the host. Is it monday - friday thing or monday to sunday?

  10. @ Priya, I am afraid I have already chosen the next week's host, and I will be announcing that on Sunday. What you can do is contact the next host (once I announce the name) and then you both can decide :). Does that sound ok to you?

  11. one more entry dear

  12. Thanks Sanyukta, your entry is listed in this post now.

  13. Sorry that I waited until the last minute! I made pistachio gelato:


    Thanks again for hosting!!

  14. I liked your blog very much. Event sounds very interesting. Is it possible for me to take part?
    You are welcome in my blogs.

  15. Hey Babli,

    Thanks :). This week's event is hosted by http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/ you can take part in the event there. Good luck!