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Fortune Cooking Contest Roundup (32 Recipes Entered)

Fortune cooking – It’s been a month since we started the contest and days have been running so fast and it has come to an end now. We are so thrilled to see your encouragement and participation with wonderful entries. As this is the first contest we have hosted, we are quiet elated with your entries and look forward to announcing the results. We have received 32 recipes in total.

We personally thank each and every friend who have submitted their recipe for this contest and encouraged us to continue conducting more and more interesting contests in our website. It’s a pleasure rounding up all your recipes here with the beautiful pictures and the links to your posts.

The winners of the contest will be announced on June 5, 2008. Winners will be chosen by a lucky draw at

First prize will be a beautiful jewel set worth $25 sponsored by Lakshaya.comFashion in a click

Second prize will be a $20 worth Amazon Gift Certificate sponsored by

Winners will be notified by email and they have 48 hours to claim the prize. Otherwise, another winner will be chosen. We hope you all had fun and keeping your fingers crossed to be a winner.

Withour further adieu, here we go for the round-up of recipes…

  1. Dk of Culinary Bazaar submitted her Aloo Mutter – (Potatoes and Peas Curry) Recipe.

    She chose the zodiac sign Pisces and she shared some of her thoughts about pisces and here is her opinion about piscean:

    I am a true blue piscean and from what I know, I believe that Pisceans have at least one characteristic from each of the other Zodiac signs. So its always easy for us to move with people since we have at least one similarity with the other person.

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  2. Meeso of meesosweetandspicy submitted her Baingan gobhi Bhartha Recipe.She chose cancer and taurus and she did the combo of vegetables listed for these signs. And she shared some of her knowings about cancer (woman) and taurus (man) :This match can definitely lead to “the real thing” with a little loving care. He loves your imagination, which encourages him to be more creative in romancing you. You will satisfy each other deep emotional needs. He wants a private and protected love bubble to cuddle in, and that’s just what you are looking for. He is very sure of himself and where he going, and that makes you feel all warm and safe. You will have a few problems when he tries to control things, but if you can get past them you could truly find love here. ( Source: Jellybean’s Astro-Soulmate Guide )

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  3. Kelly H submitted crab Pasta salad and here is the recipe for that
    Recipe Ingredients:

    • 12 oz uncooked tri-color spiral pasta
    • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
    • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
    • 2 tomatoes chopped
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
    • 8 oz imitation crab meat
    • 2 cups balsamic vinaigrette

    Cooking Directions:

    1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse.
    2. In a large bowl combine the broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, chives, crabmeat and pasta. Pour entire bottle of oil and vinegar salad dressing over all and toss to coat.
  4. Mythereye of Paajaka sent her Mexican Salsa recipe to fortune cooking. she chose aries which is her zodiac sign .

    Mexican salsa

    A few characteristics of aries are:
    Adventurous and energetic
    Pioneering and courageous
    Enthusiastic and confident
    Dynamic and quick-witted
    On the dark side…
    Selfish and quick-tempered
    Impulsive and impatient
    Foolhardy and daredevil

  5. Bhags of Crazy Curry submitted her Toamto soup recipe. And she picked up the aries sign

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    And few things about aries:

    Adventurous and energetic
    Pioneering and courageous
    Enthusiastic and confident
    Dynamic and quick-witted
    On the dark side…
    Impulsive and impatient(link)

  6. Priya of 365days Veg submitted her stuffed shimla mirch recipe.

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    And she chose the zodiac sign leo (Bell pepper) and her thoughts about leo:
    I chose Leo as zodiac sign which corresponds to Bell Pepper. My good old childhood friend is Leo and she is true the sign, very honest & straight forward. A perfect combination of character that she makes true friends for life.

  7. Swati Raman of Chatkar submitted her Dum ka murgh Zafrani recipe.
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    And I want to say something about swati here. I really like her casual style of writing and I would say she is one the active foodie bloggers. She chose Aries sign .

  9. Home cooked of Homecooked submitted her Spicy Chicken Meatballs Recipe.

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    She chose Scorpio sign and the reason whys she chose this sign is so romantic and we are impressed and here is her words:
    Scorpio(my hubbys sign) as I love both fish and chicken. Since this month has all been about me, I thought I would honour the man I married . He has been my rock and my support and I cant imagine a life without him.So heres to you honey….thanks for making my life so special. Homecooked dedicated this recipe to her husband. 😀

  10. Sujatha of SpicyKhazana submitted her carrot chutney recipe for Fortune cooking. The sign she chose her daughters zodiac sign capricorn.

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    A few characters about capricorn are:
    Imaginative and sensitive
    Compassionate and kind
    Selfless and unworldly
    Intuitive and sympathetic(link)

  11. Srivalli of cooking4allseasons submitted her Mutton pepper fry Recipe. She chose the zodiac sign for her dad and which is leo. She is a very good blogger and her collection of recipes are really good. I’ve tried few recipes from her site and it came out really good. I am a great fan of her lunch box Series.


  12. Aartee Of Nalabhagam send her Spicy Chilli Recipe. She chose aries sign. She is a very good friend of ours and a great cook. Nithu has tasted her food alot and she always love her style of cooking.
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  14. Asha of Aromahope send her Gobi Aloo Tamatar Masala recipe To fortune cooking. She chose cancer sign with cauliflower.

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    She chose this sign for her lovely pet Bichon Frisé , A.J.!! A few characteristics of cancer are:
    Emotional and loving
    Intuitive and imaginative
    Shrewd and cautious
    Protective and sympathetic
    On the dark side….
    Changeable and moody
    Overemotional and touchy
    Clinging and unable to let go(link)

  15. Sagari of Indianhomefood send her curried coconut chicken to fortune cooking.

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  16. Cham of Spice-Club send her White lamb kurma with ghee rice. She chose leo sign which is her dad, hubby, brothers and neice’s sign.


    A few characteristics about leo:

    Generous and warmhearted
    Creative and enthusiastic
    Broad-minded and expansive
    Faithful and loving
    On the dark side….
    Pompous and patronizing
    Bossy and interfering
    Dogmatic and intolerant

  17. Sangeeth of letusallcook submitted her salatat Bathinjan recipe to fortune cooking .


  18. Srimathi of fewminuteswonder sent her potato cups recipe for fortune cooking contest. She chose aquarius sign.


    This is a unique recipe and she described it very neatly. The step by step instructions are nicely explained.

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  20. Rupali jain of northkirasoise send her kathi roll recipe to the contest. She chose Aquarius sign which is her close friend’s sign and she is dedicating this recipe to her.

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    A few characteristics of aquarians:

    Friendly and humanitarian
    Honest and loyal
    Original and inventive
    Independent and intellectual
    On the dark side….
    Intractable and contrary
    Perverse and unpredictable
    Unemotional and detached

  21. Meera of enjoyindianfood submitted her Chicken65 recipe to fortune cooking. She picked up the gemini which is her husband’s sign.

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    A few characteristics of Gemini :
    Adaptable and versatile
    Communicative and witty
    Intellectual and eloquent
    Youthful and lively
    On the dark side….
    Nervous and tense
    Superficial and inconsistent
    Cunning and inquisitive

  22. Sireesha of Mom’s Recipe submitted her carrot halwa for fortune cooking. She chose the Zodiac Sign : CAPRICORN which corresponded to carrots.

    carrot halwa

    She selected this as it is her husband’s zodiac sign. And she shared some of her thoughts about capricorn here:
    Capricorn men are cautious to begin with. But, once you show that you are sincere. They are very wonderful trust worthy people. The work with you not only toward their goal but your goal as well. They communicate well. The look at long term..not short. And can be very good partners.

  23. Madhuram of submitted her Upma Stuffed in Green Bell Pepper recipe.She submitted this very good looking recipe for our contest and the pictures are just mouth watering.
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  25. Siri of Siri’s Corner submitted her Tali Hui Bhindi Recipe.
    Siri is a Scorpio and she chose Okra and has whipped up this amazing recipe.

    A Few Characteristics of Scorpio are :
    Determined and forceful
    Emotional and intuitive
    Powerful and passionate
    Exciting and magnetic
    On the dark side….
    Jealous and resentful
    Compulsive and obsessive
    Secretive and obstinate (link)

  26. Lothi of submitted her Pepper Chicken Recipe by email. Lothi is a close friend of mine and she has an excellent blog on natural remedies that can be done right at home. I like not to have to use chemicals for everything and her blog is becoming a great resource! Here’s what she had to say:
    I have selected the Aries zodiac sign. I have many arian friends and my best friends are also of same zodiac sign. To say something about them is that they are very independent, very bold and a bit short tempered. I like their independent and boldness nature.
    Pepper Chicken Recipe by Lothi



    • Chicken [Boneless] : 250 gm
    • Egg white : 1
    • Onion: 1 (medium)
    • Black Pepper powder : 2 tbsp
    • Red chilli powder : 1 tbsp
    • Turmeric : a pinch
    • Tomato : 1/2 tomato
    • Garlic &Ginger : 1tbsp (finely chopped)
    • Ginger garlic paste: 1 tbsp
    • Curry leaf : 6 to 8
    • Coriander leaves : few
    • Green chilli’s: 5 0r 6
    • Lemon: few drops
    • Salt : required to taste


    1. Marinate the chicken with black pepper, ginger garlic paste, egg and salt for 3 hrs.
    2. Once the chicken is marinated deep fry the chicken. Keep the deep fry chicken aside separately and the chicken should be very tender.
    3. Take another pan and heat the oil and sautee the onion until it turns to golden brown. Add the curry leaf, finely chopped ginger and garlic pieces. Stir for a while until the onion turns to golden brown.
    4. Now add the chicken stir well so that it gets mixed with the onion. Stir for 5 minutes.
    5. Then add a pinch of turmeric, black pepper powder, red chilli powder. Mix well with the chicken. Add the green chilli and allow the chicken to cook for a while.
    6. Add some very finely chopped coriander leaf and chopped tomato’s . Mix well and allow it to cook with a covered lid for 10 minutes.
    7. Again add some curry leaf and mix well with the chicken and squeeze some lemon juice. Cook for 3 minutes and then ready to serve.
  27. Arundhathi of My Food Blog has submitted her Spinach with Corn Recipe.
    This is an excellent recipe choice and reminds so much of Spring. Simple yet very healthy ingredient of all – Greens.
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  29. Shri of Ecouter has submitted her Tomato Kurma Recipe.


    Shri has been cooking for 10 months after getting married and this is her entry to our contest. And she is good friend of ours and nithu tasted her food. Shri is a very good cook

  30. Nidhi of Charchechaukeke has submitted Hot and Sour Soup for Fortune Cooking.

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    She has chosen Cancer which is her mom’s sign. Here is a few words about cancer,
    Emotional and loving
    Intuitive and imaginative
    Shrewd and cautious
    Protective and sympathetic(link)

  31. Lavi of HomeCookRecipes has submitted Ivy Gourd Fry with Almonds for Fortune Cooking.
    She has chosen the Gemini. Lavi is a good friend of ours. We guys went to college together. We have had great times together. But we never knew that she is such a good cook. We hope, we’ll get a chance to taste her food in the near future.
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  33. JZ of Tasty treats has submitted Beef Dragon for Fortune Cooking. She has chosen the Sagittarius which is many of her loved ones’ sign.


    A few characteristics of sagittarius are here :
    Optimistic and freedom-loving
    Jovial and good-humored
    Honest and straightforward
    Intellectual and philosophical
    On the dark side….
    Blindly optimistic and careless
    Irresponsible and superficial
    Tactless and restless(link)

  34. Sajana, a friend of us has submitted Beef Chilly for Fortune Cooking. Here is the Recipe for that:

    • Beef – 1/2kg – slice the beef into thin long pieces
    • Garlic pods – 5 nos
    • Green chillies – 8 nos
    • Soya sauce – 2 tbsp
    • pepper powder – 2 tsp
    • Sugar – 1 tsp
    • Chicken stock cube – 1 no
    • Spring onions(chopped) – 2 tbsp
    • capsicum(sliced pieces) – 1/4 cup
    • Cornflour – 2 tbsp
    • Egg – 1 no


    1. Mix together 1 tbsp of soya sauce, 1 tsp pepper powder, 1 egg and enough cornflour. Marinate the beef with the above mixture for atleast 1/2 hour.
    2. Heat enough oil for deep frying. Deep fry beef until golden brown and drain the excess oil.
    3. Make a paste of garlic and chillies by grinding.
    4. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and fry the chilly-garlic paste slightly on medium heat. Dont make it brown.
    5. Dissolve the chicken stock cube in one cup of boiling water and add it to the above mix.
    6. Add the remaining pepper powder, soya sauce and sugar, mix well and bring to boil.
    7. Add the fried beef pieces to the above mixture.
    8. Boil this till the gravy thickens.
    9. Fry the cut capsicum and chopped spring onions separately in a little oil and add it to this mixture and mix well. (Note – add soya sauce as per taste. Soya sauce and stock provides salt required for the dish.)
    10. Serve hot with chapatti/Paratha.
  35. She has chosen the Sagittarius which is her cousin’s sign. Here is a few words about Sagittarius,
    Optimistic and freedom-loving
    Jovial and good-humored
    Honest and straightforward
    Intellectual and philosophical

  36. Notyet10 of Asankhana has submitted Chicken Biryani for Fortune Cooking.

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    She has chosen the Gemini which is her husband’s sign. Here is a few words about Gemini:
    Adaptable and versatile
    Communicative and witty
    Intellectual and eloquent
    Youthful and lively(link)

  37. Uma of TeluguRuchi has submitted Bell Pepper Rings for Fortune Cooking.


    She has chosen the Leo which is her sister’s sign. She also shared a few words about this sign to us. Here it is:
    Generous and warmhearted
    Creative and enthusiastic
    Broad-minded and expansive
    Faithful and loving(link)

  38. Vandy of VandysCulinaryAdventures has submitted Palak Paneer for Fortune Cooking.


    She has chosen the Sagittarius which is her husband’s sign. She also shared a few words about sagittarius and how it is true. Here it is:
    folks are supposed to be highly free-spirited, optimistic, adventurous and energetic people who love to travel! All of these hold true for G. He is so much fun to be around, has a great sense of humor and hardly gets bothered by small details (unlike the Leo me!).

Whew! I am sure your appetite is on high gear now after seeing all these wonderful pictures that everyone submitted. I know mine is.

We wish every contestant the best of luck and we will announce the results on June 5th. Until then, we’ll keep our fingers crossed to see who are the lucky winners. We are glad we decided early on to choose the winners randomly as judging these excellent recipes would have been the hardest thing as every one of the above are awesome!

Is your fortune shining on you this week? Find out soon..


  1. Well presented. Awesome recipes. Bookmarked.

  2. Thanks for the excellent roundup!
    BTW my name is Vandy. “Rotterdam” is the city i live in! not my last name 😉

  3. That was a great round-up! Really appreciate all the effort you guys put in! Kudos to you!!

  4. Nicely presented, Kudos for these special theme event… Delicious entries , cannot wait and try them:)

  5. Wow….thats some awesome roundup! Good job.

  6. great round up, shriya! loved participating in it…u have mentioned my blog name as dessertpro, though my blog’s name is Tasty treats.Maybe that will turn the planets in my favor for a win! 😉

  7. this is a wonderful round-up, shriya! So many mouth-watering recipes at once place. Wow! Thanks for hosting such a great event.

  8. Awesome Presentation shriya and nithu.I really appreciate your effort.Keep it up and looking forward for the results.

  9. Great looking round up girls, good job!:))

  10. Very nice round up of the event.thanks for doing all this work of putting it together.

  11. Oh thats a great round up,Very beautiful presented. Thanks

  12. Wonderfull Roundup..Kudos to your effort girls..and proud to be part of it.

  13. excellent round up girls!..great job!

  14. Awesome Roundup gurls..:D btw, I(Siri) am a libran, my fiance’s sign is Scorpio.. I made bhindi curry for him..:)


  15. This was really fun and I am glad to be apart of it… I have seen some really great recipes from this post… Thanks so much for hosting this great event 🙂

  16. Hey,,,thats a nice roundup, but u forgot mine…

  17. Wow this really is a great roundup with loads of great recipes. I really wish I was around to be a part of it….will certainly try some of them…