Saturday, June 26, 2010

BB4 Round Up

All this month, dozens of bloggers took the challenge and cleaned out ingredients lurking in their kitchens, using recipes from other bloggers with tasty results. Here they are, sorted out by the lurking ingredient. I hope you find lots of ideas here to use up food from your own kitchen and minimize waste.


Angela of The Well-Worn Apron bought whole rye berries but did not end up using them, and also had sambar masala that she won a while back, and used them both in a colorful and nutritious rye berry and garbanzo bean salad, inspired by this recipe from Dinner with Julie.

Bek from I Digress moved to a new home only very recently but still managed to find plenty of pantry items that had moved with her! She took some oats, sesame seeds, nuts, dried fruit and coconut to make pantry granola, inspired by this recipe from One Hot Stove.

Another version of pantry granola comes from Shilpa of Thoughts and Pans, who used oats, dates, wheat germ and honey to make granola bars, inspired by this recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

Rachana of Sizzle N Spice used packets of instant oatmeal to make savory oats dosa, inspired by this recipe from Yummy Indian Recipes.

Umm Mymoonah of Taste of Pearl City bought whole wheat for its health benefits but did not know what to do with it; she used it to make whole wheat avocado payasam, inspired by this recipe from Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes.

Curry Leaf at Experiments, Emotions, Experiences with food used whole wheat berries to make Nepalese Tsampa, inspired by this recipe from Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen.

Bala of A Life Journey Together used up a half-jar of cracked wheat in an upma-like purkouri, inspired by this recipe from Nami-Nami.

Bhagyashri of Taste Buds bought brown rice as a healthier alternative to regular rice and found an interesting way to use it in spicy brown rice khichadi, inspired by this recipe from When My Soup Came Alive.

Meera of Enjoy Indian Food bought a large package of barley for its health benefits and used some of it to make a refreshing lemon barley drink, inspired by this recipe from Red Chillies.


Rachana of Sizzle N Spice had horsegram (kulith) flour that her mother carried all the way from India 18 months ago. Reluctant to waste the precious gift, she made horsegram dosa, inspired by this recipe from Aayi's Recipes and loved it so much that she might buy more horsegram flour now. She also used up an old batch of bhajani (multigrain flour) to make bhajaniche vade, inspired by this recipe from Chakali.

Niloufer Riyaz of Kitchen Samraj found ragi flour lurking in her kitchen and used it to make instant oats and ragi dosai, inspired by this recipe from Veg Inspirations.

Kalyani and Gayatri of Adiruchi also used up ragi flour to make ragi dosa, inspired by this recipe from Aroma from My Kitchen.

Uma of Chettinad Samayal bought atta to make rotis at home but keeps going back to the convenience of store-bought rotis, so she used the atta to make godhumai rava dosa, inspired by this recipe from Mahanandi.

Kanchan of Kitchen Gossip is moving to her new home and finished off a couple of packs of flour with rava dosa, inspired by this recipe from Relishing Recipes.

Bek from I Digress bought a bag of besan (chickpea flour) to make an Indian pastry but the besan sat on a shelf untouched. She used it to make an incredible quiche-like vegan dish called farinata, inspired by this recipe from Tofu for Two.


Rachana of Sizzle N Spice spotted a canister of black eyed peas in her pantry and used them to make delicious deep-fried chawli vada, inspired by this recipe from Mahanandi.

Ashwini of Konkani Foodie used up some yellow peas and assorted pantry items while taking a trip down memory lane to recreate street food called masala puri, inspired by this recipe from Ruchi Ruchi Adige.

Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes  had soaked and frozen a bag of butter beans a month ago and used them to make a flavorful butter beans curry, inspired by this recipe from Rak's Kitchen.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal of Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes used a bag of whole masoor to make saboot masoor ki sabzi, her new favorite dal, inspired by this recipe from Treat Your Tongue.

Niloufer Riyaz of Kitchen Samraj used masoor dal to make spicy masoor dhal, inspired by this recipe from Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes.

Suma of Veggie Platter had a cup of urad dal languishing for years, and used it to make the popular restaurant favorite dal makhani, inspired by this recipe from One Hot Stove.

Indosungod of Daily Musings found fava beans and Moroccan seasoning languishing in her kitchen and put them together to make a Persian-influences pulav, inspired by this recipe from The Herb Companion.

Siri of Siri's Corner is moving from DC to California and is on a pantry cleaning mission. She used mixed dals and brown rice to make adai, inspired by this recipe from Foodie's Hope. She continued her pantry cleaning mission with bachelor tadka, inspired by this recipe from Crazy Curry.

Bala of A Life Journey Together had a bag of mixed beans for soup living in her pantry, and used them in a rare deep-frying session to make mixed beans vadas, inspired by this recipe from Dil Se.


Roopa of My Kitchen Treats could see the outer leaves wilting on the cabbage in her fridge and made good use of it in these spicy steamed cabbage dumplings, inspired by this recipe from Easycooking.

At SS Blogs Here, she used up zucchini that her grocer sells in large bags to make (a) room in her crisper and (b) tasty zucchini pacchadi, inspired by this recipe from Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes. She also used a bit of cabbage and besan to make Extreme Makeover kadhi pakodas, inspired by this recipe from The Singing Chef.

PJ of Ginger and Garlic bought adorable patty pan squash from the Farmers' Market but did not have a recipe in mind to cook them, until she made this delicious and colorful spring vegetable ratatouille, inspired by this recipe from Simply Recipes.

Angela of The Well-Worn Apron had some beautiful artichokes left over from working at a large event, and used them, along with a lemon shared by her neighbor, to make braised artichokes, inspired by this recipe from Mark Bittman.

At Blink and Miss,  the blogger found colorful capsicum and baby corn that needed to be used up, and a mammoth bottle of soy sauce, and used all of this to make Thai red curry, inspired by this recipe from Jugalbandi.

At Indian Khana, the blogger had a problem eggplant that was too big for one recipe and too small for another, so instead it went into Hyderabad-style bagara baingan, inspired by this recipe from Edible Garden.

Preeti Kashyap of Relishing Recipes said that in her home, they use up groceries within a week, even the ketchup! When she bought mushrooms and tofu for pad thai that she never had a chance to make, she used them up to make tofu-mushroom 65, inspired by this recipe from Cooking and Recipes.

Preeti's entry further inspired Sonu of Palate Corner to use up eggplant and tofu and sauces from her fridge to make tofu-eggplant 65.

Sonu of Palate Corner used up canned tomato to make spicy and tangy pepper rasam, inspired by this recipe from Tasty Appetite.

Linda of Out of The Garden talked about canned tomato paste languishing at the back of the fridge and the carrots lurking in the veggie drawer, and put them to good use in a bean carrot soup, inspired by this recipe from Bong Mom's Cookbook.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal of Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes used frozen spinach to make curried spinach rice, inspired by these recipes from Nithu's Kitchen and Sailaja's Recipes.

At One Hot Stove, I used frozen peas, asparagus and broccoli to make very green soup, inspired by this recipe from Tara the Foodie. I also used frozen corn to make corn pepper chowder, inspired by this recipe from Phoo-D.

Nithu Bala of Nithu's Kitchen skipped her vegetable shopping trip and used up vegetables from the freezer to make this corn and green onion rice, inspired by this recipe from Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes.

Kalyani and Gayatri of Adiruchi used assorted bits of vegetables to make tawa pulao, inspired by this recipe from Chef in You.


Sandeepa of Bong Mom's Cookbook had a packet of pav bhaji masala that had taken up semi-permanent residence in her pantry. She used it to make her first batch of pav bhaji, inspired by this recipe from One Hot Stove.

Denny of Oh Taste and See had a bag of dried ginger (sukku) in her pantry from the time she used it as a home remedy for a nasty cold. She put it to good use and made spicy tangy sukku kuzhambu, inspired by this recipe from Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes.

Umm Mymoonah of Taste of Pearl City had a big packet of zaatar spice gifted by a friend, and used it to make zaatar ring bread, inspired by this recipe from Arabic Bites.

Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes  found some spices lurking in her pantry and used them to make rich paneer tawa masala, inspired by this recipe from Jeyashri's Kitchen.

Fruit & Nuts

Sangeetha of I Googled, I Saw, I Cooked bought a giant bag of cranberries at Costco and got sick of munching on them after a while. She baked them into cranberry quick bread and cranberry pecan granola, inspired by these recipes from One Hot Stove, and also made some easy cranberry peanut trail mix.

Magpie of Magpie's Recipes had to use up a huge box of clementines that were staring at her every time she opened the fridge. She used some of them to bake vegan orange cupcakes, inspired by this recipe from Live Journal, originally from the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.

Satrupa of Food for Thought had a couple of bananas that seemed to be destined for the trash, but used them, along with some flour and fennel that was also waiting to be used up, to make Thai-style fried bananas, inspired by this recipe from Thai Dessert.

BangaloreBaker of Versatile Vegetarian Kitchen bought two bags of bananas and then has to scramble and use them up, so she made banana chocolate chip bread, inspired by this recipe from FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

Amruta of Delicious Vegetarian took the challenge and did some serious stock-taking and list-making, then used all purpose flour (which had been languishing since she switched to whole wheat flour), frozen bananas and near-expired eggs to make double chocolate banana bread, inspired by this recipe from The Sisters Cafe.

Madhuli from My Foodcourt happened to buy peaches that were very sour, but she used them with great results in gorgeous stone fruit tarts, inspired by this recipe from Passionate About Baking.

M of Eating Matters used frozen fruit and a host of other pantry lurkers to make tropical punch oatmeal muffins, inspired by this recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.

Kiran of Sumadhura had store bought mango juice lurking in her fridge and used it to make mango watermelon popsicles, inspired by this recipe from Health Nut.

Amruta of Delicious Vegetarian used the last tablespoon of jam lurking at the bottom of the bottle and used it in a delicious mixed fruit sandwich inspired by the mention of a banana sandwich from Veggie Platter.

At One Hot Stove, I used partial jars of two fruit jams to make jam bars, inspired by this recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

Madhuli from My Foodcourt had some almonds that were threatening to go rancid, and used them to make some tasty and unusual almond powder, inspired by this recipe from Talimpu.

Kalyani and Gayatri of Adiruchi used various nuts stored in the freezer to make an extravagant version of poha, inspired by this recipe from Relishing Recipes.

Meera of Enjoy Indian Food used pistachios and rosewater that had been sitting in her fridge for a long while to make the most luscious pistachio rose ice cream, inspired by this recipe from Gourmet Worrier.


PJ of Seduce Your Tastebuds had a loaf of bread sitting in her fridge, bought for her little girl's tummy troubles but never eaten, and used it to make a tasty bread pulao, inspired by this recipe from The Veggie Hut.

Sayantani of A Homemaker's Diary found 2 packets of egg noodles and made spicy fried noodles for her family's special Saturday night dinner, inspired by this recipe from My Kitchen Snippets.

At One Hot Stove, I used TVP (soy granules) inherited from my neighbor to make soy kheema just like my grandma used to make, inspired by this recipe from Kitchen Gossip.

Bek from I Digress used up sesame seeds and leftover rice by making innovative falafalentils, inspired by this recipe from Just Bento.

PriyaVaasu of En Veetu Kitchen bought feta for the first time months ago, and finally got a chance to use it in flaky spinach feta rolls, inspired by this recipe from Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes and this recipe from Rak's Kitchen.

Bala of A Life Journey Together used up a jar of sauerkraut from 2008 in a flavorful and unusual sauerkraut soup, inspired by this recipe from Nami-Nami. This Estonian soup is another stop in her quest to cook a recipe from every country in the world.

Kiran of Sumadhura found a pack of tomato soup two days away from its expiry date, and used it in place of vegetable stock to make quinoa salad, inspired by this recipe from  Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes.

Arundati of Escapades returned from a vacation (where she became a Godmother!) to an almost-empty fridge. She did find pesto, inspired by this recipe on One Hot Stove, lurking in the freezer and made a quick dish of spaghetti with basil and walnut pesto.

Pari of Foodelicious worried that the yeast hidden away in her kitchen for a long while was inactive, but it proofed well and gave her bread rolls with instant potato flakes, inspired by this recipe from My Kitchen Cafe.

Sonu of Palate Corner used up a long-bought packet of filo sheets and assorted nuts to make exquisitely sweet baklava, inspired by this recipe from Chef in You.

Chaitra of Aathidhyam used leftover Marie biscuits to make crunchy choco marie biscuit rolls, inspired by this recipe from Sailu's Kitchen.

Lata Raja of Flavours and Tastes had Ovaltine left over from her mother's visit and milk powder left over from attempts to make yogurt, and used them to make indulgent choco almond burfi, inspired by this recipe from Experiments in Kailas Kitchen.

Jaya Wagle of Desi Soccer Mom posted pictures of her beautiful walk-in pantry and described her efforts to use up a few ingredients that were lurking within. She used up some organic chocolate chips to make luscious double chocolate ice cream, inspired by this recipe from Joy The Baker.

Denny of Oh Taste and See used sugar candy left over from her baby shower to make creamy, comforting misri baath, inspired by this recipe from Dil Se.

At Torview, the blogger made microwave papadums, inspired by this recipe from Veggie Platter.

Ashwini of Konkani Foodie cleaned out assorted pantry items to make fish cutlets, inspired by this recipe from My Dhaba.

Bek from I Digress got into the mood of this month's theme and started looking around her pantry for things to use up, which resulted in a fantastic supper of slow cooker black bean soup, inspired by these recipes from Art is the Handmaid of Human Good and  Sustainable Pantry, served with onion herb bread, inspired by this recipe from Baking Bites.

Jaya Wagle of Desi Soccer Mom came clean and polished her beautiful pantry to perfection. She graciously allowed me to share the pictures here. Behold the reward of a pantry clean-up:

If you want to show off pictures of your beautiful kitchen spaces, send them to her in the next 4 days.

Check back on Monday morning to see the theme for the fifth edition of Blog Bites, and have a lovely weekend. 


  1. Thanks for hosting the roundup, Nupur. Looks like a lot of material here for us to check out! Cheers!

  2. Thank you for the awesome round-up! I really appreciate your hard work -- putting together so many entries for this inspiring theme :)

  3. Thank You for this great event and excellent roundup Nupur! Looking forward to your next event!

  4. Excellent roundup Nupur. And yes, waiting for the next event. :)

  5. You did it again Nupur. As always an attractive roundup.

  6. beautiful round up've inspired me to keep cooking with stuff i need to use up in my out for the posts on the blog!

  7. Excellent roundup Nupur!!Have bookmarked quite a few to try..Waiting for the next theme..Happy weekend..

  8. wow thats a lot of material :)

  9. once again another neatly done round up. awaiting the next event.

  10. beautiful roundup. Really helped us clean up our pantry

  11. Awesome round-up Nupur. Great to see the banquet inspired by fellow bloggers.

  12. Nice round-up. Very informative post.

  13. My goodness, Nupur -- you never cease to amaze me with your thoughtful round ups from your thoughtful events. I could cook for a year, just from this post :)

    Looking forward to going through each recipe, and hopefully I will make it to BB #5 :) Hope you're well!

  14. Wonderful roundup Nupur. I cannot wait to hear the next theme.

  15. Wonderful round-up Nupur! Have a great week ahead!


  16. What an amazing round up!!! I have bookmarked it and now have lots of recipes to go to- and thanks for categorizing them!!

  17. Lovely round up Nupur and looks like many pantries were cleaned!

  18. Wow, what fun. I like the way you've organized the recipes. Thanks for hosting and all the work you put into this post.

  19. Thanks everyone, for stopping by to read the round-up! I totally appreciate it!

  20. Congratulations on your new job. Hopefully u will still keep posting. I like the way you write - very friendly.



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