So, thanks to the efforts of Culinary Storm we recently had a foodie exchange. There were a group of foodies, and I quote from her list of people who participated – 


Deeps of Naughty Curry
Madhuri of Cook Curry Nook
Sarita of The Clean Toothpick
Pratiksha of Honeyed Pandemonium
Jeetendra of Moody Foodie
Siri of Cooking with Siri
Apeksha of Veggie Wiz
Poorna of Presented by P
Ameya of Kitty in the Kitchen
Sid of Chef at Large
Ruchira of The Great Cookaroo
Geetha of Fragrant Kitchen
Renuka of Pinch of Salt
Marsha of The Harried Cook
Sangeeta of Health Food Desi Videshi
Rekha of My Tasty Curry

Nikhil of Nonchalant Gourmand 

And so, my partner was Apeksha from Veggie Wiz. I was so totally happy that she was my partner. She is from Delhi, and I decided to send her a few things which I thought would make her happy. I made a few bloopers (NOT READING THE LIST OF INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY COURIER SERVICE IS STUPID, to say the very least, BECAUSE THEY DO NOT ALLOW YOU TO POST SAUCES)… however, I sent her over some other stuff.

Here is what I received.



Apeksha sent me a huge number of stuff – including the YUM bhelpuri and Soya Sticks which I ate within the day. 🙂 
I got a package of Amla Powder, which in her note she said to use in Chholey. Though I have not used them in Chholey yet, they have gone into my hair pack, and now I have silky shiny black hair. Thankyou!!
The Sabudana is going to go in my Sabudana Vada (I <3 Sabudana Vada, and recently I have been craving some!). I also received a Dal Makhani mix which I am yet unsure what to make of. 
There is a little stash of Vanilla Beans (yayayayay!) which I want to make caramel custard with, and I want to put the used pods in a jar of fine sugar and make Vanilla Sugar, and later on, I want to infuse it with coffee and vodka and sugar, to make something decidedly naughty. Whooo-eee. 😀 😀 
And yes, I got some Kasuri Methi, which is all purpose, and I want to use it everywhere now, and Tulsi Tea to calm me down (as my mother complains I am hyperactive, and in need of something to relax me).
Saving the best for the last, I got this incredibly flavorful Masala mix from Rajasthan which Apeksha told me to add in any Potato Curry. I do not know the name of the mix, but it smells like heaven. Alooo, here I come, melove! 
And, the note written by Apeksha, describing all the products and giving me a good idea about what to do, is always a great gesture, and a perfect addition to what I consider to be a fine package. 

Written by Poorna Banerjee

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  1. poorna banerjee 2012-05-25 at 2:40 pm Reply

    🙂 I did, didn't I? Will be posting some of the recipes soon.

  2. Reeta Skeeter 2012-05-22 at 6:50 am Reply

    Came here from Apeksha's blog!
    Lovely stuff you got from up North..enjoy!

  3. poorna banerjee 2012-05-14 at 8:24 pm Reply

    The unfortunate part is, I am so busy doing stuff that I can't cook them down… but soon, my precious!!!

  4. Deeps @ Naughty Curry 2012-05-13 at 3:03 am Reply

    wow, thats a lovely package u recieved! 🙂

  5. poorna banerjee 2012-05-03 at 2:15 pm Reply

    aren't they??

  6. Renuka 2012-05-03 at 7:46 am Reply

    What a lovely stash!! The idea of vanilla sugar and the naughty cocktail is just awesome 🙂

  7. poorna banerjee 2012-05-02 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Storm – we can do more, can't we? 🙂 it was somuchfun somuchfun!!
    Apeksha – The pleasure (burp…) is all mine.
    Pratiksha – isn't it? I was sooooo glad to get it. Next time, I want to add more stuff to the packages, and make it even more versatile.

  8. Pratiksha 2012-05-02 at 6:18 pm Reply

    This looks wonderful!! 😀

  9. VeggieWiz 2012-05-02 at 4:44 pm Reply

    Thanks for the lovely post Poorna! It was a pleasure to be your partner! 🙂

  10. culinarystorm 2012-05-02 at 9:54 am Reply

    Lovely stuff! Lucky you 🙂

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