Announcing Side Dish Mela with Giveaways

When one talks about Indian Meal, one can't ignore the fact that most times Side dish becomes the main dish. Recently I had "Main Course" as a theme in Blogging Marathon. Though I have always been confused as to what we exactly what a main course or a side dish, going through the different sites, made it clear that nobody is clear. Well we define, we have either Rice or Roti as the dish which is eaten with a side dish that is gravy. If it is roti, you dip into the gravy and eat, with rice you simply mix and eat. So Roti and Rice become the main course? However one can't just eat Rice and Roti as such if it's not stuffed or mixed rice.

So here comes the side dish into focus. When I was thinking what to have as the theme for the next Mela, this naturally came into mind. 

That brings me to another interesting news. I wanted to make this Mela even more special by giving away two books written by Sandeepa, my blogger friend turned Author. Her book Bong Mom's Cookbook, must be just as wonderful as how her blog is. I have been wanting to get hold of the book. And I have been wanting to do this Giveaway since the last mela, somehow missed doing it.

So here it is finally!

I got to know her when she hosted RCI Bengal. Since I knew nothing of Bengali, her space was the only source I could refer. I cooked all my entries from her place and the cooking experience has surely got me closer to Bengali Cuisine. I have been hooked to her space since the time I read her first. It was a proud moment when I came to know that she was publishing her own book, especially more like her blog, a memoir. I know how wonderful the book must be.

More on her and her book reviews, you can read here.

I am giving away two of her books, one for the readers and one for the bloggers who are going to submit the entries.

For the Readers, to be eligible for this giveaway all you have to share in the comment box is about a side dish that you love to eat and what it is paired with. This will be a random selection. Giveaway for the readers is open from now until 30th Sep. Winners will be announced either during first week of Oct or during Event Round up.

For the bloggers, it may be based on the maximum number of entries/ Best picture / Best Side dish. It could be any of these three. I might be asking Sandeepa, if she has time to spare or my other friends.
Winners will be announced during the Event Round up

There is no catch anywhere. I will not be asking you to like my Facebook page or subscribe to my blog. Participation as per the above would suffice.

The book will be shipped globally.

If you want to know the details of her books, click these links

Book on FlipKart

Book on Amazon India


Coming to the entries, from now until October 20th, blog on your space, about a side dish that you can pair with either Bread or Rice, and send them across. It is not mandatory to feature the Bread or rice in the picture. A picture of the side dish is enough. It can be either dry or gravy, however it should be something that can be serve as such with either Rotis or Rice.

From now till October 20th 2013, cook any side dish and link them in the linky tool!

Any questions, please send them to

**This is closed for comments, Winner will be announced shortly***

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