It’s all yours – Culinary Smackdown Battle – Zucchini Time!

There isn’t anything better when you get reward after all the effort given in. I won the dessert book for the Layered Mango Mousse Cake! Hurray! I won for the first time for food, did you hear that? Exactly after one year of blogging was a cherry on the cake! Thank you Tanvi from Sinfully Spicy for graciously stating my recipe as a winner! Love you girl!
Following the myth, now it my turn to host the May edition of this event. I have no experience in hosting neither I’m good in organising an event. But at some point a start has to be made. Considering it as a great opportunity, have selected Zucchini as the theme for the battle. 
All you have to do is, don your cooking cap, chop, grind or grate Zucchini and bring out creative Zucchini side in you!
For all the effort you are going to put in, I have some reward for you from Pentik, my fav brand for kitchen stuffs and accessories. I’m more than happy to share with you, spring collection, kitchen towel, table mat, oven gloves and paper towels. 

Here are few annoying rules that is to be followed!

  • Culinary Smackdown Battle – Zucchini time will be held throughout the month of May on A Pinch of Love. Entry submission starts from 3rd May 2011 till 30th May will go according to Pacific Time.
  • I will select and announce one winner who will also host the next month’s edition of this contest on June 1st 2011.
  • Only One entry per person please, if you have two very interesting recipe I shall consider!
  • It is compulsory to link back to this post on your blog.
  • The entry does not have to be a new post.It can be an archived post
  • The Smackdown Battle is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. 
  • More than a contest, the purpose of this battle is to reach out to lots of bloggers and foodies around the globe, share culinary ideas and have fun.

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While you submit ur entries in this link, I would appreciated if you send me an email to ananda(dot) with one of ur food picture attached. I shall acknowledge the same soonest!
So what are you waiting for?  wave your wand and bring out a magic, since the the gift is all packed waiting to reach you.
Oh ya! I’m not exactly sure if zucchini is available in all cites in India, if not you could use ridge guard.
Any more queries, do drop me a mail at rananda(dot)  or just comment here….
Looking fwd to see ur creation
1st entry Una carbonara speciale from Ely’s Nella cucina di Ely, all Italian food lovers this place is for you! yum pasta’s!
2nd entry Fruit nut palooza zucchini cake  from Devaki’s Weave Thousand Flavour filled with fun posts and wonderful recipes, I adore all the good looking prawns there!
3rd entry Zucchini Fritters from Akheela’s Torview, a creative place with straight fwd recipes!
4th entry Makkai ka zucchini from Deepika of My Life and spice, who bring interesting stories with recipe!
5th Entry Ridge gourd and egg delight from Priya Sreeram of Bon Appetite, hop in for some more of innovative recipe
6th Entry Zucchini bread with toasted almonds from Nutan of Rice N Spice, pretty new blog for me know sure to enjoy!
7th Entry Zucchini pineapple ginger cupcake with maple cream cheese frosting from Zesty South Indian Kitchen, I admire how she always takes efforts to post step by step pic!
8th Entry Zucchini banana bread lady who brings crisp and interesting post!
9th Entry Zucchini kefta very new for me recipe and blog got to get in too see more!


  1. kankana says:

    This is such a perfect theme for spring. I love love Zucchini and I will definitely send you my entry :) Would be trilled to win that package .. such colorful kitchen towel. mat etc !!

  2. Priya Sreeram says:

    congrats and ur entry did deserve the appreciation and it was very sweet of you to give an alternative to zucchini for people who can’t find them in markets- will send u my entry with ridge gourd

  3. C&G says:

    Hey ananda, for sure we will participate! Can I link your post on the next recipe even thou it won’t be a zucchini recipe? Otherwise I can add it to the recipe I will choose to participate! Let me know, Giorgia & Cyril

  4. Kairali sisters says:

    Hi Ananda…Congrats dear, u very well deserved it. I was out of cooking and photogrpahy mode for a while, but this theme makes me come back fast!!I shall try to participate for sure as zucchini is my fv veggie!

  5. Devaki says:

    Hi Ananda – Is it any surprise you won? None Dahling! What a mousse extravaganza and now I see why you wanted me to see your zooks post – so I am sending to you my palooza zook cake :)

    Email follows shortly –

    Chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  6. Indie.Tea says:

    Congrats on winning!
    Its still early here for local zucchini, unfortunately…but it still a wonderful vegetable, and can be prepared in so many ways!

  7. Anna Johnston says:

    Now this sounds like one fun smack down challenge Ananda, I’m so tempted to enter because I have just the recipe :) (even though its early winter in Oz, there’s still some zucchini’s to be found). Will be so fun to see what everyone comes up with :)

  8. Ananda Rajashekar says:

    Thanks all for stopping by and so much looking fwd many more entries :)

    kankana, Aruna Manikandan,Priya Sreeram, Priya, Suja, Kairali sisters, Angie’s Recipes, Anna Johnston, Prathima Rao, Smitha, Preety, Gulmohar, Chefting looking fwd all ur recipes!

  9. Ushnish Ghosh says:

    Dear Ananda
    Congrats! and well deserved that too from Sangvi. If I had an award logo of mine handy , I would have given it to you long back!!
    I will get one award log made,and the award goes to…..guess who…of course you and all my blog friends to whom I am indebted for teaching me great recipes.
    I am off blog these days because of some unwanted and unavoidable circumstances.
    Having spent half of my carrier in R & D and in high pressure jobs, I can say cooking is the best hobby ( and not compulsion) for all people working with tremendous mental stress, particularly research scholars and that too in pure science like physics. Just keep cooking, the success and Ph D will come automatically , believe me.
    I like the article and photographs..( Physicists are good at light business like photography).By the way dont forget to get me a pack of these when you come to India.
    ” Gyans” apart, have a nice weekend and take care

  10. Choclette says:

    Congratulations – all I can say is I’m very surprised you haven’t won anything before! Zucchini (or courgettes as we call them in the UK) aren’t in season yet. I’ve got some growing, but it will be at least another month before they start producing anything. I might have been tempted to take part otherwise.

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