CSN Stores $60 Gift Certificate Giveaway

If you have been waiting with bated breath for the announcement of this giveaway then relax and breathe easy! The Giveaway courtesy of CSNStores is finally here.

I am thrilled to announce this giveaway for my dear readers without whom this blog would have been non-existent. This is your opportunity, both bloggers and non-bloggers alike to drop by, say hello and try to win this giveaway.


Win a $60.00 gift certificate from CSN Stores!

Just use it to buy anything from millions of choices that CSNStores offers.


The rules could not be simpler, please read it carefully.

  • Become a fan/like of RedChillies on Facebook  and leave a comment; any suggestions on blog improvement are welcome.
  • And please include your valid email address so that you can be contacted.

Extra Entries: Post about this giveaway on your blog or Twitter and you increase your chances by leaving an extra comment. Please do not forget to provide the link.

Lucky Draw: The last date to enter is midnight (CST) Monday May 17th. A winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, May 18. Please note shipping will be done by CSNStores to United States and Canada only.

Note: People living outside of United States and Canada, do not despair, you can use this to gift your friends and relatives living there.

Giveaway item is a courtesy of CSN Stores. No monetary or any other form of compensation is received by me.

Easy Lobia Curry Recipe

What better way to get over the hump day that to announce a prelude to a giveaway? While working on this post, I was contacted by the team from CSN Stores to see if I was interested in doing a giveaway at my blog and boy was I thrilled that I agreed to do it right away.

If you have not already visited CSN Stores then I strongly recommend doing so. They have about 200 online stores and over 1 Million products! It took me hours going through their website. Need some cookware collection or children’s furniture they have it and that too with tons of options. Or maybe you are looking for lighting options? They have everything from hanging lights, regular lighting fixtures, recessed lighting to lamps! Do check them out.

The actual giveaway will follow soon, so stay tuned and don’t forget to check back here.

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Sol Kadi/ Konkani Style kokum Kadi –II

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Kokum is the dried skin of a fruit related to mangosteens.The outer cover of fruit is dried in the sun to get Aamsul or Kokam/Kokum. It is used as a slightly sour spice in recipes that yields peculiar taste and dark red colour. It is a preferred substitute for tamarind in curries and other dishes from Konkan. It is very abundant in the west coast region of India and hence an integral part of Konkani cuisine. These are called ‘bhirnda sol’ in Konkani. 

At home I use the Kokum to make Kokum kadi.  I have already posted one version here before, this does not use coconut in it. This version that I have posted here uses coconut milk along with garlic and green chillies. This is referred to as Birinda Sola Kadi in Konkani. We enjoy drinking this Kokum kadi especially during hot summers as it has a cooling effect on the body. This can also be consumed along with food or after dinner and tastes terrific when used as an accompaniment with Varan Bhat/ Daali thoy (Konkani daal).

This drink has combination of sweet, sour, hot and tart taste which is hearty and refreshing. The sour taste of the peels is neutralized by the addition of coconut milk and jaggery. 

Studies have shown that this fruit can reduce fat, cool body, purify blood and also reduce cholesterol. Check out the other health benefits of kokum here.

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