Home / Awards / Masala Crackers Won the First Prize at a Local Cooking Contest
7 September, 2014

Masala Crackers Won the First Prize at a Local Cooking Contest

Comments : 39 Posted in : Awards, Crackers on by : apsara Tags: , , ,

I’m very thrilled today! I took part in a cooking contest in our city, and made my Baked Whole grain Masala Crackers which won the first prize! The category was “Making familiar dishes in an unfamiliar way“. ย This contest is held as part of a Ganesh Chaturti celebrations every year. Check out their lovely website here. Renowned food blogger Deepti Thete, who blogs at The Sizzling Panย conducts and judges this contest along with Ananya Joshi and Sharvari Deshpande.


Another category was “Little Chefs of Columbus“, in which kids would play an active role in making a dish. This is a new feature in this year’s contest. Since my daughter loves to mix dough, cut out cookie patterns and arrange them, I took this opportunity to have her make “Flower mini cookies” with my Ragi and Oats cookie recipe. I modified the recipe slightly using brown sugar and substituted some butter with coconut oil.

And guess what, there were 3 entries in that category and all 3 “little chefs” won prizes!

The judging criteria are: originality, nutrition value, taste, presentation, time required for preparation. The other categories included “Modak goes modern”, “Dessert shots”, and “Food crafters”.

My heartfelt thanks to all the organizers of this contest who take the trouble every year to motivate us amateur cooks to create/recreate interesting dishes! I would like to thank my husband and my mother (who is visiting me at this time) for their support at home. My husband says I can call my self an ‘award-winning chef’ now, LOL!

I hope this will be an encouragement all my friends in Columbus (IN) to take part in this great event in the future years.

Source of the pictures: Columbus Ganesh Utsav Mandal’s Facebook page here.


39 thoughts on : Masala Crackers Won the First Prize at a Local Cooking Contest

  • September 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    congrats !!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 7, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      thank you, Andy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • September 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Congratulations to you and the little chef!

    • September 7, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you, Viji mami.

  • September 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Congrats Apsara ๐Ÿ™‚ that is fun and so interesting !!!

    • September 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      It is, Malar. Thanks. I enjoyed it!

    • September 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you, Ronit. Feels good to hear that from a real chef like you!

    • September 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      thank you, Linda!

  • September 8, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Woohoo!!!! Congratulations โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

    • September 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Yes, Elaine. Thank you!

    • September 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you, Sonal. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      thank you, DM. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you, Annela!

    • September 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you, Vidya. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • September 8, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations !!! Apsara and the little Chef Viba

    • September 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks, Ramya. Never imagined in my life that I will win a prize for cooking!

  • September 8, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Congratulations Apsara. It looks as if you have a real budding pastry chef in the family too.

    • September 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks, Hilda. We’ll see how long this hobby sustains her (my daughter) interest!

  • Swetha
    September 9, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Awesome. Congrats to you and li’l Vibha.

    • September 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      thanks, Swethu.

  • September 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Congratulations!!! You deserve every bit of it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      thanks for your encouragement, Namrata.

  • September 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Congratulations!!! A “real” world food award?? Bravo!

    • September 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Yes, Nancy, a “real” one! Thank you so much!

  • September 10, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Congrats Apsara. .. those crackers looks soo cute .. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 10, 2014 at 9:26 am

      thank you, Chitra. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      thanks, Deepa.

  • September 17, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Congrats! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • September 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Congrats, my dear friend,…that is great & fun news! Yeahhhhh!

    • September 26, 2014 at 10:47 am

      yes, thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Pingback: Fruit Kebabs Using Pop Chef- a Toddler Friendly Food (Guest Post at Traditionally Modern Food) | EATING WELL DIARY

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: