Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Simple Vegetable Biryani

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 6 comments

After a very long time I am posting a recipe today.  I know I’ve become very lazy and couldn’t find time to post a recipe. Finally I am back to SpicyTasty and of course I missed posting recipes. My sister made this vegetable biryani when she visited us from India and we all loved it. It’s very simple and easy. If you are a big biryani lover then try this simple recipe you will love it. Preparation Time : 60 minutes No Of servings : 4-5 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Onion : 1 medium (chopped) Tomatoes : 2 (chopped) Ginger & Garlic Paste : 2 tbsp Vegetables : carrot, beans, soya chunks, bell pepper and potatoes Green Chili : 2-3 (according to your spice level) Coconut Milk : 1 cup Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp...

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Mushroom Biryani (Version 2)

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Rice dishes | 1 comment

Usually I make Mushroom Korma and I will have it with chapati. Recently I made it and I had with rice. It tasted good and I changed my korma recipe and added some ingredients so that I get a proper Biryani taste. It is very easy to make and it will taste really good. Here is the recipe for the easiest Mushroom Biryani :). Time of preparation : 35 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 to 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Basmathi Rice – 1 cup Butter – 1 tsp Bay leaf -1 Cinnamon stick 1″ – 1 Cloves – 2 Cardamom – 1 Onions – 2 cups (thinly sliced) Tomatoes – 1 1/2 cups (chopped) Green Chillies – 5 Ginger – 1 tbsp Garlic – 5 cloves Mushroom – 3/4 lb to 1 lb...

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Mutton Dum Biryani

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Chicken dishes, Cooking Videos, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes, Slideshow | 16 comments

Whenever I make it, be it for my husband or for a party, it always turns out great. It takes such a short time to make it but the results are fabulous. Full credit goes to my friend Kathija who shared this recipe with me. Preparation Time : 90 minutes No of servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Mutton or chicken : 1 kg Rice : 4cups (Rice cooker cup) Oil : 250 g (or) 1 cup (Rice cooker cup) Butter : 1/4 piece (or) Ghee : 3 tblsp Onion : 250g (chopped) Tomato : 250g (chopped) Ginger paste : 3tbsp Garlic paste : 2tbsp Curd : 1cup salt : 2tbsp (the reason for this much salt is when u mix the korma with rice it will be even) Red chili powder : 1...

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Simple Mutton Biryani

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes, Rice dishes | 17 comments

I have heard a lot about how difficult it is to cook a perfect mutton biryani. They say the hardest part is to cook the mutton perfectly. Here is a flavorful recipe for all the Mutton Biryani lovers. This recipe was given to me by my good friend Victor. He is an enthusiastic cook. Though I do not eat non-vegetarian food I have heard all my friends praising about this biryani. So I thought I will share the recipe with you.  Victor took all the effort by taking step by step pictures of the making and the presentation. My job is to share this recipe to you. Hope you all enjoy this lovely biryani and don’t forget to write your comments. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 1 hr and 30 minutes No. of servings: 6 Spice level: 3.5...

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Quinoa Biryani

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Veggie Entrees & Sides, Weight Watchers Recipe | 6 comments

I just joined in weight watchers in the last couple of months, so I started calculating my points in my daily eating habits. I’ve always wanted to make Quinoa for a very long time but never got a chance. I just tried making Quinoa Biryani yesterday and I must say the flavor and aroma tasted almost like basmati rice. You don’t see a bug difference in biryani. The cooking technique of Quinoa is just like cooking any rice. Wash it and always soak quinoa for atleast 15 minutes before you use. You will see a white tail in quinoa after its fully cooked and that’s the sign it’s completely cooked. A little information about Quinoa from Wikipedia: Quinoa a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is...

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Salan for Biryani – Curry Sauce

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Sauce, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 7 comments

Salan is a Hyderabadi dish and generally served with Biryani or roti. Hyderabad is located in South India which is popular for its cuisine. Their food is spicy and rich in flavors. Today I am going to share the recipe for Salan in which tomato and onions are cooked in blend of spices along with peanuts and tamarind juice. This spicy and a little tangy gravy is a prefect combination for Biryani. You can also serve it with layered parottas or other rotis. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time:30 minutes No. of servings: 7 to 8 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Small onions – 15 (or equivalent  amount of red onions) Medium size tomatoes – 2 Green chilies – 3 Garlic cloves – 6 Freshly grated or ground Ginger – 1 tbsp Curry leaves – 10 to...

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Spicy Chicken Biryani

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 in Chicken dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 53 comments

  A lot of people are put of by the thought of making biryani because it is usually so involved and time consuming. This recipe will change their mind when they find out how easy it is to cook some delicious spicy biryani. I got this recipe from my good friend Neeru who made this for us and it was so delicious. Unlike Dum Biryani this is made with pressure cooker and it is the kind of biryani our moms would make on weekends and we would eat it at watching our favorite movies. Hope you like this recipe and if it comes out well let us know and I’ll let Neeru know. Preparation Time : 60 minutes Spice Level : 4 out of 5 No of servings : 3-4 Ingredients: Chicken : 500gms Basmati Rice : 2 cups...

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Ambur Mutton Biryani

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 42 comments

  I know we posted a lot of Diwali sweets and savories recipes but what is Diwali without some idlies, mutton gravy and briyani, right? (Veg fans – we love sambar and chutney equally with Idlies. 🙂 ) My mother-in-law surprised us with this easy-to-make yet heavenly delicious Mutton briyani! Ambur is a town in Tamilnadu and is really famous for their spicy dum briyani. Here is a blurb from Wikipedia Ambur Biriyani is one of the famous biriyani recipes of South India which emerged during the Nawab of Arcot’s regime. Prepared mainly in Basmati Variety of rice, both chicken and Mutton are used for this. A full plate of Biriyani with Brinjal curry (Khattay Baigan or Yennai Kathrika) and Onion Raitha (Vengayam Pachidi) makes our feast a delightful one. Such is its very delicious taste, which makes many thousands of passers by in this Golden Quadrilateral track...

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Egg Dum Biryani

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Featured, Rice dishes | 12 comments

Egg Dum Biryani is a flavorful Biryani cooked using Dum method. It is nothing but cooking food over slow heat in a tightly sealed container or cooker. Hyderabadi Biryani is a popular Dum biryani in India. It is named after a city called Hyderabad. Though this method of cooking is a bit time consuming it is totally worth it. The aroma and flavor of the spices blend right in the rice when you dum cook. I have added vegetables such as cauliflower, carrot, potatoes, beans and peas to my Egg Biryani but you can avoid them if you want to. Also check our Vegetable Dum Biryani for veggie lovers. Preparation time: 2 hours No. of servings: 4 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups 1  big onion finely chopped (little more than a cup)...

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Hyderabadi Veggie Dum Biryani

Posted by on Aug 13, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes | 50 comments

Hyderabadi Veggie Dum Biryani is a wonderful and popular dish in India. I have become a die hard fan of it recently after eating the vegetarian version of it. Being a vegetarian, it was really painful watching my friends eat this lovely biryani with meat. Finally I happened to try the vegetarian version and I just fell in love. Now I can understand why my friends are so crazy about this Biryani all the time. I was looking for the recipe and alas! Shriya had posted Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani a few months back. I just altered it a bit here and there and replaced chicken with veggies and it came out really good. So the next time this is going to be the main dish for our weekend get-together. Here you go… Preparation time: 90 minutes Spice Level:...

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Shrimp Biryani

Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Shrimp Dishes | 38 comments

In  my recent India trip, my sister (sujatha) cooked this biryani for me. Since then I become a big fan of it. The flavors are too good and not overpowering.  Recently I’ve tried this recipe and it came out very well. My sister made this biryani with prawn, but I don’t get prawn here. So I made it with shrimp. I love shrimp and I always wanted to try shrimp biryani. This recipe is very easy to make and it tastes as good as chicken biryani. Preparation Time: 45 minutes Serves: 3-4 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Shrimp : 500gms (washed and cleaned) (deshelled) Onion : 2 (medium) (Finely chopped) Basmati Rice : 2 cups (soaked for 20 minutes) Tomato : 2 (finely chopped) Fennel seeds : 2tsp Cinnamon : 1″ Cloves: 3 Bay leaves : 1...

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Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani

Posted by on Apr 25, 2010 in Best of ST, Chicken dishes, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 49 comments

Hyderabadi Biryani is a Hyderabadi dish based on basmati rice and goat meat. Popular variations use chicken instead of goat.The blending of Mughlai and Telangana cuisines in the kitchens of the Nizam, ruler of the historic Hyderabad State, resulted in the creation of Hyderabadi Biryani. (From wikipedia) I’ve have had great luck with this biryani recipe in the past but this is the first time I gotta chance to take step by step pics to share it with you. I’ve already posted a different version of  Dum Biryani before that required and electric oven but you can make this just on a stove top. There are many different types and versions of regional biryani recipes. And Hyderabadi Dum Biryani is one of the most popular of all. The secret to this version of biryani is to make sure you...

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Vegetable Biryani

Posted by on May 24, 2008 in Rice dishes | 44 comments

This is a simple version of Vegetable Biryani which is served along with raitha. For a quick lunch or to serve your guests in a short notice, this is one of the best dishes. Hope you enjoy the dish. Here you go… Preparation time: 45 minutes No. of servings: 5 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups Thinly sliced onions – 1.5 cups cups Tomato – 1 Vegetables – 2 cups (carrot, beans, peas, potato) Green chilly – 2 (optional) Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 2 tsp Cumin powder – 3/4 tsp Biryani masala – 2 tbsp Cinnamon – 1″ Black and green cardamom – 1 each Cloves – 4 Small bay leaves – 2 Black cumin (kala jeera) – 1/2 tsp...

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Mushroom Biryani

Posted by on May 9, 2008 in Rice dishes | 21 comments

Mushroom Biryani is a simple and tasty dish and one of my favorite. This recipe is very easy and it is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. It is truly a delight to mushroom lovers. Ingredients-1: For masala: Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Ginger – 1/2 inch Garlic cloves – 4 Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup Mint leaves – 1/2 cup (or dried – 1/4 cup) Chilly powder – 1 tsp Green chilly – 4 (about 2″) Ingredients-2: Basmati rice – 2 cups Chopped Onion – 2 cups Tomatoes – 2 Mushroom sliced – 2 cups Cloves – 3 Cinnamon stick – 1″ Cardamom – 2 Fennel seeds – 1 tsp Bay leaves – 2 Ghee – 2 tbsp Oil – 2 tbsp Salt to taste Method of Preparation: Grind everything from ingredients-1 to a fine paste. Wash...

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Vendakkai Pachadi – Okra Pachadi

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 5 comments

Vendakkai Pachadi or Okra Pachadi is a delicious yogurt based side dish. It is very easy to make and one of the few minutes wonders. Pachadi is considered one of the important dish in any traditional feast in South India. You can make pachadi with fresh vegetable such as beetroot, winter melon, cucumber, carrot, etc. Serve this pachadi with rice, dosa, idli or roti. Preparation time: 30 minutes No.of servings: 3 Spice level: 1.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Chopped okra or lady’s finger – 2 cups Shredded coconut – 3 tbsp Green chili – 1 Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Plain yogurt or curd – 3/4 cup Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp A few curry leaves Method of Preparation: Wash and let the okra dry. Chop the ends and and cut it into slices. Heat...

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Mambazha Pulissery – Ripe Mango in a Yogurt Curry

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Kootu/lentil Stew, Onam and Vishu, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 10 comments

Mambazha Pulissery is an authentic Kerala style curry in which ripe mangoes are cooked in a yogurt and coconut based spicy curry. It is sweet, sour, spicy and a little tangy. It is a tradition to make this dish on Vishu and Onam festival. It tastes more like Mor Kootan or Mor Kuzhambu except for being a little sweet. Mango season is here, so try this delicious curry and serve as a side to chapathis, rice and also as raitha to pulao or biryani. Ingredients: Ripe mango – 1 Grated coconut – 3 tbsp Dried red chilies – 2 Fenugreek seeds (methi) – 1/2 tsp Thick buttermilk – 1.5 cups Oil – 2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp A few curry leaves Salt to taste Method of Preparation: Peel the skin and cut mango into big pieces. Boil it...

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Easter – Good Friday Recipes

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Misc | 1 comment

Celebrate Easter with your family and friends by planing a wonderful feast for your guests with our favorite Easter Recipes. Looking for some delicious, easy and fun recipes?? then you are in the right place. From breakfast to brunch, lunch to dinner, appetizers to desserts check out our popular Easter recipes and plan your menu. Kick off your day with a delicious and easy breakfast: Waffle and Syrup Potato Bread Toast Grilled Veggie Sandwich Spinach and Artichoke Souffle Moist Banana Crunch Muffins Bread Dinner Rolls Blueberry Scones Special Indian breakfast recipes: Dosa Idli Vadakari Chutneys Poori Masala Set Uthappam Aapam and Stew Pongal Masala Fried Idli Puttu Breakfast Korma Vendhaya Dosa Oats Adai Cakes/Bread/Cookies: Hot Cross Buns Classic Baguette Braided Coffee Cake and Mini Rolls Pound Cake Fruit Cake Tres Leches Cake Chocolate Cake German Chocolate Cake Pineapple Cake...

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Introducing Cooking Videos in ST

Posted by on Oct 14, 2012 in Cooking Videos, How to??, Misc | Comments Off on Introducing Cooking Videos in ST

You would have probably seen our teaser video announcing the addition of a video section in SpicyTasty. Well, the time has come. We have been working hard in getting these videos ready. For recipe videos, you can watch the “SpicyTasty Cooking Video” section. We are planning on adding recipe videos for our most viewed recipes as time progresses. We would like to invite you to take a look at the videos next time you want to make these dishes. Also, we would like your input on what recipe videos you’d like to see next . Thank you so much for your encouragement. Here is our first three Cooking Videos, Egg Curry: Mutton Dum Biryani: Gobi...

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