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

Kathirikkai Avarakkai Murungakkai Sambar – Mixed Vegetable Sambar

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Kootu/lentil Stew, Onam and Vishu, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 4 comments

Kathirikkai, avarakkai and murungakkai (brinjal, broad beans, drumstick) is one of the popular combination for making sambar. I made this sambar using freshly ground sambar powder which makes it more tastier. It is a perfect combination with rice as well as idi/dosa. For those who doesn’t know about sambar: Sambar is a staple food in the Southern parts of India. Vegetables are cooked with lentils and spices and served with boiled rice or idli/dosa. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Broad beans (avarakkai) – 1 cup Brinjal (kathirikkai) – 4 2″ long drumstick (murungakkai) pieces – 7 or 8 Toor dal – 2/3 cup (133 gram) Tamarind juice – 1 cup (from a small lime sized tamarind ball) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Roast and grind: Oil – 3/4 tsp...

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Pavakkai Pitlai (Bitter Gourd Sambar)

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Kootu/lentil Stew, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 11 comments

Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon (known as Pavakkai in Tamil and Karela in Hindi), as the name indicates is a bitter vegetable with lots of precious nutrients and less calories. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber.  It is rich in iron, beta-carotene, calcium and potassium. It is known for its medicinal values. My mom always force me to eat karela saying it purifies your blood and is good for your heart. I should thank her for making me eat this vegetable. Now it has grown on me and I don’t hate to eat it anymore. On the contrary, my husband loves it. So I try incorporate it in my cooking as much as possible. It is popular in Indian cuisine. In South...

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Arachuvitta Sambar – Lentil Soup (Version 2)

Posted by on Jan 29, 2011 in Kuzhambu/Sambar, Onam and Vishu, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 3 comments

ST Authors meet – Day 4 Today is the forth day of  our meet and it is going great. It is snowing here. It is beautiful outside. We went to Cancun Mexican Grill for dinner. We had a good time together. And we watched a nice tamil movie (Shiva Manasula Shakthi). For lunch we prepared Arachuvitta Sambar, Vathakuzhambu (again), Cheppankizhangu fry, Carrot beans stir fry, Okra fry, rasam, fryums..wow!! It’s so nice to cook together and enjoy the food. I have gained a couple of pounds this week alone. Hoping to lose it after I get back home ;). I am glad to share the recipe for Arachuvitta Sambar today. It is one of the most day to day dish in my house and one of my all time favorite. You can serve it along with white rice or Idli/dosa, Ven pongal,...

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Masoor dal Sambar – Lentil Soup

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Breakfast Menu, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 19 comments

It’s easy to make and goes very well with dosa and idli. It’ s a great and tasty south Indian  breakfast dish. One of my fav too. Try this recipe and let me know how it came out. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Masoor dal (Red split lentils) – 1/2 cup Shallots – 5 Onion – 1/2 (Roughly chopped lengthwise) Tomato – 1/2 Green chillies – 4 (slitted lengthwise) Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp Oil – 2 tbsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Tamarind – Small lemon size (take the tamarind extract) Method of Preparation: Pressure cook the masoor dal...

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Sambar Rice – Lentil Rice

Posted by on Aug 25, 2010 in Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 29 comments

I was planning to make this sambar sadam since a long time. After I saw this recipe in Sharmispassions.com by Sharmilee, I loved it. I tried this sambar rice and it really tastes like Vasantha Bhavan’s sambar rice 🙂 I added the vegetables to my taste and I’ve also added the green chilli. This is really a very nice recipe and easy to make too. I’ve suggested this recipe to couple of my friends and everyone said it came out really good. Preparation Time: 45 mins Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 3-4 Ingredients: Oil : 1 tbsp Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds : 1/2 tsp Asafoetida: a pinch Curry leaves: a few Green chilly : 1 Shallots: 9 Tomato: 1 (chopped) Salt: to taste Drumsticks: 3-4  (You can use any type of...

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Araichuvitta Sambar – Lentil Soup (with Jackfruit Seeds/Drumstick)

Posted by on Feb 24, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 8 comments

I am back from my long India vacation. And started my cooking in my favorite kitchen. I had brought some jackfruit seeds from India. So I just made my all time favorite sambar (lentil soup) with my mom’s recipe. This  sambar recipe is a very traditional recipe in south India.  It’s little different from the  regular sambar. If you don’t have jackfruit seeds you can substitute any vegetable. This goes very well with idli, dosa and rice. Trust me it tastes like heaven! Ingredients: Shallots: 7-8(Peeled) Tomato: 1 Oil: 2 tbsp Toor dal: 1/2 cup Mustard seeds : 1 tsp Asafoetida: 1/4 tsp Urad dal: 1 tsp Jack fruit seeds: 1/2 cup Drumsticks : 7-8 nos Coriander Leaves : 2 tbsp (For garnishing) Tamarind paste: 2 tbsp Masala to Grind: Coriander Seeds : 11/2tbsp Channa dal: 1tbsp Cumin seeds...

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Radish Sambar

Posted by on Jan 15, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 4 comments

Happy Pongal to all our readers…Iniya Pongal Nalvazhthukkal… Today’s special is Mullangi Sambar or Radish Sambar. In tamil Radish is called Mullangi.I like to add a lot of vegetables to my sambar. But when it comes to Mullangi, I only prefer to add pearl onions. We call it Mullangi Vengaya Sambar. It is very popular in Tamil Nadu. The aroma is just too good. But always remember to saute radish with a little oil and then add cook because it can be bitter if added without sauteing. Here you go… Ingredients: Toor dal – 1 cup Pearl onions – 7 to 8 (peeled) Radish – 1/2 cup (peeled and sliced thinly) Green chilies – 2 Sambar powder – 1 and 1/2  tsp Tamarind juice – 1 cup ( from 1 tbsp of fresh tamarind) Turmeric powder – 3/4 tsp Oil...

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Sambar powder

Posted by on Nov 14, 2007 in Masala Powders | Comments Off on Sambar powder

Preparation time: 30 mins Spice level: 4.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Red chillies – 125 g Coriander seeds – 300 g Channa dal -50 g Toor dal – 125 g Pepper – 50 g Cumin seeds – 50 g Turmeric – 75 g Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp Method: Dry roast all the above ingredients separately for 2 mins and Let it cool. Grind it together to a fine powder. Store in an air tight...

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Tamil Varusha Pirappu Recipes – Tamil New Year Recipes

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Indian Festival | 1 comment

Wish you all a Happy Tamil New Year!! Tamil New Year is celebrated on the first month of the Tamil solar calendar, Chithirai. It is celebrated by the Tamil population in Indian and around the world. From wikipedia: The Tamil New Year follows the Nirayanam vernal equinox and generally falls on 14 April of the Gregorian year. 14 April marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar. The Tropical vernal equinox falls around 22 March, and adding 23 degrees of trepidation or oscillation to it, we get the Hindu sidereal transition or Nirayana Mesha Sankranti (the Sun’s transition into Nirayana Aries). Hence, the Tamil calendar begins on the same date observed by most traditional calendars in India as in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Mithila, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura etc. not to mention Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and...

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Seppankizhangu Fry / Colocasia Fry (Version2)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | Comments Off on Seppankizhangu Fry / Colocasia Fry (Version2)

After a long break posting this delicious Seppankizhangu roast..It is very simple to make with very less ingredients. I got this recipe from one of my friends Pari..Recently had it at her home and I wanted to make this fry. It goes very well with any rice dishes. Time of Preparation : 30 to 40 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Colocasia – 4 Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tbsp (for mixing) and 2 tbsp (for frying) Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Tamarind water – 1 tbsp (optional) Method of Preparation: Boil the colocasia in pressure cooker for just 1 whistle and remove it from the heat. It...

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Kothamalli Rasam / Coriander Soup

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Soups, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 2 comments

I love to have different kinds of rasam rather than usual garlic or tomato rasam. I made slight changes in my friend’s (Thilaga) rasam recipe and tried this coriander rasam. It came out so good and I just loved it :). Ingredients: Tamarind – Small lemon size Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Red Chillies – 1 Tomatoes – 2 (medium size finely chopped) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste) Coriander leaves – to garnish To Grind: Black pepper – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Green Chilly – 1 (small) Garlic – 2 large cloves Coriander strings – 20 Method of Preparation: Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract the juice....

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Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu (version 2)

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Kuzhambu/Sambar | 6 comments

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu is an authentic South Indian dish made with fried eggplant cooked in a spicy curry. You can serve it with rice and roti, also with dosa or idli. It is a comfort food and my family’s favorite. Try to use small eggplants for this dish. This dish requires a lot of oil and I generally don’t want to compromise on the taste when it comes to authentic dishes. But I try to make it not very often. You can also reduce the amount of oil accordingly. Preparation time: 90 minutes No. of servings: 7 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Indian brinjal or small eggplants – 10 Small onions or shallots – 1 cup (peeled and chopped) Tomatoes – 3 Garlic pods – 10 Sambar powder – 3 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Cumin...

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Maavadu – Pickled Baby Mangoes

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Pickle | 1 comment

  Maavadu is pickled baby mangoes, a traditional South Indian pickle. During the summer season we make this pickle and enjoy through out the year. Maavadu and curd rice are the best combination. My mom and sister usually buy a lot of these baby mangoes and make pickles every year for us. These are brought by my parents from India and am enjoying fresh pickles this year. Ingredients: Vadu maangai  – 1 kg (baby mangoes less than 2″ in size) Mustard seeds – 50 gram Long dried red chilies – 6 Turmeric powder – 4 tbsp (or whole turmeric – 3) Sea Salt or Rock Salt – 150 g Castor oil Method of Preparation: Sterilize a ceramic or glass jar in which you are going to pickle the mangoes. Wipe it with clean towel or paper towel. Soak mustard...

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Karthigai Deepam Recipes

Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 in Indian Festival | 2 comments

Happy Karthigai Deepam to all our readers!!! Karthikai Deepam is a traditional Hindu festival observed in South India.It falls in the month of Karthikai (mid-November to mid-December) as per Tamil calendar. This occurs on the day when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai (Pleiades) and purnimai. This constellation appears as a group of six stars in the firmament in the shape of a pendant from the ear. Many legends and lyrical poetry have grown round this star. The six stars are considered in Indian mythology as the six celestial nymphs who reared the six babies in the saravana tank which later were joined together to form the six faced Muruga. He is therefore called Karthikeya, the one brought up by the Karthigai nymphs. Houses and streets are lit up with rows of oil lamps (Deepam) in...

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Olan Recipe – Winter Melon Coconut Stew

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Kootu/lentil Stew | 1 comment

Olan is a traditional dish from Kerala Cuisine. It is made for special occasions such as Onam, weddings, etc. It is one of the most simplest dish you can make. It has winter melon, red cowpeas, coconut milk which is flavored with green chili, coconut oil and curry leaves. You can serve this dish as a side with rice and sambar/rasam or any variety rice. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 3 Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Cubed winter melon – 1 cup Cooked red cowpeas (karamani or vanpayar) – 1/4 cup Green chili – 1 or 2 (adjust to taste) Thick coconut milk – 1 cup Salt to taste Coconut oil – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Peel the skin and chop winter melon into small cubes. Wash and pressure cook cowpeas with 3/4 cup...

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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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Onam Festival Recipes

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Indian Festival | 5 comments

Wish you all a very Happy Onam!! Onam is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the people from Kerala (located in South India). This festival is celebrated every year for 10 days in the Malayalam month of “Chingam” which falls between August and September. These 10 days are celebrated as a harvest festival and also as a homecoming for King Mahabali, who was banished by Lord Vishnu in Vamana avatar. For more details please refer here. All the 10 days are part of Onam celebrations and each and every day is  celebrated with various traditional rituals starting from making “Pookalam” (rangoli with flowers) on the front yard of houses everyday for the 10 days which marks the beginning of Onam and set the tone for the celebrations. The celebration continues with conducting Vallam Kali – Snake boat races...

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Varalakshmi Vratham and Recipes

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Indian Festival | 3 comments

Varalakshmi Nombu Or Varalakshmi Vratham is a sacred ceremony observed by Hindus in the tamil month of Aadi or Sravana (Hindu Calender month) which falls between July and August. Aadi is an auspicious month and a lot of festivals and religious ceremony are observed in this month such as Aadi Perukku, Aadi ammavasai, Aadi Velli, Aadi Pooram, etc. On the day of this Vratham, married women worship Goddess Lakshmi for the well being of their husband and family. Varatham is a Sanskrit word, meaning “Vow”  or “Promise”. It denotes a religious practice or actions which includes fasting, doing pooja, reciting mantras/prayers, etc. I am sharing a detailed procedure of the Varalakshmi Vratham rituals that we follow at home. It may vary with each household. This may be of help to the beginners or anyone who wants to know about...

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