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

Paneer Jalfrezi

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Paneer Recipes | 1 comment

Paneer Jalfrezi is a spicy version of paneer recipe mainly cooked with onions, tomatoes and bell peppers. My husband is not a huge fan of Paneer dishes but he likes Chilli Paneer. So just wanted to try another version of spicy paneer and it tasted really good. Ingredients: Paneer (cut to long thin slices) – 340grams Red Bell pepper (cut lengthwise) – 1 Green Bell pepper (cut lengthwise) – 1 Onions (cut to long thin slices)- 1 1/2 (medium size Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp Tomato paste (I have used canned tomato paste) – 3 oz Green Chillies (slit lengthwise)) – 2 Tomato(deseeded) – 1(cut into long thin slices) Red chiili powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp Kasuri Methi – 2 tsp Oil – 2 tbsp Salt – to taste...

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Seppankizhangu Fry / Colocasia Fry (Version2)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 0 comments

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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Suryakala / Chandrakala (Step by Step Instructions)

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Desserts | 2 comments

I love milk sweets and sweets using Khoya. This is yet another easy sweet we can make for Diwali. The process look little big but it is real easy to make. Here I used homemade khoya but we can use store bought khoya too which will make things more easier :). Ingredients: For Outer Covering: All purpose flour / Maida – 2 cups Ghee – 2 tbsp Baking soda – a big pinch Salt – a big pinch Water – as needed For Stuffing: Sweetened Khoya – 1 cup (I have used homemade palkova) Cardamom powder – 1 tsp Fried cashews and raisins – 2 tbsp Oil – For frying Sugar – 1 cup Water – 1 cup Saffron – a pinch Method of Preparation: Mix flour, salt, baking soda and ghee and mix by adding water little by...

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Kothamalli Rasam / Coriander Soup

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Soups | 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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Mushroom Pepper Masala

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 0 comments

I like to cook mushrooms often because they have very high nutritional value. I got this recipe from my aunt and it is very simple to cook. It goes well with Chapati as well as rice. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5</strong> Ingredients: Mushroom – 2 cups (chopped to cubes) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (chopped) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp Bay leaf – 1 Oil – 1 tbsp Coriander leaves – to garnish To Grind: Coconut – 3 tbsp Black pepper – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add...

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Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Tomato Pasta

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Italian | 3 comments

I love making pasta using different sauce. I wanted to try pasta using roasted red bell pepper for a long time. The addition of tomato Paste gives some tangy flavor to it which I love. Here is a simple and tasty Pasta recipe.. Ingredients: Pasta – 2 cups (I have used Penne Pasta) Oil – 2 1/2 tbsp (I have used olive oil) Onions – 1/2 cup (chopped) Roasted Bell pepper – 3/4 cup (I have used bottled bell peppers) Garlic – 2 cloves (chopped) Tomato paste – 3 tbsp (Ihave used canned tomato paste) Heavy Cream – 1/4 cup (optional) Dried herbs – 1/2 tsp (I have used parsley and basil) Freshly ground black pepper – 1/4 tsp Red chilli flakes – 1/4 tsp (adjust according to taste) Salt – to taste Cheese – add according to taste...

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Paneer Wrap

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Paneer Recipes, Snacks | 0 comments

When I went to India this time I tried Paneer wraps in Mc D and I just loved it. I wanted to make it after I come here and it came it too good. It is a very easy lunch box menu and kids will love it. Ingredients: Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Garlic – 1 clove (grated) Tomatoes – 1 cup (chopped) Bell pepper – 1 (chopped to small cubes) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder – 1 tsp Cumin powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp Kasuri methi – 1 tsp (crushed) Green chutney – 2 tsp for each wrap (as required) Ranch – 1/2 tsp for each wrap (as required) Mayonnaise – 1 tsp for each wrap (as required) Lettuce – 1/2 cup Paneer – 1/2...

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Bread Halwa

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Desserts | 1 comment

My mom used to make this bread halwa very often. It is very simple to make unlike other halwas. We can use any kind of bread (except salty one) for bread halwa. The taste and color slightly varies according to that. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes No of Servings : 15 to 20 Ingredients: Bread – 1 loaf (any kind and I have used white bread) Milk – 6 cups Sugar – 1 1/4 cup Ghee – 4 tbsp Cahews – 4 tbsp Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp Method of Preparation: Crush the bread to small pieces. Heat 3 tbsp of ghee in a pan and fry the bread till golden brown. Add the milk and sugar and stir occasionally. Stir it in medium flame and mash it so that there is no lumps. It will soon thicken...

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Corn flakes Mixture

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Indian Festival, Snacks, Diwali Recipes | 1 comment

This Corn flakes mixture is one of the easiest snacks which everyone will like. We can make in large quantity very easily. This sweet and spicy mixture is my all time favorite. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Spice level : 2 Ingredients: Corn flakes / Corn poha – 14 oz pack (approximately 5 cups) Cashew nuts (broken) – 1/2 cup Raisins – 1/3 cup Peanuts – 1/3 cup Curry leaves – 4 strings Red chilli powder – 2 tsp Salt – 1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste Sugar – 1 tsp Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a small kadai and fry the cashew nuts, peanuts, raisins and curry leaves one by one and transfer them to a tight storage box. Add the red chilli powder, salt and sugar. Fry the corn flakes (I...

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Vegetable Soup (Version2)

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Soups, Healthy Eats | 2 comments

I have already tried a Vegetable Soup in which I grind all the veggies. Here is my another version of simple Vegetable Soup recipe.. Time of Preparation : 35 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Onion – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup chopped Carrots – 1/2 cup (cut to small squares) Beans – 1/2 cup (cut to small size) Green peas – 1/4 cup (I have used frozen peas) Corn – 1/4 cup (I have used forzen) Dried basil – 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning – 1/4 tsp Black pepper – powdered (1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste) Salt – to taste Water – 3 cups Vegetable broth – 3 cups Oil – 2 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions. Fry...

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Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Snacks | 3 comments

For all the cheese lovers…Mozzarella cheese sticks is a very snack and kids will love these. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes Spice level : 1 Ingredients: Mozzarella Cheese – 16 pieces (String size cut to half or finger size) Bread crumbs – 1/4 cup Dried Parsley – 1/2 tsp Crushed Black pepper – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste All purpose flour – 1/4 cup Water – as required Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Mix bread crumbs, dried parsley, crushed black pepper and salt. Add all purpose flour with water along with a pinch of salt. It should not be too thick nor too thin. This batter is going to be used for binding. Take the cheese sticks, first dip it in the flour batter, then coat it with bread crumbs. Repeat this for all cheese...

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Methi Thepla

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in North Indian recipes | 2 comments

Methi Thepla is a popular Gujarati flat bread. It is made with a mixture of flours, mildly spiced and contains fenugreek leaves. It is very easy to make and will be good for lunch box too :). Time of Preparation : 25 minutes Resting Time : 15 minutes No of pieces : 10 Spice level : 1 Ingredients: Wheat Flour – 1 cup Chickpea Flour / Besan Flour – 1/4 cup Salt – to taste Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Curd – 3 tbsp Methi leaves – 1 cup (tightly packed) (chopped) Water – 1/4 cup (adjust accordingly) Method of Preparation: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except curd and water. Add the curd and mix. Then add water little by little...

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Oreo Milkshake

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Desserts | 3 comments

An easy, chocolatey milkshake recipe that can be made in 5 minutes with just 4 ingredients..Also it is a kids favorite recipe too.. Time of Preparation : 5 minutes No of Servings : 2 Ingredients: Oreo cookies – 5 Vanilla Ice cream – 3 scoops Milk – 1 cup Whip cream – 1/4 cup (optional) Method of Preparation: Blend oreo cookies, ice cream and milk in a blender and transfer them to two glasses. Top it with whip...

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Spicy Green Chilli Chutney

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Chutneys | 4 comments

This year I have got so much of Green Chillies from my garden. I was wondering what to do with so much of green chillies. One of my friend from Andra suggested this Green Chilli Chutney. Her mom gave this recipe and my husband loved it :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Yield : Around 2 1/2 cups Spice level : 5 out of 5 (extra spicy) Ingredients: Green Chillies – 500g Tamarind – big lemon size Salt – to taste Coconut – 1/3 cup (optional) Oil – 1/4 cup Sesame oil – to taste (optional) For Seasoning: Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Split Urad dal – 1 tsp Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Heat oil in pan and fry the green chillies in medium flame. Take tamarind extract (thick extract of 2 cups) and...

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Indian Style Pasta / Spicy Masala Pasta

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 3 comments

Looking for a quick lunch box menu or an easy snack ???…here is an easy Pasta recipe with Indian touch. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level :4 Ingredients: Pasta (any kind) – 2 cups Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Garic – 2 cloves (grated) Tomatoes – 3/4 cup (chopped) Green Bell pepper – 1 (finely chopped) Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp Green chillies – 2 (slit lengthwise) Garam Masala – 1/4 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Olive oil – 2 tsp Method of Preparation: Add the pasta in water along with a tsp of oil and salt and boil it till they become soft. Drain the water and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan and add the green chillies followed by the...

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Unniyappam / Unni appam ( Onam Special )

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Indian Festival, Onam and Vishu | 2 comments

Unniyappam is a famous festival snack in Kerala which is made for all special occasions. I made this Unniyappam for Krishna Jayanthi and I am planning to make this for Onam too. I got this recipe from my sis-in-law and I just loved it :). Time of Preparation : 3 hours (including resting time) No of pieces : around 40 Ingredients: Raw Rice – 3/4 cup Jaggery – 1 cup (crushed) Banana – 1/2 (big one) Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp Wheat flour – 3 tbsp Sugar 1 tbsp (optional) Cashews – 2 tbsp (broken) Ghee – as required Baking soda – a pinch (optional) Method of Preparation: Soak the raw rice for 2 to 3 hours. Grind it smoothly without adding water. Add the Jaggery and grind it. Finally add the banana and grind it smoothly. Add 3...

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Paal Payasam (Version 2) / Milk and Rice Kheer

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Desserts, Indian Festival, Diwali Recipes, Onam and Vishu | 3 comments

Rice Kheer is an Indian dessert which will be very tasty and is generally made for special occasions. For making Rice Kheer, we have to stand and near the cooking range for a long time to reduce the milk. But for this version of Rice Kheer we need not stand and wait. Only thing is the gas consumption will be more but definitely no strain :). Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Cooking Time : 3 hours No of Servings : 4 to 5 Ingredients: Milk (Full fat or 2%) – 5 cups Basmathi rice (washed) – small handful (around 3 tbsp) Saffron – a pinch Sweetened Condensed Milk – 1/2 can (7 oz) Ghee – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Take a pressure cooker and add a tsp of ghee. Slightly toss the Basmathi rice and add the...

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Rajma / Red Kidney Beans Curry

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 5 comments

Rajma is a very popular dish in Northern India. Red Kidney Beans in a thick gravy with lots of Indian Spices is usually served with Rice, Jeera Rice or Chapati or Naan. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Red Kidney Beans – 1/2 cup Cinnamon stick – 1/2″ Cloves – 2 Bay leaf – 1 Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Tomatoes – 1  cup (finely chopped) Tomato Paste – 2 tbsp (I have used canned tomato) Red chilli powder -1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tbsp Asafoetida –...

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Cauliflower Korma / Cauliflower in Cashew and Coconut Milk Gravy

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 1 comment

When we think of Korma, we generally make with green chillies or Red chilly powder. For this Korma, we use Red Chillies for the spice. I got this Korma Recipe from my friends mom and this Korma will be very good with Chapati. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes No of Servings : 3 to 4 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Cauliflower florets – 1 1/2 cups Onions – 1 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1 cup (finely chopped) Bay leaves – 2 Coconut milk – 1 cup (adjust according to the thickness) Green peas (I have used frozen)- 1/2 cup (optional) Oil – 1 tbsp Salt – to taste Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp Masala to Grind: Cinnamon stick – 1″ Clove – 1 Red chillies – 6 Coriander seeds – 1 tsp Khus...

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Crispy Cashew Pakoda / Mundhiri Pakoda (Step by Step Instructions)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Snacks | 10 comments

I am huge fan of Adayar Anandha Bhavan’s Cashew Pakoda. I got this recipe from my aunt and these came so good and they are almost as good as Anandha Bhavan’s Pakodas. It can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Whole Cashew nuts – 3/4 cup Besan Flour – 1/2 cup Rice flour – 1/4 cup Red chilly powder – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Onions – 1/4 cup (thinly sliced) Mint leaves – 1/4 cup (chopped) Curry leaves – a few (optional) Hot oil – 1/4 cup Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Add besan flower, rice flour, red chilli powder, salt, mint leaves, ginger, onions and...

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