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

Kathirikai Masala Fry / Eggplant Fry

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 1 comment

This Eggplant Masala Fry is almost similar to Stuffed Eggplant Fry and it is even simple to make. I got this recipe from one of my friends and it will be very good with sambar or any variety rice. Time of Preparation : 20 to 30 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 2 Ingredients: Small Eggplant (Brinjals) – 8 (cut them length wise 6 to 8 pieces each) Salt – to taste Oil – 3 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Tamarind – Marble size For Seasoning: Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – a few Asafoetida – a pinch Masala to Grind: Red chillies – 5 Black Pepper – 8 to 10 Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp Channa dal – 1 tbsp Peanuts – 1 tbsp Sesame seeds – 1 tbsp...

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Mango Kulfi

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Ice Cream | 2 comments

Mango Kulfi is a popular Indian Dessert (Ice cream) which is made of mango pulp and dairy products. For this, we do not need an ice cream maker and we just need a hand mixer or blender. This rich and creamy dessert is so perfect for the summer or even rainy days :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Resting Time : 8 hours No of Servings : 30 (approx) Ingredients: Mango Pulp – 30 oz (I have used 1 tin of kesar mango pulp) Sweetened Condensed milk – 14 oz Heavy Whipping Cream – 16 oz (1 pint) Cool whip – 8 oz Sugar – 1 1/4 cup Full fat milk or Evaporated milk – 2 cups Saffron – a pinch Almonds – 1/4 cup Method of Preparation: Soak the almonds in hot water for 15 to 30...

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Aadi Perukku / Aadi 18 Recipes

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Rice dishes, Indian Festival | 3 comments

Aadi Perukku / Aadi 18 is a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month Aadi (July mid to Aug mid). Usually it comes on Aug 2nd or Aug 3rd of every year. The Adiperukku, as a water-ritual, celebrated by women is to honor nature. It is celebrated near river basins, when the level of water rises because of Monsoon. On this day, we will prepare different rice varieties and worship Goddess Parvati. I am happy to share our Aadi 18 special recipes. Kalkandu Chakkarai Pongal Sarkarai Pongal / Sweet Pongal Thengai Sadam / Coconut Rice Elumichai Sadam / Lime Rice Puli Sadam / Tamarind Rice Thakkali Sadam / Tomato Rice Thayir Sadam / Curd Rice Medu...

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Homemade Croutons

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Baking | 1 comment

I had so much bread slices sitting in my pantry. Then I got the idea of making these Croutons. Since they Multigrain Bread slices I want to make them tastier by adding garlic and herbs and I loved the outcome :). Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Ingredients: Multigrain Bread slices / White Bread / French Bread – 5 Olive oil (I have used “Its not butter made with olive oil”) – 2 tbsp Garlic – 3 cloves (Grated) Dried Basil – 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano – 1/2 tsp Parmesan cheese (finely grated) – 2 tsp (optional) Method of Preparation: Cut the 4 sides of the bread and cut them to small squares. If you are using butter melt it and keep it aside. Add the grated garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, parmesan cheese and the butter and combine...

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Mullangi Chutney / Radish Chutney

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Chutneys | 0 comments

Whenever we think of Radish, the first thing that comes to our mind is Radish Sambar or Radish Paratha. My Grandmother usesd to make chutneys with all veggies. This Radish Chutney can be made in many ways. It will take just 15 minutes to make this chutney and it will be good with Idly / Dosa or even rice. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Oil – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Red chillies – 4 Urad dal – 1 tsp Coriander seeds – 1 tsp Onions – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Radish – 1 1/2 cups (peeled, washed and cut into small cubes) Turmeric powder – a pinch Salt – to taste For seasoning: Oil – 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp...

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Mushroom Puff

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Appetizers, Snacks | 2 comments

Puff Pastry Triangles with mushroom filling is an easy appetizer which will be different from the usual potato or vegetable stuffing. For those who like mushrooms, this is the perfect appetizer. Time of Preparation : 35 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 9 to 12 pieces Ingredients: Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (finely chopped) Green chilly – 1 (finely chopped) Mushrooms – 150g (chopped to small cubes) Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (chopped) Oil / Butter – 1 tbsp Garlic – 3 cloves (grated) Puff Pastry Sheet – 1 (I have used pepperidge farm puff pastry sheet. 2 sheets will be there) All...

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Mutta Dosa / Egg Dosa

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Breakfast Menu, Egg Dishes | 3 comments

My husband is a huge fan of Egg Dosa. Whenever I make Dosa, he prefers Mutta Dosa. It is very simple to make and it will be good with any spicy chutney. Time of Preparation : 10 minutes Spice level : 1 out of 5 Ingredients: Dosa Batter – 2 cups Eggs – 1 egg to mix with batter + 1 egg for each dosa Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (finely chopped) Pepper – as required (I have used freshly ground pepper) Salt – to taste Oil – 1/2 tsp for each dosa Method of Preparation: Beat an egg and mix it with 2 cups of dosa batter. Beat eggs as required and keep it aside. Heat electric griddle or dosa pan in medium heat and make crepes of around 6″ diameter. Add...

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Thakkali Thooku (Version 2) / Tomato Thokku

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 1 comment

This Thakkali Thokku is the easiest side dish for Chapati or Dosa. When I do not have any veggies or when I am so bored to cook any side dish for Chapati, I make this Thakkali Thokku. Also this is the best side dish for travel. It will be good for longer time. Here is the recipe for the simple Tomato Thokku. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Green chillies – 3 (slit lengthwise) Garlic – 5 cloves (crushed) Ginger – 1/2 tsp (grated) Tomatoes (large size) – 4 (chopped) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar powder – 2 tsp (adjust according to spice level) Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tsp Gingerly oil – 1 tbsp...

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Rava Kesari with Jaggery

Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in Desserts, Indian Festival, Onam and Vishu | 1 comment

Usually we make Kesari with sugar. In this recipe there is a twist…Yeah I am adding Jaggery instead of sugar. I got this recipe from my cousin and people who like sweets using Jaggery will love this recipe. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 1 or 2 Ingredients: Rava / Sooji coarse – 1/4 cup Jaggery – 1/2 cup (crushed) Milk – 1/4 cup (I have used skimmed milk) Water – 1/4 cup for jaggery + 1/2 cup Ghee – 2 tbsp Cardamom – 1 (crushed) Cashews – few Rasins – few Method of Preparation: Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a vessel and fry the rava in low flame until it starts to change the color. Add jaggery and cardamom to 1/4 cup of water and let it boil. When it completely dissolves,¬† strain...

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Rasavangi (Step by Step Instructions)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kootu/lentil Stew | 3 comments

I was planning to do this Rasavangi from a long time. This Rasavangi is almost similar to Arachuvitta Sambar except for 1 or 2 ingredients. This is very simple to make and is different from usual sambar or any other Kuzhambu. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Soice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Brinjal – 4 (cut lengthwise) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Tamarind – Gooseberry size Toor dhal – 1/4 cup Chickpeas – 1/4 cup (soaked overnight or soaked in hot water for 2 hours) Asafoetida – a pinch Masala to Grind: Oil – 1 tsp Red chillies – 5 Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp Channa dhal – 1/2 tbsp Black pepper – 5 to 8 Coconut – 3 tbsp (grated) For Seasoning: Oil –...

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Tomato Korma / Thakkali Kuruma

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 2 comments

Recently I have made so many side dishes for Idly / Dosa. This is also one such easy Breakfast Korma. This Tomato Korma is very simple to make and will taste good with Idly, Dosa or even Chapati. Time of Preparation : 25 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Oil – 2 tsp Fennel seeds – 1 tsp Green chillies – 3 (slit lengthwise) Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Garlic – 3 (crushed) Tomatoes (medium size) – 3 (chopped) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste To Grind: Oil – 1 tsp Red chillies – 3 Cinnamon stick – 1/2″ Clove – 1 Coriander seeds – 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Poppy seeds – 1 tsp Coconut – 3 tbsp Method of Preparation: Heat 1 tsp...

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Vegetable Soup

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Soups, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

I wanted to try some soup recipes for a long time. I tried this vegetable soup (thick soup) and it was good. We can add any vegetable we want and we have to follow the same procedure. Here is the recipe.. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 3 to 4 Spice level : 2 Ingredients: Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes (medium size) – 3 (chopped) Carrots – 2 (cut to small cubes) Beans – 10 (finely chopped) (optional) Cauliflower – 1/2 cup (chopped to small pieces) Broccoli – 1/2 cup (chopped) (optional) Peas – 1/2 cup Cumin powder – 1 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Black pepper – 1 to 2 tsp (freshly ground) (according to spice level) Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tsp Vegetable Broth – 3 cups Method...

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Split Moong Dhal and Green Peas Dosa

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Breakfast Menu, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

Looking for some easy, tasty and new recipe???? This Split Moond Dal and Green Dosa is a healthy and tasty recipe which will taste like Pesarattu. But it is less time consuming and it is something different than a usual Dosa. Thanks to my cousin for this wonderful recipe. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Split Moong Dhal – 1/2 cup Green Peas ( I have used frozen) – 1/2 cup Ginger (chopped) 2 tsp Green chillies – 2 Salt – to taste Oil – 6 to 8 tsp For Seasoning: Oil – 2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Onions (finely chopped) – 1/4 cup Method of Preparation: Soak the the split moong dal at least for half an hour. If your using fresh green...

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Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Indo-Chinese, Multi Cuisine | 0 comments

This is the simplest way of making Chinese style noodles. In this recipe I have added many veggies of different colors. The vibrant colors will make anyone to eat it. Since we are adding lots of veggies it is a healthy meal for kids too :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Hakka Noodles – 1 packet / 200grams Oil – 3 tsp Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Garlic – 5 cloves (grated) Bell peppers (I have used 3 colors of bell peppers) – 1/2 cup each color (thinly sliced) Cabbage – 1 cup (thinly sliced) Carrot – 1 ( 1″ thinly sliced) Beans – 10 (1″ thinly sliced) Soy sauce – 2 tsp Green chilli sauce – 3 tsp (you can replace red chilli sauce...

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Instant Korma for Idly / Dosa

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 5 comments

Thinking of a quick side dish for Idly/Dosa other than chutneys???…Here is the recipe for Instant Korma..Yeah Korma without grinding or without any veggies. I have never heard of Kormas without grinding any ingredient until I got this recipe from my Mother-in-law recently. But it tasted absolutely like Korma. I tried this and it tasted awesome :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Onion (preferably red) – 1 1/4 cup (thinly sliced) Tomatoes – 1 cup (chopped) Green chillies – 2 (slitted lengthwise) Garlic – 5 (crushed) Bay leaf – 1 Cinnamon stick – 1″ Cloves – 2 Fennel seeds – 1 tsp Oil – 1 tbsp Salt – to taste Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar powder – 1 tsp Besan flour –...

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Cabbage Stir Fry (Version 2) / Cabbage Poriyal

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 2 comments

This version of Cabbage poriyal is the basic version of the poriyal but it will be very tasty and healthy. When we want to eat something light and healthy, this version of cabbage poriyal is a good choice. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Cabbage – 4 cups (thinly chopped) Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Split Urad dal – 1 1/2 tsp Green Chillies – 2 (slit lengthwise) Grated ginger – 1 tsp Curry leaves – a few Grated coconut – 1 tbsp Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds followed by the asafoetida, curry leaves, split urad dal, green chillies and grated ginger. Fry for a minute and add the...

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Keerai Masiyal (Version 2) / Spinach Masiyal

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

If you are bored of cooking greens with dal, this recipe is an easy one without adding dal. My mom used to make Keerai Kadayal with Mulai Keerai by adding just chillies and garlic. For Spinach Masiyal, adding onions and tomatoes gives more taste. I got this recipe from my cousin and she said this recipe will be good for Arai Keerai and Siru Keerai too :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings:2 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions – 1/3 cup (chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (chopped) Green Chillies – 2 (adjust according to spice level) Garlic – 2 cloves Spinach – 2 cups (tightly packed) Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Time of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the onions and fry till they become soft....

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Manitaropita / Greek Mushroom Pie

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Multi Cuisine, Snacks | 2 comments

I told my cousin in Canada that I made Spanakopita  recently. Then she suggested this Manitaropita which is is similar to the Spanakopita recipe. She said that she had some frozen Manitaropita which is made mushroom and feta cheese in some wine sauce. I did this Manitaropita in my own style and that too tasted good. Here is the recipe for this easy and tasty snack. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of Servings : 4 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions Р1/2 cup (finely chopped) Mushrooms Р150 grams (chopped to small cubes) Green chillies Р2 (finely chopped) Black Pepper Р1/2 tsp to 1 tsp (according to taste) Salt Рto taste Parsley leaves Рa handful (chopped) Garlic Р2 cloves (finely chopped) Olive oil Р1 tsp and for...

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Coriander Idly

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 1 comment

Coriander Idly is one of the easiest and tastiest dishes from leftover Idly. I got this recipe from my sister. If we are bored of having Idly Upma, this Coriander Idly is a good choice which can prepared under 15 minutes :). Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 2 No of Servings : 1 Ingredients: Idly – 5 Coriander leaves – 25 strings Coconut – 3 tbsp Red Chilly – 1 Garlic -1 Split dhalia – 1 tbsp Onion – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Idly Podi – 1 tsp (optional) For Seasoning: Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp Split urad dal – 1 tsp Red chilly – 1 Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Grind coriander leaves along with, split dhalia, coconut, garlic red chilly and salt to a slightly coarse...

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Baked Kale Chips

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 2 comments

Kale has very high nutritional value. It is very rich in calcium vitamin K and Vitamin C. Kale has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat. I had these Kale chips at my sister’s place and I loved it. It is very simple to prepare too. This is a simple kale roast with a touch of garlic. Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Cooking Time : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Kale leaves – 1 bunch Olive oil – 1tbsp Garlic powder – 3/4 tsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Remove the leaves from the stem and wash them. Dry them completely and mix them with olive oil, garlic powder and salt. Preheat...

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