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

Spicy Kadai Paneer

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Paneer Recipes, Slideshow | 7 comments

It’s my long overdue to post this recipe. I’ve made this curry a few months ago and since then I wanted to post this recipe. Lazy me :-). Paneer is my all time favorite and I love any dish with paneer. My parents were here this summer and I know my mom loves paneer too. so I was wondering one day what to cook using paneer suddenly Kadai paneer came into my thoughts. Tried this recipe and it came out really tasty. Its a very simple and easy recipe. My parents loved it. It’s little bit spicy so if you are a non-spicy person cut down the spice level. Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Ingredients Paneer/Cottage Cheese : 250g Tomatoes : 5 (finely chopped) Green Chilies :...

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Ciroc Chicken Curry

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 3 comments

This chicken curry has an interesting story. A good friend of mine said he will make good chicken curry and invited us for lunch. The night before the lunch we were a little intoxicated  and  he ended up marinating the chicken with a cup of Vodka with other ingredients. The next day he cooked that ciroc soaked chicken and I was wondering how it was gonna come out. But it came out really really delicious and we were all surprised. Thanks to Rakesh for the cool new recipe!!   Ingredients: Ciroc Vodka : 1 cup Chicken tenderloins : 500gms Oil : 3 tbsp Cloves : 2 Cinnamon : 1 “ Bay leaves : 1 Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp Chicken masala powder : 2 tbsp Poultry Seasonings : 1 tbsp Curry Powder : 1 tbsp Pepper powder : 2...

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Simple Vegetable Biryani

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Rice dishes | 7 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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Beach Ball Cake Pops

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Baking, Slideshow, Cookies and Cakes | 5 comments

This one is yet another creation for my son’s birthday pool party. If you are planning for a beach party or pool themed party this cake pops are so perfect for it. Everyone loved it and I wouldn’t say it’s easy to make it but it’s definitely fun to make these cake pops. Preparation Time : 60 minutes  Ingredients: Cake mix : 1 box (I’ve used betty crocker vanilla cake mix) White Candy melts Sanding Sugar crystals ( different colors) Toothpick Corn syrup Lolipop stick Butter cream frosting ( you can use any frosting) Cookie scoop Method Of Preparation: Bake the cake as per the instructions given in the box. Once it’s cool down crumbled into large bowl. Now add 1 can of butter cream frosting (you can use any frosting).  Gently mix the cake and frosting evenly either...

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Skittles Marshmallow Pops

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Slideshow, Cookies and Cakes, Desserts | 1 comment

This pops are so easy to make for kid’s birthday Parties. Again I’ve made this one for my Son’s b’day party. All the Kids loved it and even adults loved it too. This makes a great candy for birthday parties or any other occasion. Preparation Time : 15 minutes Ingredients: Large Marshmallows Skittles candy Lollipop sticks Water Method Of Preparation: Separate the different colored skittles. Grind each color into soft powder separately and put it in a different bowl (Make sure you clean the blender after each color) Now dip the edge of lollipop stick in water and poke them in marshmallow and dip the marshmallow quickly in water, letting any excess drip off. Then roll them in a bowl of skittles powder or you can hold ther marshmallow over a bowl and sprinkle ground skittles over the marshmallow to coat generously. Now...

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Flip Flop Cookies

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Baking, Slideshow, Cookies and Cakes | 8 comments

I’ve made this Flip-Flop Cookies for my Son’s 2nd birthday Pool Party. The party theme was Beach so I wanted to make something related to it. I saw the idea of making Flip-Flop cookies on Pinterest, so wanted to make something like that. It was really easy and it came out so good and tasty. Kids loved it and everyone loved the taste and idea. The Nutter Butter Cookies looks just like flip-flops so you don’t have to make cookies separately. Ingredients: Nutter Butter Cookies : 1 Package Candy melts : 2 package ( you can use white and add any coloring you want) Royal Icing : any coloring for decorating   Method Of Preparation: Melt the candies and add any  gel coloring  you want. Don’t add lot of coloring it will thicken the consistency. Dip the nutter butter...

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More Signature Cakes Review

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Baking, Slideshow, Cookies and Cakes | 1 comment

I was planning on making a cake for my son’s birthday party and accidentally came up with this website “More signature cakes” in a local website. I’ve totally fell in love with the cakes she made. The artist’s name is Sonali and she is the owner of moresignaturecakes.com. Then I changed my mind and really wanted order cake from her.  I ordered Nemo cake and cupcakes with Nemo characters as a topper. She made the cake and the cupcakes exactly like what I asked for. I think for the quality of the cake and the disney themed decorations the price was really reasonable. When the cake arrived I couldn’t take my eyes off it, as it was soo good looking as you can see in the picture. I had everyone in the party compliment this cake. My son loved...

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Strawberry Fudge

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Christmas Recipes, Desserts | 5 comments

This is one of the easiest and simple fudge I’ve ever made. I’ve made this for valentines day and finally get to post this recipe. My son love this fudge, it makes a great dessert for any parties. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of  Servings : 5-6 Ingredients: Strawberry Frosting : 16 oz White Chocolate Chips : 12 oz Method Of Preparation: Melt your chocolate chips in a microwave for about a minute or 2. Once the chips are melted stir it in your strawberry frosting evenly. Now grease 9×9 pan with a cooking spray. Now spread the mixture in your greased pan and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to set completely. After that cut into any shapes you want and serve. You can store this fudge in an airtight container for a week or...

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Chicken Xacuti

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 13 comments

Recently I came across this recipe in a popular TV show and since then I totally fell in love with this dish. I’ve tried Prawn Xacuti (pronounced shaa-koo-tee) once in a restaurant, but never got a chance to eat the chicken version. This dish is more popular in Goa. The flavors and aroma of this dish makes it more popular in India. The name Xacuti is derived from a Maharashtrian dish called “Sagoti” which means ‘Sag‘ or chopped veggies cooked well in a gravy. Goans have made this dish their own and make it with chicken or prawns. Like Keralite food, most Goan food also feature coconut as an ingredient. A little tidbit I learnt when reading up on Goan dishes is that since they were a portuguese colony for so many years, a lot of their food use...

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Spicy Chicken Cutlet

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Appetizers, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes, Slideshow | 7 comments

There are many many appetizers you could make either for a party or just your family. But there are only a few that can win over hearts (and tummies) like a chicken cutlet. That too with little effort on your part. Chicken cutlets are best served with some kind of sauce like Ketchup or chutney sauce – the kind you would serve with samosas. They make for a great party appetizer especially if you have non-veg lovers. Can you bake it too or just shallow fry? Preparation time: 30 minutes No of Cutlets : 10-12 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Boneless Chicken : 1 lb 1 Potato : 1 big (quartered) Onion : 2 cups (Finely chopped) Green chilies : 3 (finely chopped) Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp Ginger & garlic paste : 1 tsp Garam...

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Pool Table/Billiards Fondant Cake

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Baking, Fondant Cakes | 10 comments

I made this cake for my husband’s birthday party. He loves biliards and he is a good player too. So I wanted to surprise him with this cake. We threw him a surprise birthday party and he was totally surprised and was really excited seeing this cake. This is the first time I tried making fondant cake and it came out pretty good. Everyone loved it. One of my biggest inspirations for making this cake is a good friend Krupa Golla. She made poker cake and I was totally impressed with that and since then I wanted to try this cake. I also made another gift wrap cake for a good friend Murali and he loved it too. Since I made this cake for a surprise I didn’t get a chance to take step by step pics. But I’ll...

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Mutter Paneer Cocktail Samosa – Green Peas with Cottage Cheese Cocktail Samosa

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Appetizers, Snacks, Christmas Recipes | 9 comments

I just made these Samosas for my husband’s Office Potluck party and you know what he said everybody loved it. I was wondering what to make for that potluck and my friend Nithu (author here at ST) gave me this idea of making mutter paneer samosa. I’ve always been scared to make samosa because I thought it was a lot of work to do and not so easy to make. But I came up with idea of making it with spring roll sheets, surprisingly it came out soo delicious and perfect. I made close to 45 Samosas in 60 minutes. So it’s that easy to make and it makes for such a great appetizer.   Preparation Time: 30 minutes No Of Samosas : 16-20 cocktail samosas Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Spring Roll sheets : 10...

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Tomato and Balsamic Bruschetta

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Appetizers, Slideshow, Christmas Recipes | 1 comment

Recently I’ve tasted this Balsamic Bruschetta in a party and since then I wanted to try this recipe. I’ve always love the taste of Balsamic Vinegar. It gives such a special kick which makes the dish really delicious. Bruschetta makes the perefect and light appetizer. If you are looking for some easy and delicious appetizer for christmas, here is the recipe for you. Also check out our Christmas recipe collection here. Preparation Time : 15 minutes. No of servings : 6-7 Ingredients: Roma Plum Tomatoes : 8 Fresh Basil : 2 tbsp (chopped) Parmesan Cheese : 1/4 cup(Shredded) Red Onion : 1/2 medium (Finely Chopped) Garlic : 2-3cloves(finely chopped) Balsamic Vinegar : 1 tbsp Olive oil : 1 tbsp Salt : to taste Ground Black Pepper: 1/4 tsp French Loaf Bread : 1 Toasted and sliced Cilantro or Parsley : for...

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Braided Coffee Cake and Mini Rolls

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Baking, Slideshow, Breads, Christmas Recipes | 4 comments

This is one of the recipe I’ve been waiting to post. Because it came out so perfect and delicious. Coffee cakes are always my favorite and anything with coffee on it I just simply love it. I’ve made braided loaves many times but this time it Came out so perfect. This is the perfect evening snack. If you are looking for some delicious and easy to make breads, this is the perfect recipe for you. Try this recipe and let me know how it came out for you. Preparation time: 2 hours and 30 minutes. No Of servings : 2 loaves or 20-30 mini rolls Ingredients: Active dry yeast : 1 package Warm water : 1/4 cup Warm Milk : 1 cup(I’ve used fat free) Sugar : 1/2 cup Eggs : 3 Unsalted Butter : 1/2 cup (sofetend) All...

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Palak (Spinach) Chicken Curry

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 20 comments

Palak Chicken is one of the most popular and delicious dishes in North Indian Cuisine. It is a wonderful blend of chicken curry and spinach. If you have a family member who dislikes spinach like my husband, try this dish and you will have a convert. As much as the color of spinach gives away the important ingredient in this curry, my husband said he couldn’t even taste the spinach and the whole gravy tasted great. Enjoy the goodness of spinach and chicken together in one dish. Preparation Time : 35 minutes No Of servings : 4-5 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken: 500gms or 1/2 kg Spinach : 1 bunch Onion : 1 cup (chopped) Coriander Leaves : 1 bunch Tomato : 1 (finely chopped) Bay Leaves : 1 Oil : 2 tbsp Fennel Seeds...

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How to Make Jalebi?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Desserts, Indian Festival, Diwali Recipes | 18 comments

Jalebi is one of the most popular Indian desserts. They are just like funnel cakes but soaked in a sugary syrup. Jalebi is an easy to make yet very tasty sweet that will satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. If you go sweet shopping in India, you will find this in every sweet shop. It’s that popular. Jalebi is a thinner and easier version of another sweet – Jhangri. This is yet another recipe I was hoping to post for Diwali but I guess this can also be made for Christmas! Preparation Time: 60 minutes No Of servings : 9-10 No Of Jalebi’s : 30-40 Ingredients: Maida/all purpose flour : 1 cup Besan Flour : 1 tsp Warm water : 3/4 cup Oil : 1 tsp Rapid rise yeast : 1 tsp Cardamom Powder : 1 tsp Yogurt :...

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Chettinad Mutton Kuzhambhu

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes, Chettinad Dishes, Diwali Recipes | 10 comments

I’ve made this dish a day before Diwali and since then I wanted to post it, but couldn’t find time to do it. Finally I am posting this recipe today. This mutton curry is one of the most easiest and flavorful dish I’ve ever made. It’s an authentic chettinad recipe I’ve got from one of my friend. Chettinad dishes are most popular in southern part of India. You can find chettinad dishes on any restaurant in South India. The ground masala is key to this dish and makes it more delicious and it gives nice aroma. Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you. Preparation Time : 45 minutes No of servings : 4-5 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Mutton : 500 gms Onion: 1 cup Tomato : 1 cup(chopped finely)...

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Sweet Somas

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Diwali Recipes | 1 comment

If you want to get into the Diwali celebration mood there is one sweet that will get you there right away- Sweet Somas. This is one of the most favorite Diwali snack my mom used to make when I was growing up. And I still hold it dear to my heart. If you like coconut and fried snacks this is just the ultimate combination of the two. It is basically a deep fried shell with sweetened coconut and sooji filling that tastes heavenly. Wishing everyone a Happy and safe Diwali!!! Preparation Time: 60 minutes No Of Somas: 18-20 Ingredients: Maida(All Purpose Flour) : 2 cups Oil : 1 tbsp Salt : a pinch Water : To knead the dough For Filling: Rawa : 1 cup(Lightly roasted in ghee) Sugar : 1 cup ( Cardamom Powder : 2 tsp Shredded...

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Beetroot Rice

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Rice dishes | 0 comments

Beetroot rice is one of the easiest to make and it makes a great comfort food. If you are looking for a lunch box dish, this is the perfect recipe. Kids will love this dish. Even my 19 month old son loves this rice. If you have beetroot sitting in your pantry then it’s really simple to make this dish with very few ingredients. From wiki: Beetroot is a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C, and betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health Preparation Time: 30 minutes No Of servings : 3-4 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Beetroot : 1 cup (peeled and shredded) Oil : 2 tbsp Cooked Rice : 3 cup Onion : 1/4 cup (chopped) Mustard seeds : 1 tsp Urda dal : 1 tsp Fennel seeds :...

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Badam Halwa

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Indian Festival, Slideshow, Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 3 comments

Badam (Almond) Halwa is one of the most popular and delicious Indian sweets and it is made with almonds, saffron, sugar and clarified butter. Diwali is coming up in a couple of weeks and if you are wondering what dessert to make, here is the richest, delicious and scrumptious Badam Halwa recipe. Try this recipe and you will definitely love it. Just as much if not more as I did. Preparation Time : 60 minutes No of servings : 6-8 Ingredients: Badam/Almonds : 1 cup Milk : 11/2cup Ghee : 3/4 cup (Clarified Butter) Sugar : 3/4 cup Saffron : 1/4 tsp Method Of Preparation: Soak Badam/Almond overnight or till the skin peel out of almonds when you press them with your fingers. Now remove the skin from almonds and grind it in blender by adding little milk to make...

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