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

Spider Deviled Eggs

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Appetizers, Egg Dishes | 1 comment

Deviled Eggs are a common holiday or party food served as a side dish, appetizer or a main course. Eggs are hard boiled, shelled and cut in half and filled with a stuffing made of egg yolks mixed with other ingredients. Here I have topped the eggs with creepy little olive spiders. It is perfect for Halloween and you can bring it to your office/house party and impress everyone. Ingredients: Cooked Eggs : 4 (peeled) Mayonnaise : 2 tbsp Ground Mustard : 1/2 tsp Salt : to taste Pepper : 1/4 tsp Whole Black olives to decorate Method Of Direction: Cut eggs lengthwise into half. Remove the egg yolks and keep it in separate bowl. Mash the egg yolks and add mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir everything evenly. Fill the egg whites with egg yolk mixture prepared above, heaping it lightly. Cover...

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Chickpea Masala Sundal

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Navratri Recipes, Slideshow | 1 comment

Different variety of Sundals are made during Navratri days. Each day there is a different variety of sundals are made for Neivedyam and it’s distributed to the friends and family  who are invited to see the Golu.  I adapted this recipe from a friend. She made this sundal for her Golu last year. I’ve made this recipe a couple of times and it makes for a great evening snack with some hot tea. If you have Golu in your home and you are out of ideas for how to make different types of sundal,  try this recipe. It definitely tastes delicious and  it will be a sooper dooper hit. Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No oF servings : 4-5 Spice Level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Chick pea/Chole :...

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Mochakottai/Lima Beans kuzhambhu

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 1 comment

I still remember those days when my mom  makes Mochakottai kuzhambhu  the house is filled with such a nice aroma. I still remember the taste and flavor when she makes it. She makes the best Kara kuzhambhu I’ve ever tasted in my life. I’ve tried to make it tastes like her but somehow I miss that perfect flavor. This time when I made it with her secret recipe it came out absolutely perfect and tastes soo delicious and flavorful.  Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you. From Wiki: Lima beans, like many other legumes, are a good source of dietary fiber, and a virtually fat-free source of high quality protein. Preparation Time: 45 minutes Spice Level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 4-5   Ingredients: Sesame Oil : 2 tbsp Mochakottai(Dry): 11/2 cups(cooked) Small...

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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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Beans Poricha Kootu – Green Beans and Lentil Curry

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Kootu/lentil Stew, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 1 comment

Poricha Kootu is one of the popular dishes in South India especially in Tamilnadu. It’s more popular in the Tanjore region of Tamilnadu. It’s a slightly different version of regular Kootu. Kootu is one of my favorite dishes and it’s always easy and comforting to make and eat with Vathal kuzhambhu and rice. Poricha Kootu can be made with any vegetables. I’ve never tried poricha kootu with green beans and this is the first time I tried it. It tasted really delicious and was a great side dish with Kara kuzhambhu. Preparation Time : 45 minutes No of Servings : 3-4 Spice  Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Beans : 2 cup (cut into pieces) Moong dal : 1/2 cup or you can also use Chana dal Oil : 2 tbsp Mustard Seeds : 1 tsp Urad dal...

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Shrimp and Eggplant Curry

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Shrimp Dishes | Comments Off on Shrimp and Eggplant Curry

Recently I tried Shrimp curry with eggplant and it tasted really delicious. Since then I have been wanting to share this recipe. It came out really good and tasty. I just love the flavor of eggplant in shrimp curry. It’s definitely an easy recipe with a rich flavor.  After that I’ve made this curry couple of times for few friends and it always turned out to be great hit. Try this easy and delicious shrimp and Eggplant Curry and let me know how it came out for you.   Method Of Preparation: 45 minutes Spice Level : 4 out of 5 No Of servings : 4-5 Ingredients: Shrimp:  2lb (peeled and deveined) Eggplant : 1 lb Onion : 2 (medium and chopped) Tomatoes : 3(pureed) or Canned Tomato paste: 1 cup Curry Leaves : 6-7 Green Chilies : 4...

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Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Appetizers, Mexican, Thanksgiving Recipes | Comments Off on Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

I tasted these delicious Pinwheels at our good friends Peter and Romie’s place and we fell in love with this dish. It tastes so delicious and you can’t stop eating with just one or two slices. I wanted to try this dish for a very long time. Finally I got a chance to try it yesterday for our subdivision party and no wonder it was a sooper dooper hit. Everyone loved it. Thanks to Peter and Romie. Preparation Time : 30 minutes preparing and 2 hours of refrigeration. No Of Servings: 25 Ingredients: Tortillas: 5 (10 inches), room temperature Cream Cheese : 8 oz(1 Pack) Sour Cream : 8 oz(1 cup) Chopped Black Olives : 1/4 cup Shredded Cooked Chicken : 12 oz (I’ve used Tyson cooked White Chicken chunks) Garlic Powder : 1 tsp or Garlic cloves :...

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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, 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 1/2tsp Turmeric : a pinch for color Green chilli...

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Happy Vinayagar Chaturthi and Ellu Urundai(Sesame Ladoos)

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Slideshow, Snacks, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 3 comments

Happy Vinayagar Chaturthi 2012 !!! Ganesha Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 20 August and 15 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period). While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Orissa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Outside India, it is celebrated...

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Teaser Video: Recipe Videos Coming Soon to

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Recipe Videos | Comments Off on Teaser Video: Recipe Videos Coming Soon to

We have had so many requets from our readers here on site as well as our Facebook fans to do recipes videos. Guess what? We listened and we are gearing up to start adding Recipe Videos here. We are working hard in producing easy to follow recipe videos for some of the most popular recipes on this site to begin with. We will be quickly adding many more videos soon! Stay tuned for more news on this soon. To give you a taste of our upcoming Recipe Videos section, we have created a little teaser video for your...

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Aval Pidi Kozhukattai – Flattened Steamed Rice Dumplings

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Slideshow, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 1 comment

Vinayagar Chaturthi festival is coming this Sep 19. So everybody is probably be making lots of snacks and sweets already this week. Kozhukattai is one of the special and favorite dish for Lord Ganesh so it’s one of the must-make items on that auspicious day. I have lots of poha/aval sitting in my pantry which I bought for Krishna Jayanthi. (See Poha Vada recipe) So I thought why not make some Aval Pidi Kozhukattai and give it a trial run before Vinayagar Chaturthi. So I made this aval pidi kozhukattai just like Pidi Kozhukattai except I am substituting flattened rice instead of beatened rice. It tatses really good. Whenever I make pidi kozhukattai always it remind me of Pondicherry restaurant “Adayar anadha bhavan”. I used to go there and never missed eating it at that place. Preparation Time :...

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Oats Adai (Oats Lentils Pancake)

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Healthy Eats | 6 comments

Oats makes for a healthy breakfast and you can’t go wrong with any oats recipes. My husband and I both love Adai so I thought instead of making it with rice why not try it with oats. And it came out very delicious and Karthik didn’t even realize it was made with oats until I told him. It has become one of my favorite oats recipes. Try this delicious oats adai if you are in a hunt for healthy Indian food recipes. Preparation Time : 1 hour and 45 minutes Spice Level : 2 out of 5 No Of Servings : 6-7 weight watchers Point : 8 (for 2 adai) Ingredients: Powdered oats: 1 cup Chana dal : 1/2 cup Moong dal : 2 tbsp Urad dal : 1 tbsp Onion: 1 big(finely chopped) Whole red chilies : 3-4...

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Aval Vadai (Poha Vada)

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 9 comments

Vinayagar Chaturthi is coming soon and you will be already making a list for what to cook on that day. So why not try this delicious and easy aval vadai recipe. It tastes almost like paruppu vada and it’s very easy to make too in less time. Preparation Time: 30 minutes No of serving: 5-6 Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Aval/Poha/Beaten Rice : 1 cup Oil : for Frying Onion : 1 (finely chopped) Green Chilies: 3-4 (according to your spice level – finely chopped) Asafoetida : a pinch Ginger : 1 tsp (grated or chopped finely) Rice flour : 2 tbsp Curry Leaves : 4-5 (chopped) Coriander Leaves : 1 tbsp (finely chopped) Grated Coconut : 2 tbsp (optional) Salt : to taste Method Of Preparation: Soak aval/poha for 10-15 minutes. After that drain the excess...

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Quinoa Payasam/Kheer

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Desserts, Weight Watchers Recipe | 3 comments

Recently I’ve started eating quinoa a lot. As I said before in my Quinoa biryani recipe it doesn’t taste bad. This Gokulashtmi I wanted to make kheer and thought why not make a kheer with quinoa. My husband was little hesitant with the idea. Surprisingly it came out really delicious and tasted soo good. It tasted more like sago kheer and Karthik liked it too. It’s healthy and tastes good too. Double dhamaka in one recipe. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of  Servings : 3 Weight watchers Point : 6 Ingredients: Quinoa : 1/2 cup Water : 11/2 cups Milk : 2 1/2 cups Brown Sugar or Granulated Sugar : 1/4 cup(adjust according to your sweet level) Cardamom : 2 nos (pressed) Cashewnuts : 6-7(roasted in ghee) Raisins: 6(roasted in ghee) Ghee : 1 tsp Saffron: a pinch...

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How to make Guacamole?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Mexican, Multi Cuisine, Weight Watchers Recipe | 5 comments

Guacamole is one of the most popular avocado recipes and it’s also popular in Mexican cuisine. It’s one of my favorite and easiest recipes to make. Whenever I go to any mexican restaurants I can’t eat any dish without guacamole and it’s also very healthy. When you have some guests coming it’s easy to make and you can serve it with some tortilla chips. I had some avocados sitting in my fridge so I decided to make this delicious guacamole . My 16 month old little boy loved this guacamole:-). Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out. If you have a variation of this recipe I’d love to hear that too Preparation Time : 20 minutes No Of Servings : 5-6 Spice level : 1 out of 5 Weight watchers Point(1/4 cup): 2 points Ingredients:...

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Chinese, Healthy Eats, Multi Cuisine, Weight Watchers Recipe | 5 comments

If you want to make some healthy food in less than 30 minutes and also make it taste really good then, this recipe is your best bet. This lighter version of vegetable fried rice is one of the easiest and healthy recipe. You don’t need to go out for a  fried rice take out when you can make it at home. If you have some brown rice , or any cooked rice sitting in your fridge than it’s more easy to make this recipe. And this recipe is also weight watcher’s friendly recipe. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of servings : 2-3 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Weight watchers point: 6 points (1 cup of fried rice) Ingredients :  Cooked Brown Rice : 4 cups Onion : 1/2 cup(cut into lenghtwise) Cooked Vegetables : 11/4 cup...

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Chettinad Kola Urundai Kuzhambhu – Spicy Meatball Curry

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Chettinad Dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 7 comments

I’ve just posted Kola urunadi recipe couple of days back and this is a continuation of that recipe. you could just serve the meatball/kola Urundai as an appetizer or you could make it even more appealing and make it as a curry. Kola urundai kuzhambhu is also an one of the authentic chettinad dishes. This is one popular dish you can find in some chettinad restaurants. You can serve this with chapathis, parathas, rice or as a side dish for any Biryani. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No of Servings : 4-5 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Kola urundai/Meatballs : 12 Onion: 1 small (finely chopped) Tomato: 1 (finely chopped) or Tomato puree : 1 cup Curry leaves : 4 Green chilies : 2 (slit into lenghtwise) Ginger & garlic paste : 1 tbsp Kola Masala...

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Chettinad Kola Urundai – Spicy Meatballs

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Chettinad Dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 5 comments

This recipe has been long over due to post. I got this recipe from some TV channel show (I totally forgot the show name and channel name) and some professional chef was making it and I wrote it down a while back. I’ve made this recipe couple of times and never got a chance to take pictures. And it tasted really good  every time I made it. Finally I got a chance to take pics and posting it here. Kola urundai is an authentic Chettinadu (south Indian) dish. It’s deep fried meat balls which is a blend of various spices like cloves, cinnamon, ginger & garlic,  cilantro and curry leaves. And these balls can be eaten just like that with some sour and spicy sauce as an appetizer or it can be served soaked in a Kuzhambhu called Kola...

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Chicken and Potato Curry

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Chicken dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 8 comments

Since we started grilling a lot this summer I didn’t get a chance to make chicken curry lately. I had some potatoes sitting in my pantry and chicken in my freezer. I ended up making this simple chicken and potato curry. My mom used to make chicken curry with potatoes and I always loved it. So far I never got a chance to make this dish before. It came out as a delicious curry that went great with some fresh chappathis. preparation Time : 40 minutes No Of servings : 4-5 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Oil: 2 tbsp Fennel seeds : 1 tsp bay leaves Cinnamon sticks: 1″ Cloves : 3 Cardamom : 1 Cashews: 4-5 Potatoes : 1 (Cut into cubes)( iF you are using baby potatoes use 3-4 of them) Onions: 1 (medium)(If you...

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Italian, Multi Cuisine | 5 comments

  Karthik & I are great fans of pizza and love various kinds of pizza. Chicago style, new york style, deep dish, hand tossed, greek gyro pizza, etc. One of our favorites has to be Barbeque chicken pizza. I have made a few varieties of pizza but this is the first time I made barbeque chicken pizza and it came out delicious. If you are a fan of barbeque flavor, this is a must try. Preparation Time : 45 minutes No Of servings : 3-4 Ingredients: Chicken breast : 1/2 pound (washed and cut into cubes) Barbecue sauce :  1/4 cup Flour : for dusting Pizza dough Pizza sauce : 1/2 cup Mozeralla shredded : 11/2 cup Parmesan shredded : 1 cup Onions : 1/2 cup (thinly sliced) Olives: 1/4 cup Jalapenos : 1/4 cup Olive oil : 2 tbsp...

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