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

How to Make Pizza Dough

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

The crust of the pizza is the most important piece and the crust depends on the pizza dough you make. You could buy ready made pizza crust in stores but they don’t taste as good or fresh if you created it yourself with your own pizza dough. Making pizza dough is definitely an art. I am far from an expert in making pizza dough but as practice makes perfect everytime I make it it comes out better. This time around has to be my best of the lot. So if you are just starting out making pizza be prepared to give yourself a few tries. Who knows you may find yourself good at this at first try too! Preparation Time : 2hours (including the dough to rise) No Of Pizza : Three 12″ medium pizza or two large pizza...

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Chicken Shawarma

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Middle Eastern, Multi Cuisine | 6 comments

Middle Eastern food is one of my favorite cuisine of all time. Shawarma is one of the staple dishes you will find in any Middle Eastern restaurant. Every time I’ve had one I would wonder how hard it would be to make this at home. Since we are grilling regularly this summer I figured I’ll try making chicken shawarma with some grilled chicken. Shawarma can be served as a wrap in pita bread or with just chicken over rice. Few Lines about Shawarma from wikipedia: Shawarma is a Levantine Arab meat preparation, where lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or mixed meats are placed on a spit (commonly a vertical spit in restaurants), and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shavings are cut off the block of meat for serving, and the remainder of the block of...

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Quinoa Biryani

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Veggie Entrees & Sides, Weight Watchers Recipe | 6 comments

I just joined in weight watchers in the last couple of months, so I started calculating my points in my daily eating habits. I’ve always wanted to make Quinoa for a very long time but never got a chance. I just tried making Quinoa Biryani yesterday and I must say the flavor and aroma tasted almost like basmati rice. You don’t see a bug difference in biryani. The cooking technique of Quinoa is just like cooking any rice. Wash it and always soak quinoa for atleast 15 minutes before you use. You will see a white tail in quinoa after its fully cooked and that’s the sign it’s completely cooked. A little information about Quinoa from Wikipedia: Quinoa a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is...

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Chicken Tikka Wrap

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in BBQ & Grilling, Chicken dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 2 comments

I’ve posted Grilled Chicken Tikka a few days back and I’ve made this wrap with that Grilled chicken. It came out really yummy and a delicious dinner. It just take 10-15 minutes to make this and you can take it on the go too. Preparation Time : 15 minutes Spice level : 2 out of 5 No of servings : 2-3 Ingredients: Grilled Chicken Tikka: 2 cups (cut into lengthwise) Onion : 1 medium (chopped) grilled Bell Peppers : 1 cup(cut into lengthwise)(you can use any colors)(optional) Cucumber : 2 small (cut into small cubes) Tomato : 1 small (cut into cubes) Pepper powder : 1 tsp Coriander leaves : 1 tbsp (chopped finely) Yogurt : 1 tbsp Whole Wheat tortillas or Pita bread or chapathi: 3 Method Of Preparation: Heat the tortillas on the pan by turning both sides...

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Grilled Chicken Tikka

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in BBQ & Grilling | 2 comments

Summer is here so why don’t we have fun outside with some grilling. My husband and I we both love grilling.  We made this delicious chicken tikka for our dinner. This is one of the most popular dishes in north India.The word Tikka means bits, pieces or chunks. Chicken Tikka is an easy-to-cook dish in which chicken pieces are marinated in special spices and yogurt and then grilled or baked in a clay based Oven called Tandoor. Chicken tikka can also be made as a curry or gravy called Chicken Tikka masala which is also popular in most of the Indian Restaurants. Preparation Time : 1hour and 30 minutes Spice level : 2 out of 5 No of servings : 3 Ingredients: Chicken : 1 lb(I’ve used Chicken Thighs) Lemon Juice : 2 tsp Yogurt:1 tbsp Food coloring : 1 tsp...

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Mango Milkshake

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Beverages & Drinks | 3 comments

I am back to ST after a short break. I went to India this summer and got a chance to taste all the summer fruits and obviously mangoes. I had really missed eating mangoes for a very long time.  Yesterday I went to Sam’s club and bought these delicious lipsmacking mangoes from there. I love milkshakes and especially mango shake is my favorite. SoI made this for a beautiful evening drink and it came out really yummy. Preparation Time : 15 minutes No of servings : 2 Ingredients: Mango Pulp : 1 cup(I’ve used 2 fresh mangoes) Fat free Milk : 1 cup Vanilla Ice cream : 2 scoops (I’ve used fat free) Sugar : 2 tbsp (optional) Method Of Preparation: Add all the ingredients in the blender or mixer and blend it well until it becomes smooth and...

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Punjabi Chole – Chick Peas Curry

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 5 comments

No matter which part of India we are from, we all share a liking for 2 things. AR Rahman’s music and Punjabi dhaba food. 🙂 Dhaba food like bhel puri, pani puri, channa kachori are like my most favorite food in the world. We had bought some frozen kachori from an Indian grocery store so I set out to make the perfect chole combination for it. And here is the Punjabi chole recipe I tried. Karthik (and I) loved it so much he even had it for dinner! The preparation for Punjabi Chole is different from the regular Channa Masala recipe but it tastes heavenly. Preparation Time: 60 minutes No of servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Kabuli Channa (Chick peas or Garbanzo beans) : 3 cups ( soak it overnight  or  soak it...

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Christmas Fruit Cake

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes, Cookies and Cakes, Slides | 2 comments

Fruit Cake and Christmas cake are synonymous to a lot of people celebrating Christmas. I like fruit cake for its rich texture, ingredients and the flavorful taste. Another reason to make Fruit Cake at this time of the year is it is easier to get candied/glazed fruits now than at other times of the year. This cake can last you for a while if you kept the surface moist and prevent it from going dry. Most fruitcake recipes call for the addition of a small amount of alcohol but you can make your own non-alcoholic version as well. Preparatin Time : 30 minutes Baking time : 2 hours 30 minutes No of servings : 10-15 Ingredients: Unsalted Butter : 1 cup Light Brown Sugar : 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar : 1/2 cup Eggs : 3 (large) Brandy : 2...

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Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes, Cookies and Cakes | 1 comment

We are wishing all our readers and fans a Merry Christmas!!! It’s Christmas eve and hope everyone is excited for tomorrow. I am still waiting for the snow outside, hope Santa smiles with some snow showers tomorrow. I have a big list for Santa this year, hope he fulfill my wishes.If you would like you scan share your wishes in comments below. This is a first time I am making Gingerbread Cookies and it came out absolutely delightful. If I may say so myself. 🙂 Making a Gingerbread Cookies is a Christmas tradition for a lot of folks. If you haven’t tried it yet this is the perfect season to do so.   Preparation Time : 30 mins Total Time : 2hrs30mins No Of servings: 30 Ingredients: All Purpose Flour : 2 cups Ground Ginger : 2 tsp Ground...

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Coconut Macaroons

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 3 comments

Macaroons have always been one of my favorites. It tastes absolutely delicious. So I decided to make it at home. I had some shredded coconut sitting in my pantry so decided to make coconut macaroons this time. It came out absolutely yummy. In fact, I think I am gonna make this for the Christmas party this week. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No of pieces : 16 Ingredients: Egg whites : 2 Shredded Sweetened Coconut : 14 ounces Salt : a pinch Vanilla Extract : 2 tsp Sweetened Condensed Milk : 14 ounces Method Of Preparation : Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine the shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Whisk the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment...

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Cranberry Scones

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | Comments Off on Cranberry Scones

I am such a great fan of scones! Whenever I go to our farmers market they have these freshly baked scones and I can’t resist to come without some in the cart. Plus. I have always wanted to make it at home. Finally I had some cranberries sitting in my pantry from when I made some cranberry sauce. So I decided to make some cranberry scones out of it. It came out really well and tasty. You can try this at home yourself and let me know if you like it. Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of pieces : 8 Ingredients: All purpose Flour : 2 cups Granulated sugar : 1/3 cup Baking powder : 2 1/2 tsp Salt : 1/4 tsp Unsalted Butter : 1/4 cup Dried or fresh cranberries: 1/2 cup (if you are using fresh cranberries...

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Eggnog Recipe

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Beverages & Drinks, Christmas Recipes | 6 comments

Eggnog is popular drink in the US and Canada and is traditionally associated with the holiday season especially Christmas. You can find ready-made eggnog drinks on store shelves around this time of the year. But, you may be surprised to find out how easy it is to prepare it at home. If you are having a Christmas party and looking for recipe ideas, this Eggnog recipe can come in handy in making this popular holiday drink! Eggnog is usually made with alcohol especially Bourbon but you can also make Alcohol-free Eggnog by not adding alcohol in this preparation. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of  Servings : 3-4 Ingredients: Egg yolks : 2 Whole milk : 1 cup Egg whites : 2 Bourbon (Whisky) : 11/2 oz (optional) Heavy Cream : 1/2 cup Ground Nutmeg : 1/2 tsp Granulated...

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Maple Pecan Bread

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Baking, Breads | 5 comments

I had Pecan bread at one of my friends’ place and I have been wanting to make it ever since. I had gotten the recipe from her and I have been wanting to try this recipe. I love maple syrup on pancakes and the flavor of maple. So I just twisted this recipe a little by adding maple flavor. If you want you can also try without adding maple flavor. It will turn out delicious either way. It came out very tasty and perfect. My husband and MIL loved it and they both keep saying it tasted just like the walnut cake they used to love from Adyar Bakery in Chennai. Try this recipe and let me know if you liked it. Preparation Time : 60 minutes No Of Servings : 20 Ingredients: All Purpose Flour : 21/4 cups...

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Gajar Ka halwa (Carrot Pudding)

Posted by on Dec 10, 2011 in Desserts | 9 comments

If there is a way to make a vegetable taste heavenly this has to be it. It’s been  long overdue to publish this recipe. Everytime I make it somehow Ialways missed to take pics of it. This time my MIL made it and I finally took the pics. It was really delicious. Gajar (Carrot) Halwa is a traditional Punjabi dish made with carrots and milk.  The perfect way to eat this halwa is with some of your favorite ice cream. It taste absolutely delicious. I am already drooling here. Try this recipe and let me know how it came out for you.   Preparation Time : 45 minutes No Of servings : 4-5 Ingredients: Carrots : 2 cups ( grated and shredded) Milk : 2 cups Butter(unsalted) or Ghee : 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar : 1/4 cup Cardamom Powder...

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Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 4 comments

Recently I started buying more sweet potatoes for Vinay. He is such a poor eater but sweet potato is a lifesaver for me. He loves it and he can eat it at any time without any refusal. So I ended up having some sweet potatoes left over in my pantry. I was looking for ideas for side dishes to make for the fried rice and just came across this idea for this recipe while browsing and tried making this curry. It came out really good. I was first hesitant to add chickpeas with coconut milk but felt adventurous and tried it. Guess what it came out really yummy. Preparation Time : 45 minutes No of servings : 3 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes : 1 (medium) ChickPeas : 1 cup (cooked) Cashews : 1/4...

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Indo-Chinese Vegetable Fried Rice

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Indo-Chinese, Multi Cuisine | 6 comments

This recipe is from my sister’s kitchen. I wanted to try this recipe for a very long time and finally tried it and it came out so yummy. In my college days I was very addictive to Indo-chinese Cuisine. Hot and sour soup, Fried rice, Manchurian thees are my favorite dishes and I still love those yummy food. My sister makes so yummy and delicious Indo-chinese fried rice and Manchurian. I’ve always used to wonder how she make this recipe so perfect and Finally I’ve got the nerve to try it and it came out so good. If you are a Chinese, Indo-chinese food lover you should definitely try this recipe. Easy and  a comfort food. Preparation Time: 60 minutes No Of  Servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Vegetables : 1 cup(Carrots, Mushrooms, peas,...

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SpicyTasty Christmas Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Giveaways, Misc | 3 comments

Its the holiday season wherever you are in the world! For those who celebrate Christmas, this is the biggest and brightest event of the year! In light of this special month, we are hosting a giveaway for our lovely readers! It is going to be very easy to enter this giveaway. You will be entered in a drawing to win some awesome Cookbooks by “Dave Libermen’s Young and Hungry: More Than 100 Recipes for Cooking Fresh and Affordable Food for Everyone” and “The William-sonoma Collections : Dessert”. Entering the giveaway is very easy. You just share this giveaway article on Facebook, Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and leave a comment. Each action will get you entries to the giveaway. Doing all actions will give you that many more entries. Here is how you can enter. Share this post on Facebook...

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Spicy Okra Fry

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 5 comments

Spicy Okra Fry is yet another simple side dish in Indian Cuisine. Okra fry can be made in so many different ways and this is one among them. Okra/vendakkai/bhindi is my favorite vegetable. When I was pregnant with Vinay  I ate okra almost every single day. It has some very good nutritional value. When we were kids my mom used to say “If you eat okra/vendakkai your brain development will be good and you will get good marks in maths”. That’s how I started eating okra… to get good marks in maths 🙂 My math scores were a different story. Try this recipe and let me know you like it. Also try some other okra recipe s from our kitchen here. Preparation Time: 30 minutes No of servings : 2-3 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Okra/Vendakai/Bhindi : 2 cups...

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Cabbage Stir Fry

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 5 comments

  This is one of the easiest south Indian Side dishes. You can make it with so few ingredients and in such less time. There are lot of ways to make cabbage fry and this is one among them. My mother-in-law made this fry and it tasted soo good. I just love the flavor of cabbage. Try this simple cabbage fry recipe and let me know how it turned out for you. Preparation Time: 30 minutes Spice level : 2 out of 5 No Of servings : 2-3 Ingredients: Cabbage : 1 small head (washed and chopped in to small pieces) Onion : 1 small ( chopped) Chana dal : 1/2 tbsp Mustard seeds: 1 tsp Urad dal : 1 tsp Green Chilies : 3-4 (according to your spice level) Tomato : 1/2 (chopped into pieces) Method Of Preparation...

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Mexican, Multi Cuisine, Thanksgiving Recipes | 3 comments

I’ve already posted the Enchilada sauce recipe and here is the anniversary dinner I made for Karthik – Chicken Enchilada Casserole. It came out really yummy and tasted so good. Karthik loved it and he kept going back for the leftovers. 🙂 As I mentioned earlier this is one of the easiest casseroles I’ve ever made.Try this recipe and let me know if you liked it too. Preparation Time: 60 minutes No of servings : 4-5 Ingredients: Enchilada Sauce : 4 cups Corn Tortillas : 12 ( 6 inch) (Sofetend over flame or dry skillet) Chicken : 2 pounds (cooked and shredded) (you can just stir fry the shredded chicken with some salt and pepper for about 10 minutes) Jalapeno Peppers : 4 Sour cream : 1 cup Shredded Swiss cheese : 1 & 1/2 cups (from about 1/2...

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