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

Kai Murukku

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Diwali Recipes, Snacks | 4 comments

Kai Murukku is a traditional South Indian snack made for festivals and special occasions.  It is made with freshly ground wet rice flour and deep fried in oil. Kai means hand in Tamil. It is a tradition in Hindu Brahmin weddings to make this murukku in jumbo sizes and various shapes. For snacking we generally make murukku with two circles. For special occasions like wedding bigger murukku is made with 7 or 9 circles and we call it “Seer Murukku”. My mom is a pro in making these Seer Muruku and she always takes care of these in our family weddings. I will be posting a video of this making very soon. Preparation time: 90 minutes Yield: 15 to 20 two circle murukku Ingredients: Rice flour – 3 cups Urad flour – 2 tbsp Butter – 2 tbsp (room temperature)...

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Paneer Kathi Rolls

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Paneer Recipes, Snacks | 5 comments

Paneer Kathi Roll also known as Paneer Frankie is a delicious Indian wrap filled with curried paneer (Indiancottage cheese). Frankie Roll is a popular Indian street food in which different types of curries such as paneeer, aloo (potatoes), gobi (cauliflower), meat are stuffed and rolled in a flat bread or roti made from all purpose flour or wheat flour. A popular chain of fast food known as Tibb’s Frankie is a place where we used to get these delicious wraps. Even now when I go to India I don’t forget to stop at Tibb’s. You can make these wraps and pack it for lunch by wrapping it in an aluminum foil. These are also perfect for picnics. Preparation time: 60 minutes + 2 hours resting time Yield: 12 rolls Ingredients: For the Roti: Maida or all purpose flour –...

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Fried Oat Balls (from left over pongal)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Appetizers, Snacks | Comments Off on Fried Oat Balls (from left over pongal)

I had some left over Oats Pongal that I made for the weekend and we were bored of eating the same thing again for dinner but at the same time I also wanted to finish it. That is when I came up with the idea of making this dish. It is more like Risotto balls which are made using left over Risotto. You can dip these balls in tomato chutney or any spicy chutney. But I had some sour cream and I mixed it with hot sauce and served as a dip which was delicious. Try to finish the balls when it is hot. Ingredients: Left over Oats Pongal – 2 cups Maida or all purpose flour – 1/3 cup Ground black pepper – 1/8 tsp Chili powder – 1/4 tsp Salt to taste Bread crumbs – 1 cup Oil for...

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Paneer Wrap

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Paneer Recipes, Snacks | Comments Off on Paneer Wrap

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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Corn flakes Mixture

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

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Appetizers, Diwali Recipes, Navratri Recipes, Slideshow, Snacks | 4 comments

Vegetable Bonda is a popular snack made with mixed vegetables which is then dipped in a gram flour (besan) batter and fried in oil. It is more like Aloo Bonda but with a lot of other vegetables in it. You can serve it as an evening snack with a cup of tea or as an appetizer. Serve it with coconut chutney. Preparation time: 75 minutes Yield: 16  Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Potatoes – 2 or 3 (big) Mixed vegetables – 2 cups (peas, carrots, beetroot, beans, cauliflower) Medium size onion – 1 Green chilies – 3 Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Finely chopped ginger – 1 tbsp Chili powder – 1/2 tsp Oil – 1 tbsp Chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) – 1/4 cup Salt to taste Oil for frying For Batter: Besan (gram...

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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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Aval Vellam – Poha with Jaggery

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Desserts, Snacks | 6 comments

Aval Vellam is a sweet dish made with jaggery and poha. I made this dish for Krishna Jayanthi or Gokulashtami (Lord Krishna’s birthday) since poha is one of his favorite food. It takes only a few minutes to make this dish and you can serve it for evening snacks to kids. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 4 Ingredients: Poha or aval (thick or thin) – 3/4 cup Jaggery – 1/2 cup Cashew nut – 1 tbsp Cardamom – 3 pods Shredded coconut – 2 tbsp Method of Preparation: Wash and soak poha in water for 5 minutes or until soft. If using thin poha, just wash and soak for a minute. Strain the poha through a colander. Add jaggery and a little water in a pan and bring it to a boil. When jaggery dissolves, filter the...

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Thavala Adai (Delicious South Indian Snack)

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Breakfast Menu, Snacks | 3 comments

Thavala Adai is a delicious South Indian dish made from rice and lentils. My mom makes lovely  Thavala Adai and this is her recipe. I am not sure how they named this dish but all I care about is its wonderful taste. It will be a nice variation from the regular snacks. My mom makes it for the evening tiffin or sometimes even for dinner. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It can be served with coconut chutney, tomoto gothsu or eggplant gothsu. Preparation time: 45 minutes + 1 hour for drying rice Yield: 15 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Raw rice – 1 cup Toor dal – 1/4 cup Chana dal – 1 tbsp Urad dal – 1 tbsp Black peppercorns – 2 tsp Dried red chili – 1 Cumin seeds...

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

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Snacks | 9 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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Stuffed Mini Peppers

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Appetizers, Slideshow | 2 comments

Stuffed Mini Peppers are perfect party appetizers. They are easy to make and you can prepare them ahead and pop them in the oven just before the party. I got the idea of making this dish from Giada’s foodnetwork show. But I made the filling with an Indian touch. These are crunchy and mild, a little sweet when you bite with a savory touch inside. Their lovely colors attract both kids and adults and well garnish your table. Preparation time: 45 minutes Yield: 16 stuffed peppers Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Stuffed mini peppers – 16 Paneer – 1 cup Cream cheese – 1/4 cup Onion – 3/4 cup Green chilies – 2 Garlic pods – 4 Fresh mint leaves – 2 tbsp Fresh cilantro – 1 tbsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Oil – 3 tsp...

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Kara Pori – Spicy Murmura

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Snacks | 1 comment

Pori or Murmura is Puffed Rice which is airy and light. We make a lot of dishes with this puffed rice such as Pori Urundai, Bhelpuri, Jhal Muri, etc. Today I have made a simple snack called “Kara Pori”, meaning “Spicy Puffed Rice”. You can make this simple snack for a movie night which will definitely leave your guests reaching for more. My friend Meena was talking about this dish and the flavorful roasted garlic which adds beauty to this dish. She made it for me today and what more can you ask for to enjoy it with a cup of hot tea.  Preparation time: 15 minutes No. of servings: 2 to 4 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Puffed rice or pori or murmura – 2 cups Peanuts – 4 tbsp Roasted chickpea (pottukadalai) – 2 tbsp...

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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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Vada Pav

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Chaat, Slideshow, Snacks | 4 comments

Vada Pav is a popular Indian burger and one of the most favorite street foods in Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai. It is priced fairly cheap which makes it a go to snack for everyone. Spicy potato balls known as “Vada” are deep fried in oil and served with toasted buns also known as “Pav” smeared with red garlic and green chutney. It has a perfect balance of spicy, tangy, crispy flavors which makes you enjoy each and every bite. Though it is a guilty pleasure, it’s okay to indulge in your favorite snack once in a while. I enjoy my Vada Pav with a little bit of garlic chutney and lots of green chutney. This will make a perfect snack for parties, picnics, game night, etc. For parties, you can make the potato vadas ahead and heat it in oven...

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Aloo Poha (Batata Poha)

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 in Breakfast Menu, Snacks | 4 comments

Aloo Poha or Batata Poha is a traditional Maharashtrian recipe made using flattened rice or Poha (aval) and potatoes. A simple and delicious recipe served for dinner or a healthy breakfast. It can also be made during Navaratri festival for serving your guests. You can use thin or thick poha for making this dish except that the soaking time varies. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 4 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Poha (flattened rice or beaten rice) –  2 cups Big potato – 1 (boiled, peeled and cubed) Chopped onion – 1 cup Green chilies – 3 to 4 A few curry leaves Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp Peanuts – 3 tbsp Dried red chili – 1 Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Oil – 3...

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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 – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Mushrooms – 150 grams (chopped to small cubes) Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp (according to taste) Salt – to taste Parsley leaves – a handful (chopped) Garlic – 2 cloves (finely chopped) Olive oil – 1 tsp and for...

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Pazham Nurukku

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Slideshow, Snacks | 3 comments

Pazham Nurukku is a Kerala dish made by steaming Nendram Pazham (a popular type of banana from Kerala) and cooking with jaggery. It is a simple dish and a wonderful snack for kids and adults. Ingredients: Nendram pazham – 2 Crushed jaggery – 2 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tsp (optional) Method of Preparation: Cut the ends and slice banana into big pieces with skin. Pressure cook for 10 minutes over medium heat without the whistle on. Transfer the cooked banana to a plate. Heat jaggery with a little water and allow it boil. Add the cooked bananas and allow to cook until the jaggery syrup is absorbed the banana pieces. Remove from pan and serve with a tsp of ghee sprinkle on top....

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Potato Stix Mixture

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Snacks | Comments Off on Potato Stix Mixture

Looking for a instant snack which we can make within 5 minutes ??? this is the one…I got the idea of this Instant Mixture Recipe from my sis-in-law Sharmila. This is a very easy and nice  idea for making a quick snack even in large quantity. We can find the potato stix in any grocery store. We have to just season them according to our taste. Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Potato stix – 4 cups (store bought) Curry leaves – a few Peanuts – 1/2 cup Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder (freshly ground) – 1/4 tsp (optional) Oil – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and curry leaves and peanuts. Mix these with all other ingredients and shake well. Instant Potato Stix Mixture is...

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