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

Mixed Nut Brittle – Mixed Nut Chikki

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Snacks | 4 comments

Mixed Nut Brittle is an easy to make snack which can be prepared with all the ingredients from your pantry. My mom always makes brittle or balls with peanuts and jaggery which we all adore. But I always liked brittle made with sugar. Also when you add more nuts, it is less guilt when you eat your sweet treat. The crunchy caramelized sugar with all the nuts makes my mouth water. It’s kid friendly and you can make it for the Halloween. Ingredients: Almonds – 3/4 cup Cashew nut – 1/4 cup Blanched peanuts (without skin) – 1/2 cup Sugar – 1 and 1/2 cups Ghee – 1 and 1/2 tbsp A pinch of baking soda Method of Preparation: Heat a pan and fry the nuts separately till it is slightly roasted. Do not let it change color. Or preheat oven...

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Peanut Mango Sundal

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Appetizers, Navratri Recipes, Slideshow, Snacks | 2 comments

Sundal is a healthy snack prepared from different kind of lentils or legume which is boiled and seasoned with Indian spices. Peanut Mango Sundal is one of the popular sundal and I made it today as “Navratri neivedhyam”. Adding mango is an option. You can leave it out and follow the rest of the procedure to make plain peanut sundal. But the addition of fresh mango will give a kick to each bite and I just love it. Try this easy recipe for an evening snack or for your kids snack pack (you can reduce the spice in that case). Ingredients: Peanuts (verkadalai ) – 3/4 cup Finely chopped raw mango – 1/2 cup Oil – 2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp A pinch of asafoetida A few curry leaves (4 to 5) Dry...

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Channa Dal Sundal

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Navratri Recipes, Snacks | 1 comment

Sundal is a healthy snack prepared from different kind of lentils or legume which is boiled and seasoned with Indian spices. It is easy to make and nutritious. Generally we prepare this as an offering to God called ”neivedhyam”. It is Navratri time and we make different type of sundal almost everyday for 9 days. Today I am sharing the recipe for chana dal sundal which is one of my favorite. I cooked the soaked chana dal in microwave but you can also boil it on stove top or pressure cook it. If you are using pressure cooker make sure the dal is whole and not mashed.  Keep checking for more upcoming Navratri special recipes. Ingredients: Channa dal (kadalai paruppu) – 3/4 cup Oil -1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp Dry red chili...

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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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Vatana Sundal / Whole Dried White Peas Curry

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Navratri Recipes, Snacks | 5 comments

Whenever we go to beach in India, we never miss this peas masala sundal.My husband asked for this beach style sundal for a long time. I tried this sundal once by trial and error method and it came out so well. We felt like having the same beach style pattani sundal. So I tried again with proper proportion of masalas and it came out so perfect.Here is the recipe.. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 4 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Whole Dried White Peas – 1 cup Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1 cup (finely chopped) Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tsp Green chillies – 2 Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Sambar Powder – 1 tsp Rasam Powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder...

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Cheese Corn Potato Balls

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 in Appetizers, Slideshow, Snacks | 2 comments

Cheese Corn Potato Balls is a perfect starter or appetizer for kids and adults alike. It is very easy to make and tastes so good. I had some left over cheese in my refrigerator and wanted to try a new appetizer for a get together. I came up with this recipe after browsing a lot of recipes. I wanted to add both potato and corn with the cheese but was not sure how it will turn out until I made it. It is a big hit and everyone loved it. I used the left over mozzarella and Italian cheese blend in this recipe. You can substitute them with any of your favorite cheese. About the bread crumbs, it is not necessary that you have to use both Italian and panko. Since I had them in the my pantry I...

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Bread Basket Chaat

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Chaat | Comments Off on Bread Basket Chaat

If you want to try some easy snack, you can try this out. Thanks to my friend Jayanthi for this easy and tasty recipe. All we need is just bread and we can easily prepare this Bread basket chaat for any number of people in half an hour. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Ingredients: Bread – 20 Potato (large) – 1 Chickpeas – 3 tbsp (optional) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Chaat masala – 1/2 tsp Green chutney – 1/2 cup Sweet chutney – 1/2 cup Sev – 3 tbsp (optional) Coriander – 3 tbsp (chopped) Method of Preparation: Soak the chickpeas in hot water for 3 hours and pressure cook it along with little salt. Boil the potato and mash it . Add little...

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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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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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Ammini Kozhukkattai

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Slideshow, Snacks, Vinayagar Chaturthi | Comments Off on Ammini Kozhukkattai

Ammini Kozhukkattai is made from the left over kozhukkattai dough. I am not sure why it is called so, may be because they are mini or small…:) Whenever we make Kozhukkattai we end up with some leftover dough which is what is generally used for making Ammini Kozhukkattai and Paal Kozhukkattai. I have also used leftover kara puran (ulundhu puran) in this recipe which adds more taste. You can even add some idli podi to this dish which I learnt from Jeyashri’s Kitchen. This is a healthy dish and can be made quickly. So you can even make it on a regular day as a snack. Perfect for kids and adults. Ingredients: Kozhukkattai dough – 1 cup Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 3/4 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp 2 to 3 curry leaves A pinch of asafoetida...

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Kara Kozhukkattai for Ganesh Chaturthi

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Slideshow, Snacks, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 1 comment

Kara Kozhukkattai also known as Uppu Kozhukkattai or Ulundhu Kozhukkatai is another version of Indian rice dumpling filled with spicy puran. The filling consists of steamed and spiced urad dal along with coconut. I know!! it does sound a little different but belive me it tastes wonderful. For a long time being a sweet addict I have never touched the spicy version (kara kozhukkattai) inspite of my mom forcing me to eat. But after I started making these, I liked it so much (not as much as the sweet though…!) What a selfish act!!! Sorry mom.. Okay! Coming back to the dish… this is one of those dishes offered to Lord Ganesh on Ganesh Chaturthi or any regular day. The spicy filling is very easy to make. You can refer my Sweet Puran Kozhukkatai for making the dough. I have...

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Fried Modak – Step By Step Instructions

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Indian Festival, Slideshow, Snacks, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 3 comments

Modak is a sweet dumpling which is made of rice, wheat or all purpose flour. It can be either steamed or fried. Already we have steamed versions of Modak in Spicy Tasty. Here is the recipe for Fried Modak with step by step instructions.. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of pieces : 8 Ingredients: Oil – For frying For Cover: All Purpose Flour – 1/2 cup Sooji / Rava – 1/4 cup Water – 1/4 cup Ghee – 2 tsp Salt – slightly less than 1/2 tsp For Stuffing: Coconut (grated) – 1/2 cup Jaggery (grated) – 1/4 cup Cardamom powder – 1 tsp Cashews – 1 tbsp (finely chopped) Raisins – 1 tbsp (chopped) Ghee – 2 tsp Method of Preparation: Mix all purpose flour, sooji and salt with ghee. Add the water slowly and mix...

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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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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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Papdi For Chaat

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Chaat | 7 comments

Papdi Chaat is one of my favorites and I wanted to make these papdis at home. They are very simple to make and they can be stored for a long time. Time of Preparation : 1 hour (including resting time) No of Pieces : 30 to 35 Ingredients: All Purpose Flour / Maida – 1 cup Ajwain Seeds – 1/2 tsp Salt – 1/3 tsp (according to taste) Ghee – 1 tsp Water – 2 tbsp less than 1/2 cup Oil – For frying Method of Preparation: Mix maida, salt, ajwain seeds, ghee and add water little by little to make it a stiff dough (like poori dough). Cover it with a damp cloth and let it stay atleast for half an hour. Divide the dough to two halves and roll them very thin. Then cut them to circles...

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Medhu Vadai

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Navratri Recipes, Onam and Vishu, Slideshow, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 9 comments

Medhu Vadai or Vada is a traditional South Indian food. They are crispy outside, soft and airy inside. Generally served with sambar and chutney as a side or dunked in a yogurt sauce or sambar or rasam and served as dahi vada (curd vada), sambar vada and rasam vada respectively . Vada is generally served with Ven Pongal  and idli which completes a typical South Indian breakfast. The main ingredient of this dish is whole urad dal, black gram without skin which is very nutritious. Vadas are preferably eaten freshly fried. It is one of the common food you can find in street carts as well as in restaurants. It makes me nostalgic when I think about those days when we used to buy vada and bajji from street vendors. I still continue to enjoy it whenever I visit India. Nothing can beat that taste....

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Gokulashtami Special – Uppu Seedai

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Indian Festival, Snacks | 3 comments

My husband wanted me to make Uppu Seedai for Krishna Jayanthi. I called my sister to ask the recipe and she warned me about bursting. I have heard stories about seedai bursting from my friends too. Then I decided to make seedai in an easy way by using store bought rice and urad flour. If it is homemade, it should be sieved properly (to avoid bursting). Also dry the balls before frying them. Here is the recipe for the Seedai.. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes Yield : 1 1/4 cup Ingredients: Rice Flour – 1 cup Urad Flour – 2 tbsp Sesame seeds (I ve used black seeds) – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Grated coconut – 2 tbsp Butter (room temperature) – 3 tbsp Asafoetida – a pinch Method of Preparation:...

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Dahi Puri

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Chaat | 4 comments

When it comes to the chaat, Dahi puri is my favorite one. The main ingredients like puris, chutneys and sev are available in all the Indian stores and hence they are very easy to prepare. Ingredients: Puris – 7 (homemade or store bought) Potato – 1 White Chickpea – a handful Onions – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Sev – 1/4 cup Green Chutney – 1/4 cup Sweet Chutney – 1/4 cup Curd – 1/2 cup (beaten) Coriander – 2 tbsp (finely chopped) Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp (according to taste) Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp Chaat masala – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Soak the chickpea for 4 hours in hot water and boil them along with little salt. Boil the potato and mash it and add some salt and cumin powder. Take the...

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