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

Rava Dhokla / Sooji Dhokla

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Snacks | 5 comments

Dhokla is a famous Gujarati snack made of either Besan or Sooji or chickpeas. This is one of my favorite snacks and it is very easy to make. If you are looking for a real quick and tasty snack this is the one :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 20 pieces Spice level : 1 out of 5 Ingredients: Rava (Cream of wheat) – 1 cup Yogurt – 1/2 cup Water – 3/4 cup Green chillies – 1 (finely chopped) (adjust to taste) Coriander leaves – 1 tsp (chopped) Green chilli coriander paste – 1 tsp (optional) Ginger – 1/2 tsp (grated) Turmeric powder – a pinch Eno fruit salt – 1 tsp Salt – 1/2 tsp (adjust to taste) Oil – to coat the pan For Seasoning: Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds...

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Vegetable Cutlet (Version 2)

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Appetizers, Slideshow, Snacks | 2 comments

Vegetable Cutlet is a perfect tea time snack and wonderful appetizer which is popular among kids and adults. It is prepared from boiled vegetables and spices which is then fried in oil. It can be served with hot and sweet chutney or green chutney or ketchup. You can prepare the mixture ahead and refrigerate it for up to 3 to 4 days so that you can just fry them in the evening time and serve it along with tea. Or when you have a party, you can prepare the balls, coat it with bread crumbs, refrigerate it and then fry it just before serving. Enjoy the easy and tasty Vegetable Cutlets!! Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Yield: 25 cutlets Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Potato – 3 (s7uyyburbig) Carrot – 2 Green peas –...

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Idly Batter Bonda (Easy Bonda Recipe)

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in Appetizers, Snacks | 3 comments

Today I wanted to make some simple snack for my husband. Suddenly I remembered my leftover batter sitting in the fridge. My mom used to make these Bondas for snack. This is very easy to prepare and it will be really tasty with coconut chutney. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 3 to 4 Ingredients: Idly Batter – 2 cups All Purpose Flour – 1/4 cup Rice Flour – 2 tbsp Green Chillies – 4 (finely chopped) Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Curry leaves – a few Salt – to taste Oil – For frying Method of Preparation: Mix all the ingredients together except oil and mix it without any lumps. The batter should be slightly thicker than idly batter...

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Spanakopita / Greek Spinach Pie (Step by Step Procedure)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Appetizers, Baking, Multi Cuisine, Snacks | 4 comments

Spanakopita is Greek Savory Pastry. The filling is made of Spinach, Feta cheese, onions, green onions and seasonings. The filling is wrapped in Phyllo pastry with butter and olive oil. Once I had the frozen Spankopita in Sams Club. From then I wanted to try this and here goes the recipe for this simple starter.. Time of Preparation : 1 hour No of Servings : 10 to 14 pieces Ingredients: Spinach – 2 bunches / 8 cups approximately Feta cheese – 8 oz (crumbled) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Green onions – 1 bunch (finely chopped) Garlic – 3 cloves (finely chopped) Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup Parsley (dried) – 1 tsp Pepper (freshly ground) – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste (need only little as feta cheese already salt) Butter – 1/4 cup Olive oil – 1/4...

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Oats Cutlet

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Snacks | 5 comments

Now a days I want to try many recipes with oats. This is my first recipe with oats. I got this idea from my friend Jayanthi and I liked it. It is very easy to make and it is tasty to. It is very healthy too when compared to most of the snacks. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Pieces : 11 Ingredients: Oats – 1/2 cup Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Green Chillies – 6 (finely chopped) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Potatoes (boiled and mashed) – 2 (I have used 2 large go;den yellow potatoes) Peas – 1/3 cup (boiled) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Sambar Powder – 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Bread crumbs...

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

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Appetizers, Christmas Recipes, Snacks | 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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Vattayappam (Steamed Rice Cake)

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Christmas Recipes, Snacks | 1 comment

Vattayappam is a traditional steamed rice cake from Kerala, South India and it is served as a tea time snack. The name is derived from its shape and texture, “Vatta” means round “appam” means cake. They are also made during Christmas time and served for breakfast. Vattayappam or Vatteppam is spongy, sweet (mild) with bursting flavors. Cashew nut and raisins gives a crunchy bite. This dish is supposed to be less sweet but you can add more or less sugar adjusting to your taste. Enjoy this wonderful dish with your family for this Christmas… Preparation time: 12 to 14 hours Cooking time: 25 minutes No. of servings: 15 Ingredients: Raw rice – 1 cup Grated coconut – 3/4 cup Cooked rice – 3 tbsp Active dry yeast – 1/2 tsp Sugar – 3/4 cup (adjust to taste) Cardamom pods...

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Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Middle Eastern, Multi Cuisine, Sandwiches, Snacks | 7 comments

Hummus is one of my favorite spread or dip, be it the plain hummus or the  flavored ones. Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus is my favorite sandwich spread. I am a huge fan of Panera’s Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich and they use this spread for their sandwich.  Apart from using it as a spread you can also serve it as a dip with freshly cut vegetables, pita bread and chips. Enjoy the simple and healthy Hummus dip. Ingredients: One 15 oz can of chickpeas (or 1 cup of dried chickpeas) Jalapeno peppers – 2 Cilantro – 3/4 cup Garlic – 2 cloves Olive oil – 1/4 cup Tahini sauce – 3 tbsp (recipe follows) Lime juice – 2 tbsp Salt to taste Method of Preparation: Drain and rinse chickpeas from the can. Add all the ingredients except olive oil and lime juice in...

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Vazhakkai Chips – Plantain Chips

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Onam and Vishu, Snacks | 2 comments

Vazhakkai or Plantain Chips is an easy to make snack and my mom makes it often for most of the occasions. She is not a huge fan of store bought snacks or food and I have watched her make all different kind of chips and other snacks. Plantain Chips can be served with rice and sambar/rasam/yogurt or as a snack. They are savory and more like potato chips. Try this easy to follow recipe and enjoy your homemade chips. Ingredients: Raw plantain (vazhakkai) – 2 Chili powder – 3/4 tsp Salt – 1/2 tsp (adjust to taste) Curry leaves – 5 to 6 leaves Oil for frying Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan or kadai. I used canola oil. Any cooking oil would work. Cut the ends and peel the skin off plantain, cut into halves and...

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Boiled Peanuts

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Slideshow, Snacks | 1 comment

Raw peanuts are boiled with salt until tender and then shelled before serving.  My mom makes it often and it is a go to snack whenever we go out for a picnic. It is also a perfect snack for movie time. Boiled peanuts with Indian spices and a few crunchy vegetables makes a popular street food in India. Enjoy this simple snack with your family. Ingredients: Peanuts with shell – 500 gram (or 1 lb) Salt – 1 and 1/2 tbsp Water Method of Preparation: Wash peanuts thoroughly to remove dirt. Pressure cook with salt and lots of water (until peanuts are fully soaked) for 3 to 4 whistles. You can also boil it in a pot with salt until peanuts become soft and cooked. You will be easily able to break the shell when it is fully cooked. If peanuts...

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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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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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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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