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

Dill Rice

Posted by on Jul 28, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes | 28 comments

I have never tried anything with Dill leaves until recently till I had in my sister’s place. Dill leaves give a nice flavor and now I like using Dill leaves in many of my dishes. This rice is very easy to make and will be tasty too. Preparation time: 40 minutes No of Servings: 2 Spice level: 3 Ingredients: Basmathi rice – 1 cup Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Dill leaves – a bunch Onion – 1(medium size)(finely chopped) Lima beans – 1 1/2 cups Green chillies – 4 Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp(according to spice level) Coriander powder – 1 tsp Ginger – 1/2″(grated) Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Bay leaves – 2 Oil – 2 tbsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Soak the basmathi rice for 20 minutes and drain it. Heat ghee in a...

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Stir Fried Noodles with Vegetables

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Indo-Chinese | 25 comments

I love Stir Fried Noodles with lots of vegetables in it. Whenever I think of Stir Fried Noodles, it just reminds me of a Chinese fast food near my place. Their noodles and fried rice are the best. There are many versions of Stir Fried Noodles. My version contains a lot of veggies and it’s spicy. You can adjust according to your spice level. When I first tried it I just threw in some sauces, pepper flakes, vegetables, oil and noodles and it was so tasty. Next time I made sure I keep track of the right amount of ingredients and here is the recipe for you. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of Servings: 3 to 4 Spice level:  3 out of 5 Ingredients: Stir fry sauce: Vegetable stock – 2/3 cup Soy Sauce – 4 tbsp Lime juice –...

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Mysore Rasam

Posted by on Jul 21, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 26 comments

One of my cousins used to make different varieties of rasam. I wanted try all the varieties since a long time and atlast I did. This Mysore rasam is very much different when compared to the other rasam varieties as you pressure cook all the ingredients. This is very simple to make and it will be very tasty. Preparation time: 25 minutes No of Servings: 4-5 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Toor dhal – 1/4 cup Coriander seeds – 1/2 tbsp Red chillies – 5 Garlic – 4 cloves Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Peppercorn – 7 or 8 Turmeric – 1/4 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Tamarind – 1/2 lemon size(take the extract by soaking in the water) Salt – to taste For Seasoning: Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves- a few Coriander leaves –...

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Chow Chow (Chayote Squash) Poricha Kuzhambu

Posted by on Jul 15, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 23 comments

Poricha kuzhambu is a traditional dish that we usually make in my place. This is a simple and healthy recipe. The actual recipe is without onion, tomato and fennel seeds.  But I have started making this recipe with the addition of these ingredients so that it gives a little masala flavour. Preparation time : 30 min No of Servings : 4-5 Spice Level: 3 Ingredients: Chayote Squash- 2 (cut to small cube size) Onion – 1/4(finely chopped) Tomato-1/4(chopped) Toor dhal – 1/2 cup Sambar powder- 1 tsp Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Hing – a pinch Seasoning vadam – 1 tsp Oil – 2 tsp Masala to grind: Grated coconut – 1 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Peppercorn – 1/4 tsp Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp Method of Preparation: Pressure cook toor dhal with a...

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Vote for Best Sizzling Summer Photo Contest

Posted by on Jul 7, 2010 in Best of ST, Contests, Featured, Misc | 56 comments

Sizzling summer contest comes to an end. Thanks for everyone sending your entries and making this  contest a huge success!! We’ve received over 80  entries for the contest. About the photo contest , we mentioned that we are going to select 10 of our favorite photographs.  But the response was so great and we have selected 12 photographs from all your submissions. Please vote for your favorite photograph from the below 12 using the voting option at the bottom of this post. Note : Leaving a comment as a vote will not count. Also lets keep this voting process clean and fair. We have procedures in place to detect vote fraud and it is our sole discretion to eliminate an entry from the contest if we detect an attempt to fraud the system. “We have only published photos of...

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Potato Egg Curry

Posted by on Jun 30, 2010 in Best of ST, Egg Dishes, Featured | 25 comments

I wanted to try a different egg recipe and one of my friends here, told about this egg curry. I tried this and it is very simple and it is good to taste too. This egg curry goes well with chappathis. Preparation Time: 30 minutes No of Servings: 3-4 Spice Level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Eggs – 4 Potato – 1(large) Onion – 1/2(thinly sliced) Tomatoes – 2(chopped) Coriander powder – 2 tsp Red chilli powder – 1 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Green chilli – 1 Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tsp Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions till they become golden brown. Allow it to cool and grind it with the tomatoes and keep it aside. Boil...

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Thakkali Rasam – Spicy Tomato Soup

Posted by on Jun 28, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Onam and Vishu, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 20 comments

Rasam is a comfort food in south India. It’s a very traditional dish and everyone in south India almost used to make it everyday. It is considered as a second main course and can be eaten with white rice. It’s very good for health, because lots of different spices are used in it. You can just drink it like a soup or as an appetizer too. Rasam can be cooked in different ways. Milagu (pepper) rasam, Dal(Lentil) rasam. Preparation Time: 30 mins No of servings : 3-4 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients : Tomatoes : 2 Coriander Leaves : a handful ( chopped finely) Green chilies : 2-3 Garlic : 2-3 Peppercorns: 10 Cumin seeds : 2 tsp Fennel seeds : 1 tsp Curry leaves : 6-7 Tamarind : lemon sized ball ( if you using...

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Sizzling Summer Contest: Have You Entered Yet?

Posted by on Jun 27, 2010 in Best of ST, Contests, Featured, Misc | Comments Off on Sizzling Summer Contest: Have You Entered Yet?

We have had some excellent entries in the Spicy Tasty Sizzling Summer Contest. Thank you for all the lovely entries so far. We just wanted to send a reminder that this contest will be coming to end on July 6th. There are 2 $50 prizes to be won – one for the recipe and one for the best picture. If you haven’t had a chance to send in your entries yet, please do so this week. You can read all about the contest requirements in the Sizzling Summer Contest...

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Fish Puttu – Shredded Fish Stir Fry

Posted by on Jun 26, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Fish Dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 25 comments

Fish puttu is a traditional kerala dish. It’s usually cooked with shark or king fish. In south India we call it as “sura puttu” and it is most popular in all non-vegeterian cooking. It goes well with fish kuzhambhu and sambar. It can also be a great side-dish for biryani. It’s hard to find shark meat where we live, so I substitute it with Tilapia, which actually taste almost as good as shark puttu. If you are lucky to get shark meat use that instead. It’s very easy to make and tastes awesome. Preparation Time: 30 minutes No of servings: 4-5 Spice Level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients : Fish : 800gms (You can use any fish, I’ve used Tilapia) Onion : 1 (large) (finely chopped) Garlic pods : 8-9 (finely chopped) Green chilies : 6-7 (Finely chopped) (Adjust...

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Thengai Thuvayal – Coconut Chutney

Posted by on Jun 22, 2010 in Best of ST, Breakfast Menu, Chutneys, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 22 comments

Coconut thuvayal is a very simple recipe.  Instead of using green chillies, we use red chillies in this chutney and it will be very tasty too. I like to have with idli, upma and even I love to have with curd rice :). Preparation time: 15 minutes No of Servings: 4 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Coconut – 1/2cup(grated) Urad dhal – 1tsp Red chillies – 2(according to spice level) Tamarind – very little(a little bigger than pepper size) Hing – a pinch Oil – 1tbsp Mustard seeds – 1/4tsp Method of Preparation: Heat 2tsp of oil in a pan. Add hing and fry the red chillies, urad dhal and coconut for 3 minutes. Grind it coarsely with the tamarind by adding very little water. Season it with the mustard seeds Enjoy it with  idli, dosa, upma...

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Mooli Paratha/Radish Paratha

Posted by on Jun 17, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Indian Breads/Roti, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 29 comments

My mom used to make mooli parathas. Last week, when I tried methi paratha I remembered about this mooli paratha. I wanted  to try it since then and I have tried immediately :). It is very easy to make will be tasty too. Preparation time: 30 minutes No of Servings: 2 Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Radish-1(grated) Green chillies-2(finely chopped) Red chilli powder-1 tsp(according to spice level) Cumin powder-1/2 tsp Garam masala-1/2 tsp Coriander-1 tbsp Salt-to taste Wheat flour-2 cups Oil 2 tsp Method of Preparation: Mix all the ingredients except for the wheat flour and oil and cover the mixture for 15 minutes. Radish will leave some water. Remove that water and keep it aside. Now take the wheat flour and use the water taken from radish and make a smooth dough just like that for...

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Spicy Egg Korma – Spicy Egg Curry

Posted by on Jun 14, 2010 in Best of ST, Egg Dishes, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 36 comments

This is again an recipe from my sister’s (Kavitha) kitchen. She shared this recipe with me. My mom used to make this and she makes the perfect egg korma. Recently when I was speaking to my sis and it reminded me of this curry and I couldn’t wait to make it. Egg korma is always easy to make and it tastes so good. The tricky part in this recipe is adding the egg in the curry. Because you shouldn’t stir the curry once you’ve added the egg. It came out very well for me. Try this recipe and lemme know how it turns out for you? Preparation Time : 35 minutes No of servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients : Eggs : 4 Onion : 1 (medium) (Finely chopped) Tomato : 2 Ginger &...

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Mushroom Ravioli

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in Best of ST, Italian | 12 comments

Mushroom Ravioli is one of my all time favorite dish. I first had it in Romano’s Macaroni Grill. That was the first time I have ever had an Italian dish and I just loved it. Ravioli toped with the Marsala Cream sauce is just wonderful. Here I have used pasta sauce and heavy cream. You can also substitute it with ready made Marsala cream sauce or home made Marsala sauce which I will post later. Here you go… Preparation time: 20 minutes No. of servings: 2 to 3 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Fresh Wild mushroom ravioli – 1 package Chopped garlic – 2 tsp Basil – 1 tbsp Olive oil – 2 tbsp Pasta sauce – 1 cup Heavy Cream – 1 cup Parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup Method of Preparation: Cook the ravioli in a...

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Methi Paratha

Posted by on Jun 9, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Indian Breads/Roti, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 31 comments

Methi leaves are rich in calcium, phosphorus and iron and its mineral and vitamin contents are also high and this is easily assimilated by our body. I like methi leaves in any form..especially I loveee Methi paratha. My cousin used to make this recipe and now I am making it whenever I buy methi leaves 🙂 I like this to have with raitha or pickle. Preparation time: 30 minutes No of Servings: 2 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Wheat flour-2 cups Methi Leaves-1 bunch(chopped) Onions-1 cup(finely chopped) Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp Green chillies-2(finely chopped) Coriander powder-1 tsp Red chilli powder-1/2 tsp(according to spice level) Garam masala-1/4 tsp Salt-to taste Oil-2 tsp Method of Preparation: Take 2 cups of flour in a round bottom vessel and add a little salt and 3/4 cup of water or more and...

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Potato masala and Spinach Dal Curry

Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 22 comments

I almost make this curry once in two weeks. I love the combo of keerai kozhambhu (spinach dal) with potato masala. My husband is not a big fan of greens, but he love this spinach dal. Adding lots of garlic into this spinach dal makes it different and tastes sooo good. There is something about this combination that’s so tasty for a south Indian Palette. And the potato curry also makes a great combination for dishes like sambar, paruppu urundai kozhambhu and  yogurt rice. Spinach Dal: Preparation Time: 30 mins No of servings : 3-4 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Spinach : 1 Bunch Onions : 1 (medium)(Chopped) Tomato : 1 (chopped) Garlic : 4 cloves (pressed) Turmeric powder : 1tsp Green chilies : 5-6 (according to your spice level) Curry leaves : 4-5 Toor Dal...

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Idli Podi – Spicy Chilly Powder

Posted by on Jun 6, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Masala Powders | 18 comments

Idli podi or Idli Milagai podi is made of dry red pepper and a perfect blend of spices which is served with idli or dosa. You can make this and store it in your pantry which comes for a long duration. When you are in a hurry or if your chutney or sambar is over, this always helps. I always like to have idli podi though I have other side dishes. Idli podi with Sesame oil gives a nice aroma. When you spread this in idlis and leave it for two to three hours, it absorbs the oil and flavor of the powder and just melts in your mouth. My mouth waters when I say that. I am sharing my version of idli podi here… Preparation time: 30 minutes Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Split chickpeas/Channa dal...

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Sizzling Summer Contest

Posted by on Jun 2, 2010 in Best of ST, Contests, Featured, Misc | 146 comments

It is summer and it’s hot. SpicyTasty is here by announcing an interesting contest for you. We welcome you all to participate in our Sizzling Summer Contest. Share your recipes with us and win exciting prizes for the best food photograph and the best recipe. The name of the contest itself tells you that this contest is to join hands with SpicyTasty and beat the heat by sharing your fine recipes. Make sure you capture the beauty and presentation of your recipe in a lively picture and be the one to win $50 for the Sizzling Photograph of the Event. Also share your wonderful recipe and be the one to win $50 for the Sizzling Recipe of the Event.  Sizzling Photograph of the event will be decided by you via a poll. Sizzling Recipe of the Event will be picked by a random draw....

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Aloo Tikki/Potato Cutlets

Posted by on Jun 2, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 28 comments

Aloo tikki is one of the famous chaat items in India. One of my friends in my new place made this aloo tikki for me. I loved it and it is very easy to make. The important thing is we need not deep fry it. Even then they taste really good and now it is my favourite snack for the evening. Here is the recipe for this easy, tasty and quick snack… Preparation time: 30 minutes No of Servings: 2-3 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients 1: Potatoes-2(medium sized) Onions-1/2(finely chopped) Green chillies-1(finely chopped) Red chilli powder-1/2 to 1 tsp(according to spice level) Coriander powder-1/4 tsp Garam masala-1/4 tsp Chaat masala-1/2 tsp Coriander-2 tbsp(finely chopped) Salt-to taste Ingredients 2: Bread crumbs-4 tbsp Oil-1/4 cup Method of Preparation: Boil the potatoes and mash it completely. Then add all the...

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