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

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Featured, Sandwiches, Slideshow | 1 comment

Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a fancy and easy sandwich. This recipe is very easy to follow and the result is just awesome. This is one of my all time favorites. When I used to work in India Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a cup of tea had been a life safer during the night shifts. You can serve this sandwich as an evening snack with cup of tea or for breakfast or even for dinner. Sometimes I have this for lunch too. I know!! Though very delicious and tempting because of the calories in  cheese and butter I restrict myself from making this very often. I have used Mozzarella cheese but you can substitute it with any cheese such as Cheddar or Italian blend, Provolone, etc… You can also avoid the green chilies if you don’t like it spicy. The...

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How to make Yogurt or Curd?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Featured | Comments Off on How to make Yogurt or Curd?

Yogurt is produced by fermentation of milk using curd culture. Making curd or yogurt at home is really simple. You can also get fresh yogurt without any additives and can save some bucks. Yogurt is nutritious and try to add a small portion of yogurt in your meal everyday. Step by step procedure for making yogurt at home. Before that,  the main ingredient is curd culture. Try to use home made curd for fermenting milk. Once I tried to make curd from store bought yogurt and it turned out sticky and not upto the mark. So I would always prefer home made yogurt as culture. To prepare around 32 oz of yogurt, you need 48 oz or 1.4 liter of milk. Boil milk in a thick bottomed sauce pan over medium heat. Remove from heat and let it become warm. Transfer...

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Appetizers, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival, Slideshow, Snacks | 3 comments

HAPPY DIWALI to all… Karasev is simply and tasty savory. This is slightly different from other diwali snacks because we use the pepper for spice in Karasev. Definitely everyone will love this crispy savory :). Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Besan flour / Chickpea flour – 1 cup Rice flour – 1 cup Black pepper (freshly ground) – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Butter – 1 tbsp Hot oil – 1/4 cup Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Mix all the ingredients to a stiff dough. Heat oil in a pan and coat the murukku presser with oil. Fill the murukku presser (with 3 holes which we use for thenkuzhal murukku) with the dough and press directly into the oil. Fry till they become golden brown. Let it cool and store...

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Paal Peda – Milk Fudge (version 2)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 9 comments

Paal Peda or Doodh Peda is a popular milk sweet in India. It is semi soft and rich in milk protein. Making paneer and resting period may take a little more time. But the procedure is really simple. Kids will love it. It will be perfect for the Diwali. Have a safe and wonderful Diwali… Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of servings: 25 to 28 pieces Ingredients: Fresh paneer (made from 4 cups of milk) Milk – 1 cup Evaporated milk – 3/4 cup Milk powder – 1/2 cup Butter – 2 tbsp Sugar – 3/4 cup Cardamom pods – 2 Pistachios, cashew nut and raisins for garnishing    Method of Preparation: Prepare paneer from 4 cups of milk. Check How to make Paneer?. In a non stick pan or a heavy bottomed kadai melt butter over medium heat. Add milk,...

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Kaju Katli – Cashew nut Burfi

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 6 comments

Kaju katli is a popular Indian sweet made of powdered cashew nut and sugar syrup, spiced with cardamom powder. It is Diwali time and I have been waiting to make this wonderful sweet dish. Getting the right consistency of sugar syrup is the key. Make this dish at home and enjoy the Diwali. Ingredients: Cashew powder – 3 cups Sugar – 1 and 1/2 cups Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tbsp Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp Saffron – a big pinch Method of Preparation: Preheat oven at 200° F (100° C). Spread cashew in a baking sheet or tray and oven roast it for 15 to 20 minutes. Check in between (after 10 mins). Or you can dry roast it in a pan over medium heat. Cashew should not change color. Let it cool and grind to a fine...

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Besan-Rava Laddu

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 9 comments

I think recently I am posting a lot of besan recipes. But you know what I love the flavor of besan. I had planned to make ladoos for diwali. But I wanted to cook something different so I ended up making this besan rava ladoo. It’s really easy and simple to make for lot of us when we don’t have the time or patience to make something elaborate. This will make a great festival sweet. Preparation Time: 45 mins No of Ladoos : 15-20 Ingredients: Besan/Chickpeas Flour : 1 1/2 cup Sugar : 3/4 cup Sooji/Semolina coarse : 4 tbsp Ghee/Clarified Butter : 1/2 cup Cardamom Powder : 1/4 tsp Almonds : 3 tbsp (chopped finely) Raisins: 1 tbsp Method Of Preparation: Dry roast the besan for 10 minutes in simmer flame till you smell a nice aromatic flavor(make...

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Cham Cham – Fresh Cheese Dessert

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 5 comments

Cham Cham is a popular Bengali dessert or sweet from India. It is a pure delight and melts in your mouth. It comes in different colors such as yellow, pink or white. It is prepared from fresh paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and cooked in sugar syrup. The procedure is very simple and you can make a cham cham for Diwali or any festival. Kids will love it. Enjoy the home made fresh Cham Cham and let me know your comments. Ingredients I: Paneer(made from 8 cups of milk) Yellow food color: a pinch Sugar: 2 cups Water : 5 cups Cardamom pods: 4 Saffron: a big pinch Rose essence : 1/2 tsp Ingrediens II (for malai): Evaporated milk : 1/4 cup 2% milk: 1/2 cup Sugar: 2 tsp Saffron : 4 strands Cardamom powder : a small pinch For...

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Palkova / Milk Cake

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in Desserts, Featured | 10 comments

Palkova is a delicious and simple milk sweet. Though it is little time consuming, I love to make palkova. By adding nuts to palkova, we can make Doodh pedas. Quick and easy version of Doodh Peda recipe is already there in SpicyTasty. More milk sweets are coming in SpicyTasty. Enjoy the Diwali with milk sweets :). Time of Preparation: 2 1/2 hrs No of Servings : 12 pieces Ingredients: Milk – 16 cups Sugar – 1/2 cup (adjust according to taste) Ghee – 1 tbsp Method of Preparation: Heat milk in a heavy bottomed pan or a non stick vessel. Heat the milk in a low to medium heat and stir inbetween to avoid sticking at the bottom. Approximately after 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs, we can see the change of color in the milk to slight yellow...

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Quick Microwave Doodh Peda (Milk Fudge)

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 24 comments

Doodh Peda is one of  the most popular North Indian desserts. I love all kind of milk sweets like rasagolla, Rasamalai, Gulab jamun, Basundhi and doodh peda. The main ingredients for Doodh peda are khoa, sugar and traditional flavorings, including cardamom seeds, pistachio nuts and saffron. The color varies from a creamy white to a caramel colour. The word pera is also generically used to mean a blob of any doughy substance, such as flour or (in the case of the sweet) khoa. Pedas are sometimes used as prasad in religious services. Doodh peda is made out of paal kova. Paal kova recipe is coming soon in Spicytasty. I always thought it takes lot of time to make pedas. But I recently learnt this quick microwave cooking peda from my sister. Believe me this is one of the easiest methods and it takes less than 30 minutes....

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Diwali Savory Spicy Boondi ( Kara Boondi )

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Appetizers, Featured, Snacks | 5 comments

Spicy Boondi is another simple savory which we make for Diwali. In India we generally make so many sweets and savories and we will give to all our friends and relatives. For this Diwali I am trying to do the same here and we are happy to share them through Spicy Tasty. 🙂 Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Ingredients: Chickpea flour / Besan flour – 1 cup Red chilli powder – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – for frying Peanuts – 1/4 cup Broken Cashews – 3 tbsp Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Mix besan flour, red chilli powder, salt and water little by little so that there are no lumps. The mixture should be little thinner than the dosa batter consistency. Meanwhile heat oil in a wide vessel. Pour the batter over...

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Ribbon Pakoda – Ola Pakoda

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Appetizers, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival, Snacks | 6 comments

Ribbon Pakoda or Ola Pakoda is a popular savory snack in India. The main ingredients are rice flour and gram flour (besan). There may be different versions but the main ingredients remains the same. It is festive season in India, Diwali time. And in most of the houses, people would have started making Diwali sweets and snacks. I miss my family and friends there. But then I want to bring the atmosphere here in my house. And started preparing sweets and savories for the festival. And we would like to bring the festive mood in SpicyTasty as well and make you all happy. Today I am going to post the recipe for Ribbon Pakoda. This is my mom’s recipe. Follow the recipe and let me know how it turns out. Here you go… Preparation time: 45 minutes No. of...

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Cashew Besan Burfi (Chick pea and cashew nut Fudge)

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 9 comments

It’s the Diwali season and I am sure you can smell it in the air. We certainly can here at SpicyTasty as we bring you delicious Diwali recipes all week. As I mentioned earlier, my mother-in-law is here visiting us. While we were talking about mine and my husband’s childhood Diwali days, Karthik fondly remembered a ‘green cake’ his mom used to make for him. My MIL jumped at that and started to make it for him after so many years! The ‘green cake’ is in fact Cashew Besan Burfi with green coloring but we used orange (kesari) color instead this time. It is rich and soft (yet crispy) in taste similar to Mysore Pak but with the cashew flavor taking over. We hope you enjoy making it for your family as my MIL enjoyed making it for us....

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Diwali Sweet Jhangri

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Cooking Videos, Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 10 comments

Jangiri or Jhangri is a dessert from India. It is famous in all parts of India and generally served after a meal. It is one of the popular desserts or sweets in wedding and special occasions such as Diwali. In our house, there is no store bought sweets or snacks. My mom is an awesome cook and she loves to prepare all the sweets and savories at home for us. Whenever she makes Jangiri, she feeds me right from the hot sugar syrup. OMG! I still remember the taste…mouthwatering and just melts in my mouth. Okay! Coming back to the present, I am going to share this easy and yummy Jangiri recipe with you today. Try it at home for this Diwali and enjoy. Here you go… Preparation time: 3 hours (including soaking time) No. of servings: 30 to...

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Diwali Sweets and Savories

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 4 comments

This year Diwali falls on October 26. And we are looking forward to celebrate this Diwali with some wonderful sweets and savory dishes. In India, most of the sweet shops will be crowded at this time to buy different kinds of sweets and other delicacies. But it is always special when we prepare them at home with love and distribute it to our family and friends. Besides, there are other special dishes that we prepare on this auspicious day. And I am happy to share all these recipes with you and wishing you a safe and wonderful Diwali. Sweet Recipes: Adhirasam Badam Halwa Badam Puri/Almond Puri Basundhi – Creamy Milk Pudding Badam Kheer – Almond Milk Kheer Baklawa – The Sweetheart Middle Eastern Dessert Besan Laddu Besan Rava Ladoo Cashew Badam Burfi- Cashew nut and Almond Cake Cashew Besan Burfi...

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Mixed Dal Curry – Mixed Lentil Soup

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Featured, Healthy Eats, Kootu/lentil Stew | 9 comments

This is a protein packed lentil soup with no oil. This is a quick and simple recipe. And this is suitable for the 28 Day Weight Loss and Detox Program. I have used four types of lentils (dals) in this recipe. Lentils are a good source of protein and fiber along with folate, vitamin B and minerals.  Red (or pink) lentils contain a lower concentration of fiber than green lentils (11% rather than 31%). I have added whole masoor dal, green split pea, split pigeon peas and channa dal (bengal gram) along with spinach. This is a healthy and tasty dal or soup. You can serve it with brown rice or white rice or roti along with a salad. Here you go… Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 5 to 6 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Whole Masoor...

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Curd Rice – Yogurt Rice

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Featured, Rice dishes | 12 comments

Curd rice is my most favourite dish and I cannot finish my meal without curd. During my school and college days my mom used to make curd rice for lunch even without any seasoning. OMG!!!It was the best..Me and my friends used to fight for that curd rice. In tamil month Purattasi, saturdays are auspicious for Lord Balaji and we generally make variety rices, sundal and vada, sarkarai pongal on one of the saturdays. Last saturday I made everything and we enjoyed the lunch with our friends. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 Ingredients: Rice – 1 cup Full fat yogurt – 2 cups Milk – 1 cup Salt – to taste Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp (for garnishing) For Seasoning: Oil – 1 tbsp Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Urad dhal – 2...

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Onion Pakora

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Appetizers, Featured | 11 comments

Pakora is a deep fried snack(fritters). It is made of besan (gram flour) and rice flour along with green chilies, curry leaves and spices. Different type of vegetables such as onion, eggplant, plantain, cabbage, cauliflower, chilies can be used for making pakoras. The one that I have prepared today is called pakoda in Southern India. Today I have made pakoda with onions. They are quick and simple to make and makes an excellent snack for the evening with chai. Here you go… Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of serving: 5 to 6 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Besan or Gram flour – 1 and 1/2 cup Rice flour – 1/4 cup Red chili Long green chilies – 2 Curry leaves – 7 to 8 leaves Coriander leaves or cilantro – 1/2 cup Sliced onion – 1/2 cup...

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Pesarattu – Healthy Mung Bean Crepe

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Featured, Gluten Free, Healthy Eats, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 14 comments

Pesarattu is a type of dosa or crepe from the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It has moong dal (muzhu pasipayaru), green chilies, ginger and salt. It is a protein packed and fiber packed dish and is suitable for the 28 Day Weight Loss and Detox Program. You can serve these crepes or dosa with chutney or Idli podi (spicy lentil powder). Ingredients: Whole green moong dal or green gram – 2 cups Grated ginger – 2 tbsp Green chilies – 3 to 4 (adjust to spice level) Salt to taste Oil or cooking spray Method of Preparation: Wash and soak whole moong dal in water overnight. Next day, drain the excess water and reserve the drained water. Grind it along with ginger, green chilies and salt to a fine batter (like the consistency of dosa batter). You can grind it in...

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