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

Ciroc Chicken Curry

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 3 comments

This chicken curry has an interesting story. A good friend of mine said he will make good chicken curry and invited us for lunch. The night before the lunch we were a little intoxicated  and  he ended up marinating the chicken with a cup of Vodka with other ingredients. The next day he cooked that ciroc soaked chicken and I was wondering how it was gonna come out. But it came out really really delicious and we were all surprised. Thanks to Rakesh for the cool new recipe!!   Ingredients: Ciroc Vodka : 1 cup Chicken tenderloins : 500gms Oil : 3 tbsp Cloves : 2 Cinnamon : 1 “ Bay leaves : 1 Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp Chicken masala powder : 2 tbsp Poultry Seasonings : 1 tbsp Curry Powder : 1 tbsp Pepper powder : 2...

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Mutta Dosa / Egg Dosa

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Breakfast Menu, Egg Dishes | 3 comments

My husband is a huge fan of Egg Dosa. Whenever I make Dosa, he prefers Mutta Dosa. It is very simple to make and it will be good with any spicy chutney. Time of Preparation : 10 minutes Spice level : 1 out of 5 Ingredients: Dosa Batter – 2 cups Eggs – 1 egg to mix with batter + 1 egg for each dosa Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (finely chopped) Pepper – as required (I have used freshly ground pepper) Salt – to taste Oil – 1/2 tsp for each dosa Method of Preparation: Beat an egg and mix it with 2 cups of dosa batter. Beat eggs as required and keep it aside. Heat electric griddle or dosa pan in medium heat and make crepes of around 6″ diameter. Add...

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Chicken Xacuti

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 13 comments

Recently I came across this recipe in a popular TV show and since then I totally fell in love with this dish. I’ve tried Prawn Xacuti (pronounced shaa-koo-tee) once in a restaurant, but never got a chance to eat the chicken version. This dish is more popular in Goa. The flavors and aroma of this dish makes it more popular in India. The name Xacuti is derived from a Maharashtrian dish called “Sagoti” which means ‘Sag‘ or chopped veggies cooked well in a gravy. Goans have made this dish their own and make it with chicken or prawns. Like Keralite food, most Goan food also feature coconut as an ingredient. A little tidbit I learnt when reading up on Goan dishes is that since they were a portuguese colony for so many years, a lot of their food use...

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Spicy Chicken Cutlet

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Appetizers, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes, Slideshow | 7 comments

There are many many appetizers you could make either for a party or just your family. But there are only a few that can win over hearts (and tummies) like a chicken cutlet. That too with little effort on your part. Chicken cutlets are best served with some kind of sauce like Ketchup or chutney sauce – the kind you would serve with samosas. They make for a great party appetizer especially if you have non-veg lovers. Can you bake it too or just shallow fry? Preparation time: 30 minutes No of Cutlets : 10-12 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Boneless Chicken : 1 lb 1 Potato : 1 big (quartered) Onion : 2 cups (Finely chopped) Green chilies : 3 (finely chopped) Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp Ginger & garlic paste : 1 tsp Garam...

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Palak (Spinach) Chicken Curry

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 20 comments

Palak Chicken is one of the most popular and delicious dishes in North Indian Cuisine. It is a wonderful blend of chicken curry and spinach. If you have a family member who dislikes spinach like my husband, try this dish and you will have a convert. As much as the color of spinach gives away the important ingredient in this curry, my husband said he couldn’t even taste the spinach and the whole gravy tasted great. Enjoy the goodness of spinach and chicken together in one dish. Preparation Time : 35 minutes No Of servings : 4-5 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken: 500gms or 1/2 kg Spinach : 1 bunch Onion : 1 cup (chopped) Coriander Leaves : 1 bunch Tomato : 1 (finely chopped) Bay Leaves : 1 Oil : 2 tbsp Fennel Seeds...

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Chettinad Mutton Kuzhambhu

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes, Chettinad Dishes, Diwali Recipes | 7 comments

I’ve made this dish a day before Diwali and since then I wanted to post it, but couldn’t find time to do it. Finally I am posting this recipe today. This mutton curry is one of the most easiest and flavorful dish I’ve ever made. It’s an authentic chettinad recipe I’ve got from one of my friend. Chettinad dishes are most popular in southern part of India. You can find chettinad dishes on any restaurant in South India. The ground masala is key to this dish and makes it more delicious and it gives nice aroma. Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you. Preparation Time : 45 minutes No of servings : 4-5 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Mutton : 500 gms Onion: 1 cup Tomato : 1 cup(chopped finely)...

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Spider Deviled Eggs

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Appetizers, Egg Dishes | 1 comment

Deviled Eggs are a common holiday or party food served as a side dish, appetizer or a main course. Eggs are hard boiled, shelled and cut in half and filled with a stuffing made of egg yolks mixed with other ingredients. Here I have topped the eggs with creepy little olive spiders. It is perfect for Halloween and you can bring it to your office/house party and impress everyone. Ingredients: Cooked Eggs : 4 (peeled) Mayonnaise : 2 tbsp Ground Mustard : 1/2 tsp Salt : to taste Pepper : 1/4 tsp Whole Black olives to decorate Method Of Direction: Cut eggs lengthwise into half. Remove the egg yolks and keep it in separate bowl. Mash the egg yolks and add mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir everything evenly. Fill the egg whites with egg yolk mixture prepared above, heaping it lightly. Cover...

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Shrimp and Eggplant Curry

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Shrimp Dishes | 0 comments

Recently I tried Shrimp curry with eggplant and it tasted really delicious. Since then I have been wanting to share this recipe. Since my husband is not a big lover of eggplant I didn’t want to cook this dish only for me. I waited for a good occasion and we had a party at our home recently. So I made this delicious Eggplant and Shrimp Curry on that day. It came out really good and tasty. I just love the flavor of eggplant in shrimp curry. And to my big surprise my husband loved it too. It’s definitely an easy recipe with a rich flavor.  After that I’ve made this curry couple of times for few friends and it always turned out to be sooper hit. Try this easy and delisious shrimp and Eggplant Curry and let me know...

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Mutton Dum Biryani

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes, Chicken dishes, Slideshow, Cooking Videos | 16 comments

Whenever I make it, be it for my husband or for a party, it always turns out great. It takes such a short time to make it but the results are fabulous. Full credit goes to my friend Kathija who shared this recipe with me. Preparation Time : 90 minutes No of servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Mutton or chicken : 1 kg Rice : 4cups (Rice cooker cup) Oil : 250 g (or) 1 cup (Rice cooker cup) Butter : 1/4 piece (or) Ghee : 3 tblsp Onion : 250g (chopped) Tomato : 250g (chopped) Ginger paste : 3tbsp Garlic paste : 2tbsp Curd : 1cup salt : 2tbsp (the reason for this much salt is when u mix the korma with rice it will be even) Red chili powder : 1...

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Simple Mutton Biryani

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Rice dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 18 comments

I have heard a lot about how difficult it is to cook a perfect mutton biryani. They say the hardest part is to cook the mutton perfectly. Here is a flavorful recipe for all the Mutton Biryani lovers. This recipe was given to me by my good friend Victor. He is an enthusiastic cook. Though I do not eat non-vegetarian food I have heard all my friends praising about this biryani. So I thought I will share the recipe with you.  Victor took all the effort by taking step by step pictures of the making and the presentation. My job is to share this recipe to you. Hope you all enjoy this lovely biryani and don’t forget to write your comments. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 1 hr and 30 minutes No. of servings: 6 Spice level: 3.5...

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Egg Thokku – Spicy Egg Pickle

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Egg Dishes | 5 comments

Egg Thokku or Muttai Thokku is a spicy dish where boiled egg is browned and cooked in a spicy onion tomato curry. Muttai means egg, thokku means pickle in Tamil. There are various methods to make this dish and this one is my favorite. Watch out for the spicy goodness and reduce the chili powder if you want it to be mild. You can serve this dish with rice or roti (Indian bread). I would say Paratha with egg thokku is the best combination. Enjoy this spicy egg dish at home. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes No. of servings: 5 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients:  Boiled eggs – 10 Chopped onion – 2 cups (250 to 300 grams) Big tomatoes – 3 Ginger garlic paste – 1 and 1/2 tbsp A few curry leaves Mustard...

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Chettinad Kola Urundai Kuzhambhu – Spicy Meatball Curry

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes, Chettinad Dishes | 7 comments

I’ve just posted Kola urunadi recipe couple of days back and this is a continuation of that recipe. you could just serve the meatball/kola Urundai as an appetizer or you could make it even more appealing and make it as a curry. Kola urundai kuzhambhu is also an one of the authentic chettinad dishes. This is one popular dish you can find in some chettinad restaurants. You can serve this with chapathis, parathas, rice or as a side dish for any Biryani. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No of Servings : 4-5 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Kola urundai/Meatballs : 12 Onion: 1 small (finely chopped) Tomato: 1 (finely chopped) or Tomato puree : 1 cup Curry leaves : 4 Green chilies : 2 (slit into lenghtwise) Ginger & garlic paste : 1 tbsp Kola Masala...

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Chettinad Kola Urundai – Spicy Meatballs

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes, Chettinad Dishes | 5 comments

This recipe has been long over due to post. I got this recipe from some TV channel show (I totally forgot the show name and channel name) and some professional chef was making it and I wrote it down a while back. I’ve made this recipe couple of times and never got a chance to take pictures. And it tasted really good  every time I made it. Finally I got a chance to take pics and posting it here. Kola urundai is an authentic Chettinadu (south Indian) dish. It’s deep fried meat balls which is a blend of various spices like cloves, cinnamon, ginger & garlic,  cilantro and curry leaves. And these balls can be eaten just like that with some sour and spicy sauce as an appetizer or it can be served soaked in a Kuzhambhu called Kola...

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Chicken and Potato Curry

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 8 comments

Since we started grilling a lot this summer I didn’t get a chance to make chicken curry lately. I had some potatoes sitting in my pantry and chicken in my freezer. I ended up making this simple chicken and potato curry. My mom used to make chicken curry with potatoes and I always loved it. So far I never got a chance to make this dish before. It came out as a delicious curry that went great with some fresh chappathis. preparation Time : 40 minutes No Of servings : 4-5 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Oil: 2 tbsp Fennel seeds : 1 tsp bay leaves Cinnamon sticks: 1″ Cloves : 3 Cardamom : 1 Cashews: 4-5 Potatoes : 1 (Cut into cubes)( iF you are using baby potatoes use 3-4 of them) Onions: 1 (medium)(If you...

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Chicken Tikka Wrap

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes, BBQ & Grilling | 2 comments

I’ve posted Grilled Chicken Tikka a few days back and I’ve made this wrap with that Grilled chicken. It came out really yummy and a delicious dinner. It just take 10-15 minutes to make this and you can take it on the go too. Preparation Time : 15 minutes Spice level : 2 out of 5 No of servings : 2-3 Ingredients: Grilled Chicken Tikka: 2 cups (cut into lengthwise) Onion : 1 medium (chopped) grilled Bell Peppers : 1 cup(cut into lengthwise)(you can use any colors)(optional) Cucumber : 2 small (cut into small cubes) Tomato : 1 small (cut into cubes) Pepper powder : 1 tsp Coriander leaves : 1 tbsp (chopped finely) Yogurt : 1 tbsp Whole Wheat tortillas or Pita bread or chapathi: 3 Method Of Preparation: Heat the tortillas on the pan by turning both sides...

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Egg Puff

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Appetizers, Baking, Egg Dishes, Snacks | 4 comments

Puffs are the easiest snack to make and this is the first time I have tried Egg puffs. Whenever I make veg puff my husband asks for Egg puff. The egg puffs came out really good and he liked it a lot. Time of Preparation : 1 hr 10 minutes No of Servings : 9 to 12 puffs Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Puff pastry sheet – 1 (I have used pepperidge farm puff pastry sheet. 2 sheets will be there) Eggs -5 Onion – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Capsicum – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (finely chopped) Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp Red chilli powder – 3/4 tsp (according to spice level) Coriander powder – 3/4 tsp Chaat masala – 1/4 tsp Oil – 1 tbsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Thaw...

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Spicy Chicken Biryani

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 57 comments

  A lot of people are put of by the thought of making biryani because it is usually so involved and time consuming. This recipe will change their mind when they find out how easy it is to cook some delicious spicy biryani. I got this recipe from my good friend Neeru who made this for us and it was so delicious. Unlike Dum Biryani this is made with pressure cooker and it is the kind of biryani our moms would make on weekends and we would eat it at watching our favorite movies. Hope you like this recipe and if it comes out well let us know and I’ll let Neeru know. Preparation Time : 60 minutes Spice Level : 4 out of 5 No of servings : 3-4 Ingredients: Chicken : 500gms Basmati Rice : 2 cups...

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Ambur Mutton Biryani

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 42 comments

  I know we posted a lot of Diwali sweets and savories recipes but what is Diwali without some idlies, mutton gravy and briyani, right? (Veg fans – we love sambar and chutney equally with Idlies. ) My mother-in-law surprised us with this easy-to-make yet heavenly delicious Mutton briyani! Ambur is a town in Tamilnadu and is really famous for their spicy dum briyani. Here is a blurb from Wikipedia Ambur Biriyani is one of the famous biriyani recipes of South India which emerged during the Nawab of Arcot’s regime. Prepared mainly in Basmati Variety of rice, both chicken and Mutton are used for this. A full plate of Biriyani with Brinjal curry (Khattay Baigan or Yennai Kathrika) and Onion Raitha (Vengayam Pachidi) makes our feast a delightful one. Such is its very delicious taste, which makes many thousands of passers by in this Golden Quadrilateral track of...

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