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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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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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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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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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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Peruvian Grilled Chicken

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Featured, Chicken dishes, BBQ & Grilling | 11 comments

Nowadays summertime has become the only time Karthik(my husband) cooks anymore. Not because he doesn’t want to but because I don’t let him. Karthik likes to grill and he found this recipe in Gourmet magazine and wanted to try it. One of the main reasons was because of some of the ingredients that are common to Indian cooking. In fact, it came out really good and me and my mom thoroughly enjoyed this grilled chicken. Even though it is Peruvian, it seems that there is a huge Asian influence in their cooking as evidenced by the use of Soy sauce in this recipe. The chicken had a nice spicy flavor with a hint of tangy soy sauce. This recipe is very easy to follow so let me know in the comments if you try it. No of servings :...

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Dindugal Thalappakatti Chicken Biriyani

Posted by on Jun 2, 2011 in Rice dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Featured, Chicken dishes | 42 comments

If you from the Dindugal area in Tamilnadu, this biriyani needs no introduction. If you are in Chennai or visited Chennai you would have noticed a new chain of restaurants too. For those new to this name, here is a little background on Dindugal Thalappakatti biriyani. The Thalappakatti Biriyani Hotel’s roots can be traced all the way back to 1957 . Founded by Mr. Nagasamy Naidu under the name Anandha Vilas Biriyani Hotel in Dindigul. He always wore a turban called THALAPA(a traditional head dress), which over the years became synonymous with his brand and cooking styles, leading him to earn the nick name “Thalappakatti Naidu ” which would eventually became the name of our brand and restaurants. We had this biriyani on our recent trip to Chennai and were just simply blown away by the incredible mix of flavors...

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Karthik’s Spicy Chicken Curry

Posted by on Aug 23, 2010 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Featured, Chicken dishes | 24 comments

If you are wondering who is Karthik, he is my husband. You might wonder why I named a dish after him? Actually, I didn’t. His friend, Matt Jabs did! Matt & Karthik were roommates a few years back and they had a few ‘curry nights’ when Karthik would make this chicken curry. Fact is, Karthik can’t make the same dish twice in the same way. But, Matt had wrote down the recipe as Karthik was making the chicken curry one night and named it after him. Matt has been making chicken curry ever since and his wife and Matt always speak highly of this recipe. Recently he typed it up and sent it to us with pictures. How can I not publish this awesome effort? I  haven’t had this curry myself yet but the hubby was so impressed with...

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Green Chili Chicken Curry

Posted by on May 23, 2010 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Featured, Chicken dishes, Best of ST | 49 comments

Green chili chicken curry is simple and easy dish to make. If you are looking to make a chicken side dish for chapati or Chicken biryani . You should give this recipe a try. When I first saw this recipe name, I thought it’s gonna be too spicy. But it was not that spicy and it depends on how many green chilies and how strong the green chilies are. Adding coconut and fennel gives the dish a rich flavor. My sister Kavitha shared this recipe with me. I tried it last week and it came out awesome and tasty. Thanks to her for sharing this recipe with me. Preparation Time: 45 mins No of servings : 4-5 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken : ½ kg (Boneless or with bone) Oil : 3 tbsp Onion :2...

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Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani

Posted by on Apr 25, 2010 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Featured, Chicken dishes, Best of ST | 49 comments

Hyderabadi Biryani is a Hyderabadi dish based on basmati rice and goat meat. Popular variations use chicken instead of goat.The blending of Mughlai and Telangana cuisines in the kitchens of the Nizam, ruler of the historic Hyderabad State, resulted in the creation of Hyderabadi Biryani. (From wikipedia) I’ve have had great luck with this biryani recipe in the past but this is the first time I gotta chance to take step by step pics to share it with you. I’ve already posted a different version of  Dum Biryani before that required and electric oven but you can make this just on a stove top. There are many different types and versions of regional biryani recipes. And Hyderabadi Dum Biryani is one of the most popular of all. The secret to this version of biryani is to make sure you...

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Cashew Pepper Chicken Curry

Posted by on Apr 6, 2009 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes, Best of ST | 12 comments

You’ve heard me mention and share some excellent recipes from my beloved sister Suja. Now it is my pleasure to share her recipe and pictures straight from her Kitchen. The speciality about this recipe is that all the ingredients are available in any Indian pantry. It is a simple recipe you can make it in 30 minutes. It tastes best with chapathi, rice and parota. Try this recipe and share your comments for Suja. Ingredients: Chicken : 500gms Onion : 1 (medium) Tomato : 1(medium) Ginger and garlic paste : 2 tbsp Turmeric Powder : 2 tsp Peppercorns: 10 Green chilies : 2 Red chili powder : 1 tsp Cashew : 5-8 Badam : 3 (optional) Curry Leaves : 4-5 Method Of Preparation : Heat oil in a pan add onions and fry them till it becomes translucent. Now...

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Chicken Quesadilla

Posted by on Dec 20, 2008 in Chicken dishes, Mexican | 10 comments

It’s been a very long time I’ve posted any recipes. I am really sorry about my sparse posting. My new year resolution is to be more active here and bring you lot more recipes from my kitchen. When I first came to U.S one of my first  favorite Mexican dish was Quesadilla. We just bought this quesadilla maker in the Thanksgiving shopping. Before that I used to bake this in a conventional oven but Quesadilla maker has made my life easier.  Try this easy Quesadilla recipe and let me know how it turned out. Ingredients: Vegetable Oil : 2 tbsp Onion: 1 Red Bell Pepper : 1 Green Bell Pepper: 1 Mushroom : 1 cup (Optional) Chicken : 1 cup (Grilled or Cooked) Salsa: 1 cup Sour Cream : 3 tbsp (optional) Cheddar or Mozarella Cheese : 2 cups...

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Tandoori Chicken

Posted by on Jul 9, 2008 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 38 comments

Tandoori Chicken is another staple item in any Indian restaurant menu and is one of the best liked items as well. Tandoori Chicken is a chicken dish that originated in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. Chicken is marinated in yogurt and seasoned with tandoori masala. It has a lot of history behind it going back to the Mughal age. From Wikipedia, Tandoor cooked chicken actually dates back to the Mughal peroid. A man named Kundan Lal Gujral ran a restaurant called Moti Mahal in Peshawar before the partition of India. Trying out new recipes to keep his patrons interested, Gujral tried cooking chicken in tandoors (clay ovens) used by locals until then to cook naans (bread). The tandoors are bell-shaped ovens, set into the earth and fired with wood or charcoal reaching temperatures of about 900 degrees....

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Chicken Chettinad

Posted by on Apr 8, 2008 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 28 comments

Chicken Chettinad is another authentic south Indian dish. Chettinad is a very special and popular style of cooking in Tamilnadu. They are known for a variety of dishes and Chettinad Chicken has to be the king of them. You’ll find this listed in almost every South Indian restaurant menu . The chicken is cooked with some distinct ingredients such as poppy seeds , fennel seeds, coriander seeds that give a very special aroma to the curry. Chettinad is known for its culinary delicacies. Chettinad food, now is one of the many reasons why people get to know Chettinad. Ingredients: Chicken :800gm (with bone) onion: 1 1/2 (medium) (finely chopped) Tomatoes : 2 (finely chopped) Oil : 2 tbps Salt : required to tatse water : 1 1/2 cups Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp Curry leaves : 4 to 6...

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Dry Chicken Curry

Posted by on Feb 20, 2008 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes | 10 comments

This is yet another chicken dish . That will make a great side dish for Briyani or when you eat it with rice and chicken gravy . The spices and the curry leaves give it a great aroma and its very simple to make . It tastes excellent. I actually made this as a side dish when I made the Spicy chicken Kuzhambhu but am just finding some time to post this recipe . Hope you enjoy it. Preparation Time: 55 minutes No of servings: 4-5 Spice Level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken : 500gms Onion : 1 (big) Oil : 3 tbsp Bay leaves : 2 Cinnamon : 1 “ Cloves : 2 Black pepper powder : 2tsp Ginger and garlic paste : 11/2 tbsp Curry leaves : 5 Red chili powder : 1 tbsp Salt :...

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