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

Pepper Mutton Curry

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 8 comments

As you can see with the recent recipes, the latest theme has been about Karthiks(my hubby) childhood memories of his moms cooking. With her visiting us, she has been making his favorite dishes and I am enjoying them too. Diwali for non vegetarians usually start with a mutton dish. And this was my husband’s favorite Diwali breakfast – idli/dosa with pepper mutton curry. As you will see it is a great dish for those who crave hot food and pretty simple to follow. Go ahead and try it may be it will become your favorite to as it has become mine. Preparation Time : 45 minutes No Of servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 4 out of 5  Ingredients:  Mutton : 500gms Oil : 3 tbsp Fennel seeds : 2 tsp Onions: 1 (large) (chopped finely) Tomatoes : 3...

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Mutton Korma – Lamb Curry

Posted by on Aug 11, 2011 in Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 22 comments

I recently was inspired by this Mutton Korma recipe from my sister-in-law, Jai over at Tasty Appetite. We bought some mutton last week and I wanted to try this recipe Guess what? It turned out simply superb and we enjoyed it with Idlies and chappathis. You can make this mutton curry in an hour and it is indeed pretty simple to make. Preparation Time : 60 minutes Spice level : 4 out of 5 No of servings : 3-5 Ingredients: Mutton/Lamb : 750gm Onion : 2 (medium) Tomato : 3 Cloves : 3 Cinnamon : 1″ cardamom : 2 Fennel seeds : 11/2 tsp Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp Bay Leaves : 1 Curry leaves : 7-8 Ginger & Garlic paste : 2 tbsp Yogurt : 1/4 cup Coconut pieces : 1/2 cup Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp Red...

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Peruvian Grilled Chicken

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in BBQ & Grilling, Chicken dishes, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 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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Chettinad Mutton Curry

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 22 comments

Chettinad Cuisine is most popular in southern part of India and in fact it has gained immense popularity if you consider the sheer number of ‘Chettinad’ style restaurants in Chennai! It’s famous for it’s spices and unique flavor. This is the most common non-veg dish you can found in any south-Indian restaurant. My mom made this Chettinad mutton curry last week and it came out really yummy. Preparation Time: 40 minutes Spice Level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 5-6 Ingredients: Mutton : 1 kg OIl : 2 tbsp Onion : 1 (large) (You can also use shallots or pearl onions instead of regular onions) Tomatoes : 1 Tomato : 2 (for puree) Ginger & garlic paste : 1 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon : 2 “ Cloves : 3 Star Anise : 2 Bay leaves : 2...

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Dindugal Thalappakatti Chicken Biriyani

Posted by on Jun 2, 2011 in Chicken dishes, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Rice dishes | 41 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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Aatukal Paya (Goat Leg curry)

Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 15 comments

It’s been almost a month I’ve posted any recipes.  I’ve had my baby boy on march 30th and he totally changed my life into a beautiful dreamland. He is keeping me busy 24/7. So I couldn’t find time to post any recipes. Thanks to Nithu and Arthi for keeping us entertained with their delicious concoctions. Aatukal Paya (Goat leg curry) is one of the Non-Vegetarian delicacies of South Indian. Most people have a love or hate relationship with this dish. My husband loves it and I am not a big fan of it 🙂 This is one of those dishes he used to get only when he visits home in India. But Last week he found that our local butcher was selling goat legs and he brought home some. So Immediately I called my Mother-in-law to get her secret...

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Spinach and Artichoke Souffle

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011 in Baking, Breakfast Menu, Egg Dishes, Featured, Multi Cuisine | 21 comments

Souffle is a light and fluffy baked dish consisting of stiffly beaten egg whites and other ingredients along with egg yolks. It can be a main dish or a dessert.  The beaten egg whites makes it puffy and lift up. Today I am sharing the recipe for Spinach and Artichoke Souffle. This is one of my all time favorite dish inspired by Panera Bread Company, a chain of bakery-cafe. Whenever I take a bite, I have always wondered how can a dish be so wonderfully prepared. I learnt to make souffle from a cookbook and tried it. It turned out so good. Here you go… Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of Servings: 7 Spice level: 2.5 Ingredients: Grated parmesan cheese or bread crumbs – 1/2 cup (for dusting) Thick Bechamel sauce – 1 1/2 cups (recipe below) Salt –...

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Simple Fish Fry

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 in Featured, Fish Dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 12 comments

This is one of the simplest and easy to make tasty fish fry. It will take only a short time to prepare. I’ve learnt this recipe from one of my good friends Neeru. It tastes crunchy and delightful with the addition of bread crumbs. You can use any type fish for this fry. Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 3-4 Preparation Time : 1 hour 30 minutes (1 hour for marinating) Ingredients: Fish : 500 gm ( any fish, I’ve used tilapia) Breadcrumbs : 1 cup Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp Red chili powder : 2 tbsp Salt : according to taste Ginger and Garlic Paste : 1/2 tbsp Fish masala powder : 2 tbsp (instead of red chili powder and ginger & garlic paste) Method Of Preparation: Wash and clean the fish. Marinate...

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Nethili Fish (Anchovies) Kuzhambhu

Posted by on Dec 21, 2010 in Featured, Fish Dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 14 comments

First of all I want to say a big sorry to all my readers for not posting any recipes for a while. I’ve great news to share with you all. We are expecting!!!!! Now that I am past my morning sickness and big trip to India, I am happy to post one of my favorite recipe today. In my recent trip, my mom made this Nethili fish (anchovies) kuzhambhu and it tasted like heaven. When I came back I found some fresh Anchovies in Oriental market. I was so happy and I made this curry out of it. this fish kuzhambhu recipe is a little different from the last one I posted. Ingredients: Nethili Meen (anchovies) :1/2 lb Onion : 2 tbsp Garlic : 4 Tomato : 2 (medium) Oil : 4 tbsp Vadagam : 1 tbsp Curry Leaves...

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Karthik’s Spicy Chicken Curry

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

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Spicy Shrimp Curry

Posted by on Jul 18, 2010 in Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Shrimp Dishes | 29 comments

Shrimp or prawn curry is one of the most popular  south India non-vegetarian dishes. I’ve learnt this recipe from my Mother-in-law. Her shrimp curry has to be the tastiest shrimp I’ve had. It goes very well chapathi, sambar rice and rasam. You can make this in different consistencies depending on your taste. You could make it as a gravy so it goes well with chapathi or naan or you could make it as a dry dish by leaving it in low heat for a long time. That’s how my husband likes it. have fun cooking this spicy shrimp curry and let me know if you try this recipe. Preparation Time : 45 minutes No of servings : 3-4 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Shrimp : 500gms (washed and cleaned) (deshelled) Onion : 1(large)(finely chopped) Tomatoes :2...

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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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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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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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Shrimp Biryani

Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Shrimp Dishes | 38 comments

In  my recent India trip, my sister (sujatha) cooked this biryani for me. Since then I become a big fan of it. The flavors are too good and not overpowering.  Recently I’ve tried this recipe and it came out very well. My sister made this biryani with prawn, but I don’t get prawn here. So I made it with shrimp. I love shrimp and I always wanted to try shrimp biryani. This recipe is very easy to make and it tastes as good as chicken biryani. Preparation Time: 45 minutes Serves: 3-4 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Shrimp : 500gms (washed and cleaned) (deshelled) Onion : 2 (medium) (Finely chopped) Basmati Rice : 2 cups (soaked for 20 minutes) Tomato : 2 (finely chopped) Fennel seeds : 2tsp Cinnamon : 1″ Cloves: 3 Bay leaves : 1...

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Green Chili Chicken Curry

Posted by on May 23, 2010 in Best of ST, Chicken dishes, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 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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Andhra Mutton Curry / Lamb Curry

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 26 comments

This is the first time I am making this style of mutton curry. I am not a big fan of mutton / lamb. But my husband loves all the mutton dishes. Recently I had the Andhra style mutton curry at one of my friends place and I got the recipe from her. I’ve made some small changes from the recipe and tried it. It came out excellent and karthik (my husband) loved it.  It’s a very tasty recipe and it has become one of my favorites now. Ingredients : Mutton/ lamb : 600 gms Onion : 2 (medium) (finely chopped) Tomato : 3 (finely chopped) Oil : 4 tbsp Curry Leaves : 6-7 Coriander Leaves : for garnishing Ginger & Garlic Paste : 1 1/2 tbsp Turmeric powder : 2 tsp Cumin seeds : 1/4 tsp Masala To grind...

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Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani

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