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

Veg Chapati roll

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in North Indian recipes | 7 comments

We had a potluck recently and I wanted to make something different with chapati. So I tried veggie chapati rolls for the potluck and they came really good. These Veg Chapati Rolls is a easy lunch box menu too. We can use any veggies for stuffing and we can use any masala according to our taste. My husband who does not like carrots and cabbage liked these rolls :). Time of Preparation : 1 1/2 hours Spice Level – 3 No. of Rolls – 12 Ingredients: For Chapati Wheat Flour – 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour – 1/4 cup Salt – 1/2 tsp Oil – 1 tbsp Water – 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp (adjust accordingly) For Stuffing: Carrot – 2 cups (grated) Cabbage – 2 cups (grated) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Green chillies – 6...

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Plantain and Eggplant Curry (From Sri Lankan Kitchen)

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Multi Cuisine, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 1 comment

Plantain and Eggplant is a wonderful combination for making curries which I learnt recently. I learnt this tasty curry from one of my friend called Shalini, from Sri Lanka. She is my neighbor and a good cook. This is a simple dish with lots of flavors. Coconut milk plays an important part and I would prefer homemade coconut milk for making this dish since it is fresh and lighter than the store bought ones. Check out my recipe for homemade coconut milk. If you are unable to make fresh coconut milk, try substituting canned coconut milk. Enjoy this dish and let me know your comments. Ingredients: Indian or Chinese eggplant or brinjal – 3 Plantain – 1 (medium size, about 5″) Chopped green chilies – 2 tbsp Sliced onions – 1/3 cup Curry leaves –  7 to 8 leaves...

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How to make Guacamole?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Mexican, Multi Cuisine, Weight Watchers Recipe | 5 comments

Guacamole is one of the most popular avocado recipes and it’s also popular in Mexican cuisine. It’s one of my favorite and easiest recipes to make. Whenever I go to any mexican restaurants I can’t eat any dish without guacamole and it’s also very healthy. When you have some guests coming it’s easy to make and you can serve it with some tortilla chips. I had some avocados sitting in my fridge so I decided to make this delicious guacamole . My 16 month old little boy loved this guacamole:-). Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out. If you have a variation of this recipe I’d love to hear that too Preparation Time : 20 minutes No Of Servings : 5-6 Spice level : 1 out of 5 Weight watchers Point(1/4 cup): 2 points Ingredients:...

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Chinese, Healthy Eats, Multi Cuisine, Weight Watchers Recipe | 5 comments

If you want to make some healthy food in less than 30 minutes and also make it taste really good then, this recipe is your best bet. This lighter version of vegetable fried rice is one of the easiest and healthy recipe. You don’t need to go out for a  fried rice take out when you can make it at home. If you have some brown rice , or any cooked rice sitting in your fridge than it’s more easy to make this recipe. And this recipe is also weight watcher’s friendly recipe. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of servings : 2-3 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Weight watchers point: 6 points (1 cup of fried rice) Ingredients :  Cooked Brown Rice : 4 cups Onion : 1/2 cup(cut into lenghtwise) Cooked Vegetables : 11/4 cup...

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Italian, Multi Cuisine | 5 comments

  Karthik & I are great fans of pizza and love various kinds of pizza. Chicago style, new york style, deep dish, hand tossed, greek gyro pizza, etc. One of our favorites has to be Barbeque chicken pizza. I have made a few varieties of pizza but this is the first time I made barbeque chicken pizza and it came out delicious. If you are a fan of barbeque flavor, this is a must try. Preparation Time : 45 minutes No Of servings : 3-4 Ingredients: Chicken breast : 1/2 pound (washed and cut into cubes) Barbecue sauce :  1/4 cup Flour : for dusting Pizza dough Pizza sauce : 1/2 cup Mozeralla shredded : 11/2 cup Parmesan shredded : 1 cup Onions : 1/2 cup (thinly sliced) Olives: 1/4 cup Jalapenos : 1/4 cup Olive oil : 2 tbsp...

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How to Make Pizza Dough

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Italian, Multi Cuisine | 1 comment

The crust of the pizza is the most important piece and the crust depends on the pizza dough you make. You could buy ready made pizza crust in stores but they don’t taste as good or fresh if you created it yourself with your own pizza dough. Making pizza dough is definitely an art. I am far from an expert in making pizza dough but as practice makes perfect everytime I make it it comes out better. This time around has to be my best of the lot. So if you are just starting out making pizza be prepared to give yourself a few tries. Who knows you may find yourself good at this at first try too! Preparation Time : 2hours (including the dough to rise) No Of Pizza : Three 12″ medium pizza or two large pizza...

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Chicken Shawarma

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Middle Eastern, Multi Cuisine | 6 comments

Middle Eastern food is one of my favorite cuisine of all time. Shawarma is one of the staple dishes you will find in any Middle Eastern restaurant. Every time I’ve had one I would wonder how hard it would be to make this at home. Since we are grilling regularly this summer I figured I’ll try making chicken shawarma with some grilled chicken. Shawarma can be served as a wrap in pita bread or with just chicken over rice. Few Lines about Shawarma from wikipedia: Shawarma is a Levantine Arab meat preparation, where lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or mixed meats are placed on a spit (commonly a vertical spit in restaurants), and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shavings are cut off the block of meat for serving, and the remainder of the block of...

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Half and Half Pizza

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Italian, Multi Cuisine | 2 comments

This is called Half and Half Pizza because of the two different sauce in it. I have used Alfredo sauce and marinara sauce. Alfredo sauce is a creamy, cheesy white sauce which usually accompanies pasta. Marinara is an Italian tomato sauce with onion, garlic and herbs. You can just use marinara sauce or Alfredo sauce or both just like how I have used. I like my pizza loaded with toppings. You can add any of your favorite vegetables or meat in the pizza. I feel less guilty because of adding all these vegetables. I like them sauted as well. Cheese is another important ingredient that makes pizza interesting. I have used fresh mozzarella and fontina cheese. I like to explore with different types of cheese. You can use your favorite cheese. Just mix and match or go with one type....

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Palak Paratha

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Indian Breads/Roti, North Indian recipes | Comments Off on Palak Paratha

Palak Paratha is an easy way to give spinach to the kids. We can make this paratha either by stuffing the spinach like how I did for Methi Paratha or we can just mix the spinach to the dough. I did the Spinach Paratha by mixing it to the dough. Here is the recipe for delicious Green Parathas :). Time of Preparation : 40 minutes Resting Time : 2 hours No of Parathas : 9 Spice level : 2 Ingredients: Wheat Flour – 1 1/2 cups Spinach / Palak – 1 cup Garlic – 3 cloves Green chillies – 2 Sambar Powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 1/4 tsp Yogurt – 1/2 cup Oil – as needed Method of Preparation: Grind the spinach, garlic and green chillies in...

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Aloo Palak Curry – Spinach Potato Dry Curry

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in North Indian recipes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 6 comments

Aloo Palak Curry (Spinach Potato Dry Curry) is a tasty Indian dish in which potatoes and spinach are cooked in a spicy mixture. This is a dry version of this dish which can be served with rice or roti (Indian flat breads). Most of us have some kind of greens and potatoes at home. So if you want to make a delicious curry for lunch or dinner then this is the dish. Even if you are not a huge fan of spinach, you will love this dish and you can also make kids eat spinach this way. Try this dish and let me know how it turns out. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 4 to 5 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Boiled Gold Potatoes – 2 big ones (or 8 baby...

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Pav Bhaji

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Chaat, North Indian recipes | 1 comment

Pav Bhaji is a popular Indian fast food dish from Mumbai. It is a mixed vegetable curry with a special blend of spices (Pav Bhaji masala) that you can find in any grocery store in India or the Indian stores in the U.S. It is served with Pav (buns) instead of roti. This dish made its way from street food to restaurants and slowly became popular all over India. The recipe varies from place to place but the general procedure remains the same. Mashed potatoes and sauteed onions and tomatoes with a few other vegetables and spices are blended together to make this dish. Pav is toasted on a griddle with lots of butter. This is a comfort dish and the right place to enjoy is from the street side vendors. Here I am bringing the street food to your...

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Mexican Gumbo (Vegetarian)

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Mexican, Multi Cuisine | Comments Off on Mexican Gumbo (Vegetarian)

Mexican Vegetarian Gumbo is my all time favorite dish from Qdoba, a fast food restaurant serving Mexican cuisine. Other than rice, beans, soup and salsa, I usually load it up with all the vegetables they have such as corn, tomatoes, some lettuce and green peppers. I haven’t mentioned it in the recipe. But you can add your favorite grilled or fresh vegetables to your Gumbo and enjoy. Like the restaurant, I have prepared the required ingredients separately and mixed it together to make Gumbo. I am planning on making One Pot Gumbo. Will share the recipe soon. Though it is a bit time consuming to prepare everything separately, it is totally worth it. Try and let me know how you like it. Ingredients: Tortilla Soup – 4 cups Cilantro rice – 2 cups Black or pinto beans – 2...

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Tortilla Soup

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Mexican, Multi Cuisine | 2 comments

I am a huge fan of Tortilla Soup. Tortilla soup topped with corn tortilla strips and a little bit of sour cream is soul satisfying. This is a tomato based soup of Mexican origin which usually has chicken stock cooked with tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. But I have made a vegetarian version and tweaked it a bit to satisfy the vegetarian taste buds. Okay! Now I will tell y’all what inspired me to prepare this soup. I love the Mexican Gumbo from Qdoba, which is a fast food restaurant in the United States serving Mexican style cuisine. The foundation of this dish is Tortilla Soup, Cilantro Rice and Beans. My friend usually gets the Tortilla Soup alone and that’s how I got to taste this soup once and I loved it. I used to make it now...

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Methi Malai Paneer

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in North Indian recipes, Paneer Recipes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 10 comments

Methi Malai Paneer is a delicious Indian gravy cooked with paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and fenugreek leaves in a creamy sauce. It is served along with roti or anyIndian breads. This is a simple recipe and can be prepared quickly for a party or for everyday dinner or lunch. Whenever I go to the Indian store, I don’t forget to pick a bunch of methi or fenugreek leaves. I love to make some methi dal or a gravy for my roti and rice. It has a lot of medicinal values and is nutritious. Enjoy the curry with roti or phulkas. Preparation time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 5 to 6 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Chopped onions – 2 cups Puree from 2 big roma tomatoes Fresh methi leaves (Fresh fenugreek leaves) – 3 cups Fried paneer...

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Fusilli with Spinach and Arugula Pesto

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Italian, Multi Cuisine | 5 comments

Fusilli is spiral shaped pasta and is widely used . I have made a Spinach Arugula Pesto inspired by Giada’s Spicy Pesto. I have tweaked it according to my taste and it was creamy and delicious. If you like it more spicy add more jalapenos. I blanched spinach and arugula since I thought I may not like the raw taste of it and I was right. You can also add some basil leaves if you have. You can avoid cheese and use brown rice pasta to make it healthy. I hope you all like this dish. Preparation time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 5 to 6 Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Arugula – 1 and 1/2 cups Spinach – 2 cups Avocado – 1 One and half jalapeno pepper with seeds (adjust to taste) Sun dried tomatoes –...

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Hummus Recipe (Simple Chickpeas Dip)

Posted by on Jan 14, 2012 in Middle Eastern, Multi Cuisine | 2 comments

Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern dip generally served along with Pita Bread. It is a simple and delicious appetizer made with cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), Tahini paste (sesame paste), garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. It can also be served with Falafel, flat bread, tortilla chips, fresh or partially steamed veggies, etc. You can always alter the recipe according to your taste. Say you can add more lemon juice or garlic if you like it tangy or garlicky. You can also make it more exciting by adding Jalapenos or olives or sun dried tomatoes, etc. I have added pickled jalapenos to my hummus since I like it spicy. Try this recipe at home and let me know your comments. Preparation time: 20 minutes Yield: 2 1/2 to 3 cups Ingredients: Boiled chickpeas – 2 cups (or one...

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Indo-Chinese Vegetable Fried Rice

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Indo-Chinese, Multi Cuisine | 6 comments

This recipe is from my sister’s kitchen. I wanted to try this recipe for a very long time and finally tried it and it came out so yummy. In my college days I was very addictive to Indo-chinese Cuisine. Hot and sour soup, Fried rice, Manchurian thees are my favorite dishes and I still love those yummy food. My sister makes so yummy and delicious Indo-chinese fried rice and Manchurian. I’ve always used to wonder how she make this recipe so perfect and Finally I’ve got the nerve to try it and it came out so good. If you are a Chinese, Indo-chinese food lover you should definitely try this recipe. Easy and  a comfort food. Preparation Time: 60 minutes No Of  Servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Vegetables : 1 cup(Carrots, Mushrooms, peas,...

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Mexican, Multi Cuisine, Thanksgiving Recipes | 3 comments

I’ve already posted the Enchilada sauce recipe and here is the anniversary dinner I made for Karthik – Chicken Enchilada Casserole. It came out really yummy and tasted so good. Karthik loved it and he kept going back for the leftovers. 🙂 As I mentioned earlier this is one of the easiest casseroles I’ve ever made.Try this recipe and let me know if you liked it too. Preparation Time: 60 minutes No of servings : 4-5 Ingredients: Enchilada Sauce : 4 cups Corn Tortillas : 12 ( 6 inch) (Sofetend over flame or dry skillet) Chicken : 2 pounds (cooked and shredded) (you can just stir fry the shredded chicken with some salt and pepper for about 10 minutes) Jalapeno Peppers : 4 Sour cream : 1 cup Shredded Swiss cheese : 1 & 1/2 cups (from about 1/2...

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