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

Enchilada sauce

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Mexican, Multi Cuisine, Sauce | 2 comments

  We (my husband & I) love mexican Food. I always love to make anything spicy. Enchilada is one of our fav dishes in Mexican Cuisine. I have always wanted to make that. Last sunday was our anniversary, I was gonna make a cake but decided why bake cake all the time let’s do something new & different and something favorite for my husband. I knew enchilada was one of them so I made this for my husband from scratch. It came out well. And you know what? He loved it and of course I was extremely happy, when you get compliments from your loved one. Enchilada Casserole is coming soon.  Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of cups : 4 cups Ingredients: Red chilies : 5 Chicken Stock : 1 cup (low-sodium) Tomatoes : 4 (large) Poblano Pepper :...

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Classic Three Cheese and Vegetable Lasagna

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Baking, Italian, Multi Cuisine, Thanksgiving Recipes | 12 comments

Lasagna is a wide and flat type of pasta. This Lasagna is filled with various vegetables, pasta sauce and three types of cheese. If you are looking for a simple and delicious recipe for lasagna, you are at the right place. Specially for the vegetarians and veggie lovers. Try this recipe for a special occasion or a weekend dinner and enjoy. Preparation time: 60 minutes No of servings: 10 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Lasagna noodles – 9 Chopped onion – 1/2 cup Chopped vegetables – 1/4 cup each (mushroom, red peppers, green peppers, zucchini, broccoli) Chopped oregano – 1 tbsp Chopped basil – 1 tbsp Frozen spinach – 1 cup (thawed) Ricotta cheese – 8 oz Parmesan cheese – 1/2 cup Shredded mozzarella cheese – 2 cups All purpose flour – 3 tbsp Butter- 2 tbsp...

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Grilled Veggie Cheese Sandwich

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 in Breakfast Menu, Multi Cuisine, Sandwiches | 7 comments

Grilled Veggie Cheese Sandwich is my all time favorite sandwich. This version of sandwich is loaded with vegetables and some cheese. So this is a healthy and yummy sandwich and you should definitely try it. Kids will love it. I have used ciabatta bread to make this sandwich. You can substitute it with any bread such as Italian or french loaf, etc. I bought this bread from Panera Bread company. You can also check your local bakery or grocery store. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 4 sandwiches Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Ciabatta bread – 1 big loaf Thinly sliced onions – 1/2 cup Half red bell pepper, cut into thin strips Half zucchini, thinly sliced Tomatoes – 2 (thinly sliced) Arugula – 1 cup Garlic – 3 pods Mozzarella cheese – 4 slices White...

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Pita Veggie Sandwich

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in Featured, Multi Cuisine, Sandwiches | 17 comments

From Wikipedia: Pita is a round pocket bread widely consumed in many Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Balkan cuisines. It is prevalent from the Balkans through Greece, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula and Turkey. The “pocket” in pita bread is created by steam, which puffs up the dough. As the bread cools and flattens, a pocket is left in the middle. When it comes to sandwich, pita bread is one of my favorite bread. The sandwich looks scrumptious with their pockets filled with veggies and sauces. Along with vegetables, you can also add potato fries or falafel or veggie patties. Use your imagination and fill your sandwich. Just like the filling, you can use your favorite sauce. This can be quickly prepared and so is apt for dinner or when you want to have a lite meal. Here you go… Preparation...

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Aloo Sarson Da Saag – Creamy Green Curry with Potato

Posted by on Aug 5, 2011 in Featured, North Indian recipes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 10 comments

Sarson Da Saag is a traditional and popular dish in Punjab which is served along with Makki Di Roti. Sarson Da Saag is a curry made from mustard greens and spices. Makki Di Roti is a flat bread made from corn flour. This curry can also be served with naan or roti or other flat breads. Nutrition and you says: Mustard greens is one of the nutritious green leafy vegetables. They are very low in calories and fats but rich in dietary fiber. Fresh mustard greens are an excellent source of several vital anti-oxidants and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E. Regular consumption of mustard greens in the diet is known to prevent arthritis, osteoporosis, iron deficiency anaemia and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases, asthma and colon and prostate cancers. I was not aware the nutrition value...

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Gobi Shimla Mirch Ki Sabzi – Cauliflower Capsicum Curry

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Featured, North Indian recipes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 15 comments

Bell peppers and cauliflower are very nutritious. They are rich in vitamins and fiber. I love bell pepper’s flavor and taste. So I usually use it in many dishes I make. I had some cauliflower and bell pepper sitting in my fridge for a short while. First, I was gonna make Gobi manchurian but after I saw the bell peppers I decided to make this gobi shimla mirch ki sabzi. It’s very easy to make and a great side dish for roti’s and naan. Let me know if you try this recipe. Preparation TIme: 45 minutes Spice Level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 3-5 Ingredients Oil : 2 tsbp Onion : 1 (medium) Tomato : 2 Ginger & Garlic paste : 1 tbsp Cumin Powder : 2 tsp Coriander Powder : 2 tbsp Red chili...

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Spinach Mushroom Manicotti

Posted by on Jul 27, 2011 in Featured, Italian, Multi Cuisine | 18 comments

Manicotti also known as Cannelloni is stuffed pasta rolls. Manicotti shells are readily available at stores or you can make them at home. I made this dish with store bought manicotti shells. Cooked the shells, stuffed it with delicious stuffs  like spinach, ricotta cheese, mushroom along with spices and then baked with a creamy sauce with mozzarella shavings on top. I hope you can imaging the taste of it. Yummy…. If you are craving for Italian, this is one of the perfect dishes to make. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to cook this dish. You just need some time and the ingredients. It is not that difficult too. So try this dish and let me know. Here you go… Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of servings: 4 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Manicotti shells...

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Kimbap (Korean Sushi Rolls)

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Featured, Korean, Multi Cuisine | 9 comments

From Wikipedia: Gimbap or kimbap is a popular Korean dish made from steamed white rice (bap) and various other ingredients, rolled in gim (sheets of dried laver seaweed) and served in bite-size slices. The basic components of gimbap are rice, meat or other protein-rich ingredients, and a large variety of vegetables, pickled, roasted, or fresh. Short grain white rice is usually used, although short-grain brown rice, like olive oil on gim, is now becoming more widespread among the health-conscious. Rarely, sweet rice is mixed in gimbap rice. Gim is dried, pressed seaweed made from the edible species, laver. Gim may be roasted and seasoned with oil and salt, roasted but unseasoned, or raw and unseasoned. For kimbap, the roasted, unseasoned variation is typically used.Gim is known to be abundant in protein and vitamins, especially vitamins A, B1, B2, B6,...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Desserts, Featured, Italian, Multi Cuisine | 21 comments

I am a big fan of Tiramisu. And I’ve always wanted to try this recipe. I received this recipe from one of my good friends – Chef Subash. I love the creamy smooth texture of this dessert. Tiramisu is a popular Itlaian dessert. In Italian, Tiramisu means “Pick me up”. That describes the flavor of this dessert . If you are a coffee lover you will love this dessert. It has become popular and a huge favorite in most of the European and American restaurants. According to this 2007 article in Washington Post by Jane Black, the origins of Tiramisu is said to have been created in a restaurant in a small town named Treviso located northwest of Venice. “Born recently, less than two decades ago, in the city of Treviso is a dessert called Tiramesu which was made for the...

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Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in Featured, Italian, Multi Cuisine | 3 comments

Fettuccine Alfredo is one of my favorite Italian dished. Whenever we go to Olive Garden or any other Italian restaurant this is one of the dishes I order often – sometimes with shrimp and other times with chicken. I love the rich & creamy flavor of the Alfredo sauce . I’ve always wanted to make this at home. Recently I was watching Food network and I saw this recipe. I didn’t expect it to be this simple. So I decided to give it a try and make it for dinner. Voila, it came out really yummy and it is very easy to make. Preparation Time : 40 minutes No of Servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 0 out of 5 Ingredients: Fettuccine : 1 pound Shallot : 1 (minced) Heavy Cream : 2 cups (also sold as whipping cream in...

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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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Veggie Pizza

Posted by on Feb 11, 2011 in Baking, Featured, Italian, Multi Cuisine | 41 comments

We all know Pizza is an oven baked, flat, round bread topped with tomato sauce,cheese and various other toppings like vegetables, chicken, fruits, pepperoni, etc. If you have a party at home Pizza is the easiest and best thing to make and is loved by kids to adults. You can make pizza dough at home or you can also buy it. It is available in most of the grocery shop in the United States. For those who want to make it from the base, I have given you the recipe. Here you go… Preparation time: 20 minutes No. of servings: 3 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Wheat flour or All purpose flour – 2 cups Yeast –  1/2 pack Oil – 1/4 cup (preferably olive oil) Salt – 1/4 tsp (adjust to taste) Plastic wrap Pizza sauce –...

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Eggplant Parmigiana

Posted by on Sep 24, 2010 in Baking, Best of ST, Featured, Italian | 31 comments

From Wikipedia: Parmigiana or eggplant parmigiana (Italian: melanzane alla parmigiana or parmigiana di melanzane) is a Southern Italian dish made with shallow fried eggplant (aubergine) slices layered with cheese and tomato sauce, then baked. In some versions, the eggplant slices are first dipped in beaten eggs and dredged in flour or breadcrumbs before frying. Some recipes use hard grated cheeses such as Parmesan or Pecorino Romano, while others use softer melting cheeses like Mozzarella or Caciocavallo, or a combination of these. Ingredients: Big eggplant – 1 Italian seasoned bread crumbs – 2 cups [Substitute: 2 cups bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp dried marjoram] All purpose flour or Maida – 1 cup Eggs – 3 Spaghetti sauce – 1 large can Mozzarella cheese – 8 oz Parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup Fresh basil...

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Macaroni and Cheese

Posted by on Aug 27, 2010 in Baking, Italian | 29 comments

Macaroni and Cheese also called Mac and Cheese is a well known dish and also a favorite dish among kids. Who doesn’t love cheese, specially kids? But if you are health conscious you can substitute some of the high calorie ingredients with low fat or non fat ones such as milk with skim milk and cheese with low fat cheese. It is always good to eat home made dishes, especially when it comes to high calorie food as we are aware of what we throw in and alter them if we need. I am not against outside food but I would prefer home food. Again I adapted this dish from Food Network and altered it a bit here and there to my style. Here you go… Preparation time: 60 minutes Spice level: 2 out of 5 No. of servings:...

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Grilled Chicken Fajita

Posted by on Aug 2, 2010 in Featured, Mexican, Multi Cuisine | 17 comments

Chicken Fajitas are one of our favorite Mexican dishes. There is something about the juicy grilled chicken in combination with sauteed bell peppers and onions wrapped in warm flour or corn tortilla. It is heavenly. We just bought a new grill this summer and have been cooking on it a lot lately.  I’ve bought some fresh tortilla at the store the other day and decided to make Chicken Fajitas. What other dish could scream summer like colors of the bell peppers and the grilled chicken. You could also use the same recipe to make Steak fajitas too. Preparation Time : 30 mins No of servings: 3-4 Ingredients: Chicken Breasts/Thighs : 1 1/2  pounds Salt and pepper Onion : 1 ( large) ( cut into 1/4 inch strips) Bell peppers : 3 ( yellow, red and green) ( cut into...

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Stir Fried Noodles with Vegetables

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Indo-Chinese | 25 comments

I love Stir Fried Noodles with lots of vegetables in it. Whenever I think of Stir Fried Noodles, it just reminds me of a Chinese fast food near my place. Their noodles and fried rice are the best. There are many versions of Stir Fried Noodles. My version contains a lot of veggies and it’s spicy. You can adjust according to your spice level. When I first tried it I just threw in some sauces, pepper flakes, vegetables, oil and noodles and it was so tasty. Next time I made sure I keep track of the right amount of ingredients and here is the recipe for you. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of Servings: 3 to 4 Spice level:  3 out of 5 Ingredients: Stir fry sauce: Vegetable stock – 2/3 cup Soy Sauce – 4 tbsp Lime juice –...

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Bean Burrito

Posted by on Jul 20, 2010 in Featured, Mexican, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 24 comments

Bean Burrito is one of my favorite from Taco Bell fast food restaurant. Bean along with cheese, sour cream, rice, etc. are wrapped in a grilled tortilla which is so comforting. My version of burrito is with vegetables and bean, a less guilt version. I have used the ready made  tortillas. You can also use homemade tortilla. Please find the recipe below. Here you go… Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 3 to 4 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Flour Tortilla: All purpose flour – 1 cup Wheat flour – 1 cup Baking powder – 1/2 tsp Vegetable shortening – 1/4 cup Hot water – 1 cup Salt – 1/2 tsp (adjust to taste) Stuffing: Flour tortillas – 4 Chopped onion – 3/4 cup Garlic cloves – 3 Jalapeños pepper – 3 tbsp Tomato – 1 Corn kernels...

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Mushroom Ravioli

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in Best of ST, Italian | 12 comments

Mushroom Ravioli is one of my all time favorite dish. I first had it in Romano’s Macaroni Grill. That was the first time I have ever had an Italian dish and I just loved it. Ravioli toped with the Marsala Cream sauce is just wonderful. Here I have used pasta sauce and heavy cream. You can also substitute it with ready made Marsala cream sauce or home made Marsala sauce which I will post later. Here you go… Preparation time: 20 minutes No. of servings: 2 to 3 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Fresh Wild mushroom ravioli – 1 package Chopped garlic – 2 tsp Basil – 1 tbsp Olive oil – 2 tbsp Pasta sauce – 1 cup Heavy Cream – 1 cup Parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup Method of Preparation: Cook the ravioli in a...

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