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

Samba Sadham and Kathirikkai Gosthu

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Chutneys, Rice dishes | 2 comments

Samba Sadham and Kathirikkai Gosthu is an excellent combination. It is a traditional dish offered as prasadham in Lord Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram. Chidambaram is my home town and I have had this many times in the temple and it is purely divine. Samba Sadham is a simple flavored rice with roasted ground black pepper and cumin. Kathirikkai Gosthu or Gothsu is spicy brinjal chutney which is often served with this rice. It is simple yet delicious and a perfect meal that satisfies your taste buds. Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of servings: 2 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Samba Sadham: Raw rice or Basmati rice – 2 cups Black peppercorn – 1.5 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp Ghee or clarified butter – 4 tbsp Chana dal – 1.5 tbsp Cashew nut – 3 tbsp A few...

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Simple Vegetable Biryani

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 6 comments

After a very long time I am posting a recipe today.  I know I’ve become very lazy and couldn’t find time to post a recipe. Finally I am back to SpicyTasty and of course I missed posting recipes. My sister made this vegetable biryani when she visited us from India and we all loved it. It’s very simple and easy. If you are a big biryani lover then try this simple recipe you will love it. Preparation Time : 60 minutes No Of servings : 4-5 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Onion : 1 medium (chopped) Tomatoes : 2 (chopped) Ginger & Garlic Paste : 2 tbsp Vegetables : carrot, beans, soya chunks, bell pepper and potatoes Green Chili : 2-3 (according to your spice level) Coconut Milk : 1 cup Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp...

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Puliyodharai/Pulihora – Version 2

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Rice dishes | 3 comments

Puliyodharai or Pulihora is a traditional South Indian dish made with rice and spicy tamarind mix. The spicy tamarind mix is called “Pulikaichal” or “Puliyodharai mix”. It is one of the popular prasadham recipes offered in Hindu temples. There are various methods for preparing this dish but the ingredients pretty much remains the same. My mom makes delicious Puliyodharai which tastes similar to the temple prasadham. This is her recipe and here I am sharing it with you. Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of servings: 5 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Raw rice – 1 and 1/2 cups (sona masoori or ponni rice) Tamarind – 2 lemon size Peanuts or Chickpea – 3 or 4 tbsp Dried red chilies – 8 Chana dal – 1 tbsp Urad dal – 1 tsp A few curry leaves Turmeric powder...

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Aadi Perukku / Aadi 18 Recipes

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Indian Festival, Rice dishes | 3 comments

Aadi Perukku / Aadi 18 is a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month Aadi (July mid to Aug mid). Usually it comes on Aug 2nd or Aug 3rd of every year. The Adiperukku, as a water-ritual, celebrated by women is to honor nature. It is celebrated near river basins, when the level of water rises because of Monsoon. On this day, we will prepare different rice varieties and worship Goddess Parvati. I am happy to share our Aadi 18 special recipes. Kalkandu Chakkarai Pongal Sarkarai Pongal / Sweet Pongal Thengai Sadam / Coconut Rice Elumichai Sadam / Lime Rice Puli Sadam / Tamarind Rice Thakkali Sadam / Tomato Rice Thayir Sadam / Curd Rice Medu...

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Restaurant Style Fried Rice

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Indo-Chinese, Rice dishes, Slideshow | 3 comments

This is a simple recipe for making restaurant style Indo-Chinese Fried Rice. You can serve this dish with Gobi Manchurian or Veggie Manchurian or just ketchup. It is cooked with less ingredients and simple steps but the taste is unbelievable. Ginger, garlic and soy sauce plays the vital role in this recipe. Another important thing is rice. If the rice is hot, it will certainly break when you fry it in the hot wok or pan. So make sure you cool the rice before cooking. It is even better to cook well in advance to making the fried rice. You can add a pinch of MSG (ajinomoto) which is optional. I try to avoid it most of the times. Enjoy the homemade fried rice!! Preparation time: 40 minutes  Cooking time: 20 minutes No. of servings: 6 Spice level: 3 out...

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Spicy Vegetable Pulao

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Rice dishes | 5 comments

Spicy Vegetable Pulao is a wonderful one pot meal which is cooked with a blend of spices and vegetables with flavorful Basmati rice. Pulao can be made in different ways and there are many versions and recipes. This one is a spicy version of pulao cooked in coconut milk which gives it a rich and authentic taste. When I said spicy, I meant the flavorful spices but not the heat. You can serve this pulao with raitha. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups Vegetables – 3 cups (carrot, beans, potato, cauliflower) Green peas (fresh or frozen) – 1/4 cup One big onion – thinly sliced Tomato -1 Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tbsp Coconut milk –...

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Mushroom Biryani (Version 2)

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Rice dishes | 1 comment

Usually I make Mushroom Korma and I will have it with chapati. Recently I made it and I had with rice. It tasted good and I changed my korma recipe and added some ingredients so that I get a proper Biryani taste. It is very easy to make and it will taste really good. Here is the recipe for the easiest Mushroom Biryani :). Time of preparation : 35 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 to 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Basmathi Rice – 1 cup Butter – 1 tsp Bay leaf -1 Cinnamon stick 1″ – 1 Cloves – 2 Cardamom – 1 Onions – 2 cups (thinly sliced) Tomatoes – 1 1/2 cups (chopped) Green Chillies – 5 Ginger – 1 tbsp Garlic – 5 cloves Mushroom – 3/4 lb to 1 lb...

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Beetroot Rice

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | Comments Off on Beetroot Rice

Beetroot rice is one of the easiest to make and it makes a great comfort food. If you are looking for a lunch box dish, this is the perfect recipe. Kids will love this dish. Even my 19 month old son loves this rice. If you have beetroot sitting in your pantry then it’s really simple to make this dish with very few ingredients. From wiki: Beetroot is a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C, and betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health Preparation Time: 30 minutes No Of servings : 3-4 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Beetroot : 1 cup (peeled and shredded) Oil : 2 tbsp Cooked Rice : 3 cup Onion : 1/4 cup (chopped) Mustard seeds : 1 tsp Urda dal : 1 tsp Fennel seeds :...

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Simple Mutton Biryani

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes, Rice dishes | 17 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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Raw Mango Rice – Manga Sadham

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Rice dishes | 2 comments

It’s mango season and  time to try different recipes with mangoes. They are widely grown in India and there are many varieties available. We make a lot of dishes with ripe as well as raw mangoes. Today I have shared one of those recipes, Raw Mango Rice which is a simple and tasty dish. It is called Manga Sadham in Tamil, Maamidikaya Pulihora in Telugu and Mavinkayi Chitranna in Kannada. It is specially made for Ugadi festival. Raw mango is well seasoned with spices and lentils and mixed with cooked rice. You can make this dish for a quick lunch or dinner. This rice can be served with something spicy such as Mirchi Masala or Tomato Kuzhambu or Salan for which I will be posting the recipes soon. Ingredients:  Finely grated mango – 2 cups Cooked rice – 3...

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Cabbage Fried Rice

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Rice dishes | 7 comments

My husband asked me for a long time to make fried rice we get in roadside. He liked the taste and it is almost tasted like the roadside fried rice :). Also those who do not like cabbage will definitely like this fried rice. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of servings : 2 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Basmathi Rice – 1 cup Cabbage (thinly sliced) – 3 cups Capsicum (thinly chopped) – 1 cup Onion (finely chopped) – 1/2 cup Ginger (grated) – 2 tsp Garlic (grated) – 2 tsp Soy sauce – 1 1/2 tbsp Chilly vinegar – 1 tbsp Black pepper (freshly ground) – 2 tsp (adjust according to spice level) White pepper – 1/2 tsp Green chillies – 2 (slitted lengthwise) Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tbsp Cumin...

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Capsicum Rice

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in Rice dishes | 5 comments

I got this easy and tasty capsicum rice recipe from my sister-in-law. This is an awesome lunch box menu and we can make it very quickly. We can just make the masala powder and keep it and we can use whenever we need it. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Basmathi rice – 1 cup Capsicum – 2 cups (cut into small cubes) Grated coconut – 1 tbsp Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp Split Urad dal – 2 tsp Channa dal – 1 tsp Dry red chillies – -2 Curry leaves – a few Cashews – 1 tbsp (optional) Groundnuts – 1 tbsp (optional) Oil – 2 tbsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste To grind: Dry red chillies- 6 Cinnamon stick – 1 “ Clove –...

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Methi Pulao / Fenugreek Pulao

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Rice dishes | 6 comments

Today I was little lazy to cook for the lunch. I wanted to make something quick. Then I found a couple of bunches of methi leaves in my fridge. I tried this methi pulao and it came out so well. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 No of Servings : 2 Ingredients: Methi leaves – 1 bunch Basmathi rice – 1 cup Onion (finely chopped) – 1 (medium size) Tomato finely chopped) – 1 (medium size) Green chillies (finely chopped) – 4 Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Bay leaves – 1 Cinnamon 1/2″ stick – 1 Cloves – 2 Salt – to taste Oil – 1 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Cut the roots...

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Curd Rice – Yogurt Rice

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Featured, Rice dishes | 12 comments

Curd rice is my most favourite dish and I cannot finish my meal without curd. During my school and college days my mom used to make curd rice for lunch even without any seasoning. OMG!!!It was the best..Me and my friends used to fight for that curd rice. In tamil month Purattasi, saturdays are auspicious for Lord Balaji and we generally make variety rices, sundal and vada, sarkarai pongal on one of the saturdays. Last saturday I made everything and we enjoyed the lunch with our friends. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 Ingredients: Rice – 1 cup Full fat yogurt – 2 cups Milk – 1 cup Salt – to taste Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp (for garnishing) For Seasoning: Oil – 1 tbsp Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Urad dhal – 2...

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Puliyodharai Mix and Puli Sadam (Tamarind Rice)

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 12 comments

Puliyodharai is a famous food in South India. This food is cooked for all good occasions and during festive days. It is considered to be a good stimulant for a dead tongue. Here is the recipe for puliyodharai mix and with that we can prepare Tamarind Rice and Tamarind Idiyappam. Time of Preparation : 25  minutes Spice level : 4 Ingredients: Tamarind – Big lemon size Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Sesame oil – to taste Salt – to taste To Grind: Red Chillies – 4 Channa dal / Split Bengal gram dal – 2 tbsp Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp Sesame seeds – 1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds – 3/4 tsp Oil (for frying) – 1 tsp For Seasoning: Oil – 2 tbsp Mustard seeds – 2 tsp Channa dal – 2 tbsp Split urad dal – 1 tbsp...

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Kuska Biriyani

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Featured, Rice dishes | 16 comments

My husband is a huge fan of Kuska Biriyani and I wanted to make it for him. Kuska is cooked only with onions and tomatoes without any veggies or meat. For the flavor of non veg we can add chicken broth and mutton masala powder for extra spice. For vegetarians, we can add vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. The biriyani tasted spicy and delicious and my husband loved it :). Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 5 No of Servings : 1 to 2 Ingredients: Basmathi rice – 1 cup Chicken broth / Vegetable broth – 1 cup Water – 3/4 cup Onion (large) – 1 (finely chopped) Tomato (large) – 1 (finely chopped) Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp Green chillies – 4 Red chilli powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp...

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Egg Dum Biryani

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Featured, Rice dishes | 12 comments

Egg Dum Biryani is a flavorful Biryani cooked using Dum method. It is nothing but cooking food over slow heat in a tightly sealed container or cooker. Hyderabadi Biryani is a popular Dum biryani in India. It is named after a city called Hyderabad. Though this method of cooking is a bit time consuming it is totally worth it. The aroma and flavor of the spices blend right in the rice when you dum cook. I have added vegetables such as cauliflower, carrot, potatoes, beans and peas to my Egg Biryani but you can avoid them if you want to. Also check our Vegetable Dum Biryani for veggie lovers. Preparation time: 2 hours No. of servings: 4 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups 1  big onion finely chopped (little more than a cup)...

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Spinach Pulao (version 2)

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Featured, Rice dishes | 14 comments

This is another version of spinach pulao other than the one Arthi posted. I added carrots and peas and some fresh spices and it came our really good. I hope you will like it. Here you go… Preparation time: 40 minutes No. of Servings: 3 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Basmati rice – 1 cup Clarified butter or ghee – 1 tsp Shahi Jeera or Black cumin seeds – 1 tsp Finely chopped spinach – 2 cups (fresh or frozen) Shredded carrots – 1 cup Small onion – 1 Tomato – 1 Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp (1″ ginger and 2 to 3 garlic cloves) Frozen peas – 1/4 cup Fennel seeds – 1 tsp Aniseed – 1 Green cardamom – 2 Bay leaf – 1 Chili powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp...

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