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

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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Mint Cilantro Pulao

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011 in Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 14 comments

After a very long time I am posting a recipe today. Mint cilantro puloa is  a simple and comfort food. I am in my last trimester and my mom is her to help me. she made this puloa and it came out really good. It’s very easy to make and tastes really good. Also I just wanted to update you all that I won’t be posting with any regularity for the next few months since my priorities are going to shift to my soon-to-be here son. However, Arthi & Nithu will continue to bring some wonderful recipes. So, stay tuned. Preparation time : 45 minutes No of servings : 3-4 Spice level : 3-4 Ingredients : Basmati Rice : 2 cups Mint Leaves : 1 1/2 cup Coriander Leaves : 1 1/2 cup Ginger & Garlic Paste : 1...

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Vangi Bath – Spicy Brinjal Rice

Posted by on Mar 11, 2011 in Featured, Rice dishes | 27 comments

Vangi Bath is a popular dish from Karnataka. Rice is mixed with a curry made of eggplant or brinjal and spices. I enjoyed it in one of my friend’s place and finally tried it at home. This is an easy dish for lunch or a party. Try this recipe and let me know your feedback. Here you go… Preparation time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 4 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Small eggplants or brinjals – 6 Chopped onions – 1 cup Green chilies – 4 Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups Oil – 2 tbsp Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Urad dal or split white lentils – 1 tsp Chana dal or split bengal gram – 1 tbsp One bay leaf Black cumin – 1 tsp Aniseed – 1/4 tsp Salt to taste Chopped cilantro...

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Ghee Rice

Posted by on Jan 28, 2011 in Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 10 comments

ST Authors meet up – Day 3 We three are having great time together and today we made Roti, Ghee rice, Vegetable korma, rasam, Mango Kesari… I made ghee rice and a new version of korma today. My friends loved it and here is the recipe for Ghee rice.. Preparation time : 1 hr Spice level : 2 No of Servings : 3 Ingredients: Basmathi rice – 1 1/2 cup Coconut milk – 1 1/2 cup Water – 1 Cup Onion (medium size) – 1 (thinly chopped lengthwise) Mint leaves – 1/4 cup (chopped) Green peas – 1 cup Bay leaves – 1 Cinnamon stick – 1” Cloves – 2 Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Ginger – 1″ Garlic cloves – 4 Green chillies – 4 Ghee – 1 tsp Oil – 1 tbsp Salt – to taste Method...

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Tomato Rice (Version 2)

Posted by on Oct 6, 2010 in Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 14 comments

I’ve already posted a Tomato rice recipe. I tried a different version today which is easy to make and one of my favorites too. I got this recipe from my sister and it tastes soo good. Tomato rice is easy and simple to prepare recipe. If you are out of vegetables tomato rice is your best bet. Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you. Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of Servings: 3-4 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Tomatoes : 4 (large) Onion: 1/2 (finely chopped) Oil : 1 tbsp Garlic : 3 (finely chopped) Ginger : 1/2 inch ( finely chopped) Green chilies : 4 Red chili powder : 3 tsp Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp Curry Leaves : 5-6 Coriander Leaves : 3 tbsp (chopped) Mint leaves : 2...

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Sambar Rice – Lentil Rice

Posted by on Aug 25, 2010 in Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 29 comments

I was planning to make this sambar sadam since a long time. After I saw this recipe in by Sharmilee, I loved it. I tried this sambar rice and it really tastes like Vasantha Bhavan’s sambar rice 🙂 I added the vegetables to my taste and I’ve also added the green chilli. This is really a very nice recipe and easy to make too. I’ve suggested this recipe to couple of my friends and everyone said it came out really good. Preparation Time: 45 mins Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 3-4 Ingredients: Oil : 1 tbsp Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds : 1/2 tsp Asafoetida: a pinch Curry leaves: a few Green chilly : 1 Shallots: 9 Tomato: 1 (chopped) Salt: to taste Drumsticks: 3-4  (You can use any type of...

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Hyderabadi Veggie Dum Biryani

Posted by on Aug 13, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes | 50 comments

Hyderabadi Veggie Dum Biryani is a wonderful and popular dish in India. I have become a die hard fan of it recently after eating the vegetarian version of it. Being a vegetarian, it was really painful watching my friends eat this lovely biryani with meat. Finally I happened to try the vegetarian version and I just fell in love. Now I can understand why my friends are so crazy about this Biryani all the time. I was looking for the recipe and alas! Shriya had posted Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani a few months back. I just altered it a bit here and there and replaced chicken with veggies and it came out really good. So the next time this is going to be the main dish for our weekend get-together. Here you go… Preparation time: 90 minutes Spice Level:...

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Dill Rice

Posted by on Jul 28, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes | 28 comments

I have never tried anything with Dill leaves until recently till I had in my sister’s place. Dill leaves give a nice flavor and now I like using Dill leaves in many of my dishes. This rice is very easy to make and will be tasty too. Preparation time: 40 minutes No of Servings: 2 Spice level: 3 Ingredients: Basmathi rice – 1 cup Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Dill leaves – a bunch Onion – 1(medium size)(finely chopped) Lima beans – 1 1/2 cups Green chillies – 4 Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp(according to spice level) Coriander powder – 1 tsp Ginger – 1/2″(grated) Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Bay leaves – 2 Oil – 2 tbsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Soak the basmathi rice for 20 minutes and drain it. Heat ghee in a...

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Spinach Rice/Palak Pulao

Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes | 38 comments

I like Spinach a lot. I usually make kootu or some curry with spinach.I thought I could try this spinach rice for a change. I liked it a lot and it is easy to prepare too. Easy tasty lunch box menu 🙂 Preparation time:40 minutes No of Servings: 2 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Basmathi rice-1 cup Spinach-2 cups(chopped) Onions-1 cup(finely chopped) Bay leaves-2 Cumin seeds-1 tsp Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp Green chillies-2(slit lengthwise) Coriander-1/2 cup(Grind it to paste) Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp Red chilli powder-1 tsp(according to spice level) Coriander powder-2 tsp Garam masala-1/2 tsp Paneer-1/2 cup(fried)(optional) Peas-1/4 cup(optional) Oil-1 tbsp Ghee-1 tbsp Method of Preparation: Soak the basmathi rice for 20 minutes and drain it. Heat ghee in a pan and fry it for 3-4 minutes and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan then...

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Curd Semiya/Semiya Bagala Bath

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes | 10 comments

I love curd recipes a lot.  This curd semiya is very famous in our place. After I made this here , I came to know that  many people don’t know about this curd semiya. Instead of making curd rice we can make this curd semiya. It will take just 15 minutes to prepare this dish. It will be very tasty and  different too. Preparation time: 20 minutes No of Servings: 2-3 Spice level: 1 out of 5 Ingredients: Semiya(Vermicelli)-1 cup Curd-1 cup Mustard seeds-1 tsp Urad dhal-2 tsp Green chillies-2 Curry leaves-few Coriander leaves-1 tbsp Cashews-6 Oil-2 tsp Salt-to taste Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and fry the semiya in a low flame. Stop frying before it turns to brown. Heat 4 cups of water and allow it to boil. Add the semiya in the boiling water...

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Rice stuffed capsicum

Posted by on Apr 9, 2010 in Best of ST, Rice dishes | 20 comments

My husband usually comes for the lunch. When I opened the refrigerator I found nothing except for the bell peppers and tomatoes. I was wondering what to make and I thought I could try something different which is very simple too. I tried this rice stuffed inside the capsicum and it came out very well. The tomato and mint flavored rice along with capsicum gives an awesome taste 🙂 Preparation time : 50 minutes No of servings: 2 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Bell peppers-4 Cinnamon stick-1/2″ Cloves-2 Bay leaves-1 Cumin seeds-1 tsp Onion-1(medium size finely chopped) Tomatoes-3( finely chopped) Mint leaves-1/3 cup Coconut milk-1/2 cup Coriander leaves- 3 tbsp Basmathi rice-1 cup Water-1 1/4 cup Oil-2 tbsp Salt-to taste Ingredients to grind: Green chillies-4(according to the spice level) Ginger-1″ Garlic-3 cloves Method of preparation: Soak the...

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Soya Chunks Vegetable Pulao

Posted by on Mar 17, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 16 comments

When I was a kid my mother used to make lots of dishes with Soya chunks. And being the kind of kid who eats only non-veg and hate veggies, she used to cook with soya chunks which looks just like chicken – very tender and tastes a bit like meat. So I easily agreed to eat the soyas. And after that I started liking it. It’s been a while since I cooked anything using soya chunks. Recently I went to the Indian store and I found some Soya chunks which refreshed my childhood day memories and so I bought it. I came back and made this yummy Puloa using the soya chunks and vegetables. It came out really good. Let me know if you try it. Ingredients: Basamati rice : 11/2 cups Ghee : 2 tbsp Cooking Oil :...

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Coconut Rice

Posted by on Mar 7, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 6 comments

Coconut rice is one of the easiest variety rice dish in South Indian recipes.  Especially it’s an most famous lunch box dish.  I love all types of variety rices like lemon rice, tamarind rice, tomato rice and coconut rice. When we got married, my husband and I discovered that we had varied taste in  food. But we found ourselves agreeing on one dish – “coconut rice”.  So sentimentally it’s our favorite dish 🙂 . It is so easy to make when you are out of vegetables in your kitchen and wondering what to make for lunch/dinner today.  Eat with some potato fry trust me it tastes too good. Ingredients: Shredded Coconut – 1 cup Cooked rice : 2 cups Mustard seeds : 1 tsp Cooking oil : 1 tbsp Urad dal : 2 tsp Channa dal : 2 tbsp...

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Sweet Pongal for Makara Shankranthi

Posted by on Jan 15, 2010 in Desserts, Featured, Rice dishes | 3 comments

Sweet Pongal is one of the signature dishes made on Makara Shankranthi or Pongal festival. I got to spend this Pongal with my parents after a few years and it was lovely to have hot sweet pongal served on a banana leaf. Heavenly! Pongal is the Hindu festival that follows a solar calendar and is celebrated on the fourteenth of January every year. Pongal has astronomical significance: it marks the beginning of Uttarayana, the Sun’s movement northward for a six month period. In Hinduism, Uttarayana is considered auspicious, as opposed to Dakshinaayana, or the southern movement of the sun. All important events are scheduled during this period. Makara Sankranthi refers to the event of the Sun entering the zodiac sign of Makara or Capricorn. Here is how you can make it too.. Ingredients: Raw Rice:  1cup Moong dal: 1/2...

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Godhuma Rava Briyani/Cracked Wheat Briyani

Posted by on Jul 21, 2009 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 6 comments

My mother used to make lot of dishes with cracked wheat. I never got a chance to make anything with cracked wheat myself. Cracked wheat is healthy and you can substitute it instead of rice. If you are in a good diet I would recommend this to eat with sambar, rasam or anything. It is good for health and is low in calories. One of my good friends, Swathika from work, gave me this idea about making briyani in cracked wheat. She had actually made briyani in Rava (Sooji). So I decided to try making Briyani in cracked wheat. Ingredients: Cracked Wheat : 2 cups Onion: 1(medium) Ginger & Garlic Paste: 2 tbsp Tomatoes: 1 Curry leaves: 5-6 Mint leaves: 1/4 cup Coriander leaves: 1/4 cup Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp Oil: 3 tbsp Bay leaves: 2 Cloves: 3 Green...

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Pudhina Puloa/Mint Rice

Posted by on Jul 17, 2009 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 2 comments

We have a vegetable garden in our backyard  this summer. We planted some mint and they are growing nicely. I made this Mint Pulao from our garden fresh mint. There is nothing like the smell of fresh mint and fresh cilantro from your own vegetable patch.Mint Pulao is one of those items you can whip up quickly yet it has the taste like you spent hours toiling in the kitchen heat making this perfect dish. Ingredients: Mint : 2 cups Coriander leaves : 1cup Garlic : 3 Ginger : 2 tbsp Coconut : 1/2 cup Green chilies : 8- 10(Adjust according to your spice level) Vegetable Oil : 3 tbsp Bay Leaves : 2 Cloves: 3 Cinnamon stick : 1/2″ Onion : 1 (medium)chopped finely water : 3 1/2 cups Basmati Rice : 2cups Paneer : 1 cup (fried)(optional)...

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Lemon Rice

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Navratri Recipes, Rice dishes | 9 comments

Lemon rice is one of the popular rice dishes in South India. It is easy to make and perfect for a quick lunch or lunch box. When you make lemon rice use cooked and cooled rice. Hot rice will tend to break while mixing. You can prepare this dish as neivedhyam for any pooja or auspicious day. Serve this dish with potato chips, potato fry, papad or just any pickle. Preparation time: 15 minutes No. of servings: 2 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Lemon juice from one big lemon Cooked white rice – 2 cups Oil – 2 tbsp Mustard seeds – 1 tsp White lentil or Urad dal – 1 tsp Channa dal or Split gram – 1 tbsp Peanuts – 2 tbsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Curry leaves – 5 to 6 Green chillies...

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Tomato Rice – Thakkali Sadham

Posted by on Sep 30, 2008 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 37 comments

Time is passing like crazy and I apologize for my absence off late. Tomato Rice has to be one of those simplest of  variety rice dishes yet can be very fulfilling to your taste buds. It’s one of my favorite lunch box meals in my school days. This is the first year we had a little garden patch in our backyard and we got plenty of tomatoes this season. Tomato rice being like my most favorite of variety rice dishes, I made it from our own garden tomatoes. It’s actually very easy to cook too. This is my mom’s special recipe and I can’t believe I am letting the family secret out. Just kidding :-). I love sharing those secrets with you. Ingredients: Tomatoes : 2 (make it into puree) Onion : 1/2 ( Medium) Green chili : 4...

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