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

Semiya Kesari – Vermicelli Kesari

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Desserts, Slideshow, Navratri Recipes | 1 comment

Kesari also known as Sheera or Sooji Halwa is a delicious Indian dessert made with semolina or vermicelli and sugar. We generally make it is as an offering (prasad) to God or for special occasions. This Kesari is made with vermecelli and it will be a nice variation if you always use sooji. Kids will also love it. Since it takes only a few minutes to make this you don’t have to plan ahead. You can make it for an unexpected guest or surprise your kids when they come back from school. It reminds me of my childhood days when my mom surprises with different kind of sweets and snacks…:) Also check out our recipe for Rava Kesari. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 5 to 6 Ingredients: Semiya (vermicelli) – 1.5 cups Water – 2 1/4 cups Sugar...

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Spicy Kadai Paneer

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Paneer Recipes, Slideshow | 7 comments

It’s my long overdue to post this recipe. I’ve made this curry a few months ago and since then I wanted to post this recipe. Lazy me :-). Paneer is my all time favorite and I love any dish with paneer. My parents were here this summer and I know my mom loves paneer too. so I was wondering one day what to cook using paneer suddenly Kadai paneer came into my thoughts. Tried this recipe and it came out really tasty. Its a very simple and easy recipe. My parents loved it. It’s little bit spicy so if you are a non-spicy person cut down the spice level. Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Ingredients Paneer/Cottage Cheese : 250g Tomatoes : 5 (finely chopped) Green Chilies :...

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Paneer Jalebi – Chanar Jalebi

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Desserts, Slideshow, Diwali Recipes | 5 comments

Paneer Jalebi or Chanar Jalebi is a delicious cheese dessert made with fresh cottage cheese or paneer. It will be a nice variation from the regular jalebi. It is airy, soft and juicy. My fried told me about this dish and she asked me give it a try. I am glad I did. It turned out so good and I loved it. Try this dish for any special occasions or festivals and enjoy with your family. Preparation time: 90 minutes Yield: 18 to 20 Ingredients: Fresh Paneer – 1 cup Corn flour – 1 tbsp Maida (all purpose flour) – 1 tbsp Baking powder – 1/2 tsp Milk – 2 to 3 tbsp Cardamom – 4 (powdered) Rose essence – 1 tsp Saffron – a few strands Orange food color – a pinch (dissolved in 1 tbsp of water)...

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Kasi Halwa – Poosanikkai Halwa

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Desserts, Slideshow, Diwali Recipes | 4 comments

Kasi Halwa is a traditional South Indian dessert made with ash gourd or poosanikkai. This halwa is served in weddings and special occasions. It is one of the most delicious halwa I have eaten and definitely made it to my favorites list. You need very less ghee to make this dish and the ingredients are pretty simple. Only thing is the yield is less compared to the amount of vegetable you use. Try this delicious Halwa for this Diwali and enjoy with your family and friends.   Preparation time: 75 minutes No. of servings: 7 to 8 Ingredients:  White pumpkin or ash gourd – 4 lb (around 2 kg) Sugar – 2 1/2 cups (500 grams) Cardamom – 4 Cashew nut – 2 tbsp Ghee or clarified butter – 3 tbsp Orange food color – a big pinch Method...

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Vegetable Bonda

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Appetizers, Snacks, Slideshow, Navratri Recipes, Diwali Recipes | 4 comments

Vegetable Bonda is a popular snack made with mixed vegetables which is then dipped in a gram flour (besan) batter and fried in oil. It is more like Aloo Bonda but with a lot of other vegetables in it. You can serve it as an evening snack with a cup of tea or as an appetizer. Serve it with coconut chutney. Preparation time: 75 minutes Yield: 16  Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Potatoes – 2 or 3 (big) Mixed vegetables – 2 cups (peas, carrots, beetroot, beans, cauliflower) Medium size onion – 1 Green chilies – 3 Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Finely chopped ginger – 1 tbsp Chili powder – 1/2 tsp Oil – 1 tbsp Chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) – 1/4 cup Salt to taste Oil for frying For Batter: Besan (gram...

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Stuffed Mini Peppers

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Appetizers, Slideshow | 2 comments

Stuffed Mini Peppers are perfect party appetizers. They are easy to make and you can prepare them ahead and pop them in the oven just before the party. I got the idea of making this dish from Giada’s foodnetwork show. But I made the filling with an Indian touch. These are crunchy and mild, a little sweet when you bite with a savory touch inside. Their lovely colors attract both kids and adults and well garnish your table. Preparation time: 45 minutes Yield: 16 stuffed peppers Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Stuffed mini peppers – 16 Paneer – 1 cup Cream cheese – 1/4 cup Onion – 3/4 cup Green chilies – 2 Garlic pods – 4 Fresh mint leaves – 2 tbsp Fresh cilantro – 1 tbsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Oil – 3 tsp...

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Vada Pav

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Snacks, Slideshow, Chaat | 6 comments

Vada Pav is a popular Indian burger and one of the most favorite street foods in Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai. It is priced fairly cheap which makes it a go to snack for everyone. Spicy potato balls known as “Vada” are deep fried in oil and served with toasted buns also known as “Pav” smeared with red garlic and green chutney. It has a perfect balance of spicy, tangy, crispy flavors which makes you enjoy each and every bite. Though it is a guilty pleasure, it’s okay to indulge in your favorite snack once in a while. I enjoy my Vada Pav with a little bit of garlic chutney and lots of green chutney. This will make a perfect snack for parties, picnics, game night, etc. For parties, you can make the potato vadas ahead and heat it in oven...

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Vegetable Bread Sandwich – Iyengar Bakery Style

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Slideshow, Sandwiches | 7 comments

Most of you from Tamilnadu would have heard about Iyengar Bakery and their popular Vegetable Bread Sandwich. It is one of my favorite among the other dishes from the bakery. It is simple and very tasty. My father in law is an expert in making this sandwich and we all love it. He is here with us and now I get to eat it for breakfast on almost everyday. I can’t wait to share this simple sandwich recipe with you. Keep the vegetables chopped the night before and make it for a quick breakfast or even for lunch pack. It tastes great even after so many hours of making. All you need to do is wrap it in an aluminum foil and it will stay fresh until evening. It even tastes better. I am not exaggerating!!! It is healthy,...

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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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Pazham Nurukku

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Snacks, Slideshow | 3 comments

Pazham Nurukku is a Kerala dish made by steaming Nendram Pazham (a popular type of banana from Kerala) and cooking with jaggery. It is a simple dish and a wonderful snack for kids and adults. Ingredients: Nendram pazham – 2 Crushed jaggery – 2 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tsp (optional) Method of Preparation: Cut the ends and slice banana into big pieces with skin. Pressure cook for 10 minutes over medium heat without the whistle on. Transfer the cooked banana to a plate. Heat jaggery with a little water and allow it boil. Add the cooked bananas and allow to cook until the jaggery syrup is absorbed the banana pieces. Remove from pan and serve with a tsp of ghee sprinkle on top....

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Grilled Paneer Bhurji Sandwich

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Paneer Recipes, Slideshow, Sandwiches | 4 comments

Are you looking for a quick and delicious sandwich recipe for breakfast/lunch/dinner, then you are at the right place. When you make this sandwich with whole wheat bread, it tastes so  good. The protein and fiber from paneer and bread fills you up and is very healthy. It is kid friendly and easy to make. You can prepare the paneer bhurji the previous day and store it in the refrigerator. For more sandwich recipes, check here. Preparation time: 30 minutes No of servings: 4 Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Whole wheat bread – 8 Grated fresh paneer – 2 cups Chopped onion – 1 cup Chopped ginger – 1 tbsp Tomato – 1 Green chili – 1 or 2 (adjust to taste) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt to taste Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a...

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Trail Mix – Fruits and Nuts

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Slideshow | 5 comments

Trail mix is a mix of nuts and dried fruits and sometimes contain chocolate chips and granola. It is a satisfying snack you can enjoy on your hiking or other outdoor activities since it is easy to carry and provides a lot of energy and required nutrients. Serve this to your guests as a healthy snack for a party or get-together. Pack this in your kid’s lunch box or your own so that you can avoid snacking on unhealthy food. By making this at home we can save some money and add in your favorite nuts and dried fruits unlike the store bought ones. I have added all the nuts and fruits that I had on hand. But you can add or remove one or more ingredients and adjust to your taste. Ingredients: Almonds – 1 cup Pistachios – 1/3 cup...

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Beach Ball Cake Pops

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Baking, Slideshow, Cookies and Cakes | 5 comments

This one is yet another creation for my son’s birthday pool party. If you are planning for a beach party or pool themed party this cake pops are so perfect for it. Everyone loved it and I wouldn’t say it’s easy to make it but it’s definitely fun to make these cake pops. Preparation Time : 60 minutes  Ingredients: Cake mix : 1 box (I’ve used betty crocker vanilla cake mix) White Candy melts Sanding Sugar crystals ( different colors) Toothpick Corn syrup Lolipop stick Butter cream frosting ( you can use any frosting) Cookie scoop Method Of Preparation: Bake the cake as per the instructions given in the box. Once it’s cool down crumbled into large bowl. Now add 1 can of butter cream frosting (you can use any frosting).  Gently mix the cake and frosting evenly either...

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Skittles Marshmallow Pops

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Slideshow, Cookies and Cakes, Desserts | 1 comment

This pops are so easy to make for kid’s birthday Parties. Again I’ve made this one for my Son’s b’day party. All the Kids loved it and even adults loved it too. This makes a great candy for birthday parties or any other occasion. Preparation Time : 15 minutes Ingredients: Large Marshmallows Skittles candy Lollipop sticks Water Method Of Preparation: Separate the different colored skittles. Grind each color into soft powder separately and put it in a different bowl (Make sure you clean the blender after each color) Now dip the edge of lollipop stick in water and poke them in marshmallow and dip the marshmallow quickly in water, letting any excess drip off. Then roll them in a bowl of skittles powder or you can hold ther marshmallow over a bowl and sprinkle ground skittles over the marshmallow to coat generously. Now...

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Flip Flop Cookies

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Baking, Slideshow, Cookies and Cakes | 8 comments

I’ve made this Flip-Flop Cookies for my Son’s 2nd birthday Pool Party. The party theme was Beach so I wanted to make something related to it. I saw the idea of making Flip-Flop cookies on Pinterest, so wanted to make something like that. It was really easy and it came out so good and tasty. Kids loved it and everyone loved the taste and idea. The Nutter Butter Cookies looks just like flip-flops so you don’t have to make cookies separately. Ingredients: Nutter Butter Cookies : 1 Package Candy melts : 2 package ( you can use white and add any coloring you want) Royal Icing : any coloring for decorating   Method Of Preparation: Melt the candies and add any  gel coloring  you want. Don’t add lot of coloring it will thicken the consistency. Dip the nutter butter...

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Vegetable Cutlet (Version 2)

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Appetizers, Snacks, Slideshow | 2 comments

Vegetable Cutlet is a perfect tea time snack and wonderful appetizer which is popular among kids and adults. It is prepared from boiled vegetables and spices which is then fried in oil. It can be served with hot and sweet chutney or green chutney or ketchup. You can prepare the mixture ahead and refrigerate it for up to 3 to 4 days so that you can just fry them in the evening time and serve it along with tea. Or when you have a party, you can prepare the balls, coat it with bread crumbs, refrigerate it and then fry it just before serving. Enjoy the easy and tasty Vegetable Cutlets!! Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Yield: 25 cutlets Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Potato – 3 (s7uyyburbig) Carrot – 2 Green peas –...

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More Signature Cakes Review

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Baking, Slideshow, Cookies and Cakes | 1 comment

I was planning on making a cake for my son’s birthday party and accidentally came up with this website “More signature cakes” in a local website. I’ve totally fell in love with the cakes she made. The artist’s name is Sonali and she is the owner of moresignaturecakes.com. Then I changed my mind and really wanted order cake from her.  I ordered Nemo cake and cupcakes with Nemo characters as a topper. She made the cake and the cupcakes exactly like what I asked for. I think for the quality of the cake and the disney themed decorations the price was really reasonable. When the cake arrived I couldn’t take my eyes off it, as it was soo good looking as you can see in the picture. I had everyone in the party compliment this cake. My son loved...

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Falooda

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Desserts, Slideshow, Desserts | 10 comments

Falooda is a popular dessert in India, Pakistan and Middle East. It is served as a Ice Cream Sundae Float in India and it has basil seeds, falooda sev, rabdi, rose syrup and kulfi or ice cream. Basil seeds are also popularly known as chia, subja or tukmaria seeds. Ready made Falooda sev is available in stores. If you are unable to find it, I have given the recipe for it below. Falooda is a perfect summer drink or dessert. They are more like the Indian version of bubble tea where you can chew the basil seeds while enjoying the dessert. The basil seeds are said to have medicinal values and used as a coolant for body heat. This is a very easy to make dessert and a great way to impress your guests without boring them with the...

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