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

Paneer Jalfrezi

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Paneer Recipes | 1 comment

Paneer Jalfrezi is a spicy version of paneer recipe mainly cooked with onions, tomatoes and bell peppers. My husband is not a huge fan of Paneer dishes but he likes Chilli Paneer. So just wanted to try another version of spicy paneer and it tasted really good. Ingredients: Paneer (cut to long thin slices) – 340grams Red Bell pepper (cut lengthwise) – 1 Green Bell pepper (cut lengthwise) – 1 Onions (cut to long thin slices)- 1 1/2 (medium size Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp Tomato paste (I have used canned tomato paste) – 3 oz Green Chillies (slit lengthwise)) – 2 Tomato(deseeded) – 1(cut into long thin slices) Red chiili powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp Kasuri Methi – 2 tsp Oil – 2 tbsp Salt – to taste...

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Seppankizhangu Fry / Colocasia Fry (Version2)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 0 comments

After a long break posting this delicious Seppankizhangu roast..It is very simple to make with very less ingredients. I got this recipe from one of my friends Pari..Recently had it at her home and I wanted to make this fry. It goes very well with any rice dishes. Time of Preparation : 30 to 40 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Colocasia – 4 Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tbsp (for mixing) and 2 tbsp (for frying) Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Tamarind water – 1 tbsp (optional) Method of Preparation: Boil the colocasia in pressure cooker for just 1 whistle and remove it from the heat. It...

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Kothamalli Rasam / Coriander Soup

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Soups | 2 comments

I love to have different kinds of rasam rather than usual garlic or tomato rasam. I made slight changes in my friend’s (Thilaga) rasam recipe and tried this coriander rasam. It came out so good and I just loved it :). Ingredients: Tamarind – Small lemon size Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Red Chillies – 1 Tomatoes – 2 (medium size finely chopped) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste) Coriander leaves – to garnish To Grind: Black pepper – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Green Chilly – 1 (small) Garlic – 2 large cloves Coriander strings – 20 Method of Preparation: Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract the juice....

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Mushroom Pepper Masala

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 0 comments

I like to cook mushrooms often because they have very high nutritional value. I got this recipe from my aunt and it is very simple to cook. It goes well with Chapati as well as rice. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5</strong> Ingredients: Mushroom – 2 cups (chopped to cubes) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (chopped) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp Bay leaf – 1 Oil – 1 tbsp Coriander leaves – to garnish To Grind: Coconut – 3 tbsp Black pepper – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add...

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Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu (version 2)

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Kuzhambu/Sambar | 8 comments

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu is an authentic South Indian dish made with fried eggplant cooked in a spicy curry. You can serve it with rice and roti, also with dosa or idli. It is a comfort food and my family’s favorite. Try to use small eggplants for this dish. This dish requires a lot of oil and I generally don’t want to compromise on the taste when it comes to authentic dishes. But I try to make it not very often. You can also reduce the amount of oil accordingly. Preparation time: 90 minutes No. of servings: 7 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Indian brinjal or small eggplants – 10 Small onions or shallots – 1 cup (peeled and chopped) Tomatoes – 3 Garlic pods – 10 Sambar powder – 3 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Cumin...

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Maavadu – Pickled Baby Mangoes

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Pickle | 1 comment

  Maavadu is pickled baby mangoes, a traditional South Indian pickle. During the summer season we make this pickle and enjoy through out the year. Maavadu and curd rice are the best combination. My mom and sister usually buy a lot of these baby mangoes and make pickles every year for us. These are brought by my parents from India and am enjoying fresh pickles this year. Ingredients: Vadu maangai  – 1 kg (baby mangoes less than 2″ in size) Mustard seeds – 50 gram Long dried red chilies – 6 Turmeric powder – 4 tbsp (or whole turmeric – 3) Sea Salt or Rock Salt – 150 g Castor oil Method of Preparation: Sterilize a ceramic or glass jar in which you are going to pickle the mangoes. Wipe it with clean towel or paper towel. Soak mustard...

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Aloo Methi Paratha

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Indian Breads/Roti | 1 comment

  Paratha is stuffed Indian flat bread made and a staple food in North part of India. There are various types of paratha and this one is Aloo Methi Paratha made with spicy potatoes and fenugreek leaves. You can serve it along with raitha or curries. I also pack it for lunch by rolling it in an aluminum foil which keeps it fresh. Whenever I make paratha I add ghee generously but you can also spread butter or oil as much as you want. Preparation time: 2 hours Yield: 12 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Wheat flour – 2 cups Medium size potato – 2 Fenugreek leaves (methi) – 2 cups (a bunch) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Chili powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1.5 tsp Cumin – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Oil...

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Paneer Kathi Rolls

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Paneer Recipes, Snacks | 5 comments

Paneer Kathi Roll also known as Paneer Frankie is a delicious Indian wrap filled with curried paneer (Indiancottage cheese). Frankie Roll is a popular Indian street food in which different types of curries such as paneeer, aloo (potatoes), gobi (cauliflower), meat are stuffed and rolled in a flat bread or roti made from all purpose flour or wheat flour. A popular chain of fast food known as Tibb’s Frankie is a place where we used to get these delicious wraps. Even now when I go to India I don’t forget to stop at Tibb’s. You can make these wraps and pack it for lunch by wrapping it in an aluminum foil. These are also perfect for picnics. Preparation time: 60 minutes + 2 hours resting time Yield: 12 rolls Ingredients: For the Roti: Maida or all purpose flour –...

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Samba Sadham and Kathirikkai Gosthu

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Rice dishes, Chutneys | 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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Paneer Wrap

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Paneer Recipes, Snacks | 0 comments

When I went to India this time I tried Paneer wraps in Mc D and I just loved it. I wanted to make it after I come here and it came it too good. It is a very easy lunch box menu and kids will love it. Ingredients: Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Garlic – 1 clove (grated) Tomatoes – 1 cup (chopped) Bell pepper – 1 (chopped to small cubes) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder – 1 tsp Cumin powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp Kasuri methi – 1 tsp (crushed) Green chutney – 2 tsp for each wrap (as required) Ranch – 1/2 tsp for each wrap (as required) Mayonnaise – 1 tsp for each wrap (as required) Lettuce – 1/2 cup Paneer – 1/2...

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Quinoa Salad with Corn and Beans

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Salads, Healthy Eats | 4 comments

Quinoa is a nutritional whole grain or seed rich in protein and low in fat content. One cup of cooked quinoa has about 8 grams of protein. It is great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals which are essential for growing and repairing body tissues. You can cook quinoa just like rice with 1:2 ratio water. Boil until it becomes fluffy. The salad that I have made today is so easy and it takes only few minutes to put together. You can have this salad warm or chilled. It is light and filling, also perfect for your lunchbox. I was looking for a nice and easy recipe for quinoa salad and a friend of mine forwarded this recipe. I tweaked it a bit to satisfy my taste buds and it came out so...

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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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Black Eyed Peas Curry

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 4 comments

Black Eyed Peas Curry is a delicious curry made with the nutritious black eyes beans cooked in an onion tomato based gravy. I used dried beans and soaked it over night. You can also use low sodium canned beans. Serve this dish with roti or rice. Preparation time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 5 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Black eyed peas – 1 cup One big onion Tomatoes – 2 Green chilies – 2 Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Chili powder – 3/4 tsp Coriander powder – 1 1/2 tsp Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Cilantro or Coriander leaves – 1/3 cup Oil – 1 tbsp Salt to taste Method of Preparation: Pressure cook black eyed peas with 2 1/2...

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Erissery – Pumpkin Curry with Black Eyed Peas

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Kootu/lentil Stew | 6 comments

Erissery is an authentic dish from Kerala and one of the important dishes prepared for Onam Sadya. You can prepare this dish with pumpkin or chenai (yam) or raw plantain. The cow peas or the red beans added to this dish makes it more nutritious and healthy. Serve this delicious curry with rice or roti. Preparation time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 4 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients:  1″ Cubed Pumpkin – 2 cups Cow peas or Van payar or Red beans – 1/3 cup Curry leaves – one sprig Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Coconut oil – 1 tsp Turmeric powder – a pinch Salt to taste To Grind: Shredded coconut – 1/4 cup Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Green chili – 2 Method of Preparation: Grind coconut, cumin and green chilies to a fine paste with...

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Olan Recipe – Winter Melon Coconut Stew

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Kootu/lentil Stew | 1 comment

Olan is a traditional dish from Kerala Cuisine. It is made for special occasions such as Onam, weddings, etc. It is one of the most simplest dish you can make. It has winter melon, red cowpeas, coconut milk which is flavored with green chili, coconut oil and curry leaves. You can serve this dish as a side with rice and sambar/rasam or any variety rice. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 3 Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Cubed winter melon – 1 cup Cooked red cowpeas (karamani or vanpayar) – 1/4 cup Green chili – 1 or 2 (adjust to taste) Thick coconut milk – 1 cup Salt to taste Coconut oil – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Peel the skin and chop winter melon into small cubes. Wash and pressure cook cowpeas with 3/4 cup...

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Vendakkai Pachadi – Okra Pachadi

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 5 comments

Vendakkai Pachadi or Okra Pachadi is a delicious yogurt based side dish. It is very easy to make and one of the few minutes wonders. Pachadi is considered one of the important dish in any traditional feast in South India. You can make pachadi with fresh vegetable such as beetroot, winter melon, cucumber, carrot, etc. Serve this pachadi with rice, dosa, idli or roti. Preparation time: 30 minutes No.of servings: 3 Spice level: 1.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Chopped okra or lady’s finger – 2 cups Shredded coconut – 3 tbsp Green chili – 1 Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Plain yogurt or curd – 3/4 cup Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp A few curry leaves Method of Preparation: Wash and let the okra dry. Chop the ends and and cut it into slices. Heat...

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Kootu Curry (Onam Special)

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Kootu/lentil Stew | 5 comments

Kootu Curry is a delicious coconut based curry from Kerala cuisine. I made it for the Onam Sadya feast and it has become one of my favorite dish. It is a simple and fabulous curry made with plantain and chenai (yam). You can serve this dish with rice or roti. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 5 to 6 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Black chickpea (kadala) – 1/2 cup Cubed chenai or suran (yam) – 1/2 cup Cubed plantain – 1 cup Cubed Winter melon or Elavan or Pusanikkai – 1/2 cup Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Red chili powder – 1/4 tsp Salt to taste For Grinding: Grated coconut – 1/2 cup Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp Green chili – 2 Shallot or small onion – 1 Grated ginger – 1/2 tsp For Seasoning: Oil...

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Spicy Green Chilli Chutney

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Chutneys | 4 comments

This year I have got so much of Green Chillies from my garden. I was wondering what to do with so much of green chillies. One of my friend from Andra suggested this Green Chilli Chutney. Her mom gave this recipe and my husband loved it :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Yield : Around 2 1/2 cups Spice level : 5 out of 5 (extra spicy) Ingredients: Green Chillies – 500g Tamarind – big lemon size Salt – to taste Coconut – 1/3 cup (optional) Oil – 1/4 cup Sesame oil – to taste (optional) For Seasoning: Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Split Urad dal – 1 tsp Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Heat oil in pan and fry the green chillies in medium flame. Take tamarind extract (thick extract of 2 cups) and...

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