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

Sweet Chutney and Green Chutney for Chaat

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Sauce, Chaat, Chutneys | 6 comments

I wanted to post this recipe long back. Unfortunately my finger got fractured again this year and I was not able to cook for the past 2 months. I am so happy to post a recipe after a long gap. I love chaat items a lot and this sweet chutney and green chutney are needed for most of the chaat items.  These are very easy to make and we can store them for one month. Sweet Chutney / Tamarind Dates Chutney: Ingredients: Tamarind (seedless) – 1/2 cup Dates (seedless) – 1/4 cup Jaggery (grated) – 1/2 cup Sugar – 1/4 cup Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – a pinch Salt – a pinch Water – 2 cups Method of Preparation: Add all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave...

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Salan for Biryani – Curry Sauce

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Sauce | 7 comments

Salan is a Hyderabadi dish and generally served with Biryani or roti. Hyderabad is located in South India which is popular for its cuisine. Their food is spicy and rich in flavors. Today I am going to share the recipe for Salan in which tomato and onions are cooked in blend of spices along with peanuts and tamarind juice. This spicy and a little tangy gravy is a prefect combination for Biryani. You can also serve it with layered parottas or other rotis. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time:30 minutes No. of servings: 7 to 8 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Small onions – 15 (or equivalent  amount of red onions) Medium size tomatoes – 2 Green chilies – 3 Garlic cloves – 6 Freshly grated or ground Ginger – 1 tbsp Curry leaves – 10 to...

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Enchilada sauce

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Multi Cuisine, Mexican, 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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Cranberry and Orange Relish

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Sauce, Thanksgiving Recipes | 4 comments

Thanksgiving turkey is not delicious without cranberry sauce. It is a must have with any Thanksgiving meal. It is one of the easiest things to make and enjoyed by most people at the table. This is one of the items you can make it in advance and keep it in the fridge and it will taste even better. Preparation Time :  15 minutes No of Servings : 4 Ingredients: Cranberries : 8 ounces (fresh or frozen) Orange Marmalade : 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter : 2 tbsp Grated Fresh Ginger : 1 tbsp Brown sugar or Granulated regular sugar : 1/2 cup Orange Juice : 1/2 cup Black Pepper : 1/4 tsp (crushed) Minced Cilantro : 1 tbsp ( optional) Method Of Preparation : In a saucepan melt the butter in medium heat. After that add grated ginger, stir it for...

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Vazhakkai Bajji (Plantain Fritters) and Coconut Chutney

Posted by on Jun 18, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Appetizers, Featured, Sauce | 11 comments

I am going to let you in on one of the most favorite appetizers of many million people. Bajji! I am not too sure about the rest of the country but south Indians have had a long lasting love affair with this delightful appetizer. In south Indian bajji is most popular as street food near beaches and with road side food vendors. If you are in chennai you should definitely have some bhaji in marina beach or Elliott’s beach or if you ever get a chance to go to chennai don’t miss those places to eat this yummy snack. Bajji is  prepared by dipping any sliced vegetable in the besan(gram) flour batter and deep frying it. Vazhakai (plantain/raw bananas) Bajji  is one of the most popular versions although you could make Onion bajji, potato bajji and egg bajji with...

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Pulinkari – Spicy Tamarind Sauce with Veggies

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Featured, Sauce, Kootu/lentil Stew | 14 comments

Pulinkari is a traditional dish from Kerala, South India. It is made of tamarind sauce with ground coconut and spices. It is very simple to prepare and a tasty dish. I learnt it from my mother in law who cooks very good, authentic Kerala dishes. You can prepare this dish on a busy day cause it wont take much of your time and serve it along with white rice, any vegetable stir fry and papad. Here you go… Preparation time: 20 minutes No. of servings: 4 to 5 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Seedless whole tamarind – 1 tbsp Okra or Pumpkin or colocasia or ash gourd – 1 cup Shredded coconut – 1/3 cup Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp Dried chillies – 3 Raw rice – 1 tbsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Oil – 1...

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