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

Quinoa Payasam/Kheer

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Desserts, Weight Watchers Recipe | 3 comments

Recently I’ve started eating quinoa a lot. As I said before in my Quinoa biryani recipe it doesn’t taste bad. This Gokulashtmi I wanted to make kheer and thought why not make a kheer with quinoa. My husband was little hesitant with the idea. Surprisingly it came out really delicious and tasted soo good. It tasted more like sago kheer and Karthik liked it too. It’s healthy and tastes good too. Double dhamaka in one recipe. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of  Servings : 3 Weight watchers Point : 6 Ingredients: Quinoa : 1/2 cup Water : 11/2 cups Milk : 2 1/2 cups Brown Sugar or Granulated Sugar : 1/4 cup(adjust according to your sweet level) Cardamom : 2 nos (pressed) Cashewnuts : 6-7(roasted in ghee) Raisins: 6(roasted in ghee) Ghee : 1 tsp Saffron: a pinch...

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Chettinad Kola Urundai Kuzhambhu – Spicy Meatball Curry

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Chettinad Dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 7 comments

I’ve just posted Kola urunadi recipe couple of days back and this is a continuation of that recipe. you could just serve the meatball/kola Urundai as an appetizer or you could make it even more appealing and make it as a curry. Kola urundai kuzhambhu is also an one of the authentic chettinad dishes. This is one popular dish you can find in some chettinad restaurants. You can serve this with chapathis, parathas, rice or as a side dish for any Biryani. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No of Servings : 4-5 Spice Level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Kola urundai/Meatballs : 12 Onion: 1 small (finely chopped) Tomato: 1 (finely chopped) or Tomato puree : 1 cup Curry leaves : 4 Green chilies : 2 (slit into lenghtwise) Ginger & garlic paste : 1 tbsp Kola Masala...

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Spicy Mushroom Curry

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 5 comments

As the name indicates this is a spicy dish which is a perfect combination with roti or pulao or ghee rice. I wanted to try a different version of mushroom curry. So I mixed up a couple of different recipes and tried this dish and it turned it out so good. My husband (GS) and I liked it so much. I used baby bella mushrooms which is my favorite. Try this dish and let me know how it turns out. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 50 minutes No. of servings: 5 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients:  Mushroom – 250 gram (1/2 lb) One big onion chopped Tomatoes – 2 One Jalapeno (cut into big pieces) Ginger – 1 “ Garlic cloves – 3 Dried long red chilies – 8 Cashew nut – 2 tbsp (soaked in water)...

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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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Bagara Baingan

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 10 comments

Bagara Baingan is a simple and delicious recipe. Usually if I buy Eggplants, I will make Ennai kathrikkai. This time I wanted to try something different and I made this Bagara Baingan. It came out really good. This goes well with roti, Biryani… Time of Preparation : 40 minutes Spice level : 4 No of Servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Small Brinjals – 6 (slitted into 4 halves till the middle) Onion (medium size) (finely chopped) – 1 Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 2 tsp Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder – 1 tsp (according to spice level) Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Tamarind – Pebble size Salt – to taste Oil – For shallow frying the brinjals Coriander leaves – For garnishing...

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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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Fish Puttu – Shredded Fish Stir Fry

Posted by on Jun 26, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Fish Dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 25 comments

Fish puttu is a traditional kerala dish. It’s usually cooked with shark or king fish. In south India we call it as “sura puttu” and it is most popular in all non-vegeterian cooking. It goes well with fish kuzhambhu and sambar. It can also be a great side-dish for biryani. It’s hard to find shark meat where we live, so I substitute it with Tilapia, which actually taste almost as good as shark puttu. If you are lucky to get shark meat use that instead. It’s very easy to make and tastes awesome. Preparation Time: 30 minutes No of servings: 4-5 Spice Level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients : Fish : 800gms (You can use any fish, I’ve used Tilapia) Onion : 1 (large) (finely chopped) Garlic pods : 8-9 (finely chopped) Green chilies : 6-7 (Finely chopped) (Adjust...

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Green Chili Chicken Curry

Posted by on May 23, 2010 in Best of ST, Chicken dishes, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 49 comments

Green chili chicken curry is simple and easy dish to make. If you are looking to make a chicken side dish for chapati or Chicken biryani . You should give this recipe a try. When I first saw this recipe name, I thought it’s gonna be too spicy. But it was not that spicy and it depends on how many green chilies and how strong the green chilies are. Adding coconut and fennel gives the dish a rich flavor. My sister Kavitha shared this recipe with me. I tried it last week and it came out awesome and tasty. Thanks to her for sharing this recipe with me. Preparation Time: 45 mins No of servings : 4-5 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken : ½ kg (Boneless or with bone) Oil : 3 tbsp Onion :2...

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Andhra Mutton Curry / Lamb Curry

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 26 comments

This is the first time I am making this style of mutton curry. I am not a big fan of mutton / lamb. But my husband loves all the mutton dishes. Recently I had the Andhra style mutton curry at one of my friends place and I got the recipe from her. I’ve made some small changes from the recipe and tried it. It came out excellent and karthik (my husband) loved it.  It’s a very tasty recipe and it has become one of my favorites now. Ingredients : Mutton/ lamb : 600 gms Onion : 2 (medium) (finely chopped) Tomato : 3 (finely chopped) Oil : 4 tbsp Curry Leaves : 6-7 Coriander Leaves : for garnishing Ginger & Garlic Paste : 1 1/2 tbsp Turmeric powder : 2 tsp Cumin seeds : 1/4 tsp Masala To grind...

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Fortune Cooking Contest Roundup (32 Recipes Entered)

Posted by on Jun 2, 2008 in Misc | 17 comments

Fortune cooking – It’s been a month since we started the contest and days have been running so fast and it has come to an end now. We are so thrilled to see your encouragement and participation with wonderful entries. As this is the first contest we have hosted, we are quiet elated with your entries and look forward to announcing the results. We have received 32 recipes in total. We personally thank each and every friend who have submitted their recipe for this contest and encouraged us to continue conducting more and more interesting contests in our website. It’s a pleasure rounding up all your recipes here with the beautiful pictures and the links to your posts. The winners of the contest will be announced on June 5, 2008. Winners will be chosen by a lucky draw at...

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2007 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | Comments Off on Raitha

Raitha or Pachadi is an Indian side dish. It is yogurt based and is served along with biryani, rice, vada, etc. There are different types of raitha. Today I am sharing a simple and tasty recipe from one of my aunt. You can serve this along with any biryani, pulao or type of rice. Here you go… Ingredients: Tomato – 3 Onion – 1 Chili powder – 1/4 tsp Oil – 2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Coriander leaves – a few Curd – 2 to 3 cups Method: Chop onion and tomatoes. Heat oil in a pan, add onions and toss it till it becomes translucent. Add tomatoes and toss them with a little salt for 3 to 4 mins. Remove from heat. Take 2 to 3 cups of nice and smooth yogurt in a bowl. Add...

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