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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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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Fried Oat Balls (from left over pongal)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Appetizers, Snacks | 0 comments

I had some left over Oats Pongal that I made for the weekend and we were bored of eating the same thing again for dinner but at the same time I also wanted to finish it. That is when I came up with the idea of making this dish. It is more like Risotto balls which are made using left over Risotto. You can dip these balls in tomato chutney or any spicy chutney. But I had some sour cream and I mixed it with hot sauce and served as a dip which was delicious. Try to finish the balls when it is hot. Ingredients: Left over Oats Pongal – 2 cups Maida or all purpose flour – 1/3 cup Ground black pepper – 1/8 tsp Chili powder – 1/4 tsp Salt to taste Bread crumbs – 1 cup Oil for...

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Corn flakes Mixture

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Indian Festival, Snacks, Diwali Recipes | 1 comment

This Corn flakes mixture is one of the easiest snacks which everyone will like. We can make in large quantity very easily. This sweet and spicy mixture is my all time favorite. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Spice level : 2 Ingredients: Corn flakes / Corn poha – 14 oz pack (approximately 5 cups) Cashew nuts (broken) – 1/2 cup Raisins – 1/3 cup Peanuts – 1/3 cup Curry leaves – 4 strings Red chilli powder – 2 tsp Salt – 1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste Sugar – 1 tsp Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a small kadai and fry the cashew nuts, peanuts, raisins and curry leaves one by one and transfer them to a tight storage box. Add the red chilli powder, salt and sugar. Fry the corn flakes (I...

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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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Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Snacks | 3 comments

For all the cheese lovers…Mozzarella cheese sticks is a very snack and kids will love these. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes Spice level : 1 Ingredients: Mozzarella Cheese – 16 pieces (String size cut to half or finger size) Bread crumbs – 1/4 cup Dried Parsley – 1/2 tsp Crushed Black pepper – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste All purpose flour – 1/4 cup Water – as required Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Mix bread crumbs, dried parsley, crushed black pepper and salt. Add all purpose flour with water along with a pinch of salt. It should not be too thick nor too thin. This batter is going to be used for binding. Take the cheese sticks, first dip it in the flour batter, then coat it with bread crumbs. Repeat this for all cheese...

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Crispy Cashew Pakoda / Mundhiri Pakoda (Step by Step Instructions)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Snacks | 10 comments

I am huge fan of Adayar Anandha Bhavan’s Cashew Pakoda. I got this recipe from my aunt and these came so good and they are almost as good as Anandha Bhavan’s Pakodas. It can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Whole Cashew nuts – 3/4 cup Besan Flour – 1/2 cup Rice flour – 1/4 cup Red chilly powder – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Onions – 1/4 cup (thinly sliced) Mint leaves – 1/4 cup (chopped) Curry leaves – a few (optional) Hot oil – 1/4 cup Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Add besan flower, rice flour, red chilli powder, salt, mint leaves, ginger, onions and...

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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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Aadi Perukku / Aadi 18 Recipes

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Rice dishes, Indian Festival | 3 comments

Aadi Perukku / Aadi 18 is a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month Aadi (July mid to Aug mid). Usually it comes on Aug 2nd or Aug 3rd of every year. The Adiperukku, as a water-ritual, celebrated by women is to honor nature. It is celebrated near river basins, when the level of water rises because of Monsoon. On this day, we will prepare different rice varieties and worship Goddess Parvati. I am happy to share our Aadi 18 special recipes. Kalkandu Chakkarai Pongal Sarkarai Pongal / Sweet Pongal Thengai Sadam / Coconut Rice Elumichai Sadam / Lime Rice Puli Sadam / Tamarind Rice Thakkali Sadam / Tomato Rice Thayir Sadam / Curd Rice Medu...

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Homemade Croutons

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Baking | 1 comment

I had so much bread slices sitting in my pantry. Then I got the idea of making these Croutons. Since they Multigrain Bread slices I want to make them tastier by adding garlic and herbs and I loved the outcome :). Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Ingredients: Multigrain Bread slices / White Bread / French Bread – 5 Olive oil (I have used “Its not butter made with olive oil”) – 2 tbsp Garlic – 3 cloves (Grated) Dried Basil – 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano – 1/2 tsp Parmesan cheese (finely grated) – 2 tsp (optional) Method of Preparation: Cut the 4 sides of the bread and cut them to small squares. If you are using butter melt it and keep it aside. Add the grated garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, parmesan cheese and the butter and combine...

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Mushroom Puff

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Appetizers, Snacks | 2 comments

Puff Pastry Triangles with mushroom filling is an easy appetizer which will be different from the usual potato or vegetable stuffing. For those who like mushrooms, this is the perfect appetizer. Time of Preparation : 35 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 9 to 12 pieces Ingredients: Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (finely chopped) Green chilly – 1 (finely chopped) Mushrooms – 150g (chopped to small cubes) Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (chopped) Oil / Butter – 1 tbsp Garlic – 3 cloves (grated) Puff Pastry Sheet – 1 (I have used pepperidge farm puff pastry sheet. 2 sheets will be there) All...

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Manitaropita / Greek Mushroom Pie

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Multi Cuisine, Snacks | 2 comments

I told my cousin in Canada that I made Spanakopita  recently. Then she suggested this Manitaropita which is is similar to the Spanakopita recipe. She said that she had some frozen Manitaropita which is made mushroom and feta cheese in some wine sauce. I did this Manitaropita in my own style and that too tasted good. Here is the recipe for this easy and tasty snack. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of Servings : 4 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Mushrooms – 150 grams (chopped to small cubes) Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp (according to taste) Salt – to taste Parsley leaves – a handful (chopped) Garlic – 2 cloves (finely chopped) Olive oil – 1 tsp and for...

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Rava Dhokla / Sooji Dhokla

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Snacks | 5 comments

Dhokla is a famous Gujarati snack made of either Besan or Sooji or chickpeas. This is one of my favorite snacks and it is very easy to make. If you are looking for a real quick and tasty snack this is the one :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 20 pieces Spice level : 1 out of 5 Ingredients: Rava (Cream of wheat) – 1 cup Yogurt – 1/2 cup Water – 3/4 cup Green chillies – 1 (finely chopped) (adjust to taste) Coriander leaves – 1 tsp (chopped) Green chilli coriander paste – 1 tsp (optional) Ginger – 1/2 tsp (grated) Turmeric powder – a pinch Eno fruit salt – 1 tsp Salt – 1/2 tsp (adjust to taste) Oil – to coat the pan For Seasoning: Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds...

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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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Idly Batter Bonda (Easy Bonda Recipe)

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in Appetizers, Snacks | 3 comments

Today I wanted to make some simple snack for my husband. Suddenly I remembered my leftover batter sitting in the fridge. My mom used to make these Bondas for snack. This is very easy to prepare and it will be really tasty with coconut chutney. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 3 to 4 Ingredients: Idly Batter – 2 cups All Purpose Flour – 1/4 cup Rice Flour – 2 tbsp Green Chillies – 4 (finely chopped) Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Curry leaves – a few Salt – to taste Oil – For frying Method of Preparation: Mix all the ingredients together except oil and mix it without any lumps. The batter should be slightly thicker than idly batter...

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Samosa Chaat

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Chaat | 10 comments

Chaat is a popular Indian savory snack available in several variations. It is spicy, tangy and sweet and a popular street food in India. There are various types of chaat food and today I have prepared Samosa Chaat which is one of the popular and most wanted among all. Samosa Chaat is served by adding a plate full of peas or chole masala, mashed samosa with freshly cut veggie toppings and a dash of lemon goodness. You need quiet a bit of ingredients for making this at home and you can find all these ingredients in any Indian store here. I should definitely say that it brings back my childhood days to memory whenever I eat chaat. My dad would never allow me to eat street food so we sneak with our friends to have fun. It is so filling, if...

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Spicy Chicken Cutlet

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Appetizers, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Chicken dishes, Slideshow | 7 comments

There are many many appetizers you could make either for a party or just your family. But there are only a few that can win over hearts (and tummies) like a chicken cutlet. That too with little effort on your part. Chicken cutlets are best served with some kind of sauce like Ketchup or chutney sauce – the kind you would serve with samosas. They make for a great party appetizer especially if you have non-veg lovers. Can you bake it too or just shallow fry? Preparation time: 30 minutes No of Cutlets : 10-12 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Boneless Chicken : 1 lb 1 Potato : 1 big (quartered) Onion : 2 cups (Finely chopped) Green chilies : 3 (finely chopped) Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp Ginger & garlic paste : 1 tsp Garam...

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Oats Cutlet

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Snacks | 5 comments

Now a days I want to try many recipes with oats. This is my first recipe with oats. I got this idea from my friend Jayanthi and I liked it. It is very easy to make and it is tasty to. It is very healthy too when compared to most of the snacks. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Pieces : 11 Ingredients: Oats – 1/2 cup Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Green Chillies – 6 (finely chopped) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Potatoes (boiled and mashed) – 2 (I have used 2 large go;den yellow potatoes) Peas – 1/3 cup (boiled) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Sambar Powder – 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Bread crumbs...

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