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

Mutter Paneer Cocktail Samosa – Green Peas with Cottage Cheese Cocktail Samosa

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Appetizers, Christmas Recipes, Snacks | 9 comments

I just made these Samosas for my husband’s Office Potluck party and you know what he said everybody loved it. I was wondering what to make for that potluck and my friend Nithu (author here at ST) gave me this idea of making mutter paneer samosa. I’ve always been scared to make samosa because I thought it was a lot of work to do and not so easy to make. But I came up with idea of making it with spring roll sheets, surprisingly it came out soo delicious and perfect. I made close to 45 Samosas in 60 minutes. So it’s that easy to make and it makes for such a great appetizer.   Preparation Time: 30 minutes No Of Samosas : 16-20 cocktail samosas Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Spring Roll sheets : 10...

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Tomato and Balsamic Bruschetta

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Appetizers, Christmas Recipes, Slideshow | 1 comment

Recently I’ve tasted this Balsamic Bruschetta in a party and since then I wanted to try this recipe. I’ve always love the taste of Balsamic Vinegar. It gives such a special kick which makes the dish really delicious. Bruschetta makes the perefect and light appetizer. If you are looking for some easy and delicious appetizer for christmas, here is the recipe for you. Also check out our Christmas recipe collection here. Preparation Time : 15 minutes. No of servings : 6-7 Ingredients: Roma Plum Tomatoes : 8 Fresh Basil : 2 tbsp (chopped) Parmesan Cheese : 1/4 cup(Shredded) Red Onion : 1/2 medium (Finely Chopped) Garlic : 2-3cloves(finely chopped) Balsamic Vinegar : 1 tbsp Olive oil : 1 tbsp Salt : to taste Ground Black Pepper: 1/4 tsp French Loaf Bread : 1 Toasted and sliced Cilantro or Parsley : for...

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Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Middle Eastern, Multi Cuisine, Sandwiches, Snacks | 7 comments

Hummus is one of my favorite spread or dip, be it the plain hummus or the  flavored ones. Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus is my favorite sandwich spread. I am a huge fan of Panera’s Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich and they use this spread for their sandwich.  Apart from using it as a spread you can also serve it as a dip with freshly cut vegetables, pita bread and chips. Enjoy the simple and healthy Hummus dip. Ingredients: One 15 oz can of chickpeas (or 1 cup of dried chickpeas) Jalapeno peppers – 2 Cilantro – 3/4 cup Garlic – 2 cloves Olive oil – 1/4 cup Tahini sauce – 3 tbsp (recipe follows) Lime juice – 2 tbsp Salt to taste Method of Preparation: Drain and rinse chickpeas from the can. Add all the ingredients except olive oil and lime juice in...

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Stuffed Mushrooms

Posted by on Nov 22, 2012 in Appetizers, Christmas Recipes, Slideshow, Thanksgiving Recipes | 2 comments

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers!! Stuffed Mushrooms are one of my favorite appetizers. Being a vegetarian, I don’t get to enjoy Stuffed Mushrooms from most of the restaurants here where they fill it with meat. So I have always wanted to try this dish and finally I did it. This is an easy recipe to follow and I was amazed by the results. My husband (GS) and I couldn’t stop ourselves from finishing the whole plate. Good food always brings more joy, isn’t it!! You need a good dry white wine and Marsala wine for this recipe. You can fill the mushrooms the previous night, pop them in the refrigerator and bake them just before serving. Make your family and friends happy with this delicious appetizers and once again, Happy Thanksgiving!! Preparation time: 45 minutes Baking time: 30...

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Sweet Somas

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Appetizers, Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival | 1 comment

If you want to get into the Diwali celebration mood there is one sweet that will get you there right away- Sweet Somas. This is one of the most favorite Diwali snack my mom used to make when I was growing up. And I still hold it dear to my heart. If you like coconut and fried snacks this is just the ultimate combination of the two. It is basically a deep fried shell with sweetened coconut and sooji filling that tastes heavenly. Wishing everyone a Happy and safe Diwali!!! Preparation Time: 60 minutes No Of Somas: 18-20 Ingredients: Maida(All Purpose Flour) : 2 cups Oil : 1 tbsp Salt : a pinch Water : To knead the dough For Filling: Rawa : 1 cup(Lightly roasted in ghee) Sugar : 1 cup ( Cardamom Powder : 2 tsp Shredded...

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Spider Deviled Eggs

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Appetizers, Egg Dishes | 1 comment

Deviled Eggs are a common holiday or party food served as a side dish, appetizer or a main course. Eggs are hard boiled, shelled and cut in half and filled with a stuffing made of egg yolks mixed with other ingredients. Here I have topped the eggs with creepy little olive spiders. It is perfect for Halloween and you can bring it to your office/house party and impress everyone. Ingredients: Cooked Eggs : 4 (peeled) Mayonnaise : 2 tbsp Ground Mustard : 1/2 tsp Salt : to taste Pepper : 1/4 tsp Whole Black olives to decorate Method Of Direction: Cut eggs lengthwise into half. Remove the egg yolks and keep it in separate bowl. Mash the egg yolks and add mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir everything evenly. Fill the egg whites with egg yolk mixture prepared above, heaping it lightly. Cover...

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Bread Basket Chaat

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Chaat | Comments Off on Bread Basket Chaat

If you want to try some easy snack, you can try this out. Thanks to my friend Jayanthi for this easy and tasty recipe. All we need is just bread and we can easily prepare this Bread basket chaat for any number of people in half an hour. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Ingredients: Bread – 20 Potato (large) – 1 Chickpeas – 3 tbsp (optional) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Chaat masala – 1/2 tsp Green chutney – 1/2 cup Sweet chutney – 1/2 cup Sev – 3 tbsp (optional) Coriander – 3 tbsp (chopped) Method of Preparation: Soak the chickpeas in hot water for 3 hours and pressure cook it along with little salt. Boil the potato and mash it . Add little...

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Ammini Kozhukkattai

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Slideshow, Snacks, Vinayagar Chaturthi | Comments Off on Ammini Kozhukkattai

Ammini Kozhukkattai is made from the left over kozhukkattai dough. I am not sure why it is called so, may be because they are mini or small…:) Whenever we make Kozhukkattai we end up with some leftover dough which is what is generally used for making Ammini Kozhukkattai and Paal Kozhukkattai. I have also used leftover kara puran (ulundhu puran) in this recipe which adds more taste. You can even add some idli podi to this dish which I learnt from Jeyashri’s Kitchen. This is a healthy dish and can be made quickly. So you can even make it on a regular day as a snack. Perfect for kids and adults. Ingredients: Kozhukkattai dough – 1 cup Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 3/4 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp 2 to 3 curry leaves A pinch of asafoetida...

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Kara Kozhukkattai for Ganesh Chaturthi

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Slideshow, Snacks, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 1 comment

Kara Kozhukkattai also known as Uppu Kozhukkattai or Ulundhu Kozhukkatai is another version of Indian rice dumpling filled with spicy puran. The filling consists of steamed and spiced urad dal along with coconut. I know!! it does sound a little different but belive me it tastes wonderful. For a long time being a sweet addict I have never touched the spicy version (kara kozhukkattai) inspite of my mom forcing me to eat. But after I started making these, I liked it so much (not as much as the sweet though…!) What a selfish act!!! Sorry mom.. Okay! Coming back to the dish… this is one of those dishes offered to Lord Ganesh on Ganesh Chaturthi or any regular day. The spicy filling is very easy to make. You can refer my Sweet Puran Kozhukkatai for making the dough. I have...

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Fried Modak – Step By Step Instructions

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Indian Festival, Slideshow, Snacks, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 3 comments

Modak is a sweet dumpling which is made of rice, wheat or all purpose flour. It can be either steamed or fried. Already we have steamed versions of Modak in Spicy Tasty. Here is the recipe for Fried Modak with step by step instructions.. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of pieces : 8 Ingredients: Oil – For frying For Cover: All Purpose Flour – 1/2 cup Sooji / Rava – 1/4 cup Water – 1/4 cup Ghee – 2 tsp Salt – slightly less than 1/2 tsp For Stuffing: Coconut (grated) – 1/2 cup Jaggery (grated) – 1/4 cup Cardamom powder – 1 tsp Cashews – 1 tbsp (finely chopped) Raisins – 1 tbsp (chopped) Ghee – 2 tsp Method of Preparation: Mix all purpose flour, sooji and salt with ghee. Add the water slowly and mix...

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Aval Vadai (Poha Vada)

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 9 comments

Vinayagar Chaturthi is coming soon and you will be already making a list for what to cook on that day. So why not try this delicious and easy aval vadai recipe. It tastes almost like paruppu vada and it’s very easy to make too in less time. Preparation Time: 30 minutes No of serving: 5-6 Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Aval/Poha/Beaten Rice : 1 cup Oil : for Frying Onion : 1 (finely chopped) Green Chilies: 3-4 (according to your spice level – finely chopped) Asafoetida : a pinch Ginger : 1 tsp (grated or chopped finely) Rice flour : 2 tbsp Curry Leaves : 4-5 (chopped) Coriander Leaves : 1 tbsp (finely chopped) Grated Coconut : 2 tbsp (optional) Salt : to taste Method Of Preparation: Soak aval/poha for 10-15 minutes. After that drain the excess...

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Papdi For Chaat

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Chaat | 7 comments

Papdi Chaat is one of my favorites and I wanted to make these papdis at home. They are very simple to make and they can be stored for a long time. Time of Preparation : 1 hour (including resting time) No of Pieces : 30 to 35 Ingredients: All Purpose Flour / Maida – 1 cup Ajwain Seeds – 1/2 tsp Salt – 1/3 tsp (according to taste) Ghee – 1 tsp Water – 2 tbsp less than 1/2 cup Oil – For frying Method of Preparation: Mix maida, salt, ajwain seeds, ghee and add water little by little to make it a stiff dough (like poori dough). Cover it with a damp cloth and let it stay atleast for half an hour. Divide the dough to two halves and roll them very thin. Then cut them to circles...

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Medhu Vadai

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Navratri Recipes, Onam and Vishu, Slideshow, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 9 comments

Medhu Vadai or Vada is a traditional South Indian food. They are crispy outside, soft and airy inside. Generally served with sambar and chutney as a side or dunked in a yogurt sauce or sambar or rasam and served as dahi vada (curd vada), sambar vada and rasam vada respectively . Vada is generally served with Ven Pongal  and idli which completes a typical South Indian breakfast. The main ingredient of this dish is whole urad dal, black gram without skin which is very nutritious. Vadas are preferably eaten freshly fried. It is one of the common food you can find in street carts as well as in restaurants. It makes me nostalgic when I think about those days when we used to buy vada and bajji from street vendors. I still continue to enjoy it whenever I visit India. Nothing can beat that taste....

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Gokulashtami Special – Uppu Seedai

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Indian Festival, Snacks | 3 comments

My husband wanted me to make Uppu Seedai for Krishna Jayanthi. I called my sister to ask the recipe and she warned me about bursting. I have heard stories about seedai bursting from my friends too. Then I decided to make seedai in an easy way by using store bought rice and urad flour. If it is homemade, it should be sieved properly (to avoid bursting). Also dry the balls before frying them. Here is the recipe for the Seedai.. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes Yield : 1 1/4 cup Ingredients: Rice Flour – 1 cup Urad Flour – 2 tbsp Sesame seeds (I ve used black seeds) – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Grated coconut – 2 tbsp Butter (room temperature) – 3 tbsp Asafoetida – a pinch Method of Preparation:...

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Dahi Puri

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Chaat | 4 comments

When it comes to the chaat, Dahi puri is my favorite one. The main ingredients like puris, chutneys and sev are available in all the Indian stores and hence they are very easy to prepare. Ingredients: Puris – 7 (homemade or store bought) Potato – 1 White Chickpea – a handful Onions – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Sev – 1/4 cup Green Chutney – 1/4 cup Sweet Chutney – 1/4 cup Curd – 1/2 cup (beaten) Coriander – 2 tbsp (finely chopped) Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp (according to taste) Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp Chaat masala – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Soak the chickpea for 4 hours in hot water and boil them along with little salt. Boil the potato and mash it and add some salt and cumin powder. Take the...

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Sweet Chutney and Green Chutney for Chaat

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Chaat, Chutneys, Sauce | 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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Black Chickpeas Masala Sundal / Kala Channa Masala Sundal

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Appetizers, Navratri Recipes, Snacks | 2 comments

I cooked Breakfast Korma yesterday and the chickpeas which I used was there. My mother-in-law gave the idea of making this Masala sundal and I made the sundal for the evening snack. It was really tasty :). Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 4 No of Servings – 2 to 3 Ingredients: Black chickpeas / Kala Channa (boiled) – 2 cups Onion (finely chopped) – 1/2 cup Oil – 2 tbsp Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Split urad dal – 2 tsp Red chillies – 2 Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Coriander leaves – a few Salt – to taste Masala to Grind: Coconut – 1/2 cup Green Chillies – 4 (according to spice level) Garlic – 2 cloves Ginger – 1 tsp Fennel seeds – 2 tsp Method of Preparation: Soak...

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Samosa ( Stuffed Potato Indian Snack )

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Appetizers, Snacks | 7 comments

Samosa is a potato stuffed, deep fried snack which is very popular in India. I am a huge fan of samosa and I wanted to make proper punjabi samosa for a long time. The secret ingredients for making a proper punjabi samosa are coriander seeds, dry pomegranate seeds and fennel seeds. Samosas came out really good and I am so excited to share the recipe. Time of Preparation : 1 hr Spice level : 3 No of servings : 20 (medium size) Ingredients: For Outer Layer: Maida / All Purpose Flour – 2 cups Carom seeds (Ajwain seeds) – 1 tsp Salt – 1 tsp (adjust according to taste) Ghee – 2 tbsp Water – as required For Stuffing: Oil – 2 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Green Chillies – 2 (very finely chopped) Ginger (grated) – 1...

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