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

Masala Fried Idly / Fried Idly in Spiced Curry

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 8 comments

When I was in collage I remembered having this Masala fried Idly in a function in my native place.  Today I had some left over idlies and I am bored of making same Idly Upma. Suddenly I had a thought of making this Masala Fried Idly.  Immediately I got this recipe from my sister and tried it. It came out so good and it is real simple too. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: For Fried Idly: Left over Idlies – 6 All purpose flour – 3 tsp Cornflour – 3 tsp Orange food color – a pinch Oil – For frying For Masala: Oil – 2 tsp Cinnamon stick – 1 “ Cloves – 2 Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Fennel seeds – 1 tsp Coriander seeds – 1 tsp...

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Semiya Upma / Vermicelli Upma

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 3 comments

Upma is a common South Indian breakfast dish. I like all kinds of upma. I like to cook upma by adding lots of veggies. Here is the recipe for this simplest tiffin. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes No of Servings : 1 to 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Vermicelli – 1 cup (small thin) Oil – 2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Split urad dal – 1 tsp Channa dal – 1 tsp Curry leaves – a few Asafoetida – a pinch Green chillies – 3 (slit lengthwise Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Salt – to taste Carrot (small size) – 1 (finely chopped) (optional) Beans – 10 (finely chopped) (optional) Peas – 1/4 cup (I ve used frozen peas) (optional) Water – 1 3/4 cup (1...

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Mint Spread for Breads

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | Comments Off on Mint Spread for Breads

I have posted Tomato Spread for Breads in my previous post and this is another simple spread made of mint. This spread is almost similar to Mint Chutney and everyone will like it. If you are searching for a quick breakfast this is the one… Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 2 out of 5 No of Slices : 5 Ingredients: Mint leaves – 1 cup Red Chillies – 2 Urad dal – 2 tsp Coconut – 2 tbsp (grated) Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Bread slices – 5 Ghee – to toast the bread slices Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the red chillies followed by the urad dal and mint leaves. When the mint leaves shrinks, add the coconut and turn off the heat. Let it cool...

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How to make Fig Preserves (Jam)?

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Preserves & Conserves, Slideshow | 2 comments

This is a simple recipe to make Fig Preserves (Jam) using dried figs. Fig is naturally rich in anti oxidants, vitamins and minerals. I have used mission figs in this jam. Mission figs are rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants. It is also an excellent source minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. Fresh figs can also be used for making this jam. But it needs more sugar. Fig Jam is awesome and it is one of my favorite. You can spread it on toasted bread or stir in your favorite ice cream or your oatmeal or use it in baking goods. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Yield: One 16 oz jar of jam Ingredients: Dried figs – 2 cups Strawberry – 4 or 5 (optional) Sugar – 1/2 cup Juice from one Orange Juice from half lemon Method...

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Tomato Spread for Breads

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | Comments Off on Tomato Spread for Breads

Republic Day Wishes to all our Readers… My mom used to make this Tomato spread and Mint spread for breads. I wanted to make this for a long time. It is very easy to make and we can make these as a quick snack or an easy breakfast. Kids will like these a lot. I made these spreads today and my husband and friends too liked a lot. Today I am posting the tomato spread and soon I will post the Mint spread.. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 2 out of 5 No of Breads : 8 to 10 Ingredients: Onions – 3/4 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 2 cups (chopped) Oil – 2 tsp Red Chillies – 3 Garlic – 4 large cloves (roughly chopped) Salt – to taste Bread slices – 8 Ghee...

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Rava Pongal / Sooji Pongal

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 1 comment

Wishing you all a very happy Pongal…The second day of the pongal is “Thai Pongal” and it falls on the first day of the tamil month “Thai”. On this day we make “Chakkarai Pongal” and “Ven pongal”. For people who want to try something different other than regular ven pongal, here is the recipe for “Rava Pongal”. It is very easy to make and it will taste very good. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 No of Servings : 3 Ingredients: Rava – 1 cup Moong dal – 1/2 cup Water (for dal) – 3 cups Water (for rava) – 2 1/2 cups Salt – to taste Black pepper – 1 tsp (crushed coarsely) Cumin seeds – 3/4 tsp Green chillies – 2 (slit lengthwise) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Curry leaves – a few...

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Spicy Onion Chutney / Vengaya Chutney

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Chutneys | 1 comment

My mom used to make this Onion Chutney and I like this a lot. This is really simple to make and will be nice with Dosa, Idly ..For spice lovers, just add an extra red chilly.. Time of Preparation : 10 minutes (excluding the time to peel pearl onions) No of Servings : 1 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Pearl Onions : 1 cup (peeled) Red Chillies – 3 Tamarind paste – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 1 tsp For seasoning: Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the red chillies followed by the pearl onions. Fry till they become translucent. Let it cool and add very little salt and tamarind paste....

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Homemade Granola

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Healthy Eats, How to??, Slideshow | 2 comments

Homemade Granola is a mixture of rolled oats, nuts and dry fruits with oil, maple syrup and sugar. It makes a healthy breakfast or a snack or a topping in your ice cream or Greek yogurt. This is a basic granola recipe and it is very easy to make. Make your own cereals with your favorite mixture and mix it with cold or warm milk or munch as a snack. I have added all my favorite ingredients in my Granola. You can also include seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds and other dry fruits such as dates, prunes and berries. If you start making your own cereals or granola bars you will never go back to the store bought ones. Believe me and give it a try!!! Ingredients: Rolled oats – 2 cups Slivered or sliced almonds – 3/4...

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Coffee Cake

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Cookies and Cakes | 1 comment

A class of cake intended to be eaten along with coffee is “Coffee Cake”. Though it is called coffee cake, it does not necessarily contain coffee. Coffee cakes may be flavored with cinnamon or other spices, seeds, nuts and fruits. A adapted this recipe from “Joy of Baking” and it came out so perfect. Time of Preparation : 20 to 30 minutes Baking Time : 45 to 50 minutes Ingredients: For Topping: Walnuts / Any dry fruits – 1 cup Light Brown Sugar – 1/4 cup Chocolate chips – 1/3 cup All purpose flour – 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp For Cake: Unsalted Butter – 1/2 cup (room temperature) Sugar – 1 cup Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp Eggs – 2 (room temperature) Sour Cream – 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour – 1 2/3 cup Baking Powder...

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Multi Cuisine | Comments Off on Pumpkin Pancakes

Happy Halloween!!   It’s Halloween and here is a delicious Pumpkin Pancake to start your day. Pumpkin in pancakes??? That was my question when I saw a few pins in Pinterest. But then I was so curious to try but wasn’t sure. But it’s Halloween and I wanted to try something pumkin. So that’s how it happened… It’s so easy to make and you can make the batter ahead and refrigerate it for the next day breakfast. It sure is a twist and refreshing from the same old boring pancakes. I added a few spices which goes well with the pumpkin. But I added in less amount since I don;t like it too spicy when it comes to these kind of food. You can serve it with maple syrup or honey or agave nectar or jelly/jam or your homemade...

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Set Uthappam / Ivory Lentil Pancakes

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Breakfast Menu | 4 comments

Uthappam or Ooththappam or Uthappa is a dosa-like dish made with Dosa batter. Unlike dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, Uthappam is a thick pancake. When I think of the name “Saravana Bhavan” , 7 Set Uthappam comes to my mind. I have tried some 5 different types of Uthappam and here is the recipe. Time of Preparation : 6 to 8 minutes (for one) Ingredients: Plain Uthappam: Dosa Batter – Required amount Oil – as required Method of Preparation: Heat the tawa or turn on the griddle at 350 F Take half a laddle of batter and pour it. Need not spread the batter. Add very little oil around it. When pores appear slightly turn to the other side. Now the top side should be of golden brown. Leave it for 3 minutes. When the other side also...

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Oats Adai (Oats Lentils Pancake)

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Healthy Eats | 6 comments

Oats makes for a healthy breakfast and you can’t go wrong with any oats recipes. My husband and I both love Adai so I thought instead of making it with rice why not try it with oats. And it came out very delicious and Karthik didn’t even realize it was made with oats until I told him. It has become one of my favorite oats recipes. Try this delicious oats adai if you are in a hunt for healthy Indian food recipes. Preparation Time : 1 hour and 45 minutes Spice Level : 2 out of 5 No Of Servings : 6-7 weight watchers Point : 8 (for 2 adai) Ingredients: Powdered oats: 1 cup Chana dal : 1/2 cup Moong dal : 2 tbsp Urad dal : 1 tbsp Onion: 1 big(finely chopped) Whole red chilies : 3-4...

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Veg Chapati roll

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in North Indian recipes | 7 comments

We had a potluck recently and I wanted to make something different with chapati. So I tried veggie chapati rolls for the potluck and they came really good. These Veg Chapati Rolls is a easy lunch box menu too. We can use any veggies for stuffing and we can use any masala according to our taste. My husband who does not like carrots and cabbage liked these rolls :). Time of Preparation : 1 1/2 hours Spice Level – 3 No. of Rolls – 12 Ingredients: For Chapati Wheat Flour – 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour – 1/4 cup Salt – 1/2 tsp Oil – 1 tbsp Water – 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp (adjust accordingly) For Stuffing: Carrot – 2 cups (grated) Cabbage – 2 cups (grated) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Green chillies – 6...

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Stuffed Bread

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Breads | 3 comments

First I thought of making regular sandwich bread. Then I wanted to have something little spicy. I got the idea of making this stuffed bread with Indian touch. I gave this to all my friends for tasting and everyone loved it. You can try this recipe with Nithu’s White Bread Recipe too. Time of Preparation : 2 hours 10 minutes Spice Level : 2 Yield : 1 large loaf Ingredients: For Bread: Bread Flour – 3 cups Warm water (110 F) – 1 cup Active dry yeast – 1 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 tsp Sugar – 2 tbsp Oil – 1/4 cup For Stuffing: Potato – 1 Carrot – 1 Beans – 12 Paneer – 1/4 cup (grated) Spinach – 1/4 cup(chopped) Onion – 1/2 (finely chopped) Green chillies – 4 Garlic – 4 cloves (finely chopped) Red...

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Strawberry Jam

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Preserves & Conserves | Comments Off on Strawberry Jam

This is a simple recipe for making Strawberry Jam without using pectin (gelling agent). It is delicious and believe me you won’t go back to the store bought jam again. Though it is a little time consuming it’s totally worth it. If you make it in a large quantity and can it, you can also give it as presents to your friends and family. Here, I have just told you how to make the jam but soon I will be writing another post for Canning (method of preserving food). I have to get a couple of supplies required for home canning. I used candy thermometer for this recipe. It is a good investment and you can use it for various recipes. If you don’t have one or don’t want to buy one then don’t worry…I have also given you another...

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Onion Tomato Chutney (Version 2)

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Chutneys | Comments Off on Onion Tomato Chutney (Version 2)

We can make Onion Tomato Chutneys in so many ways by giving slight variation and this one is the easiest. Adding Split Dhalia gives a wonderful taste to the chutney. My mom used to make this chutney for Dosa and I love it. Here is the recipe for the simple Onion Tomato Chutney. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 4 Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Red Onion (medium size) – 1 (chopped) Tomato – 1 cup (chopped) Red Chillies – 4 Split Dhalia – 2 tbsp Salt – to taste Oil – 1 tbsp Garlic – 1 clove (optional) Green Chilly – 1 (optional) For Seasoning: Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp Curry leaves – a few Oil – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and fry the red chillies...

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Dosa ( Rice and Lentil Crepes )

Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Breakfast Menu | 2 comments

Dosa is a fermented crepe (South Indian Pancake) which is very popular in Southern India. Dosas are very easy to make and they will be tasty to have with sambar, chutney and podi. There are so many varieties in dosa like ghee roast, onion dosa, masala dosa, paneer dosa, paper dosa, podi dosa and so on. Soon you are going to see all varieties of Dosa in Spicy Tasty. 🙂 Ingredients: Par boiled rice – 4 cups Urad dal whole – 1 cup Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: You can check the Dosa / Idly batter recipe from Spicy Tasty’s Idly recipe. Heat the Dosa pan or you can use even electric griddle. When the pan becomes slightly hot, take a ladle full of batter on the pan and move the ladle...

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Vendhaya Dosa and Poondu Podi / Fenugreek Pancake and Spicy Garlic Chutney

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Breakfast Menu | 3 comments

Vendhaya Dosa is my all time favourite. I used to have  Vendhaya Dosa in my childhood days atleast once in a week during summer. The Fenugreeek seeds make our body cool and for sure it wont be bitter. The best combo for these dosa is Poondu Podi.  Here goes the recipe for the Vendhaya Dosa and the Poondu Podi. For Vendhaya Dosa: Ingredients: Par boiled rice – 2 cups Urad dal – 1/2 cup Fenugreek seeds – a handful (1/4 cup) Salt – to taste Sesame oil – to taste Method of Preparation: Soak the urad dal and fenugreek seeds together atleast for 4 hours. Soak the par boiled rice for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Grind the urad dal and fenugreek seeds by adding little by little until you get a smooth and soft batter. Transfer it to...

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