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Samba Sadham and Kathirikkai Gosthu

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Rice dishes, Chutneys | 2 comments

Samba Sadham and Kathirikkai Gosthu is an excellent combination. It is a traditional dish offered as prasadham in Lord Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram. Chidambaram is my home town and I have had this many times in the temple and it is purely divine. Samba Sadham is a simple flavored rice with roasted ground black pepper and cumin. Kathirikkai Gosthu or Gothsu is spicy brinjal chutney which is often served with this rice. It is simple yet delicious and a perfect meal that satisfies your taste buds. Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of servings: 2 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Samba Sadham: Raw rice or Basmati rice – 2 cups Black peppercorn – 1.5 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp Ghee or clarified butter – 4 tbsp Chana dal – 1.5 tbsp Cashew nut – 3 tbsp A few...

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Spicy Green Chilli Chutney

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Chutneys | 4 comments

This year I have got so much of Green Chillies from my garden. I was wondering what to do with so much of green chillies. One of my friend from Andra suggested this Green Chilli Chutney. Her mom gave this recipe and my husband loved it :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Yield : Around 2 1/2 cups Spice level : 5 out of 5 (extra spicy) Ingredients: Green Chillies – 500g Tamarind – big lemon size Salt – to taste Coconut – 1/3 cup (optional) Oil – 1/4 cup Sesame oil – to taste (optional) For Seasoning: Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Split Urad dal – 1 tsp Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Heat oil in pan and fry the green chillies in medium flame. Take tamarind extract (thick extract of 2 cups) and...

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Mullangi Chutney / Radish Chutney

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Chutneys | 0 comments

Whenever we think of Radish, the first thing that comes to our mind is Radish Sambar or Radish Paratha. My Grandmother usesd to make chutneys with all veggies. This Radish Chutney can be made in many ways. It will take just 15 minutes to make this chutney and it will be good with Idly / Dosa or even rice. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Oil – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Red chillies – 4 Urad dal – 1 tsp Coriander seeds – 1 tsp Onions – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Radish – 1 1/2 cups (peeled, washed and cut into small cubes) Turmeric powder – a pinch Salt – to taste For seasoning: Oil – 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp...

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Keerai Masiyal (Version 2) / Spinach Masiyal

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

If you are bored of cooking greens with dal, this recipe is an easy one without adding dal. My mom used to make Keerai Kadayal with Mulai Keerai by adding just chillies and garlic. For Spinach Masiyal, adding onions and tomatoes gives more taste. I got this recipe from my cousin and she said this recipe will be good for Arai Keerai and Siru Keerai too :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings:2 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions – 1/3 cup (chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (chopped) Green Chillies – 2 (adjust according to spice level) Garlic – 2 cloves Spinach – 2 cups (tightly packed) Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Time of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the onions and fry till they become soft....

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Poondu Chutney / Garlic Chutney

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Chutneys | 1 comment

My mom used to make this garlic chutney often. Garlic chutney is made with just garlic and tomatoes. There is no addition of onions. It is very simple to make and if you have peeled garlic, this chutney will be ready in 5 minutes :). Time of Preparation : 15 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Garlic cloves – 1 cup (peeled) Tomatoes – 1 cup (chopped) Red chillies – 4 to 5 (according to spice level) Salt – to taste Oil – 1 tsp For Seasoning: Oil – 1/2 tsp (preferably sesame oil) Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – a few Split urad dal – 1/2 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and fry red chillies followed by garlic. When the garlic cloves...

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Mint-Curry leaves-Cilantro Thuvaiyal (Chutney)

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Chutneys | 5 comments

Thuvaiyal/Thogayal is a South Indian condiment. It is more like chutney but a little thick in its form and has lentils and spices along with the main ingredient(s). It is simple and easy to make and a perfect dish for a hurry burry cooking. Mint, curry leaves and cilantro are a great combination for making a spicy thuvaiyal.  It goes well with plain white rice and papad or with rasam/sambar rice or curd rice. It is also good with idli or dosa. Refrigerate it in an air tight container for 4 to 5 days. Cooking time: 20 minutes Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Coriander leaves or cilantro – 2 cups (packed) Mint leaves – 1 cup Curry leaves – 2 to 3 strings Oil – 1 and 1/2 tsp Dried red chilies – 3 Ginger – 1″...

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Onion Tomato Chutney (Version 3)

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Breakfast Menu, Chutneys | 4 comments

I like to try different kinds of chutney for Dosa and Idly. In this version of Onion Tomato Chutney I have added little ginger to the onion and tomato. This Onion Tomato Chutney will taste like hotel chutney and will be  good especially with Dosa. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions (preferably red onions) – 1 cup (chopped) Tomatoes – 3/4 cup (chopped) Red chillies – 3 to 4 Ginger – 2 tsp (chopped) Oil – 2 tsp Salt – to taste Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – 1 string Split urad dal – 1/2 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and add red chillies followed by the onions. Add some salt and fry till they become...

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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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Pudalangai Thuvaiyal – Snake Gourd Chutney

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Chutneys | 2 comments

Thuvaiyal/Thogayal is a South Indian condiment. Thuvaiyal is nothing but chutney with a slight variation and is thick in form. It is generally made with vegetables/lentils. This is the first time I am making thuvaiyal with snake gourd and to my surprise it came out awesome. It is simple and makes a wonderful combination with plain rice or with sambar/rasam rice and idli/dosa. Check out our thuvaiyal recipes here. Few facts about Snake Gourd: Commonly known as Snake Gourd, this vegetable is native to India and is a vegetable of considerable importance. It is known as Pudalangai in tamil, potlakaaya in Telugu, dhunduli in Assamese, paduvalakaayi in Kannada and padavalanga in Malayalam. Snake gourd is an annual plant grown in tropical countries. The vegetable is long and are curved giving them a serpent look. I have seen stones tied to the end...

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Tomato Spread for Breads

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 0 comments

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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Kothamalli Thuvaiyal – Coriander Chutney

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Chutneys | 1 comment

Kothamalli Thuvaiyal or Cilantro Chutney is prepared from fresh coriander leaves or cilantro and a few spices. It is very easy to make and you can serve it as a side with rice. Also as a dip with your savory snacks such as samosa, bajji and other fritters. I love to eat it with curd rice. If you have a bunch of coriander leaves sitting in your refrigerator, you can make this chutney and it will last for upto a week. Cooking time: 20 minutes Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Oil – 1 and 1/2 tsp Urad dal – 1 tbsp Long dried red chilies – 3 Tomato – 1 Coriander leaves or cilantro – 2 cups Grated coconut – 3 tbsp A pinch of asafoetida Salt to taste A small piece of tamarind (1/8 tsp) Mustard...

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Chow Chow Thol Thogayal / Chayote Peel Chutney

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Chutneys | 1 comment

My Grandmother used to make this chayote peel chutney. Recently one of my friends made this recipe and I remembered my Grandma’s recipe. It is very simple to make and it will be very tasty. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 2 Ingredients: Chayote peel – 1 cup Red Chillies – 4 Urad dal – 1 tbsp Ginger – 1 1/2 tsp(chopped) Coconut – 1/3 cup(grated) Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste For Seasoning: Oil – 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp Curry leaves – a few Asafoetida – a pinch Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and red chillies followed by urad dal. Fry till they become golden brown and add the ginger and chayote peel. Fry till they become soft and...

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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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Onion Tomato and Coriander Chutney

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Chutneys | 0 comments

I like to have different kinds of chutneys for Idly and Dosa. Already there are two different versions of onion tomato chutney in SpicyTasty. This is another version of onion Tomato chutney with a slight twist. The addition of coriander gives a nice flavor to the chutney. Here is the recipe for the simple chutney.. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions – 1 1/4 cup (chopped) Tomatoes – 1 cup (chopped) Red chillies – 4 or 5 (according to spice level) Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup (chopped) Salt – to taste Oil 1 tbsp For Seasoning : Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the red chillies. Fry till they turn slightly dark...

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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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Onion Tomato Chutney (Version 2)

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Chutneys | 0 comments

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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Tomato Chutney (Version 2)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 3 comments

This is a simple recipe for tomato chutney. It just takes a few minutes to make and you can serve it with idly or dosa. I have added coconut and roasted channa dal which makes it different from the regular tomato chutney. Try this version of chutney and let me know how you like it. Preparation time: 15 minutes No. of servings: 4 to 5 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Big Roma tomatoes – 2 Green chilies – 4 Shredded coconut – 1/4 cup Pottukadalai (roasted channa dal) – 1/4 cup Oil – 1 tsp Salt to taste For seasoning: 1 tsp oil, mustard seeds – 1 tsp, urad dal – 1 tsp, a few curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add green chilies, chopped tomatoes and a...

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Carrot Methi Thogayal – Carrot and Green Chutney

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Chutneys | 5 comments

Carrot Methi Thogayal – Carrot Fenugreek leaves Chutney is a simple and tasty dish which I made recently. You can serve this as a side with white rice and curry or sambar/rasam. You can also mix it with white rice and eat it with papad or chips. I wanted to prepare something quick and tasty for lunch and my friend told me about this recipe which she tried from Sailusfood. Now this has become one of our favorite. Here you go… Preparation time: 25 minutes  No. of servings: 5  Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Oil – 2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Channa dal – 1 tbsp Urad dal – 1 tbsp Dry red chili – 4 Garlic cloves – 4 Green chilies – 2 Shredded carrot – 2 cups Fresh...

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