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

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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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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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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Kuzhi Paniyaram(Sweet)

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Appetizers, Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival | 3 comments

Kuzhi Paniyaram is one of the most popular South Indian festival delicacies. I still remember those childhood days my mother used to make this as an evening snack for us. It’s a perfect evening snack with some hot tea. Paniyaram can be made in different types. There are two types of panityaram one is Kara kuzhi paniyaram and other one is sweet kuzhi paniyaram. If you have a  sweet tooth try this recipe you will love it. Prepration Time : 30 minutes No of servings : 7-8 Ingredients: Maida : 2 cups (You can also use rice flour instead of this) Ripe Banana : 2 (Mashed) Baking soda : 1 tsp Powdered Jaggery : 1 cup water : 11/2 cups Cashews : 7 to 8 Coconut : 1/2 cup (optional) Ghee : 2 tbsp cardamom pods : 8 nos...

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Cranberry and Orange Relish

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Sauce, Thanksgiving Recipes | 4 comments

Thanksgiving turkey is not delicious without cranberry sauce. It is a must have with any Thanksgiving meal. It is one of the easiest things to make and enjoyed by most people at the table. This is one of the items you can make it in advance and keep it in the fridge and it will taste even better. Preparation Time :  15 minutes No of Servings : 4 Ingredients: Cranberries : 8 ounces (fresh or frozen) Orange Marmalade : 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter : 2 tbsp Grated Fresh Ginger : 1 tbsp Brown sugar or Granulated regular sugar : 1/2 cup Orange Juice : 1/2 cup Black Pepper : 1/4 tsp (crushed) Minced Cilantro : 1 tbsp ( optional) Method Of Preparation : In a saucepan melt the butter in medium heat. After that add grated ginger, stir it for...

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Diwali Savory Spicy Boondi ( Kara Boondi )

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Appetizers, Featured, Snacks | 5 comments

Spicy Boondi is another simple savory which we make for Diwali. In India we generally make so many sweets and savories and we will give to all our friends and relatives. For this Diwali I am trying to do the same here and we are happy to share them through Spicy Tasty. 🙂 Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Ingredients: Chickpea flour / Besan flour – 1 cup Red chilli powder – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – for frying Peanuts – 1/4 cup Broken Cashews – 3 tbsp Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Mix besan flour, red chilli powder, salt and water little by little so that there are no lumps. The mixture should be little thinner than the dosa batter consistency. Meanwhile heat oil in a wide vessel. Pour the batter over...

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Oma Podi / Sev

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Appetizers, Diwali Recipes, Snacks | 7 comments

Oma podi or Sev is one of the most popular snacks of India. Sev is my favorite snack with tea and it is also used in chaats. This crispy and tasty sev is very simple to make and we can also make this Sev more thinner by using small size holes in the presser. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes Ingredients: Chickpea / Besan  flour – 2 cups Rice flour – 1/2 cup Ajwain seeds – 2 tsp Salt -to taste Butter – 1 tbsp Hot oil – 1/4 cup Water – as required Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Soak the ajwain seeds in hot water for 15 minutes. Add some water grind it and strain it with tea filter. In the meantime heat oil in a wide vessel. Mix besan flour, rice flour, ajwain powder, salt,...

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Chickpeas Sundal / Kondai Kadalai Sundal

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Appetizers, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival, Navratri Recipes, Veggie Entrees & Sides, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 9 comments

Navarathri is a festival that is celebrated for nine days.  In this festival we will arrange different idols on steps called Golu. On these nine days we will make different sundal on each day. Generally the procedure for making any sundal is same.  Here is the recipe for the chickpeas sundal. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Spice level : 3 No of Servings : 2 Ingredients: Chickpeas – 1/2 cup Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste For Seasoning: Oil – 2 tbsp Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Urad dal – 2 tbsp Asafoetida – a pinch Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Red chillies – 2 Curry leaves – a few Coconut – 1 tbsp (shredded) Method of Preparation: Soak the chickpeas for 6 to 7 hrs or soak them in hot water for 2...

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Masala Vada – Spicy Lentil Dumplings

Posted by on Mar 22, 2010 in Appetizers, Breakfast Menu, Slideshow | 20 comments

I was wondering what to cook on saturday because I felt like eating some spicy snack with hot tea. I soaked some chana dal to make some urundai kozhambhu but suddenly I remebered this uber-popular South Indian that goes great with tea – Masala vada. Masala vadai is a staple food in all breakfast menu as well in a lot of festival platters. It is even more popular as street food and is usually available in any street corner tea shop. Having Masala vada with hot tea on a rainy day is pure bliss. Ingredients: Oil : 2 cups ( for deep fry) Chana dal/Black gram dal : 11/2 cup Dry red chilies : 7-8 (according to your spice level) Urda dal : 1 tbsp Cumin seeds : 2 tsp Garlic : 3-4 Onion : 1 1/2 cups (Finely...

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Indian Diwali Snack Murukku (Chakali) Recipe

Posted by on Oct 1, 2009 in Appetizers, Diwali Recipes | 20 comments

Murukku is one of the most popular snacks in South India and it is even more popular at Deepavali (aka Diwali) festival time. It has been long been the tradition at most homes to make delicious snacks such as Murukku, Thattai, etc. along with some special Indian sweets for Deepavali. I am going to be spending over 3 months with my family in India starting next week. But, don’t you worry! I am going to learn, experiment and continue making more variety of Indian dishes and will be sharing my experiences and recipes in the coming months straight from India! So stay tuned. So, I wanted to make some special Diwali snacks for my hubby and made Murukku. It came out very nice (as you can see), crunchy and tasty. 🙂 Although like most things we haven’t tried, making...

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