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

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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Potato Stix Mixture

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Snacks | 0 comments

Looking for a instant snack which we can make within 5 minutes ??? this is the one…I got the idea of this Instant Mixture Recipe from my sis-in-law Sharmila. This is a very easy and nice  idea for making a quick snack even in large quantity. We can find the potato stix in any grocery store. We have to just season them according to our taste. Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Potato stix – 4 cups (store bought) Curry leaves – a few Peanuts – 1/2 cup Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder (freshly ground) – 1/4 tsp (optional) Oil – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and curry leaves and peanuts. Mix these with all other ingredients and shake well. Instant Potato Stix Mixture is...

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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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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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How to make Gulab Jamun with Khoya?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 3 comments

Now a days making Gulab Jamuns with ready mix has become common. But we can find a huge difference in taste if we make them from the scratch. My grand mother and my aunt still make these for me if I ask for Jamuns. I got this recipe from my aunt and here goes the step by step procedure for making these delicious Khoya Jamuns. Time of Preparation : 50 minutes No of pieces : 30 Ingredients: Khoya – 1 cup (homemade or store bought) Maida / All Purpose Flour) – 1/2 cup Baking Soda – a pinch Milk – few tbsp Oil – For Frying Ghee 3 tbsp For Sugar Syrup: Sugar – 1 1/2 cup Water – 1 1/2 cup Cardamom – 4 to 5 (crushed) Method of Preparation: Sieve the maida and baking soda and mix...

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How to make Khoya?

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 1 comment

Khoya / Khoa / Mawa is nothing but reduced dry milk. It is the key ingredient for the Gulab Jamun which makes the Gulab Jamun very rich. Believe me.. we can find a lot of difference between the ready mix Gulab Jamun and the traditional one. We have to put a little effort for preparing this Khoya but it is worth making like this. Here is the step by step method of making Khoya. In my next recipe, I will make traditional Gulab Jamuns using homemade Khoya. Time of Preparation : 1 hour 20 minutes Yield : 1 cup Ingredients: Whole fat milk – 1.5 liters Method of Preparation: Boil the milk in medium flame in a non stick pan. For first few minutes we can boil it in high but we should keep stirring continuously. When the milk...

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Fried Modak – Step By Step Instructions

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Indian Festival, Snacks, Slideshow, 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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Medhu Vadai

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Slideshow, Vinayagar Chaturthi, Navratri Recipes, Onam and Vishu | 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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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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Indo-Chinese Vegetable Fried Rice

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Indo-Chinese, Multi Cuisine | 6 comments

This recipe is from my sister’s kitchen. I wanted to try this recipe for a very long time and finally tried it and it came out so yummy. In my college days I was very addictive to Indo-chinese Cuisine. Hot and sour soup, Fried rice, Manchurian thees are my favorite dishes and I still love those yummy food. My sister makes so yummy and delicious Indo-chinese fried rice and Manchurian. I’ve always used to wonder how she make this recipe so perfect and Finally I’ve got the nerve to try it and it came out so good. If you are a Chinese, Indo-chinese food lover you should definitely try this recipe. Easy and  a comfort food. Preparation Time: 60 minutes No Of  Servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Vegetables : 1 cup(Carrots, Mushrooms, peas,...

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Puri Masala / Indian Puffed Flat Bread with Potato Curry

Posted by on Nov 6, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Breakfast Menu | 17 comments

In general everyone loves puri. When I was a kid I love to have puri on every sunday. The best combo is puri and potato masala. Potato masala is very easy to make and still I like to have it for sunday breakfast :). Time of Preparation : 45 minutes (for poori and masala) No of Servings : 3 Spice level : 3 Ingredients: For Puri: Wheat flour – 2 cups Rava – 1 tbsp (optional) Salt – 1/2 tsp Water – 1/2 cup (aprroximately) Oil – For frying For Masala: Potatoes (boiled) – 3 Onion (thinly sliced lengthwise) – 1 Tomato (small roma tomato) – 1 (finely chopped) Green chillies (slitted lengthwise) – 3 (according to spice level) Ginger – 1 tbsp (grated) Garlic – 2 cloves (pressed) Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Channa dal – 2 tbsp...

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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 a...

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Oma Podi / Sev

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Appetizers, Snacks, Diwali Recipes | 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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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 Murukku...

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Kovakkai fry

Posted by on Dec 27, 2007 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 4 comments

Ingredients: Kovakkai (Ivy gourd) : 250 g Red chili powder : 2 to 3 tbsp (according to your taste) Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp Salt to taste Oil : 5 tbsp Method: Chop the kovakkai to small round pieces In a bowl, mix chilly powder, salt and turmeric powder with water After half an hour, heat oil in a pan and add the vegetables Fry till it become soft and semi crispy Now remove from heat Serve hot with Sambar/Rasam/ Curd...

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