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

Andhra Mutton Curry / Lamb Curry

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 26 comments

This is the first time I am making this style of mutton curry. I am not a big fan of mutton / lamb. But my husband loves all the mutton dishes. Recently I had the Andhra style mutton curry at one of my friends place and I got the recipe from her. I’ve made some small changes from the recipe and tried it. It came out excellent and karthik (my husband) loved it.  It’s a very tasty recipe and it has become one of my favorites now. Ingredients : Mutton/ lamb : 600 gms Onion : 2 (medium) (finely chopped) Tomato : 3 (finely chopped) Oil : 4 tbsp Curry Leaves : 6-7 Coriander Leaves : for garnishing Ginger & Garlic Paste : 1 1/2 tbsp Turmeric powder : 2 tsp Cumin seeds : 1/4 tsp Masala To grind...

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Pepper Mushroom Fry

Posted by on Mar 28, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 21 comments

I adapted this recipe from a South Indian TV show. It’s very simple yet tasty. I love mushroom and this recipe is easy to cook and you don’t need a lot of ingredients. If you eat spicy food this is the perfect recipe for you. It goes well with fried rice or even with chapathi. Ingredients: Mushroom : 1 cup Olive oil : 5 tbsp Cumin seeds : 2 tsp Garlic : 7-8  (Finely chopped) Onion : 1 1/2 cup ( finely chopped) Whole Black pepper : 10-14 (Coarsely powdered)(according to your spice level) Salt : according to your taste Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan after that add cumin seeds fry them for a minute and chopped garlic . Fry them for 2 – 3 minutes. After that add the chopped onions sautee them till it...

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Baingan Bhartha – Roasted Eggplant Curry

Posted by on Mar 23, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 15 comments

Baingan Bhartha is a traditional North Indian dish and a vegetarian delight. Traditionally Baingan Bhartha is made from roasted eggplants mashed into the consistency seen in the picture. My husband hates Eggplants but this time I made him try this and I think I’ve seen a little change of heart towards eggplant from him. I love eggplant dishes and this is one of them. If you like eggplants too, this is a great recipe to try. Ingredients: Egg plant : 1(big) Cumin seeds : 2 tsp Onion : 1/2 cup(finely chopped) Tomato : 1 cup ( finely chopped) Garlic : 5-6 ( pressed) Ginger : 1 tbsp Green chilies : 4 Red chili powder : 2 tsp Coriander Powder : 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder : 1/2 tbsp Coriander Leaves : 2 tbsp (for garnishing) Method Of Preparation: Apply...

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Egg Curry

Posted by on Mar 19, 2010 in Best of ST, Cooking Videos, Egg Dishes, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 26 comments

Egg is a versatile cooking ingredient. Many people who dont eat meat like eggs.  Eggs can be cooked in many ways.  This time I  have made Egg curry which goes well with chappathi or rice. Preparation time: 30 minutes No of Servings: 3 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Eggs : 4 Onion : 1(finely chopped) Tomatoes : 2(chopped) Ginger garlic paste : 2 tsp Cumin seeds : 1 tsp Red chilli powder : 2 tsp Coriander powder : 1 tsp Cumin powder : 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder : 1/2 tsp Chicken masala powder : 1/2 tsp(optional) Oil : 1 tbsp Salt : to taste Coriander leaves : 3 strings Method of Preparation Boil the eggs for 15 to 20 min. Peel the shells and cut them vertically into two halves. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin...

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Appala poo Kozhambu / Papad Curry

Posted by on Mar 13, 2010 in Best of ST, Kuzhambu/Sambar, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 13 comments

Bored of having sambar and rasam???… Here is something different for you, Appala poo kozhambu. When I got married my grandmother wrote all her recipes and gave it to me. When I wanted to try something different, this recipe came into my mind. I tried this and it’s now super hit. Everyone who have tasted this liked it a lot. It’s a simple dish and goes well with rice. Preparation time: 25 minutes No of Servings: 3-4 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Appalam Poo : 10  or Plain Appalam (Pappad): 7 Onion : 1 chopped finely Tomato : 1 chopped Seasoning vadam/ Vengaya vadagam : 1 tsp (optional) Ginger garlic paste : 2 tsp Sambar powder : 2 tsp Salt : to taste Oil : 1 cup Coriander  leaves : 2 strings Masala to Grind: Coconut-3 tbsp...

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Sai Bhaji/Spinach and Mixed Vegetable Curry

Posted by on Mar 5, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 11 comments

Sai Bhaji is a typical Sindhi food. The greens and veggies in it make it a healthy meal choice. I went to my cousin’s place for the vacation. She made this sai bhaji for me and it was very tasty… It is also very nutritious and it is easy to make. So I tried it and it has come out really well. Preparation time: 30 minutes No of Servings: 6-7 Spice level: 3 Ingridients: Channa dal : 200g Cumin seeds : 1 tsp Garlic : 5 cloves Methi leaves : 1/2 bunch Onions : 2(medium size) chopped Tomatoes : 2 chopped Carrot : 1(small cube size) Beans : 10(chopped) Potato : 1(large cube size) Bottle gourd : 200g(large cube size)(optional) Spinach :1/2 bunch Oil : 2 tsp Masala: Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp Chilli powder : 2 tsp Coriander powder...

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Mint (Pudhina) Chutney

Posted by on Mar 2, 2010 in Best of ST, Breakfast Menu, Chutneys, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 9 comments

I love to make dishes with mint leaves because it always gives such an mouthwatering  flavor to the dishes.  And Mint has such awesome qualities like it could be used as a refreshing and a cleansing facial wash. In South India, we call this recipe as “Pudhina Thoghayal”. It goes great with a lot of dishes like Dosa, Idlies, or even with rice and sambhar, rice and vathakuzhambu, etc. Ingredients: Mint Leaves : 1 bunch (separate the leaves from stem) Coriander Leaves : 1/2 bunch Vegetable Oil : 1 tbsp Red Chilies : 6-7 (According to your spice level) Grated Coconut : 3 tbsp Urad dal : 1tbsp Asafoetida : 1/4 tsp Ginger : 1tbsp Tamarind Juice: 1/2 cup Method Of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan add Urad dal and asafoetida, fry them till urad dal turns light...

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Araichuvitta Sambar – Lentil Soup (with Jackfruit Seeds/Drumstick)

Posted by on Feb 24, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 8 comments

I am back from my long India vacation. And started my cooking in my favorite kitchen. I had brought some jackfruit seeds from India. So I just made my all time favorite sambar (lentil soup) with my mom’s recipe. This  sambar recipe is a very traditional recipe in south India.  It’s little different from the  regular sambar. If you don’t have jackfruit seeds you can substitute any vegetable. This goes very well with idli, dosa and rice. Trust me it tastes like heaven! Ingredients: Shallots: 7-8(Peeled) Tomato: 1 Oil: 2 tbsp Toor dal: 1/2 cup Mustard seeds : 1 tsp Asafoetida: 1/4 tsp Urad dal: 1 tsp Jack fruit seeds: 1/2 cup Drumsticks : 7-8 nos Coriander Leaves : 2 tbsp (For garnishing) Tamarind paste: 2 tbsp Masala to Grind: Coriander Seeds : 11/2tbsp Channa dal: 1tbsp Cumin seeds...

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Podalangai kootu(Snake Gourd with Lentils)

Posted by on Nov 6, 2009 in Best of ST, Featured, Kootu/lentil Stew, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 7 comments

My mom made this kootu yesterday and it tasted  really good and yummy. Kootu is  a combo of vegetables and lentils. It’s very easy to make and goes well with rice, vathakuzhambhu, rasam and sambhar. You can make kootu with any kind of vegetables with the same recipe only substituting the main vegetable.  After I go home I think  this  easy recipe is going to make me cook this kootu often. I am learning a lot of new recipes from my mom. Ingredients: Snake Gourd: 2 cups(clean up the seeds inside and chopped into slices) Channa dal : 1/4 cup oil: 2tbsp Onion: 1/2 (medium) Tomato : 1 Ginger : 1/2 tsp Green chilies : 5 Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp Salt: required to taste Coconut : 1/2(shredded) For Seasonings: Mustard seeds : 1 tsp Urad dal : 1 tsp Curry leaves...

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Spicy Mutton Curry

Posted by on Jun 17, 2008 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes, Recipe Videos | 143 comments

Our first ever Recipe contest went great and we really appreciate everybody for participating in it. We are now back to regular programming with this excellent Mutton Gravy recipe from my mother-in-law’s Kitchen. If you like spicy gravies with chapathis or parathas, then you have come to the right spot. This spicy mouth watering mutton dish will make a perfect companion to different dishes like chapathis, parathas, briyani or even dosas. The trick to getting this right is in the pressure cooking process where the mutton becomes really tender and juicy. Ingredients: Mutton:500gm Onion : 2 Tomatoes : 2 Ginger& Garlic Paste : 3 tbsp Oil : 5 tbsp Cinnamon stick : 1 inch Cloves : 3 Bay leaves : 2 Fennel seeds : 1 tbsp Turmeric Powder: 1tsp Curry leaves : 6 to 8 Red Chili Powder :...

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Mushroom Masala

Posted by on May 29, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 11 comments

I have always wanted my gravy to taste like the one in restaurants. But I have never got that. Finally, with this mushroom masala, I got both the smell and taste as i want it to be. I got this mushroom recipe from my sister. She is a good cook and shares a lot of good recipes with me. I have not used tomatoes in this gravy. But for other dishes, you can follow the same method and just add the tomato puree to it so that you will get the desired taste for your gravy. You can also shred some cheese over it if you want a rich and delicious gravy. Ingredients: Mushroom – 220 g Chopped onion – 2 cups Garlic cloves – 4 Ginger – 1″ Green chillies – 2 Cashew nut paste – 3 tbsp...

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Mushroom Jalapeno Curry

Posted by on Mar 17, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 14 comments

Now-a-days I have started making chappathy regularly for dinner. So I have to try a variety of curries so that we don’t get bored of chappathies, :). Mushroom Jalapeño curry is a simple and delicious dish which can be made quickly. People who are fond of Jalapeños will definitely like this. Here you go… Ingredients: Mushroom – 200 g Chopped onion – 1 1/2 cup Tomato – 2 (medium size) Jalapeño – 2 (Preserved jalapeño can be used) Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Sour cream – 3 tbsp Oil – 2 tbsp Salt to taste Method of Preparation: Cut the vegetables according to your need Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds Once they splutter, add ginger garlic paste and toss till the raw smell goes off Now add the onions...

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Paruppu Keerai – Dal Spinach

Posted by on Mar 12, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 11 comments

Dal spinach is a simple but healthy South Indian dish which can be taken along with rice/chappathy. It is good for health and children will like them. Ingredients: Spinach – 3 cups Toor dal – 1/2 cup Red chillies – 4 Urad dal – 1 tsp Channa dal – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Oil – 2 tsp Salt to taste Method of preparation: Pressure cook dal Boil water and add spinach to it, remove from heat and keep it aside for 2 to 3 mins. You can see the spinach cooked Drain water from the spinach Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds Once they splutter, add cumin seeds, urad dal and channa dal Fry them till they become golden brown Now add the red chillies Add the spinach...

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Dum Aloo

Posted by on Mar 5, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 69 comments

Its one of the popular north Indian recipes. Its usually cooked under pressure so the potatoes get soaked in the gravy and so the name Dum (pressure in Hindi) in dum aloo. This is the first time I am making this recipe and it came out very good. I used to make chapathi alternate days so today when I was thinking of making it I was out of side dish ideas. I find it pretty hard to make different variety of side dishes for chapathi. I love potatoes in any form and I had lot of small potatoes sitting in my pantry, which has to be the easy to cook vegetable and finally made up my mind to make dum aloo. This recipe goes to Sia of Monsoonspice for her Ode to Potato Event. Ingredients: Small red potatoes :...

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Aloo Methi Sabji(Potato With Fenugreek Leaves Curry)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 13 comments

This is the first time I’ve tried methi leaves and it has already become one of my favorites.I’ve always thought that it had a bitter taste and haven’t tried it so far.Last week, while shopping at the local Indian store, some fresh methi leaves caught my eyes and I bought them. Now that I had methi leaves, I didn’t know what to do with it. So, I called up my sister, and got this recipe for a sabji… We ate this with chapathi’s and tasted excellent. Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of servings: 3-5 Spice Level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Potato : 2(Medium) Methi Leaves : 1 cup Oil : 1 tbsp Onions: 1(cut lengthwise) Tomato : 2 Curry Leaves : 5 to 6 Garam Masala Powder : 2 tsp Red chili powder : 1tsp Turmeric powder :...

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Green Moong Dal Curry

Posted by on Feb 15, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 86 comments

Need to make something quick and your head is blank with little to no ideas swarming around? Try this quick 15-min recipe that is rich in protein and makes for a healthy meal paired with chapathis.Traditionally dal for rotis are made with toor dal but moong dal also makes a great tasting side dish. Preparation Time: 40 minutes No of servings: 3-5 Spice Level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Whole Green Moong dal : 1 cup(You can use sprouted Moong dal too) Onions : 1 Tomato : 1 Green chilies : 4 Milk : 1 cup Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp Ginger and Garlic paste : 1 tbsp Curry leaves : 3 to 4 Oil : 1 tbsp Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp Method Of preparation : Soak the whole moong dal for over night or if you are...

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Dal curry

Posted by on Feb 12, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 4 comments

Moong dal curry/Green gram curry is a simple but tasty curry which is taken along with chappathies and steamed rice. Ingredients: Moong dal (Split green gram) – 1 cup Green chillies – 2 Tomato – 2 onion – 1 Garlic cloves – 2 Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Oil – 2 tsp Curry leaves – a few Lemon juice – 1 tsp Salt to taste Method of preparation: In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add cumin seeds Once they splutter add chopped onion and saute Now add the garlic, green chillies, curry leaves and saute Now add the chopped tomatoes and toss for a few seconds Add the moong dal to it and 4 cups of water and salt Pressure cook them until the dal is overcooked. Add lemon juice to the cooked dal and mix 🙂 Serve...

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Karuveppiilai kozhambhu – Curry leaves Gravy

Posted by on Feb 7, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 7 comments

Today I wanted to try something spicy and the curry leaves kozhambhu came to my mind. Curry leaves possess the qualities of a herbal tonic. They are good for eyes, digestive disorders, diabetes, premature greying of hair, etc. Some of us don’t like to take it green. When it is cooked with spices, it tastes better. Ingredients: Curryleaves – 1 1/2 cup Coriander seeds – 1 tsp Black pepper – 1 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp Toor dal – 1 tsp Dried red chillies (2″) – 4 to 5 Salt to taste Tamarind paste – 1 1/2 tsp Gingelly oil – 3 tbsp Vegetable oil – 3 tbsp Method of preparation: Heat 1 tsp of oil in a kadai and add Coriander seeds, urad dal, black pepper, red chillies and fry them Add the curry leaves finally and...

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