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

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu (version 2)

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Kuzhambu/Sambar | 8 comments

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu is an authentic South Indian dish made with fried eggplant cooked in a spicy curry. You can serve it with rice and roti, also with dosa or idli. It is a comfort food and my family’s favorite. Try to use small eggplants for this dish. This dish requires a lot of oil and I generally don’t want to compromise on the taste when it comes to authentic dishes. But I try to make it not very often. You can also reduce the amount of oil accordingly. Preparation time: 90 minutes No. of servings: 7 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Indian brinjal or small eggplants – 10 Small onions or shallots – 1 cup (peeled and chopped) Tomatoes – 3 Garlic pods – 10 Sambar powder – 3 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Cumin...

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Cauliflower Korma / Cauliflower in Cashew and Coconut Milk Gravy

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 1 comment

When we think of Korma, we generally make with green chillies or Red chilly powder. For this Korma, we use Red Chillies for the spice. I got this Korma Recipe from my friends mom and this Korma will be very good with Chapati. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes No of Servings : 3 to 4 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Cauliflower florets – 1 1/2 cups Onions – 1 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1 cup (finely chopped) Bay leaves – 2 Coconut milk – 1 cup (adjust according to the thickness) Green peas (I have used frozen)- 1/2 cup (optional) Oil – 1 tbsp Salt – to taste Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp Masala to Grind: Cinnamon stick – 1″ Clove – 1 Red chillies – 6 Coriander seeds – 1 tsp Khus...

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Rasavangi (Step by Step Instructions)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kootu/lentil Stew | 3 comments

I was planning to do this Rasavangi from a long time. This Rasavangi is almost similar to Arachuvitta Sambar except for 1 or 2 ingredients. This is very simple to make and is different from usual sambar or any other Kuzhambu. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Soice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Brinjal – 4 (cut lengthwise) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Tamarind – Gooseberry size Toor dhal – 1/4 cup Chickpeas – 1/4 cup (soaked overnight or soaked in hot water for 2 hours) Asafoetida – a pinch Masala to Grind: Oil – 1 tsp Red chillies – 5 Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp Channa dhal – 1/2 tbsp Black pepper – 5 to 8 Coconut – 3 tbsp (grated) For Seasoning: Oil –...

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Tomato Korma / Thakkali Kuruma

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 2 comments

Recently I have made so many side dishes for Idly / Dosa. This is also one such easy Breakfast Korma. This Tomato Korma is very simple to make and will taste good with Idly, Dosa or even Chapati. Time of Preparation : 25 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Oil – 2 tsp Fennel seeds – 1 tsp Green chillies – 3 (slit lengthwise) Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Garlic – 3 (crushed) Tomatoes (medium size) – 3 (chopped) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste To Grind: Oil – 1 tsp Red chillies – 3 Cinnamon stick – 1/2″ Clove – 1 Coriander seeds – 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Poppy seeds – 1 tsp Coconut – 3 tbsp Method of Preparation: Heat 1 tsp...

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Mambazha Pulissery – Ripe Mango in a Yogurt Curry

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kootu/lentil Stew, Onam and Vishu | 10 comments

Mambazha Pulissery is an authentic Kerala style curry in which ripe mangoes are cooked in a yogurt and coconut based spicy curry. It is sweet, sour, spicy and a little tangy. It is a tradition to make this dish on Vishu and Onam festival. It tastes more like Mor Kootan or Mor Kuzhambu except for being a little sweet. Mango season is here, so try this delicious curry and serve as a side to chapathis, rice and also as raitha to pulao or biryani. Ingredients: Ripe mango – 1 Grated coconut – 3 tbsp Dried red chilies – 2 Fenugreek seeds (methi) – 1/2 tsp Thick buttermilk – 1.5 cups Oil – 2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp A few curry leaves Salt to taste Method of Preparation: Peel the skin and cut mango into big pieces. Boil it...

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Kathirikkai Avarakkai Murungakkai Sambar – Mixed Vegetable Sambar

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kootu/lentil Stew, Onam and Vishu | 4 comments

Kathirikkai, avarakkai and murungakkai (brinjal, broad beans, drumstick) is one of the popular combination for making sambar. I made this sambar using freshly ground sambar powder which makes it more tastier. It is a perfect combination with rice as well as idi/dosa. For those who doesn’t know about sambar: Sambar is a staple food in the Southern parts of India. Vegetables are cooked with lentils and spices and served with boiled rice or idli/dosa. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Broad beans (avarakkai) – 1 cup Brinjal (kathirikkai) – 4 2″ long drumstick (murungakkai) pieces – 7 or 8 Toor dal – 2/3 cup (133 gram) Tamarind juice – 1 cup (from a small lime sized tamarind ball) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Roast and grind: Oil – 3/4 tsp...

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Soy Chunks Uruandai Kuzhambu / Soy Chunks Balls in Spicy Curry

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 6 comments

My husband is a huge fan of Mutton Kola Urundai Kuzhambu but I wont cook meat. I replaced mutton by soy chunks and I tried this Soy Chunks Urundai Kuzhambu. My husband liked it very much and it was a super hit. It seems like it is a big procedure to make this urundai kuzhambu but it is actually not difficult to make. Here is the procedure for the soy chunks urundai kuzhambu… Time of Preparation : 60 minutes Spice level : 4 out of 5 No of Servings : 4 Ingredients: For Soy Chunks Balls: Soy Chunks – 1/2 cup Cinnamon stick – 1″ Cloves – 2 Cardamom – 1 Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Coriander seeds – 2 tsp Red chillies – 3 Green chillies – 2 Ginger – 1″ (chopped) Garlic...

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Milagu Kuzhambu / Black Pepper Curry

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 1 comment

Black Pepper has so much of medicinal values. I had sever cold and cough last week. I felt bored of having pepper rasam daily. I got this Milagu Kuzhambu recipe from one of my friends and I tried this. It came out so good and I felt so much relieved from my cough after having this :). Here is the recipe for this simple Milagu Kuzhambu.. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Pearl Onions – 1/2 cup Garlic – 1 whole Sesame oil – to taste Salt – to taste Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Tamarind – lemon size To Grind: Black Pepper – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Red Chillies – 4 Coriander seeds – 1 1/2 tsp Toor dhal – 1 tsp Urad dhal – 1 tsp...

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Ericha Kuzhambu (with leftover curries)

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 1 comment

Ericha Kuzhambu is more like a thick gravy prepared from the left over sambar, rasam, kootu, kara kuzhambu and other curries. Most of the time we end up with left overs after a party or an occasion or even on a regular day. When you have a left over sambar, rasam or kootu or South Indian other curries, Ericha Kuzhambu is the solution. When you mix all these dishes and cook them it gives a unique taste and also prevents wastage of food. Ingredients: Small red onions (shallots) – 6 or 7 Oil – 2 to 3 tbsp (preferably sesame oil) Mustard seeds – 1 tsp A few curry leaves Left over sambar/rasam/kootu/kara kuzhambu Sambar powder – 2 tsp (adjust to spice level) A little salt (optional) Method of Preparation: Heat a tbsp oil in a pan and add...

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Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu – Spicy Brinjal Curry

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 1 comment

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu or Kulambu is a delicious South Indian gravy prepared by frying brinjal or eggplant which is then cooked in a tangy and spicy gravy. You can serve it with rice, idly/dosa. Ingredients: Small or medium size brinjal or eggplants – 7 or 8 Small onions or shallots – 8 Tomato – 1 Garlic pods – 4 A few curry leaves Mustard seeds – 1tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp Methi seeds (Fenugreek) – 1/4 tsp Sesame seeds – 1 tsp Dried red chilies – 4 Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar powder – 2 tbsp Tamarind juice – 1 and 1/2 cups (extracted from a small lime size of tamarind) Salt to taste Oil – 2 tbsp (preferably sesame oil) Masala to grind: Coriander seeds – 1 tsp...

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Channa Dal Curry / Kadalai Paruppu Kuzhambu

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Kootu/lentil Stew | 7 comments

My bro-in-law Ashwanth called me and asked for a recipe without any veggies. This Channa Dal Kuzhambu came into my mind and I told him the recipe. Then I also prepared the same dish. This is a very easy recipe and if there is nothing to cook we can make this Kuzhambu. This curry will be good both with rice and Chappati. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of Servings : 3 to 4 Spice Level – 3 Ingredients: Channa Dal – 1/2 cup Onion (medium size) – 1 (finely chopped) Tomato – 1 (finely chopped) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Garlic – 1 tsp (grated) Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Green Chillies – 3 (slitted lengthwise) Sambar powder – 2 tsp Grated coconut – 3 tbsp Fennel seeds – 1 tsp Garlic –...

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Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu ( Version 2 ) / Lentil Balls in Tamarind Curry

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 5 comments

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu is a famous dish in TamilNadu. There is already a Urundai Kuzhambu recipe in Spicy Tasty with Channa dal and in this version I have used Toor dal. Here is the recipe for the Urundai Kuzhambu… Ingredients: For  Lentil Balls: Toor dhal – 1 cup Onion – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Garlic – 4 cloves (finely chopped) Curry leaves – a few Coriander 2 tbsp (finely chopped) Green chillies – 3 Fennel seeds – 2 tsp (crushed) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt to taste Coconut – 1/4 cup (grated) For Gravy: Tamarind – lemon size Onion – 1 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1 cup (chopped) Sambar powder – 1 1/2 tbsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Cinnamon – 1″ stick Cloves – 2 Curry leaves – a few Salt – to taste Oil...

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Podalangai Poricha Kuzhambu (Snake Gourd Lentil Stew)

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 0 comments

Poricha Kuzhambu is a traditional dish from Tamil Nadu which is prepared from lentils, spices and vegetables and served with cooked rice. There are different versions of this dish. This one is a simple and yummy recipe from my mom and one of my all time favorite dish. Different type of lentils such as toor dal, moong dal and channa dal can be used for this dish. Today I am going to make it with channa dal and moong dal (protein rich).  The perfect combination for this dish would be paruppu usli or potato fry (urulai fry). My mouth waters when I imagine that… Ingredients: Snake Gourd – 500 gram (1.1 lb) Channa dal – 3/4 cup Moong dal – 1/4 cup Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Oil – 1 tsp Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp Dried red chilies...

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Spicy Poondu Kuzhambu (Spicy Garlic Curry)

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 7 comments

This is my mom’s signature dish and a favorite for everyone in my family. She makes it almost every other weekend for us and it gets over fast. If you are looking for a simple and spicy kuzhambu recipe, then you are at the right place.  You can serve this dish with rice as well as dosa/idli. It stays good for upto a week in the refrigerator. Mix a couple of tablespoon of this kuzhambu with rice along with a tsp of sesame oil and serve it with papad. Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of servings: 8 to 10 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Garlic pods – 3/4 cup Medium size eggplants (Indian eggplant) – 4 Tamarind – one lemon size Coriander seeds – 2 tsp Dry red chilies – 5 to 6 Channa dal – 1...

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Masala Kuzhambu

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 11 comments

I wanted to make something different for my husband. My mother-in-law gave this Masala Kuzhambu recipe and she said that my husband likes it a lot. I tried this and it is very good to have with rice and potato fry. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 No of Servings : 3 to 4 Ingredients: Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomato – 1/3 cup (finely chopped) Potato (small size) – 1 (boiled and cut into cubes) Drumstick – 1 (cut to 5 to 6 pieces) Sambar Powder – 1 tbsp (according to spice level) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Tamarind – small marble size Oil – 2 tbsp Masala to Grind: Coconut – 1/4 cup Fennel seeds – 1 tsp Split dalia – 1/2 tsp For Seasoning: Cinnamon stick –...

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Simple Kara Kuzhambu / Indian Spicy Curry

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 9 comments

Kara Kuzhumbu is a popular dish in South India. This is a basic Kara Kuzhambu recipe with very less ingredients and very easy to make. My mother-in-law makes Kara Kuzhambu in this way. Whenever I feel bored to cook, I will make this Kara Kuzhambu and just papad. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of servings : 4 Spice level : 4 Ingredients: Onion – 1/4 cup (chopped lengthwise) Tomato – 1/2 (chopped) Small brinjal – 2 (cut lengthwise) Sesame oil – 3 tbsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – a few Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar powder – 1 1/2 tbsp Tamarind – lemon size Asafoetida – a pinch Method of Preparation: Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a thick bottomed kadai and add the mustard seeds. After it...

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Thakkali Kuzhambu for Idly / Tomato Curry

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Breakfast Menu, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 12 comments

My mom got this recipe from one of our family friends in Salem and then she used to make this Tomato Curry often. I love this Thakkali Kuzhambu especially with dosa and Kuzhipaniyaram. This is very simple to make and will be different from regular chutneys. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Spice level : 3 No of Servings : 3 to 4 Ingredients: Roma tomatoes – 6 (chopped) Pearl Onions – 15 Red Chillies – 8 to 10 (according to spice level) Garlic – 6 cloves (pressed) Coconut – 1/4 cup (grated) Split dalia – 1 tbsp Oil – 2 tbsp Salt – to taste Coriander leaves – for garnishing For Seasoning: Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Cinnamon stick – 1″ Cloves – 2 Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and...

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Chettinad Kara Kuzhambu – Chettinad Spicy Curry

Posted by on Oct 15, 2010 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 36 comments

It’s been three weeks since my last post. I was busy shopping and packing for my India trip. Now I am having a good time in India with my parents and in laws. I really missed blogging and couldn’t wait any longer. Coming back to the subject… Kuzhambu is a staple food in many South Indian homes. There are a number of varieties in kuzhambu. The preparation varies based on the type of kuzhambu. Chettinad Kara Kuzhambu is one of my favorite and I have had it many times in my friend’s place whose native is Karaikudi, Tamilnadu. My friend gave me the recipe and here I am sharing it with you. Enjoy this dish with rice or idly/dosa. Preparation time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 5 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Shallots – 2 cups Tomatoes...

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