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

Rasam powder

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Masala Powders | 1 comment

    Preparation time: 20 mins Yield: 150 grams Ingredients: Dry red chillies – 5 Coriander seeds – 1/2 cup Toor dal – 1/4 cup Pepper – 1/4 cup Cumin seeds – 1/4 cup Turmeric powder – 2 tbsp Method of Preparation:   Over medium heat dry roast the above ingredients separately except turmeric powder for 1-2 minutes. Let it cool and grind it to a coarse powder and store it in an airtight...

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Mirchi Masala – Spicy Chili Curry

Posted by on Apr 2, 2010 in Best of ST, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 18 comments

My husband is a huge fan of spicy food. We went to a restaurant and we had this Mirchi masala. We both liked it a lot and I wanted to try this since then. I tried it and it came out well. Those who likes spicy food are going to love this Mirchi masala. It goes well with Chapathi and rice. Preparation time: 40 minutes No of Servings: 6 Spice level: 5 out of 5 Ingredients: Long green chillies or Jalapeno: 10(slitted in the middle) Mustard seeds:1 tsp Cumin seeds:1 tsp Fenugreek seeds:1/2 tsp Onion: 1(finely chopped) Turmeric powder:1/2 tsp Gingergarlic paste:1 tbsp Red chilli powder:1/2 tsp Coriander powder:1/2 tsp Cumin powder:1/2 tsp Yogurt: 1/2 cup Tamarind paste:1 tsp Salt: to taste Masala to grind: Cinnamon:1″ Cloves:2 Red chillies:4 Coriander seeds:2 tbsp Peanuts:2 tbsp Sesme seeds:2 tbsp Coconut:2 tbsp Oil:2...

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Potato Podimas – Potato curry

Posted by on Mar 31, 2010 in Best of ST, Featured, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 9 comments

Potato Podimas is a very simple recipe. You can make it in 15 minutes. It’s one of the classic South Indian dish that goes very well with Poori (a fried dough dish) or Chapathis. My mom used to make for all the festivals. I would say it’s one of our family-favorite dish 🙂 Ingredients: Potato : 3 (medium) Onion : 1/2 cup Oil : 2 tbsp Mustard seeds : 1 tsp Urad dal : 2 tsp Chana dal: 1 tsp Cumin seeds : 1 tsp Curry Leaves : 5-6 leaves Green chilies : 3-4 (finely chopped) Garlic Pods : 4 (pressed) Turmeric Powder : 1tsp Coriander Leaves : For garnishing Salt : to taste Method Of Preparation: Boil the potatoes and peel the skin off. Cut half of them into small cubes and slightly mash the remaining potatoes with...

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Godhuma Rava Briyani/Cracked Wheat Briyani

Posted by on Jul 21, 2009 in Best of ST, Featured, Rice dishes, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 6 comments

My mother used to make lot of dishes with cracked wheat. I never got a chance to make anything with cracked wheat myself. Cracked wheat is healthy and you can substitute it instead of rice. If you are in a good diet I would recommend this to eat with sambar, rasam or anything. It is good for health and is low in calories. One of my good friends, Swathika from work, gave me this idea about making briyani in cracked wheat. She had actually made briyani in Rava (Sooji). So I decided to try making Briyani in cracked wheat. Ingredients: Cracked Wheat : 2 cups Onion: 1(medium) Ginger & Garlic Paste: 2 tbsp Tomatoes: 1 Curry leaves: 5-6 Mint leaves: 1/4 cup Coriander leaves: 1/4 cup Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp Oil: 3 tbsp Bay leaves: 2 Cloves: 3 Green...

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Spicy Mutton Chukka

Posted by on Feb 13, 2009 in Best of ST, Featured, Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 32 comments

I am sure you have one of these obscure things in the vast array of food that we consume, that just hits the spot with certain dishes. Mutton chukka is one of those dishes for me. Being a southie, it tastes heavenly with rice dishes like Sambar rice, Rasam rice & even Briyani. If you make it a little not-so-dry you can even have it paratha or rotis. Ingredients: Oil : 1/4 cup Mutton : 1/2 kg (cut into small pieces) Onion :  2 cups Tomato : 1/2 cup Chili Powder : 2 tbsp Green chilies : 2 to 3 Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp Ginger : 2 tbsp garlic : 3 Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds : 1/2 tsp Cloves: 3 Bay leaves : 2 Cinnamon : 1/4 “ Curry leaves : 8 to 10 Method...

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Curry powder

Posted by on Nov 15, 2007 in Masala Powders | Comments Off on Curry powder

Ingredients: Coriander seeds – 75 g Red chillies – 50 g Channa dal – 50 g Urad dal – 25 g Method: Dry roast the above ingredients and grind it coarsely. ***This can be used for preparing vegetable curries and fries. It adds taste as it is home...

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Paruppu Powder

Posted by on Nov 14, 2007 in Masala Powders | Comments Off on Paruppu Powder

Preparation time: 30 mins Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients Toor dal : 1 cup Asafoetida : 2tsp Red chili : 10 salt to taste Preparation Fry the above dry ingredients without adding oil and fry till it turns into golden brown. Cool it and add salt . Grind the mixture coarsely It goes well with rice...

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karakuzhambhu Powder

Posted by on Nov 14, 2007 in Masala Powders | Comments Off on karakuzhambhu Powder

Preparation time: 50 mins Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients Red chili : 1 kg Coriander seeds(Dhania ) : 750 gms Cumin seeds : 1 cup Peppercorns : 1/2 cup Peanuts : 1 tbsp Asafoaetida :1 tsp Method of preparation Fry coriander seeds ,peanuts and cumin seeds separately . Fry the remaining ingredients lightly . Grind it all together very nicely and store it in a air tight container. Tip Use this powder for kara kuzhambhu ,puli kuzhambhu .It will give nice...

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Bajji powder

Posted by on Nov 14, 2007 in Masala Powders | Comments Off on Bajji powder

Preparation time: 50 mins Spice level:2 out of 5 Ingredients Rice :1 1/4 cup Urad dal : 1/4 cup(fried) toor  dal : 1/2 cup chana dal(Gram dal) : 1/4 cup Red chili : 5 nos Asafoetida : a pinch Preparation  Grind all the above ingredients into a fine powder, and store it in a container. when you make bajji take this powder and make a paste (it should be like a loose paste so vegetables stick into it). And fry it in oil. If you want you can add a pinch of baking soda in that powder...

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Sambar powder

Posted by on Nov 14, 2007 in Masala Powders | Comments Off on Sambar powder

Preparation time: 30 mins Spice level: 4.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Red chillies – 125 g Coriander seeds – 300 g Channa dal -50 g Toor dal – 125 g Pepper – 50 g Cumin seeds – 50 g Turmeric – 75 g Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp Method: Dry roast all the above ingredients separately for 2 mins and Let it cool. Grind it together to a fine powder. Store in an air tight...

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Bisibelabath Powder

Posted by on Nov 14, 2007 in Masala Powders | 2 comments

Preparation time: 30 mins Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients Coriander seeds : 1 cup Fenugreek seeds : 1/4 tsp Cinnamon stick : 1 ” piece Cloves : 3 nos Cardamom : 2 nos Cumin seeds : 1/2 cup Peppercorns : 5 to 6 Red chili : 6 to 8 channa dal(Gram dal) : 1 cup Urad dal : 1 tsp Asafoetida : 1/4 tsp Ghee : 1 tsp Preparation Roast all of the above dry ingredients in ghee .Fry til nice aroma comes. Grind it to a fine powder and store it in a air tight...

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Garam Masala Powder

Posted by on Nov 14, 2007 in Masala Powders | Comments Off on Garam Masala Powder

Preparation time: 20 mins Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients Cloves : 10 Cinnamon sticks : 2 Cardamom : 10 Cumin seeds : 1 tbsp Coriander seeds :1/2 cup Fennel seeds : 1 tbsp Kuskus : 2 tsp Peppercorns :1 tbsp Red chili :10 Bay leaf : 2 Ghee (Butter) Preparation Roast all the ingredients seperatly  in ghee and let it cool for few mins .Grind them together very nicely and store it in a air tight container.Use it up to 3...

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