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

Dry Chicken Curry

Posted by on Feb 20, 2008 in Chicken dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 10 comments

This is yet another chicken dish . That will make a great side dish for Briyani or when you eat it with rice and chicken gravy . The spices and the curry leaves give it a great aroma and its very simple to make . It tastes excellent. I actually made this as a side dish when I made the Spicy chicken Kuzhambhu but am just finding some time to post this recipe . Hope you enjoy it. Preparation Time: 55 minutes No of servings: 4-5 Spice Level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken : 500gms Onion : 1 (big) Oil : 3 tbsp Bay leaves : 2 Cinnamon : 1 “ Cloves : 2 Black pepper powder : 2tsp Ginger and garlic paste : 11/2 tbsp Curry leaves : 5 Red chili powder : 1 tbsp Salt :...

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Spicy Chicken Kuzhambhu / Spicy Chicken Curry

Posted by on Feb 18, 2008 in Chicken dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 23 comments

Spicy Chicken Kuzhambu (curry) is another gem from my mom’s kitchen and one that takes me back to the days when I was a kid. My mom would make this for me if I had a cold or wasn’t feeling well. She seems to have that magic touch always and this morning I called her up to find out how she made it. Now, I am sharing it with you here. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Preparation Time: 40 minutes No of servings: 4-5 Spice Level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken: 2 lb Oil : 3 tbsp Bay leaves : 2 Cinnamon : 1″ Cloves : 3 Onion : 1/2(medium) Tomato : 2 Cumin seeds : 11/2 tsp Fennel seeds : 1 tsp Green chilies : 4 Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp Black Pepper...

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Spicy Shrimp Spaghetti

Posted by on Feb 8, 2008 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Shrimp Dishes | 15 comments

I am a big fan of Rachel Ray and love her 30 Minute Meals show a lot. She shows simple ways to make complex-looking entrees that too in 30 minutes. I love her cooking shows very much . If you have a very short time to make something nice, this Shrimp Spaghetti recipe will be an excellent choice for you. I have adapted this from Rachel Ray’s recipe and have a made it taste a little different and a bit more spicy. Trust me, it tastes really good! Preparation Time: 30 minutes No of servings: 3-4 Spice Level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Shrimp : 1 lb (Raw Shrimp – peeled ) Spaghetti : 1/2 lb (cooked) Garlic : 5 to 6 (finely chopped) Red pepper flakes : 1tbsp onion : 1 (medium) (finely chopped) Tomatoes : 3 (finely...

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Shredded Fish curry – Fish Puttu Kuzhambhu

Posted by on Jan 31, 2008 in Meat & Seafood Entrees | 14 comments

  We usually see fish made as a curry and meen (fish in English) kuzhambu is a favorite of many south Indians. I learnt this unique seafood recipe from my mom’s Kitchen and she tells me it’s a Chettinad specialty. It is made with shredded fish instead of whole fish and it tastes excellent. It is well known that fish kuzhumbu usually tastes the best next day with all the spices and gravy soaking in. With the fish in shredded form, the spices soak in faster and it tastes great right from day 1. Do I need to say it is one of my favorites? Preparation Time: 40 minutes No of servings: 4-5 Spice Level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Fish : 2 lb(King Fish or Tilapia) Coconut oil : 2 tbsp Pearl onions : 1/2 cup Tomato :...

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Chicken Vindaloo

Posted by on Jan 11, 2008 in Chicken dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 7 comments

Vindaloo is an Goan dish traditionally prepared with garlic, red wine and chili. Vindaloo roughly means in Portuguese – ‘ Wine,Vinegar and Garlic’. Vindaloo these days are usually made with potatoes leading us to think the aloo in vindaloo is the Hindi word for potatoes. In fact, I just found out the history of it when I sat down to write this recipe. It has become a popular item in Indian restaurant menus and is usually the spiciest of the entrees. I learned this version of Vindaloo recipe from my sister. Preparation Time: 50 minutes No of servings: 3-4 Spice Level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken : 500 gm Onions : 2(big) Green chili : 3 Cardamom : 3 Cinnamon : 1/2 inch Cloves : 2 Bay leaves : 1 Potatoes : 3(small) Tamarind Paste : 1/2 tbsp...

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Pepper Chicken Gravy

Posted by on Jan 5, 2008 in Chicken dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 34 comments

Today my husband and I were craving for something little spicy so I ended up making this pepper chicken gravy. My Mom used to make this for me and my sisters if we had a bit of cold. Pepper has this medicinal quality that helps fight the common cold. The main flavors that stand out in this gravy are pepper and curry leaves. This is one of my favorite chicken gravies from my mom’s cooking.Hope you enjoy it too. 🙂 Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of servings: 4-5 Spice Level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken : 500gms Oil : 1/2 cup Cloves : 2 Cinnamon : 1/2 ” stick Bay leaves : 2 Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds : 1/2 tsp Onion : 1( cut lengthwise) Tomatoes : 3 (Finely chopped) Ginger and garlic paste :...

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Chicken Drumstick Fry

Posted by on Dec 23, 2007 in Chicken dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 1 comment

It’s a simple chicken side dish easy to prepare and goes well with Chicken Briyani. Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of servings: 4-5 Spice Level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken drumsticks :6 cloves : 2 Onion : 1 White Vinegar : 1tsp Oil : 3tbsp Yogurt : 2tbsp Ginger and garlic paste : tbsp Curry leaves : 6 to 8 springs Green chili : 3(slit lengthwise) Red chili powder : 2tsp Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp Salt : required to taste Method of preparation: Marinade the chicken drumsticks (leg pieces) with ginger and garlic paste , Red chili powder, Yogurt, turmeric powder, and Vinegar. When you marinade this make a slit in the meat so the spices can soak in. Marinade this mixture for at least an hour. After an hour heat oil in a kadai add cloves...

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Kadai Chicken

Posted by on Dec 18, 2007 in Chicken dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 20 comments

Kadai Chicken is a spicy chicken dish with a rich aroma given by the Ginger and Tomatoes. It makes an excellent side dish for Briyani and makes a great alternative toBaraha Mutton.Usually served in a brass dish called ‘Kadai’ in Indian restaurants. Preparation Time: 50 minutes No of servings: 4-5 Spice Level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Chicken : 1 kg Tomato : 1 kg ( chopped) Red Chili : 6-8 ( coarse powder) Green chili : 2 (sliced ) Garam Masala :1 tsp Oil : 1/2 cup Ginger : 3 2/3 tbsp ( 50 gms) ( chopped ) Garlic : 4 tsp Capsicum :1/2 ( cut into small cubes) Coriander Leaves : 2tsp Method of preparation: Heat oil in a pan. Add Garlic paste, red chili(fry the whole red chili and grind it into fine powder), tomato and...

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Mutton Soup

Posted by on Dec 13, 2007 in Soups | 6 comments

Preparation Time: 40 minutes No of servings: 4-5 Spice Level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Mutton:1/2kg(Including bone) Onion :1(Medium) Green chilies : 2(optional) Whole Black pepper(Peppercorns) : 10 Cumin seeds : 1 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds : 1 tsp Ginger and garlic paste : 1/2 tbsp Turmeric powder : 1tsp Curry leaves : 6 to 8 springs Coriander Leaves : 2tbsp Salt to taste Tomato : 1(Finely chopped) Bay Leaves :2 cloves : 2 Cinnamon : 1/2 inch stick Water : 4 cups Method Of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds ,onions,curry leaves(4 springs) fry them now add peppercorns .Just shallow fry all the above ingredients.Remove it from heat . Grind the above mixture (don’t grind it like a fine paste ). Now heat a pressure pan with oil in it add cloves ,cinnamon,bay leaves,ginger and...

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Lollypop Meatballs

Posted by on Nov 27, 2007 in Appetizers | 1 comment

Preparation Time : 60 minutes No of servings : 6-7 Spice Level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: keema or mutton minced :1\4 pound onion finely chopped:1(medium) Ginger minced:1tbsp Garlic minced :1 tbsp Tomato :1( finely chopped) Coriander leaves chopped :1tbsp Green chillies chopped :1tbsp Oyster sauce : 1tbsp pepper salt to taste Method of Preparation: Put the minced mutton, half of chopped onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies in a food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste. Make marble- sized balls. Heat water in a pan. Dip the prepared balls in the boiling water and poach them for 5 minutes. Drain and keep aside. Heat oil in a fry pan. Add the rest of the onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies. Add tomato and stir till the masala or condiments leave the sides of the pan. Add...

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Sesame Prawn Toast

Posted by on Nov 27, 2007 in Appetizers | Comments Off on Sesame Prawn Toast

Preparation Time : 40 minutes No of servings : 3-4 Spice Level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Bread slices : 6 Raw Prawns : 1 cup Egg : 1 Spring onions (Finely chopped) Ginger grated : 1 tsp Soya Sauce : 2tsp Corn Flour : 1tsp Fine Spice powder: 1/2 tsp Roasted Sesame Seeds : 1/2 cup oil to Deep- fry Method of Preparation: Place the prawns ,egg,spring,onions,ginger,cornflour,soy sauce in a food processor to make paste .keep aside . Cut the crust of the bread. Cut each bread into 4 triangles. Apply prepared prawn paste evenly on one side of the bread slices. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the paste and press them to stick. Heat oil , deep fry the bread slices, the filling side down. Fry till crisp and golden. Serve hot with a chilli dipping sauce....

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Spicy Chili Chicken

Posted by on Nov 15, 2007 in Chicken dishes, Meat & Seafood Entrees | 9 comments

Preparation time: 60 mins No. of Servings: 4-5 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients Chicken : 500 gm(Boneless chicken and Boiled) Onion : 1 (big) Tomato : 2(Make it to paste) Garlic : 4 to 5 Coriander Leaves : few Oil : 4 tbsp Garam Masala : 1 tbsp Turmeric Powder : 2tsp Red chili Powder : 2 tbsp Green Chili : 5 to 6 Cumin Seeds : 1/2 tbsp Bell Pepper : 1 (Big) Salt to taste Method of Preparation Heat oil in pan ,add cumin seeds when it cracks add onions (sliced into cube shape) and fry till golden brown. Add capsicum and fry till it turns into Golden brown. Add chicken Pieces and fry until it’s fully cooked. Add Tomato paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Then add Garam Masala ,Turmeric powder,Red chili...

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Achari Prawn Masala

Posted by on Nov 14, 2007 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Shrimp Dishes | 1 comment

Preparation time: 45 mins No. of Servings: 4-5 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients Shrimp : 15 (number) Onion : 3/4 big(chopped finely) Tomato : 1 (big) (chopped finely) Green chili : 1 (slit into four) Cumin seeds : 1/4tsp Fennel seeds : 1/4 tsp Mustard : 1/4 tsp Coriander Powder : 1/4 tsp Red chili powder : 1tsp (or according to your spice level) Ginger paste : 1/2 tsp Garlic paste :1/2 tsp Turmeric powder : a pinch Vinegar : 1tsp Oil : 50ml Salt : to taste Method of Preparation Heat oil add mustard seeds,allow mustard to crack ,add cumin seeds,fennel seeds,fry lightly. Add onion fry until light brown,add ginger paste and garlic paste fry until oil separates. Add turmeric,red chili powder,coriander powder,green chili strip, and tomato , saute for 10 minutes.add salt to taste. Add...

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Baraha Mutton

Posted by on Nov 12, 2007 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes | 1 comment

Preparation time: 45 mins No. of Servings: 4-5 Spice level: 4 out of 5 Ingredients Mutton :800gms Onions: 4 medium sized(chopped) Tomatoes: 4 medium sized(chopped) Ginger : 2 tbsp(chopped finely ) Garlic : 2 tbsp(chopped finely) Turmeric Powder:1 tsp Red chili powder:1 tsp Salt : as per taste Coriander leaves :1/2 cup(chopped) Lemon : 1 Oil :100ml Masala Powder Red chillies: 8(whole)(according to your spice level) Mustard seeds : 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds:1/2 tsp Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds : 1 tsp Cloves : 5 Method of preparation Cut the mutton into 1 1/2″ sized pieces. Roast the whole spices(mustard seeds,fennel seeds,cumin seeds,Whole red chillies,fenugreek seeds and cloves) seperately and grind together coarsely. Heat mustard oil in a thick-bottomed pan to smoking point and cook the onions till brown. Add the chopped ginger and garlic and Mix...

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Shammi Kabab

Posted by on Nov 12, 2007 in Meat & Seafood Entrees | 1 comment

Preparation time: 45 mins No. of Servings: 3-4 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients Meat :1/2kg Channa dal : 1 cup Red chillies: 2 nos Green chillies: 3 nos Ginger : 1 inch piece Garlic : 3 nos Cumin : 1 1/2tspn salt (to taste) oil :as needed for frying Egg :1(nicely Beaten) For filling Onions : 3 nos(Medium)(finely chopped) Corriander Leaves : as per required(Finely chopped) Ginger :1/2inch (finely chopped) Masala Powder Pepper Corns : 5 Cinnamon stick : 2 big Cardamom :2 nos Method of Preparation Take a pan and pour 4 cups of water into it.Add the meat, Channa dal ,all the spices including the Masala powder, chopped garlic, chopped ginger . Boil the mixture on medium heat until the meat becomes tender .After that remove it from heat and let it cool. Grind the...

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