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

Paneer Jalfrezi

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Paneer Recipes | 1 comment

Paneer Jalfrezi is a spicy version of paneer recipe mainly cooked with onions, tomatoes and bell peppers. My husband is not a huge fan of Paneer dishes but he likes Chilli Paneer. So just wanted to try another version of spicy paneer and it tasted really good. Ingredients: Paneer (cut to long thin slices) – 340grams Red Bell pepper (cut lengthwise) – 1 Green Bell pepper (cut lengthwise) – 1 Onions (cut to long thin slices)- 1 1/2 (medium size Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp Tomato paste (I have used canned tomato paste) – 3 oz Green Chillies (slit lengthwise)) – 2 Tomato(deseeded) – 1(cut into long thin slices) Red chiili powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp Kasuri Methi – 2 tsp Oil – 2 tbsp Salt – to taste...

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Seppankizhangu Fry / Colocasia Fry (Version2)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 0 comments

After a long break posting this delicious Seppankizhangu roast..It is very simple to make with very less ingredients. I got this recipe from one of my friends Pari..Recently had it at her home and I wanted to make this fry. It goes very well with any rice dishes. Time of Preparation : 30 to 40 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Colocasia – 4 Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tbsp (for mixing) and 2 tbsp (for frying) Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Tamarind water – 1 tbsp (optional) Method of Preparation: Boil the colocasia in pressure cooker for just 1 whistle and remove it from the heat. It...

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Mushroom Pepper Masala

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 0 comments

I like to cook mushrooms often because they have very high nutritional value. I got this recipe from my aunt and it is very simple to cook. It goes well with Chapati as well as rice. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5</strong> Ingredients: Mushroom – 2 cups (chopped to cubes) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (chopped) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp Bay leaf – 1 Oil – 1 tbsp Coriander leaves – to garnish To Grind: Coconut – 3 tbsp Black pepper – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add...

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Spicy Green Chilli Chutney

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Chutneys | 4 comments

This year I have got so much of Green Chillies from my garden. I was wondering what to do with so much of green chillies. One of my friend from Andra suggested this Green Chilli Chutney. Her mom gave this recipe and my husband loved it :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Yield : Around 2 1/2 cups Spice level : 5 out of 5 (extra spicy) Ingredients: Green Chillies – 500g Tamarind – big lemon size Salt – to taste Coconut – 1/3 cup (optional) Oil – 1/4 cup Sesame oil – to taste (optional) For Seasoning: Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Split Urad dal – 1 tsp Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Heat oil in pan and fry the green chillies in medium flame. Take tamarind extract (thick extract of 2 cups) and...

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Rajma / Red Kidney Beans Curry

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 5 comments

Rajma is a very popular dish in Northern India. Red Kidney Beans in a thick gravy with lots of Indian Spices is usually served with Rice, Jeera Rice or Chapati or Naan. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Red Kidney Beans – 1/2 cup Cinnamon stick – 1/2″ Cloves – 2 Bay leaf – 1 Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Tomatoes – 1  cup (finely chopped) Tomato Paste – 2 tbsp (I have used canned tomato) Red chilli powder -1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tsp Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tbsp Asafoetida –...

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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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Kathirikai Masala Fry / Eggplant Fry

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 1 comment

This Eggplant Masala Fry is almost similar to Stuffed Eggplant Fry and it is even simple to make. I got this recipe from one of my friends and it will be very good with sambar or any variety rice. Time of Preparation : 20 to 30 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 2 Ingredients: Small Eggplant (Brinjals) – 8 (cut them length wise 6 to 8 pieces each) Salt – to taste Oil – 3 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Tamarind – Marble size For Seasoning: Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – a few Asafoetida – a pinch Masala to Grind: Red chillies – 5 Black Pepper – 8 to 10 Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp Channa dal – 1 tbsp Peanuts – 1 tbsp Sesame seeds – 1 tbsp...

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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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Instant Korma for Idly / Dosa

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 5 comments

Thinking of a quick side dish for Idly/Dosa other than chutneys???…Here is the recipe for Instant Korma..Yeah Korma without grinding or without any veggies. I have never heard of Kormas without grinding any ingredient until I got this recipe from my Mother-in-law recently. But it tasted absolutely like Korma. I tried this and it tasted awesome :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Onion (preferably red) – 1 1/4 cup (thinly sliced) Tomatoes – 1 cup (chopped) Green chillies – 2 (slitted lengthwise) Garlic – 5 (crushed) Bay leaf – 1 Cinnamon stick – 1″ Cloves – 2 Fennel seeds – 1 tsp Oil – 1 tbsp Salt – to taste Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar powder – 1 tsp Besan flour –...

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Cabbage Stir Fry (Version 2) / Cabbage Poriyal

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 2 comments

This version of Cabbage poriyal is the basic version of the poriyal but it will be very tasty and healthy. When we want to eat something light and healthy, this version of cabbage poriyal is a good choice. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Cabbage – 4 cups (thinly chopped) Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Split Urad dal – 1 1/2 tsp Green Chillies – 2 (slit lengthwise) Grated ginger – 1 tsp Curry leaves – a few Grated coconut – 1 tbsp Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds followed by the asafoetida, curry leaves, split urad dal, green chillies and grated ginger. Fry for a minute and add the...

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Keerai Masiyal (Version 2) / Spinach Masiyal

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

If you are bored of cooking greens with dal, this recipe is an easy one without adding dal. My mom used to make Keerai Kadayal with Mulai Keerai by adding just chillies and garlic. For Spinach Masiyal, adding onions and tomatoes gives more taste. I got this recipe from my cousin and she said this recipe will be good for Arai Keerai and Siru Keerai too :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings:2 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions – 1/3 cup (chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (chopped) Green Chillies – 2 (adjust according to spice level) Garlic – 2 cloves Spinach – 2 cups (tightly packed) Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Time of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the onions and fry till they become soft....

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Baked Kale Chips

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 2 comments

Kale has very high nutritional value. It is very rich in calcium vitamin K and Vitamin C. Kale has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat. I had these Kale chips at my sister’s place and I loved it. It is very simple to prepare too. This is a simple kale roast with a touch of garlic. Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Cooking Time : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Kale leaves – 1 bunch Olive oil – 1tbsp Garlic powder – 3/4 tsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Remove the leaves from the stem and wash them. Dry them completely and mix them with olive oil, garlic powder and salt. Preheat...

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

Brussels Sprouts are leafy vegetables look like miniature cabbages. They have high nutritional value and they are believed to have anticancer properties. I like them to be cooked lightly and they are really tasty when we roast them. Here is the recipe for the simple Brussels Sprouts roast… Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Cooking Time : 40 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Brussels Sprouts – 1 pound Red Onion – 1/2 (thinly sliced) Olive oil – 2 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Black pepper – 1 tsp (freshly ground) (adjust according to taste) Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the stems of the brussels sprouts and remove any outer yellow leaves. Cut them to 4 and keep...

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Poondu Chutney / Garlic Chutney

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Chutneys | 1 comment

My mom used to make this garlic chutney often. Garlic chutney is made with just garlic and tomatoes. There is no addition of onions. It is very simple to make and if you have peeled garlic, this chutney will be ready in 5 minutes :). Time of Preparation : 15 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Garlic cloves – 1 cup (peeled) Tomatoes – 1 cup (chopped) Red chillies – 4 to 5 (according to spice level) Salt – to taste Oil – 1 tsp For Seasoning: Oil – 1/2 tsp (preferably sesame oil) Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – a few Split urad dal – 1/2 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and fry red chillies followed by garlic. When the garlic cloves...

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Panner Bhurji Gravy ( Shredded Cottage Cheese in Rich Tomato Gravy )

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Paneer Recipes | 3 comments

When I went to Pune some 4 years back, I tasted this amazing Paneer Bhurji in a restaurant. From then, I tried to make Paneer Bhurji with the same taste. Recently when I tried, I got almost the same taste. I made it for my niece and she too loved it. Canned tomato paste made this gravy even more richer. It is really simple to make and we can follow the same procedure for regular Paneer Butter Masala too :). Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings: 6 Spice level : 1 Ingredients: Paneer (grated) – 200 grams Onions – 1 cup (chopped) Ginger garlic paste – 1 1/2 tbsp (I have used homemade) Tomato Paste – 50 grams (I ve used 1 small can tomato paste to bring the taste like restaurant style) Green Bell Pepper...

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White Pumpkin Gravy / Ash Gourd Gravy for Rotis

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 2 comments

I am not a huge fan of Pumpkin. My cousin made this White Pumpkin Curry for Poori. From then I started loving pumpkin :). Believe me..those who don’t like pumpkin will fall in love with this White Pumpkin Curry. This Ash Gourd Gravy will be good with Chapati, Parathas and even Poori too. Time of Preparation : 25 minutes No of Servings : 3 to 4 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – a few Onions – 2 cups (thinly sliced) White Pumpkin – 2 cups (thinly sliced or cut into small cubes) Tomatoes – 1 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Oil – 1 tbsp Salt – to taste Masala to Grind: Garlic – 6 cloves Cinnamon stick – 1″ Cloves – 2 Coconut – 1/4 cup Coriander seeds – 1/2...

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Bhindi Masala Fry / Okra Masala Fry

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 3 comments

Bhindi fry generally needs lots of oil to get good taste. But this Okra masala fry needs very little oil for frying and it definitely gives a  very different and wonderful taste. My cousin saw this recipe in a TV show and she told me about this recipe. I tried this Okra fry and it was a super hit :). Time of preparation : 40 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Okra – 1 lb Oil – 2 tbsp Salt – to taste Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Onions – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) To Grind: Red chillies – 8 Coriander seeds – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Coconut – 3 tbsp Split Dalia – 1 tbsp Method...

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Malai Kofta / Veg Balls in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Paneer Recipes, North Indian recipes | 1 comment

Malai Kofta is an Indian vegetarian form of meatballs where veggies along with paneer (cottage cheese) is fried and cooked in creamy tomato sauce. This Malai Kofta will be very good with naan or any kind of rotis. Here is the step by step procedure for making koftas.. Time of Preparation : 1 hour No of Servings : 4 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: For Koftas: Carrot Peas and Beans – 1 cup (boiled and strained completely) Potato – 1 cup (boiled and mashed) Paneer – 1 cup (grated) Green Chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Coriander – 2 tbsp (chopped) Cashews – 1 tbsp (chopped) Raisins – 2 tsp (chopped) Maida / Corn flour – 2...

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