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

Kothamalli Rasam / Coriander Soup

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Soups, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 2 comments

I love to have different kinds of rasam rather than usual garlic or tomato rasam. I made slight changes in my friend’s (Thilaga) rasam recipe and tried this coriander rasam. It came out so good and I just loved it :). Ingredients: Tamarind – Small lemon size Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Red Chillies – 1 Tomatoes – 2 (medium size finely chopped) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste) Coriander leaves – to garnish To Grind: Black pepper – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Green Chilly – 1 (small) Garlic – 2 large cloves Coriander strings – 20 Method of Preparation: Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract the juice....

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Vegetable Soup

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Soups | 1 comment

I wanted to try some soup recipes for a long time. I tried this vegetable soup (thick soup) and it was good. We can add any vegetable we want and we have to follow the same procedure. Here is the recipe.. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 3 to 4 Spice level : 2 Ingredients: Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes (medium size) – 3 (chopped) Carrots – 2 (cut to small cubes) Beans – 10 (finely chopped) (optional) Cauliflower – 1/2 cup (chopped to small pieces) Broccoli – 1/2 cup (chopped) (optional) Peas – 1/2 cup Cumin powder – 1 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Black pepper – 1 to 2 tsp (freshly ground) (according to spice level) Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tsp Vegetable Broth – 3 cups Method...

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Ginger Rasam / Inji Rasam

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Soups, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 3 comments

Almost everyday we prepare Rasam. I feel bored to have the same Milagu Rasam everyday. So I want to try different varieties of Rasam and today I made Ginger Rasam. I loved the flavor of ginger in the rasam. Guess everyone will like it :). Time of Preparation : 25 minutes No of Servings : 4 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Toor Dal – 3 tbsp Tomatoes(medium size) – 2 (Chopped) Tamarind – Gooseberry size Green Chilly – 1 (slitted lengthwise) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Oil – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Ghee – 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp Asafoetida – a pinch Masala to Grind: Oil – 1/2 tsp Red Chillies – 3 Toor Dal – 1/2 tsp Channa Dal –...

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Poondu Milagu Rasam / Spicy Pepper Garlic Soup

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Soups, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 7 comments

Rasam is an important dish in South India prepared using tamarind as a base with addition of tomato and other spices. There are so many varieties of rasam. This Garlic Pepper Rasam is the one which I make regularly without addition of dal. This can prepared in 10 to 15 minutes and here is the recipe. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 4 No of Servings : 4 Ingredients : Tamarind – lemon size Tomato – 1/2 Salt – 1 1/2 tsp (according to taste) Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Red Chilly – 1 Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – a few Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp Oil – 1 tsp Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp To Grind: Pepper – 1 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds – 2 1/2 tsp Garlic – 5 to 6 cloves...

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Tortilla Soup

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Mexican, Multi Cuisine | 2 comments

I am a huge fan of Tortilla Soup. Tortilla soup topped with corn tortilla strips and a little bit of sour cream is soul satisfying. This is a tomato based soup of Mexican origin which usually has chicken stock cooked with tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. But I have made a vegetarian version and tweaked it a bit to satisfy the vegetarian taste buds. Okay! Now I will tell y’all what inspired me to prepare this soup. I love the Mexican Gumbo from Qdoba, which is a fast food restaurant in the United States serving Mexican style cuisine. The foundation of this dish is Tortilla Soup, Cilantro Rice and Beans. My friend usually gets the Tortilla Soup alone and that’s how I got to taste this soup once and I loved it. I used to make it now...

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Cauliflower Soup

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Kootu/lentil Stew, Soups | 8 comments

This cauliflower soup is a nice substitute for rasam. When we feel bored of having rasam, we can have this dal soup. This is very simple and to make and can be served as regular soup with crushed pepper. Time of preparation : 30 minutes No of servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Cauliflower florets (washed and cut)- 1/2 cup Toor dal – 1/3 cup Water – 2 cups Onion (finely chopped) – 1/3 cup Tomato (chopped) – 1/2 Green chillies – 4 (according to spice level) Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 1 tbsp For Seasoning: Cinnamon stick – 1/2″ Cloves – 2 Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp Garlic – 4 (crushed) Curry leaves – a few Asafoetida – a pinch Method of Preparation:...

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Diwali Savory Spicy Boondi ( Kara Boondi )

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Appetizers, Featured, Snacks | 5 comments

Spicy Boondi is another simple savory which we make for Diwali. In India we generally make so many sweets and savories and we will give to all our friends and relatives. For this Diwali I am trying to do the same here and we are happy to share them through Spicy Tasty. 🙂 Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Ingredients: Chickpea flour / Besan flour – 1 cup Red chilli powder – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – for frying Peanuts – 1/4 cup Broken Cashews – 3 tbsp Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Mix besan flour, red chilli powder, salt and water little by little so that there are no lumps. The mixture should be little thinner than the dosa batter consistency. Meanwhile heat oil in a wide vessel. Pour the batter over...

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Vegetable Broth – Vegetable Clear Soup

Posted by on Jun 20, 2009 in Soups | 6 comments

This is a basic  broth for any vegetarian soup or gravy. You can use this easy vegetable broth in recipes calling for broth or stock of any kind. You can also have it as a vegetable clear soup with the cooked vegetables. It is nice and healthy and low in calories too. Ingredients: Chopped onion – 3 cups Celery sticks –  4 Diced carrots – 3 cups Bell peppers –  2 Tomatoes – 4 (I used roma tomatoes) Garlic – 3 cloves Cloves – 3 count Bay leaf – 1 Black whole pepper – 6 to 7 Fresh Parsley – a bunch Water – 2 liters Method of Preparation: Chop the vegetables into small cubes. In a deep bottomed pan, add a tsp of olive oil or any oil and add onions. Toss them for 3 minutes and add...

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French Onion and Garlic Soup

Posted by on Jan 10, 2008 in Soups | 13 comments

French onion soup is a delectable and rich soup that’s rich in taste and great to devour. Onions and garlic give it a nice aroma (check your breath after though) and the bread chunks the great texture. This is my favorite starter any time I go to a restaurant in India. I tried this soup from Sanjeev kapoor’s Vegetarian Cookbook. Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of servings: 3-4 Spice Level: 1 out of 5 Ingredients: Vegetable stock : 4 cup Onion : 2(big)(cut length wise) Cheese : 1/4 grated Garlic : 5 (chopped) Brown Bread : 3 slices Olive oil : 2tbsp White pepper powder : 1/4tspn Salt : required to taste Carrot : 1 medium (cut lengthwise) Method Of Preparation: Cut the bread into slices and just toast it with olive oil. Remove it from heat and keep...

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | Comments Off on Rasam

Ingredients: Tamarind paste : 1 tsp (or small lemon size tamarind) Rasam powder : 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Black pepper – 1 tsp Garlic cloves – 2 Curry leaves – a few oil – 2 tsp Salt to taste Method of preparation: Add tamarind paste and salt to 350 ml of hot water. If you are not using the paste, extract the tamarind juice from the lemon sized tamarind and use In between, grind cumin seeds, black pepper, garlic, curry leaves Heat oil, add the ground masala and fry for a minute or two Now add the tamarind water to the masala followed by rasam powder Let it boil for few seconds and then remove from heat. Serve hot with steamed rice and papad/veg curry Tags: rasam,...

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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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