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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Paneer Wrap

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Paneer Recipes, Snacks | 0 comments

When I went to India this time I tried Paneer wraps in Mc D and I just loved it. I wanted to make it after I come here and it came it too good. It is a very easy lunch box menu and kids will love it. Ingredients: Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Garlic – 1 clove (grated) Tomatoes – 1 cup (chopped) Bell pepper – 1 (chopped to small cubes) Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder – 1 tsp Cumin powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp Kasuri methi – 1 tsp (crushed) Green chutney – 2 tsp for each wrap (as required) Ranch – 1/2 tsp for each wrap (as required) Mayonnaise – 1 tsp for each wrap (as required) Lettuce – 1/2 cup Paneer – 1/2...

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Black Eyed Peas Curry

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 4 comments

Black Eyed Peas Curry is a delicious curry made with the nutritious black eyes beans cooked in an onion tomato based gravy. I used dried beans and soaked it over night. You can also use low sodium canned beans. Serve this dish with roti or rice. Preparation time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 5 Spice level: 3.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Black eyed peas – 1 cup One big onion Tomatoes – 2 Green chilies – 2 Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Chili powder – 3/4 tsp Coriander powder – 1 1/2 tsp Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Cilantro or Coriander leaves – 1/3 cup Oil – 1 tbsp Salt to taste Method of Preparation: Pressure cook black eyed peas with 2 1/2...

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Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Snacks | 3 comments

For all the cheese lovers…Mozzarella cheese sticks is a very snack and kids will love these. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes Spice level : 1 Ingredients: Mozzarella Cheese – 16 pieces (String size cut to half or finger size) Bread crumbs – 1/4 cup Dried Parsley – 1/2 tsp Crushed Black pepper – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste All purpose flour – 1/4 cup Water – as required Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Mix bread crumbs, dried parsley, crushed black pepper and salt. Add all purpose flour with water along with a pinch of salt. It should not be too thick nor too thin. This batter is going to be used for binding. Take the cheese sticks, first dip it in the flour batter, then coat it with bread crumbs. Repeat this for all cheese...

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Methi Thepla

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in North Indian recipes | 2 comments

Methi Thepla is a popular Gujarati flat bread. It is made with a mixture of flours, mildly spiced and contains fenugreek leaves. It is very easy to make and will be good for lunch box too :). Time of Preparation : 25 minutes Resting Time : 15 minutes No of pieces : 10 Spice level : 1 Ingredients: Wheat Flour – 1 cup Chickpea Flour / Besan Flour – 1/4 cup Salt – to taste Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Curd – 3 tbsp Methi leaves – 1 cup (tightly packed) (chopped) Water – 1/4 cup (adjust accordingly) Method of Preparation: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except curd and water. Add the curd and mix. Then add water little by little...

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Kootu Curry (Onam Special)

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Kootu/lentil Stew | 5 comments

Kootu Curry is a delicious coconut based curry from Kerala cuisine. I made it for the Onam Sadya feast and it has become one of my favorite dish. It is a simple and fabulous curry made with plantain and chenai (yam). You can serve this dish with rice or roti. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 5 to 6 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Black chickpea (kadala) – 1/2 cup Cubed chenai or suran (yam) – 1/2 cup Cubed plantain – 1 cup Cubed Winter melon or Elavan or Pusanikkai – 1/2 cup Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Red chili powder – 1/4 tsp Salt to taste For Grinding: Grated coconut – 1/2 cup Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp Green chili – 2 Shallot or small onion – 1 Grated ginger – 1/2 tsp For Seasoning: Oil...

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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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Indian Style Pasta / Spicy Masala Pasta

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 3 comments

Looking for a quick lunch box menu or an easy snack ???…here is an easy Pasta recipe with Indian touch. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level :4 Ingredients: Pasta (any kind) – 2 cups Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Garic – 2 cloves (grated) Tomatoes – 3/4 cup (chopped) Green Bell pepper – 1 (finely chopped) Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp Green chillies – 2 (slit lengthwise) Garam Masala – 1/4 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Olive oil – 2 tsp Method of Preparation: Add the pasta in water along with a tsp of oil and salt and boil it till they become soft. Drain the water and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan and add the green chillies followed by the...

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Palak Chana – Spinach Chickpea Curry

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, North Indian recipes | 7 comments

Palak Chana or Palak Chole is a delicious Spinach and Chickpea Curry served along with roti or Indian breads. Spinach and chickpea is a wonderful combination for making curries. This curry is delightful, not too spicy and filled with protein and minerals. I have used dried chickpeas which was soaked overnight in water and pressure cooked. You can also use canned chickpeas and boil it a little longer for a soft texture. So enjoy this delicious and healthy curry with roti/ rice/bread. Preparation time: 45 minutes + soaking time No. of servings: 6 to 8 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Chickpeas (chana) – 1 cup Finely chopped spinach – 3 cups Onion – 1/2 cup Tomatoes – 3 Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Red chili powder – 3/4 tsp to 1...

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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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Aadi Perukku / Aadi 18 Recipes

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Rice dishes, Indian Festival | 3 comments

Aadi Perukku / Aadi 18 is a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month Aadi (July mid to Aug mid). Usually it comes on Aug 2nd or Aug 3rd of every year. The Adiperukku, as a water-ritual, celebrated by women is to honor nature. It is celebrated near river basins, when the level of water rises because of Monsoon. On this day, we will prepare different rice varieties and worship Goddess Parvati. I am happy to share our Aadi 18 special recipes. Kalkandu Chakkarai Pongal Sarkarai Pongal / Sweet Pongal Thengai Sadam / Coconut Rice Elumichai Sadam / Lime Rice Puli Sadam / Tamarind Rice Thakkali Sadam / Tomato Rice Thayir Sadam / Curd Rice Medu...

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Mullangi Chutney / Radish Chutney

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Chutneys | 0 comments

Whenever we think of Radish, the first thing that comes to our mind is Radish Sambar or Radish Paratha. My Grandmother usesd to make chutneys with all veggies. This Radish Chutney can be made in many ways. It will take just 15 minutes to make this chutney and it will be good with Idly / Dosa or even rice. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Oil – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Red chillies – 4 Urad dal – 1 tsp Coriander seeds – 1 tsp Onions – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Radish – 1 1/2 cups (peeled, washed and cut into small cubes) Turmeric powder – a pinch Salt – to taste For seasoning: Oil – 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp...

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Mushroom Puff

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Appetizers, Snacks | 2 comments

Puff Pastry Triangles with mushroom filling is an easy appetizer which will be different from the usual potato or vegetable stuffing. For those who like mushrooms, this is the perfect appetizer. Time of Preparation : 35 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 9 to 12 pieces Ingredients: Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (finely chopped) Green chilly – 1 (finely chopped) Mushrooms – 150g (chopped to small cubes) Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (chopped) Oil / Butter – 1 tbsp Garlic – 3 cloves (grated) Puff Pastry Sheet – 1 (I have used pepperidge farm puff pastry sheet. 2 sheets will be there) All...

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Vada Pav

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Snacks, Slideshow, Chaat | 6 comments

Vada Pav is a popular Indian burger and one of the most favorite street foods in Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai. It is priced fairly cheap which makes it a go to snack for everyone. Spicy potato balls known as “Vada” are deep fried in oil and served with toasted buns also known as “Pav” smeared with red garlic and green chutney. It has a perfect balance of spicy, tangy, crispy flavors which makes you enjoy each and every bite. Though it is a guilty pleasure, it’s okay to indulge in your favorite snack once in a while. I enjoy my Vada Pav with a little bit of garlic chutney and lots of green chutney. This will make a perfect snack for parties, picnics, game night, etc. For parties, you can make the potato vadas ahead and heat it in oven...

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