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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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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Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Indo-Chinese, Multi Cuisine | 0 comments

This is the simplest way of making Chinese style noodles. In this recipe I have added many veggies of different colors. The vibrant colors will make anyone to eat it. Since we are adding lots of veggies it is a healthy meal for kids too :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Hakka Noodles – 1 packet / 200grams Oil – 3 tsp Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Garlic – 5 cloves (grated) Bell peppers (I have used 3 colors of bell peppers) – 1/2 cup each color (thinly sliced) Cabbage – 1 cup (thinly sliced) Carrot – 1 ( 1″ thinly sliced) Beans – 10 (1″ thinly sliced) Soy sauce – 2 tsp Green chilli sauce – 3 tsp (you can replace red chilli sauce...

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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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Manitaropita / Greek Mushroom Pie

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Multi Cuisine, Snacks | 2 comments

I told my cousin in Canada that I made Spanakopita  recently. Then she suggested this Manitaropita which is is similar to the Spanakopita recipe. She said that she had some frozen Manitaropita which is made mushroom and feta cheese in some wine sauce. I did this Manitaropita in my own style and that too tasted good. Here is the recipe for this easy and tasty snack. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of Servings : 4 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions Р1/2 cup (finely chopped) Mushrooms Р150 grams (chopped to small cubes) Green chillies Р2 (finely chopped) Black Pepper Р1/2 tsp to 1 tsp (according to taste) Salt Рto taste Parsley leaves Рa handful (chopped) Garlic Р2 cloves (finely chopped) Olive oil Р1 tsp and for...

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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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Spanakopita / Greek Spinach Pie (Step by Step Procedure)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Appetizers, Baking, Multi Cuisine, Snacks | 4 comments

Spanakopita is Greek Savory Pastry. The filling is made of Spinach, Feta cheese, onions, green onions and seasonings. The filling is wrapped in Phyllo pastry with butter and olive oil. Once I had the frozen Spankopita in Sams Club. From then I wanted to try this and here goes the recipe for this simple starter.. Time of Preparation : 1 hour No of Servings : 10 to 14 pieces Ingredients: Spinach – 2 bunches / 8 cups approximately Feta cheese – 8 oz (crumbled) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Green onions – 1 bunch (finely chopped) Garlic – 3 cloves (finely chopped) Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup Parsley (dried) – 1 tsp Pepper (freshly ground) – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste (need only little as feta cheese already salt) Butter – 1/4 cup Olive oil – 1/4...

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Vendhaya Keerai Poriyal / Fenugreek leaves Fry

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 8 comments

I usually make Kootu with meth leaves. Recently my friend Jayanthi made this Methi Poriyal and it was not at all bitter. I got the recipe from her and tried this and it came out very well. We can make drumstick leaves fry too with this recipe. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Methi leaves – 1 bunch Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Split Urad dal – 1 tsp Red chillies – 3 Asafoetida – a pinch Onions – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Garlic – 1 tsp (grated) Peanut powder – 1/4 cup (dry roasted and powdered) Oil – 2 tsp Salt – to taste Sugar – 1/2 tsp Method of Preparation: Cut the roots and thick stems oh the methi leaves and chop them. Wash the...

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Vegetable Quesadilla

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Mexican | 3 comments

Vegetable Quesadillas are made with tortillas and filled with veggies and cheese. These are one of the tastiest dishes of Mexican Cusine. They are easy to prepare at home with our choice of veggies and here is the recipe for the simple Veggie Quesadilla. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Pieces : 24 Spice level : 1 out of 5 Ingredients: Flour Tortillas – 8 Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Green Peppers – 1/2 cup (cut to small squares) Red Peppers – 1/2 cup (cut to small squares) Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Red chilli flakes – 1/4 tsp (according to spice level) Garlic powder – 1/2 tsp Zucchini – 1/2 cup (chopped) Corn – 1/4 cup (I have used frozen corn) Tomatoes – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Caabage / lettuce – 1/2 cup (finely...

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Semiya Upma / Vermicelli Upma

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 3 comments

Upma is a common South Indian breakfast dish. I like all kinds of upma. I like to cook upma by adding lots of veggies. Here is the recipe for this simplest tiffin. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes No of Servings : 1 to 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Vermicelli – 1 cup (small thin) Oil – 2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Split urad dal – 1 tsp Channa dal – 1 tsp Curry leaves – a few Asafoetida – a pinch Green chillies – 3 (slit lengthwise Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Salt – to taste Carrot (small size) – 1 (finely chopped) (optional) Beans – 10 (finely chopped) (optional) Peas – 1/4 cup (I ve used frozen peas) (optional) Water – 1 3/4 cup (1...

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Gobi Paratha / Cauliflower Stuffed Flatbread

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Indian Breads/Roti | 1 comment

My husband was bored to have cauliflower in the form of poriyal or korma. So I thought of making this stuffed paratha which is actually very simple to make. He liked it a lot and it is a easy lunch box menu for the kids too. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes No of pieces – 9 parathas Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: For Stuffing: Cauliflower – 2 cups Oil – 2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Green Chillies – 3 (finely chopped) Grated ginger – 1 tsp Grated garlic – 1 tsp Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp (according to spice level) Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp Amchoor powder – 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Green Peas – 1/3 cup (I have used frozen peas) Coriander leaves –...

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Soy Chunks Uruandai Kuzhambu / Soy Chunks Balls in Spicy Curry

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kuzhambu/Sambar | 6 comments

My husband is a huge fan of Mutton Kola Urundai Kuzhambu but I wont cook meat. I replaced mutton by soy chunks and I tried this Soy Chunks Urundai Kuzhambu. My husband liked it very much and it was a super hit. It seems like it is a big procedure to make this urundai kuzhambu but it is actually not difficult to make. Here is the procedure for the soy chunks urundai kuzhambu… Time of Preparation : 60 minutes Spice level : 4 out of 5 No of Servings : 4 Ingredients: For Soy Chunks Balls: Soy Chunks – 1/2 cup Cinnamon stick – 1″ Cloves – 2 Cardamom – 1 Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Coriander seeds – 2 tsp Red chillies – 3 Green chillies – 2 Ginger – 1″ (chopped) Garlic...

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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 Р1 lb Oil Р2 tbsp Salt Рto taste Mustard seeds Р1/2 tsp Asafoetida Рa pinch Curry leaves Рa few Onions Р1/4 cup (finely chopped) To Grind: Red chillies Р8 Coriander seeds Р1 tsp Cumin seeds Р1/2 tsp Coconut Р3 tbsp Split Dalia Р1 tbsp Method...

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