Latest recipes

These are some of the latest recipes that I recently added to my collection.


  • From breakfast to tiffin, sambar plays a vital role. It is a must accompaniment for popular South Indian breakfast like Idli, Dosa, Vada and many more. Even during lunchtime, sambar is served with rice. There are a variety of sambar recipes, few of which I have already shared. This one I am sharing here is the mixed vegetables sambar. I love to add small onions (kunjili or shallots or sambar onions) to my sambar because of its sweet taste. It gives a distinct flavour to the sambar. In this mixed vegetables sambar, you can add any vegetables you like carrot, … Continue reading



  • Chicken 65 is a very popular appetizer served in restaurants and made at home as well. Everyone has their own recipe as per their taste. In Chennai style chicken 65, chicken is deep fried and garnished with onions and curry leaves whereas for Hyderabad style it is deep fried and again cooked in yoghurt spiced mixture. This recipe is the Chennai style chicken 65. Preparation time: 10 mins (excluding time to marinate) Cooking time: 30 mins Cuisine: Tamil Nadu Spiciness: Medium Serves: 2 to 3 Ingredients Chicken thigh (boneless) – 300 gms Marinade Chilli powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder … Continue reading



  • Milagai bajji / chilli bajji is a traditional south Indian tea time snack, which is thoroughly enjoyed in the evenings. You can easily find stalls selling them in Chennai Marina beach, small tea shops in Chennai or in busy marketplaces. The milagai bajjis can be easily prepared at home. The bajji vendors in Marina beach will be shouting bajji maa bajji (fried fritters Madam) and also says the names of bajjis – raw banana, chilli, onion, cauliflower and potato. We know a vendor who makes very tasty and crispy bajjis and serves with a spicy chutney in paper plates and … Continue reading



  • This is a dry pan fry lamb (mutton) chops, which you can enjoy as a starter or as a side dish with your meal. The lamb chops are marinated twice to give much flavour and taste. These lamb chops have a tangy and sour taste apart from other freshly roasted ingredients. There are front chops and back chops. You can use either of these, I have used back chops. In restaurants, lamb chops have become very popular and they serve it as a starter. You can even make it at home and enjoy. Preparation time: 20 mins (excluding time to … Continue reading



  • This time I am sharing authentic chettinad dish, chicken kurma. Chettinad food is a very famous cuisine for its distinct flavour, taste and spiciness and most popular for its non-vegetarian dishes in chettinand region in Tamil Nadu. Chettinad cuisine is popular for its variety of spices and freshly ground spices for non-vegetarian dishes. Chettinad chicken kurma is a spicy, hot and aromatic dish, which is flavoured with aromatic and distinctive spices like dagad phool (kal pasi or black stone flower), nutmeg and mace (jaiphal and javitri), star anise apart from cashews and kus-kus (poppy seeds), which is a must . … Continue reading



Straight from my home

I am sharing the recipes that we make and enjoy at our home. I have not seen these recipes floating around a lot and hence making an effort to share these recipes and their taste reach more and more people. More of these recipes from my home are here.

  • Tangy mutton and ladies finger curry (Bhindi aur gosht ka khatta saalan)


    Bhendi Ghost or Bhendi aur Ghost ka khatta saalan is a tamarind based curry with onion and tomato as a base. Bhendi aur Ghost ka khatta salan, the mutton/lamb and the okra combination is very popular in Hyderabad (India) and other parts of Indian region and off course in Pakistan too. For Bhendi ghost I have used onion tomato and coconut as a base apart from tamarind which has a tangy taste, the combination of meat and okra gives this curry extra flavour, texture and taste. As I have used coconut in this curry, gravy will be more. We usually … Continue reading


  • Mutton and ridge gourd curry / Beerakaya Mamsam (turai aur gosht ka saalan)


    In Andhra, ridge gourd and lamb curry is known as Beerakaya Mamsam (ridge gourd and lamb curry), it is one of my favourite combination of vegetable and lamb/mutton. At home we call this dish as Turai ka saalan, and the combination of lamb/mutton and Turai (ridge gourd) goes well. When Turai (Beerakaya or Turai) is cooked, it gives a sweet flavour in taste, and reduces (shrinks like spinach leaves) in quantity. I always love to cook my meat with the combination of ribs, lamb/mutton chops; marrow bones which gives a very delicious taste to my curries or you can use … Continue reading


  • Turi aur jhinga ka saalan (ridge gourd and prawns curry)


    Ridge gourd (Turi ) and prawn curry is famous in our family also known as beerakaya royyala kura in telugu (Andhra Pradesh) , as how we like to add vegetables in lamb/mutton, the combination of prawns and vegetables also go well but only with specific vegetables like potato, ridge gourd, drumstick, peas, beans and other vegetables, which suits well with prawns(shrimps). I have already prepared lamb/mutton and ridge gourd curry (turi aur gosht ka saalan in hindi and urdu and beerakaya mamsam kura in telugu) but the ingredients and the method slightly changes, as prawns cooks in minutes and I … Continue reading


  • Mutton curry with broad beans (Chikkudukaya mutton curry)


    Chikkudukaya mutton curry or avarakka mutton curry is a very popular dish combining meat and vegetable in Andhra and southern part of India. Broad beans (chikkudukaya in Telugu, avarakka in Tamil, sem ki phalli or gwarphalli in Hindi) or flat beans are nutritious and rich in fibre and proteins. Mutton curry with broad beans gives the curry a different flavour and taste. Whenever I buy meat, I ask my butcher to add marrow bone pieces, lamb chops, ribs in addition to the normal meat and bones. The mixture of different parts of lamb gives a very good taste to the … Continue reading


  • Khar – Spicy dry fish masala


    Khar is a very spicy and hot dish made with green chillies, onion and dry fish mixture. Khar is a very homely dish from my home town Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) my grandmother, relatives and my mom prepare this at home, but with different techniques. My grandmother prepares khar with pestle mortal and mother with grinder or mixer, both gives different taste though same ingredients. khar is a very homely dish very spicy and hot dish, not available in restuarants my father always demands for this dish , whenever he visits his mother’s house. The name itself says hot, spicy, but … Continue reading



Biryani recipes

I have an extensive collection of biryani recipes in a variety of different styles. Browse through the collection to find the biryani that you like. More biryanis here.

  • Chicken biryani with alubukhara


    Chicken biryani with alu bukhara is very unusual and different for me. In my biryani , I have used dry fruits and nuts but never tried with alu bukhara (dried prunes). I tasted this biryani in london in a pakistani restaurant near my place and I was surprised to see that dried prune, which was giving me sweat and sour taste, I thought it to be tamarind , as it was having a tamarind type seed and in dark colour. Alubukhara (dried prune) is a fruit which is dried and used in cookings. I used to have it when I … Continue reading


  • Prawns biryani with dill leaves and dried prunes


    Prawns Biryani (Jhinga biryani) one more delicacy and my husband’s favourite sea food. In this Biryani, I have used dill leaves (soya leaves), which has a very sweat fragrant and taste. You can add any spices you like and can make Biryani according to your taste and follow other Biryani recipes which I have shown you. Prawns Biryani is a rich rice dish cooked with basmati rice with fresh prawns. This is also a very popular dish in India. I have used medium size king prawns, you can use small size prawns also. In this I added prawns at last … Continue reading


  • Chicken and potato biryani with lemon wedges


    Chicken Biryani with potato, dried prunes (alu bhikhara) or dried plums and lemon wedges is very unusual and different for us. In my Biryani, I have used dry fruits and nuts but never tried with potatoes and alu bukhara (dried prunes). I tasted this Biryani in london in a pakistani restaurant near my place and I was surprised to see that dried prune, which was giving me sweat and sour taste , I thought it to be tamarind , as it was having a tamarind type seed and in dark colour. Alu bukhara (dried prune) is a fruit which is … Continue reading


  • Kerala style spicy fish biryani


    Fish Biryani is every ones favourite dish like any other mutton Biryani or chicken Biryani. Kerala style Fish Biryani is similar how we cook in our house but slight changes are there. In kerala , everyone makes Biryani as per their recipe and taste. In this kerala biryani, I have used simple spices which are easily available in your kitchen cupboard. In this biryani I have not used yoghurt/curd and for garnishing cashews nuts and raisins, I have prepared it in a simple way but the biryani tastes spicy and delicious. To get more flavour in the fish biryani, use … Continue reading


  • Chicken and prunes biryani


    Chicken Biryani with potato and prunes (alu bukhara) or dried plums is very unusual and different for us. In my Biryani recipes, I have used dry fruits and nuts, but never tried with potatoes and alu bukhara (dried prunes). I tasted this Biryani in London in a Pakistani restaurant near my place and I was surprised to see the dried prunes, which was giving me a sweet and sour taste. I initially thought it to be tamarind because of its sourness, dark colour and a similar seed inside. Alu Bukhara (dried prune) is a fruit, which is dried and used … Continue reading



Authentic Andhra recipes

I am sharing some of the most authentic Andhra dishes. These recipes are very unique in the way they are prepared and I have pretty much tried to keep it as authentic as possible - straight from the homes. More of these authentic Andhra recipes here.

  • Gongura mutton or Gongura mamasam


    Gongura lamb / mutton curry (gongura mamasam in telugu) is one of my favourites and very close to my heart dish. It is an authentic and popular non-vegetarian dish in Andhra Pradesh. I like this dish very much because of its tangy and spicy taste. Gongura is called as sorrel leaves in English, khatti bhaji or ambadi ki bhaji in Hindi, pulicha keerai in Tamil. There are 2 types of sorrel leaves – one is red stem sorrel leaves and the other is green sorrel leaves. There is not much difference between them. The red one has its stem red … Continue reading


  • Andhra style paaya ka saalan


    Paya, goats leg/trotters is one of my favourite comfort foods, made in a very rich sauce made with Indian spices. Paya is famous and favourite among the Muslim communities in India, Pakistan and other parts of the world and also among others who love trotters. Paya means trotters or feet of goat, lamb or cow. Paya is famous in India, everyone has their own recipe including restaurants. Soups and curries made from paya are usually consumed in India during winter months. We often make it in a curry form (gravy or saalan in urdu). It is usually a spicy curry … Continue reading


  • Drumstick leaves poriyal / Munaga Aaku vepudu (stir fry)


    Drumstick leaves poriyal is a very healthy option as a side dish and one of my favourites in stir fries (poriyal). Drumstick leaves are widely used in the southern part of India. Drumstick leaves is called murungai keerai in Tamil and munaga aaku in Telugu. Drumstick leaves is very healthy and has a good and valuable source of vitamin C, proteins, iron and potassium. It has a very high medicinal values. It is a good source of iron for pregnant women. Some information here. The drumstick leaves poriyal (stir fry) which I am sharing with you is my mother’s recipe. … Continue reading


  • Lentil and drumstick leaves rasam


    Drumstick leaves rasam is popular in Andhra Pradesh (India) and is widely used in the southern part of India. Drumstick leaves is called murungai keerai in Tamil and munaga aaku in Telugu. Drumstick leaves are very healthy and has a good and valuable source of vitamin C, proteins, iron and potassium. It has very high medicinal values. It is a good source of iron for pregnant women. There are few varieties of drumstick leaves rasam, which I prepare at home. I have already shared my mother’s recipe. This lentil and drumstick leaves rasam, which is sweet and sour, is a … Continue reading


  • Chepala pulusu (Tamarind fish curry)


    The famous traditional Andhra fish curry, chepala pulusu which means Tamarind fish curry, which is very popular and found in every restaurants of the menu in Andhra. The fish is cooked in a tangy sauce which tastes tastier the next day. In my home, my relations and my friends who are from Andhra Vizag (Vishakhapatnam), Anantapur, Kurnool, Hindupur, kadappa, Guntakal, Hyderabad and other places, prepare this curry differently though the ingredients are same. Like some add tomato paste and some add chopped tomatoes, some prepare it with just onion and spices; the main taste comes from the fresh fish and … Continue reading



Authentic Tamil recipes

I am sharing some of the most authentic Tamil dishes. These recipes are very unique in the way they are prepared and I have pretty much tried to keep it as authentic as possible - straight from the homes. More of these authentic Tamil recipes here.

  • Madras fish curry


    Madras fish curry is an onion and tomato based curry along with tamarind. Coconut is not used in this curry. This fish curry is one of my favourite dishes as tamarind goes into it. I should also say that one of my favourite breakfasts is this Madras fish curry with dosa. I have used vanjaram fish (king fish). Any firm fish like snapper, tilapia, sea bream, koduva (sea bass) and even salmon will do just good in this curry. Prepare this fish curry in the morning and serve it in the evening. The flavour gets a lot enhanced when it … Continue reading


  • Thenga manga pattani sundal


    In Chennai the most popular snack which is very popular and sold near Marina beach is Thenga manga pattani sundal. Thenga manga pattani sundal is a snack which is eaten mostly near the marina beach in Chennai or near the parks. A boy comes with his barefoot on the sand and with his sundal bucket, some murk (made with rice flour, with some spices) and some news papers with him. With the help of newspaper he make a cone shape pocket and serves the sundal. I always ask him to top with more mango pieces(shavings). The sourness of mango and … Continue reading


  • Chettinad chicken kurma


    This time I am sharing authentic chettinad dish, chicken kurma. Chettinad food is a very famous cuisine for its distinct flavour, taste and spiciness and most popular for its non-vegetarian dishes in chettinand region in Tamil Nadu. Chettinad cuisine is popular for its variety of spices and freshly ground spices for non-vegetarian dishes. Chettinad chicken kurma is a spicy, hot and aromatic dish, which is flavoured with aromatic and distinctive spices like dagad phool (kal pasi or black stone flower), nutmeg and mace (jaiphal and javitri), star anise apart from cashews and kus-kus (poppy seeds), which is a must . … Continue reading


  • Sankara fish fry


    Sankara meen varuval (in Tamil) or Red snapper fish fry is a very popular and frequently cooked in South Indian style in our home. We always use sankara, which we call Aarass ki Macchi at home, more for frying purpose. Very rarely we use it for curry. Each home has their own recipe of fish fry. This recipe is from my mother in laws. She adds more spices for the fried fish and gives it a very spicy masala for the South Indian style fish fry. This recipe is entirely different from my mother’s recipe and in taste also. Apart … Continue reading


  • Chettinad baby potato fry (varuval)


    Varuval means fry. I have fried the baby potatoes in Chettinad style, which gives you different taste and flavour. Baby potatoes or new potatoes are small in size and can be used whole. You can make curry or fry it. Dum aloo is also good to make using these baby potatoes. The sambar onions (shallots or small onions) which has a sweet flavour gives good taste to Chettinad baby potato fry. This time I have used pepper corns and red chilli to give pepper flavour and aroma. Chettinad baby potato is a dry dish and goes well with the plain … Continue reading



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