Latest recipes

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


  • 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



  • Achari gosht is a lamb/mutton dish cooked in mustard oil with Achari (pickle) spices to bring out the pickle flavour in the lamb/mutton curry. Achar means Pickle. In India, it is used as a accompaniment with the meal. Apart from lamb, I have used thick sized green chillies stuffed with achari spices for more flavour and taste. Achari gosht goes well with roti, phulka, chapathi or just plain rice. Ingredients Lamb/mutton – 400gms (with bones) Paste Onion – 1 medium or 70 gms Curd – 1/3 cup Water – 50 ml or 1/3 cup Achari masala (roasted) Coriander seeds – … Continue reading



  • Dal tadka is a very popular dal preparation offered in Punjabi dhabas and restaurants in India. It is very easy to prepare this in the restaurant style. Dal tadka is a Punjabi dish in which the boiled dal is cooked with onion and tomato mixture and then tempered in the end with ghee and spices. Tadka means tempering/frying in the oil with spices. I have used a combination of arhar dal (toor dal/split pigeon peas) and chana dal (Bengal gram). You can use any dal (lentils) as per your liking and taste. People often confuse dal fry with dal tadka. … Continue reading



  • Vazhakkai bajji/raw banana fritters is a very popular evening snack in Chennai, which is usually accompanied with a cup of tea. Vazhakkai bajji is a south Indian snack, which you can find near Marina beach in Chennai, served in paper plates with a spicy onion or tomato chutney. We often order milagai bajji (chilli fritters) and vazhakkai bajji (raw banana fritter). Apart from beach in Chennai, it is also made at home and also available at small tea shops as a snack in the evenings. Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 20 mins Cuisine: Tamil Nadu Spiciness: Mild Serves: 2 … 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.

  • 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


  • Kacha char (raw rasam)


    Kacha char means raw rasam from Andhra , which is served as raw, with thadka on it and it is not cooked, that’s why it is called kacha char. The spices are roasted first and grounded to a paste or can ground it in pestle mortar, then mixed in tamarind water. It is sour, tasty and different from other rasams which we cook. This rasam is very popular in villages and towns. This dish is found in homes of Andhra towns & districts, small villages like Anantapur, Guntakal, and other places also, who knows this dish. I have seen people … Continue reading


  • Kheema aur aloo masala


    This is quick and easy kheema masala , no need to chop onion or any vegetables and no fussle to make it. I have used spring lamb, can use mutton or lamb as per your taste. Ingredients Oil – 3 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Cloves – 3 Green cardamom – 3 Cinnamon stick (1 inch size) – 1 Black cardamom (optional) – 1 Mace (optional) – 1 Lamb mince – 250 to 300 gms Potato (medium size, chopped) – 1 Ginger and garlic paste – 2 tsp Chilli powder – 3/4 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Cumin … Continue reading


  • Turi ka saalan


    Ridge guard (turi) is one of my favourite vegetable and whenever I make ridge guard curry, I add mutton/lamb or prawns, it goes well. This time I have made only ridge guard curry. Ridge guard (turi) you can make this curry as I shown in the ridge guard and mutton curry recipe. You can cook this curry either in a cooker or vessel. In my childhood, I used to have it with chapathi (roti) or rice. Ingredients Oil – 4 tbsp Cloves – 3 Green cardamom – 3 Cinnamon stick – 1(2inch) Onion (chopped) – 1 Tomato (chopped) – 2 … 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



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.

  • Easy mutton biryani


    This mutton biryani is quite different from my other biryanis as this biryani is prepared by my husband and it is going to be easy and simple for every one. In this mutton biryani you need not cook the rice separately. You can add the rice directly to the gravy and cook it. In this mutton biryani, only simple spices are used, which you can find in your kitchen. This mutton biryani can be made by anyone who is learning cooking, easy for bachelors and others. Cook this easy mutton biryani and enjoy with raitha and boiled eggs. Ingredients Mutton … Continue reading


  • Malabar fish biryani


    Fish Biryani is every ones favourite dish like any other mutton Biryani or chicken Biryani. Malabar Fish Biryani is similar how we cook in our house but slight changes are there. In Malabar muslim biryani they use coconut milk (optional), raisins and cashew nuts as this recipe was shared by our neighbour when we were in Coimbatore and they used to serve with pickle and raitha. Raisins, fried onions and cashew nuts were used as garnishing. I have used the same ingredients but not coconut milk, as some use and some not. In Malabar (Kerala) every one makes Biryani as … Continue reading


  • Chicken Dum Biryani


    The word biryani is derived from the Persian word beryan, which means roasted and fried. It is usually the mix of rice, few spices and meat or vegetables. Biryani was brought to India by Persian travellers and merchants. This dish is not only popular in India, but also in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Srilanka and Mauritius. In every house, the making style and spices used are different. Biryani can be made with prawns, chicken, mutton, vegetables and even fish. I learnt this biryani from my Mom, which I am sharing with you. I am making this biryani with more spicy than … Continue reading


  • Shahi yakhni pulao


    Yakhni pulao is a very popular north Indian Awadhi cuisine. Awadhi cuisine is from the city of lucknow which is the capital of the state Uttar Pradesh. The richness of awadh cusine lies not only in the variety of cusine but also in the ingredients used like mutton, paneer ,ghee and rich spices including cardamom and saffron. Yakhni pulao is famous in north India and other countries like Pakistan and other countries where yakhni pulao is cooked in different style with many aromatic spices. The difference between biryani and pulao is that while pulao is made by cooking the meat … Continue reading


  • Sindhi biryani


    Among other famous biryani, there is one more famous biryani known as Sindhi biryani from Sindh, Pakistan and few places in India. I tasted this delicious biryani in a restaurant (uk) and one of my friends house. Each one prepares Sindh biryani as per their recipe. This biryani is entirely different from the famous Hyderabadi biryani and Lucknowi biryani. This Sindhi biryani is spicy, sour and tangy and full of flavour. In Sindhi biryani, potatoes, chicken or mutton, dry plums (alubhukhara) and lemon juice or lemon slices are used with spices. It is up to you whether you can add … 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 royyalu (gongura prawns curry)


    Gongura royyalu (in Telugu) means gongura prawns curry. Gongura (sorrel leaves) or khatti bhaji (in Hyderabad it is known like that) is very famous and very much used in Andhra Pradesh. Gongura is one of my favourite green leaves and is sour in taste. In restaurants which specialize in Andhra food, they serve gongura royyalu (gongura prawns curry) which is a popular dish in Andhra. In my home it is very rare we prepare gongura royyalu as we make gongura mamsam and gongura with boti (goats intestine) or gongura chicken. You can prepare it with mutton chops also, it tastes … Continue reading


  • Mamidikaya chepala pulusu (Mango fish curry)


    The famous traditional Andhra fish curry, Mamidi chepala pulusu which means mango fish curry made with fresh water fish. The fish is cooked in a tangy sauce which tastes tastier the next day. As my grandparents are from Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh), whenever fish curry has to be made, it has to be very fresh from the fresh water lake or river. One day our neighbour gave us the mamidikaya chepala pulusu, it was delicious and tasty. The sourness of the mango pieces and the fish goes well together. Even we prepare mango fish curry but other method. In Anantapur (Andhra … 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


  • Putnala pappu podi


    Pappula podi or putanala pappu podi is famous in Andhra and is used for various purposes. I tasted this first in my grandparents place Anantapur near a chilli bajji stall (mirapakaya bajji), the lady sprinkles this putanala pappu podi on the chilli bajji with some chopped onions which makes the chilli bajji (milagai bajji or mirapakaya bajji) more tasty and appetising. This putanala pappu podi everyone prepares it differently as per their home recipe and their taste. I prepared the powder just a small proportion one small bottle. You can use this pappu podi on plain rice with drizzle of … Continue reading


  • Hyderabadi Chicken 65


    Chicken 65 is a very popular and appetizing dish in south India. In restaurants and at home, it can be served as a starter or as a side dish. It is a spicy and sour south Indian fried chicken. The chicken is marinated with spices, deep fried and then tempered in a yoghurt (curd) mixture until all the liquid is absorbed. It is a dry side dish. Everyone has their own recipe and prepare differently. There are so many variations to make Chicken 65 as in each house and in restaurants, it is prepared differently. In Hyderabad, chicken 65 is … 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.

  • Kovakkai poriyal


    This is a chennai style kovakkai poriyal, which is made with chana dal and is very delicious and goes very well with plain rice and dal, rasam. I tasted this in one of my friend’s house, I liked it very much. Kovakkai/Dondakaya/Tindora is a small green vegetable with white lines on it. It has a white flesh inside with small seeds on it. If red flesh is inside, it is over ripen, then discard it. Dondakaya (telugu), kovaikai (tamil), tindora (hindi) and ivy guard(English) is one of my favourite vegetable and when stir fried or cooked with chana dal(bengal gram) … 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


  • Drumsticks and brinjal sambar (arachu vitta sambar or freshly ground spices)


    Sambar is very important and a traditional diet food of Tamil Nadu cuisine. From breakfast to tiffin, sambar plays a vital role. Even during lunchtime, Sambar is served with rice. There are variety of sambar recipes, among them my favorite is Arachu vitta sambar, means (in Tamil word means to grind) freshly ground spice powder, which adds more flavor and taste to the sambar. Everybody has their own way of preparing sambar as per their taste and the vegetables they add. The most common vegetable, which I prefer or I see mostly in restaurants are Drumstick and Brinjal. This time … Continue reading


  • Chennai style mango fish curry


    Fish curry made with special freshly roasted grounded spices. This curry is different from the other curry as in this I have added all the spices which is needed for fish curry and also tamarind and mango pieces. So this curry is sour, tangy and spicy. In this I have chopped the onion and tomatoes very finely and added , if you want can add paste of onion, tomato and garlic as I did for the fish mango curry in my previous recipe, can add fresh grated coconut also. There are varieties of fish curry which I will be sharing … Continue reading


  • Rava idli


    Rava idli is a famous south Indian breakfast from Karnataka and is one more variety of idli. Rava idli is different from the normal idli and can be prepared instantly. There is no need to ferment whereas normal idli has to be fermented and both tastes different also. Rava idli is easy and quick to prepare. Rava means sooji/semolina. You can use Bombay rava if ordinary rava is not available. When I prepared my rava idli, it just tasted like the ones you get in restaurants. It was so delicious, soft and full of aroma. Rava idli can be served … Continue reading



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