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


  • Kofta ka saalan


    Meat balls (koftas) are made of minced meat usually lamb/mutton with few spices and onion in it. Meat balls can be made with minced chicken, beef, prawns and fish. You can buy the mince near your super market or your local butcher. I always buy my meat from my local butcher, so that I can ask for few meat bones (for the curry, for flavour) and ask the butcher to mince according to my wish like coarse mince or smooth. I have already prepared few curry recipes for meat balls; each recipe is different from each other. In this curry, … Continue reading


  • 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


  • 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


  • Suthriyan (Indian pasta)


    The word Suthriyan, we use for a Indian pasta , which is thin and flat in shape, and easy to cook. It is mostly made in Muslims home in Chennai and in my relations house. My mother in law also prepares it, when all are at home and wants to sit and chat, spend some time with the family, instead of spending much time in the kitchen. She prepares it mostly in the evening, as it is easy and one pot dish for the whole family and for a change also, instead of the same curry or biryani. Whenever suthriyan … 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.

  • Mutton dum biryani


    One more mutton biryani, which I prepared for Eid (Ramzan), lamb/mutton dum biryani (kache ghost ki biryani) Hyderabad style, which I could not resist to share with you. I am just keep trying all different kinds of biryani, as I am a big lover of biryani and never get satisfied after trying so many biryanis. Though I prepared this biryani for eid but my husband’s comment after eating this biryani was, he felt the same taste as the biryani served in our marriages (muslim biryani), which gave me immense happiness and satisfaction. Hyderabadi style lamb/mutton dum biryani is a one … Continue reading


  • Lajawab shahi gosht biryani


    Lajawab shahi gosht ki biryani is a classic biryani, as this lamb biryani or gosht ki biryani is made with all rich ingredients like almonds, cashew nuts, raisins, cream, ghee or butter and flavoured with rose water. In this biryani there is no use of tomatoes and the style of cooking is entirely different from other biryani. I liked this biryani very much as it is easy to make, not much spices are used and it is mild but very delicious, mouth-watering and flavoured biryani. I have taken boneless pieces of lamb but I always prefer to take with bones. … 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


  • 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


  • Tandoori chicken biryani


    After seeing this on one of the restaurant menus, I thought I will try preparing this tandoori chicken biryani. In restaurants, now-a-days, we get all varieties of biryani – Mughal and Tandoori style – both with chicken and tiger prawns. Preparation of these are the same and only the spices differ. It is up to you whether you want to make a really spicy or less spicy biryani. I have used ready made chicken tandoori masala to marinate chicken among other spices. If you want, you can use chicken tikka masala powder as well instead of tandoori chicken masala. We … 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.

  • Andhra mirapakaya bajji


    Andhra Mirapakaya bajji/mirchi bajji is a famous and popular street food of Andhra. It reminds me of my childhood when I used to visit my grand parents’ town (Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh). I used to see small stalls in the town where they used to sell Mirapakaya bajji (Mirchi bajji), but those chillies are small in size (Indian chillies which are used normally for curries) and are medium to very hot. The Mirapakaya bajji/Mirchi bajji, will be served hot, with pappu podi (roasted gram and garlic powder) and chopped onions on the bajjis. Mostly, I have seen women doing it more … Continue reading


  • Gongura rice


    Gongura rice is a popular Andhra rice dish made using Gongura leaves. In Andhra, Gongura leaves (Red Sorrel Leaves) is widely used in curries, pickles and chutneys. Gongura leaves has a sour taste and goes well with rice similar to Tamarind rice (pulihora). The only difference is the use of Gongura leaves instead of Tamarind. My Gongura rice is sour, tangy, and has a crunchy texture from peanuts and onions. A squeeze of lemon, brings out its flavour and taste. Gongura rice can be prepared for lunch box or travel or for a very quick lunch. Preparation time: 10 mins … Continue reading


  • Nimmakaya pulihora (lemon rice)


    Lemon rice or chitrannam or Nimmakaya Pulihora”(telugu) in Telugu is a staple and simple south Indian food. In my previous lemon rice I showed the simple, Chennai style and our home style but this one is prepared in my grandma’s house by my mami, which is simple but added one more ingredient to make it more special that is roasted chana (putanae or dalia in hindi). I still remember whenever we plan for picnic or journey by train or car , my grandmother and my mami, they prepare so perfectly with the colour and taste, who is in anantapur (Andhra … Continue reading


  • Dondakaya vepudu


    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 , it becomes more tastier vegetable, which goes well with simple dal and rice, a drizzle of ghee on top. I have served it with methi dal (fenugreek leaves). Today I have prepared this in Andhra style with coconut and garlic coarse powder. In Anantapur (Andhra) which … Continue reading


  • 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



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.

  • Mutton kurma


    Mutton Kurma is a South Indian coconut based curry, which is quite different from mutton khorma/korma in North India, the Mughlai dish. There are so many variations in mutton kurma itself. This time I am showing how my mother-in-law prepares at home usually served with pulav for dinner. If any kurma is left over, then it goes for breakfast with idli/dosa – this combination is too good, trust me. For this mutton kurma, you need green chillies instead of chilli powder and the kurma is infused with mint and fresh coriander leaves. This makes the curry pale greenish or yellowish … Continue reading


  • Kanchipuram idli / Kudalai idli


    Kanjeevaram idli/Kudalai idli/Kanchipuram idli is a variation to the regular idli (steamed rice cake). Kanchipuram idli originated from the place called Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, famous for silk sarees, where I bought few of my sarees for my marriage 9 years ago. One of my aunts accompanied with us for shopping who suggested us to have Kanchipuram idli while shopping. Kanchipuram idli is slightly spiced and steamed. But these idlis are traditionally steamed in cups made out of dried leaves – manthara leaf cups called dhonnai. Kanchipuram idlis are also known as Kudalai idli named after the leaf cups, which … Continue reading


  • Chettinad Mutton kuzhambu (Karaikudi mutton curry)


    Chettinad food is popular for its non-vegetarian dishes in chettinad region in Tamil Nadu. Some of the popular food in chettinad cuisine is chicken curry, mutton curry, fish curry, adirasam and many more dishes. Chettinad cuisine is popular for its hotness (spicy), variety of spices and freshly ground spices for non-vegetarian dishes. Chettinad mutton kuzhambu or chettinad mutton curry 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), staranise in addition to shallots (sambar onions), which is important for … Continue reading


  • Mutton chettinadu curry


    Chettinand curry a south Indian spicy curry which goes well with our south Indian break fasts like idli, dosa, set dosa, aapam, parotta , puri and chapathi(roti). It is different from other curries as shallots and aniseed (suanf) gives a sweet taste and where as whole spices and pepper seeds the heat. Chettinand curry is prepared differently in each house and every one has its own recipe. I have cooked this curry in a pressure cooker, can cook in any vessel. Ingredients Oil – 1/3 cup Curry leaves – 15 Onion (big, sliced or chopped) – 1 Tomato (big, sliced … Continue reading


  • Rasam from Chennai


    Rasam is common in south Indian meal, it is eaten with white boiled rice. It is a second course eaten with rice, followed after sambar in south India. If you order any south Indian meal in hotels, you can see that rasam is there. A south Indian meal involves puri or roti, vegetable korma or any vegetable dish, sambar, any kuzhambu , dry veg dish called poriyal, pickle, apppalam (pappad), curd and sweet. Rasam is had as a soup too. If you just serve it with hot rice and appalam (in tamil) (poppadom), and some pickle , it goes very … Continue reading



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