Latest recipes

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


  • 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



  • Vengaya sambar is a very popular sambar among other sambars prepared in Tamil Nadu. Chinna vengayam sambar/small onion sambar (also known as kunjili) is one of my favourite sambars and it goes well with any south Indian breakfast and also with plain rice with a drizzle of ghee. I always prepare as arachuvitta vengaya sambar. Arachuvitta sambar means (in Tamil) ‘made with freshly ground spices’. You can prepare arachuvitta sambar with any vegetable you like, but small onions/shallots is a must for me. I enjoy mostly with hot idlies for breakfast or with plain rice for lunch with spicy potato … Continue reading



  • 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



  • Meen pollichattu is an authentic Kerala dish. Meen means fish and pollichathu means burnt/fried. Meen Pollichathu is prepared by frying the fish, then wrapping in banana leaf with a spicy onion masala and fried/roasted again with banana leaf on a pan/tava to get that fried and burnt flavour of banana leaf. The fish usually used in Kerala is the pearl spot fish (karimeen), but I have used whole pomfret fish instead. You can use any firm fish. Meen pollichathu is cooked in many ways with different spices in each home and in restaurants. This is one of my favourite fish … Continue reading



  • Meen pollichathu is a Kerala delicacy found in most of the fine restaurants and also in the house boats that you will find in the backwaters between Kollam and Alleppy (Alappuzha). Meen means fish and pollichathu means burnt/fried. The fish most commonly used in Kerala is the pearl spot fish (karimeen), which is abundantly available in the backwaters. I have instead used whole pomfret fish – you can use any firm fish. Traditionally in Meen Pollichathu, fish is first fried, then wrapped in banana leaf with a spicy onion masala and is fried / roasted again on a tava to … 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.

  • 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


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


    In restaurants, we mostly see the dishes aloo gosht (potato and mutton), with spinach or peas. But at home you can add any other vegetable, which I will be showing you. At home we call this dish as turai ka saalan, and the combination of mutton and turai goes well. It is very tasty and liked by all at home. With mutton we can add potatoes, palak, peas, drumstick with the same procedure as mutton and turai are cooked. It is eaten with chapathi, naan or just with plain rice. When turai is cooked, it gives a sweet flavour and … 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


  • 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


  • 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



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.

  • Mughlai gosht biryani


    Mughlai biryani is a special biryani, which you can make on special occasions. Mughlai biryani is different from my other biryani recipes and tastes different and delicious. Mughlai biryani – the name itself suggests that it belongs to the Mughlai cuisine, which comes from the cuisine of Mughal kingdom and is popular in northern India. The Mughlai cuisine is generally mild in taste, full of aroma and rich ingredients like nuts, dry fruits, clarified butter, saffron and cream. In this Mughlai biryani, I have used almonds (badam), saffron threads (kesar), ghee (clarified butter), single cream and ofcourse spices to make … Continue reading


  • Nawabi Mutton dum biryani


    Nawabi Mutton dum biryani is a one pot dish which is made by cooking meat and rice together with nuts and dry fruits on a slow flame. Nawabi lamb/ Mutton dum Biryani (gosht ki dum biryani), I prepared this for eid- ul -fitr, with nuts and dry fruits. In this, Nawabi mutton dum Biryani, the marinate is easy and I prepared a fragrant and flavoured stock for rice, so that rice absorbs all the flavour and whole spices wont disturb us while eating. I have prepared this lamb biryani as per my taste and with my home made biryani masala. … 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


  • Dindigul biryani


    I am going to share one more famous biryani from Tamilnadu, which is the Dindigul biryani. Most of my friends may not be knowing the Dindigul biryani as they are mostly familiar only with Lucknowi (Awadh) and Hyderabadi dum biryani. In Chennai, there are many varieties of biryani like Ambur Biryani, Vaniyambadi Biryani, Arcot Biryani, Vellore Biryani, Thalappakattu Biryani, Dindigul Biryani and more. These are all named after the town they originated and became popular in. But in recent years because of food chains, these have spread everywhere and made it to the major cities. My favourite one is the … Continue reading


  • Hyderabadi chicken dum biryani


    Hyderabadi chicken Dum Biryani is one of the most popular biryanis in South India. Chicken Biryani is one of the most popular Indian rice recipes all around the globe. Chicken marinated with spices overnight and cooked on dum with 50% precooked basmati rice, which gives wonderful aroma and taste to the Hyderabadi chicken biryani. The chicken gets the direct heat from the flame and the rice is cooked with steam inside, the method of cooking, also known as Dum method. It is a lengthy and elaborate process but it is worth the effort for the delicious taste at the end. … 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.

  • Mango rice


    Mango rice is also known as manga sadam in Tamil and maamidikaaya annam or pulihora in Telugu. Pulihora means sour rice; it can be lemon rice or tamarind rice or mango rice. Mango rice is made with raw mango. Raw mango rice is easy to make like lemon rice. Whenever mango season comes mango rice, mango pickle, mango chutney and many more is made with raw mangoes. I love food which is sour, tangy and spicy, so I have added raw mango as per my taste. Ingredients Oil – 3 tbsp Mustard seeds – 3/4 tsp Curry leaves – 15 … 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


  • Stuffed Mirchi Bajji / Andhra cut mirchi bajji


    Stuffed mirchi bajji/Andhra cut mirchi bajji is a very popular street snack of Andhra. I have tasted mirch bajji in Hyderabad, Vizag (Vishakapatnam) and also from Anantapur and other places. It varies and the chillies used are medium or hot. Each home also has their own version. You can find these chilli bajji stalls in street corners but only in the evenings after 5pm. The street vendor wraps the mirchi bajji in newspaper and sprinkles a little chopped onions and pappu podi. The mirchi bajji is stuffed with putanala pappu podi (roasted gram powder), deep fried, then cut into pieces … 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


  • Andhra Rayalaseema chepala pulusu (Fish Curry)


    One more fish curry, the famous Andhra Rayalaseema fish curry – chepala pulusu, which means Tamarind fish curry and is very popular in the houses of Rayalaseema, Andhra Pradesh. This fish curry is similar to my other chepala pulusu, but in this curry I have added roasted special spices. Fish is cooked in a tangy sauce and in the end roasted spices are added, which gives this curry a different taste. As with all fish curries, this one also tastes even better the next day. There are so many variations in the chepala pulusu itself as each house has their … 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.

  • Thengai pottukadalai chutney / Coconut and roasted gram chutney


    Coconut and roasted gram chutney is a south Indian chutney, which is served with idli and dosa or any south Indian breakfast/snack. The roasted gram is also called roasted chanadal, split gram, putanae/putanalu in Telugu and pottukadalai in Tamil. This coconut and roasted gram chutney (thengai pottukadalai chutney) is quick and easy to prepare and is common in south India. I have used fresh grated coconut, which goes well with the roasted gram. Preparation time: 5 mins Cooking time: 7 mins Cuisine: South Indian Serves: 2 Spiciness: Medium Ingredients Fresh coconut (grated) – 1/4 cup Roasted gram (split gram) – … 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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