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.

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 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



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.

  • Kacchi gosht ki biryani with saffron and dried rose petals (Mutton dum biryani)


    This mutton dum biryani is flavoured with whole spices, dried rose petals and saffron, which makes the biryani fragrant and delicious. 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 to make biryani from my mom, which I am sharing with you. My mom makes it a little less spicy, but I make it more spicy. I have made a lot of varieties in biryani and now I will like to share this one with you. This time I have made mutton biryani with … Continue reading


  • Spicy masala fish biryani


    Fish biryani like any other biryani would probably be everyones favourite dish. In this fish biryani recipe I have used ready made biryani masala, my own spices and made it a more masala type biryani. My other fish biryani recipe is quite similar in terms of cooking procedure but the ingredients are different. Fish biryani needs time and patience but the end result will be good. In every recipe I have said that it depends on your taste whether you want to make the biryani spicy or light. If you want this fish biryani to be light, then adjust the … 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


  • 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



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.

  • Hyderabadi Dum Ka Murg


    Hyderabadi dum ka murg is a very popular nawabi dish in Hyderabad, both in homes and restaurants. Hyderabadi dum ka murg is known by many names like dum ka red chicken and hyderabadi wedding red chicken curry. For me, dum ka murg means chicken cooked in low flame. Hyderabadi dum ka murg is prepared with various spices, nuts, sauces and mint leaves, which gives this dish a unique sweet taste with creamy texture. This dish is quite different from my other curries as I have used Chinese sauces. Dum ka murg is creamy, rich, medium hot, sour and tangy. The … 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


  • Gongura pappu (gongura dal)


    Gongura pappu or khatti bhaji ki dal (gongura dal) is very famous in Andhra cuisine. Gongura leaves (sorrel leaves) or khatti bhaji we call, are used more in Andhra than any other parts of the region. You get two types of gongura (sorrel leaves) one with green stem and the other red stem, green leaves with red stem seem to be more sour, but both are same. Any dish with gongura , is my favourite. Whenever I see gongura leaves (khatti bhaji) , I cannot resist buying it; I just love it because of its sourness taste. Gongura (sorrel leaves) … 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


  • 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



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.

  • Milagai bajji / Chilli bajji / Mirchi bajji


    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


  • Vengaya sambar


    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 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


  • Era varuval (tiger prawns fry)


    One of our families most favourite, tasty, scrumptious and delicious is era varuval (in Tamil) or Jhinga fry (king prawns fry). My husbands and every bodies favourite, who love seafood for them, is Era varuval (king Prawns fry). In each house they do it differently with the spices. We have to be careful while cooking Era varuval (Jhinga fry), as we have to do roasting, it can take time also to give that roasting colour, and if we overcook the prawns can become rubbery. In this Era varuval , we have to cook first gravy, and then add the prawns … 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



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