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


  • Arbi aur gosht ka khatta saalan


    Arbi is a root plant like potato which has a slimy texture but it tastes delicious when cooked. With arbi can make kebabs, pokadas, dry fry, or in the curry. Its skin is very difficult to peel when raw, so boil it and remove the skin. Arbi aur gosht ka saalan (colocasia and lamb curry) is one of my favourite meat and vegetable dish. This curry is Arbi ka khatta saalan as it is cooked in tamarind curry. This is one more variety of curry in which lamb and vegetables are cooked together. If you do not like tamarind, then … 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


  • 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


  • 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



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


  • Ambur chicken biryani


    Ambur biryani one more very famous and popular biryani from Ambur in Tamil Nadu . Most of my friends may not be knowing the Ambur biryani, as they are mostly familiar only with Lucknowi (Awadh) and Hyderabadi dum biryani. But for the motorists, those who travel through Chennai to Bangalore highway will be known about this famous star biryani, who prepares delicious, scrumptious and mouth-watering Ambur biryani. There are many biryani shops with the name star biryani but you should taste only in the real star biryani shop. Many Briyani hotels available in Ambur Town but the best is AMBUR … Continue reading


  • Lajawab chicken biryani


    Lajawab chicken biryani means unequalled or incredible biryani. This chicken biryani when eaten at my home, only one word comes lajawab, incredible taste which is from my home which is very delicious and tasty, made with simple spices and easy to cook. I have eaten this chicken biryani from my childhood and I am sharing this chicken biryani with you. This chicken biryani is made by grandma, passed on to my mother and now it’s me who is preparing for my family. This chicken biryani is always prepared when some special guests arrive or special day or party or on … 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


  • 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



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 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Chepala vepudu (Fish fry)


    Delicious fish fry from Andhra ,Chepala vipudu(fish fry). You can use any firm fish (fresh water or sea water) like sea bass, rohu, carp, king fish (Vangaram) etc. I have used 4 thick medium size pieces. Everyone has their own fish fry recipe. I keep trying with different spices for the fish fry. In Vishakhapatnam, we get wonderful seafood, because of the sea shore and also near my grandparents (Anantapur) place fresh water fish. Every one likes fish fry, which goes well with plain rice, rasam or any dal or just have it like a starter. Preparation time: 15 mins … 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.

  • 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


  • Karuvadu varuval (dry fish fry)


    Dry fish fry (karuvadu varuval in Tamil, sukhi machi fry in Hindi) is not every ones cup of tea, because of its smell and taste. But I love the taste and about the smell, aim used to it. Whenever my grandparents come to Chennai, my grandfather love to visit fish market in the morning and I was the one who used to use to give him company. We always go by walk by talking to each other, as the market was not so far and it will be my school holidays. As soon as I enter the fish market I … Continue reading


  • Cashew Pakoda (Munthiri pakoda)


    Cashew Pakoda (Munthiri Pakoda in Tamil) is a very famous evening snack in South India. Cashew pakoda is made of chickpea flour (besan in Hindi) along with other ingredients. It is very simple and easy to prepare and goes well with tea as an evening snack. To get more flavour into the cahew pakoda, mint leaves and curry leaves are important along with a very little ghee/dalda/oil added to the flour. The texture of the cashew pakoda is crisp and crunchy unlike other pakodas which are crisp but soft inside – like Palak Pakoda or Chilli Bajji. The secret behind … 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


  • 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



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