Latest recipes

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


  • 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



  • Patra ni Machi is a popular dish in the Parsi cuisine. You will find this dish in every ceremony or celebration. Patra ni machi is a mouth-watering dish – fish coated with green chutney (made from coriander leaves, green chillies, coconut, cumin seeds and lemon juice), wrapped in banana leaf and steamed. I have used whole pomfret fish and also individual steaks. During the steaming process, flavours of the chutney get infused into the fish giving it a fine texture, softness and aroma. It will be very good to impress and to serve as members of the family and friends … Continue reading



  • 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



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.

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Tangy mutton and ladies finger curry (Bhindi aur gosht ka khatta saalan)


    We call this mutton and ladies finger curry as bhindi aur gosht ka khatta saalan, as it is cooked in tamarind sauce. This is one more variety of curry in which mutton and vegetables are cooked together. If you do not like tamarind, then you can avoid it and cook with other ingredients. We call the gravy which is cooked with mutton or fish as mittah saalan(without tamarind) and khatta saalan (with tamarind). These are the base curry names if we add any vegetables with meat. For example we call aloo aur gosht ka mittah saalan (potato and mutton curry … 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.

  • 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


  • Chicken 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


  • 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


  • Chicken biryani with alubukhara


    Chicken biryani with alu bukhara is very unusual and different for me. In my biryani , I have used dry fruits and nuts but never tried with 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. Alubukhara (dried prune) is a fruit which is dried and used in cookings. I used to have it when I … 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



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.

  • Pesarattu


    Pesarattu is a very popular breakfast in Andhra Pradesh (India), pesara means green gram, attu means dosa . Pesarattu is considered as a very healthy breakfast in India. My grand father likes pesarattu very much which he loves to eat with sugar and we love to have it with chutneys, which goes well with both. My family they love mostly groundnut chutney and other chutneys like ginger chutney, coconut chutney, brinjal chutney. You can serve any chutney you like. Pesarattu is made with whole green moong dal, which is soaked for 6hrs to overnight in the water. Can add cumin … 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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



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.

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


    Drumstick is a common vegetable which we can use in sambar. This time I have prepared sambar using brinjal, drumstick, ladies finger and ofcourse my favourite sambar onions (kunjili onions or shallots). In this sambar recipe, I did tadka (seasoning) first, then boiled the vegetables, added the boiled dal and then freshly ground powder (masala). If you want you can do tadka right at the end. In this sambar recipe, I have roasted spices and ground them into a powder for special taste and aroma. It depends on you whether to reduce chillies or not. In my other recipes I … Continue reading



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