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.

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


    In Andhra, ridge gourd and lamb curry is known as Beerakaya Mamsam (ridge gourd and lamb curry), it is one of my favourite combination of vegetable and lamb/mutton. At home we call this dish as Turai ka saalan, and the combination of lamb/mutton and Turai (ridge gourd) goes well. When Turai (Beerakaya or Turai) is cooked, it gives a sweet flavour in taste, and reduces (shrinks like spinach leaves) in quantity. I always love to cook my meat with the combination of ribs, lamb/mutton chops; marrow bones which gives a very delicious taste to my curries or you can use … 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.

  • 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


  • Afghani pulao


    Afghani Pulao/Kabuli Pulao is the national dish of Afghanistan. It is also a very popular pulao dish in Pakistan, south east Asia and Middle East. Afghani pulao tastes different from other pulao. It tastes sweet, less spicy, and crunchy with nuts and has a very good aroma and flavour. Although there are many variants of pulao, Afghani version is known to be more rich in calories and also satisfying. Combination of rice, lamb, carrots and raisins makes it a perfect meal for every occasion. Cooked with Parboiled Basmati Rice (pakki basmati or saila chawal), it is a very delicious and … Continue reading


  • 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


  • 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


  • Bai biryani (Chennai style)


    In Chennai (Tamil Nadu) Bai Biryani means Muslim style Biryani. Most of my friends and others may not know about bai biryani, for them one more delicious biryani, which tastes delicious and you will feel not to stop but just keep eating this biryani. Iam myself a big biryani lover and favourite one is the biryani which is served in Muslim marriages and served in small shops just for the take away only. This biryani is special and cooked by good and experienced Muslim chefs only. This biryani is cooked using wood (charcoal) and dum is given with coal from … 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.

  • 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 mutton or Gongura mamasam


    Gongura lamb / mutton curry (gongura mamasam in telugu) is one of my favourites and very close to my heart dish. It is an authentic and popular non-vegetarian dish in Andhra Pradesh. I like this dish very much because of its tangy and spicy taste. Gongura is called as sorrel leaves in English, khatti bhaji or ambadi ki bhaji in Hindi, pulicha keerai in Tamil. There are 2 types of sorrel leaves – one is red stem sorrel leaves and the other is green sorrel leaves. There is not much difference between them. The red one has its stem red … Continue reading


  • Chepala pulusu (Tamarind fish curry)


    The famous traditional Andhra fish curry, chepala pulusu which means Tamarind fish curry, which is very popular and found in every restaurants of the menu in Andhra. The fish is cooked in a tangy sauce which tastes tastier the next day. In my home, my relations and my friends who are from Andhra Vizag (Vishakhapatnam), Anantapur, Kurnool, Hindupur, kadappa, Guntakal, Hyderabad and other places, prepare this curry differently though the ingredients are same. Like some add tomato paste and some add chopped tomatoes, some prepare it with just onion and spices; the main taste comes from the fresh fish and … Continue reading


  • Andhra style veg pulao


    Andhra style vegetable pulao/pulav is a fragrant and rich rice dish made of most Andhra Pradesh homes. The combination of whole spices along with mint leaves and a paste made of dry coconut, cashews, khus-khus among other ingredients make this pulao/pulav flavoursome and gives this dish a delectable taste. The creaminess of cashews and the sweetness of dry coconut make this pulao very different from other pulao and is one of my favourite rice dishes. Every home has their own pulao recipe and there are varieties of pulao also. This pulao is a one pot satisfying meal with a lot … Continue reading


  • Lentil and drumstick leaves rasam


    Drumstick leaves rasam is popular in Andhra Pradesh (India) and is widely used in the southern part of India. Drumstick leaves is called murungai keerai in Tamil and munaga aaku in Telugu. Drumstick leaves are very healthy and has a good and valuable source of vitamin C, proteins, iron and potassium. It has very high medicinal values. It is a good source of iron for pregnant women. There are few varieties of drumstick leaves rasam, which I prepare at home. I have already shared my mother’s recipe. This lentil and drumstick leaves rasam, which is sweet and sour, is a … 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 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


  • Sankara fish fry


    Sankara meen varuval (in Tamil) or Red snapper fish fry is a very popular and frequently cooked in South Indian style in our home. We always use sankara, which we call Aarass ki Macchi at home, more for frying purpose. Very rarely we use it for curry. Each home has their own recipe of fish fry. This recipe is from my mother in laws. She adds more spices for the fried fish and gives it a very spicy masala for the South Indian style fish fry. This recipe is entirely different from my mother’s recipe and in taste also. Apart … Continue reading


  • Mango fish curry (Chennai style)


    South Indian (Chennai) style mango fish curry is one of my favourite fish curries because of the sour and tangy taste. Mango fish curry is an onion and tomato based curry with tamarind and raw mango. The combination of raw mango and fish makes this curry excellent. I have used sea bass for this curry. Any firm fish like snapper, sea bream, king fish (vanjaram) or salmon will work. This fish curry has pretty much the same ingredients as madras fish curry with the only main difference being raw mango. Prepare this fish curry in the morning and serve it … 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


  • Ven pongal or kara pongal


    Ven pongal/kara pongal is a very popular breakfast in restaurants or at home in south India. Tamil kara pongal recipe is popularly called ven pongal. ven pongal is very easy to make and this is one of the dish that I always see serving in banana leaves in marriages. In each house and other places, pongal is prepared differently. In Karnataka, the pongal I tasted at my friend’s house and restaurant’s is entirely different, as dry coconut or fresh coconut and turmeric powder is added and is served with tamarind based sauce called gojju. The best pongal I tasted was … Continue reading



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