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.

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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



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.

  • Nalli gosht biryani


    Lamb shank biryani (Nalli gosht biryani) is a mild and very delicious biryani flavoured with mace and nutmeg powder (jaiphal and javitri powder) and other ingredients. In this lamb biryani, I have used lamb shank pieces (2 big), apart from few meat pieces. In this lamb shank biryani, I have cooked lamb shanks in a pressure cooker with the spices separately in a curry form and layered the rice but this time I didn’t add the yoghurt in the curry as I do often, this time, I have used yoghurt by adding kesar colour or biryani colour for layering on … Continue reading


  • Chicken Dum 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


  • Ajwain ki macchi biryani (Fish biryani with carom seeds)


    This is a spicy and tangy fish biryani and I will call this Ajwain ki macchi biryani (fish biryani with carom seeds) as ajwain or carom seeds is an important ingredient in this biryani. I have used ajwain in the fish marinade and also while making the gravy. A little extra care is required while cooking fish biryani in general as fish is very delicate. As with any biryani, this fish biryani also tastes good. I came across this recipe in a food show made by chef Mehboob. I have made slight changes to this. This fish biryani is spicy, … 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


  • 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



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.

  • 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


  • 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


  • Andhra style paaya ka saalan


    Paya, goats leg/trotters is one of my favourite comfort foods, made in a very rich sauce made with Indian spices. Paya is famous and favourite among the Muslim communities in India, Pakistan and other parts of the world and also among others who love trotters. Paya means trotters or feet of goat, lamb or cow. Paya is famous in India, everyone has their own recipe including restaurants. Soups and curries made from paya are usually consumed in India during winter months. We often make it in a curry form (gravy or saalan in urdu). It is usually a spicy curry … 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 mirapakaya bajji


    Andhra Mirapakaya bajji/milagai bajji/mirchi bajji 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 (Milagai 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/Milagai bajji, will be served hot, with pappu podi (roasted gram and garlic powder) and chopped onions on the bajjis. The pappu podi make them more delicious and appetising. You can find these chilli bajji stalls in … 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


  • 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


  • Kovakkai poriyal


    This is a chennai style kovakkai poriyal, which is made with chana dal and is very delicious and goes very well with plain rice and dal, rasam. I tasted this in one of my friend’s house, I liked it very much. Kovakkai/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 or cooked with chana dal(bengal gram) … 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


  • Rava idli


    Rava idli is a famous south Indian breakfast from Karnataka and is one more variety of idli. Rava idli is different from the normal idli and can be prepared instantly. There is no need to ferment whereas normal idli has to be fermented and both tastes different also. Rava idli is easy and quick to prepare. Rava means sooji/semolina. You can use Bombay rava if ordinary rava is not available. When I prepared my rava idli, it just tasted like the ones you get in restaurants. It was so delicious, soft and full of aroma. Rava idli can be served … Continue reading



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