Latest recipes

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


  • Nadan kozhi curry is a very popular chicken curry in Kerala and it goes well with Keralan style parotta or any Indian bread, pathiri, appam, plain rice or ghee rice. This Keralan chicken curry cannot be made in a hurry as the onion has to be cooked until soft and caramelised, spices have to be roasted and combined well with onion, chicken has to be roasted well with onion mixture, all on a medium to low flame only. The slow cooking provides a very scrumptious restaurant style chicken curry with a good reddish colour. Preparation time: 20 mins (excluding soaking … Continue reading



  • Paneer tikka is a very popular Tandoori starter in India. It can be easily prepared at home in your own oven almost like restaurant style. Paneer tikka is a vegetarian Tandoori starter delight without which any Indian restaurant menu is incomplete. Paneer tikka is baked in the oven or grilled after marinating the vegetables and paneer (Indian cottage cheese) in a blend of spices and yoghurt. Preparation time: 20 mins (excluding marination time) Cooking time: 20 mins Cuisine: North Indian Spiciness: Mild Serves: 3 to 4 Ingredients Paneer – 250 gms Marinade Yoghurt (hung curd) – 1 cup Kashmiri chilli … Continue reading



  • Mixed vegetable pakora/fritters is a deep fried Indian snack, which is quick and easy to make. It can be easily prepared at home anytime and enjoyed well during evenings with a cup of tea. It becomes more enjoyable during rainy season. I have prepared mix vegetable pakora or pakoda, Punjabi style. In this recipe, you will see that I have posted two different pictures of pakora prepared with the same ingredients. The texture will be different but will taste the same. In the first picture, I did not add any water to prepare the batter and the pakoras will be … Continue reading



  • South Indian style mixed vegetable bajji is a popular snack where vegetables are dipped in gram flour batter with spices. Bajji means fritters. For bajjis, you can use raw banana, potato, bell pepper, chillies, brinjal, cauliflower, onion, etc. You can easily find stalls selling them in Chennai Marina beach, small tea shops in Chennai or in busy marketplaces. These bajjis can be easily prepared at home. I have added rice flour and biryani colour (orange or sunset colour) in my batter for the extra crispness and colour – similar to what we get in Marina beach bajji stalls. Preparation time: … Continue reading



  • 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



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.

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Mutton curry with broad beans (Chikkudukaya mutton curry)


    Chikkudukaya mutton curry or avarakka mutton curry is a very popular dish combining meat and vegetable in Andhra and southern part of India. Broad beans (chikkudukaya in Telugu, avarakka in Tamil, sem ki phalli or gwarphalli in Hindi) or flat beans are nutritious and rich in fibre and proteins. Mutton curry with broad beans gives the curry a different flavour and taste. Whenever I buy meat, I ask my butcher to add marrow bone pieces, lamb chops, ribs in addition to the normal meat and bones. The mixture of different parts of lamb gives a very good taste to the … 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.

  • Hyderabadi chicken dum biryani


    Hyderabadi chicken Dum Biryani is one of the most popular biryanis in South India. Chicken Biryani is one of the most popular Indian rice recipes all around the globe. Chicken marinated with spices overnight and cooked on dum with 50% precooked basmati rice, which gives wonderful aroma and taste to the Hyderabadi chicken biryani. The chicken gets the direct heat from the flame and the rice is cooked with steam inside, the method of cooking, also known as Dum method. It is a lengthy and elaborate process but it is worth the effort for the delicious taste at the end. … 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


  • Bombay chicken biryani


    Bombay chicken biryani is a famous and incredible biryani from Mumbai. I tasted the Bombay chicken biryani first time in one of my friends house. It was delicious and words cannot describe the taste. I was delighted because the biryani was spicy, sour and even sweet because of plums (alu bhukhara). It tasted very delicious and was entirely different from our usual biryani as it has potato, chicken and alu bhukara (dry plums). But my another friend who is also from Mumbai said she does not add potatoes nor alu bhukara (dry plums) in the Bombay chicken biryani. Every one … Continue reading


  • Fish biryani with dill leaves


    Like any other biryani, fish biryani also tastes very good. In my previous recipes chicken and mutton biryani, I have tried to explain how to cook it. From those recipes also, you can prepare fish biryani. But you have to be very careful, while cooking fish biryani, as fish is very delicate. This time I have used different spices for fish biryani. It is spicy and with a different flavour and taste also is quite different. This is because, I have added dill leaves or soya leaves, you can see it in the picture also. I always cook any food … Continue reading


  • 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



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


  • 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


  • Mamidikaya chepala pulusu (Mango fish curry)


    The famous traditional Andhra fish curry, Mamidi chepala pulusu which means mango fish curry made with fresh water fish. The fish is cooked in a tangy sauce which tastes tastier the next day. As my grandparents are from Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh), whenever fish curry has to be made, it has to be very fresh from the fresh water lake or river. One day our neighbour gave us the mamidikaya chepala pulusu, it was delicious and tasty. The sourness of the mango pieces and the fish goes well together. Even we prepare mango fish curry but other method. In Anantapur (Andhra … 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


  • 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



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.

  • 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


  • Vazhakkai bajji / Raw banana fritters


    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


  • Rasam from Chennai


    Rasam is common in south Indian meal, it is eaten with white boiled rice. It is a second course eaten with rice, followed after sambar in south India. If you order any south Indian meal in hotels, you can see that rasam is there. A south Indian meal involves puri or roti, vegetable korma or any vegetable dish, sambar, any kuzhambu , dry veg dish called poriyal, pickle, apppalam (pappad), curd and sweet. Rasam is had as a soup too. If you just serve it with hot rice and appalam (in tamil) (poppadom), and some pickle , it goes very … 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


  • 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



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