Latest recipes

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


  • Onion pokada is a popular street snack in Tamil Nadu, enjoyed scrumptiously with family during evening times along with tea. I often crave for or remember the onion pakodas when the weather is pleasant or during rainy cold winters. Onion pokada is a deep fried fritter made with besan (gram flour) and spices. This recipe that I am sharing for onion pokada is in South Indian style known as vengaya pokada (onion pakoda) in Tamil, which is crispy and entirely different from the North Indian version of pokadas (kanda bhaji). These onion pokadas are flavoured with South Indian spices, which … Continue reading



  • Crab pepper fry is a South Indian (Tamil Nadu) seafood delicacy, infused with fennel seeds powder and black pepper powder, which makes this crab dish mouth-watering and packed with flavours. You can guess from the name itself, Crab pepper fry (Nandu milagu varuval), that it is peppery and hot. Crab pepper fry is not completely dry but is semi dry with thick gravy coated on the crab. I have used nice, heavy and meaty blue crabs, which were cleaned by my fish monger. The crabs were halved after its two big claws were separated. Any crab dish at my home … Continue reading



  • Curd rice, a south Indian favourite is one of my comfort foods as well, especially during summers. Curd rice is simple, quick and easy to prepare but gives immense pleasure while eating for those who love curd rice. In Chennai or any part of south India, Kerala or Karnataka, you can find this popular curd rice with different names such as Thayir Sadam in Tamil (Tamil Nadu), Perugu Annam in Telugu (Andhra), Mosaranna or Bagalabath in Kannada (Karnataka). Curd rice is best served with lime pickle or potato crisps – it very simple but very delicious to eat. In South … Continue reading



  • Pav bhaji is by far the most popular and famous street food of Mumbai (India) and a very popular fast food dish from the roadside vendors in India. Pav means bread (bun) and bhaji means mixed vegetables curry. A spicy gravy is prepared in which various boiled vegetables are added, mashed well and served with a butter fried pav (bread or bun). Pav bhaji masala is usually made with butter and served with a dollop of butter on top of the bhaji. The pav bhaji vendors will be having their sauce separate and the vegetables will be kept separate as … Continue reading



  • Eid ki seviyan/semiya (vermicelli) is a very popular traditional dessert, which is served during Ramzan, Bakrid and other special occasions. Eid is incomplete without the preparation of this meethi seviyan (sweet vermicelli). Eid is a celebration of food with family and friends together. In India, when Eid is celebrated, the whole month or the time when Eid is nearing, you can see varieties of delicious food all around the market place (especially near mosques or Muslim community) during evening times, the aroma of which will be irresistible to us. People buy a lot of food from these markets for iftari … 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 (turai aur gosht ka saalan)


    In restaurants, we mostly see the dishes aloo gosht (potato and mutton), with spinach or peas. But at home you can add any other vegetable, which I will be showing you. At home we call this dish as turai ka saalan, and the combination of mutton and turai goes well. It is very tasty and liked by all at home. With mutton we can add potatoes, palak, peas, drumstick with the same procedure as mutton and turai are cooked. It is eaten with chapathi, naan or just with plain rice. When turai is cooked, it gives a sweet flavour and … 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


  • 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


  • Mutton curry with broad beans


    Broad beans (chikkudukaya in telugu , avarakka in tamil, sem ki phalli or gwarphalli in hindi) or flat beans which are nutritious and rich in fibre and proteins. Can cook either in curry form or dry form (stir fry or porriyal in Tamil) or mix with meat. I have cooked with meat, which gives different flavour and taste. For vegetarians can cook without meat also with the same ingredients. This time when I bought the meat I asked for the marrow bone which I think most of the people enjoy eating it, it’s my favourite. Any meat dish cook with … 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.

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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


  • Nimmakaya pulihora (lemon rice)


    Lemon rice or chitrannam or Nimmakaya Pulihora”(telugu) in Telugu is a staple and simple south Indian food. In my previous lemon rice I showed the simple, Chennai style and our home style but this one is prepared in my grandma’s house by my mami, which is simple but added one more ingredient to make it more special that is roasted chana (putanae or dalia in hindi). I still remember whenever we plan for picnic or journey by train or car , my grandmother and my mami, they prepare so perfectly with the colour and taste, who is in anantapur (Andhra … 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 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


  • 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.

  • 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


  • Kanchipuram idli / Kudalai idli


    Kanjeevaram idli/Kudalai idli/Kanchipuram idli is a variation to the regular idli (steamed rice cake). Kanchipuram idli originated from the place called Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, famous for silk sarees, where I bought few of my sarees for my marriage 9 years ago. One of my aunts accompanied with us for shopping who suggested us to have Kanchipuram idli while shopping. Kanchipuram idli is slightly spiced and steamed. But these idlis are traditionally steamed in cups made out of dried leaves – manthara leaf cups called dhonnai. Kanchipuram idlis are also known as Kudalai idli named after the leaf cups, which … 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


  • Coimbatore street food Mushroom fry (kaalaan varuval)


    Kaalaan varuval (mushroom fry) or chilli mushroom is a very famous street food of Coimbatore, which you can find near busy market places or children’s parks where the street vendors sell this delicious street food. Though I am not a very big fan of mushroom, for a change I sometimes prepare mushroom curry, mushroom 65 and mushroom pokada. After tasting this mushroom fry (kaalaan varuval) street food, it was a hit for me. It was so delicious that I can eat it regularly. When I saw the street vendor preparing the kaalaan varuval (mushroom fry), it looked like a very … 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



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