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Spicy Baby Potato Fry

The other day, I had bought some potatoes thinking of making something to go with Grilled chicken. Just when I was about to start the marination of chicken, D came and asked what I was …

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Andhra Gun Powder/ Kandi Podi

It was during our stay in Secunderabad that I was introduced to Andhra Gun Powder. I was a bit amused hearing the name and was expecting it to be really hot. Surprisingly, it wasn’t. Rice …

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Malvani/Malwani Mutton Sukka (Dry Mutton Dish)

? As mentioned in my previous post, this year’s first cooking experiment was Malvani Mutton Sukka. This is a dish from the Malwan area of the Konkan region. As the name suggests, it is a dry dish. However, you can make it a gravy by adding more water. The dish can be used as a starter as well as a side dish.

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Malvani/Malwani Masala

My first cooking experiment of this year was Malvani Mutton Sukka. One of the key ingredients to make this dish is the Malvani Masala. This spice powder can be used to prepare any vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dish.

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Varutharacha Sambar

Sambar can be prepared in lot many ways. I usually prepare the Sambar without coconut. Ever since J returned from Kerala the last month, he couldn’t stop talking about this amazing Sambar he had, at a hotel. On enquiring, he was told that it is Varutharacha Sambar. I remember making this much before my marriage, under the guidnce of my maternal Grandmom. As I was making after such a long gap, I had to double check with my mother to see if I was on the right track. Pretty pleased with the results 🙂

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Sambar- I

Sambar is a lentil dish commonly made in South Indian households. One can find a lot of variations in the preparation of this curry. Some like it watery, some like it thick, some prefer having lots of vegetables in it, while some prefer very less. The recipe I am sharing today is one of the few ways I prepare. Also, the Sambar I prepare is usually thick with less vegetables and not too sour, as per our liking. You may adjust the ingredients to suit your liking. If you like the sambar to be thin, you may use less lentil….

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Mushroom Pickle

I LOVE Mushroon in any form. It’s been a while since I started toying with the idea of making some pickle with it. As I was trying it for the first time, I made in a small batch. All of us loved it.

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Watermelon Rasam

A few days back, while going through Facebook, I came across an interesting post. What intrigued me was the title “Mountbatten Iyer’s Watermelon Rasam”. On reading further, I found out that this was a recipe developed by Mountbatten Iyer, a well known Chef in Chennai. Watermelon Rasam was something

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Garlic Pickle (With Jaggery)

Both J and D loves Garlic pickle whereas I was not a big fan of it till I tasted one at my cousin’s place. It was also a store bought one but a different brand. It had a mild sweetness to it, reminding me of Puliyinji. Ever since that I have been thinking of making garlic pickle at home. The taste I

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Punjabi Chole

I love Chole. Though my favourite preparation is Pindi Chole, I like to try out other preparations as well. While searching for a different recipe, I found the Punjabi Chole recipe by Aditya Bal and felt that I should give it a go. In the recipe, tea bag is used to give a darker shade to the dish. I

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Kadumanga/Kaduku manga (Kerala Style Mango Pickle )

Onam is just around the corner. Kadukumanga is one of a must have pickle in Onam Sadya, the traditional feast. What I like the most about this pickle is the crunchines of the mango pieces. This pickle is very easy to prepare. Kaduku manga (Kerala Style Mango Pickle )

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Lemon Rice

Here’s the recipe of Lemon Rice for those who are keen on trying to bring some change to their daily bowl of rice. 🙂 Lemon Rice

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Paruppupodi with Garlic

During our drive from Hyderabad to Chennai, we had stopped over for lunch at a vegetarian hotel and ordered for meals. The waiter, who served us were guiding us about how to have our meal. First part of the meal was to eat rice with a powder along with ghee. On enquiring, I was told that it is Parup

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Aloo- Tamatar Sabji (Potatoes in a tomato based gravy)

Here is the recipe of Aloo- Tamatar Sabji, an easy and simple recipe that goes well with roti, poori or rice Aloo- Tamatar Sabji

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Sundakkai Vatral Kuzhambu/Vathal Kulambu

Relocation !! That’s a word most of the people dread. Inspite of relocating lot many times, I still dread the idea. My experimentation in cooking completely takes a back seat , when I am in the “relocating mode”. Yesterday, while relaxing, I decided to browse through my blog. Suddenly it dawned on m

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Nimmakaya Uppudu Pindi (Broken Rice Upma) – Andhra Special

Uppudu Pindi is another variation of the famous Upma. In Andhra, while some people use rice flour, others use broken rice aka rice rava (pic given below) to make this dish. Nimakkaya, in Telugu stands for lime. As the name suggests, this dish has a slight tangy flavour. I tasted Uppudu Pindi for the

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Healthy Poha

Poha is one of the easiest breakfast dishes I have come across. Poha is basically beaten rice but the dish we are talking about consists of a few more ingredients apart from the beaten rice. The beauty of this dish is that not only is it easy to make but also tastes yum. One can find thin and thick

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Lemon Pickle

One can find a lot of variations to pickle recipes. The recipe I am sharing here is that of Lemon Pickle, that I usually make at home. I learnt it from my mother. Here’s the recipe. Make sure you use ripe yellow lemons. The green ones will be raw and may have a bitterness to it. I used Kashmiri chil

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