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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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Goan Recheado Masala

Usually when we buy fish, I fry it the traditional Kerala Style. But this time, I had already made up my mind on trying the ‘Goan Style’. I had heard a lot about the Recheado Masala. As usual, I searched my favourite blog, Goan Food Recipes. I was under the impression that it would take a long time to prepare this. It turned out that all I had to do was, to assemble all the ingredients and grind. Voila !! The Masala was ready 🙂 I halved the recipe and tweaked it a bit to suit my liking. I used…

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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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Ikan Pari Bakar (Malaysian Style Baked Sting Ray)

D is not particularly fond of fish. So, the other day when he started pestering me to buy Sting Ray, I was a bit surprised. As soon as the fish was brought home, he searched and gave me the recipe of Ikan Pari Bakar, from Tasty Kitchen. On reading the recipe, I figured that it was similar to the sti

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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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Dukra Maas/ Bafat Pork

As a child, I wasn’t particularly fond of pork dishes because I used to dislike the fat. This continued till I went to college. During my studies in Mangalore, I used to visit my aunt during weekends. During one such visit, a pork curry was prepared. I was a bit hesitant to have it but still went ah

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Chicken Ghee Roast

A lot has happened since my last post. Packing, moving, unpacking, settling down….Frequent relocations can be such a nightmare. After relocating the fourth time in the last 4 years, I finally had to give an ultimatum to J. No more moves for another 3 years at least. Now all I can do is to keep my

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Chettinad Saiva Meen Kulambu – A Vegetarian version of Fish Curry

Saiva Meen Kulambu is a Chettinad gravy, where in cow peas is ground and steamed and cut into pieces, which resembles fish slices.Contradictory to its name meen, which means fish, this dish doesn’t have any fish at all. I was intrigued by this dish when I came across the recipe some time back in a f

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Kolmi No Patio- Parsi Style Prawn Curry

The other day, I was flipping through the book by Jiggs Kalra, looking for some Prawn recipe. I was intrigued by the name Kolmi No Patio, a Parsi prawn dish, which is a blend of tangy, sweet and spicy flavours. Somehow I felt that I need to look for more recipes on the net and found something I felt

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Chettinad Meen Varuval (Chettinad Fish Fry)

My search for a ‘different type’ of fish fry recipe led me to this one. The ingredients looked so interesting that I decided to double the amount. I took half the masala and stored the remaining masala in an airtight container in the freezer. My parents were also with us to taste this new recipe and

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Goan Fish Curry

I have so many recipes to be tried out in my “to-do” list. One such recipe was the Goan Fish Curry. So, this time when I bought fish, I didn’t have to rack my brain to decide which recipe to follow. As usual, I looked into Goan Food Recipes blog, my go-to space for any Goan recipes 🙂 On reading thr

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Coconut Chutney with Roasted Red chillies and Garlic

One thing I like about being in Chennai is the fact that we get readymade Idli/ Dosa batter, which comes handy in case of emergencies. We always prefer to have coconut chutney with Idlis. Once I decided to experient and went about adding whatever I felt like. To cut the story short, this has turned

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Prawn Balchao

Prawn Balchao is a traditional Goan spicy prawn pickle . This dish can be stored in a refrigerator for a long time. Prawn Balchao Source: Goan Food Recipes

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Chicken Cafreal

Till we came to Chennai, my lunch preparations never started before 11 am, as both J and D used to be home for lunch. The whole scenario changed after coming here. My mornings start with a mad rush of preparing breakfast and lunch to be packed. Doing the chopping and grinding the previous evening sa

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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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Bagara Baingan (Tempered Eggplants)

Bagara Baingan is an authentic Hyderabadi side dish, that goes well with Biryani, rice and even roti. Though I have stayed in Hyderabad for over 4 years, during different postings, I never really bothered to taste Bagara Baingan. It was more due to the fact that I had a dislike for eggplants/ brinja

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Bisi Bele Bhaath (Hot Lentil Rice)

Bisi Bele Bhaath is a wholesome, one pot meal popular in Karnataka. The name Bisi Bele Bhaath means Hot lentil rice. I have tried quite a few variations of this but the recipe of Tarla Dalal is my all time favourite. My favourite combination with Bisi Bele Baath would be curd and pickle. Yum !!! Her

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Idi Chammanthi/Chammanthippodi (Curry leaves Chutney powder)

Idi Chammanthi, also known as Chammanthi podi, is a much loved chutney powder in almost all households in Kerala. At the mention of Idi chammanthi, the first thought that comes to my mind is my childhood days at my mom’s place. The ladies of the house would dry roast the ingredients and pound them i

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