Madatha Kaja/South Indian Sweet rolls

Yet another Andhra delicacy from my kitchen to yours! Today I attempted to make the famous Kakinada Kaja which turned out really well and Yummy. For people from my place, this dish needs no introduction. But for people who does not know, these are layered sweet rolls made out of all purpose flour and dipped in sugar syrup with each layer filled with that finger licking sweet syrup with a hidden note of cardamom powder.
These sweet rolls are an absolute feast for people with sweet tooth. Hope you guys will try this out and enjoy this dish!!

Newyork Cheesecake with mixed berry sauce

When it comes to cooking, baking and that too making cakes is one thing that intimidates me a lot. I am a lot skeptical when I first thought of making a cheesecake. But I made it anyways. This is my first ever cheesecake and guess what it turned out awfully good :).
I can tell that it tasted very well as my husband too this cake to work and he said it is all gone in the first hour itself!!! I am so happy and just wanted to share this sweet recipe with you all.. The only one thing I will warn you is to be patient while making the cake. Enjoy :)

Chicken Pachadi/Chicken Pickle

Today I made a dish from my mom's diary - Kodi Pachadi/Chicken Pickle. My mom always used to have this on hand just because I am a picky eater growing up and if I did not like the curry she cooked that day, she would make sure that there is something for me to eat. Mom is mom always - Love u lots amma :)..
I have tried lot of versions of this pickle but by far this is my favorite. This recipe does not use mustard seeds or does not call for tadka or talimpu. Preparing this dish needs little patience and time but at the end of the day all that work is worth it. Hope you guys will like it as much as I like it :)

Onion Samosa with wonton sheets

This weekend I was organizing my freezer and saw a pack of wonton wrappers and the first thing that came to my mind was wonton soup. But I was not at all in a mood to have soup.. so thought of doing something different and finally made Onion Samosa. Onion samosas are crispy, sweet and savory tiny pockets packed with tons of taste.
While I was a child, back in India, onion samosas are like pop corn to us whenever we go watch a movie.  The ones they used to sell at the movie theaters are bite size and I used to eat 10 of them easily at a stretch. Good old memories.....
Here is a simple and easy recipe to make onion samosa with a very few ingredients on hand. Give it a try :)

Guthi Vankaya Koora/Stuffed Eggplant

Guthivankaya koora - The one recipe that will make mouth water for people from Southern part of India....well, atleast for people from my home state - Andhra pradesh :) .. Stuffed eggplant with hot steamed rice and a touch of ghee...ummm..ummmm....ummmmm. In my opinion, even non-veg dishes will not be able to compete with this one dish. That is how tasty this curry will be..
There are 101 ways to make the stuffing for egg plants. Here is one of my favorite stuffing I wanted to share today. It is spicy, tangy, nutty, rich, with a hint of sweetness and last but not least--Yummy!!! Give it a try and from my own experience, I promise you will be asked to make this dish more often :). Good Luck...

Kobbari Billalu/Coconut Burfi

I have leftover shredded coconut sitting in my freezer. I thought of making something that does not require lot of ingredients and which is not time consuming. This recipe is very easy to make and perfectly fit the bill for people with sweet tooth...Enjoy!!

Chicken Gassi/Chicken in spicy coconut gravy

Craving for something spicy and rich? Here is one dish which satisfies that craving especially on a cold winter day - Chicken gassi. This is a traditional manglorean dish and of course one of my few early culinary adventures after I started cooking. I really do not remember where or from whom I got this dish but it ended in my kitchen and in my recipe diary.
Today I wanted to share this recipe with all the spice food lovers out there..Give this recipe a try for sure..I promise you will not be disappointed at all :)

Uggani

Today I made Uggani, one of the special dishes prepared in Rayalaseema. It is often paired up with Mirchi Bajji in seema. Uggani is made with puffed rice(Maramaralu) and tastes really good even served on its own..
Well, the way I prepared this dish might not exactly be the authentic seema way but trust me, it did taste YUM!!! Just give it a try and find it for yourself :)

Magic 7 layer Bars

I have a Thanksgiving luncheon at my office this week and I wanted to make some dessert for the event. I was looking for something quick, easy and tasty and this recipe on joyofbaking.com caught my eye.
This recipe was so simple and easy to make and tasted out of this world as well. Give it a try and see for yourself :)

Crunchy Almond Chicken and Rice Casserole

I want to share a recipe I made for my hubby dear's thanksgiving potluck at work. This is one dish you can make for big work potluck parties which is very easy and does not consume much of your time. I can tell that this dish turned out real well from the fact that there are no left overs. They ate it ALL!!
All the chopping and dicing can be made ahead the night before and all you got to do on the day of is to put everything together....

Mysore Pak

Today I made one of the traditional and melt-in-mouth Indian dish  - Mysore Pak. Many people think this is one sweet which is very hard to make. But if you have time on hand this is one recipe which is real easy to make.
Here is version of Mysore pak recipe from my mother in law. If you follow the exact measurements and procedure there is no way you can go wrong. Knowing the right time to take the mixture off the stove is the key.
Little patience, attention and time is all you need to make this yummy sweet.. Good luck :)

Tomato Pulao

I had left over rice on hand and I do not eat meat on Thursdays. So I am thinking of making a vegan recipe and then one recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor's collection passed my mind. This is customized version of the recipe to match my taste. You can alter it any way you want and add whatever vegetables you have on hand.
This is a one dish meal with lot of veggies and lot of taste packed into it, just like that. Just give it a try!

Tangdi kebab

Back in the days there is one recipe that caught my eye while browsing - Tangdi Kabab. I did tweak the recipe to match my taste. This is one of the famous kabab recipes in northern part of India.
I prepared tangdi kabab for the weekend and made some lemonade to go with it. I have to tell you this meal made my hubby dear's weekend. Tangdi kabab makes a great starter for parties. The next time you host a party for a smaller group, this is one recipe worth trying..Good Luck!! :)....

Chikkudukaya Vepudu/Valor beans Fry

Today I made another of my all time favorite - Chikkudukaya Iguru. I bet there will not be one person from Andhra pradesh  who does not know this curry. This is one of the most simple and quick recipes that can be made in no time...
Give it a try and see for yourself that how simple, quick and Yum this recipe is!!

Chicken Fry - Dry

Simple and quick chicken fry which goes well as an appetizer or as dry item on the party menu.
Give it a try and I bet half the dish will be gone even before it is served!!

Chakrapongali/Sweet Sticky Indian Rice

With Dasara around the corner I thought of sharing a sweet which very often is made as offering to God. For every festival I remember my mom making 2 out of the following four items for prasadam - Palatalikalu, Chakrapongali, Garelu and Pulihora. Today I just wanted to share one of those which is also one of the famous offering in most of the temples - Chakra Pongali.
 Happy Navaratri and Happy Dasara Folks!!

Chicken Biryani - mom style in pressure cooker

My first taste of Biryani is from my mom's kitchen. She used to make amazing biryani even before I knew the concept of restaurants and carry outs. She is my true inspiration when it comes to cooking(just cooking :P he he he).
 I have tasted and made many biryanis later but for me My mom's is the best when it comes to Chicken biryani. Today I made this dish the same way my mom used to make with very slight changes. Try it out and I bet this will become your favorite too....

Chicken Chalna/Chicken in nuts gravy

If You are looking for a side dish to pair up with Biryani or Pulao dishes I have one dish for you - Chicken Chalna.
Chicken Chalna is a famous dish in Tamilnadu and I came across this dish online while browsing for something else. I added my own little twists to make it match my taste buds but in a good way though :)..
This dish is not too spicy yet not too mild...not too thick yet not too thin but carry perfect consistency and taste to go well with Biryani or any spicy rice dishes. Give it a try....

Ravva kesari/Semolina Pudding

Here is one sweet which is very often prepared for Indian festivals as offering to God. This is real simple dish to make with very few ingredients on hand and in a very little time without breaking a sweat :)...
This sweet just melts in your mouth and can be prepared per your sweet tooth adjusting the amount of sugar. Here is the simple recipe to make ravva kesari. Give it a try..

Bottle gourd in milk sauce curry/sorakaya palu koora

Summer is almost over and I am trying to enjoy all the summer dishes as much as I can. One dish my mom used to make during summer is bottle gourd in milk sauce.
I could not get the right word to express in english but my mom used to say 'chalava chesthundhi'. This dish to me is same as soups to me in Winter. During hot summers this dish will help cool your body and acts a cooling agent which is very simple to make in no time. It tastes best when it is hot and when accompanied by a touch of ghee..Enjoy!!!

Gobi Manchurian/Cauliflower manchurian

I have been real busy these days and hardly having time to do anything. This weekend is kind of laid back weekend for me after a long while. So I thought of sharing one of my favorite snacks with y'all.

Personally I do not like cauliflower and the only dish I can eat with cauliflower is gobi manchurian, the best street food I have ever fell in love with, after Pani poori. It is a fusion dish which hits you on different notes - spicy, tangy, sour, sweet and garlicy ....ummmm ..my mouth started watering just writing the description.

Here is the recipe for tasty Gobi Manchurian in 1..2..3... steps :).. I have to warn you that this dish need time for prepping but at the end it is worth it. Give it a try and I bet you will fall in love with this dish....

Almond brittle/Badam pappuchekka

While I was a child my mom used to make peanut brittle out of peanut and sugar or jaggery. They used to taste out of this world- sweet, crunchy, sticky and yummy at the same time.
Today I am looking through my refrigerator and a box of silvered almonds caught my eye. I instantly thought of making brittle and here it is....... Easy recipe for a tasty snack. Enjoy :)

Cumin Rice/Jeera Rice

One quick, easy and yummy rice recipe - Cumin Rice. I was busy and tied up with work and was looking for a quick recipe and Cumin rice crossed my mind. So here it is..Enjoy!!

Mutton Biryani

It has been a while since I posted something here as I was way busy with work and other stuff. Today I had little time on hand. I thought of cooking something to reward myself for all the hard work. What else can make me more happy than the food I love made with my own hands in the way I wanted to.....
And here I made one dish I love the most - Mutton Biryani. YUM!!! Spicy mutton biryani with a side of cool raitha and sliced raw onions. Alright guys, I got to go enjoy my food..Want some for yourselves too..There is only one way and what are you waiting for..Get into your kitchens :)..

Almond Chicken/Badami Chicken

Here is dish a which is rich and tasty from Mughlai cuisine. Most of the mughlai dishes are creamy, rich with hint of nuts. The dish I prepared below is on the notes of Korma but little more richer, creamier and of course tastier :).
Here is almond chicken chicken cooked in rich almond sauce. Give it a try!!

Quick pasta in tomato sauce

A quick and easy pasta recipe yet so tasty and very filling. Not bad for a weekday huh?..Give this a try :)

Andhra Mutton Curry - 1

Today I prepared another dish that always will make me feel like I am home - my mom version of mutton curry.
This dish is really easy and quick to make with very less number of ingredients on hand. Try out this lip smacking, spicy Mutton curry... Enjoy!!!

Coconut dessert

Just tried out something with coconut milk and gelatin as I have left over gelatin packets on hand. It turned out pretty good and to my surprise it tasted like coconut halwa.. I could not stop with just one piece as it literally melted in my mouth.

If you happen to have gelatin on hand this recipe is worth trying...Give it a try!!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich - 1

YAY!!!!!!!!!I got my new panini grill. I am so excited to try and make all these sandwiches and panini's now.
You can make these without a panini press or grill but the time you are going to spend on making these will make a big difference.
 Anyways I am presenting all the different ways you can make it so that anyone can try making these yummy sandwiches at home.
First and fore most I kicked it off with my favorite grill cheese sandwich which will taste out of this world, I promise :). Hope you guys will like it too...
The recipe goes like this.

Kobbari undalu/Sweet Coconut balls

Kobbari undalu also known as Kobbari losulu is one of the traditional home made sweets in Andhra. People with sweet tooth will definitely love these undalu.

All you need is freshly grated coconut, jaggery and little patience to make this dish..Give it a try :)

Chicken keema balls kofta curry

Here is the tasty and rich chicken keema balls kofta curry. The best way to describe this dish is chicken meatballs cooked in spices and rich gravy. Earlier today I made chicken keema balls for snacks and I made some extra balls to make this yummy curry.
This dish I made today is based off on Mugalai dishes which are well known for their richness. Keema kofta curry can be served with rice or any Indian bread items..Enjoy!!

Chicken Keema balls - dry

Today I made crispy chicken keema balls. These chicken balls can be served as a quick snack item or can be made into yummy kofta curry with leftovers which I will be posting later.
Adding rice to the keema will help absorb the moisture. These balls can be baked in the oven if you feel guilty to eat deep fried food :). Give this a try!!

Kodi guddu pulusu/Eggs in tamarind sauce

Kodi guddu pulusu is a classic dish in Andhra region where eggs are cooked in tangy tamarind sauce and blend of spices. Adding sugar will cut the acidity of tamarind and enhances the flavor.

This dish on a whole is party in the mouth with different notes of tastes dancing on your tongue - spicy, tangy, little hint of sweet...This is very easy to prepare with a very few ingredients yet packed with lots of flavor. Enjoy!!

Chole Palak/Spinach-Chickepeas curry


 I was bit busy this weekend and did not grocery shop. All I had on hand was a bag of spinach leaves and canned chickpeas sitting on my counter.

Well I thought of incorporating both the ingredients into one dish and it turned out really well. And all it took me is good 30 minutes to finish this dish without breaking a sweat :)..

This might not be a traditional chole dish, No offense but it tasted even better than the original chole masala itself.

I served this dish with chapathi today and it was a instant hit with hubby dear. 

Give it a try and make sure you serve this curry with a side of sliced raw onions as raw onions made it taste even better.

Enjoy!!

Endu Kobbari podi/Dry coconut powder


Kobbari Podi is one awfully good smelling side dish that can be served with idli or dosa or steamed rice. It tastes even better when it is accompanied by little ghee.

This podi is very simple to make and can be stored for up to 3 months and comes in very handy when you are in no mood to cook.Give it a try!!

Sambar/Dal Stew

Sambar is one of the most loved dishes in Southern part of India. This dish accompanies almost all the meals in South India. Can be served with breakfasts like idli dosa and can be served with steamed rice as well.

Sambar is typically cooked with dal, lots of vegetables, tangy tamarind and spices. Tastes even better if you use ghee for tadka or popu.

You know what gives this sambar the best taste ...home made sambar powder. Below I am linking my version of sambar powder along with the sambar recipe :)....

Hot sambar with ghee rice and side of papads are to die for...Yummmm....My mouth is watering right now..Got to go guys...Enjoy!!!

Sambar Powder

These days every one is really busy with lives and most of us tend to buy all these powders and masalas at the grocery store.Well the truth is making these powders is really easy and doesn't even take much of your time to prepare it. 15 minutes is all you need to make any powder for up to 3 months in advance and store it.
The downside is you need 15 minutes to make it but you cannot deny the fact that everything tastes more yummy when it is home made and fresh ..So here is a simple and fast way to make your own blend of Sambar powder in a breeze..

Beerakaya/Ridge gourd Pachadi

Summer and ridge gourds goes hand in hand in the place I grew up. During summer we used to have ridge gourd for dinner every other day prepared different ways.

Here I am presenting simple chutney made of ridge gourd aka beerakaya.

Ridge gourd is really good for health. It has a very high water content, making it a very low calorie vegetable. It has lot other health benefits which makes me include this vegetable a regular staple in my kitchen.

Here is a simple recipe for ridge gourd chutney and wait for lot of ridge gourd recipes to follow as it is summer again :)

Enjoy!!!!

Panna Cotta

Today I made a rich, silky and decadent Panna Cotta with a side of light, sweet and tangy strawberry compote.

Panna Cotta is a Italian dessert which can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. I have to give you a heads up though. Even though it take 15 minutes to prepare, it will take at least 5 hours to set :)..

I usually make this at night before I go to bed and set in the refrigerator so that it will be ready for me by the time I wake up in the morning. That way I will not peek at it every second to see if it set or not.. Jajajaja..

Try this dessert when you have small gatherings as these can be made ahead of time and will take no time to assemble. I bet for sure this will be the star of the party. Alright, It is Panna Cotta time for me --Ciao :)

Strawberry Compote

Compote is a French word for Mixture. It is a dessert originated in France, which is made of whole or pieces of fruit in sugar syrup.

Compote can also be served as a topping for other desserts as well. Here is a simple recipe to make strawberry compote. Enjoy!!

Andhra Style Chicken curry - mom style

Today I prepared a dish that made me feel like I am home - my mom version of chicken curry.

This dish is really easy and quick to make. And trust me, no matter how much of the curry you make it won't be enough for sure. Give it a try!!

Poori/Indian Puffed bread

Poori is a Indian puffed bread which is easily recognized by its puffed up shape. It is one of the common breakfast items regularly made in Indian households.

Below is the procedure to make Poori..Enjoy!!

Aloo Kurma/Potato Korma

Today I made aloo kurma to go with Poori. I usually use cream in my kurma curries but today I ran out of cream and used nuts and coconut powder instead. It tasted a bit different but in a good way though.
This recipe I am posting below can be made with ingredients from your pantry and really easy to make. Give it a try :)


Dondakaya Pakodi/Tindora Fritters

Version 1 of dondakaya pakodi - Fresh tindora dipped in flours and spices and deep fried. This dish can be served as a snack or as a side with steamed rice.

Oh my gosh this tasted so good and I could not stop myself from munching on this delicious dish till it is all gone. So I swore to myself not to make this dish very often or else I will blow out my diet. Give it a try and I bet you will agree with me on this..


Chicken Fry

Back to chicken after whole week..God!! How did I survive without eating chicken for one full week....

Well the story is I promised my husband that I will only cook vegetarian meals for one week and yes I did kept my promise. And today I made my favorite spicy chicken fry to make it up for whole week.

My version of chicken fry is semi dry so that it goes well with rice too. This looks like a big process but you can do this in a breeze. This recipe of mine is a bg hit with friends. So take my word on this try it out..Good Luck :)


Punugulu - 2

Do you have left over Dosa batter sitting in your refrigerator and you are not in a mood to eat dosa? No worries..Here is a simple dish which can be served as breakfast or snack...Give it a try :)

Dosa - tips and tricks

Ingredients
2 cup sona masuri rice
2 cup idli rice (parboiled rice)
1 cup urad dal (minapappu)(husk less)
1 teaspoon methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
Salt per taste
Method
Wash the urad dal and rice thoroughly. Soak the rice, dal and methi seeds for 12 hrs in separate bowls in clean water. Later we use the urad dal soaked water for grinding.This will help in the fermentation process.
In a grinder or mixer jar take the urad dal, methi seeds and grind to a smooth paste by adding urad dal soaked water. Grind in separate batches if needed. Take the urad dal batter into a bowl and keep aside.

Sorakaya Dappalam(pulusu) / Bottle gourd in tamrind sauce

In the place I grew up, during the festival times one dish is a must in the menu - Muddha pappu(Toor Dal) with some kind of Pulusu. I prefer egg plant but bottle gourd pulusu which is called as Dappalam is more traditional.

As for my hubby's request, today I made Dappalam to go with muddha pappu and the recipe goes like this..

Pudina Pachadi/Mint Chutney

Sometimes I feel bored to eat the same palli chutney with breakfast. So I made Pudina pachadi,  of course with a touch of peanuts though.

Do not get intimidated by the oil floating over the top :). I just poured the tempering over the top and took the picture. Once you give it a good stir, you will see everything disappearing into the chutney... And you always can control the oil you add in for your tempering. So give it a try and you will be glad that you tried something different..yet tasty ...

Ras Malai/Cheese dumplings in milk sauce

Ras Malai is a popular dessert in India which is said to be originated in Orissa. Ras Malai is combination of two words : Ras which means Juicy and Malai which means cream or fat. If made properly this dish taste awfully good and melts in your mouth.Give it a try!!