Gutti Beerakaya Kura ~ Lunch Box Series : LBS#84

Gutti Beerakaya Kura is a typical Andhra Style side dish, served best with hot rice and ghee. This stuffed Ridge Gourd Curry goes well with Rotis as well. The best part is, this is a no onion, no tomato side dish and that makes it really easy and quick to make for a packed lunch […]

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Spicy Soya Sauce ~ Quick and Easy Sauce

Spicy Soya Sauce is a quick sauce that can be assembled with what you already have on hand. This makes a nutty sauce to dip because of the toasted sesame seeds on top. It only took me about 5 mins to get this made as it needs assembling what you have on hand. I came […]

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Kalyana Ven Pongal

Kalyana Ven Pongal is a recipe from Meenakshi Ammal’s Samaithu Paar. I have the entire collection in English edition that my brother had bought. I think he got it to learn cooking. I remember he did carry it with him when he travelled to the US. Between both of us, we must have collected so […]

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Munagaku Vepudu | Drumstick Leaves Stir Fry

Munagaku Vepudu is a healthy stir fry made with Drumstick leaves with very less oil and with boiled toor dal. The toor dal adds a good protein goodness to the stir fry. Though I have used the telugu name for this stir fry, its cooked similar way in Tamil Nadu as well. To be frank, […]

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Cabbage Poriyal | Cabbage Stir Fry Tamil Nadu Style

Cabbage Poriyal is a classic stir fry from Tamil Nadu. It’s my favourite way of eating cabbage and I was surprised that I haven’t shared this till date. The whole everyday Tamil Nadu thali I cooked a while ago, was almost an afterthought for this. In Tamil Nadu style of making this poriyal, we add […]

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Aratikaya Nuvvu Podi Vepudu

Aratikaya Nuvvu Podi Vepudu is a classic stir fry from Coastal Andhra, part of Andhra Cuisine. I love plantain fries and make it in different ways for lunch. There was a time when Amma used to pair different dals and sambar with each of the different ways she used to cook this vegetable. Since she […]

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Vendakkai Curry | Lady’s Finger Spicy Side Dish

Vendakkai Curry is the last one of the series to be featured on the Flavours of India. This theme is to showcase dishes that are not regularly featured in a restaurant. Rather it is homecooked dishes or traditional dishes that aren’t explored yet. I came to know about the Vendakkai Curry in the strangest places. […]

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Thotakura Pulusu ~ Authentic Andhra Dal

Thotakura Pulusu is a typical pappu from Andhra made with greens and toor dal. The pressure cooked dal is mashed and tempered with garlic and other seasoning ingredients. As a side dish for steamed rice, this makes a wonderful meal. I cooked this from Padma for my Andhra Thali. The entire meal was such a […]

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Chinese Peanut Sesame Ginger Brittle

Chinese Peanut Sesame Ginger Brittle is much like our Indian Peanut Brittle, except it has ginger in it. After making it and Amma tasting it, she commented that she has tasted something like this before. So you may never know, some of the version might include sonti, the dry ginger version as well. This week […]

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Rajma Masala with Chapati

Rajma Masala is one of my most favorite North Indian Dishes. Though Amma used to make it often at home, I somehow got addicted to Rajma Masala when my friend used to bring this during our college days. When I met her Mom, the first thing I asked her was her recipe for this gravy. […]

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