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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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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Chow Chow Moong Dal Kootu

Chow Chow Moong Dal Kootu is one of those delicious simple and easy to make, dish that can be paired so well with Steamed rice or even rotis. This is part of the Tamil Brahmin thalis and I have seen friends bringing this often along with rice. As part of the bigger thali, this is […]

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Mixed Dal with Pulka ~ Easy Dinner Ideas

Mixed Dal with Pulka is one of our most wanted dinner ideas that we almost end up making at least once a week. Why I love this is because not only it is simply so comforting, my kids love it too. They love the hot ghee loaded Pulkas served with this dal. We mostly use […]

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Munakkaya Jeedipappu Masala Kura | Drumstick in Cashew nut Gravy

Munakkaya Jeedipappu Masala Kura

Munakkaya Jeedipappu Masala Kura is an authentic Andhra side dish, specially prepared in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh. Since I don’t like cashews I never ventured into dishes that feature cashews as the base ingredient. Ever since I have started making Paneer Butter Masala with cashew paste, I have overcome my aversion and don’t […]

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Kara Chutney ~ Easy Tiffin Chutney

Kara Chutney

Kara Chutney is one of those delicious chutneys you get served in Tamil Nadu Hotels. Most are bright red in colour and are spicy as well. Today’s version is quite simple and easy to make and all with 4 main ingredients and some of the tempering ingredients. This Kara Chutney can be considered as 4 […]

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Kanchipuram Idli Recipe 2 | How to make Kanchipuram Idli

Kanchipuram Idli

Kanchipuram Idlis are one of those spicy, delicious Idlis that are different from the regular ones you make. These Idlis are supposed to have been made in the Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram. While we do not know if it is indeed prepared like this, there are many recipes floating around, claiming to be the recipe […]

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Pappu Billalu | Chekkalu ~ Andhra Snack

For the Cooking from Cookbook Challenge this week, I have a recipe from the dairies of my Aunt. She shared this recipe for the Pappu Billalu, made differently from what we normally make. So it was a crunchy treat over the weekend, making this and enjoying a deep fried snack after a long time. Pappu […]

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Matar Kachori | How to make Peas Stuffed Pooris

For the second day of BM#48, weekend Brunch, I planned for yet another elaborate brunch. Sunday breakfast at home is either Appam with Tomato Kurma or Poori channa. I didn’t want to break the tradition and decided to make two different poori variety to make it even more elaborate. As always the breakfast is had […]

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Dhalbhari Puris | How to make Dal Poori

For the final day under BM#49 Indian Bread Basket, I can’t leave without sharing a poori recipe right! Ok before I decided to make this, I checked some couple of times to ensure I am not repeating myself. I have so many dal pooris, Bedami pooris, with Chana dal some and with moong dal some. […]

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Ragi Adai | Kezhvaragu Adai | Finger Millet Adai

We are starting the BM#49 Edition. I selected to make from the Indian Bread Baskets. While one would think of a bread basket mostly when dining out, which in turn has very limited choice in almost all dine outs, the variety that we have under this, is simply amazing. So instead of going through the […]

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