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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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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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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Hotel Style Vegetable Kurma for Parotta

Hotel Style Kurma for Parottas is a recipe from a cook who sells parottas in a Madras. If Madras Street Food is famous for its eatery, then it’s the Biryanis and Parottas. Nowhere else will you find those flaky parottas made on the road side more prevalent than in Tamil Nadu. Today’s recipe is shared […]

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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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Tawa Chilli Paneer | How to make Chilli Paneer on Tawa

Tawa Chilli Paneer is one of those quick snacks you can make when you have homemade paneer ready on hands. We never buy Paneer except when we want to make Paneer Tikkas on skewers. Else its always only homemade and the kids love how soft it tastes. I was supposed to take up Cooking on […]

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