Meen Kollambu ~ Fish Curry

There is a beautiful Tamil song in praise of Meen Kuzhambu, which is an evergreen hit. And of course down south all are fond of this meen kolambu or Fish curry. At home Meen Kolambu is a must for Wednesday dinner. This is one those favorite dishes made by Amma, that I have never tasted, […]

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Chicken Pulusu or Gravy – Andhra Style

We call this Koodi Pulusu or Chicken Pulusu. Pulusu as in Telugu, means gravy which is not very thick but has running consistency. Amma prepares Chicken Pulusu with Dosa for Breakfast on Bhogi day during Sankranti or Pongal festival. Bhogi festival is not complete without this breakfast at our place. For Vegetarians, its Dosa with […]

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Traditional Curd Rice

This simple curd rice is called by so many names – Perugamma or Daddojanum or Thayir Sadam (Tamil Nadu) or Bagala bath. Curd Rice is a must at our home, be it for lunch or for dinner. Even if its only one spoon you got to eat it. It is normally eaten towards the end […]

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Lunch Box Series : LBS#3

Today’s lunch box features my Athamma’s cooking. She is an enterprising lady who can quickly change ingredients based on their availability at hand. The result has always been outstanding. But one disadvantage I found was, we never can predict what she adds to the dish. Also, if I want to recreate the same thing, I […]

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Chikkudu Kaaya Vepudu

Chikkudu Kaaya Vepudu or in English we can say Indian Broad beans Fry. Vepudu as in Telugu, can be translated as Veggie Fries or Dry Curries in Oil Sautéed dish without adding much or no water. In Andhra, different types of powders are used for seasoning, which categorizes them as Andhra Specialties. Amma typically uses […]

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Coconut Chutney ~ Side Dish for Idli Dosa

Coconut Chutney

Coconut Chutney is one of the most versatile chutney, famous all over the south. Each region adds its own distinct flavour to the base chutney. Almost all the hotels in Tamil Nadu serve this along with Dosas and Idlis. The chutney is almost so white and has a very nutty taste that makes the tiffin […]

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Crispy Adai

I can eat Dosa all days, any time of the time and everyday. I can write a book on my passion and experience with Dosa. Amma tries out many varieties of Dosa, especially for me. And my all time favorite dosa variety is Adai. The thin crispy Adai with tempting Coconut chutney is just out […]

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Gummadikaya Gojju

This dish with Butternut squash or Red pumpkin is very simple and does not involve onions or tomatoes yet tastes great. Its called Parakikay in Tamil and Gummadikaya in Telugu. This is our all time favorite which goes well with anything. Here you go for the things needed Preparation Time : 5 minsCooking Time : […]

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X – Chicken Fry

Today I am going to write on two of my Dad’s favorite dishes. One dish with chicken and the other one is an Andhra Specialty made from Butternut squash or red pumpkin as we call it. This dish is mainly done during festival season and mostly liked and eaten in Andhra. I have not seen […]

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Vankaya Pappu Andhra Style | Brinjal Dal ~ Lunch Box Series #2

Vankaya Pappu

Today’s lunch is Vankaya Pappu, a typical Andhra Style Pappu made with Brinjal or Eggplant along with a Gojju made with Drumstrick. I remember the first time I had explained to a colleague about Brinjal Dal and getting a werid expression on knowing a brinjal was featured in the dal. I guess there are lot […]

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Pulagam aka Ven Pongal with a difference

Since my visit to Tirumala, I was thinking more of the different prasadams offered in temples and I was remembering the time we had pongal there. It tasted so ultimate. But then of course, in all temples the taste of the prasadam is incomparable. This dish that I make at home is called simply Pongal, […]

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