Sunday, 26 October 2014

Dondakaya pachadi | Tindora Chutney | Kovakkai Chutney


Pachadis/chutneys are an essential part of Andhra cuisine.  They are part of everyday meal in most kitchens in Andhra.  Pachadis taste great with plain hot rice and ghee.

One such tasty pachadi from Andhra is the Dondakaya Pachadi.  It requires very few ingredients and can be prepared in a jiffy.




Thursday, 21 August 2014

Groundnut Chutney | Peanut Chutney | Verkadalai Chutney


Groundnut/Peanut Chutney - A quick and easy chutney recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.  It is a perfect accompaniment to idli, dosa, upma, rava idli and uttappam.  If you like the taste of peanuts, then you will love this chutney.  Many people add coconut, roasted gram or garlic to this chutney, but I prefer it as it is.  Try out this delicious chutney.


Groundnut Chutney, Peanut Chutney


Monday, 18 August 2014

Potato and Peas Kurma | Urulaikilangu Pattaani Kurma | Aloo Matar Curry


Potato and Peas Kurma - a traditional fragrant curry from South India which tastes delicious and is very easy to prepare.  It goes very well with mild pulaos, rotis, puris, phulkas or paratha.

The same dish can be prepared with mixed vegetables too like carrot, beans, cauliflower, etc.  Check out the mixed vegetable kurma recipe here.

If you are looking out for more curries, check out ridge gourd curry, aloo matar, aloo gobi.


Potato Peas Kurma, Aloo Matar Curry


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Red Spinach Chutney | Sigappu Keerai Chutney | Thotakura Chutney


Red spinach - also called red amaranth or Laal saag is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and iron.  In fact, they contain almost thrice the amount of calcium than the other spinach varieties.  So it is a good idea to include it once or twice a week in our menu.

Quite a few dishes can be made with this red spinach - sambar, kootu, stir fry, chutney and can even be included in rotis (spinach rotis or keerai chapati).

Red spinach chutney is a yummy and healthy side dish and goes very well with plain hot rice, dosa and even rotis.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Curd Rice | Thayir Sadam | Perugannam


Curd rice or Yogurt rice - Part of South Indian cuisine, is a true comfort food.  A meal in South India is not considered complete unless and until curd rice/thayir sadam is served.

It is really easy to prepare and does not require many ingredients.  The addition of ginger, curry leaves and coriander leaves add a beautiful flavor to the rice.  It is a complete meal by itself and does not require any special side dish, just any pickle will do.


Curd rice, Thayir Sadam


Monday, 11 August 2014

Home-made Garam Masala Powder

Garam Masala Powder -- the spice blend that adds a beautiful flavor to the dishes.  It is an indispensable item in an Indian kitchen.  It is used either at the end of cooking (if using powder) or in the beginning (if using the pieces) to add flavor to a dish.  It needs to be used in small quantities only, else the smell can be overpowering.

To get more aroma in your dishes, use home-made garam masala powder.


Garam masala powder, home-made garam masala


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Triangle Paratha | Triangle Roti | Plain Paratha


Triangle paratha or Plain paratha -- A very popular, yummy, triangle-shaped layered paratha/flat bread.  It is a common breakfast item and does not need any special side dish to go with it, just any pickle will do.  There are different types of parathas depending on the stuffing used like aloo paratha, mooli paratha, gobi paratha, paneer paratha, peas paratha, methi paratha etc.


Triangle paratha, plain paratha


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