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Andhra Gun Powder/ Kandi Podi

It was during our stay in Secunderabad that I was introduced to Andhra Gun Powder. I was a bit amused hearing the name and was expecting it to be really hot. Surprisingly, it wasn’t. Rice …

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Gulkand/ Gulqand (Rose petal Preserve)

Gulkand is a preserve made with Rose petals. It has cooling properties and also aids in digestion. The process of making Gulkand is very easy. Ideally Damask Rose (Rosa Damascena) or Provence Rose (Rosa Centifolia) …

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Appam/Vellayappam/Paalappam using Rice Powder

Appam/Hopper is a type of pancake, which is traditionally served with Stew. Any Christian function that I attended as child, always had Appam and stew in it’s menu. That hasn’t changed in all these years. …

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Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhukkupuratti (Stir fried Raw Banana)

The literal translation of the word ‘mezhukkupuratti’ would be ‘oil-coated’. In other words, Stir fry. Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhupuratti can be made with two types of raw banana. One is the Nendran variety and the other one …

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Coconut Chutney

Any person who loves his/her Idlis, Dosas and Vadas could not possibly eat it without the chutney. The varieties of chutney that can be served with Idli/Dosa/Vada is endless. You can find a few of …

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Aloo Bhaji

Whenever I hear “Aloo Bhaji”, the first thing that comes to my mind is Masala Dosa. As a child, I used to love having Masala Dosa from our favourite restaurant. The crispy Dosas with the …

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Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

J was away on official trip for the last few days. Whenever he’s away, the food he craves for is the Rice, Pineapple Pulissery, Payar Ularthiyathu and Fish fry combination. This combination happens to be …

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Homemade Dulce de Leche (Pressure Cooker Method)

Dulce de Leche, pronounced as dool-se-dee-Leh-che, literally means milk jam. This is a thick sauce which tastes similar to caramel. There are a lot of ways to prepare Dulce de Leche, however, I prefer the …

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Coriander Mint Coconut Chutney

For a South Indian, Chutney is a ‘must-have’ accompaniment for Idli or Dosa. There are a lot of varieties of Chutneys. Coriander Mint Coconut Chutney is the one I prepare often at home. It was …

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Lamb/Mutton Pulao

  Mutton Pulao is a one pot dish, which is a delicacy in many households, especially during festivals. Unlike Biryani, which is prepared by layering rice and meat, Pulao is prepared by mixing rice and …

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Easy Pizza Pot Pie

                Just as was racking my brains as to what to prepare for Dinner, D came by and asked if I could make some Pizza Dough. On enquiring, …

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Bhatura/Bhatoora/Batura

I Love the Chole- Bhatura combination, whereas it’s just the opposite for J. Hence I always prepare it when he’s away, travelling 🙂 The combination of Bhatura with Pindi Chole, sprinkled with chopped onions is my all-time favourite…yummmmm..I’m already drooling. I have always been following the recipe from my favourite cook book by Jiggs Kalra. Though the dough can be prepared well in advance, it’s better to fry the Bhatura just before serving.

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Meen-Maanga Thenga Arachu Vachathu(Fish cooked with Mango in a Coconut Gravy)

?Since my childhood, the most common preparation of fish, was either Fish Fry or Meen Pattichathu. During the Mango season, the Meen Pattichathu, gives way to another style, which is Meen-Maanga Thenga Arachu Vachathu. In this dish, raw mango is used as the souring agent.

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Malvani/Malwani Mutton Sukka (Dry Mutton Dish)

? As mentioned in my previous post, this year’s first cooking experiment was Malvani Mutton Sukka. This is a dish from the Malwan area of the Konkan region. As the name suggests, it is a dry dish. However, you can make it a gravy by adding more water. The dish can be used as a starter as well as a side dish.

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Malvani/Malwani Masala

My first cooking experiment of this year was Malvani Mutton Sukka. One of the key ingredients to make this dish is the Malvani Masala. This spice powder can be used to prepare any vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dish.

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Nougat

? Christmas isn’t too far. If you’re wondering what sweet to gift to your near and dear ones, here’s my suggestion- Nougat. Nougat, pronounced as noo-gaa, is a sweet with a soft, chewy texture.

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Coorg Kadumbuttu/Kadambuttu (Steamed Rice Balls)

?Kadumbuttu is one of the most popular dishes of Coorg. The best accompaniment for Kadumbuttu is the much famous Pandi Curry, which is a spicy, tangy, flavourful Pork curry.

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Parsi Sali/Saali/Salli Keema

Salli Keema is a popular Parsi dish that is made of minced meat and garnished with fried potato. There are quite a few variations to this recipe. The recipe I followed was my favourite cookery book by Jiggs Kalra.

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Lamb/Mutton Pulao

  Mutton Pulao is a one pot dish, which is a delicacy in many households, especially during festivals. Unlike Biryani, which is prepared by layering rice and meat, Pulao is prepared by mixing rice and …

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Beef Curry

I had mentioned about our Coorg trip in one of my previous posts. Lilian aunty, our host, had prepared this wonderful Mutton Curry that was served with Paapputtu, a steamed rice dish. Aunty had promptly shared the recipe with me. When my parents and sister were here, I prepared this dish. The only difference is that I used Beef instead of Mutton. The beef version also turned out to be as good as the mutton curry. You can prepare this with chicken as well.

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Moussaka

Moussaka is an eggplant or potato-based dish, often including ground meat, in the cuisines of the countries of the former Ottoman Empire, with many local and regional variations. In Turkey, it is sautéed and served …

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Stir fried Minced meat with Vegetables

It’s Easter today. A special day for the Christians all over the world. This is the day for celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the culmination of the forty days’ lent. Stir fried Minced meat with vegetables, is something that can be whipped up in a jiffy. It goes well with Rice or any bread. You may use any vegetables of your choice. Make sure you add them according to the cooking time.

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Beef Thengakothu Varattiyathu (Slow Roasted Beef with Tender Coconut Bits)

Beef has always made me go weak in the knees. Though beef can be prepared a lot many ways, my favourite has to be the Varattiyathu with coconut bits in it. The only problem is that this recipe is definitely NOT meant for the diet conscious people, due to the amount of oil that goes into making it. I

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Mutton Curry

One thing that excited me the most about coming to Hyderabad, was the fact that my best friend from college stays here. The thought of getting together more often was always a welcome thought. During one of those get togethers at her place, she had made this amazing mutton curry. We all loved it so

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Grilled Chicken

The other day when I got chicken breast pieces, all I could think was Grilled chicken. It had been a while since I made it the last. Mashed potatoes, steamed peas and some leftover over Rajma (kidney beans) to add the Desi touch.. 😉 My boys were super thrilled to have it after such a long time Gri

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Spicy Chicken Curry

Here’s the recipe of a Spicy Chicken Curry which goes very well with Appam, Rice as well as Roti Spicy Chicken Curry

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Coriander Meatloaf

I came across the recipe of Coriander Meatloaf couple of years back in a TV program. Having written down the recipe, I made this the very next day and this recipe has become one of our favourites. Along the years, I have tweaked the recipe a bit though and also make my own sauce to go with the loaf

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Mutton Korma

This is one of the tastiest Mutton dishes we have ever tasted. It was love at first bite. I got the recipe from the TV program Highway On My Plate. You could prepare this dish with any meat of your choice. Mutton Korma Source : Highway on my plate

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Fried Chicken Liver Chilli

During my college days, I used to stay in a hostel near our college in Mangalore. Sometimes on Sundays, a sudden plan would take shape in someones head, to eat out. The next moment, we all would be out of our rooms, ready to head to ‘Hao Hao’, our favourite hangout for Chinese cuisine. I used to lov

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Beef Cooked in Green Masala

Beef cooked in green masala is something I whipped up while I was in an experimental mood. This can be served as a starter as well Beef Cooked in Green Masala

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Simple and Easy Beef Curry

Today I am presenting the recipe of a simple Beef Curry. This is a quick and easy way to make a beef curry, which goes well with rice and rotis/chappatis. I am sure that I need not specially mention that it tastes well too Simple and Easy Beef Curry

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Goan Chicken Xacuti

Xacuti, pronounced Shakuti, is a Goan curry consisting of grated coconut, onion and spices. It is pretty much similar to the Varutharacha Curry that we make in Kerala. It was the name of this dish, which drew me into trying it. The name sounds stylish, and seems to be rhyming with that of some Itali

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Beef Strips Stir Fried with Red Chillies

The other day I was racking my brain to prepare a snack item, using beef, that isn’t too spicy. All thepreparationsI knew of had generous amounts of spices.That’s when the conversation I had with my little sis came to my mind. She had mentioned about a dish she had prepared with chicken, which was a

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Smoky Seekh Kabab Pizza

This time around, D’s request for dinner was Pizza and that too Non-Vegetarian. The request came almost at the last moment without leaving any scope for running to the market. You know Kids!!! they drop the bomb at the last moment. Anyway, I couldn’t say no to my little one and so I decided to go it

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Beef Pickle aka Irachi Achaar

Pickles…. The mere mention of it makes me drool, especially if it is Beef, Fish or Prawn. Though fish and prawn pickles are readily available in our local Kerala store, I am yet to discover ready made beef pickles in this part of the country. So, with a little experience of having made it earlier,

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