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It's a small attempt to post the recipes learnt and tested in my kitchen.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Peas Paneer Makhani


1 cup onion paste

1/2 cup green peas boiled

1/2 kg panner,cubed

3 tbsp butter

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp red chilly powder

1/4 tsp garam masala powder

1 1/2 cup tomato puree

2 tsp cream

2 tsp kasturi methi


Melt butter and saute onion paste and ginger-garlic paste for 3-4 minutes.

Add turmeric powder,red chilly powder,salt and garam masala.

Saute for another minute.

Add tomato puree and saute for 5 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup water,paneer,kasturi methi and peas.

Simmer gravy for 2 minutes.

Add cream and cook till the gravy is thick.

Serve hot with rice/paratha.

I served peas panner makhani with zeera rice.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Vegetable Pulao


1 1/2 cup basmati rice

1/2 cup carrot chopped and boiled

2 potatoes boiled and cubed

1/2 cup green peas boiled
1 Onion sliced

Tomato ketchup 3 tbsp

3 tbsp oil/ghee

Salt to taste


Cook rice and keep aside.

Heat oil in a big vessel.Fry onions till golden brown colour and remove from oil and keep aside.

Add vegetables to the oil.Saute for a minute,then add cooked rice,tomato ketchup and salt to taste.

Mix well and sprinkle fried onions.Serve it with curry of your choice.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bendakaya Mamsam / Lady finger mutton curry

Mutton 500gms
Lady finger 250 gms
Ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Onions 2 chopped
Green chillies 2 chopped
Tomatoes 2 chopped
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Oil 4 tbsp
Salt as per taste
Cut ladyfingers into big pcs

Take 2 tbsp of oil,when hot add ladyfingers and fry until they are brown in colour.Remove and keep aside.

Now take the remaining oil in a pan/cooker,add onion and green chillies.

Fry till pink in colour.Add mutton pcs and salt.Saute for 3-4 mintues.

Then add ginger garlic paste,turmeric powder,coriander powder and red chilly powder.

Saute for another 3-4 minutes.

Add tomatoes and mix throughly.Let it cook for 4-5 minutes.

Add enough water and pressure cook till the mutton is soft.(in my cooker i cooked mutton for 4 whistle)

Open cooker when the pressure is gone,add fried lady finger to the mutton gravy.

Cook for 2-3 minutes till the gravy is thick.Remove from fire and serve hot with hot rice/parathas/rotis.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Methi Paratha

Wheat flour 250 gms
Fenugreek leaves (fresh methi leaves) 2 cups (chopped and big leaves)
Kasuri methi leaves 2 tbsp (dry methi leaves)
Salt to taste
Oil for frying paratha

Knead all the ingredients with water into a pliable dough.Keep aside for half an hour

Take dough size of cricket ball and roll out into 6'' diameter discs with a rolling pin.

Cook on a hot griddle applying oil on both sides and fry till light brown on both sides.

Serve with curd,pickle or curry of your choice.I served methi paratha with chole

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sweetened Condensed Milk Cake

After making eggless cake with milk powder i thought of making eggless cake with sweetened condense milk.I googled it and read few recipes.But the recipe i used is the same recipe which i used it for my other cake recipes.The recipe of the cake i use is a standard ones which i alter with different additions like purnes,nuts,milk powder,jams etc....This time i used nestles sweetned condensed milk.The the cake was very soft and tasty.

Plain flour 2 cups
Sweetened condensed milk 1 tin (medium) i used nestle
Salt a pinch
Baking powder 1 tsp
Soda bicarbonate 1/2 tsp
Milk 1/2 cup
Tutty fruity 1/2 cup
Butter 1/2 cup/canola oil 1/2 cup
Demera sugar 2 tbsp
Mix all the dry ingredients.
Add oil,condensed milk and tutty fruity to the dry ingredients.
Slowly add milk and make a pouring consistency (not very loose).If still milk is left then just don't add that to the cake.
Spoon the mixture into a baking tin (baking tin should be buttered and dusted with flour)
Lastly sprinkle demera sugar on the top.
Bake in a preheated microwave oven on convection mode on 200 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until the sweker instered comes out clean.
PS:-Be careful while adding milk.Don't just add the entire 1/2 cup of milk.Slowly add the milk and the check the consistency.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chegodilu --- Indian Cooking Challenge

Chegodilu is mostly done in the telangana region in andhra.This is a wonderful snack which i used to eat when i was kid.I had a neighbour ammamma(granny) who used to make this during dusheera and diwali.We kids used to wait for her to give this snack during festivals.

I made very less quantity when i did this for first time as i was not sure of the making.They came out very well.Few days back i again made it for the Indian cooking challenge.The recipe is given my valli and i have not done any changes.


Rice flour 1 cup
Water 1 cup (a 1-2 tbsp can be added)
Yellow moong dal/Pesarapappu 3 tbsp
Cumin 1tsp
Sesame seeds 1tsp
Red chilly powder 1tsp
Ghee 1 tsp
Oil for deep frying

Soak moong dal for 1/2 hr in water.Then strain it and keep aside

Boil 1 cup of water,add moong dal,salt and ghee.

Then slowly add rice flour continuously stirring the water with a laddle (pappu guti)

Remove it from the stove and stir again.Cover it for 10-15minutes.

Once cool add chilly powder,cumin and sesame seeds and with hand make a dough similar to chapati dough.

Heat oil in a pan.Once the oil is hot enough,put the stove on a low flame.

Grease hand with oil and take a lemon sized ball.Roll the ball in between palms to form a thick rope.

Bring the ends together and press it.It resembles a ring.

Now slowly leave the rings into the hot oil.When leaving the rings in the oil the flame should be high.

Once they raise up in the oil put the flame to medium until they are golden brown in colour.

Remove it on a tissue or kitchen towel and once cool store them in a air tight container.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mooli Paratha


For the dough

Wheat flour 2 cup
Salt as per taste
Cumin 1/2 tsp

Soak cumin in water for 10-15 minutes and use that water to make dough.Keep aside for 1/2 hr.

For stuffing:-

Mooli (radish) 2 (grate and squeeze water completely)
Red chilly powder 1tsp
Coriander powder 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
Green chilly 2 (Chopped finely)
Onion 1 (chopped finely)
Salt as per taste
Coriander and mint leaves (chopped finely)
Oil for fry paratha
Squeeze water from mooli and mix with all the other ingredients just before making the paratha.
Roll out a thick chapati and place 2 tbsp of the filling.Close the edges.
Flatten it and dust it with more dry flour and roll out till it is not very thick and not too thin.
Fry on both sides adding enough oil and fry till it is equally cooked on both the sides.

Recipe source:-Cooking Pleasures

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Carrot and Peas Pulao

This is the simpliest pulao i have ever done.It calls for very few ingredients.


Rice 2 cups

Fresh peas boiled 1 cup

Carrot chopped and boiled 1 cup

Cumin seeds 1 tbsp

Oil 1-2tbsp

Salt as per taste


Soak rice for 10 minutes.
Cook rice and keep aside.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and saute the cumin seeds until they crackle.

Add the boiled peas,carrot and salt.Stir fry for a few minutes.

Gently fold the cooked rice into the peas and carrot.Serve hot with curry of your choice.
PS:-I have used basmati rice as i don't get the rice we eat in india.Any rice can be used in place of basmati

Alu Methi Fry (Potato and fenugreek leaves fry)

This is simpliest and most common fry in the andhra household. I have blogged two post on potato fry.And out of all the fries this is my favourite.The combo of potato and fresh fenugreek leaves is awesome.This goes well with hot rotis or rice.
Potatoes 500gms
Onions 2 (chopped)
Fenugreek (methi) leaves 1/4 cup
Green chillies 3 (chopped)
Garlic 2 (chopped)
Curry leaves few
Rai 1/4 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder 1 tbsp
Salt as per taste
Oil 4 tbsp
Pressure cook potatoes.Peal the skin and mash it with hand.Set aside.
Take oil in a pan.When oil is hot add rai and curry leaves.When rai splutters add onions,green chillies and garlic.
Fry till the onions are light pink in colour.
Now make a well in the pan add chopped fenugreek(methi) leaves and cover it with the onions.
Leave it for 2-3 minutes.
Then saute onions and methi leaves till the leaves changes it colour.Now add turmeric powder and salt.
Add mashed potatoes and mix throughly.Fry for another 2-3 minutes and see that the curry doesn't get burned.
Lastly add red chilly powder and mix throughly.
Serve it with hot rotis or rice.
PS:-I used the big fenugreek leaves as i don't get the small ones which we get in india.This leaves are less bitter compared to the smalls ones.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Egg Fried Rice


Rice 500 gms

Egg 3

Carrot chopped 1 cup

Beans chopped 1 cup

Peas 1/2 cup

Spring onions chopped 1 cup

Fresh corn 1/2 cup

Black pepper 1/4 tbsp

Ajinimotto pinch

Ginger chopped 1/2 tbsp

Garlic chopped 1/2 tbsp

Soya sauce 1 tbsp

Oil 3 tbsp

Salt as per taste


Cook rice with 1tbsp of oil.

Heat oil in a pan add ginger and garlic pieces.Saute till brown in colour.

Add vegetables and stir fry for 2-3 min on high until veggies are half cooked and crispy.Remove from pan and keep aside

In another pan add 1 tbsp of oil and add three eggs.Scramble the eggs.

Now add soya sauce and ajinimoto.Cook for 2 min, add salt.Then add the fried veggies.

Then add rice and mix thoroughly and lastly add chopped spring onions and pepper powder.Mix throughly

Serve it with hot chilly sauce or tomato sauce.The left over rice can also be used.

PS:-Salt has to be adjusted according to once taste.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Lamb brain fry/Bheja fry

This post is not review of bheja fry movie but lamb brain fry.And this post is not for people who are health conscious.This is my hubby's fav and the recipe is my mom-inlaw's.


Lamb brain - 1
Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
Curry leaves few
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Salt as per taste
Oil 3 tbsp
Red chilly powder 1 tsp

Soak lamb brain in warm water for 10 minutes.
Slowly remove the top layer and wash throughly.
Heat oil in pan,add curry leaves.
Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.
Then add salt and turmeric powder and saute well.
Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes,if required sprinkle 2-3 tbsp of water.
Lastly add red chilly powder,mix well.
This dish resembles like egg bhurji.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Nellore Kodi Pulusu (Chicken cooked in tamarind gravy)

This recipe i jotted down long back from a newspaper and tried it many times.The combination of chicken and tamarind is excellent and this curry is from a place called nellore in Andhra pradesh and is quite famous there.


Chicken 1 kg
Onion chopped 1
Tomato 1 (chopped into 4 pcs)
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Juice of half lemon
Salt as per taste

Wash chicken.Add all the above ingredients.Mix well.Pour one glass of water and cook.Once the chicken is soft and there is still some water remaining switch of the stove and keep aside.

Make a fine paste of the following ingredients:-

Fresh coconut 1 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Garam masala 1/2 tsp

For seasoning

Onion 1 chopped
Green chillies silted 2
Cloves 2
Cinnamon 1'' 2pcs
Cardamom 2
Curd 1 tbsp
Tamarind small lemon size (extract juice from tamarind)


Take oil in a pan,heat it and add cinnamon,cloves and cardamom.Once they crackle add onions and fry till brown in colour.Add green chillies and fry.
Add masala paste and fry till oil comes out.

Add curd and saute of 2-3 minutes.

Then add tamarind juice and let it boil for another 3-4 minutes.

Now pour in the boiled chicken along with water.

Cook on high flame for 10 minutes and then on low flame till it thickens into a gravy.

Serve hot with rice/dosa/parathas.