Blog Archives for category Side dish

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Sivakasi Style Mutton Varuval | Mutton Fry Dry | Varutha Kari

  The two occasions when I see the husband getting excited are: 1. While watching a LIVE cricket match of India. 2. When I make non-vegetarian his native style non-vegetarian dish. So when I made this Mutton Sukka Varuval on a day when India played a LIVE cricket match, he was double excited! This Mutton Varuttha Kari recipe is from his native place Sivakasi. That means, the dish has a very simple profile like this Simple and Easy Sivakasi Mutton Kulambu (Gravy) recipe which I posted few weeks back.         So why is this Mutton Chukka Kari Varuval very simple to make? It’s because it requires no complicated process to prepare; it’s because it requires no grinding of any masala with mixer grinders; it’s because it requires no queuing of spices on the kitchen table; it’s because it requires no tomatoes or green chilies or coconut. It just… Continue reading »

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Green Chicken Gravy | Hara Chicken Masala Recipe | Haree Masala Chicken

  I already feel like a restaurateur! Yes, I do! I made this Green Chicken Curry and it drifted that special aroma which used to linger along my favorite restaurant into my living room! Read on to see how you can make a Restaurant Style Green Chicken Masala.     The easiest way to make the husband pleased is by trying out different varieties of  curries non-vegetarian curries. My followers know that I spoke more about it in the posts Roasted Lemony Chicken Breast and Lemony Mushroom Marinade. This Haree Masala Chicken is a totally different curry than my usual Pepper Chicken Fry or Kozhi Varuval (Masala Chicken Fry). Different because, unlike the other two recipes, the only whole-spice used in this Greeny Chicken Curry is Cloves. Cloves, for this recipe helps in giving a spicy-sweet aroma that can camouflage the raw smell of the meat. When I say, Green… Continue reading »

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Gujarathi Patra Recipe | Alu Vadi Recipe | Pathrode Recipe

Patra – An interesting savory snack from the state of Gujrat, India! Interesting, because, I experienced a complete medley of tastes from this snack. It has got a mixture of performance from the tangy tamarind, spicy chili, sharp ginger and sweet jaggery in it. Altogether, the taste is jumbled, but yeah it’s NICE!         I will have to write about my friends Megha, Shruti and Priya before I write about the Patra recipe. My first experience with Patra was at Megha’s house. She is a Gujarathi who was brought up in Andhra. She makes awesome laddus with wheat flour, kous kous and lots of ghee . When I visited her for Gokulashtami pooja, she asked me to try a frozen snack. As she thawed, she spoke about the snack. ‘Meena, you should try this. This is a Gujarathi snack. Savory. Will be awesome! I like it a… Continue reading »

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Idli podi ~ Idli Dosa dry chutney powder ~ Idli milagai podi Recipe

    Idli podi recipe | South-Indian idli-dosa podi recipe | Idli-Dosa side dish Are you an “On the go” kinda person? Then you probably should have this “magic powder” in your kitchen shelf. Magical because once you prepare it and have it stored, it is almost ready-made to use for your idli/dosai/paniyarams etc. If you have this magician bottled in your kitchen, you need not spend time to prepare any chutneys. Well, even if you find time to prepare special chutneys, what if your people at home did not like the chutneys? Don’t worry, you can now shut the complaining mouths in the dining hall because today I’ve got you the recipe for “Idli milagai podi/Dry Chutney Powder”. Or even if your chutneys taste great, this “dry chutney” will take over the lead role in your dining table. Whatever yummy chutneys you have on your dining table, everything will get… Continue reading »

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Uluthamparuppu Chutney | Urad dal Chutney | South-Indian Best Chutney Recipes

 Ulundhu Paruppu Chutney | Urid Dhal Chutney | Tamilnadu Chutney Varieties   A Chutney that is so tasty that people at home will learn how to cheat the home-chef. They will ask some idly for the chutney and some chutney for the idly, playing alternately until you tell the fact that there is only little amount of chutney left in the kitchen . Make sure you’ve got extra amount of idly and dosa batter than the normal quantity that is required for the family because ……. yes, you will watch people having “abnormal” counts of idly and dosai when this Ulundhu paruppu chutney is prepared. In our home, the moment we smell the sautéing of the green chilies from the kitchen, we’ll understand that it is THE Uluthamparuppu chutney (skinned black gram chutney) that is getting ready for the dinner and try to increase the appetite by not taking any… Continue reading »

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Pottukadalai Chutney Recipe | Roasted gram chutney recipe | Quick and Easy Chutney recipes

Pottu kadala Chutney ~ Roasted gram Chutney ~ South-Indian Chutney recipes This chutney post is competing with one of my old chutney posts. 2-minutes Chutney Vs Minute’s Chutney. This time the parameters for selecting the winner among the two are the preparation time and cooking time. With that said, Minute’s Chutney will win the race even before whistling 1-2-3 . Yeah, this post is all about this Pottukadalai chutney (roasted gram chutney) that can be made in just 60 seconds, yet so tasty <or at least edible >. You can skip to the recipe (Click here) ignoring the story-stream below. We all know, we’re not who we are when we are hungry. A stomach that is unattended while we are hungry becomes very angry. Minute’s Chutney* is the solution to handle the husband who comes home with a hungry-look . Some people used to get hungry very fast and then… Continue reading »

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Cheppankizhangu varuval | Taro root fry | Arbi roast

 Cheppankizhangu varuval | Taro root fry | Arbi roast       Appearances are often deceptive. The one whom I’ve displayed above, does he look handsome? Not at all, right? But you should scroll a little down and have a look at the finished product or you should taste the cooked taro root fry. You will swallow more and more of this cheppankizhangu roast everytime you pass by your kitchen that the pan will be emptied even before you set the dining table for lunch/dinner. Most arbi are oval shaped like miniature rugby balls and some are round shaped. To me the round shaped Cheppangkizhangu (taro root/arbi/colocasia) looks like how our planet earth would have looked when it was very young – a dark solid crust and rocky rustic body. I had a very close-up look at this raw Cheppankilangu and it really looked so.   Actually, this guy, the… Continue reading »

Kadala curry | Kerala kadala curry | Black Chana masala | Puttu Kadala curry | Chickpea masala | Chickpea curry

Kadala curry (Puttu kadala curry) – Black Chana curry

Kadala curry (Puttu kadala curry) – Black Chana curry   Is it kadala curry or kadalai curry? Or do you call it kadla curry? Distance between Trichy and Madurai is 130+ kms and traveling in bus took 3+ hrs to reach those days. The bus normally halts for about 10 to 15 minutes in some unusual place for refreshment (!). The wind and breeze in that place will smell awful since there were no proper rest rooms. I hardly breathe during that time and sit with the only thought that the driver and the conductor should return to take the bus quickly. It is really an annoying place, where the tea shops play songs you haven’t ever heard of since your birth and where hawkers get into the bus and sell snacks and edible produce like cucumber and guava.  It is during one such travel when my grandpa met with… Continue reading »

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Green Mango Salad – Mangai Keethu

      Trichy, Gran’ ma’s home. Like how the Gupta period was the Golden Age of India, the summer vacations are the Golden age for any child in India. And this green mango salad brings before me, a big box-full of my childhood memories. When I saw those green mangoes in the Indian market here, it was like a huge rusty dusty iron trunk, fell hard on my head, opening up all the sweet old memories that were squeezed and jam-packed inside the trunk. I quickly picked up the scattered stuff and put them back inside the box, closed it tight and carried home to blog about them. Rather emptying the whole box down and getting completely lost in the recollections; I thought I should pick one stuff at a time from the trunk and have thorough pleasure writing about it. Almost 100% of my summer vacations during my… Continue reading »

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Raw banana fry – Vaazhakai varuval

  Madurai, my home. Coming from school and eating a plateful of sambar rice with vazhakai varuval (raw banana spicy fry) is one which can never be forgotten. Our school had just two buses then and we were put in the second trip. But second trip in school bus had its own advantages.  Need not hurry to catch the bus after the school hours, can have extra chat with friends, can loiter in other class rooms, can scribble in the class room black boards, can stealthily submit record notebooks in the staff room, can listen to the stories of the gardener, many and many such memories…. By the time we reach home, we will have good appetite. On reaching home, after the few minutes (yeah, FEW minutes) of prettiness-check in the mirror, we will realize the smell of sambar and vaalakai varuval getting reheated in the kitchen. Sitting in front… Continue reading »