Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Peanut Chaat

Perfect snack to go with tea.

Peanuts-1 cup
Red chilli powder-1/2 tsp
Chaat masala-1/2tsp
Onions-1, finely chopped 
Green chillies- 3 or 4, finely chopped 
Lemon juice1 tbsp
Oil-1 tsp

1. Heat oil and roast peanuts. ( if you have store bought roasted peanuts then skip this step)
2. Take peanuts in a bowl and add all the other ingredients and mix.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mushroom matar

Matar/ Green peas
Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tsp
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-2 tsp
Red chilli powder-1 tsp
Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp


1. Soak cashews in warm water for 30 mins and grind to paste. Boil green peas and keep aside,
2. Grind onions, tomatoes along with ginger-garlic paste.
3. Heat oil in a pan and fry mushrooms till they become red and all the water from mushrooms evaporate. Take them in a plate and let them cool off.
4. In the same pan heat oil and fry the ground paste till the raw smell evaporates.
5. Now add cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder and fry till oil separates from gravy.
6. Add cashew paste and fry for 5 minutes. Now add peas, mushrooms,salt and 1 cup water and cook  for 10 minutes.

This goes well with roti, paratha and biryanis.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gobi masala


Caluliflower/Gobi- 1
Cilantro- few sprigs
Ginger-Garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon-1/2 inch stick
Poppy seeds-1 tsp
Coriander seeds-2 tsp
Red chilli powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Coconut-1/2 cup
Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp

  1. Cut cauliflower into florets. Cut one onion into small pieces.
  2. Grind the other onion, tomatoes, cilantro, ginger-garlic paste,cloves,cinnamon,poppy seeds and coconut into a paste.
  3. Heat oil and fry onions and cauliflower till cauliflower becomes soft. Add the ground masala and fry till oil leaves the sides and raw smell is gone.
  4. Add salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder and fry for a minute.
  5. Add a cup of water and boil for 5 to 10 minutes. 
Serve with Roti, Naan, Poori, Pulav or just plain basmati rice.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Bhindi masala

Bhindi/okra fry is popular in my house. But that goes well only with rice. When I want to make Bhindi curry that goes well with rice and roti then this is my goto recipe. Very easy to make and you can't get enough of the taste.


Bhindi/okra- 1/2 kg, cut into 2 inch long pieces
Ginger-garlic paste-1/2 tsp
Salt- according to your taste
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder-2 tsp
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder-1 tsp
Cinnamon-1 inch stick
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Oil-4 tbsp

1. Grind onion along with ginger-garlic paste and keep aside. Grind tomatoes into puree and keep aside.
2.  Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the okra till they are nice and crisp. Keep them aside.
3. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil and add cumin seeds,slightly crushed cloves and cinnamon. Next add the onion paste. Add turmeric powder and fry till the raw smell of onions is gone.
4. Next add all dry powders except for garam masala and fry for 2 minutes and then add tomatoes puree. Close the lid and cook till oil separates from the gravy.
5. Now add fried okra, garam masala, water if needed and adjust salt. Close the lid and cook for 5 minutes.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Carrot Quesedilla

This is the recipe from my junior chef.


Tortilla or roti:1
Carrots- 2, peeled and grated
Onion-1,cut into small chunks
Cheese- 2 slices
Pepper or red chilli powder-1/2 tsp

1. Heat oil in a kadai and fry onions and carrots with salt and pepper.
2. Preheat the quesedilla maker.
3. Meanwhile put tortilla on a plate and spread curry on one side and put cheese on top of the curry. Then fold the tortilla and seal the edges.
4. Put it in the quesedilla maker and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Let it cool down and then serve with ketchup.

1. If you don't have quesedilla maker you can make it on the tawa.
2. No need to put butter or extra oil while cooking it in quesedilla maker. The oil in the curry is enough to make it crunchy.

Small onion/chinni ullipaya pulusu


Pearl onions:15
Ginger- garlic paste: 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder:2 tsp
Red chilli powder:1 tsp
Turmeric powder:1/4 tsp
Tamarind paste:1 tsp
Jaggery: 1 tsp
Rice flour:1 tbsp

For seasoning: mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chillies, hing and curry leaves

1. Peel onions. ( easy way to do this is, soak onions in hot water for 10 mins and then cut the ends the 
Peel will come off easily.)
2. Heat oil and when it is hot add the seasoning stuff.
3. Then add onions, turmeric powder and ginger garlic paste and fry till raw flavor is lost.
4. Then add tamarind juice, coriander powder, red chilli powder, salt, jaggery and water and bring to boil.
5. Mix rice flour into paste with water and add it to the above and boil for 5 mins and turn off the stove.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Strawberry banana milkshake


Strawberries-6 to 8
Banana -1
Milk-1 cup
Sugar-1 to 2 tsp
Vanilla ice cream- a spoonful


1. Mash banana pieces with fingers and add it to the blender and pulse it once,
2. Cut strawberries into small pieces and grind them along with banana.
3. Add sugar, milk,ice cream and blend it once more.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016



Moong dal-1 cup
Rice-1/4 cup
Ginger- a small piece
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Onion-1 (optional)

  1. Soak moong dal and rice togather overnight. In the morning grind rice and dal into batter along with salt and ginger.
  2. Add cumin seeds to the batter. Batter should be like dosa batter consistency.
  3. Heat the skillet and spread a laddleful of batter like dosa. Drizzle oil along the sides. Flip over and cook.
  4. If you like add onions to the pesarattu and serve with ginger chutney or coconut chutney.
  5. Pesarattu and upma is a good combination.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ginger tea


Water-1/2 cup
Milk-1/2 cup to 3/4 cup
Tea powder- 1 1/2 tsp to 2 tsp
Grated ginger-1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp

1. Heat water on the stove and add ginger and cardamom powder and bring it to boil.
2. Add tea powder and boil for 4 to 5 minutes or till water turns into dark red colour.
3. Add milk and bring it to boil again. Finally add sugar and mix. Strain into a cup and serve.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Filter coffee

This is my energy drink. My day starts with the lovely aroma of the coffee that is brewing. My friends and family whenever they come home, the first question they ask is 'do you have coffee decocotion ready? 'Makes me feel little proud of myself cause I thought I can never make coffee like my mom. It still doesn't taste like her. Miss you mom.

Anyways here goes the recipe. I use coffee maker to maks decoction instead of the traditional coffee filter that is used in India.

For decoction:
Coffee powder- 2 tbsp ( I use Bru Green label. When I go to India my Father-in-law gets coffee grinded specially and bring it for me from a shop called coffee day. That is soooooo good)
Water-2 cups

For coffee:
Milk-1/2 cup
Decoction:-1/4 cup
Sugar-1 to 2 tsp


1. Make decoction using the coffee maker.( follow the instructions that comes with the product manual)
2. In a cup first add decoction and then milk. Then add sugar and heat it on the stove or microwave.
3. I like it mild. But if you want strong coffee then you can add more decoction.