October 31, 2012

Bhelpuri Chaat For SNC Challenge

Hi Friends,

I am posting this Bhelpuri chaat for SNC ( South vs North Challenge ) run by Dhivya Pramil of You too Can Cook Indian Food.Its a  monthly challenge.There are two groups South and North.A member of each group will challenge the opposite group with a recipe every month.The main aim of this is to learn authentic regional recipes.Thanks to Divya for this wonderful opportunity.


This month Dhivya Prakash from Southern team Challenged the Northern team with Mysorepak.And Shruti from Northern team Challenged Southern team with Bhelpuri Chaat.


As I am from Southern team I made this delicious chaat.Thanks to Shruti for choosing such a finger licking snack.And this is the first time I am making this and my family totally enjoyed this yummy street food at home.




October 29, 2012

Ladies Finger / Vendakkai Sambar

    Dear friends ,

    This is a traditional simple South Indian sambar recipe.You don’t need any special sambar  powder to prepare this yummy sambar.Sambar is a dal preparation with veggies and is made in every South Indian homes regularly and my mom prepares sambar atleast 3 times a week .Any vegetable can be used to make sambar but veggies like Drumsticks , Ladies finger , Radish makes it so flavourful.And this okra is my sons favaurite so I will prepare this once in a week. Here comes the simple recipe…



Baking Partners : A New Baking Group Announcement

Baking Partners: A new Baking Group
A group of home bakers helping each other to achieve perfection.

Baking a home made Baking a homemade bread, cake or cookies will give the best outcome. However in order to achieve the best results, a perfect recipe and right techniques are required.
We are a small group of home baker friends, who love and want to learn more about the nook and corners of baking.  We are planning to try out recipes from books/magazines and cooking shows.  Every member gets a chance to present their choice of recipe and share important points with the rest of the group.
Main purpose of this group is to learn the techniques, critic the procedure if there are ways to improve, and to eat a delicious food.
Rules are simple, we will choose one recipe and send it out to the group by 16th of every month and the reveal date will be 15th of the next month. On that day we will blog about it. A linky tool will be open during that time and each member can link their post.
First month we are going to do a recipe, 2nd and 3rd month will be a theme and the 4th month we will be back at a recipe. By doing in between recipes, we will able to learn more.
All enthusiastic bloggers interested in baking are welcome, please email Swathi  at favoriterecipes12@gmail.com.
We will appreciate the use of logo or worded link that will help to spread the word.  A bunch of thanks to Tina for designing this beautiful logo
If you  want to make it a gluten or vegan free diet, you can do those modifications also.
                            Baking Partners

1.   Reeni (Cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice)

2. Julie Erivum Puliyumm

3. Tina ( Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner)

4. Priya (Priya's Versatile Recipes)

5. Suja ( Kitchen Corner Try It)

6. Archana ( Tangy Minds)

7. Reshmi ( EasY Cook)

8. Prathibha ( Cook Ezee)

9. Priya R ( Cook Like Priya)

10. Sweatha ( Tasty Curry leaf)

11. Vidhya ( A Portion to Share)

12. Usha Rao ( My Spicy Kitchen)

13. Divya Prakash( Divya’s Culinary Journey)

14. Sanoli Ghosh ( Sanoli’s Kitchen)

15. Pam Capone ( Live Ranch Delux)

16. Mirellie( Gourmet Global Creations)

17. Peachy (Peach Kitchen)

18. Amrita ( Sweet n Savory)

19. Archana( The madscientist’s Kitchen)

20. Lorraine ( Joy’s Misadventures)

21. Jayasri(Samyalarai)

22 Sowmya(Nivedhanam)

23. Anuja ( Simple Baking)

24. Janani(www.redchillycurry.com)

25. Ivy (Kopipaste)

26 Janaki ( Janakidiary)

27 .Tamy (Always Eat on Good China)

28. Priya sirinivasn ( http://enveetukitchen.blogspot.com)

29. Pallavi ( Cook Eat Burrp)

30 Kanakapriya( Myriad Musings)

31 Sangeetha ( Nitha’s Kitchen)

32 Tamilarasi ( Tamil’s Kitchen)


33. Swathi ( Zesty South Indian Kitchen) Creator and Owner





October 25, 2012

Ennai Kathirikkai Kulambu / Eggplants in a Tangy Gravy

This is a spicy tangy South Indian brinjal/eggplant curry.I am not a big fan of eggplants and truly speaking I never tasted this veggie during my childhood.I will not eat the eggplants but urge my mom to add it to the some curries like mutton kulambu / curry , sundal /kala channa puli kulambu .I love the aroma it gives to the curries..But now I strated loving it and having it frequently.It tastes nice when added to tamarind based curries. Few days before I made Eggplant Stuffed Curry too.I will post that soon.My red chillies are mild so I used more , adjust it as per your taste.My hubby loved this curry so much and hope you too so off you go to the recipe with step by step pictures….



October 22, 2012

Meen Kulambu (Choodai meen) / Sprats Fish Curry

This is a very traditional non-veg recipe.You all heard about the hot spicy tangy South Indian fish curry.We used to buy fresh alive viral meen (butterfish) in India , that tastes heavenly.But I can’t find those here.I learnt this recipe from my dear mom and I loved it and tried it a lot many times.You can use any type of fish to prepare this curry.I tried this kulambu with  sankara meen (red snpper) , salmon ,sea bass (koduvai) .This time my hubby bought sprats.I like the little fishes and the taste is also good. We had with of course salmon fry.Lets see the preparation….




October 16, 2012

Kaalan Varutha Curry / Mushroom Curry

I love mushrooms.One of my favourite veggie.The coconut masala blend with the mushroom gives a finger licking taste . My mom never cooked mushroom in my childhood as it was a rare veggie those days,but now-a-days its so common in all the places.My periamma (my moms cousin sister) makes a flavourful gravy / kulambu out of this mushroom.Whenever she makes she will give me some as she lived very near to us those days.After marriage I started cooking mushrooms and all in my family loves mushroom.


Coming to the recipe , this is a spicy dish that goes well with rotis and rice.My mom cooks mutton varuval nearly the same way.I tried with mushrooms and the result is really so good.I always used to have mushrooms with chappatis but this time I tried wth rice.It was fabulous.We loved it very much.This is  a wonderful dish for all mushroom lovers .Hope you too will love so go ahead and try this at your home and enjoy with your loved ones….


Mushroom Varytha Curry


October 12, 2012

Cabbage Stir Fry / Muttaikose Poriyal

This is a simple stir fry . I like cabbage and its so good for health.It contains lots of vitamins and fiber in it.This poriyal is  so easy to make with simple ingredients.This is one of the item that I make frequently.There are many variations  made in this dish.I made it very simple.You can add cooked channa dal or moong dal to it .This stir fry goes well with spicy curries and even perfect for rotis.I usually serve this with spicy puli kulambu.Lets go to the preparation….




October 11, 2012

Chicken Kurma / Kozhi Vellai Kurma

Hi friends ,

Today I come with a chicken recipe .This is one of the wonderful recipe I learnt from my mom.I am a big fan of this kurma from my childhood.Whenever my mom plan to do briyani for lunch she will prepare this kurma in large quantity for breakfast .We have it with soft idlis.Believe me this a delicious side for hot idlis.A person who normally has 4-5 will have nearly double the quantity with this yummy side .And we will have the rest of the  kurma with  briyani  for lunch.This is a good accomplishment with Briyani.Generally my mom prepares this kurma with mutton.But I don’t find soft mutton in my place so I used chicken.It tasted fabulous and my hubby loved it. Hope you too will love…Have a try and let me know your views…


Chicken Kurma 

October 10, 2012

Pudalangai Kootu / SnakeGourd Kootu

Today’s recipe is a easy comforting dish ,Snake gourd Kootu .Kootu is the combination of  veggies and lentils and one of the famous side dish in southern part of India.This is my favourite dish.Its so good for digestion and a very healthy side dish.I find it perfect with poondu puli kulambu and can be had with curd rice / rotis / even plain rice.The ingredients and the procedure is so simple and can be made in no time.My mom will prepare this kootu using moong dal too.If you like then add moong dal instead channa.Lets see the preparation…



October 08, 2012

Paneer Curry / Indian Cottage Cheese Gravy

This is one of my all time favourite curry.Any recipe that includes paneer makes that dish awesome.One cool thing about paneer is it nicely blends with any type of masala and gives a wonderful taste.I like to add kasoori methi powder in all my paneer dishes as it gives a fantastic aroma.Usually children love paneer but my kid hate it although I will make it twice a month as my hubby and me love it.Its a good dish to be made at parties  or any festive occassions.Try this curry ….yoy’ll love it for sure….




October 05, 2012

Chicken Briyani / Kozhi Briyani




There is no need of any special introduction to this yummy dish.Everyone’s (non-veg lovers) favourite item.I made this briyani a few weeks before and it was a big hit in my family.I love this flavourful authentic briyani…Hope you too love….Try it  and let it me know how it come out for you…


October 04, 2012

Capsicum Cashew Rice

Hi Friends ,As I already mentioned about Nithu’s Giveaway, I tried Capsicum Cashew Rice from her recipes and it came out very well.

If you like to try this yummy rice then visit here and try it and enjoy….

GiveAway At Nithu’s Kitchen

Dear friends,

Nithubala from Nithus’s Kitchen announced a wonderful giveaway in her page.Do participate in it and try your luck…Click here to enter the Give away.

Nithu's Kitchen 3rd Blog Anniversary Event & Giveaway

October 02, 2012

Ven Pongal / Ghee Pongal

      Ven Pongal is a popular South indian breakfast item.This is so simple and is very easy to prepare .This is one of the dish that catches its place in the banana leaf in almost all the marriges in south.The rice and moong dal combined with ghee gives a wonderful taste.The best side dish for this is the coconut chutney and sambar.And  normally in hotels we see this  accompanied with a vada.My hubby loves it with chutney and I like sambar so I usually prepare both the items.For the traditional pongal we use raw rice but however normal rice can also be used for this recipe.Lets see the preparation…



October 01, 2012

Vendakkai / Okra Thayir Pachadi

A simple thayir pachadi with okra is  our menu today.I prefer ladies finger for pachadi but red pumpkin , ridge gourd can also be made as a thayir pachadi.This is a easy dish but need some patience because of the sliminess of this veggie. This is a perfect match with puli kulambu / tamarind based spicy gravy.And its so healthy too.You all know that ladies finger is so good for your memory power ,especially for kids.I  have eaten raw ladies finger when i was a kid but not now.This is my sons favourite veg.But he likes okra sambar the most. I hope you will definitely love it…Lets see the preparation…



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