August 17, 2010

Andhra Green Tomato pickle

Green Tomatoes -7 medium size chopped
Garlic cloves -6 chopped
Salt to taste
Red chilli pwd -2 to 3 tsp
Oil-5tbsp(preferably peanut or sesame)
Fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
Cumin - 1/4 tsp

Dry roast fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds. cool the ingredients and grind them to fine powder in a dry, clean mixer.
Heat half of the oil in a wide pan. Add the chopped tomato, salt and chilli powder.
Mix it well and cover it with a lid. Cook it on medium heat for 20 mins until the tomato pieces will become soft. Now add methi, mustard seeds pwd, adjust the salt and cook it on low flame for 5 mins. Switch off the stove.
In a skillet add remaining oil. Add cumin seeds and garlic pieces. Once they turn brown color, turn off the stove. Once it cooled down add it to the tomato mixture.
With a dry spoon gently mix and take the pickle into a clean, dry glass jar. It will be fresh for 1-2 months. Keep it refrigerated.
It tastes great with all types of breakfast and simple rice also.

August 13, 2010

Simple Aloo Fry

Ingredients: Red /white potato -2
Green chili -3
Chili pwd-1/4 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander pwd -1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil-2 tsp
Wash the potatoes and peel them. Cut them into small size pieces and put them immediately in cool water.
Heat oil in a kadai. Add cumin seeds once they turn brown, add green chili, aloo pieces and turmeric. Cover it with a lid and slowly cook it on medium flame for 10-15 mins.
Now add chili pwd, salt and daniya pwd. Mix it well and fry it for 2 more mins.
Serve hot with sambhar and rice.

August 11, 2010

Andhra Beerakaya pappu/Turiya dal

Ridge gourd-3 Peeled and chopped
Onion - 1small
Turmeric -1/2 tsp
Moong dal -1 cup
GG paste -1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil -3 tsp
Cumin, mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
Chopped green chili -7
Coriander pwd- 1/2 tsp
Heat oil in pan. Add cumin, mustard seeds once mustard seeds crackling, add chopped onion and green chilis and cook it for 4-5 mins.
Now add turmeric and ginger garlic paste, fry it for a min.
Add moong dal, chopped ridge gourd pieces and mix it well.
After 5 mins ridge gourd pieces starts oozing out water. Now add 2 cups of water and cook it on medium flame for 15 mins.
Add salt and coriander pwd and cook it for 2 more mins.
Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves. It goes well with rice or roti.

Atukula upma/Poha upma

Poha -2 cups
Small onion- 1 chopped
Green chilis -4
Peanuts -2 tbsp
Channa Dal -1 tsp
Mustard seeds -1/4 tsp
Turmeric -1/2 tsp
Potato -1 small
Curry leaves -5
Salt to taste
Turmeric-1/2 tsp
Oil -2tsp
Chopped garlic cloves-2
lemon juice - 2tsp
Coriander leaves
Microwave the potato for 4-5 mins. Once it is cooled, peel the skin and chop into small size pieces.
Sprinkle 4tbsp of water on poha.
Heat oil in a pan. When oil is hot add mustard seeds, channa dal and peanuts cook it for a min.
Add chopped onion, garlic, curry leaves, chopped potato,salt and turmeric. Cook it for 5 mins on medium flame.
Now add poha, lemon juice and mix it well.
Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.

Andhra Majjiga Charu/Butter Milk Rasam

Yogurt/Curd- 2 cups
Medium Onion - 1 chopped
Fenugreek seeds -1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Mustard seeds -1tsp
Curry leaves - 5
Green Chilies -3
Red chilies -2
Salt -1/4 tsp
Turmeric -1/4 tsp
Oil -1 tsp
Coriander leaves -1/4 cup
water - 2cups
Blend the water and curd in a blender for 1 min. Add chopped onion and salt to beaten curd.
Heat oil in a pan add cumin, mustard, fenugreek seeds, red chilies, curry leaves, chopped green chili's, turmeric and cook it on low flame for 1-2 mins.
Add the popu/Tadka mix to the curd. Mix it well.
Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot or cold with rice.

August 03, 2010

Tomato Brinjal curry

Tomato - 1 big
Brinjal- 8 small
Onion - small
Ginger garlic paste -1/2 tsp
Turmeric -1/2 tsp
Daniya pwd - 1/2 tsp
Cumin pwd-1/2 tsp
Green chili -5
Salt to taste
Oil - 2tsp
Coconut pwd - tsp
Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp
Cut each brinjal length wise into 4 pieces and place them in salted water for 5mins.
Heat oil in a kadai. Add cumin seeds and let them turn brown.
Now add chopped onion saute it for 3 mins. Add chopped green chili and turmeric fry it for a min.
Add the chopped tomato, ginger garlic paste and brinjal pieces and cook it on medium heat for 15 mins.
Now add coriander pwd and cumin pwd cook it on slow flame for 2 mins.
Switch off the stove. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with rice and pachi pulusu/Rasam.

July 30, 2010

Chamadumpa Fry/Arbi fry

Arbi/Taro root- 4
Onion - 1 small
Cumin, mustard seeds -1 tsp
Red chili pwd - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala pwd -1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2tsp
Preparation: Boil arbi in pressure cooker for one whistle. Wait for arbi tool down and then peel the skin and dice them into cube sized pieces.

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin, mustard seeds. Now add chopped onion and arbi pieces and fry it slowly for 10 mins. Add red chili pwd, garam masala pwd and cook it for 5 mins. You can serve this curry with rice, sambhar or any gravy curry.

Puri With Aloo Curry

Puri Recipe:
Serves :4
Wheat flour : 3 cups
Sooji ravva - 1 tsp(for crispy puri)
Salt -1/2 tsp
Oil for deep frying
Prepare the puri dough with wheat flour, sooji, salt and water. Knead the dough well. Close it with a lid let it rest for 15-30 mins.
Heat oil for deep frying puri. Make small size round balls and roll it out into 6"round shaped puri's on flour dusted board. Once the oil is hot deep fry the puri's one at a time until golden brown. They will puff up like a balloon.
Serve hot with Aloo curry.
Aloo curry recipe
Potato - 2 boiled and cubed.
Onion -2 big chopped
Ginger garlic paste -1 tsp
Turmeric - 1tsp
Green chili's- 6 silt lengh wise
Frozen Green peas - 1/4 cup
Besan -2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 3 tsp
Cumin seeds -1 tsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Curry leaves- 4 to 5
Coriander leaves for garnish
Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin, mustard seeds, Chopped onion and green chili and fry it for 4-5 mins.
Now add green peas, gg paste, turmeric and cook it for 2 mins. Now add cubed aloo pieces and 1 cup of water, cook it on low flame for 5 mins.
Mix the besan with 2 tbsp of water and add to the curry slowly cook it for 5mins.
Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with puri or roti.

Andhra Sarva Pindi

Servings: 4
Rice flour- 3 cups
Onion - 1 small
Green chili's-5
Garlic cloves-4
Sesame seeds - 1tsp
Peanuts- 2tbsp
Channa Dal - 2tsp soaked for 15 mins.
Curry leaves -5
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup chopped
Oil -5 tsp
Salt to taste
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Take chopped onion, garlic, cumin seeds, salt and green chili's grind it into coarse paste.
To the rice flour add sesame seeds, broken peanuts, Channa Dal, chopped curry leaves, coriander leaves, onion paste and mix it with water like chapati dough.
Divide the dough into 8 medium size round balls.
Apply oil to a non-stick pan thoroughly. Take the dough gently press directly on non-stick pan til you get 1/4" inch thickness. Make 6-7 small holes on the dough, pour 1/2 tsp of oil and sprinkle just little bit of water.

On medium heat with closed lid, cook the sarva pindi for 10 mins. By lifting up the bottom with a spatula you can see the sarva pindi changing color to golden brown. Switch of the flame and keep the pan closed for 5 mins.
You can serve sarva pindi hot as evening snack or break fast with a cup of curd.

July 29, 2010

Kakarakaya pulusu/Bitter Gourd in tamrind sauce

Kakarakaya -2
Onion -1 medium chopped
Green chili -5
Sesame seeds -1 tsp
Coconut pieces -8
Jaggery/sugar-1 tsp
GG paste -1/2 tsp
Red chili pwd-1/2 tsp
Methi pwd/fenugreek pwd -1/4 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Daniya pwd -1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil-2 tbsp

Chop the bitter gourd into 2" length pieces and remove the seeds. Boil 2 cups of water on stove, add little bit of turmeric , salt and chopped bitter gourd pieces. Boil it for 2-3 mins on high heat and drain the water. In a pan dry roast sesame seeds, coconut pieces and once they are cooled, grind it into a smooth paste. In the same pan heat oil add cumin, mustard seeds and add onion pieces. Once they turning golden brown add chopped green chili, turmeric and ginger garlic paste. Cook it for 2-3 mins. Add boiled bitter gourd pieces and fry it for 5 mins. Add red chili pwd and daniya pwd combine well. Add tamarind juice, 1 cup of water, fenugreek pwd, jaggery, coconut paste and salt. cook bitter Gourd pieces in tamarind sauce for 10- 15 min until you get desired consistency. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice and ghee .

July 21, 2010

Pachi pulusu/Raw tamarind rasam

Tamarind-lemon size (soaked in 1cup of warm water for 10 mins).
Green chillies -4
Garlic cloves - 4
Turmeric -1tsp
Oil-2 tsp
Salt -1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds -1tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Curry leaves -10
Coriander leaves -3 tbsp chopped
Onion -1 small finely chopped

Extract the tamarind juice and add 2 cups of water.
Add 1 tsp of oil in a pan add cumin seeds and whole green chilies fry it for 2 mins.
Switch off the flame, grind it into a fine paste by adding 1 tsp of salt. In the same pan add 1 tsp of oil add cumin, mustard seeds, turmeric and chopped garlic pieces. Switch off the stove.
Now add popu mix, green chili paste, chopped onion to tamarind extract.
Combine well. It goes well with brinjal fry, mudda pappu or dal kichidi.

Cooking Tips/Kitchen tips

Idly making tips:
1.While soaking urad dal for 1 cup of urad dal add 1 tsp methi(fenugreek seeds).
2.For soft idlies cook it on medium to high flame for 20 mins. Otherwise it will make idlies soggy and hard.
3.In walmart and Amzon you will get egg poacher. By using this you can make idlies in 2 mins in microwave. Link to egg poacher/idly maker.
Urad dal vada:
Soak urad dal for 8-10 hours, so that you no need to add any water while grinding the dal.
Don't make smooth paste. Batter has to be little fine coarse consistency.
If you make very smooth paste vada will absorb too much oil. Add the salt just before making vada.
Crispy pakoras:
For any type of pakoras making with sengapindi/besan add 2 tsp of rice flour to 1 cup of besan.
It will make pakoras crispy.
Preparing Puri:
For 1 cup of wheat flour add 1 tsp sooji ,1 tsp salt and 1 tsp of oil.
Add 2 drops of lemon juice to Cool oil(which is used for deep frying). It will make puris to absorb less oil.
Crispy bendi or dondakaya fry:
Add 2tsp of corn flour to the popu/Tadka.
Silver utensils cleaning tips:
1)Make a paste of 2tsp of lemon juice and 4tsp corn flour or besan. Rub the silver utensilis with the mix for 2-3 mins.
2)You can also wash with tooth paste or tooth powder.
Pressure cooker washing:
If pressure cooker bottom turns black color, pour 1 glass of water and keep a small news paper on the bottom overnight. Morning remove the paper and water it will turn to white.

July 20, 2010

Tomato mushroom curry

Tomatoes - 3 chopped
Mushrooms - 1 lb chopped
Onion -1 chopped
Green chili-6
Turmeric -1 tsp
Coriander powder-1tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander -2tbsp
Curry leaves - 4
Olive oil -1 tsp
Cumin & mustard seeds for popu


  • Heat 2tsp of oil in a vessel add cumin, mustard seeds.
  • When mustard seeds starts cackling add green chillies fry it for a min.
  • Add chopped onion fry it till golden brown. Now add turmeric, ginger garlic paste, curry leaves, red chili pwd and coriander pwd cook it for 2 mins.
  • Add chopped tomato, mushroom pieces and salt. Combine well and mushrooms will start oozing out lot of water.
  • Cook it on medium heat uncovered for 20-25 mins, til you get desired gravy consistency.
  • Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves. It goes well with white rice.

July 16, 2010

Andhra Murukulu

Rice flour-4 cups
Besan -1 cup
Ajwain ,crushed cumin -1tsp
sesame seeds -3 tbsp
Salt- 1tsp
Chilli pwd - 1tsp
Oil or ghee -1 tbsp
Oil for deep frying
Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
In a bowl first mix all the dry ingredients and add ghee, water mix it like a soft dough.If you make the dough very hard you have to apply lot of pressure while make murukulu.
once the oil is hot take the muruku maker and fill it with the dough press gently in hot oil.
You can make different shapes of murukulu just by changing the discs of muruku maker. Fry the murukulu both sides till golden brown. Remove from the oil and keep it on paper towel.

July 15, 2010

Andhra Potato Soyachunks Curry

Today am sharing a vegeterian (non-veg dish), am adding healthy soya chunks to potato kurma.This is the first time am preparing a curry with soya chunks. Most of the times i add soya to veg biryani. What i loved most about this recipe besides how great it tasted, was the ease of this curry preperation. If you want new twist in potato kurma then this recipe will do perfectly. You can add little green peas and beans. Amma used to add beetroot and carrots also. This curry goes well with chapati, puri or rice.

Ingredients: Potatoes -2 Boiled ,peeled and cubed
Soya chunks -1/2 cup soak in warm water for 20 mins.
Tomatoes -2 (blanched and pureed)
Onion -1 small
Green chillies -5
Coriander pwd -1/2 tsp
Garam masala -1/2 tsp
salt -1/2 tsp
Oil -2tsp
Ginger garlic paste -1/2 tsp
Curry leaves -5
Recipe:Heat oil in a kadai,add cumin,mustard seeds, 3 cloves, 2 elachi and one Cinnamon stick.
Add chopped onion fry till golden brown. Then add green chillies, turmeric, ginger garlic paste, curry leaves.
Now add tomato puree, daniya pwd, garam masala pwd fry it for 4-5 mins. Squeeze out all the water from soya chunks. Cut it into small pieces.
Add cubed potatoes, soya chunks, 1 to 2 cups of water and cook it for 20 mins until the gravy thickens.
Garnish with coriander leaves. Today we are having this curry with jeera rice.

July 13, 2010

Black Chickpeas Curry

Black chickpeas 2 cup
Tomatoes -2 small
Onion -1 medium
Red chillies -4
Green chillies -2
Coriander seeds -1 tsp
Cumin seeds -1 tsp
Fresh/Frozen coconut -8 pieces
Turmeric - 1tsp
Ginger garlic paste -1 tsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves -5

In a pressure cooker add soaked black Channa,salt, turmeric ,1/8 tsp of baking soda and add water. Cook it for 5-6 whistles.
In a non-stick pan dry roast step by step cumin , coriander seeds , red chillies and coconut pieces.
In the same pan add 1/2 tsp of oil and add chopped onion , fry it till golden brown color.
Once all the ingredients are cooled add 4 tbsp of boiled Channa and grind it into a smooth paste.
In a pan add remaining oil add cumin ,mustard seeds ,green chillies and add onion paste fry on low flame. Once oil getting separating add turmeric pwd ,ginger garlic paste cook it for 1 min.
Add chopped tomatoes and cook till it gets mashed up.
Add boiled Channa along with the water left in the cooker, add 1 tsp Chole masala.
Cover it and cook for 15 mins. Once gravy thickened add coriander leaves.
It goes well with bathura,puri,chapati or even simple white rice.

June 29, 2010

Cracked wheat/Goduma ravva upma

Cracked wheat - 1 cup
chopped onion-1 small
Mixed vegetables(carrot,green peas,corn,tomato and green beans)
Green chillies-4
Curry leaves -4 to 5
Coriander leaves -1/4 cup
For Tempering:
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Urad dal,Channa dal -1/2 tsp
Peanuts-1 tsp
oil or ghee - 2tsp
cashews-1 tsp

Heat oil in a pan, add all the popu ingredients. Then add finely chopped onion , green chillies and
mixed vegetables you can add any vegetable that u like most. Fry it for 4-5 mins and add curry leaves , cracked wheat(I like my upma with roasted ravva) roast it for 3 mins on low flame.
In a separate bowl boil 2 1/2 cups of water ,1 tsp of salt and coriander leaves.
Add boiled water to roasted ravva ,stirr continously to prevent the lump formation.
Cook the upma on medium heat for 7 mins until all the water absorbed by ravva.
Serve hot with raita and pickle

June 16, 2010

Cabbage Onion Pakora

Serving --3-4 persons
Cooking time--20 mins
Shredded cabbage -1cup
Thinly Sliced onion -1 cup
Besan/Sengapindi -1 1/2 cup
Rice flour -2tbsp
Chili powder -1 tsp
salt --to taste
Curry leaves -8
coriander leaves -small bunch
Vaamu-1/2 tsp


  • Heat oil in a pan for deep frying pakoras.
  • Mix all items listed in ingredients section by adding little water(1/4 to 1/2 cup)
  • If you add more water the pakoras will absorb more oil.
  • Keep stove on medium heat. Drop batter little by little in oil.
  • Fry it for 2 mins on each side till it gets nice golden brown color.
  • Drain it on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Andhra BachaliKura Pappu

Bachalikura leaves

Bachali kura--4 cups of leaves(wash&cut)
Tomatoes -2 small
Onion - small
Green chillies -8
Toor dal/kandi pappu - 1cup
Tamarind -lemon size

For Popu/Tadka:
Red chillies -2
Garlic cloves -4 crushed
Turmeric -1/2 tsp
Salt-1 tsp
Curry leaves -8
Cumin & mustard seeds-1/2 tsp


  • In a pressure cooker add all the ingredients and add 3 cups of water. Cook it for 4 whistles.
  • Heat oil in a pan add cumin , mustard ,red chillies, crushed garlic cook it for 1 min.
  • Add turmeric and curry leaves fry it for 1 more min.
  • Add this popu mix to pressure cooked dal and cook it on medium flame for 5 mins. Keep stirring otherwise bottom of the pan will get burn.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with Rice,Dosa or Chapati.

May 28, 2010

Onion dosa

Soak 1 cup of urad dal(minapa pappu) ,2 1/2 cups of par-boiled rice and 1/2 tsp-methi seeds(for good brown color) .
Soak it for 8 hours with plenty of water.
Grind all the ingredients to fine smooth paste by adding water.
Ferment the batter for at least 6-8 hours(you can keep it in the oven and cover it with blanket during winter


  • To the batter add 1/2 tsp of salt,1 tsp of cumin seeds.
  • finely chop 1 onion,6 green chillies and coriander leaves.
  • Heat non-stick pan on medium heat till it gets very hot.
  • Apply oil to the pan(you can use non-stick cooking spray also) and Pour 2 laddles of dosa batter on pan spread it into round shape.Sprinkle onion,green chili,coriander leaves and add 1/2 tsp oil on top.

  • when dosa starts changing to brown color turn slowly to other side.
  • keep it for 2 mins.
  • serve hot with peanut and allam chutney.

chapati laddu

Serves -5
preparation time-5mins
Left over chaptis--5
Bellam/Jaggery -2 tbsp
Elachi pwd-1/2 tsp


  • Tear the chapati's into small pieces and blend them into coarse pwd.
  • In a pan heat ghee fry cashews and raisins.
  • Add 1 tsp of water to jaggery and melt in microwave for 2-3 mins.
  • To jaggery add cardamon pwd, cashews, raisins and chapati pwd mix all together.
  • prepare round shaped laddu when the mix is hot.
  • You can prepare same laddu with rice flour rotis also.

May 27, 2010

Dosakaya pappu

serves -4
cooking time :25 mins.

Today I am using moong dal instead of toor dal..
1 cup moong dal/pesara pappu/green gram dal
1 medium size yellow cucumber
1 onion,2 tomatoes
3 green chillies
1/2 turmeric pwd
salt to taste

For popu/Tadka:
1tsp of cumin,mustard seeds
4-5 garlic cloves finely chopped
3 dry red chillies.

  • peel the skin of yellow cucumber, cut in the middle and remove the seeds. Cut it into cube size pieces.

  • In a pressure cooker add moong dal, cucumber, onion, tomato, turmeric, tamarind, green chillies and add 2 1/2 cups of water. Cook it for 2 whistles.

  • Heat oil in a pan add cumin,mustard seeds, once mustard seeds starts crackle add chopped garlic, red chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida cook it for 1 min.

  • switch of the flame add popu mixture to pressure cooked dal. Mix all together add cook it for 2-3 mins on low flame.

  • serve hot with rice, ghee and avakaya...... delicious

May 26, 2010

Andhra Tomato Cabbage curry

My mom will be surprised after seeing this recipe.I never ate cabbage in my childhood,even in college days. Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is also a very good source of fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Serves-2 to 3
cooking time-30 mins

  • 1 medium sized cabbage-Remove the thick fibrous outer leaves and cut the cabbage into pieces and then wash under running water.
  • 2 Tomatoes,1 onion,6 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric,coriander pwd
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp of cumin,mustard seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 curry leaves chopped.

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin,mustard and chopped garlic.Once they turn brown add chopped onion ,green chillies saute until golden brown.
  2. Add turmeric ,cabbage,chopped tomato,salt mix everything keep the stove on medium heat for 10-15 mins.Stir continuously every 2-3 mins.
  3. Switch off the flame.Garnish with chopped coriander.
  4. Serve hot with chapati or rice and rasam..