Monday, 14 May 2018

Tomato Khejur Chutney | Bengali Tomato Chutney With Dates


Bengali Tomato Khejur Chutney is a delicious sweet, spicy & tangy chutney made with tomatoes, dates and raisins and flavoured with the aromatic panch phoron.  It is generally served at the end of a meal along with cruncy fried papads.  This is also a popular chutney served at Bengali wedding feasts.

There are a many variations to this delicious tomato chutney.  Some add aamshotto (mango leather) to get the delicious mango flavor.  Some add tamarind pulp too for that extra bit of tanginess.  And also the amount of sugar needs to be adjusted according to taste buds.

This sweet tomato chutney is quite easy to prepare and can be cooked in less than 20 minutes.  If refrigerated, stays good for 4-5 days.



If you are looking for more chutney recipes, then do check tomato onion coriander chutney, red spinach chutney, okra chutney, tomato chutney for dosa, garlic chutney and brinjal chutney.



Saturday, 24 March 2018

Amla (Gooseberry) Pickle | Amla Ka Achaar | Nellikai Urugai


Amla / Gooseberry Pickle - This is a quick and easy Andhra style spicy amla pickle that can be made in just under 15-20 minutes.  This is usually made in winters when amla are available in plenty.  There are so many variations to the way this pickle is made.  I am sharing the easiest one. This tastes way way better than the store-bought ones which have so many preservatives.  I normally make small batches so that the pickle tastes and smells fresh.

The shelf life of this amla pickle is about a month if stored in the refrigerator.  Amla Achar tastes very good with rice, dal, parathas, dosa, upma etc.


Anla Pickle, Nellikai Urugai


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Ragi Rotti | How To Make Ragi Rotti | Finger Millet Flour Roti


Ragi rotti or ragi roti is a tasty and very healthy South Indian Breakfast item.  It is more popular in the rural areas of Andhra and Karnataka.  Ragi is very rich in calcium, iron and fiber.  Ragi rotti is a very simple dish that requires very few ingredients and considering the nutritional value of ragi, it should be made a part of the weekly menu, especially if you have kids.  Most chutneys, especially Tomato chutney and Coconut chutney go very well with ragi rotti.


Ragi Rotti, Finger Millet Flour Roti

If you are looking for more healthy breakfast recipes, do check these out:

Poha Upma, Ragi Dosa, Pesarattu or Green Gram Dosa, Coconut sevai, Instant Oats Paniyaram, Dosa, Idli.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Kakarakaya Fry | Healthy & Tasty Bitter Gourd Fry | Crispy Pavakkai Fry


Kakarakaya Vepudu  or Pavakkai Fry - a simple crispy bitter gourd fry recipe made in South Indian style.  Bitter gourd is said to regulate blood sugar levels, so it is good to include them in your weekly menu.

This pavakkai fry requires very few ingredients, but tastes so good that even if you don't like bitter gourd, you will love this fry.  This tastes great as a side with any sambar, rasam or even curd rice.

Kakarakaya Fry, Bitter Gourd Fry

If you are looking for more poriyals or stir-fry recipes, check the recipes below:

Raw Banana Stir Fry
Chikkudukaya Vepudu/ Broadbeans Stir Fry
Banana Stem Stir-fry With lentils
Radish greens stir fry/ Mullangi Keerai poriyal
Grated carrot Stir Fry

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Andhra Tomato Pickle Recipe | Thakkali Oorugai | Easy Pickle Recipes


Tomato pickle or Thakkali Urugai – An easy, quick and instant pickle recipe made using ripe tomatoes. This tomato pickle tastes good with most breakfasts like idli, dosa, paratha, upma, adai, and especially with plain hot rice and huge dollop of ghee.  This is not a traditional recipe, but is a good variation of the usual tomato achar and is spicy and tangy.

Tomato Pachadi, Andhra Tomato Pickle


Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Capsicum Pulao | Capsicum Rice | How To Make Capsicum Masala Rice


Capsicum Pulao or Capsicum rice - an easy, delicious and highly aromatic one-pot meal.  This is a perfect lunch box option too and does not require any side dish, just papad or even chips will do.  I have used carrot here along with the capsicum, but you can use other veggies too like peas, potato, brinjals and garnish with cashews.  This rice dish with the fresh crunchy capsicums and the flavorful masala is the go-to dish when you are bored of other pulaos and rice recipes.


Capsicum Rice, Bell Pepper Rice


If you are looking for more capsicum recipes, do check -


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Atukula Upma | Aval Upma | Poha Upma | Aval Recipes


Atukula Upma or Poha Upma -- an easy, quick and delicious breakfast recipe.  Upma is a regular breakfast in most South Indian homes.  This Poha upma is a variation of the South Indian Upma recipe.  You can add veggies too to this aval upma, but I have skipped them here.

You can serve this healthy poha upma for breakfast or as an evening snack.

If you are looking for more breakfast recipes, do check idli, rava upma, vermicelli upma, coconut sevai, masala dosa, aloo paratha, instant oats paniyaram.


Poha Upma, Aval Upma


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