Kakarakaya Pesaru Pappu Koora ~ Bitter Gourd Moong Dal Curry

Kakarakaya pesaru pappu koora is a curry with grated kakarakaya (bitter gourd) and pesaru pappu (moong dal). Bitter gourd, as the name suggests is a bitter vegetable and disliked by many. There are many ways to cook this vegetable to reduce the bitterness. One way is to marinate the vegetable with salt and then squeeze […]

Chintapandu Pulihora ~ Tamarind Rice

Pulihora is a traditional South Indian flavored rice. It is a tart/tangy rice and lime juice, tamarind or mango are the tart/tangy fruit used to prepare this rice. Tamarind or chintapandu pulihora and lime or nimmakaya pulihora are most common preparations while mango or mamidikaya pulihora is seasonal. Chintapandu pulihora is a tangy flavored rice […]

Beerakaya Royyala Koora ~ Ridge Gourd Shrimp Fry

Beerakaya royyala koora is a popular curry from coastal Andhra. It is prepared with both fresh and dried prawns. It is not a common preparation in Telangana and in my family circles, we do not cook non veg curries with vegetables, few vegetables being an exception. The exceptions being tomatoes, green bell peppers, some leafy […]

Potlakaya Pachadi ~ Snake Gourd in Yogurt Sauce

Potlakaya is snake gourd and is a long vegetable belonging to gourd family. It is a fruit which is eaten like a vegetable. Since it is very long, it is called snake gourd. I used small to medium sized gourd and you can see how long it is. I had to cut the gourd into […]

Daddojanam ~ Yogurt Rice

My sub theme this week in this Cooking Carnival, Cooking with Protein Rich Ingredients is a vegetarian protein rich ingredient. The ingredient of the week is yogurt. Depending on type of yogurt used, it is moderate to high in protein. Greek yogurt, which is very thick is high in protein, compared to other yogurts. In […]

Chicken Curry with Cashew Powder

Depending on the region, the base for Indian curries is usually onion, tomato and/or yogurt along with combination of poppy seeds, coconut powder and/or nuts. In parts of South and south western regions of India, yogurt is replaced with coconut milk and some mughlai curries have cream. At my place and at husband’s place, the […]

Walnut Chutney

Today I have a chutney with a nut that is usually not considered for preparing chutneys. I was skeptical about this chutney but still went ahead with the preparation. This recipe evolved as I prepared. The nut of the day is walnut. I started preparing this walnut chutney similar to this peanut chutney. When I […]

Peanut Rice

Fried rice is such a comfort food on lazy days when not in a mood to cook. I often make an omelet and Indian style fried rice when I don’t want to sweat too long in the kitchen. Last month someone posted a peanut rice picture on Facebook and that made me try today’s recipe. […]

Black Gram Rice ~ Urad Dal Rice ~ Ulundu Sadam

Urad dal rice is a nutty, spicy and flavorful rice from Tamil cuisine. It is festive food, comfort food and also great for lunch boxes. The last rice dish for this week is black gram dal rice from cookbook Dakshin. I never tasted this rice before and do not know how it is suppose to […]

Mamidikaya Pulihora ~ Raw Mango Rice

Pulihora is a traditional South Indian rice preparation usually made with lime juice or tamarind paste. When raw mangoes are in season, grated mango is used. It is a very common preparation during summers when mangoes are abundant. I mixed raw grated mango to cooked rice and then mixed the tempting to the rice. Grated […]

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