The Legendary Thalappakatti Biriyani – Dindigul Special

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After a long gap, I prepared a fabulous biriyani to share with you all. This is yet one more version from the regional hit recipes. The legendary…Dindigul special ‘Thalapakattu Biriyani’. When I first heard the name…it sounded bit weird and funny. But, it did not stop me from sampling the food:) Looks like, Thalapakattu is [...]

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Two Idies & Bucket Sambar !!!

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Also known as: Madras Ratna Cafe Idly-Sambar, Vellore Palace Cafe Idly-Sambar, tiffin: idly-sambar Two Idlies and Bucket Sambar. Hotel Style Idly Sambar. Tamil Nadu Idly-Sambhar. Restaurant Special Idly Sambar. After a long break, I am finally back to Oxford! I have traveled a lot this year, besides have been shuttling back and forth from Mississippi [...]

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Kari Dosai – Madurai Style

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Kothu Kari Dosai: Other Names: Kothu Kari Masal Dosai. Kari Dosai. Mutton Kheema Masal Dosa. Kaima Masal Dosai. Minced Meat Dosa. Minced Meat Stuffed Crepes. Ingredients: Dosa batter For Masala: Minced meat 1/4 kiloGreen chilies3 slicedOnions large 2Ginger-garlic paste 1 spoonTomato 1 crushedSaltTurmeric 1/4 spoonChili powder 1 spoonGaram masala 1/4 spoonFennel seeds 1 spoonCurry leaves [...]

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Apollo Fish – Grab Your Fork

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Apollo Fish:(Restaurant Style) One of my favorite topic of conversation at breakfast table is about lunch! I am not really a breakfast person. I was trained that way by various hostel mess masters(chefs)…to go hungry to school and college! So, the very idea of lunch puts an instant spark on my eyes. On weekends, I [...]

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Special Masal Dosai – Extra Spicy / Restaurant Style

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Special Masal Dosa – Super Hot:(South Indian Style) I happen to taste this Extra-spicy version Masala Dosai from the City of Temples, Madurai. Masal Dosai: Ingredients: Parboiled rice 1 cup Raw rice 1 cup Urad dal 1/2 cup Fenugreek seeds 1 spoon Salt Soda Sesame oil 1-2 spoons Sesame oil for making dosa. For Topping: [...]

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Alu Saag / Potatoes in Rich Creamy Spinach Gravy – Instant Love With Green Food!

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Aloo Paalak:(Restaurant Style) Urulaikizhangu varuval – Pasalai Keerai Masiyal (North Indian Style), Alu Palak. Ingredients: For Alu Potatoes 1 cup(boiled, peeled, cubed)Coriander seeds 1/4 spoonCumin seeds 1/4 spoonGaram masala 1/4 spoonSaltTurmeric 1/4 spoonChili powder 1 spoonOil few spoons. For Saag Fresh spinach – cleaned 1 large bowl fullGreen chilies 6-8Onion 1 smallGinger 2 inches choppedGarlic [...]

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Chili Idly / Idly Fry / Fried Idlies / Hot and Spicy Idly 65

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Idly Fry: I recall my early childhood days…my Mom and brother used to go to my granny’s home, during summer vacation. Happily leaving behind, me and my Pappa:( Hmmm, even though Dad would be so busy’ he will never fail to give me atleast 3 calls from his office during the day:) Well, indeed we [...]

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Vegetables White Korma / Kaikari Vella Kurma – Hotel Saravana Bhavan Style

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KaiKari Vella Kurma:(Restaurant Style) As I told you all before’ AK is a big fan of Hotel Saravana Bhavan food, whereas I am totally against it or any Vegetarian restaurant food’ for that matter! Its kind of hard for me to find something interesting in the menu! I can’t imagine a meatless diet while eating [...]

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Keema Idly / Mini Idlies with Minced Meat – Taj Special

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Keema Idly: I vividly remember this particular dish, that I have tasted from Taj Coromandel hotel, Chennai. When I was studying at Chennai…myself and my Dad used to dine out a lot. It was lot of fun’ to escape from the usual hostel food. I used to long for those Wednesdays…when Dad used to come [...]

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Restaurant Style Mysore Bonda

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Hotel Style Mysore Bonda: Ingredients:Ingredients: For Vadai: Urad dal 1 cupSaltGinger 2″ peeled & choppedWhole peppercorns 1 spoonCumin 1/4 spoonAsafoetida 1 pinchCoconut 4″ piece finely choppedCurry leaves fewSago 1 spoon – powdered(gives crunch on the crust)Rice flour 2 teaspoons – gives reddish tintOil for deep frying. Method: Soak urad dal and rice in water for [...]

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