Ugadi – The Telugu New Year

????? ????????????! Ugadi Shubhakankshalu!      Ugadi, the Telugu New Year, is a time of celebration with family and friends. Here are a few recipes for dishes traditionally prepared on Ugadi: Ugadi Pachadi. All celebrations of Ugadi begin with the Ugadi Pachadi. Ugadi Pachadi is an amagamation of six tastes found in nature; sweet, sour, tangy, spicy,

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Gutti Vankaya Ulli Kharam (Baby Brinjals Stuffed with Spicy Onion-Chilli Masala)

Vankaya Ulli Kharam is one of those dishes that every Andhra household has a recipe for. Surprisingly, we never made it in our home. However, I have eaten it often at my uncle’s home and that thought brings me to the reason I made it this week. This past week

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Ulli Kharam (Spicy Andhra Onion-Chilli Masala)

Ulli Kharam is a classic Andhra masala that can be used to spice up a range of vegetables. I used it yesterday to make Gutti Vankaya Ulli Kharam (Baby Brinjals). However, it can be used with Kakarakaya (Bitter Gourd or Karela), Beerakaya (Ridge Gourd), Chama Dumpa (Arbi or Taro), or even Bangala Dumpa

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Hyderabadi Mirchi ka Salan

Mirchi Ka Salan is one of those iconic dishes that, along with the Hyderabadi Biryani, define the beautiful city of Hyderabad. The first I had this dish was at Paradise, the iconic Hyderabadi eatery that is now almost synonymous with Hyderabadi cuisine, especially biryani. I was so fascinated by its

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Thandai – Holi and Maha Shivaratri Special

Happy Holi and here is some Thandai to celebrate it with! 🙂 In the North of India, Holi heralds in spring and is also known as Basant Utsav or Basant Panchami. Holi is famously known as the festival of colours, and is celebrated by smearing friends and family with an assortment of colours and

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Paneer Biryani

This is a birthday gift for my cousin, Rama, who seems to love biryanis and pulavs. 🙂 What I loved about this quick and easy Paneer Biryani was just that; it was quick and easy to make, but oh-so-full of subtle flavours. You could have this biryani by itself, or

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