Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita served in a wooden bowl on a blue background

Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita

Amla or the Indian Gooseberry is a rich source of Vitamin C. Called Usirikaya in Telugu and Nellikai in Tamil, this tart fruit can be quite a challenge to eat by itself.

A great way of including Amla in one’s diet is to make this Nellikai Thayir Pachadi (Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi or Amla Raita).

Believe you me, it is delicious and will help you get your more than your daily dose of Vitamin C and some Vit A and E also.

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No Onion, No Garlic Chole Biryani | Spicy Chickpeas in Rice

No Onion, No Garlic Chole Biryani | A Recipe Inspired by Nikita Jhanglani

This recipe for Chole Biryani happened totally by chance; thanks to Nikita Jhanglani for the last moment inspiration. The theme for the 107th Foodie Monday Blog Hop is a party dish. However, we are bang in the middle of the festival season and I was already thinking of Onam recipes. Given

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Talniche Modak | Fried Modak is made for Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra

Talniche Modak | Fried Modak: Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe from Maharashtra

Talniche Modak or Fried Modak are very popular in Maharashtra. They are made in addition to the Ukdiche Modak or the traditional steamed Modak.

Can I let you in on a secret? Talniche Modak are far easier to shape and perfect than Ukdiche Modak.

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Nivagrya | Maharashtrian Recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

Nivagrya: Ganesh Chaturthi Special from Maharashtra

Nivagrya is a traditional recipe from Maharashtra made for Ganesh Chaturthi.

Nivagrya are made with the leftover rice flour dough used as covering for steamed Modaks.

Just add some cumin, green chilli paste, and salt to the dough; make small patties and steam.

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Green Papaya Avial

Green Papaya Avial Kootan | Paccha Papaya Avial

This recipe for Green Papaya Avial Kootan makes its way to the blog courtesy my colleague, Srividya K. Another colleague got Paccha Papaya Thoran for lunch and the conversation turned to the uses of unripe Papaya. Srividya mentioned making Avial with it and so here I come with the recipe.

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Kobbari Atukulu | Aval Thengai Sadam

Kobbari Atukulu | Aval Thengai Sadam: Krishna Janmashtami Recipe

Today I am presenting Kobbari Atukulu or Aval Thengai Sadam. It is essentially Kobbari Annam (Coconut Rice) made with Atukulu instead of rice. I made it  as a part of naivedyam for Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Also called Gokulashtami in Maharashtra and Krishnashtami in South India, this festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna.

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