Dudhauri: Fried Milk and Rice Balls Soaked in Sugar Syrup

Dudhauri: A Festive Sweet from Jharkhand

By now most regular readers of this blog must be familiar with the monthly challenges of the Shhhhhh…. Cooking Secretly group that I am a part of. This month, we are cooking dishes from the state of Jharkhand and I chose Dudhauri as the dish to make with my secret ingredients

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Recipes from Andhra Pradesh for Varalakshmi Vratam

Varalakshmi Vratam: Recipes for Naivedyam

Varalakshmi Vratam is on August 24, 2018. It always falls on the Friday before Sravan Poornima. (An easy way to remember is the Friday before Raksha Bandhan. 🙂 ). This Pooja, also called Vara Mahalakshmi Vratam, is performed by married women in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu to pray for the well-being of

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Andhra Coconut Chutney for Rice

Kobbari Pachadi | Andhra Coconut Chutney for Rice

In all Andhra meals, the first morsel is typically a pachadi/chutney or podi mixed with rice and ghee/sesame oil. This first morsel, called modati mudda, is said to get your digestive juices flowing and helping you digest the meal to follow. So we, will have a pachadi with almost every

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Aratikaya Menthi Podi Kura | Raw Banana Curry with Fenugreek Spice Powder

Aratikaya Menthi Podi Kura | Andhra Fenugreek-flavoured Raw Banana Curry

We are very fond of raw banana and make a range of curries with it. One of my favourites is Aratikaya Vepudu | Crispy Raw Banana Fry. However, my father prefers the softer versions like Aratikaya Ava Pettina Kura (Banana Curry with Mustard Paste) and this Aratikaya Menthi Podi Kura, which

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Samba Sadam | Pepper Cumin Rice

Milagu Jeeraga Sadam | Chidambaram Samba Sadam | Pepper & Cumin Rice

I have been fascinated by this recipe for Milagu Jeeraga Sadam (Pepper and Cumin Rice) from Tamil Nadu ever since I read the recipe a few years ago. This is a new dish for me and I loved the idea of a simple rice flavoured with just cumin and pepper. As

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Pavakkai Sambar

Pavakkai Sambar | Bitter Gourd Sambar | Karela Sambar

Bitter Gourd (Pavakkai in Tamil and Malayalam, Kakarakaya in Telugu, and Karela in Hindi) is a vegetable that I like and this has been a month of enjoying delicacies in which bitter gourd plays a starring role. Today, I am presenting the recipe for Pavakkai Sambar, an absolutely delicious Bitter Gourd

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