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Shredded carrots combined with spices and gram flour, made into fritters or vada, a perfect evening snack… One of the popular evening snacks in South India is Onion vada or fritters. Onion vada with a cup of cardamom tea can turn your evenings into a beautiful one. If it’s a rainy day, then the beauty is beyond words. In my place, Spring is still in slumber...

Chapati and omelette rolled together and cut into rounds, perfect for brunch or lunch or dinner… Yesterday, I promised myself that I would take a break from the store bought tortillas, pita breads and rotis. So for dinner, I had to make chapatis from scratch. Though making any kind of rotis from scratch is a bit time consuming process, once I start making...

Chicken majestic, a popular spicy and delicious appetizer of Andhra Pradesh… While browsing for some Indian style chicken appetizer recipes, I came across the recipe for making chicken majestic. At first, the name majestic appealed to me a lot, then the recipe and the look of the dish. I was extremely curious to have a taste of this dish. Apparently, this...

Chinese green onion or scallion pancakes, crispy and delicious… Who wants to try Chinese pancakes??? I have to tell you that these are absolutely delicious, it’s crispy and the green onions impart a nice aroma and flavor to these pancakes. Well, these are totally different from the American pancakes, but are quite similar to South Indian parotta. However,...

Puff Pastry with ground beef filling, perfectly crispy and crunchy appetizer or evening snack… Without a doubt, December is my favorite month. My mom, my sis, most of my cousins, aunts and I were born in December and this is the  month when everyday will be seen in holly jolly festive mood. Last week, I had a few days off from work and I thoroughly enjoyed...

Idli or steamed rice cakes are fried and stir fried in a delicious sauce and you get Idli 65: so delicious and a perfect appetizer… Idlis are one of the most popular breakfast dishes in South India. They are actually steamed rice cakes, a batter is made by grinding rice and lentil, allowed to ferment and the batter is poured onto the idli moulds and steam cooked....

Delicious chicken 65, spicy and deep fried chicken appetizer…. I am still not sure how this dish got the name chicken 65, what does 65 represent? There are several interesting stories about the name; some say the marinade was made with 65 ingredients, others say it has 65 chili peppers and yet others say it was first introduced in 1965. I am pretty sure about...

Chicken, carrot, mushrooms and potatoes combined with Asian sauces, made into patties and pan fried, delicious cutlets loved by everyone… Chicken or veggie cutlets are popular evening snacks in South India. Deep fried and crispy cutlets are a delightful treat to both kids and adults. The other day, while making cutlets I stepped out of my comfort zone and made...

Basil Pesto combined with ground chicken, made into patties and pan fried, the best tasting chicken patties ever… After tasting these chicken patties, I literally cannot have any other chicken patties, basil pesto made these patties taste incredibly delicious. Making basil pesto from scratch is unbelievably easy, all you have to do is combine all the ingredients...

Indo-Chinese chili gobi or cauliflower fritters stir fried in a sauce, it’s a dry dish and is delicious… My man dislikes cauliflower but he enjoys it when it’s made into chili gobi or gobi manchurian. If you are wondering what is gobi, then it’s the hindi word for cauliflower. Many Indo-Chinese vegetarian dishes can be made with cauliflower....