Potlakaya – 1 medium size [ 2 to 2 1/2 cups]

Finely chopped onions – 2 medium size

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Salt to taste

Green chillies – 2 slit


Oil – 2 tbsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Mashed garlic – 3 cloves

Broken red chillies- 6 pieces

Curry leaves- few


  1. Potlakaya (snake gourd) has a natural whitish layer coated over them. This has to be scraped off with a knife first.
  2. Cut the snake gourd to 2 to 3 pieces and cut them vertically. Discard the seeds and the pith or the white pulp.
  3. Cut it into small pieces. Wash and boil in water for 5 to 6 minutes till it softens. Strain in a colander and keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a wide pan. Add urad dal and fry for 10 seconds, then add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and mashed garlic. Mix well.
  5. Then add broken red chillies and curry leaves and fry for 10 more seconds. Add onions and green chillies.
  6. Add salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Cook on medium flame till the onions turn soft.
  7. Add boiled snake gourd pieces and cook on high flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Then cook on medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes.
  8. Add freshly grated coconut and fry for another 6 to 7 minutes. Switch off the flame. Serve with rice.



Peanuts- 1 cup

Besan flour – 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 1 tbsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

Water – 2 to 3 tbsp

Curry leaves – few


  1. Rinse peanuts under running water. Drain them in a colander.
  2. Take a bowl and add peanuts. Then, add all the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Sprinkle little water and mix well until each peanut is coated well with masala.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Gently drop the peanuts. Do not add them in lumps.
  5. Do not disturb for a minute, then stir and fry on low to medium flame.
  6. Fry till the foam in the oil disappears completely and peanuts turn golden brown and crisp.
  7. Drain the fried peanuts onto a kitchen paper. In the same oil, fry curry leaves and add it to the fried peanuts.
  8. Cool them completely and store in a air tight jar.



Sweet corn cobs – 3


Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1 tbsp

Roasted cumin seeds powder- 3/4 tsp

Lemon juice- 1 tsp

Melted butter – 2 to 3 tbsp

Mashed garlic cloves – 2 optional

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp


  1. Clean the cobs and trim the stems. Take small bowl and mix all the ingredients for the spread.
  2. Mix well and keep it aside. Roast the cobs over charcoal or an electric barbeque or on gas stove till they are cooked.
  3. Brush the flavored butter on the cobs.
  4. Serve hot.



Pandumirapa paste- 2 cups [for recipe, check out my previous posts]

Raw mango pieces – 1 cup peeled and cut into cubes


Oil – 1 cup

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp

Garlic – 10 cloves mashed

Broken red chillies – 1/3 cup

Curry leaves – 1/3 cup loosely packed

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1/2 cup


  1. In a bowl, mix peeled mango pieces and pandumirapa paste. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Add cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  3. Mix throughly. Add mashed garlic, broken red chilli pieces, curry leaves and asafoetida powder and fry for 15 to 20 seconds.
  4. Lastly, add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and switch off the flame.
  5. Pour it over pandumirapakaya paste and mix well . Check out seasonings.
  6. Goes well with rice, idly and dosa.



Chilagada dumpalu- 4 medium size

Drum sticks – 8 pieces

Finely chopped onions – 3 cups

Green chillies – 3 slited

Tamarind paste- 2 tbsp

Grated jaggery – 1/3 cup

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Red chilli powder- 2 tbsp

Water -2 1/2 cups


Oil- 1/4 cup

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/8 tsp

Garlic – 4 cloves mashed

Broken red chillies – 5 pieces

Curry leaves – few


  1. Wash and peel chilagada dumpalu. Cut dumpalu into big circles and add it into a bowl filled with water.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add mustard seeds, let them splutter. Then add all talimpu ingredients one by one. Fry for 30 seconds. Add finely chopped onions and green chillies.
  3. Mix well and add salt and turmeric powder. Cover and cook on low flame till onions turns into light pink colour.
  4. Add chilakada dumpalu. Mix and cover and cook on low flame for 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Add red chilli powder. Mix throughly. Add jaggery and tamarind paste.
  6. Cover and cook on low flame till jaggery melts. Add drum stick pieces and water .
  7. Bring it to a boil. At this stage check out salt, sweet and sourness. Close lid and pressure cook on high flame till the first whistle.
  8. Cook on low flame for 2 minutes. Switch off the flame. Allow the pressure to release on its own and then open the cooker. Mix well and serve with mudda pappu and rice.



Boiled eggs – 6

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Finely sliced onions – 1 1/2 cups

Red chilli powder – 2 1/2 tsp

Pulav masala – 1/2 tsp

Water – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

finely chopped coriander leaves – 1 tbsp


Oil – 3 to 4 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Crushed garlic – 2 cloves

Broken red chilli pieces – 4

Curry leaves – few


  1. Peel boiled eggs. Remove yolks and keep it aside.
  2. Slice the eggs. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add mashed garlic, broken red chillies and curry leaves one by one.
  3. Fry for a few seconds. Add finely chopped onions, mix well. Add salt and turmeric powder. Cover and cook on low flame.
  4. Cook till onions turns into light golden colour. Add red chilli powder and pulav masala. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add sliced eggs and mix well. Cover and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Add water. Cover and cook till water is absorbed . Finally, add finely chopped coriander leaves. Check out seasonings. Mix well.
  7. At this stage if you want to add egg yolk you can add. This is optional. Serve with rice or chapathi.