Soya granules – 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Roasted coriander powder – 4 tbsp

Red chilli powder – 5 tbsp (Adjust according to your spice level)

Salt – 2 to 3 tbsp

Clove powder-1/4 tsp


Oil – 3/4 cup

Mashed garlic cloves -15

Cumin seeds – 1tsp

Broken red chillies -1/4 cup

Curry leaves – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 4tbsp


  • Boil soya granules in hot water for 5 minutes and strain it. Wash it well. Squeeze and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add squeezed soya granules and fry on medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes.Switch off the flame and cool it.
  • Add salt, coriander powder, red chilli powder and clove powder. Mix well and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a large kadai and add cumin seeds and crushed garlic. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add red chilli and curry leaves. Fry on high flame till the garlic turns into golden brown.
  • Switch off the flame and add lemon juice. Mix well and cool it.
  • Add the talimpu to soya masala and mix well. Check out the seasonings.
  • Serve hot with hot rice.



Finely chopped ginger – 2 tbsp or 1 inch piece

Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp

Honey – 3 tsp

Water – 1 cup


  1. Take a grinder jar. Add chopped ginger and 1/4 cup of water. Grind it to a paste.
  2. Then add remaining water and grind for one more time. Strain and add lemon juice and honey. Mix well.
  3. Drink early morning.



Finely cut dondakayalu- 1/2 cup

Red chilli powder – 2 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

Oil – 1/4 cup [ 2 to 3 tbsp]

Lemon juice – 6 tsp

Mashed garlic – 6 cloves

This recipe was passed onto me by my grandmother.


  1. Wash dondakayalu and pat dry them. Trim the edges and cut into small bite size pieces.
  2. Take a bowl. Add dondakaya pieces and all the remaning ingredients. Mix well and adjust seasoning .
  3. Store in refrigerator. The shelf life of this pickle is one week.
  4. Goes well with idly and rice.
  5. Make sure the dondakayalu are firm.



Senaga pindi [besan] – 4 tbsp

Butter milk – 2 cups

Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – a pinch


Oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Mashed garlic – 4 cloves

Broken red chillies- 4 pieces

Curry leaves – few


  1. Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add all the remaning ingredients one by one and fry for a minute. Add senaga pindi.
  2. Mix well. Fry on low flame till the raw smell fades. Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
  3. Mix well. Add butter milk and keep strring continuously, until the mixture combines well and thickens slightly.
  4. Add salt, lemon juice and finely chopped coriander leaves.
  5. Goes well with idli.


Instead of senaga pindi you can use kandi podi.


This pachadi can be made during kartika masam as it has no garlic.


Usirikayalu – 5 cut into small pieces

Freshly grated coconut -1 cup

Green chillies – 3 to 4

Coriander seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Oil for frying

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 1 tbsp


Oil – 1 1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Chana dal – 1/4 tsp

urad dal .- 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Broken red chillies – 6 pieces

Curry leaves – few

Turmeric powder – 1/3 tsp

Asafoetida – 1/3 tsp


  1. Wash and pat dry usirikayalu. Chop the usirikayalu into pieces discarding the seeds.
  2. Heat 1 1/2 tsp of oil in a pan. Add green chillies , cumin seeds and coriander seeds.
  3. Fry on medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes till the raw smell goes out. Keep it aside.
  4. In the same pan, heat 1 1/2 tsp of oil. Fry usirikaya pieces on medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Fry till the usirikaya pieces turn into light pink colour.
  5. Take a motor & pestle. Crush green chillies , cumin seeds and coriander seeds to a coarse paste.
  6. Then, add salt and fried usirikaya pieces and mash it to a coarse paste. Add freshly grated coconut and lemon juice. Mix well and check out the seasonings.
  7. Heat 1 1/2 tsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chana dal, urad dal, cumin seeds and fry for a second. Add red chillies, curry leaves, turmeric powder and asafoetida.Fry for few seconds.
  8. Add usirikaya and coconut mixture prepared earlier. Switch off the flame. Mix well.
  9. Serve with steamed rice and a dollop of ghee.




Mayonnaise – 5 to 6 tbsp

Garlic cloves – 3 to 4 crushed into fine paste

Tobasco sauce – 1 tsp

Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp

A pinch of salt

Red chilli flakes for garnishing


  • In a bowl, add mayonnaise, crushed garlic, tobasco sauce, lemon juice and salt. Mix throughly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with red chilli flakes just before serving.


Goes well with chips and nachos.



Coriander leaves  – 1 cup

Fresh mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Green chillies – 2

Black salt – to taste

Sugar – 1/4 tsp

Lemon juice – 1tbsp

Peanuts – 1/2 tbsp rosated and skinless

Oil for grinding


  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixer and blend to a smooth paste using oil .
  • Refrigerate and use as required.


Adjust the amount of oil based on the consistency you are looking for.

The chutney can be used with snacks like sandwiches, and chats.



Basmathi rice – 1 1/2 cup

Water – 3 cups

Oil – 2 to 3 drops

Salt as required for cooking rice


Oil – 1 1/2  tbsp

Ghee – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1 1/2 tsp

Tomato puree – 1/2 cup

Finely chopped tomato – 1 large size

Frozen peas 1/4 cup boiled for 3 minutes

Finely chopped capsicum – 1/4 cup

Red chilli paste – 2 1/2 tsp

Pav baji masala – 2 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Lemon juice – 2 tsp

Finely chopped coriander – 2 to 3 tbsp

Salt to taste


  • Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes. Cook with 3 cups of water, oil and salt.
  • Dont cook the rice too much. It will spoil the texture of the pulao. Transfer the rice to a wide plate, cool it completely.
  • Heat ghee/oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and saute till they begin to crackle. Add onions, fry them until they turn translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and salt, fry till a nice aroma emanates your kitchen.
  • Next, add tomato puree. Mix and cook on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or till the mixture thickens.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, mix and cook for 2 minutes. Add capsicum and green peas, mix and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add red chilli paste and pav baji masala, stir and cook on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add rice and mix gently. Add lemon juice and finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
  • Serve hot with yogurt. Adjust seasonings according to your taste.



Fish – 8 pieces

Ginger and garlic paste – 1 1/2  tbsp

Besan flour – 2tbsp

Red chilli powder – 4 tbsp

Lemon juice – 1 1/2 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Pulav masala – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp for mixing

Oil – for frying


Lemon wedges –  3 to 4

Onion wedges


  • Wash the fish pieces well under running water. Apply some salt and turmeric to the fish pieces and rest it for a few minutes.
  • Wash the fish again and add lemon juice if there is any unwanted smell.
  • In a bowl, add ginger garlic paste, lemon juice,  red chilli powder, coriander powder, besan powder, pulav masala and salt as per taste .
  • Mix all the spices well using 1 tbsp of oil.
  • Coat the fish with the masala paste. Marinate for one hour.
  • Take a pan. Add 3 to 4 tbsp of oil and heat it. Place the fish pieces carefully on the pan and cook them for 5 to 6 minutes on one side.
  • Flip the fish pieces and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Once the fish is well cooked, place them on absorbent paper to remove excess oil.
  • Similarly, fry the rest of the pieces. Sprinkle lemon juice while serving the fish.

Serve with onion rings.


  • Make sure to fry both the sides well until fish turns golden red and crisp.



Potato pieces – 1 cup

Green chilles – 5 cut into 2 inch pieces

Mustard powder – 1/4 cup

Red chilli powder – 1/2 cup

Fresh lemon juice – 1/3 cup

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds -1 tsp

Garlic cloves – 20  mashed with skin

Salt to taste

Oil – 1- 1/3 cup


Peel the potato and wash it. Cut the potato into small cubes and pat dry on kitchen towel for 20 minutes .

Take a large bowl mix all the ingredients one by one. Adjust seasoning.

Serve with hot rice.

Suggestions – Store in fridge after 2 days.