Quick & Easy Chicken Pulao

Many frown upon the plain ‘pulao’ considering it inferior to the pampered ‘biryani’. The chicken pulao that we make at home is no less than any saffron laced biryani in spite of its simplicity. A straightforward and quick pulao recipe that features basmati rice, chicken, coconut milk and fragrant spices. As this decadent one pot dish simmers, the khushboo (aroma) that emanates the kitchen, will put the glamorous biryani to shame.

Hyderabadi Aloo Biryani

There is something really good about Vizag weather since the past few days. Pleasant cool weather during peak summer season is very unusual and called for leisure vegetarian cooking with warming flavors. Aloo Biryani and Capsicum Tomato curry was our meal this afternoon.

Pudina Pulao – Mint Rice

Light, aromatic and immensely flavorful rice dish that uses very few ingredients. The mint flavor is subtly infused in the rice without being overpowering. Tinted with a light green shade, smelling of warmth and sunshine, pudina pulao makes for an endearing meal to serve family and friends.

Egg Biryani

Comfort food, Egg biryani, makes for a perfect weekend meal with raita and curry. Yesterday, I was inspired to make a flavored rice and since our family loves eggs, I decided on Egg biryani which has a striking resemblance to Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani. Its easy to put together, substantial and full of flavor.

Rice Paramannam

Ugadi ~ Festival Recipes

Ugadi, Telugu New Year, is on 16th March, 2010. I have complied few festival recipes that can be prepared for Ugadi, making it convenient for my dear readers. Hope you enjoy preparing the recipes and relish the festive treats with family and friends.

Methi Matar Pulao

My love for methi has not diminished in spite of having an overdose of them these winter months. I am making optimum use of fresh methi during season since I will not be able to relish it during the summer months. Likewise with season fresh green peas. Fresh methi and matar decided on a date with rice. A match made in heaven.

Vegetable Pulao

Yesterday, I prepared Vegetable Pulao and raita. The vegetables I use for the regular pulao are carrots, beans, peas and potatoes. I rarely use cauliflower and capsicum for pulao. I use whole spices instead of masala powder which yields an aromatic mild flavor to the rice and a combination of ghee and oil for frying the vegetables which brings out their flavor beautifully.

Nimmakaya Annam ~ Lemon Rice

Yesterday was a busy day and meant less time in the kitchen. Made a simple, lemon-flavored, vibrant colored rice that was not only quick to prepare but brightened up my day. Relished it with yogurt and papads. An all time favorite especially during travel and as picnic food. Love the way how a pinch of […]

Thengai Sadam ~ Grated Coconut Rice

Coconut usage in our kitchen is pretty moderate inspite of growing 8 coconut trees in our garden. A large percentage of tender coconuts are devoured by us for coconut water, few mature ones find place in our kitchen, few sent to relatives and friends (especially during Dasara and Karthika Masam) while the remaining are sun dried to extract coconut oil.

Simple & Quick Tomato Rice

One pot dishes are my quick fix meals on busy days. I made Tomato rice today. Simple recipe with minimal spices. The sweet tart juices of tomato are beautifully absorbed by the rice yielding a subtly spiced dish that was well-loved by my family. Use nice red juicy tomatoes when trying this recipe.

Rava Pulihora with Lemon

Fragrant one pot dish using broken rice aka rice rava. Punched up with a good dose of lemon, the crunch of the peanuts and dals are perfect against the soft rice rava! What I enjoy most about this recipe is the tempering with spices and curry leaves filling the home with a warming aroma. Comes together in a snap and flavor-wise is tremendously good!

Pressure Cooker Mutton Biryani

If I’ve been MIA, its because I am delighting myself with my 22 month old nephew (visiting India) and reliving Nehal’s toddlerhood days. Busy fun days. 🙂 Quick Mutton Biryani A quick special one pot meal for one of those busy days is this particular biryani. Simple preparation, not at all complicated and can be […]

Vegetable Fried Rice

One of the loveliest pleasures of life is vegetable shopping especially at the farmer’s market. I enjoy it immensely. I needed to use up a few vegetables before I made my trip to the rythu bazaar, so I decided to put them to good use for an Indo Chinese inspired vegetarian meal. Does involve a […]

Prawn Fried Rice

Prawn Fried Rice Along with Royallu Vepudu, I also made a quick, easy and flavorful Indo-Chinese style sweet and sour Prawns the other day and used the left overs to prepare Prawn Fried Rice. Fried rice is something that I make on days I am rushed for time. Fried rice being open to endless variations, […]

Brown Rice with Apple and Walnuts

I’m making a conscious effort to include nutritious whole grains into our diet. And am looking out for some nourishing salad recipes or one pot meals that include brown rice. I’m sharing with you a lovely brown rice, apple and walnuts salad recipe, that calls for a generous dose of toasted walnuts, a hint of […]

Brown Rice Pulao

Of late, we are incorporating healthy grains like brown rice into our diet on a regular basis. Last Sunday, I made brown rice vegetable pulao and kheema curry. Very unassuming, earthy and wholesome. Though the rice is chewy, its worth the effort keeping in mind the nutrition involved. Those of you who are trying to […]

Brown Rice Salad

Brown Rice Salad Hoping all of you had wonderful start into the new year. I did. ‘Pearls of wisdom’ ~“Warm up for the year ahead like an athlete would warm up for a competition. Start gently with small movements, increasing the intensity as you go. You’ll last longer and get farther that way than if […]