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Andhra Snack – Pappu Chekkalu (Rice Crackers)

Pappu Chekkalu, Thattai, Nippattu We made Pappu Chekkalu (Thattai, Nippattu, Rice Crackers) and Ribbon Murukku for Diwali. During my early days of messing around in the kitchen I was intimidated to prepare Chekkalu like...

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Pulihora – Andhra Tamarind Rice

Deepavali lit up the kitchen with fun, laughter and culinary conversations. Our family whipped up an elaborate vegetarian meal which included Pulihora, a traditional favorite among South Indians, an unassuming tangy rice dish speckled...

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Eggless Sesame Oats Crisps

Golden brown treats flecked with sesame seeds and toasted almond pieces, subtle in flavor, slightly nutty and crunchy. This recipe is definitely a keeper and a snack that is sure to be popular among kids!


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Andhra Pindivanta – Chegodilu – Savory Snack

Chegodi A gem among Andhra traditional snacks is Chegodi. Golden in shade, speckled with spots of white sesame, moong dal and cumin, crunchy with an irresistable addictive taste – that’s chegodi, my all time...

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Coriander Mint Rice & Chicken Curry

Coriander pudina rice I know I have mentioned numerous times that I love coriander. I am partial to coriander and most often than not, add a wee bit more than the recipe calls for....

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Semiya Payasam & Rava Laddu

Festivals reflect the cultural diversity of India, a land of many religions. Festivity denotes – new clothes, rangoli/muggulu, mango leaves thoranam, smell of camphor and incense sticks, family get togethers, fun, laughter and most...

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Cuisines, Celebrations and Communalism

In the past few months, bomb blasts in Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bangalore have caused an unprecedented unease in India. This has cast a shadow on the Eid, Navratri and Durga puja celebrations. Guest author,...

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Janthikalu – Andhra Savory Snack

The queen of Andhra pindivantalu (festival foods prepared with flours) would undoubtedly be Janthikalu, a classic traditional savory snack. No auspicious occasion, picnic or a family get together is ever complete without these crunchy...

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Mexican Vegetable Rice

I used the left over chopped mixed vegetables from the baked vegetable jalfrazi, to prepare Mexican rice. The recipe is by no means authentic. I liked the flavors of cumin, tomato sauce and worchestershire...

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Baked Vegetable Jalfrazi

Baked Vegetable Jalfrazi with Home made bread Though this recipe is time consuming in terms of preparation, its worth the effort and time. Makes for a satisfying, nutritious, and delicious one pot meal. And...

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Bendakaya Pulusu – Okra in tamarind gravy

Pulusu aka stew is a typical Andhra preparation which is a tamarind based gravy dish that provides a tangy flavor to vegetables, lentils (pappu pulusu), meat (mamsam pulusu) or fish (chepala pulusu). Pulusu originates...

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Vaangi Bhath – Brinjal Rice

Vangi Bhath Brinjal is a prized possession in my kitchen. I know a few of you will wince on reading that. I love brinjal cooked in any form! This vibrant purple beauty has always...

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Kanda Vadalu – Yam Vada

Kanda aka Suran Vadas Like bittergourd, I disliked yam aka ‘suran’ (kanda in Telugu) as a child. It was a chance encounter with this vegetable in the form of kebabs, from a friend’s tiffin...

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Kakara Kaya Vepudu – Bitter Gourd Stir fry

Usri Kaya pachadi, kakara kaya vepudu, pappu anapakaya with white rice As a child, just hearing the word ‘Kakarakaya’ aka ‘bittergourd’ from my mother would keep me away from the day’s meal. It was...

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Ayurvedic Food – Sprouts

Guest author Claudia Davila writes about different types of sprouts that are beneficial for individual doshas, how to make sprouts and ways in which sprouts could be used to pep up our meals. I...