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  • Nokkal - Cashew Nut Candy
    1st Prize Winner
    Cook time 10 mins

    This particular one, for example, is something I have seen a lot inside the paruppu thengai koodu (the traditional cone) in weddings and functions, but never knew that it had a different name when made as a snack of its own. My husband absolutely loves this and whenever amma goes to a function and sees this as a sweet in paruppu thengai koodu, she would make sure to get some for him.

  • Spicy Kadele Bele Chutney / Chana Dal Chutney
    2nd Prize Winner
    Cook time 10 mins

    A spicy and tangy dal based chutney which is power house of energy and taste. The play of flavours is wonderful. The dal is cooked dry. The chutney uses only minimal water by way of the soaked tamarind.

  • Harive Soppu Bendhi (Green Amaranth and Coconut Curry)
    3rd Prize Winner
    Cook time 15 mins

    Bendi is a simple, mildly spiced coconut gravy made using gourds like bottle gourd, pumpkin, ash gourd or greens like spinach, malabar spinach, green/red amaranth etc. The only spice used in the coconut gravy is cumin and a green chilli or two for light kick of heat. This Harive Soppu Bendi makes a perfect curry for little ones or those who can’t handle too spicy curries. With no overpowering spices competing, naturally astringent amaranth leaves flavour comes through the mild coconut gravy. Try this simple and flavourful Amaranth Coconut Curry when you feel like eating some light and healthy food and see your taste buds thanking you! :)

  • Paalaadai Katti Varuthadhu avec Port Wine Reduction and Channa Dal Fritters
    Wild Card Winner
    Cook time 30 mins

    The dish belongs to Pondicherry Cuisine. A unique marriage of South Indian and French Flavours. Le Pondi Cheese is a famous cheese from Pondicherry. It is made with curry leaves. I took this concept and adapted it with Cottage Cheese or Paneer. Port wine reduction was sweet in flavour while the channa dal fritters were the crunch factor.

  • Makkan peda / Arcot Makkan Peda
    Wild Card Winner
    Cook time 20 mins

    Makkan peda is believed to be loved by the Nawabs, brought to South India by them. It has close resemblance to gulab jamuns but has dry fruit filling inside. The taste is rich and buttery smooth. Like makhan(butter) it is so delicious and melt in the mouth kind....

  • Mysore Pak
    Wild Card Winner
    Cook time 45 mins

    Mysore pak was first prepared in the kitchens of the Mysore Palace by a palace cook named Kakaasura Madappa out of the above ingredients. The cook at the mysore Palace kitchen simply made a concoction of gram flour, ghee and sugar. When asked its name, Madappa obviously didn't have its name in mind, so he simply called it the ‘Mysore pak’. Pak (or paka, more precisely), in Sanskrit and other Indian vernaculars, means sweet. It is traditionally served in weddings and other festivals of Southern India. The aroma of desi ghee when combined with gram flour is simply amazing. Well I got this recipe from one of my old neighbor lady who used to make this delicacy in every special occasion of her house. The Golden beauty that simply melts in mouth leaves stains of Ghee all over your hands is something I could die for.

  • Ennai Urulai Kizhangu Varuval/ Chettinad Potato Roast
    Wild Card Winner
    Cook time 15 mins

    Varuval is a common Chettinad way of cooking – which is basically a dry dish, fried with spices and onions. The freshly ground masalas should be hand pounded on mortar and pestles to lend an earthy flavor. The dish is best made with baby potatoes and can be served as a side dish or appetizer.

  • Mangalore Banana Buns
    Wild Card Winner
    Cook time 30 mins

    ‘Banana Buns’ is a popular Breakfast/Snack item in the Mangalore and Udupi region of Karnataka, India. It’s basically a soft, sweet and fluffy banana poori. A perfect snack for breakfast / tea time. Mangalore banana buns are the perfect and delicious snack for the tea time. It is an authentic dish of the Mangalore region of Karnataka. Mangalore banana buns are also known as Mangalore buns and Banana buns. It is a mouthwatering and luscious dish prepared by ripe bananas and flour. You can find these banana buns in almost every restaurant of Mangalore as a breakfast item as well as tea time snack, but you can rarely see these unique banana buns outside the Mangalore. Mangalore banana buns are very light and fluffy just like the other buns and it will definitely give an amazing experience in each and every bite. You can easily prepare these banana buns at your home with the help of very few ingredients. Prepare the dough by adding mashed bananas, butter, salt, cumin, baking soda, sugar and plain flour. Make some small sized balls from this dough and fry them in oil. You can serve these Mangalore banana buns with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup. Try these banana buns at your weekend and get the best compliments from your family and friends.

  • Karimeen Pollichathu.
    Wild Card Winner
    Cook time 20 mins

    Karimeen Pollichathu is a famous fish fry made with pearl spot fish. The fish is crisp from outside and soft and juicy from inside. This was my first try with karimeen and must say it turned out really good. I always thought it is very difficult to make it. But its so easy and the results are finger licking good. So lets start making Karimeen Pollichathu.

  • Lotus Stem Curry - Thamaraithandu PuliKuzhambu
    Wild Card Winner
    Cook time 20 mins

    A unique and special curry from my Grandma’s kitchen. My grandma usually prepares this Pulikuzhambu with other vegetables but I have added Lotus stem in her signature dish. This Pulikuzhambu neither needs any sauté nor constant monitoring. Though the procedure seems to be lengthy but an easy one, a must try recipe.

  • Majjige huli
    Wild Card Winner
    Cook time 20 mins

    Majjige huli is the south Indian counter part of Kadhi. It is normally prepared during wedding and festivities. But then this subtly flavoured curry is so delicious that you just don't need an occasion. You just make this and you can turn that meal into a special one.

  • Mutton Drumstick korma
    Wild Card Winner
    Cook time 35 mins

    This Mutton Murungakkai korma must be made simply so you know how glorious this korma smells, to savour the unbeatable combination of tender mutton and soft cooked drumstick in spiced coconut milk. This is the kind of korma you eat with your hands. Use soft idlis or dosas to mop up that lovely korma. It goes amazingly well with pooris or over rice too. Enjoy!

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  • Veggies momus perogie
    Cook time 25 mins

    Momus perogie is just like normal momus boiled in salty water and then sauté in butter

  • Masala Pav
    Cook time 15 mins

    Delicious snack..a typical mumbai style masala pav with maska!

  • Butter Idli
    Cook time 20 mins

    Soft and delicious.

  • Kerala Chicken Curry
    Cook time 30 mins

    Its my all time favourite Kerala style recipe.

  • Khotto/idli Batter Steamed in Jackfruit Leaves
    Cook time 30 mins

    Khotto is an authentic south indian dish, specially prepared by GSB community during festivals.

  • Rava Upma
    Cook time 15 mins

    Piping hot, nutritious and delicious. Upma has been a popular way to kickstart the day since ancient times.

  • Instant Jalebi
    Cook time 40 mins

    Jalebi is a delicious Indian sweet, deep fried and dipped in sugar syrup.

  • Idli Burger
    Cook time 20 mins

    I love making snacks that are quick and easy to make and definitely yummy in taste. If you have readymade Idlis in hands, making this dish would be real easy! For all the idli and burger lovers out there, this is a must try!

  • Churi Muri (Mangalorean Bhel)
    Cook time 0 mins

    Churu-Muri is the popular and most loved street food.

  • Kaya Curry with Rice Dumplings
    Cook time 15 mins

    An authentic and innovative savoury yet easy to make dish giving the traditional South Indian taste.

  • Southern/ Dosa Cigars
    Cook time 20 mins

    This particular snack has a special place in my heart. My mother in law's friend from South was paying us a visit and she wanted to eat South Indian food but with a twist and wanted to see her friends bahus creativity. I took it is a challenge and to impress her and my mother in law I came up with Idli Shots and Dosa Cigars as snack and dinner.

  • Capsicum Parupu Usili
    Cook time 10 mins

    This is a typical South Indian dish often prepared in all households. It is also one of the side dish prepared during all festivals and marriages.

  • Butter Murruku
    Cook time 20 mins

    These Murukkus are really a melt in the mouth dish.

  • Egg Puff
    Cook time 45 mins

    A popular South Indian anytime snack. During college days we almost lived on these yummy delicacies. It was like everyday indulgence, just needed another excuse to visit the nearby joint. Let it be a birthday treat, getting test results or even just happy wala feeling in the air. Re-lived so many memories. So finally presenting the all time favourite Egg Puffs.

  • Adai
    Cook time 20 mins

    Its Made with rice & variety of lentils. Its Healthy, whole some, tasty and protein packed breakfast.

  • Kunukku
    Cook time 3 mins

    Tasty and crispy from outside and soft inside.

  • South Indian Vellai kondakadalai Kuzhambu / South Indian White Channa Gravy
    Cook time 50 mins

    This is one of my Mom's signature recipe and my favorite too. This is a very flavourful and tasty kuzhambu which goes well with rice, chapathi, idly/dosa.

  • Jaman (Andersay or Baked Gulab Jamun)
    Cook time 60 mins

    In all over India we know that Gulab jamun is fried, dip in sugar syrup and much more sweet but in Karnataka I see specially in village area baked gulab jamun and called Andersay or Jaman.

  • Pottukadalai Laddu
    Cook time 5 mins

    Pottukadalai laddu is a very famous sweet dish in Tamil Nadu. It is favourite for each and every kid. It is a traditional recipe and I learned this recipe from my grandma.

  • Thirattipal
    Cook time 30 mins

    Thirattipal is a traditional sweet made frequently in Tamil Nadu. It is a very rich sweet dish made with coconut, jaggery, ghee and cashews.

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