Living in Consciousness ~ Indi(r)a’s Food and Garden Weblog

Article and Recipe Index

Mahanandi is easy to navigate, and recipes are archived in four ways.

Browse by Ingredients: Ingredients are listed in alphabetical order in category section on the sidebar of Mahanandi.

Browse by Date or Month: Recipe name appears by hovering the mouse on the calendar. Clicking on the dates in the calendar will take you to the recipe that is blogged on that day. Or click on the month in archives section and then on the date in calendar.

Browse by Title: Recipes are listed in types of meal, courses and cuisines on this page.

Browse for Indian Sweets: Sweets List


About Culinary Experience and Recipe Inspiration

My culinary life in few words:

I started out as a burper and spitter (aren’t we all?), taste tester, picky eater, ruthless critiquer (1 to 12 years age), trained under my mother’s guidance to dish washer, prep cook, line cook, sous-chef (12 to 25 years) at home. I was a partner and assistant chef, immensely benefited from my other half’s culinary wisdom and wit (25 to 30 years). I am the chief home-chef and kitchen manager at this time.
My culinary experience is a process of progression and I will always be an eager student at Mother Annapoorna’s culinary school.

Recipe Inspiration:

The main portion, about 60 percent of the blogged recipes at Mahanandi listed below, are from my homeNandyala in India.

The remaining 40 percent, inspired by my imagination and the time I spent visiting and browsing famiy, friends and fellow food bloggers real and virtual kitchens.

Index Layout

As a reader, cook, taster and enthusiast I fashioned the index page following the strict Indic culinary wisdom, on how we serve the meal in a traditional setting. This page is laid out in a way, that if you cook a recipe from each category, you would have sampled the complete “Morning to Night” meal experience of my home. The combinations and possibilities are endless. It’s very much possible to re-create the varied and myriad hues of Indian cooking – a different flavor and texture for each of its hundred thousand villages.

“Real Knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance”, the old Sanskrit proverb says. I hope you find here some information and recipes which you recognise, and others which surprise and delight you enough to try them out. Enjoy!


A Daily Record: Articles, Recipes and Photos from My Home
(From March 26th, 2005 to December 30th, 2009)

Morning Meal:

Dosa, Pesarattu, and Utappam:


Minimalism for Morning:

Ponganalu (Paniyaram)


Refreshing Paniyam:

Vindu Bhojanam for Mid-day or Night:

(The recipe index is laid out in the traditional serving ritual of Vindu Bhojanam (feast). Water first, then salt, pachadi, podi, uragaya, teepi (sweet), kaaram (snack), festival rice, rice, pappu, kura, pulusu, sambar, rasam, perugu, and the meal ends with sweet taste of Mother Earth, the seasonal fruits like banana, mango etc.)

Pacchadi, Podi and Uragaya:

Pacchadi (using Rolu or Mortar & Pestle):

Pacchadi or Chutney (Made in a Mixer, Blender or Food Processor):

Podi (Spicy Powder):

Uragaya (Pickles of India):

Teepu (Sweets, Bharath- 101):

Festival Sweets:


Karalu or Snacks (Bharath):

Deep Fried in Peanut Oil


Oven Baked:

Traditional Sun~Dried Snacks of Bharath:
(Vadiyam, Papadam, Appadam etc)

Annam & Dhanyam (Rice and Grains):

Festival Rice:

Pulao (Masala Annam, Pilaf, Fried Rice):

Ganji, Kanji or Congee

Articles on Rice and Grains from India:

Chapati, Naan, Paratha, Puri and Roti:

Pappu (Dal, Daal, Dahl):

Pappu With Kandi Pappu (Toor, Tuvar Dal):
(Pappu with Kandi pappu and vegetabels is prepared for daily meals at my home and at Nandyala.)

Pappu With Pesara Pappu (Moong, Mung Dal):

Pappu With With Masoor Dal (Red Lentils):

Pappu with Split Peas – Green and Yellow:
(Split peas are neither toor dal nor chana dal. It’s the truth!)

Chaaru, Pappuchaaru, Pacchi Pulusu, Rasam and Sambar:

Pappuchaaru, Pacchi Pulusu, Rasam:

Sambar: The South Indian Soopa
(Difference between Soup and Sambar – No vegetables are harmed (mashed) in sambar.)

Kura, Vepudu, Poriyal, or Thoran:
(Indian Salads With Minimum Saute)

Cooking cut-up vegetables briskly in a small amount of oil, stir-frying or sauteing is the most popular tenchnique that I use in my cooking. The resulting dish is called “Kura” or “Vepudu” in Telugu.

Kura, Kurma, Pulusu or Subji:

Home Classics with Fresh Vegetables

Home Classics With Beans and Legumes:

Home Classics With Paneer:

Home Classics with Egg:

Home Classics for a Potluck Party of 25:

Restaurant Popular, but to My Palate:

Adapting World’s Classics to My Palate:

Perugu, Dahi, Curd or Yogurt (Raita)

Refreshing Ice (Granita, Icecream, Sherbet):

How to Prepare? The Essentials:

Yogi Diet (Food of Fasting Days):

Vitamins for Everyday: Herbs and Spices with Recipes
(by Anjali Damerla)

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Occidental Food:

Occidental grub happens at my home occasionally. This is a record of such accidents.

Bread, Burger, Pasta and Pizza:


Burger (Cutlet) and Sandwich:


Pasta or Noodles – Wheat and Rice:

Sugary Desserts Sans Western Whimsy:

Cakes and Scones Filled with Fruit and Nuts:

Clafouti, Pies and Tarts:

Cookies and Such:

Jams and Such:

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Discoveries and Divine Prasadams:

New Traditions:

Bhakti~Bhukti (Devotion Mixed with Dining):

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Cookery: Books, Food Art, Pots and Pans

Cookbook Reviews and Interviews:

Food Art:

Food Articles:

Pots and Utensils:

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The Joy of Effort ~ Personal and Team:


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Comments (107)

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107 comments for Article and Recipe Index »

  1. Hi,

    I happened to find ur website when i searched the net for mint pulao recipe.Its so nice to see pictures along with the detailed method of not only preparing the dish but also so many nice tips on how to pick vegetables,where to purchase etc.Your writing style is very nice and elegant.I have visited a lot of sites but yours seems to be one of the best sites.Good wishes.Will be visiting ur website more often.

    Indira says
    Hello Anusha,
    Thanks for your kind words. I am glad you liked this site. Looking forward to your feedback on my recipes. Thanks again.

    Comment by Anusha — November 16, 2005 @ 10:22 pm

  2. Wow Indira,

    tusi gr8 ho…. Aap mahan ho..

    a very nice site and love the way you present stuff.. Full marks to you and for your Presenations …


    Comment by Reds_Kushi — November 17, 2005 @ 3:32 pm

  3. indira, i have tried most of ur recipes in curry except for Masala Turnips(Shalgam),Portabella Mushrooms in Sesame Sauce,Stuffed Brinjal Curry (Gutti Vankaaya Kura),Ridge Gourd(Beerakaaya/Turai) Curry,Beets & Carrots – Steamed,Gongura(Ambadi) Dal.. there are only quite a few things left ..

    Indira says
    Wow.. Priya.. I have to speed up my posting then :).

    Comment by priya,ar — November 18, 2005 @ 5:16 pm

  4. Hi Indira,

    I am from Kurnool region too.
    I liked your site very much and the way you have presented recipes, simply superb.


    Indira says,
    Thanks Maithili, fellow Kurnool ammayi. Hope to see many more visits and feedback from you.

    Comment by Maithili Kotla — November 20, 2005 @ 2:51 am

  5. Hi whoever,
    I am facinated. I am a pakistani male and have to live alone the first time. I missed the food from the subcontinent so much that I decided to do a research. I am happy that I did it as this is one ob the best resources that I found. Great work and keep it up.
    I might want to post some recipes myself.How would I be able to do that? Help will be appreciated!

    Comment by Tanvir Qureshi — December 5, 2005 @ 7:28 am

  6. Hi,

    I am a Tamilian married into a Telugu family. I was looking for authentic andhra recipes. Though my in-laws are from west-godavari district, your recipes are just wonderful. I am waiting to try them and surprise my husband. I wish I had seen your site earlier. The pictures are just lovely, and the site is well maintained.

    Comment by Gayathri — January 12, 2006 @ 2:55 am

  7. Hi Indira,

    Great work !! Your pictures are simply superb .. great resource .. thanx a lot .. i wish i had known this site before.. i like your punch line ” cooking with conciousness ”


    Comment by Ram — January 16, 2006 @ 10:24 pm

  8. Hi,

    Im very fond of Andha style Guddu pulusu and Tamilnadu style Vatha kulambu… Can you post their recipes..?

    Comment by Hemapriya — January 18, 2006 @ 4:39 am

  9. Hi,
    I am a tamilian, now staying in USA. I tried few of ur receipes and they turned out really well. My hubby’s taste coincides with all ur receipes and now whenever I want to try any new vegetable, I search in ur blogs first. The steps are very clear and even the most complicated receipe appears easy with your words.

    I would be very thankful to u, if you could post the receipe for brinji bath and the korma that is to be served along with that

    Comment by Shyama — January 24, 2006 @ 2:05 am

  10. WOW – someone who actually knows the difference between guthivankaya and nunivankaya not to mention charu, rasam, sambaru and pappucharu……I haven’t heard ‘ragi malt’ mentioned in oh! about 20+ years or so…..stumbled here searching for a desi-ised version of carrot cake (don’t ask!). Great blog Indira – I will be back for more recipes.

    Comment by laalasa — January 24, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

  11. Hey Indira, great index! Must appreciate your patience. You write very well and i cannot begin to express how good i think the photos are. I wanted to host a food blog myself, with an easy-to-navigate index and pleasing pictures. But i think i’ll pass on it for now. You’re blogging most of the recipes i wanted to and i couldn’t have done justice to them anyways :-).

    Indira replies…
    Hi Sandhya.. you are very generous with your compliments. Thank you!
    Please don’t stop, because of my blog. You never know until you start blogging. I’m sure we all have our very own versions of the same recipe, can benifit from sharing. If you change your mind about blogging, please let me know, you got a fan already. 🙂
    Thanks again for your wonderful words about my blog.

    Comment by Sandhya — January 27, 2006 @ 4:16 am

  12. Hello Indira

    I have been regular reader of your site. Its wonderful . I have started a blog of my own out of interest . check it out and would appreciate it if you could put me on your link list. i would do the same. I am trying to get into posting some of my tried and true recipes . please do pop in when you can . you have a wonderful site.. well done.

    Indira replies…
    Thanks Shoma. I’ll definitely check your blog and thanks for the invitation.
    About links – I don’t do link exchange. I usually add a link to my blogroll, if I really like it, whether the link-owner return the favor or not. That’s my link policy. I hope you don’t mind. Thanks!

    Comment by Shomas — January 27, 2006 @ 6:51 am

  13. hey indira , i just saw some comments left on blogged so far, just clicked to read the comments, as i love reading your comments section, and i realised u have changed the page with pictures. I gotta tell u i love this page .It looks great with lovely pictures.i wish you buy the fisheye lens, it would be so useful for u.I never get a chance to take pics in my D70 (my huband is so possessive about his camera and lens :-$ ) What kind of lighting do u use, the lights in my apartment are really bad , the pics turn out aweful.

    Comment by priya,ar — January 27, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

  14. Priya, I was working on this page for the past one week, finished putting up all the images and links by yesterday night. A big headache,:) but I really wanted the page in images.

    What do you think of image size I used, my friend? I used 50/50. But I’m thinking now, the size is too small, maybe I should increase it to 75/75. Example of that size is – ‘my 10 favorite foods’ post, posted on Dec 31st. What do you think? Is this size ok or should I go ahead change them all to 75? Any input from you is much appreciated, thanks!

    I don’t use any special lighting equipment. My kitchen is next to patio. Lots of Sunlight even in this cold winter weather. Unless it’s nonstop 24 hour rain, I don’t usually have any problems with lighting for my photos. I close my photo studio by evening. 🙂

    Comment by Indira — January 27, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

  15. Indira , i feel – 1.This size is absolutely perfect for this section – RECIPES BLOGGED SO FAR, 2. if u use 75×75 the whole charm goes, 3.This size will help u later when there are more additions, 4. U can use 75×75 when u come up with something like fav 10 foods, u might have different ideas in the future, And dont worry abt ur pics being a little small in here, coz when the pic is clicked the viewers are going to get the best view of the picture.( this is what i feel, but then its upto u , anyways u r doing a great job : )

    Indira replies,
    Thanks so much Priya for your input. Vijay is also saying the same thing. After doing the all hard work, I felt somewhat dissatisfied with the whole effort, needed some input from a friend like you. Thanks for helping out and I’m sticking to same size then.:)

    Comment by priya,ar — January 27, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

  16. Indira, iam glad u liked my idea.Keep up the good work. Click on the link below for free subscription on kraft food recipes magazines ,they have some amazing and simple presentation and the photographs are awesome:

    Comment by priya,ar — January 27, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

  17. Hi Indira,

    I loved your website and the idea of pictures is simply great!!! I may copy your idea whenever i come up with a website of my own…:)

    I was looking up your website for a recipe of Dosa and idlies. Somehow, I didnt see them…If you could post them I would highly appreciate it…those are my all time favorite recipes…however, i do not have the typical idly grinder and i would be using the regular blender…pl. dont forget the recipe for coconut chutney as well..


    Comment by deepa — February 2, 2006 @ 2:36 pm

  18. Hi indira…
    I am hyderabadi born..but grew up in B’lore…I myself am a pretty good cook often being appreciated by almost everyone..and I personally love andhra recipes and ur dishes are mind blowing….too good…the pictures along with the steps of cooking…extremely great work….thanks for creating such a website…keep up the great work!!


    Comment by smitha bhaskar — February 24, 2006 @ 12:16 am

  19. First, great site. really, excellent layout, colours, narration and wonderful dishes.

    How about some dishes with yam (kandha)? I havent seen one yet.


    Comment by Kalyan — March 6, 2006 @ 10:28 am

  20. Hi mam
    I am an andhrite.I stay in singapore.
    one of my friends who stays in New jersey, forwarded me your website.
    Its mind blowing really!
    I am running out of words to praise your creative thinking and fabulous description

    good luck

    Indira replies…
    Thanks Rajeswari.

    Comment by E.Rajeswari — March 8, 2006 @ 12:52 am

  21. Hi Indira,

    I’ve enjoyed following your website- ever since reading about making homemade coconut milk, I’ve been hooked!

    I have a silly recipe question- whenever we eat at our local Indian restaurant, we are served accompanying sauces with our Papadum. One sauce is sweet and tangy tamarind. The second one is a green chile tasting sauce. I would love to recreate this spicy green sauce at home. Can you help guess a name (or even a recipe?) for this green sauce?


    Comment by McAuliflower — March 18, 2006 @ 10:15 pm

  22. Hello Indira garu
    Ur website is fantastic.I would love to try all ur recipes…They look so yummy in the pictures itself. I am inspired to cook more now..
    Thank you

    Comment by sri — March 24, 2006 @ 11:06 am

  23. Hello Garu,
    I love the way you have spanned your website with pictures and text making it look tasty and easy for anyone.
    I would love to know any tofu based recipies.
    Thanks and keep the great Blogs.

    Comment by geeee — March 29, 2006 @ 12:38 am

  24. I was just browsing the internet for some recipes and came across yours. So many recipes so elegantly written. Great pictures ! I really love your writing style.

    Keep up the good work Indra. I hope you will be posting more of your good work!


    Comment by sumathi — March 30, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

  25. Hi,
    Your website is good. The photos are eye catching. Good work.

    Comment by Vidya — April 7, 2006 @ 4:24 am

  26. Hi Indira,
    This website is really wonderful.I found it in google search for some reciepie.Iam from Nadyala.I have been working as software engineer in chennai. Recently i got married.This web site is really woderful i can say.Each and every part of it is very nice. I felt very happy to see our native place photos here.It’s really great thing you are doing.

    Comment by Lakshmi Sunitha — April 13, 2006 @ 7:00 am

  27. Hi Indira,

    I am an avid follower of your blog. I have tried many of your recipes and have loved all of them. My all-time favorite is “Munagakaaya Curry”. Keep up the good work!

    Do you know of a Bengali food blogspot?


    Comment by Meenakshi — April 24, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

  28. Indira,

    Your website is so nice. Picture’s are so natural and pretty. My way of making some of the dishes resembles yours. I would like to share some of my ideas too. Is there a way I can send them to you ? I live in Florida and came from Guntur in AP.

    Indira replies:
    If you want, you can share them in ‘questions’ section, Yamini.
    Looking forward to reading your ideas and suggestions, thanks.

    Comment by Yamini — May 6, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

  29. Hi Indira garu

    your site is so mind blowing I have no words.Your photos are really so wonderful very natural and all items are mouth watering.

    I am so unfortunate that I am not your neighbour.

    please keep adding new items.I am from visakhapatnam and now Iam in phoenix.


    Comment by gayatri — May 23, 2006 @ 11:53 am

  30. hai indira,
    i’m very much delghted to come across ur site . we r uganda..african country.. ur recipes r simply superb… naaaku kurnool ante chaaaaaaaaaaaala ishtam… when i saw bhakshala rasam recipe ..i cant express my feelings..vry haappy.. excellent photos.. chustuntene tinalanipinchetlu.. thank u.. for ur recpes… u may be havng no. of fans who praise ur recipes seems i’m now addicted to ur site ………..

    Comment by PRASANNA — May 23, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

  31. hi Indira,

    I think ur such a great person. U know now I have 7 months baby. When I was pregnent I lost interest on food. Daily I use to think a long for cooking a curry. Once my hub told about this site. Then my home sick all gone, and I tried all ur recipies. I am from Guntur. We were staying at DALLAS.

    Now also I am trying currys and sweets
    I like ur phots very much. On seeing those photos itself I will get interseted to cook.

    Here is my request, can u add some more Andhra snacks like kajjikayalu, bundhi, chekka pakody and pickels(Roti pachhadi).

    Thanks Indira, like u people will make people who settled here to remember our country and state.

    Comment by mani — May 26, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

  32. Hi Indira, Your website is really amazing. I am learning how to cook in a different passion. Keep it up and we are expecting other mouth-watering recipes very soon. I am looking for recipe of pani puris. It’s great if u add that recipe.

    Comment by Padma — June 5, 2006 @ 10:24 am

  33. Hi Indira,

    Its really amazing to see how you organized everything in such a way that anybody can get inspired to cook. I really love cooking. Me and my husband are great food lovers. I have tried some of your recipes. They turned out fabulous.
    I was searching for Ariselu recipe in your website but didn’t find it. Can you please add that recipe in sweets section.

    Thanks in advance,

    Comment by Vani — June 6, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

  34. Hi Indra,
    You have done a great job on this site. Your site is a real inspiration for young home-makers from India who live in the USA. What a dedicated and meticulous person you are. Kudos to you. Waiting for many more recipes from you.
    Best Wishs.
    Shanthi Venkat.

    Comment by shanthi venkat — June 6, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

  35. Hi Indira,

    First compliments for maintaining this blog! Its wonderful. God Bless You!

    Do u have a recipe for making soft dahi wadas ?

    I would like to have the recipe if you have.


    Comment by GR — June 8, 2006 @ 10:29 am

  36. Hello Indira,

    My mom stumbled upon your blog a few months ago and shared it with me. We love it! The recipes and pictures are simply mouthwatering. We appreciate the time and dedication you put into this. We look forward to reading more from you!


    Comment by Sowmya — June 18, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

  37. Just amezing. How you could make it so great with such a nice and helpful pictures. Which are also tempting. I was searching for peda’s recipes and I accidentely opened your website. I guess I will end up making most of the dishes from your site.
    Thanks for providing such a great detailed dishes with different knowledge.I really appriciate your work and dedication.

    Comment by Mona — June 22, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

  38. This is simply the best cooking website that I have ever seen.

    Comment by Achira Shah — June 28, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

  39. Hello Indira,

    This is the first site where I saw the snaps of he preperation step by step.I tried out nune vankaya kura recipe and it was wonderful.

    Is there a chance of sharing some recipes which I know of. They are not andhra recipes but karnataka ones.


    Comment by pallavi — June 29, 2006 @ 4:02 am

  40. Indira,
    This is SO inspiring. I am so happy I found your website. It’s like every class I want to take on food and cooking all in one place. THANK YOU!

    Comment by beth — June 30, 2006 @ 4:58 am

  41. This is THE place to find good recipes. I tried more than a couple of your tasty recipes. Thanks a bunch…

    Comment by Kalyan — July 8, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

  42. Hi,

    I am writing to say a sincere thanks for sharing the wonderful recepies.

    Many Thanks,
    Tejas & Ankita.

    Comment by Tejas — July 9, 2006 @ 3:44 am

  43. Hi Indira,
    I happened to see ur site while searching for pongali. This is one of the best sites and ur way of explaining the vegetables and recipes is wonderful.I Just made Karela chips, they taste wonderful. Thanks and looking forward to try all ur recipes

    Comment by Aruna — July 11, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

  44. Hi indira,
    U r site is very good. Keep it up.
    I’m from UAE. I’m recently married and my hubby likes only North-indian food. As I am from Kerala, i don’t know much about North Indian cooking. When searched in google, I got your site.Within 2 days I tried your 4-5 recipes. Thanks a lot.

    Comment by SKP — July 13, 2006 @ 6:15 am

  45. Hi Indira,

    I love ur site… its absolutely amazing. As I was browzing through the web for andhra delicacies, I found your web site… I have tried many of your recipies. The best turned out to be dosas. My parents recently visited my place and my dad was really impressed by my dosas. All thanks to u. One more thing i have learnt many of telugu words from your web site and my boy friend is impressed and totally smitten. I am from bangalore. Thanks a lot.

    Comment by Lubna — July 16, 2006 @ 4:04 pm

  46. Dear Indira,
    Your site is amazing, the photos are very elegant and beautiful and I like your writing too. I am going to try to do some of your delicacies myself. Thanks for sharing your treasures with us.

    Comment by Carmen Vega — July 17, 2006 @ 6:06 pm

  47. Hi Indira,

    How are you?There are no postings this week, except on monday.are you doing fine?

    just wanted to find out


    Comment by Anuradha — July 28, 2006 @ 11:43 am

  48. tho I hate cooking ,logged on to your blog after reading about it in the Hindu this Sunday.Made me want to read all your recipes and hope to try out most of them soon.

    Comment by senthi — August 9, 2006 @ 7:48 am

  49. i have marked this page in my Bookmarks-for easy reference.

    Comment by senthi — August 9, 2006 @ 7:51 am

  50. Hi Indira,

    I came across this page while I was checking some good recipe sites thru google.

    I am a food lover and I love cooking too. This is the most eautiful site I have come accross so far.

    Comment by Samta — August 13, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

  51. hello indira,

    i am from hyderabad one of them who loves to eat and a self confessed foodie. your recipes have been simply mindblowing…and i feel like eating straight off the photographs….keep going and include some more paneer dishes.

    Comment by srini — August 28, 2006 @ 2:45 am

  52. Hey Indira,
    This is the first time I am looking at such an awesome food site. I am really impressed by your recipes. I have recently started cooking and am beginning to love it.I alos have some authentic south indian dishes from my mom who got it from her mom and would like to share it with you all.

    Comment by Ramya — October 11, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

  53. Hi Indira,

    Your website is an eye-catching website. It is very colorful and exquisite. Until now, I have tried a lot of dishes of yours and all turned out very well. I am a vegetarian and so I always search for veg. dishes. You have numerous delicious recipes. I just love cooking and always trying out different vegetables. I am basically from Gujarat and currently living in Minnesota. I surf your website almost daily and end up making some flavorsome recipe of yours.

    Comment by Radha — November 8, 2006 @ 7:36 am

  54. Hi Indira,
    I am a big fan of your website.Exquisite photos , simple and traditional recipes.
    One request though..Can you please add some recipes for Snake Gourd? I love this vegetable and I couldnt find anything here that used Snake Gourd.
    Sorry if I overlooked it if you have already blogged it.


    Comment by Pavitra — November 9, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

  55. Hello,

    I am looking everwhere in the web to find a papadum recipe that I can make from scratch.

    Do you happen to have one?

    your help would be very appreciated.

    Juliane A. Weiss

    Comment by Juliane Weiss — November 21, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

  56. Hullo Indira,

    Lovely work on the website. I have been trying to keep a yogurt culture from India alive and so far, it has not given up. We are travelling for 15 days and I was wondering if you might have any suggestions for the well-being of the culture for the time we are away. Can I freeze it and expect it to live? Can I just put it in the fridge?



    Comment by Swaroopa — November 30, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

  57. Hi Indira,
    I am a doctor who has passion about cooking.Though I have very little time to do,I surf internet all the time for recipes
    Finally I found the right website.
    I am really impressed with your work and passion about traditional cooking.

    Comment by sirisha — December 21, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

  58. A fantastic website! A visit to this website is a must everyday, just like having breakfast. Thanks a lot, Indira.

    Comment by Amy — January 24, 2007 @ 1:50 am

  59. ur site just rocks.i’m a revivalist of all things traditional,so great to see some one keeping the traditional recipes alive.kudos

    Comment by jyotsna — January 25, 2007 @ 4:49 am

  60. Hi Indira garu,
    your site is so nice.finally i learned cooking a little bit with your recipes.I am really impressed with your work and passion about traditional cooking.
    can you just post the recipe of PENILU (sweet dish) for me.It is a desert in guntur.


    Comment by Reshma — January 28, 2007 @ 11:28 am

  61. hey i just got ur site…it looks great… surely will try out from the list

    Comment by AMRITA — February 3, 2007 @ 8:57 am

  62. I love this website !!! I am so glad that I came across it, its just awesome to see the pics and recipes, right now am just overwhelmed with so many new things for me to try, but cant wait to get started.

    Comment by jayashree — February 24, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

  63. Hi Indira
    By chance I came across your site.Now I think my search for different good food websites will stop for sometime as u really create splendid enthusiasm among your viewers to try your recipies. And the rest credit goes to your fabulous photography. Congratulations being the 1st best Indiblog. Great…Keep it up.

    Comment by Shivani — March 1, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

  64. Hi Indira,
    I love your site and the way you narrate your recipes. I can easily see how much time, interest, passion you put into your sites. I am from hyderabad and love telangana food.

    Comment by Meghana — March 7, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

  65. Greetings Indira,

    Can you please tell me how to make a spicy green mint sauce that is good with pakoras?

    Thank you very much in advance for your time,


    Comment by John — March 7, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

  66. Hi Indira,

    I love ur wesite, i am a new bride and learning to cook….oh your site has been so helpful.

    Thank You so much.

    Comment by Nitya — March 14, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

  67. Hi Indira,

    I just love your food blog and I must say that your site is a regular in my daily net surfing.

    I live in Bangalore and I love Andhra food and any Indian cuisine ! Your step-by-step description,stlye or writing and photos are the real highlights that make your website stand out among the zillions and reflects your passion for cooking

    Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing more treasures from your culinary closet 🙂

    – An ardent food lover 🙂

    Comment by Priyanka S.R — April 5, 2007 @ 1:27 am

  68. Hi Indira,
    I remember going to a wedding where the bride wore a sari with a westernized headpiece in Mumbai about forty years ago.They served this sweet rice which looked like pullao.Can you or someone reading this tell me how I can get this recipe?

    Comment by Deepa Amritlal — May 8, 2007 @ 9:56 am

  69. Hi,

    I love your recipies, from the time I have known this site, I am surprising my husband with a new recipe vantalatho , amma gurthuku vasthundi. i always loved my mom’s food, i think her cooking is the best. unfortunately I could not learn many recipies from her personally. I wanted to know, if you know avakaya, or ooragaya or dosavakaya or vadiyalu. If you have recipe of any of these please post.
    I was looking for these recipes in many sites, but cld not find the best ones.
    By the way , ur cat is so cute, i am cat lover too, I have two cats and a dog back home.
    thank you

    Comment by Namratha — May 23, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

  70. Hi Indira,
    I wanted to thank you for making it possible for me to cook andhra dishes for my gult husband . Having married recently and moving to UK from Hyderabad I wanted to make him feel at home even though so many miles away .I relate to Nandyal too because my father is curently teaching in a college there and talks about the hot weather. I will tell him to visit Mahanadi.

    Comment by Priyanka — June 12, 2007 @ 4:59 am

  71. Madam,
    I am here in USA at Fremont California for a short time on visit to my daughter. I am really happy to see your site and writings. Can please advice me which mixie/grinder of USA is suitable for south indian cooking. I am basically from south Kanara district of Karnataka where coconut is used in plenty, frequently ground to a smooth paste.
    My daughter is using at present Sumeet. For repairs it used to be sebt to Canada and now the spare are not available.
    Thank u. Hope to recieve a reply from you early.

    Comment by Vasanthi — June 18, 2007 @ 11:40 am

  72. Hi Indira!

    I’m from Bangalore, living in Atlanta. I stumbled upon your website when I was “googling” for some recipe with guwar beans yesterday. I was delighted to see your huge collection of recipes, and your idea of JFI is simply superb! I regularly visit other food blogs, and now your website is the top in my favourites list. I really appreciate and admire your efforts! Thanks for all the recipes and for the JFI events!!!


    Comment by Vani — July 5, 2007 @ 9:15 pm

  73. Hi Indira,

    I think this is one of the best websites showcasing traditional Indian cuisines. I tried your recipe sanagaballa thotakura and quite liked it. I am an amateur cook looking for a recipe for ginger chutney (to go with pesarattu). Can you help me with it? I apologise if I have overlooked it.


    Comment by Ranjani — July 20, 2007 @ 6:35 am

  74. Hi Indira,

    Ur site is the best site……..i really enjoyed browsing ur site…..

    All the Best,


    Comment by Valli — September 7, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

  75. Your recipes are simply suberb . the site has all the dishes i need. thank you . Can you tell me which can be used while travelling in train. Iam planning to go to south by train.

    Comment by jessy — September 13, 2007 @ 5:08 am

  76. Indira gariki,

    Lot of thanks for your efforts made to bring the Andhra dishes to all the net users. Like I am a forced batchelor and it is very useful for a person like me till my family joins me. Anyway lot of thanks for ur efforts and the god bless you.

    Comment by Shiva — September 27, 2007 @ 11:37 am

  77. Hi Indira;
    u doing a g8 hubby luvs rayalseema food & im not very good at cooking.Now i browse ur site regularly &cook some delicious stuff. Good work,keep it up.I also suggested ur site to many of my friends.Thnx a lot

    Comment by Swapna — October 7, 2007 @ 4:42 am

  78. Indira garandi asalu me site nenu roju choosina inka choodalsindhi chala untundi. Entha simple ga kanipisthundo anni vantalu. Ma amma, ammamma, nanamma andari vanatalu gurthuku vasthayi. madi nellore chala varuku me vantalu malane unnayi. Chala prasahnathanga untundhi me site choosthunte. Me vari thesthunna pics simply superb!

    Meeku nachhinanduku chaala santhoshamu Kalva gaaru.
    Nelloru nandu chaala bandhuvulu mariyu snehithulu vunnaru maaku. Avunu, mana ruchulu daadaapu okate untayi kada.
    – Indira

    Comment by kalva — November 5, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

  79. Indiragaru,
    I cant put in words how good ur site is..mee recipes chala simple ga, colorful ga vuntayi…i m thoroughly enjoying browsing ur site. i really appreciate ur hard work in maintaining the standards. going thr ur site has become my favorite passtime whenever i m free. yesterday i tried nune vankaya and it tasted very nice. Thank you.

    Comment by Valli — November 21, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

  80. Hi Indira,

    your website is a blessing. I came across your site when I was searching for online recipes from the cookbook ‘ruchira’.

    Coming from a gujarati family, married to a gujarati who is born and brought up in kerala – catering to his tastebuds is an effort. Thanks a million to you Indira, your recipes help me surprise him with new and tasty food everyday.
    (today is pecan, persimmon cake day) I love the way you have included links and details about the ingredients used…

    Now my sis who lives in the US is also a fan of ur site.

    regards/ Anu.

    Comment by anu — November 24, 2007 @ 4:05 am

  81. you are great!

    wow such beautiful image presentation of each recipe…amazing… i love it… plus ur explanation is great too.

    hey why do you grease dosa griddle with onion?

    Comment by Deepa Jani-Thakkar — November 30, 2007 @ 11:38 am

  82. Fabuluous site. How long does the Mango Halwa (Mango Flavored Ravva Kesari)keep once made and how do you store it?

    Comment by Colleen King — December 23, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

  83. Beautiful Index Indira. Really a great work and contribution.

    Wish you a very happy new year and looking forward to many more such adventures from you.

    Comment by Srivalli — December 31, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

  84. Great work Indira. The index is really appetizing!

    Comment by Gowri — January 2, 2008 @ 11:09 am

  85. namaste indira garu,
    mee blog chaalaaa bagundi.nenu edaina try cheyalante mee site lo chusi chesthanu.maa vaariki kuda naa vantalu nachayi. chala thanks
    good job keep it up

    Comment by archana — January 10, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

  86. Hi Indira:

    Great blob. Love your site. I am excited to find out that you live in Seattle. I would like to find out where you find a few of the ingredients in your recipes. Especially Amaranth (Thotakura), Goda and Kokum. I haven’t tried asking for the last two though. I have tried to find Thotakura but haven’t been successful. Hence the question.

    Another question is, what kind of a pan do you use when making dry vegetable kuras? I have only recently realized that non-stick pans are not always the best because they make vegetables mushy instead of tender and crisp. My mother-in-law opened my eyes up to this. She uses a thick Aluminum Kadai and the vegetables turn out very good. Do you use a similar thing? I have seen you use a cast iron pan in one of your pictures. Is that what you use?

    Thanks a bunch for the great recipes.

    Comment by Sheeda — January 18, 2008 @ 5:59 am

  87. hi indira
    ur blog is awesome
    and ur recipes are good

    Comment by sumana — January 25, 2008 @ 5:22 am

  88. Hello, my question is the same as one before, but i didn´t find any answer:


    and second question is:

    how do I make tasty papadums? I´ve eaten them very often at an Indian restaurant. Last time i´ve bought some sun-dried papadums, but they weren´t tasty. do you have a great reciep?

    Comment by Daniel Nikolic — January 26, 2008 @ 10:11 am

  89. sry, the first question was: how do i make the green sauce accompanying with papadums?

    Comment by Daniel Nikolic — January 26, 2008 @ 10:12 am

  90. Hello Indira, I really felt like a visit to my mother’s house when I visited yor site. It was so warm and welcoming, like you said, this whole site has an aroma of mother earth!! I have been to several Indian cooking sites, but this one stand out. I grtly appreciate ur time and patience in all that u r doing, I honestly ask you how do you find time for all this detailed steps? with little kids and house-keeping, I always run out of time, so at the end of the day I feel guilty of not giving my family healthier meals.
    I would like to know more about Indian foods that are gluten-free, since I’m allergic. I was happy to see ragi dosai recipe. I would like to see recipes using vegetables from grocery stores here like butternut squash,eggplant,artichokes,asparagus,broccoli,zucchhini,summer squash,turnips etc. thanks.

    Comment by Rakhi — February 6, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

  91. Hi,

    I love your vegetarian dishes. I am from TamilNadu too. Whenever I need inspiration to cook new or forgotten dishes I visit your blog. It fills me up with lot of ideas and zeal to do good cooking for my family.

    I have been looking for a recipe for these sweet fritters made from (rice/wheat?) flour and jaggery and deep fried like flat puries. they are crisp on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. They are probably called “Andarsam” and were usually made I think during Pongal time in Tamil Nadu. I would really appreciate if you could post this recipe.



    Comment by Fouzia — February 15, 2008 @ 9:09 am

  92. Hi Indira!!!

    I just got to know about this site from Vijay at school.

    Simply Awesome!!!!!!
    Way to go.


    Hi Sapna,
    It’s great to see you here.:)
    Thank you for the compliment. I appreciate it!

    Comment by Sapna Ranjan — February 26, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

  93. A great blog, lovely recipes and insirational
    ! Keep up your good work. Looking for recipes from the famous Iyengar bakery – the kara buns, dilpasand, etc. Hope one day you can figure what/how it takes to make these and looking forward to trying out the same.

    Comment by Anu — March 2, 2008 @ 9:21 am

  94. Just by reading at some of the above comments, there isn’t much i can add to a long list of admirers, except that we share the same passion for food.

    Sanjay Varma

    Comment by SANJAY — March 11, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

  95. A great website! I happened to discover it two weeks ago and have tried out some of the recipes. They have come out very well. Thank You!

    Comment by Madhu — April 1, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  96. Hi Indira,

    I have been tryin out your recipes for quite sometime now. I am a student (currently in Sweden on an exchange program) I cook everyday now as Sweden is very expensive. I cannot afford to eat out everyday. Right now I am trying to lose some weight. So I want to cut down on rice and switch to something lighter like soup and bread for example. It would be great if you could post some soup recipes (like clear vegetable, cream of mushroom, tomato etc.)

    Thanks in advance! Keep up the brilliant job!


    Comment by Preethi — April 21, 2008 @ 2:02 am

  97. Hi Indira
    Your site really rocks. I am Wiproite, recently married and staying in Pune. Maadi actualga Kadapa. I tried your mango pulihora n paramannam (bellam) yesterday i.e; on my husband’s birthday. They came out really well. Thanks.

    Comment by udaya — June 4, 2008 @ 6:39 am

  98. Indira…what a fabulous feat you have achieved…the index is simply stunning and mouth watering to say the least. How have you been?

    Comment by pritya — August 26, 2008 @ 11:12 am

  99. Hello dear Indira,
    Please could I ask your advice and a favour? I have made your matar paneer with stunning results before, and today it turned out not so well. I can only think that I did not balance the spices in the CCCC powder. If there is any chance you could post the proportions you recommend, it would help me a lot. I hope you are well.
    with all best wishes and thanks for your recipes

    Comment by katherine — October 17, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

  100. Hi,
    I must thank you for the wonderful and descriptive recipes you post on your site 🙂 It brings me just that tad bit closer to home 🙂
    I wanted to request you for the recipe for puliyogare masala.. I tried to search for it on the site- but perhaps I am not using the right search words- Could you let me know if it is already on the site?? Or then perhaps if you plan to share the recipe for it soon???


    Comment by Vandana — July 22, 2010 @ 3:48 am

  101. Hi indira,

    I thank you for the receipes that you post on your site. It reminds me my home food.I love to prepare mirchi bajji in rayalseema style. You are inspiring us to cook more. I told about your site to my parents. They were very happy. I felt like my home is available in US too. I am from nandyala.

    Keep rocking ma’am..

    All the best for your future projects.


    Comment by Swathi jupudi — January 13, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

  102. Hi Indira,

    God bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    atlast my search for a good recipe site has ended..

    you rock..

    Comment by vedah s — February 3, 2011 @ 3:21 am

  103. Hi Indira, your blog is really good. I’m from Hyderabad and I’m trying one by one. I’ve a 9 month old kid, plz tell best food for kids.

    Comment by annapurna — May 27, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

  104. Thank you so much for your site with nice recipes,was struggling for cooking when i came for job leaving my mom n dad,as i don’t have minimum knowledge on cooking.This site has helped me a lot and now feeling like eating at home . .

    Thank u so much once . .
    Keep going

    Comment by Sushama — August 19, 2011 @ 7:04 am

  105. good article..!

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    Comment by hummus recipe indian — February 16, 2017 @ 6:19 am

  107. Thankful for haring such an informative pot..really useful for all of us..

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