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In these 7 years of blogging, I have posted nearly 1000+ recipes but I should say 2013 was the big year for me in which I changed my blog into a website. Inspired by my fellow bloggers, I posted nearly 160 recipes in 2013 which was the maximum in all these 5 years. May be for that constant effort, my recipes were tried and liked by many of my friends, relatives and readers. My blog was awarded as one among the "Top 30 Indian food blogs" which I did not even dreamt of:) I was so happy to see my puppy blog among the giants. Thank you so much Awesome cuisine and Rediff :)

 In 2014, my blog was featured in Indian express, Indulge etc. My blog was awarded as Top 12 blogs in India by a survey conducted by Baggout, an online shopping portal.

This year 2016, my blog is in the list of Top 27 Indian Food Bloggers by influenzer and my recipe is featured in 60 easy breakfast recipes from Top Food blogs

I am happy to share my blog is one among the top 10 food blogs of the year 2017 too :) Its all because of my lovely readers and their continuous support. Thanks a ton. Keep encouraging me :) 

In the year 2018 my blog is awarded under "Top 200 blogs". Glad to be listed under top food bloggers.

 Happy to be featured as one of the top bloggers in the year 2019-2020 in tripcrafters.

Happy to be featured as one of the top Indian boggers in grabon

Thank you Kitchenette Jen for showcasing my blog under "Best food and cooking blogs". 

Top 200 Best Food Blogs
Top 60 breakfast recipes

Best Blog 2015

Indulge article


In 2013, I started getting several mails appreciating my recipes and the efforts I put in. This year some of my readers have started sharing the pictures of recipes they try from my blog and I am happily sharing them in my facebook page. My readers in Sweet n Spicy( A mobile app) are trying my recipes and sharing their wonderful feedbacks. I was so elated, happy and by God's grace its happening till today. Hope to continue in future too :). So here are some of the comments and appreciations for my recipes which I got through mails. I consider this page as a treasure to keep these valuable readers voices. I have shared the links of each recipe in the title. Hope these reviews would be useful to try my recipes if u are landing in my page for the first time. Try your favorite and mail me ur feedback. I will happily share it here:)

You can contact me via email : [email protected]

Dear Chitra,
Good day!!!
I feel very happy and pleasure writing this mail to you. Myself Lavanya Rajmohan from Dubai, UAE. My native is Trichy.
Recently I got married and settled down in Dubai 2014. I never knew cooking as I'm very much attached to my Dad and mom. They never allowed me in kitchen like you. After marriage, I found your website in Google and started making recipes from Arachu vitta sambar, poriyal,  aviyal (my hubby loves a lot), almost 5 types of chutney in which onion tomato chutney and capsicum chutney was a big hit which my MIL and my mom appreciated a lot.
Though I used to work, I find your recipe very simple and neat with pictures and cook a lot too. Have tried Ambur veg briyani, Spicy Veg pulao, Vegetable dum briyani, Badam halwa on my hubby's bday which came excellent like we get in hotels.
Now I became very popular in my apartments making sweets as I love sweets and couldn't get Indian sweets in UAE. I made Milk halwa, rava kesari (usually I don't add color) and ladoo, Maida ladoo, Maida biscuits (my hubby fav) which came very crispy, Moong dal payasam (my hubby fav) Paneer ladoo (another big hit) and all were asking from which sweet shop u bought.
Have also made homemade condensed milk which u explained easy pictures step by step method. I'm not even referring any other website than yours for Veg recipe. Little worried dat you are vegetarian... :) as I love non veg a lot :).
I wish you can post many easy recipes and also I'm extremely happy to share my pictures which I have tried all from your website.. Thanks a lot :). Thanks for making cooking very easy... All my credit goes to you..... :)
Wishing you more success!!!
Lavanya Rajmohan.

Hi..This is radha from Mumbai...I came across your blog..arumaiyana recipes with great explanation...Your efforts is highly commendable..ungaloda site lendu naa recipes try pannaren. ..romba nanna irukku...keep up the good work. .god bless

Dear Chitra, 

This is Gomathi Raghuraman sending this mail to you.  When I was searching many cooking  web sites I came across your food blog . Awesome it is.  I tried the following recipes and  it all came out very well. 1. pulikachal2. sambar sadam 3. paneer biriyani 4. tiffin sambar 5. baby corn fry. 6. tomato brinjal sambar7. tomato chutney 7. soya chunks gravy 8. cauli flower gravy etc etc.  Thanks a lot .  I will be very happy if u pl acknowledge my mail. Thank u dear. 

Chitra darling,

Thanks from the bottom of my heart for the most wonderful recipes.  My diary is flooded with your recipes.  Without fail iam marking on the top of all your recipes,"Chitras food book".
My family members enjoyed your tiffin sambar to a very great extent and they loved a lot.  Before sending this mail I saw your easy rasam recipee (Your father"s) and noted down.
 My family members appreciation for tiffin sambar, sambar sadam,  paneer biriyani, especially vatha kuzhambu goes one  and only to you.

 You have definitely proved an example for the well known saying "If u want to get into some body"s  heart do it through their mouth first"  Yes am half way through in getting entry to my family member"s heart especially through u.
With lots of luv and very warm regards,

Gomathi Raghuraman.
Do keep in touch.

Dear Ms. Chitra,
I am Karthi from Singapore.  I came across your website recently and learnt cooking mor kuzhambu, thakkali thokku and karuveppillai chutney.
Needless to day everything tasted delicious even though they were prepared by me.  Believe it or not,  even my wife praised my culinary skills that she asked me to prepare thakkali thokku one more time :p.
Jokes apart, i started learning cooking when i was just 12 years. So reading your recipe is very easy for me.
While going through your karuveppillai chutney recipe,  you had mentioned that your MIL used to make Coconut oil by adding curry leaves,  karsilaanganni, gooseberry etc.
Could you please let me know how to prepare it using those ingredients?
Thank you so much in advance :) :)
Have a great week ahead!!!

Dear sister,
                   Your receipes are superb and are very easy to follow too. U have really done a great job for the little cooks like me.
Thank you again
thanks n regds,

Hey chitra....

hope u r dng well....  i have been trying ur recipes for the past one month....
they all r cming out well...thanks a lot for posting these easy recipes with introductory story:) and helping amateurs like me....they are really easy n coming out yummy...
. i hd some issues with my laptop so  cudnt mail u then n there....

i tried ambur biryani,pudalangai fry, mint tomato chutney, tomoto gravy etc...all of them were husband liked it a lot....He is fond of tasting new verities than the usual ones.....

give me ur number If u r n wats app it wud be easy 4 me to appreciate then n there
Pictures and everything seems awesome....
Great job and keep rocking!!!

- Uma

I am ur silent follower for long time.I have tried many of ur dishes & this is my first mail to u :) U are doing a great job.Keep going.Wish u a bright future - Sharmila

Hi chitra,
I am suganthi, a regular visitor to your blog. I see that you have made a great upgrade from your ratatouille blog to a whole new website. Infact i was so used to ur blog, i cldnt recognise ur website. Congrats anyways... I just love ur blog and the way you narrate a few minute details and steps... i can literally see the passion and drive you would feel when you write those posts offline... 

"anyone can cook recipes are simple yet tastes good. keep up ur work mam" - Rvr0225

Paneer Pasanda

very tasty. my husband loved it!!! - Surbhii

Soft idli using Idli Rava

Hi Chitra, you are a legend. Last week I tried this and true to your words, idlies were super soft and dosas were crispier with brownish tint. My hubby n kid loved them. Super simple, time saving, no grinder cleaning recipe. Kudos. U rock !

Thank you for this time saving recipe mam.I also tried and it came out very well. - Ramaa 

Carrot Puttu

Hi mam, It ws vry yummy n I tried d same with cabbage, tat also turned out tasty.Thank you for your kind reply mam. Daily am trying ur recipes since 2 months and am getting lots of compliments. Thank you mam.

Kuska/Plain biryani

Dear Chitra,

I bumped into your website, while looking for a plain biryani recipe last week. I tried your recipe for Khuska and I must tell you that, my hunt for a YUMMY Khuska ended with your recipe, after 7 long years J

I tried Khuska recipe from many websites, but none of them tasted as yours.

Last weekend, I had 6 guests at home, (mix of veg and non-veg), so I tried your Khuska recipe (for 3 cups rice) and it came AWESOME and everybody enjoyed it so much J

Thanks for sharing. Now I am so keen to try all the recipes from you site, the next one being, Paal Kozhukattai with coconut milk powder for the Ganesh chaturdi this weekend J

This is the first time, for me to send a thank you note for a recipe taken from the internet, and I must day you DESERVE it J

Best Regards


Puliodharai/Puli sadam

Akka.i tried puliyodarai and potato curry as siddish,puliyodharai i tried in ur version gaves more taste and tastes like kovil puliyodharai.thanks for am going to try ur no bake Chocolate Pinwheels &thank you :))

Hi.chitra ma..i tried potato fry in ur latest has an amaZing taste...thank you sooo much...i always had very eager to see ur receipes in ur blog..thank you so much for make me also an expert in cook..and my tried potato fry from ur blog is as below,,, hats off to you for ur perfect appetizing receipes...Madhu mitha on easy potato fry -Brahmin style

One minute eggless chocolate mug cake

Chitra I tried it jus nw...its amazing n ol d ingredients r easily available. ..thanks a tonn fo sharing d recipe...cheers  
-Shaili garg

Idli,dosa batter recipe - Hello aunty..! This is sabika from chennai. Since you are my samayal guru i need a request from you. Basically , i'm newly married and i dont know how to plan for daily breakfast , meals and dinner so i'm in need of your help aunty. Between i tried your idly and dosa batter it really came out very awesome. Got aplauses from my family members especially my husband. Thank you so much.

Idli using mixieHi Chitra,This is the best idli recipe using mixie which i have ever tried.It was awesome.Everyone loved it.Keep going.All the best - Geetha narayan

Idli using idli rava Hi Chitra..first of all thank you so much for the recipe...I had idli rava with me but dint hv th correct measurement for this recipe..I tried yours and it turned out nice... 

Rava idli
"i tried it really came well. 5 stars" - Gurudent.
"I try it come out good.thanks for sharing good recipe. 3 stars" - Mansimitto

Oats pongal
"very nice recipe... taste exactly like rice pongal.. good for diet. thank you 5 stars" - Suchithraprabhu

Instant oats dosa
"superb recipe i too added more rice flour and green chilli paste for flavour 4 stars" - Namitatijoriwala

Masala rava kichadi - "turned out good. Thanks. 5 stars" - Dunkdaft
"came out well 4 stars" - Kalavathyr54

Rava upma
"fanstatic very very nicely written clear instructions for beginers. 5 stars" - Shubhaprabhusatam
"Clear instructions. i like the way you include your family. 4 stars" - Jenny_dcunha
soft and yummy..loved it - shaurya05jaiswal67
Sooji roti"easy to make nd also very lite"  - Latathawani09
Scehzwan noodles 
"So tasty nd spicy... Wil give rating more tan 5 fr tis recipie... 5 stars" - Nishuveera

Ven pongal
"nyc recipe...thank u for sharing :-) " -  Umerarafee7

Chilli parota
"fabulous.. my hubby loved it. 3 stars" - Revathi_24s
"I tried this with bagels instead of parotas. First toasted bagel and then cut it to bite size pieces. It came very good!!! 5 stars" - Nagarajan_ps

Tomato onion uttappam -"easy one 3 stars" -  Lubainam

"awesome! it turned out to be great!!! i loved it! 5 stars" - Vinki07
"luvd it mst try 5 stars" - Himanidollyjain16
"My Ma and Dad loved it. Thank You. 5 stars" - Tuhinadutta90

Kumbakonam kadappa "tried it .. came out vry well .. tasty yummy side dish for idiappam :-) - Aaishwarya14

Coconut chutney
"its really good.. i hv tried so thanks 5 stars" - Connectkanchi

"Luvd it 5 stars" - Latahema09
I tried this chutney out today and came out really well. My parents loved the chutney!
Today, I tried this chutney. It was awesome! Thank you so much for so many yummy recipes. 

i tried ur tomato mint chutney,curry leaves kulambu
it turned out very tasty. my hubby who hates mint asked me prepare this tomato mint chutney often.

"fantastic recipe... tried yesterday came out well.. got appreciation too.. thank you!!! 5 stars" - Saranyapheonix
"Hi chitra, tried ur sambar sadham recipe yesterday. It came out wonderfully. Thanks for the recipe. I just have a doubt. 1 cup rice means 100 gm or 200 gm? " - Vishnu prabha

Vegetable briyani - "everyone liked it very much 3 stars" - Sushmagowdayp.
"tried this. it tastes awesomeB-) 3 stars" - Vijaya_njoy

Easy veg pulao
"cooked it. its very very yummy. thank u 4 stars" - Salonijain2392
"its very tasty with panner butter masala...i love this app 5 stars" - Anjalikanwar07
"it was great. thnx for sharing 4 stars" -  Rashmi09ica
This rice tastes good :-).The Quantities of the ingredients are perfect. I wud add a bit of sugar to get my kinda taste but thats just me. 3 stars" - Mugdhadegaonkar9
"easy to follow instructions to make an excellent dish quickly 3 stars" - Manhas1725

Mushroom biryani
"It came out very well...very simple to make but tastes great 5 stars" -  Vaaniguna

Sprouts pulao "simply loved it... a must try recipe 5 stars" - Pavkhushi123

Kashmiri pulao
"I have tried this recipe already. I added green grapes too. add more of fruits and nuts and it will taste excellent. 5 stars" -  Sarandilip67

Jeera rice
"good recipe 5 stars" - Sarsheem005

Vegetable fried rice
"It's so yumm and it!! 5 stars" - Psmydreams

Dal/Paruppu for rice
"Excelent dish. Simple and Yummy Taste.. 5 stars"

Beetroot poriyal
"healthy and tasty. my bf loved it ;) 4 stars" -  Jaqulinjose7.
"mind blowing dish 5 stars" -  Irfana

Carrot beans poriyal
"Simple to make and surprisingly tasty! 5 stars - Dennas10

Easy Cabbage stir fry
"really gud 3 stars" - Tupumahajan

Potato curry
"Lovely, really tasty and a doddle to make. 5 stars" -  Mcochrane1

Palak keerai kootu
"Awesome.....loved eating recipe.....:) 5 stars" - Anitha4gani

Fenugreek onion rasam
"quite easy .......with good taste 3 stars" - Anumlp

Paruppu thogayal
"So so good teast.always perpard my home. This thovayal goes to egg kuzhambu nice comination and healthy. 5 stars" - Harithapriya88

Potato capsicum curry
"Easy + scrumptious! 5 stars" - Ammarah_10

Dal palak
"very very tasty 5 stars" - Rdeysikdar99

Aloo palak gravy
"The recipe turned out to amazingly delicious. Thanks for posting. 4 stars" -  Kavitasharma3107

"i tried it..easy to cook..superb taste! 5 stars" - Sandhya5red
"tried it, was awesome :-D 3 stars" - Glamegha8
"I tried very tasty like dhaba 5 stars" -  Dasojusrinivaschary7
"Awesome my hubby n me loved it" - Shermi1985
"great taste... loved it" - Smiritiyadav
"Very tasty thanks ...,, 4 stars"- Thaseena

Mixed vegetable kurma 
"This recipe is very easy to cook. Also it tastes yummy.:-) Its too good:-)) 5 stars" - Triptibangera
"superb taste... my husband like it more 3 stars" -Tamilarasi18.
"I cooked it and it's so easy and yummy 4 stars" - Ptpournimat
"Lovely, took the carrots out and it was still delicious! 4 stars" - Sumbodyscloser
 "I tried this dish, it is very easy and anybody can try it nd it is tastety too....... 3 stars" - Shamreen_28

Punjabi chole - "very authentic chole masala given in recipe adds the real taste.tried it and it was hot hit..... 5 stars" - Shubhaprabhusatam

Parota salna
"Good and it easy 5 stars" - Priyaa25200092
"Amazing recipe......loved eating with parota......:) 5 stars" -  Anitha4gani
"i just love this tastes good with chappathis also 4 stars" - Krithikakanna.

Keerai sambar
"Very nice and tasty too.. Me and my hubby loved this thanks a lot:) 5 stars" - Nrnissa

Andhra sambar
"good nd easy recipe"

Paruppu urundai kuzhambu
"awesome receipe.. came good and very tasty... :) 5 stars" - Swasthi0504
"came good nd tasty. 3 stars" - Saranyanagarajan20.

Poondu kuzhambu
"it was easy to prepare n qt tasty too 3 stars" - Deepasweekrith.

Neer mor - "my family loved it but I am not a big fan of butter milk. I hate butter milk's smell so I didn't take the efforts to taste it though my family loved. keep posting good recipes like this but pls without butter milk or any milk 5 stars" - Parthpkul.

Coconut ladoo - "very nice and easy recp 5 stars" -  Richasharma1286

Carrot halwa
"superb..quick n tasty.. 5 stars" - Shifalala
"Tried it today. I had abt 4 cups shredded carrots, so I put 1.5 cups sugar, and 2.5 cups milk. I tried doing Half n half for ghee. That is1/2 tsp of unsalted butter,1/2 tsp of ghee. Came out very well, didnt add any ghee at the end. Also added 1/2 tbsp of MTR badam milk powder to the boiling milk carrot( after removing lid) as I did not have cashews at home. That also gave it a nice flavor I thought. Thanks for the recipe! 4 stars" - Nithyarsm

Maida cake
"made it today pretty good 3 stars" - Bhupash01

No bake chocolate pinwheels - "the most easiest and tastiest dish I had ever tried... thanks for the recipe... 5 stars" - Sumanya

Chaat chutneys - "ur recepie made my panipuri authentic1 thanks 5 stars" - Drchhayamalusare

"It turned out awesum. thanx for sharing d recipe :) 4 stars" - Muskandsmile

Maggi noodles patties
"awesome dish...we loved it..thanx 3 stars" - Padmajamaham
" I tried it , it tastes yummy n easy to make 5 stars" - Sankhalasupriya
"its really awesum, easy and tastes well. 5 stars" - Madiarakhangi
"This is a really new thing and really delicious to eat.we all loved it 5 stars" - Goyalavni
"Me n my husband are just loving it.. yummyyyy... 5 stars" - Itsmeshimps
"it's really nice. me and my family loved it 4 stars" - Arpita_93

Corn cheese balls
"I tried dis recipe on my bro's b'day n all his frnds just luvd it. thnx sweetNspice 3 stars" - Replymahak17
It was really delicious wen i made it on my fathers birth day. Everyone loved it a lot thank u so much mam 5 stars" - Goyalavni
"tasty tasty tasty dish. 5 stars" - Jithunair13
"everyone at home loved it... thankx fr the recipe..:) 3 stars" - Kchhutlani11
"Superb I ate 20 of them 5 stars" - Dhruvdani

Vegetable manchurian
" for d frst tym my gravy ws so perfect! :)) 5 stars" - Pallavi1agarwal

Eggless orange biscuit cake
"easiest making cake ever 4 stars" - Radha100179
"just loved it... even gave a sweet touch of mine by grnshing it wid sm sesm seeds..... awwsm... 4 stars" -  Khadijatulqubrasvr

Eggless chocolate cupcake
"I liked it. its easy and fast. you can add your own flavours to it. 3 stars" - Khasnismugdha
"Easy nd fluffy 4 stars" -  Itsmeghag
"its a nice recipe . . and since its eggless . . i love it :-) 3 stars" - Sweetsillygirl77

"amazing.. yummy n awesome... evryone loved it... made two batches on first day itself... 4 stars" -  Ayfoona311
"tis s my 1st cookies.. luckly i dnt ve maida @home.. i substitue wit wheat flour i added raisins too.. came out crispy n tasty.. i cant believe myself.. really wonder tat my hand done a cookies... :-):-) 5 stars" -  Krithiga2232

Oma podi
"Simple recipe tasty too. came out with a nice aroma. thank you. 5 stars" - Senthuk2

Bhel puri
"my first indian recipe,easy fast and few ingredients, a..... by the way,delicious!!! 5 stars" - Malomaloi

Pizza using readymade base
it's really home made pizzzza 4 stars" - Sureshmaalage
"It not only taste gud but also delicious. I loved it. 5 stars" -  Anyarajeev.

"It's really amazing...yummmm !!! 4 stars" -  Psmydreams

"Thanks for this recipe, it's very traditional recipe. 5 stars" - Currylover

Sharjah shake
"this was excellent...i tried it when i went to u kerala hotels...this was superb ....i loved it 5 stars" - Gvcharan8

"veryy easy... jst is as a beginnr wantd. 4 stars" - Laxmicool15

"my family loved this...simple yet testy snacks dish...!!! 4 stars" - Shreyachordiya.

Chilli paneer 
"Delicious!! 5 stars" - Chakrabortyshikha09

Sago kheer
"some improvisation worked well. very good receip, kids will love it. 5 stars" - Rupeshkc

Almond kheer/Badam kheer
"simply superbbb...:):):) 3 stars" -  Sushmapaibhat

Mangalore bonda
"turned out to be great... loved it 5 stars" - Atena1291

Onion bajji
"it is very tasty 5 stars" - Soniyyapatil143

"perfect. I choose to roast maida before mixing. roast it at low flame to avoid lumps. 5 stars"

"awsum....tried it n it was superb 3 stars" - Shafaq_aquarius
"tried it out... turned out awesome... thanks 5 stars - Amritasomaya

Kaju lotus
hi chitra, i made kaju lotus was awesome.thanks a lot to is like a dream coming true. even i could do this. i cant believe this.thanks for ur step by step photos,tips.i was searching for this recipe for diwali.but i dont know how i missed u.i love this sweet very much. - Harini


Sarika jagtap said...

Hiii Chitra....your recipes are too good...very simple and can be made with all the available home made has become my hobby to cook varieties for my husband....thanks a lot

Chitra said...

Thank u so much Sarika Jagtap :) I am so glad !

Gayathri Rajesh said...

Hiii Chitra....your recipes are too good...very simple and can be made with all the available home made has become my hobby to cook varieties for my family, especially for my 6 year old kid.... Even at office, my friends wait for me and we all share and eat lunch most of the time..thanks a lot.


Chitra said...

Thanks Gayathri for ur sweet words :)

Anonymous said...

High time to come into mobile world ... Kindly open up an App .. Chitras Cook Book .,.. Waiting for it so badly !!!

Your follower :-)

Chitra said...

Thanks Meenakshi. Will try to make an app :)

Unknown said...

Hello Chitra,

I am karthikajai from chennai,i do look on your blogs whenerver i had a clarification to proceed with. as i was cooking for about 7 years, i started of exporting and making readymade receipes of ragi rava dosai, varagu rava dosai, thinai readymade idly mix, samai idly,idiyappam and appam readymade mixes. i will be happy to supply it for home needs, since i am supplying it to 3 hospitals in chennai to patients.

kindly can contact me on :- [email protected] and 9940698348

Ravi Krish said...

Hi Chitra, I accidently stumbled into your blog. I was indeed surprised by the wealth of info it contains. In short for me it is like a one stop for all i need to know about indian/tamil cuisine. Thank you very much. Keep it up. May god bless you.

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for your sweet words.Keep visiting 😀

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for your sweet words.Keep visiting 😀

Chandra Shekhar Balachandran said...

Dear Ms Chitra,

I write a geography blog for high school students. The posts appear in a weekly geography column in the Student Edition (newspapers in school) of the Deccan Herald, Bengaluru.

Here is the latest blog that mentions your site also:

And thanks for the recipes. I have tried a few and found them excellent.


Chandra Shekhar Balachandran, PhD
Founder + Director
The Institute of Geographical Studies

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot sir.Iam pleased to know it :)