Thursday, April 24, 2008

cooking Vahchef way

Thank you Vahchef

A few months back I came across the channel Vahchef on Youtube and from that day I have been regularly watching all his cookery videos and eagerly wait for new ones.He has videos on the making of many restaurant favourites and also few traditional Andhra dishes.

I have tried some of his recipes,keeping his valuable tips in mind and the results were much better than what I had expected.

Puris for making Pani Puri

Palak Paneer


I have also tried several other recipes from his site such as naan,batura,aloo gobi,tomato dal,lamb fry and tandoori chicken and they were all so delicious.Do check his site vahrehvah if you haven't already.I certainly did learn and am still learning lots from him.I thank Chef Sanjay Thumma immensely for being so generous and sharing his knowldege with the entire world.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Hi Sanjay, I cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooompletely love ur show

Hai Vahchef
Hi Sanjay, I cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooompletely love ur show.I am a student here in the US and not the best cook.And it doesnt help too much that as a student you cannot afford to go to a restaurant too often to eat indian food.Actually I have managed to live on just dal and rice for about a year now and not daring to cook anything new. There are no decent indian restaurants anywhere nearby where i live. :-(( And of course your website is free.That is so cool.I cannot think of one other webiste where people are truly interested in inspiring people to cook.They always seem like they are out there to make money.Nothing wrong in that although you would like to think "may be free would make me want to look again and again and learn". It is only recently that the craving for real food took over very stronlgy and i started experimenting.I happened to watch one of ur shows on by mere chance and have been hooked ever since.Your shows are so lively and u make everything look so simple,u truly inspisre us all to truly cook.And it helps to know that I dont have to miss home made food too often ,now that I can make most of those dishes right here .I watch the videos everyday.And the nice part is u seem like such a simple guy, no trims and frills!! like most of the other oh so boring "I am such a sophisiticated " chefs and the bestest part is u do not have an accent which makes ur shows sooooo much more fun.And u r a foodie too.the way u tatse and enjoy ur dishes soon after u cook them.That is so unlike any chef i have seen so far.You seem to so genuinely enjoy cooking and eating what you cook.Keep up the great work.Could you please sometime demonstrate how to make idlis,dosas and the regular breakfas t dishes that we south indians are so famous for.I hope someday I shall be able to dine in your restaurant. P.S : I ventured into making samosas after watching one of ur shows and shocked every family member and friends ,especially when i told them they turned out exactly as samosas should be.i shocked myself the most though!! :-)))) Dhanyavadagalu, Take care Sincerely, Nirupama

Friday, April 18, 2008

Vah reh vah yemi tastu...chaala super ga undhi bossu

Scattered Thoughts

Thursday, April 17, 2008

VahRehVah - one of the best Indian Cooking Channel on youtube

Today I remembered the delicious Chettinad Chicken, which I used to have quite often at Karaikudi restaurant in Chennai. Just the thought of it was mouthwatering. So I decided to make it no matter what. I tried searching on the web to get recipes and tips as to how to make it. Then for some reason I was bored. I wanted someone to show me so that I can make exact replica of that. Also that way I know my progress and can achieve the end result as shown. Thats when I thought of the greatest site Youtube.

And thats how I came across the awesome Culinary Show by Sanjay, the host / VahChef of

There are about 214 various Indian Dishes presented in his youtube channel. The best thing about this is he not only showcases the famous dishes like Chicken Tikka or Tandoori Chicken, but also several regional and quite unknown yummy ones such as coriander chicken, methi chicken, Grandma's curry chicken and last but not least my favorite Chettinad chicken. For all veggies there are many dishes too.

Here's his youtube channel -

I've introduced his videos to my wife and she loves it. Infact I got new energy to cook newer recipes. His presentation is also pretty cool. He takes his time and explains each and every detail as to why we do this, what happens when we put this, and so on. So for beginners and newbies to Indian cooking, this is a great channel, and for already experienced ones, you should certainly visit this site if you are bored with your cooking or wanna try something new. On the whole a very informative and entertaining culinary site which can bring lotsa fun to your everyday cooking.

Vah reh vah yemi tastu...chaala super ga undhi bossu

Friday, April 11, 2008

Begun Bhaja (Bengali Eggplant Fry) VahRehVah

Mar 28, 2008

Begun Bhaja (Bengali Eggplant Fry) Source:

To read this recipe in Marathi CLICK HERE

Big Purple Brinjal (Eggplant): 1
Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder: 2 tsp
Sooji (Semolina): 1 tsp (Optional)
Rice Flour: 1 tsp (Optional)
Jeera (Cumin) Powder: 1 tsp (Optional)
Dhania (Coriander) Powder: 1 tsp (Optional)
Salt to Taste

1. Wash eggplant and cut it into around 1/2 inch round slices.
2. Mix all dry ingredients very well.
3. Apply this mixture on the both sides of all eggplant slices.
4. Heat oil in frying pan. Place eggplant slices one by one in the pan. Make sure oil is coated on each slice. Cooke these slices on slow flame. Turn 2-3 times until they become littlebit brown. Follow this procedure for all slices.
5. Sprinkle some coriander leaves on cooked slices and serve hot with rice and daal or you can eat this as appetizer.

If you want you can bake these in oven or grill it.

This is my entry for Sandeepa's RCI:Bengal Event


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