Features and Help

Let me explain each and every feature of this blog. Please read on.

Search – There is a search on the top which allows you to search for a particular recipe. So when you want something like ‘moong‘, enter it in the box and hit ‘Enter’. Select the one that you need. I am writing this specifically, because I have seen some readers almost ‘never’ use search. They ask me for a recipe which they could have got to, in seconds. If you try using search first, you might get to your favorite recipe much faster.

On the top navigation bar

About – On this page you can find answers to questions like – Why did I start this blog? Which is my home town? What do I do for a living?and more such.

Cooking tips – These are some tips I have learned from my aayi, Varada and also collected from different sources. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section of that post and I will try to reply.

ArtCampus – This is a place where I have posted some art work from of my hobbies like painting, knitting and crocheting, drawing etc

Contact – If you want to contact us, please use this page.

Disclaimer – Many don’t seem to have read this post at all. Please read it.

Kid’s lunchbox – These are collection of recipes from different blogs/sites which can help moms in creating great lunch boxes. If you find any interesting lunch box ideas, please leave the link on this page. If you have any ideas of your own, please leave them too. It will be helpful to others.

From other blogs – These are few recipes that I tried from other blogs and I loved them. I don’t make separate posts about them on AR, as I feel if it is required, I can directly go to original and try them. These are only a *few* of the lot I tried. I try my best to keep this page updated. There are many more which I need to add here. I wish to do it more regularly hereafter.

Glossary of ingredients used in my recipes is built right in to the posts, with links that take you to a glossary page with picture of the ingredient with description.

I have tried to create an extensive user friendly glossary. The main intention of this glossary is to make everyone understand an ingredient easily. It will have a picture of the item along with it’s name in different languages. This is an in-built glossary, that means, wherever an ingredient appears in the post, it will have a link to the term. For example, urad dal, avrekalu etc, just click on the link to read about the ingredient. You need not go searching for it.

This feature requires a lot of time and it’s laborious so I am working on it whenever I get some free time.

Popular posts – These showcase some of the most popular recipes on this blog. The popularity depends on number of comments. So if there are some dishes which are hugely popular but have less comments, they don’t show up here.

Recipe Index – I have created the categories depending on the type of dish. I think that is the easiest way to search because it is more convenient. I see that people don’t use this feature a lot. Please use it, it makes searching for recipes (names you don’t know) much easier.

On the right side bar

Revisited recipes – These are the recipes that I had posted long ago. As and when I get time, I rewrite these posts and update pictures. This is done mainly because when I started blogging, I didn’t know how to write a post. Primarily, I change the pictures, correct mistakes if any etc.

Latest posts – These show the latest 10 posts on this blog. Click on any to go to particular post.

Latest comments – Latest 10 comments on this blog.


– I can hardly speak 4-5 languages. So when I am writing the glossary, I can write the translation mostly in these (or few of these) languages. Please send me the translation in your language, if it’s not listed, so that I can make it more useful for everybody.

– Please leave comments/feedbacks when you try a dish. This helps me to know what you all like. This also helps me to plan future posts. While posting comments, please leave the comments on relevant post. For example, write a comment about date cake, at date cake post instead of some other post. This is because your valuable comment might help someone else.

– Please be polite while leaving comments. This is not a paid site where you are paying for recipes. So at the least, it helps being polite while commenting and creates a positive influence on everyone.

Thanks for reading…

59 thoughts on “Features and Help”

  1. Hi Shilpa , I m new to this blog…Enjoying Ur Recipes! Its the Awwale (amla) season. cud U please tell me how Amla Sarbat (concentrate) is prepared? Waiting anxiously.. Thanx in advance,dear!

  2. Hi Shilpa, I am very new to your blog. I saw some of the recipe. Even tried some of it. It turned out very well. I was wondering if you could give me the recipe for the curry which they serve in the gudwala. It is made of green peas. It taste so good that the smell in my hands after eating with chappati and linger for at least 2 days. Please help. Please send it to my E-mail straight. Thanks in advance

  3. Hi Shilpa,
    Actually i m new to this blog n i had enjoyed ur dosas n idlis. liked it very much. Thanks.

    Yest. i mailed u regarding the frozen chapattis. I want to know how to make (cooked or uncooked) and how long i can keep in the freezer. Cud u pl. tell me as soon as possible.

    Awaiting for ur quick reply.

    Thanks in advance.

    Shilpa: I did not get any mail from you Kanchan. You can make chapathis and after cooling them to room temperature, keep a sheet of wax paper in between two chapathis, stack 5-6 like this and cover with aluminum foil. Then store in ziploc bags. These can be stored for 2 weeks or so in freezer.

  4. Hi Shilpa,

    I’m new to this. Nice recipes. Its very nice to see the step by step procedure with photos. Great job.
    Thanks for such a wonderful recipes.

  5. Green leafy vegetables contain lot of fibre which is good for health. Kindly publish some easy reciepes. Agase soppu and Nugge soppu contains lot of iron and calcium.

  6. Excellent site , I can pretty much recall all my child hood recipes I enjoyed in India. And I am glad I can try them here in US with this sites help.
    Great job Shilpa!.Thanks for taking time to make this wonderful site. AAA+

  7. Hi
    Iam Aishwaryaa from Chennai…
    Can any one pl tell me how to prepare poori with Serrotti rava? I suppose its a banglore recipe….

  8. Hello,
    Can you recommend a baked item for a fast food shop which will only sell 1 item(dish)
    SHould not be fried as the mall will not allow frying, so it has to be a baked dish
    Non-veg item is preferred , something not spicy, can just eat while walking in the Mall.
    Pls be so kind & co-operate.

  9. Hi Shilpa,

    I am a regular visitor of your site. And I appreciate your hard work and dedication. I request you to pls post a recipe for tomato rice. Tnxs and keep up the spirit!

  10. hi dear,

    Within 2 months your site changed me a lot.
    before i was entering kitchen forcefully or no other option.
    Now really i loves cooking..your dishes are simple and the way of presentation is also very good.I tried your carrot halwa,udupi saru,egg 3 dishes,fish curry,ridgegourd chutney,bellpepper chutney,Masoor dal with lemon , gujrathi cabbage etc and poori instructions helped me a lot. All came out very nicley.Me and my hubby liked very much.Now i have got confidence in the cooking.

  11. What is averkalu ?

    Shilpa: There is a link to a post explaining about avrekalu in all the recipes which use this. Please check out.

  12. Hi Shilpa,

    I’m a BIG fan of your website. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. Could you please post the recipe for a veggie Burrito? I need the recipe for the tortilla as well as we may not get it easily in India. Thanks a bunch in advance:)

    Warm Regards,

  13. Hi

    I went thru the Prawn Pulao Recipe, looks quite easy & tempting. Just a querry havn’t cooked prawn earlier ever. Can u pls tell me approx how much time prawn takes to cook & which will taste better boiling it spearately or adding in fried onions & letting it cook.

    All the best, ur website is worth appreciation & forwarding it to friends

    Thanks Ahead


    Shilpa: About 5-6mins, when they change color to white. It depends on the recipe you are making. Please follow the instructions given in the recipe

  14. Dear Shilpa,

    thank you for a lovely website. I already made a number of your recipes- they always come out very good!
    Wanted to ask you- with the previous design of your site you had a group of recipes that were named something like “My must have dishes from home”. There were a few recipes I wanted to try and I am not seeing it at this time. Could you tell me if you just don’t have that group any more or I am just not seeing something that is right in front of me 🙂
    Thank you!

  15. hi Shilpa,

    I am an amateur dosa cook..which means that though I know how to prepare the batter, I really cant fry it properly. I did go through your cooking tips but this topic isnt addressed.

    from what I analysed bout my dosa making ventures, if I try to make the dosa thinner it would tear up while spreading or flipping it over. either the skillet temperature isnt right or I am not spreading out the batter right. could you please, please add tips on how to fry a good dosa without ripping up the dosa, for newbies like me?

    thanx a lot.

  16. Hi can anybody please give me recipe without using fire or oven or any heating material should be simple but attractive for competition.

  17. Hi, I recently tried this dish made with kala vatana and tendli, someone told me it is a famous mangalorean dish and it was delicious. It also has coconut in it. I don’t know what its called and I am trying to find the recipe and I am having no luck at all. Does anyone know what the dish is called or anyone has the recipe for it? They told me sometimes tendli’s are not added and its only made with kala vatana and coconut. Would appreciate it if anyone has the recipe if you would please email me the same.

  18. Hello, This Site has been very helpful to me. I would love it if you could tell me the recipe to this kholapuri dish called Pandra rasa. I’v been searching for a long time.
    It would be great if you could help me out.
    Thanks 🙂

  19. Dear Shilpa, this is a fantastic site! I bought some Coorgi masala powder in Madikeri recently , but don’t know how to use it. Can you please advise me? Thanks.

  20. hi shilpa,firt n foremost thanx very much 4 dis informative site.i had a small request…can u provide me d receipe of gee rice n kurma it would b ver helpful.

    thanx n take care

  21. Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for all the help with authentic konkani recipes.

    Will you please publish Ridge guard recipes if u have one please?

    I have a real hard time with that vegetable. Every time I tried I messed it up.


  22. hi
    i have taken new rice cooker pls tell me recipes can be done in rice cooker (prestige brand)tips 2 use rice cooker for long life

  23. Residue left when we make ghee, is this good to use healthwise?
    They are called milk solids, does this means they are just saturated fat?

    Please advice
    Thanks a lot.

    Urmila Shah

  24. Hey Shilpa,
    Is there any way out we can print all the recipies of your website;instead of going one-by-one.I want to do it in one go and keep them ready for my anytime cooking-makign it independent of searching each time before cooking-depending on what would be the particular days’ menu and I have learnt alot from your recipies-infact this is the website which is top contributor to my acquired cooking skills & getting me accolade for cooking from my husband and others-they don’t know the hidden secret. My just requirement is of printing all the recipies.Also, earlier there was a ‘Print PDF’ option-I cannot see that also now.Please reply-thanks.

    1. Harpreet, No, there is no option to print all at once, we won’t be providing this due to various reasons. So sorry. Print one post at a time caused some technical issues, we will add it back as soon as we get some time. Thanks for your kind words.

  25. i want to thanks u for sharing ur wonderful receipe.There pictorial representation is good way of enhancing understandability.Moreover it is indian food…………..i like it most…………..i am trying my hands on cooking.So this website is good for me.

  26. Hi,

    How are you? I know that you are from Belgam (I guess).
    so , I m just so curious to know that , you also may be doing LAXMI pooja
    I just want u to teach me and all ,that how do pooja and the main thing is how to put saree on for LAXMI..

    PLZ if u know, can u share with us… 🙂

    1. Poornima, I am not from Belgaum. I just did my engineering from there. Sorry, I do not have more info about pooja. I will ask my friends and see if I can get some info.

  27. Hi Shilpa,
    I am a gsb, but married to a northindian…i love the gsb culture after 10yrs of marraige also, and make new dishes every occasion, I wanted to make some “prasad” for ganpati, i make that of poha with sugar jaggery and ghee. I wanted something diffrent to be make this time which is dry and can be given to people who visit our house..


  28. Hi … a good website to find all recipes…all these are easy to do…ihv tried many and everybody loved it.I want some recipes where i can prepare some biscuits without a oven…can u help me?

  29. Kainaaz Writer Bokdawalla

    Hi Shilpa,
    This is an earnest request.. A friend of mine (an army officer) is going on a new posting in a couple of weeks.. He mentioned a sweet made of red pumpkin (Gharga – a Konkani sweet cookie) that he loved eating when he was a child.. Before he goes away to another city to serve his country i would like to surprise him by making his favourite sweet.. Is there any way u can post the recipe for this dish or can u plz email the recipe to me?? I would be really very obliged if u can help me out.. I have also sent u a msg on your Facebook page.. I apologize if i seem to be in a rush to procure this recipe but i have just a few days in hand to perfect it n surprise him before he leaves.. Thanks ever so much..
    Warm regards,

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