Hi there,

Welcome to spiceindiaonline.com your ultimate source for Indian recipes online.

I am Mullai, who is cooking and curating content for this portal. I believe that it is the aromatic spices that give a unique flavor and distinguishes the rich, diverse, and countless varieties of Indian dishes that come from different regions.

I welcome you to try out my recipes that were gifted to me by my grandmother, mother, mother-in-law, and my friends. Occasionally, I curate recipes from cookbooks, magazines, and websites. A majority of recipes you find here are born out of my own culinary experiments – I am greatly encouraged to publish the outcomes of my experiments, when they have the endorsements of my own celebrities: husband, Madavan, twelve-year old son, Siddharth, and family members. I am also very thankful to my family and friends for their kind co-operation and encouragement.

My style is confined mostly to simple home cooking methods. I have no formal training in cooking. I develop my cooking skills by continuously trying out different recipes, especially that of South Indian States: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh.

I have been updating, organizing, and sharing information of Indian recipes in the site, since it was launched in 2006. On average, I update at least 10 new recipes a month (the number doubles when Siddharth lets me have more “lab hours”). I get about 1000 unique visitors every month (so says, Google Analytics). But I think I am not in a business – rather I am in the business of widening my network of friends who love Indian foods.

Half the credit to keeping SpiceIndiaOnline alive should go to my better half. As a software programmer, Madavan takes care of all the technical stuff. I will have to cook, taste, and rave about it in writing (and of course, taking what is worth a 1000 words, using a Nikon DSLR camera). What a nice division of labour!

To become a good cook, all you need are good ingredients, time, and patience. If you are new to cooking Indian food, I encourage you to start easy and as your confidence builds, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. Any help, let me know. For questions and comments submit a feedback here.

Culinarily yours,

Mrs Mullai Madavan
Publisher and Editor



21 comments to About

  • Kay

    Hi Mullai,

    I was looking at the chettinad chicken you have on your blog and I knew I have tried it before and then saw the tag ‘Mullai’s at the bottom and it reminded me. Small world, eh! That I come across the same recipe shared by the same person once again after 6 or 7 yrs…. You have a great blog!

    Enjoy your passion! :)

  • Awesome recipe..really liked it!!!!

  • Shri

    Hi Mullai,

    It would be better if you could list the dishes under your name , so that we can pick it up easily..


  • Murali Narayana Swamy


    I was looking for all Tamil nadu rceipes and finally found it. we used to take few receipe from the site and all are good. Thanks for your wonderfull work.

  • Hema

    Hello Mulai,

    Your recipes are extremely good. I am from Toronto, Canada, just like you, I have love & passion for cooking & keep trying different & varieties of food. I have recipes that is very unique & could post it to you some time soon. Keep posting more recipes…

  • sathya prakash

    Hi Mullai,

    It was my friend who introduced me to this site. Now… I am in love with your site. Atleast alternate days i try one of your recipes and it turns out very well. Thank you for your easy methods. I am very new to non veg cooking. I tried your method of chicken biriyani for the first time and it was a great success :) Thank you.

  • cloud

    Hello Mullai,

    Thank you for your wonderful contributions. Your recipes are awesome.
    I tried microwave Pallakova and impressed with your method. I told couple of my buddies and they did for their wife and kids and enjoyed it. Keep this blog running and thank you once again


    Dear Mullai Madavan

    I have been using yeast for dosa and Idly batters.
    Yeast one can buy in one and two pound packages. sold in Costco and Cash and carry. Last for long time and cheap. I use small jar and fill time to time.jar and a package be refrigerated.
    Batter placed on the big plate/ Thai and on the counter.summer it over flows. Batter prepared in the morning ready in 5-6 hours . Can be kept close to the cooking area. It is good for couple of days. some time I use leftover batter and add new (small portion )batter. It works like sour dough
    Thanks for tapioca dosa recipe. Tapioca is suppose to be gluten free . I add very little to whole dark wheat to make pita bread. I use no oven, griddle and then on the open heat placed above the metal mesh. pops and come out good,but it is whole dark wheat.

    Vashon Island WA

  • Hi Mullai,

    You have a wonderful website here, I especially like the sweet subcategory, which I frequent. Keep up the good work and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • Srividhya

    I am new to cooking. I came across your website. wow! really helping a lot and no words are there to explain. Slowly I am gonna try to recipes. Now I became a regular visitor to your website to check for new recipies…

  • Selvi

    One of the best cooking site!!
    There are no words to praise you.
    Dependable and reliable and simple recipes.

  • dr.anju jacob

    hello mam…ur blog is really amazing..thanks a lot…may God bless u

  • neha


  • Jaya

    Hi Mullai, your recipes are awesome! After 20 years of married life, my husband enjoy my cooking now more than ever! I am glad that I found your site…You must be really a good cook!

  • Sangeetha

    Hi Mullai
    all your recipes are awesome and easy to prepare. I am looking for a salt free or low salt recipes. can you please upload here if u tried anything

  • hello mam :) am really glad to found ur blog. i am graduate n right nw am experimenting dishes :) so my knowledge regarding foods is basically from blgos:) n i swear ur blog s kind of gift .. so so nice of chettinad dishes . bt i think u should give enhancement for north indian cuisine :)

  • Keerthi K

    Hello Mullai! Good to see you back!! I had been a regular browser at your site a year ago and then i think your site went into a maintenance mode. Not just your site, me too, without your recipes! Am happy to see you back with a more colourful site! Good luck and all the best to you!

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