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  • I have heard so much about akki roti that on both occasions of my short vacations at Coorg and Chikmagalur, I made it sure to stay at home-stays so that we can enjoy the authentic cuisine of Karnataka. Something that is so difficult to find in cosmopolitan Bangalore. And in both places, my quest for true home cooked Karnataka cuisine has been satiated in more ways than one. Living in coffee plantations has its own charm and in both the […]

    Akki Roti and Chicken Saru {nati koli saru} – Karnataka special Gowda style

    I have heard so much about akki roti that on both occasions of my short vacations at Coorg and Chikmagalur, I made it sure to stay at home-stays so that we can enjoy the authentic cuisine of Karnataka. Something that is so difficult to find in cosmopolitan Bangalore. And in both places, my quest for true home cooked Karnataka cuisine has been satiated in more ways than one. Living in coffee plantations has its own charm and in both the […]

  • While Autumn afternoons are inherently sweet, charming, calm and soothing, the joy doubles up when you received some surprised gifts and if that happens to be a cookbook from your favorite chef, life can not be more blissful than this. November is the month of festivities as each of the culture melds into another, Diwali followed by Bhai duj, Halloween and now Thanksgiving round the corner, the air is beautifully scented with flavours that speaks of festivals, holidays, family time. […]

    Shahi paneer kofta pulao / saffron soaked pilaf with caramelized onions and cheese balls

    While Autumn afternoons are inherently sweet, charming, calm and soothing, the joy doubles up when you received some surprised gifts and if that happens to be a cookbook from your favorite chef, life can not be more blissful than this. November is the month of festivities as each of the culture melds into another, Diwali followed by Bhai duj, Halloween and now Thanksgiving round the corner, the air is beautifully scented with flavours that speaks of festivals, holidays, family time. […]

  • Wait “Autumn”, Summer is not over yet ! Today morning when I woke up to a bright sunny day, I felt a nip in the air when I opened the windows. It was so unmistakably autumn. The sounds of autumn were so pronounced, the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown away by a gusty wind. The sky was painted in brilliant shades of blue but there was a slight chill in the wind.  I had no clue when the flowering […]

    Thai chicken coconut soup for the first chill of autumn

    Wait “Autumn”, Summer is not over yet ! Today morning when I woke up to a bright sunny day, I felt a nip in the air when I opened the windows. It was so unmistakably autumn. The sounds of autumn were so pronounced, the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown away by a gusty wind. The sky was painted in brilliant shades of blue but there was a slight chill in the wind.  I had no clue when the flowering […]

  • I prefer organic over non organic, fresh over canned or tinned products. I have never quiet understood the concept of canning well . My point was always  – “why we need to consume canned products when plenty of them is available fresh from farm or ocean in this case.” In my country, people have not heard of canned products until couple of decades before. We love to buy fresh products , specially greens, vegetables and meat from the market, if […]

    Canned sardines – the perfect survival food

    I prefer organic over non organic, fresh over canned or tinned products. I have never quiet understood the concept of canning well . My point was always  – “why we need to consume canned products when plenty of them is available fresh from farm or ocean in this case.” In my country, people have not heard of canned products until couple of decades before. We love to buy fresh products , specially greens, vegetables and meat from the market, if […]

  • ” Five tender apricots in a blue bowl, a brief and exact promise of things to come. ” Frances Mayes. Imagine a valley full of apricot laden trees standing high above the ground under the bright blue summer sky, towering in all sides by mighty snow-capped Himalayas, a beautiful ambiance to invoke the artistry in every mind. The beauty of those small Himalayan hamlets nestled amidst the alpine forest are so untouched, flawless and uncorrupt like a small piece of heaven […]

    Moroccan lamb tagine with apricots and almonds

    ” Five tender apricots in a blue bowl, a brief and exact promise of things to come. ” Frances Mayes. Imagine a valley full of apricot laden trees standing high above the ground under the bright blue summer sky, towering in all sides by mighty snow-capped Himalayas, a beautiful ambiance to invoke the artistry in every mind. The beauty of those small Himalayan hamlets nestled amidst the alpine forest are so untouched, flawless and uncorrupt like a small piece of heaven […]

  • A small news to share with you all. We have entered our nominations for ‪#‎Indiblogger‬ Award in two categories – Food and travel, the one that suits us best.  If you love saffronstreaks, then please share your opinions there, the link given above. Your testimonials might inspire the judgement in our favour. So do check the link and yes we are too shy to ask for the votes ! Before the week ends , here is my another fish recipe that I have […]

    Pan-seared Red Snapper in Vera cruz style

    A small news to share with you all. We have entered our nominations for ‪#‎Indiblogger‬ Award in two categories – Food and travel, the one that suits us best.  If you love saffronstreaks, then please share your opinions there, the link given above. Your testimonials might inspire the judgement in our favour. So do check the link and yes we are too shy to ask for the votes ! Before the week ends , here is my another fish recipe that I have […]

  • Many of you has asked me time and again, why there are few fish recipes in my blog, being a Bong , I admit this is almost a crime. So this week we will feature two fish recipes – a tilapia and a red snapper.   I have told you before how and why Bengali becomes fanatically obsessed with fish, not any fish, only Bengali fish.  And above all, a Bong should know thousand different ways to cook the same fish. […]

    Crispy tilapia in cilantro walnut sauce served with broccoli almond rice

    Many of you has asked me time and again, why there are few fish recipes in my blog, being a Bong , I admit this is almost a crime. So this week we will feature two fish recipes – a tilapia and a red snapper.   I have told you before how and why Bengali becomes fanatically obsessed with fish, not any fish, only Bengali fish.  And above all, a Bong should know thousand different ways to cook the same fish. […]

  • Cold darker evenings with knee-deep snow outside the window, a steaming pot of stewed lamb on the stove, whose aromatic smells wafting through the house and a hot cup of tea snugly fitted in your palm and good book on your lap are perhaps the best ways to enjoy the winter luxuries. Winter is the season that I loved most for many reasons. I know it is equally unpardonable to talk about the warmth of winter in scorching heat of […]

    Lamb korma in saffron and almond sauce – fiction to table

    Cold darker evenings with knee-deep snow outside the window, a steaming pot of stewed lamb on the stove, whose aromatic smells wafting through the house and a hot cup of tea snugly fitted in your palm and good book on your lap are perhaps the best ways to enjoy the winter luxuries. Winter is the season that I loved most for many reasons. I know it is equally unpardonable to talk about the warmth of winter in scorching heat of […]

  • Sojne data chorchori / Bengali style drumstick (not chicken) with vegetables : Couple of days back, a reader wrote on the wall of Facebook page of  a prominent blogger that her post are too heavy with prose. Obviously we felt bad about that and at the same time it gave me enough food for thought to ponder on this topic. Today’s post is all about nailing the dilemma of writing “prose or no prose“. In the mid 90’s or early 2000’s when […]

    Sajne data chorchori / drumsticks with vegetables in Bengali style

    Sojne data chorchori / Bengali style drumstick (not chicken) with vegetables : Couple of days back, a reader wrote on the wall of Facebook page of  a prominent blogger that her post are too heavy with prose. Obviously we felt bad about that and at the same time it gave me enough food for thought to ponder on this topic. Today’s post is all about nailing the dilemma of writing “prose or no prose“. In the mid 90’s or early 2000’s when […]

  • A week gone by with no foodie talk, so to engage you once more with our rants, we are back this time with everyone’s favourite food – Pizza ! and not so short story ! After the successful noodle invasion of late 60’s, India saw yet another invasion in early 90’s and this time it was the Italian pizza across the mediterranean. Before that , mini size pizzas from the small bakers across the  street remained as an evening snack. Small […]

    Hawaiian ham and pineapple pizza in barbecue sauce – home baked from scratch

    A week gone by with no foodie talk, so to engage you once more with our rants, we are back this time with everyone’s favourite food – Pizza ! and not so short story ! After the successful noodle invasion of late 60’s, India saw yet another invasion in early 90’s and this time it was the Italian pizza across the mediterranean. Before that , mini size pizzas from the small bakers across the  street remained as an evening snack. Small […]

  •   When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. # John Ruskin  Masterpiece recipes are difficult to recreate, it is that delicate balance of flavor, taste and texture that we all strive to achieve in cooking or in art and also in life. Mochar ghonto is one such classic dish from Bengali cuisine, repertoire of few but loved by many if not all.  Though I am yet to come across a person who does not love this dish. Mochar ghonto or banana blossom stir fry is unanimously […]

    Bengali Mochar ghonto / Stir fried banana blossoms

      When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. # John Ruskin  Masterpiece recipes are difficult to recreate, it is that delicate balance of flavor, taste and texture that we all strive to achieve in cooking or in art and also in life. Mochar ghonto is one such classic dish from Bengali cuisine, repertoire of few but loved by many if not all.  Though I am yet to come across a person who does not love this dish. Mochar ghonto or banana blossom stir fry is unanimously […]

  • Every Bengali meal ends with a sweet note and so the series on Bengali cuisine too as expected, but this year we are doing it differently. A sweet rossogolla or a mango sandesh should be the fitting finale to grand poila baisakh luncheon, but we are concluding the series with Calcutta’s Mutton chaap. Yes Calcutta and not Kolkata, the relic of the past is very much evident on its cuisine. Chaap is no traditional Bengali cuisine, it is more Mughlai in origin […]

    Calcutta Mutton Chaap

    Every Bengali meal ends with a sweet note and so the series on Bengali cuisine too as expected, but this year we are doing it differently. A sweet rossogolla or a mango sandesh should be the fitting finale to grand poila baisakh luncheon, but we are concluding the series with Calcutta’s Mutton chaap. Yes Calcutta and not Kolkata, the relic of the past is very much evident on its cuisine. Chaap is no traditional Bengali cuisine, it is more Mughlai in origin […]

  • Before you start forming your opinions on today’s blog headline, let me stop you right there in your thought track … I know “fish hunting” is not the right word, but I could not find more appropriate word to tell you the story of my misadventures … Fish cannot live without water. A Bong can not live without fish. So what happens when a Bong arrives in a “phoreighn” land ? Arriving in a foreign country  in the early hours of morning is a bad idea. Unlike […]

    Tangra maach, mishti and more – fish “hunting” in America

    Before you start forming your opinions on today’s blog headline, let me stop you right there in your thought track … I know “fish hunting” is not the right word, but I could not find more appropriate word to tell you the story of my misadventures … Fish cannot live without water. A Bong can not live without fish. So what happens when a Bong arrives in a “phoreighn” land ? Arriving in a foreign country  in the early hours of morning is a bad idea. Unlike […]

  •   Bengali women are perceived to be dominant, be it in *** or in living room discussions, they never refrain from showing their intellectual and cooking prowess, from music, cinema, sports, cooking to political debates, they have their say in everything and that they do with utmost conviction. As soon as a guest entered a Bengali household, the women take the centre stage,  they will never quietly parcel the foods from kitchen and courier it through their kids, instead they […]

    Aloo posto and why a bengali girl can not be a vegetarian !

      Bengali women are perceived to be dominant, be it in *** or in living room discussions, they never refrain from showing their intellectual and cooking prowess, from music, cinema, sports, cooking to political debates, they have their say in everything and that they do with utmost conviction. As soon as a guest entered a Bengali household, the women take the centre stage,  they will never quietly parcel the foods from kitchen and courier it through their kids, instead they […]

  • ” You throw away the turnip greens ? I asked. Oh..ya anyway who eat those leafy things, they are best suited as cattle’s fodder ! ” Well in India cattle could gorge on anything that is available right under their nose but I could not believe what I have just heard from Mrs K.  No I will not write her full name here, even though she does not reads my blog posts but I have the feeling that she might got negative vibes from me. 😉 […]

    Stir fried garlic – y turnip greens and the yellow lentil soup / dals

    ” You throw away the turnip greens ? I asked. Oh..ya anyway who eat those leafy things, they are best suited as cattle’s fodder ! ” Well in India cattle could gorge on anything that is available right under their nose but I could not believe what I have just heard from Mrs K.  No I will not write her full name here, even though she does not reads my blog posts but I have the feeling that she might got negative vibes from me. 😉 […]

  • And so you thought Indian dishes are only about curries , cooked in undisclosed number of spices, and it is either red or yellow in color ? I was surprised and baffled at the same time, do not know how to answer the person who seems to believe in the curried version of Indian cuisines  which is sorely oft-repeated and now reflects Indian cuisine at international level. Hello there, Welcome to extravagant world of Indian cuisines, we have not one or two dishes but whole gamut of […]

    Stir fried ivy gourd / tindora with crushed peanuts and coconut

    And so you thought Indian dishes are only about curries , cooked in undisclosed number of spices, and it is either red or yellow in color ? I was surprised and baffled at the same time, do not know how to answer the person who seems to believe in the curried version of Indian cuisines  which is sorely oft-repeated and now reflects Indian cuisine at international level. Hello there, Welcome to extravagant world of Indian cuisines, we have not one or two dishes but whole gamut of […]

  • What are the two things that caught your fancy when someone mentions Kolkata ? maach ar mishti  (fish and sweets) and for the prabasis (migrants) like me, phuchka is the last word in Kolkata’s culinary scenario. You ask me why ? Having raised outside Bengal, the word “maach” / fish largely restricted itself to the big carps which am not so fond of, even though Rui kalia is something I would love to cherish any day but beyond that ? the world of fish literally ends […]

    Tel Koi or koi fish in mustard oil

    What are the two things that caught your fancy when someone mentions Kolkata ? maach ar mishti  (fish and sweets) and for the prabasis (migrants) like me, phuchka is the last word in Kolkata’s culinary scenario. You ask me why ? Having raised outside Bengal, the word “maach” / fish largely restricted itself to the big carps which am not so fond of, even though Rui kalia is something I would love to cherish any day but beyond that ? the world of fish literally ends […]

  • This recipe of shahi paneer malai kofta has been selected as the 200 best shahi paneer recipes on the net by Easy Indian Recipes. Please vote for it, at number 81. The voting link is here.  Updated : This post has been re-edited and updated with new photographs. We have recently made this paneer malai kofta for my guest and everyone loved it so much, hence thought of sharing some new photographs with you all. This is the one dish which never fails me, […]

    Indian shahi paneer malai kofta in my signature style

    This recipe of shahi paneer malai kofta has been selected as the 200 best shahi paneer recipes on the net by Easy Indian Recipes. Please vote for it, at number 81. The voting link is here.  Updated : This post has been re-edited and updated with new photographs. We have recently made this paneer malai kofta for my guest and everyone loved it so much, hence thought of sharing some new photographs with you all. This is the one dish which never fails me, […]

  • How will you describe rezala ? Just stating that it’s a highly fragrant dish which looks more like a stew and not a gravy and mildly spiced will not do justice to it. In fact it is a perfect amalgamation of sourness and sweetness with an undertone of spiciness, with lots of unmatched flavour makes it rather amusing and delectable which is very much Bengali in origin. Unlike other Bengali delicacies which has travelled to far away land, rezala remain […]

    bengali chicken rezala with roasted almonds

    How will you describe rezala ? Just stating that it’s a highly fragrant dish which looks more like a stew and not a gravy and mildly spiced will not do justice to it. In fact it is a perfect amalgamation of sourness and sweetness with an undertone of spiciness, with lots of unmatched flavour makes it rather amusing and delectable which is very much Bengali in origin. Unlike other Bengali delicacies which has travelled to far away land, rezala remain […]

  •   This post has been re-edited, updated and re – published with new photograph . Who doesn’t love paneer makhani ? The omnipresent dish in homes and restaurants is a classic from traditional north Indian cuisine whereby soft and velvety cubes of paneer simmered in luxuriant rich and creamy tomato gravy, not too spicy but with a note of sweetness and hint of kasoori methi which lends an exotic touch to the dish, making it irresistible and highly delectable. It […]

    paneer makhani / Indian paneer butter masala

      This post has been re-edited, updated and re – published with new photograph . Who doesn’t love paneer makhani ? The omnipresent dish in homes and restaurants is a classic from traditional north Indian cuisine whereby soft and velvety cubes of paneer simmered in luxuriant rich and creamy tomato gravy, not too spicy but with a note of sweetness and hint of kasoori methi which lends an exotic touch to the dish, making it irresistible and highly delectable. It […]

  • Updated : This post has been re -edited, re- photographed and re-published. We are so pleased to announce  that this recipe of Mirchi ka salan has been cited as referral on Wikipedia, and unfortunately we do not know who has referred it there, must be one of our valued reader. Getting a linkback from Wikipedia is consider as a mark of authentication and genuinity and for that we thank you all for loving it, for recommending it to others and we convey […]

    Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan / Curried chillies in a nutty sauce

    Updated : This post has been re -edited, re- photographed and re-published. We are so pleased to announce  that this recipe of Mirchi ka salan has been cited as referral on Wikipedia, and unfortunately we do not know who has referred it there, must be one of our valued reader. Getting a linkback from Wikipedia is consider as a mark of authentication and genuinity and for that we thank you all for loving it, for recommending it to others and we convey […]

  • Update : This post has been re-edited, re-photographed and re-published. Time and again, life has reconnected me to this city of Nizam in some strange ways. It was almost a decade back when I re traced my journey to Hyderabad, but this time I decided to stay in the city for few years, thus making it my second home. There are lots of memories of this bi-religious city, and most of them are inclined towards food and food only. Quiet […]

    Hyderabadi bagara baingan

    Update : This post has been re-edited, re-photographed and re-published. Time and again, life has reconnected me to this city of Nizam in some strange ways. It was almost a decade back when I re traced my journey to Hyderabad, but this time I decided to stay in the city for few years, thus making it my second home. There are lots of memories of this bi-religious city, and most of them are inclined towards food and food only. Quiet […]

  • This post has been re-edited, re-published with new photographs as we had indulge into this once again and got some time to re-shoot it. When I look back into the past, I recollect how the events in my life has chalked my destiny to become a food blogger one day, and now I realized it was no coincidence. Having lived in the gastronomical capital of India aka Kolkata for few years, which shaped my senses of taste and flavours, I […]

    kheema biryani Hyderabadi style

    This post has been re-edited, re-published with new photographs as we had indulge into this once again and got some time to re-shoot it. When I look back into the past, I recollect how the events in my life has chalked my destiny to become a food blogger one day, and now I realized it was no coincidence. Having lived in the gastronomical capital of India aka Kolkata for few years, which shaped my senses of taste and flavours, I […]