Indian bengali Archive

  • Koraishutir dhokar dalna is a beautiful variant of the classic Bengali dish dhokar dalna. The spicy peas and lentil cakes are steamed and then fried in enough oil till they turn golden brown. You can devour them as a snack or make a curry with scented cumin-ginger paste which is a very flavourful combination of two ingredients and it becomes a backbone of many Bengali vegetarian dishes as we do not use onion and garlic with our vegetables. The essence of […]

    Bengali koraishutir dhokar dalna / Curried spicy green peas & lentil cakes

    Koraishutir dhokar dalna is a beautiful variant of the classic Bengali dish dhokar dalna. The spicy peas and lentil cakes are steamed and then fried in enough oil till they turn golden brown. You can devour them as a snack or make a curry with scented cumin-ginger paste which is a very flavourful combination of two ingredients and it becomes a backbone of many Bengali vegetarian dishes as we do not use onion and garlic with our vegetables. The essence of […]

  • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime ~ Maimonides In Bengali mythology and culture, fish has always been a delicious symbol of fertility, prosperity and abundance and it touches many aspects of ceremonial and ritual life. (~ Chitrita Banerjee) While fish is seen as smelly and gross food to many, Bengali marriages are not complete without fishes, there are many rituals where fish is […]

    Pabda macher jhol kalojeere ar bodi diye / fish curry with nigella & no-onion no-garlic recipe

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime ~ Maimonides In Bengali mythology and culture, fish has always been a delicious symbol of fertility, prosperity and abundance and it touches many aspects of ceremonial and ritual life. (~ Chitrita Banerjee) While fish is seen as smelly and gross food to many, Bengali marriages are not complete without fishes, there are many rituals where fish is […]

  •   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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • ...durga puja special recipes… Maha Shasti te mochar chop, koraishutir kochuri ar aloo dum Update : This post has been re edited, re photographed and re published. What a coincidence, I am updating this post with better photographs on Maha Shasti again, after three years. When I initially started the blog, food photography never surfaced as sole protagonist in the whole story, not even today but it has achieved the center stage now a days. I too succumbed myself to […]

    koraishutir kochuri / peas kachori and aloo dum

    …durga puja special recipes… Maha Shasti te mochar chop, koraishutir kochuri ar aloo dum Update : This post has been re edited, re photographed and re published. What a coincidence, I am updating this post with better photographs on Maha Shasti again, after three years. When I initially started the blog, food photography never surfaced as sole protagonist in the whole story, not even today but it has achieved the center stage now a days. I too succumbed myself to […]