Recipes Archive

  • Garam masala – the most iconic spice blend from the land of culinary melting pot. It is amazing how the spices stirred up the forgotten memories that were seeped deep in astounding flavors, of a time when modernity was not able to cast its shadows on the culinary instincts, when each of the spices were carefully hand-picked from the spice merchants and hand pounded on the stone grinder with utmost precision. Making the perfect spice blend was the forte of […]

    Bengali garam masala spice blend – for whom the flavors comes first

    Garam masala – the most iconic spice blend from the land of culinary melting pot. It is amazing how the spices stirred up the forgotten memories that were seeped deep in astounding flavors, of a time when modernity was not able to cast its shadows on the culinary instincts, when each of the spices were carefully hand-picked from the spice merchants and hand pounded on the stone grinder with utmost precision. Making the perfect spice blend was the forte of […]

  • A Simple Life is its own Reward. Just like this simple baby portabella mushroom slider sandwich. The meaty portobellos are often regarded as alternative to steak burger, much to the delight of vegetarians. Both in taste and texture these baby bellas can make any carnivore hungry for more. I have tried so far just four or five variety of mushrooms like porcini, crimini, shitake and enoki, portobello remains my favourite for its sheer versatility. You can stuff them with anything […]

    Portabella mushroom and caramelized onion slider sandwich

    A Simple Life is its own Reward. Just like this simple baby portabella mushroom slider sandwich. The meaty portobellos are often regarded as alternative to steak burger, much to the delight of vegetarians. Both in taste and texture these baby bellas can make any carnivore hungry for more. I have tried so far just four or five variety of mushrooms like porcini, crimini, shitake and enoki, portobello remains my favourite for its sheer versatility. You can stuff them with anything […]

  • Hello ! after a while… Today I am not in a mood to share anything sweet but yet I am sharing this  bowl of pineapple pudding, in remembrance of good times and to keep alive my faith and hopes.  When your life is in total mess nothing entertains you. I am currently passing through a very bad phase in my life, in my relationship. However the situation is worse, I always believe there exist a scope to rebuild it. A flicker of […]

    Saffron Pineapple halwa -remembrance of good times together

    Hello ! after a while… Today I am not in a mood to share anything sweet but yet I am sharing this  bowl of pineapple pudding, in remembrance of good times and to keep alive my faith and hopes.  When your life is in total mess nothing entertains you. I am currently passing through a very bad phase in my life, in my relationship. However the situation is worse, I always believe there exist a scope to rebuild it. A flicker of […]

  • Happy Sankranti to all my readers. In last few days we were busy transferring our site to a different server. Hence could not post any new recipes. Gur’er naru or coconut jaggery sweet balls is one amazingly simple Indian confection that you can make at home in no time. Paper boats. Colorful toffee wrappers. Orange shaped lozenges. Narkel’er naru. Childhood memories. Precious moments resplendent with innocence, joy and mischief. In a Bengali household these sweet confection balls of jaggery and […]

    Gur’er naru / Coconut and jaggery sweet confection balls

    Happy Sankranti to all my readers. In last few days we were busy transferring our site to a different server. Hence could not post any new recipes. Gur’er naru or coconut jaggery sweet balls is one amazingly simple Indian confection that you can make at home in no time. Paper boats. Colorful toffee wrappers. Orange shaped lozenges. Narkel’er naru. Childhood memories. Precious moments resplendent with innocence, joy and mischief. In a Bengali household these sweet confection balls of jaggery and […]

  • Creamy scrambled eggs with chives and topped with some toasted grasshopper ! How does it sound ? Appetizing ?  Eww…insect diet ? Dont panic. I don’t eat insects nor do I have any inclination to become an entomophagist (one who eat insects as food) in the future. Even if that means saving the last crumbs of my bread. However, it may arrive as an alternate diet for humans in near future, as per UN reports. Few days back I was […]

    Creamy scrambled eggs with chives and an insect diet ?

    Creamy scrambled eggs with chives and topped with some toasted grasshopper ! How does it sound ? Appetizing ?  Eww…insect diet ? Dont panic. I don’t eat insects nor do I have any inclination to become an entomophagist (one who eat insects as food) in the future. Even if that means saving the last crumbs of my bread. However, it may arrive as an alternate diet for humans in near future, as per UN reports. Few days back I was […]

  • I cook lots of sweets now a days (read post-marriage addiction). So when Sankranti festival is near how can I celebrate it without any sweets to adorn my table. To celebrate the occasion here we present – sweet potato jamuns or mishti aloo’r pantua as it is lovingly known in Bengal. This sweet potato jamuns were on my long list of “things to do”. I was always daunted by its multiple stages of cooking. With more patience and time I […]

    Mishti aloo’r pantua / sweet potato gulab jamun – Sankranti recipes

    I cook lots of sweets now a days (read post-marriage addiction). So when Sankranti festival is near how can I celebrate it without any sweets to adorn my table. To celebrate the occasion here we present – sweet potato jamuns or mishti aloo’r pantua as it is lovingly known in Bengal. This sweet potato jamuns were on my long list of “things to do”. I was always daunted by its multiple stages of cooking. With more patience and time I […]

  • Happy New Year 2014 ! Ringing in the new year with this simple yet flavorful and tasteful Indian breakfast – Pohe or poha as it is popularly known in India. Poha or pohe  is flattened rice or beaten rice,  dehusked rice and flattened into dry flakes. A convenient food, a travel snacks that will keep fresh for days and poor man’s staple when eaten just with plain water, curd or jaggery. It has the right amount of carb that will […]

    Indori poha / Flattened rice – Indian breakfast

    Happy New Year 2014 ! Ringing in the new year with this simple yet flavorful and tasteful Indian breakfast – Pohe or poha as it is popularly known in India. Poha or pohe  is flattened rice or beaten rice,  dehusked rice and flattened into dry flakes. A convenient food, a travel snacks that will keep fresh for days and poor man’s staple when eaten just with plain water, curd or jaggery. It has the right amount of carb that will […]

  • We are concluding the year on a sweet note. Next year will return with more delicious recipes. No self – introspection and retrospection for the year that is going to be history soon. Sometimes it is better to look forward only.  Do not forget to check our Christmas roundup on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !  Seasonal cleaning always unearthed some hidden forgotten secret things from my closet, like this decades old recipe diary written […]

    Apple cinnamon tea cake with brown sugar crumb topping

    We are concluding the year on a sweet note. Next year will return with more delicious recipes. No self – introspection and retrospection for the year that is going to be history soon. Sometimes it is better to look forward only.  Do not forget to check our Christmas roundup on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !  Seasonal cleaning always unearthed some hidden forgotten secret things from my closet, like this decades old recipe diary written […]

  • I need something sweet today that can be made easily without fretting too much, like this rawa kesari, to expel the unpleasant thoughts from my mind. After wasting my time for full 40 minutes glued before the idiot box and watching an awful food show, I seriously need something sweet to eat today. In anticipation that it will save my day and will make me feel better.  Anyway, it is a bad idea to start a blog post in terrible […]

    Rava kesari / Semolina / sooji ka halwa and tale of confused Indian gastronome

    I need something sweet today that can be made easily without fretting too much, like this rawa kesari, to expel the unpleasant thoughts from my mind. After wasting my time for full 40 minutes glued before the idiot box and watching an awful food show, I seriously need something sweet to eat today. In anticipation that it will save my day and will make me feel better.  Anyway, it is a bad idea to start a blog post in terrible […]

  • ” Soup is cuisine’s kindest course, it breathes reassurance,  dispels the distressing effect of cold winter days, it warms up your soul and fills your heart with hope. It comforts you, uplifts your mood and recharge you to face the life once again.”  These past two weeks have been really difficult for me,  filled with lots of pain and agony that life has suddenly decided to bless me with. Every problems and difficulties does not have solutions, you have to […]

    16 bean soup with smoked chorizo – a warm and hearty winter meal

    ” Soup is cuisine’s kindest course, it breathes reassurance,  dispels the distressing effect of cold winter days, it warms up your soul and fills your heart with hope. It comforts you, uplifts your mood and recharge you to face the life once again.”  These past two weeks have been really difficult for me,  filled with lots of pain and agony that life has suddenly decided to bless me with. Every problems and difficulties does not have solutions, you have to […]

  • To all my lovely readers, thanks for being patient and I acknowledge that I have been missing in action for two weeks. So this week we brought you our family special chicken curry, the regular one, without any frills attached, very simple, basic and yet heart warming chicken curry. Of late I was busy with the interior of my new home. It is more of renovating and redesigning and accompanying the new things in our house. Most of the home […]

    Sunday chicken curry Bengali style

    To all my lovely readers, thanks for being patient and I acknowledge that I have been missing in action for two weeks. So this week we brought you our family special chicken curry, the regular one, without any frills attached, very simple, basic and yet heart warming chicken curry. Of late I was busy with the interior of my new home. It is more of renovating and redesigning and accompanying the new things in our house. Most of the home […]

  • Hope you all had lovely Diwali holidays. As I was re organizing my book shelves,  I have come acrossed few old cookery books purchased by my mother, yellowed pages, dog-eared and notes written on them with pencil. These envelop size cookbooks are written by none other than Tarla Dalal, the recipe queen of India who has created some 17000 odd recipes that never failed in the kitchen. She might not reinvented the Indian cuisine or brought some new ideas to […]

    Shahi dum aloo – a winter delight

    Hope you all had lovely Diwali holidays. As I was re organizing my book shelves,  I have come acrossed few old cookery books purchased by my mother, yellowed pages, dog-eared and notes written on them with pencil. These envelop size cookbooks are written by none other than Tarla Dalal, the recipe queen of India who has created some 17000 odd recipes that never failed in the kitchen. She might not reinvented the Indian cuisine or brought some new ideas to […]

  • This season is perhaps the most colorful of all, specially if you stays in US and Europe.  Even in India, it is the festive time. Colorful vistas, hues of rich and vibrant color presents an enchanted visuals and to make it more sweeter and warmer, there is orange, red and green pumpkin and squash to make the holiday season more beautiful and enjoyable. My first brush with pumpkin as sweet dessert happened few years back when I was watching a […]

    Thinking pumpkin – bread, pies and spice recipe, Halloween roundup

    This season is perhaps the most colorful of all, specially if you stays in US and Europe.  Even in India, it is the festive time. Colorful vistas, hues of rich and vibrant color presents an enchanted visuals and to make it more sweeter and warmer, there is orange, red and green pumpkin and squash to make the holiday season more beautiful and enjoyable. My first brush with pumpkin as sweet dessert happened few years back when I was watching a […]

  • Subho bijoya and Happy Vijaydashmi to all my readers !  Like other Indian festivals, many stories surrounds this festival too. Dusshera is special one , as it celebrates triumph of good over evil …truth alone prevails…and it profess the importance of defeating evil in our lives.  I am not a religious person, but I love the essence of this festival. Tradition or no tradition, sweets are essential part of this festival. A sweet laden send off to Ma Durga who […]

    Celebrating dusshera with kaju barfi malai

    Subho bijoya and Happy Vijaydashmi to all my readers !  Like other Indian festivals, many stories surrounds this festival too. Dusshera is special one , as it celebrates triumph of good over evil …truth alone prevails…and it profess the importance of defeating evil in our lives.  I am not a religious person, but I love the essence of this festival. Tradition or no tradition, sweets are essential part of this festival. A sweet laden send off to Ma Durga who […]

  • Sarodiya Subhechha to all my Bengali readers and Happy Navratri to those who are celebrating it. This space was silent for more than a week because of our re location to India. Frequent relocations are not good, I tell you,  but it feels good to be back home again. In todays global world, however the word “home” has transgressed many boundaries though ! With a messy household and cluttered kitchen, my Durga pujo this year is far from anything that […]

    Mutton do pyaza – soaked in memories !!

    Sarodiya Subhechha to all my Bengali readers and Happy Navratri to those who are celebrating it. This space was silent for more than a week because of our re location to India. Frequent relocations are not good, I tell you,  but it feels good to be back home again. In todays global world, however the word “home” has transgressed many boundaries though ! With a messy household and cluttered kitchen, my Durga pujo this year is far from anything that […]

  • 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 […]

  • Life is all about experiments. The more you do, more it will make you better. Just like this whole wheat fruit and nut bar. Couple of years back when I started baking the cakes and pastries, I never imagined that one day I will experiment with different types of flour, that too with durum whole wheat flour. Till now I was using the regular recommended flour from the supermarkets, that are known to yield good results. I was happy at […]

    Whole wheat chocolate fruit and nut bar and is egg free

    Life is all about experiments. The more you do, more it will make you better. Just like this whole wheat fruit and nut bar. Couple of years back when I started baking the cakes and pastries, I never imagined that one day I will experiment with different types of flour, that too with durum whole wheat flour. Till now I was using the regular recommended flour from the supermarkets, that are known to yield good results. I was happy at […]

  • 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 […]

  • We are travelling again.  So will keep today’s post  short, sweet and simple, as the name suggests minty green chicken skewers. In another few hours we will be flying to other part of the country, into another world ! We are going to Yellowstone national park and from there we will drive to Arches in Utah and many more places. So if you want to trail behind us and would love to follow our adventure – filled days, then do join […]

    Murg hariyali kebab / Minty green chicken skewers

    We are travelling again.  So will keep today’s post  short, sweet and simple, as the name suggests minty green chicken skewers. In another few hours we will be flying to other part of the country, into another world ! We are going to Yellowstone national park and from there we will drive to Arches in Utah and many more places. So if you want to trail behind us and would love to follow our adventure – filled days, then do join […]

  • For the first time in my life, I forget that yesterday was India’s  Independence day. Having returned yesterday morning from my almost weeklong NYC trip and not been to Facebook  for a while (that’s how I catch up with latest news ), the day has slipped away from my mind. and strangely I felt no regret whatsoever. I don’t feel like making tiranga color dishes. Whats the point anyway ? I still remember my schooldays, when we used to celebrate the Independence […]

    Bombay Pav bhaji – Indian street foods

    For the first time in my life, I forget that yesterday was India’s  Independence day. Having returned yesterday morning from my almost weeklong NYC trip and not been to Facebook  for a while (that’s how I catch up with latest news ), the day has slipped away from my mind. and strangely I felt no regret whatsoever. I don’t feel like making tiranga color dishes. Whats the point anyway ? I still remember my schooldays, when we used to celebrate the Independence […]

  • Life is just a bowl of cherries. Deep toned . Cherry red color. Plump with shiny cheeks. Cherries are cute little sweet bombs. They entice you with their sweet whispers “pick me up ! pick me up, pretty please !”   You pop some in your mouth, dunk some in the brandy and chopped some in the brownies. Then an evil idea strike you. You put some cherries on a baking dish. Shower them with brown sugar. Sneak a stick […]

    Roasted cherry icecream – life is delicious

    Life is just a bowl of cherries. Deep toned . Cherry red color. Plump with shiny cheeks. Cherries are cute little sweet bombs. They entice you with their sweet whispers “pick me up ! pick me up, pretty please !”   You pop some in your mouth, dunk some in the brandy and chopped some in the brownies. Then an evil idea strike you. You put some cherries on a baking dish. Shower them with brown sugar. Sneak a stick […]

  • Today we are going to present a very special dessert from the city of Nizam’s – Hyderabadi qubani ka meetha aka Indian apricot fool (e) or pudding and one of Hyderabad’s special dessert, for which the city is known for. Summers are for peaches, berries and apricots. Apricots mature early than the others, fresh one has a hint of tang in them but I love their apricot y color and musky flavor.  The fruit is native to Armenia and the […]

    Hyderabadi qubani ka meetha / Indian apricot pudding or fool (e)

    Today we are going to present a very special dessert from the city of Nizam’s – Hyderabadi qubani ka meetha aka Indian apricot fool (e) or pudding and one of Hyderabad’s special dessert, for which the city is known for. Summers are for peaches, berries and apricots. Apricots mature early than the others, fresh one has a hint of tang in them but I love their apricot y color and musky flavor.  The fruit is native to Armenia and the […]

  • “ 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 […]

  • Few things are as irresistible as icecream chilled no bake cheesecake in the summer time. Sorry for striking through the ice cream. I know ice cream lovers will not pardon me. It was just to emphasize my point. So pardon me please ! In few words, please DO GIVE IT A TRY !   It goes by many names – simple no bake cheesecake – sound delicious !  no bake cheesecake tarts or tartlets – even better, no bake layer cheesecakes […]

    No bake lemon cheesecake with blueberries for summer – eggless and gelatin free

    Few things are as irresistible as icecream chilled no bake cheesecake in the summer time. Sorry for striking through the ice cream. I know ice cream lovers will not pardon me. It was just to emphasize my point. So pardon me please ! In few words, please DO GIVE IT A TRY !   It goes by many names – simple no bake cheesecake – sound delicious !  no bake cheesecake tarts or tartlets – even better, no bake layer cheesecakes […]

  • “Stressed spelled backward is dessert ” Coincidence ! I think not ! “ This week we will feature two summer special chilled dessert and yes both will be no bake treat ! Back in my own country, summers are highlighted by incredible variety of fresh and juicy mangoes. Being a devout chocolate lover by birth I was never a fan of fruit desserts, but over the years the seamless transgression of classic dessert soaked in fruity flavours has able to change my […]

    Strawberry yogurt cake – no bake chilled summer dessert

    “Stressed spelled backward is dessert ” Coincidence ! I think not ! “ This week we will feature two summer special chilled dessert and yes both will be no bake treat ! Back in my own country, summers are highlighted by incredible variety of fresh and juicy mangoes. Being a devout chocolate lover by birth I was never a fan of fruit desserts, but over the years the seamless transgression of classic dessert soaked in fruity flavours has able to change my […]

  • 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. […]

  • It gives me immense pleasure to share with you all that a short Q & A style interview of mine has appeared in Nari Sakhi, an online forum for women and many thanks to Laksmi, the editor of Nari Sakhi for showing interest in Saffronstreaks.  It was pleasurable experience answering their queries. Now, there is another exciting news, yeah todays post is double bonanza, you see ! It has just arrived – my first ever DSLR camera, it is Nikon […]

    Key lime pie spiked with chipotle jam and a short interview at Nari- sakhi

    It gives me immense pleasure to share with you all that a short Q & A style interview of mine has appeared in Nari Sakhi, an online forum for women and many thanks to Laksmi, the editor of Nari Sakhi for showing interest in Saffronstreaks.  It was pleasurable experience answering their queries. Now, there is another exciting news, yeah todays post is double bonanza, you see ! It has just arrived – my first ever DSLR camera, it is Nikon […]

  • Flip – flops ; short – shorts ; sun – glasses ; sun – screens ; sun-kissed – hair ; chill mojitos …. are you ready for the Summer party ? Summer is the perfect time for al fresco dining, barbecue evenings and lone star-gazing nights. Present here are five summer appetizers that will make your evenings more delightful and yummylicious ! 1) Barbecue chicken wings – you hear me right ! Chicken wings fried or baked ; barbecued or […]

    Five ultimate summer appetizers that you will love

    Flip – flops ; short – shorts ; sun – glasses ; sun – screens ; sun-kissed – hair ; chill mojitos …. are you ready for the Summer party ? Summer is the perfect time for al fresco dining, barbecue evenings and lone star-gazing nights. Present here are five summer appetizers that will make your evenings more delightful and yummylicious ! 1) Barbecue chicken wings – you hear me right ! Chicken wings fried or baked ; barbecued or […]

  • If music be the food of love, play on. ~William Shakespeare  In the midst of scorching heat, why I am inviting you to the bowl of hot and spicy stir fry ? Should nt I suppose to post few cool and calm smoothies, or salads or margaritas ! Yeah ! I love the last one. Unless my mind stops following the seasons or have some chemical malfunction in my head ! Or it could be that I have recently found an Oriental store […]

    Thai eggplants with cherry tomatoes – a quick stir fry with lots of basil

    If music be the food of love, play on. ~William Shakespeare  In the midst of scorching heat, why I am inviting you to the bowl of hot and spicy stir fry ? Should nt I suppose to post few cool and calm smoothies, or salads or margaritas ! Yeah ! I love the last one. Unless my mind stops following the seasons or have some chemical malfunction in my head ! Or it could be that I have recently found an Oriental store […]

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