Recipes Archive

  • 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 […]

  • Gota sheddho / casserole of whole lentils and boiled whole vegetables – a tradition reborn again. Cultural diversity gives India a unique flavour and richness. Often with in the same community or region, the differences in culture, traditions, rituals and beliefs are so divergent from each other giving a different entity altogether. Like in Bengal, where Ghotis (those originate in West Bengal) and Bangal culture (people of East Bengal before partition of India) are so different from each other that we […]

    Gota sheddho / casserole of whole lentils and boiled whole vegetables – traditions reinvented

    Gota sheddho / casserole of whole lentils and boiled whole vegetables – a tradition reborn again. Cultural diversity gives India a unique flavour and richness. Often with in the same community or region, the differences in culture, traditions, rituals and beliefs are so divergent from each other giving a different entity altogether. Like in Bengal, where Ghotis (those originate in West Bengal) and Bangal culture (people of East Bengal before partition of India) are so different from each other that we […]

  • Bangalore blue grape chutney : Chutney are chutneys. Accept as they are. Neither it is a spicy jam nor it is a dip or relishes. In fact chutneys in India are always being prepared fresh  and eaten fresh as condiment that beautifully complements the main meal. They are not (as claimed ) descended from the Medieval custom or practices of fruit relishes preserved with spices, sugar and vinegar. In fact chutneys are never meant for preserving the fruit or vegetables, for […]

    Bangalore blue grape chutney and jam

    Bangalore blue grape chutney : Chutney are chutneys. Accept as they are. Neither it is a spicy jam nor it is a dip or relishes. In fact chutneys in India are always being prepared fresh  and eaten fresh as condiment that beautifully complements the main meal. They are not (as claimed ) descended from the Medieval custom or practices of fruit relishes preserved with spices, sugar and vinegar. In fact chutneys are never meant for preserving the fruit or vegetables, for […]

  • Ranga aloo r rosher pitha / mishti aloo r pithe puli : Festivals are living museum of Nation’s culture and traditions. It is like a window to each other’s culture, rituals and traditions, especially in culturally diversified country like India, where each of the corner of the country celebrate Makar Sankranti in its own way, yet the ritualism and traditions are so different from each other and off course the wide array of food platter. Food has an incredible power […]

    Ranga aloo r rosher puli pithe / Sweet potato dumplings for Sankranti

    Ranga aloo r rosher pitha / mishti aloo r pithe puli : Festivals are living museum of Nation’s culture and traditions. It is like a window to each other’s culture, rituals and traditions, especially in culturally diversified country like India, where each of the corner of the country celebrate Makar Sankranti in its own way, yet the ritualism and traditions are so different from each other and off course the wide array of food platter. Food has an incredible power […]

  •   As sun transmigrates from one zodiac to another, season changes, life moves on and it is that time of the year again to say thank you to Mother earth for selflessly providing us with abundant harvest, shelter and bountiful of happiness. At the same time we must not forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but silently living by them, each day of the year. And on this auspicious day of Makar Sankranti we wishes everyone health, happiness […]

    Dudh puli pithe / rice dumplings stuffed with sweetened coconut – Sankranti special

      As sun transmigrates from one zodiac to another, season changes, life moves on and it is that time of the year again to say thank you to Mother earth for selflessly providing us with abundant harvest, shelter and bountiful of happiness. At the same time we must not forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but silently living by them, each day of the year. And on this auspicious day of Makar Sankranti we wishes everyone health, happiness […]

  • No bake chocolate tart – “… the stuff that dreams are made of, It’s the slow and steady fire It’s the stuff that dreams are made of It’s your heart and soul’s desire It’s the stuff that dreams are made of..” by Carly Simone A journey of thousand miles must begin with a single step and here we are stepping into the new year with new sunshine of hope, promises, happiness. New beginnings of thoughts, of words and new day […]

    No Bake chocolate tart with peanut buttercream frosting

    No bake chocolate tart – “… the stuff that dreams are made of, It’s the slow and steady fire It’s the stuff that dreams are made of It’s your heart and soul’s desire It’s the stuff that dreams are made of..” by Carly Simone A journey of thousand miles must begin with a single step and here we are stepping into the new year with new sunshine of hope, promises, happiness. New beginnings of thoughts, of words and new day […]

  • 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. […]

  • Happy Vijaydashami to all my lovely readers. Presenting here another simple but delicious festival special : Sabudana kheer or Sago pudding or Tapioca pearl pudding . “Solitude is the salt of person hood. It brings out the authentic flavour of every experience….” …and as we were waiting impatiently for our boat to return, I let myself completely immersed in the eclectic aura of the beach life at Railay beach of Phuket. The air was fresh and crisp that day, the […]

    Sago pudding or Thai style tapioca pearl pudding – Festival special

    Happy Vijaydashami to all my lovely readers. Presenting here another simple but delicious festival special : Sabudana kheer or Sago pudding or Tapioca pearl pudding . “Solitude is the salt of person hood. It brings out the authentic flavour of every experience….” …and as we were waiting impatiently for our boat to return, I let myself completely immersed in the eclectic aura of the beach life at Railay beach of Phuket. The air was fresh and crisp that day, the […]

  • After a long long while we are hosting a very promising food blogger who can weave magic with her words as well as with her baking skills. Please welcome Ms. Supriya Kutty of Quichentell. In the vast universe of food blogging, we often don’t come across with people who are good at writing as well as with culinary skills. So when she has approached me for doing a guest blogging, I happily agreed knowing that my readers will definitely love some new […]

    Gluten free spinach and mushroom quiche – a guest post by Supriya

    After a long long while we are hosting a very promising food blogger who can weave magic with her words as well as with her baking skills. Please welcome Ms. Supriya Kutty of Quichentell. In the vast universe of food blogging, we often don’t come across with people who are good at writing as well as with culinary skills. So when she has approached me for doing a guest blogging, I happily agreed knowing that my readers will definitely love some new […]

  • Say hello to September with these simple and delicious carrot coconut barfi. Have you noticed that you can now yum our recipe? Yes, we have recently joined Yummly the social sharing platform for food and recipes, and here is our publisher page.  September is the month of transition as Monsoon begins its retreat from larger part of the subcontinent, sun shines brightly against a deep blue azure sky announcing the onset of Autumn, and for us Indians it is also […]

    Carrot and Coconut barfi / fudge – easy festival recipe

    Say hello to September with these simple and delicious carrot coconut barfi. Have you noticed that you can now yum our recipe? Yes, we have recently joined Yummly the social sharing platform for food and recipes, and here is our publisher page.  September is the month of transition as Monsoon begins its retreat from larger part of the subcontinent, sun shines brightly against a deep blue azure sky announcing the onset of Autumn, and for us Indians it is also […]

  • Monsoon Magic with … Beets Ever since my Patna wali aunt served me “the beetroot curry” I had been running away from the beetroot since long until few good things happened in my life that had changed my perceptions about food in general, and especially the beetroots. Now I can not blame my poor aunt to make that awful beetroot curry, as that is the only way we Bong (Bengali) knows how to make aloo, beet ar gajar er dalna meaning […]

    Beetroot chops, cutlets and Monsoon magic

    Monsoon Magic with … Beets Ever since my Patna wali aunt served me “the beetroot curry” I had been running away from the beetroot since long until few good things happened in my life that had changed my perceptions about food in general, and especially the beetroots. Now I can not blame my poor aunt to make that awful beetroot curry, as that is the only way we Bong (Bengali) knows how to make aloo, beet ar gajar er dalna meaning […]

  • Beautiful things in life are often simple and elegant. There is beauty in simplicity, just like this Yakhni pulao, simple and pale but highly fragrant and full of flavours. Meat with bone in are marinated for long hours in yogurt and then boiled in enough water with variety of whole spices. The word Yakhni is derived from “akhin” which means broth or stock or shorba. The rice was then cooked in that fragrant broth together with the tender meat and together […]

    Mutton yakhni pulao

    Beautiful things in life are often simple and elegant. There is beauty in simplicity, just like this Yakhni pulao, simple and pale but highly fragrant and full of flavours. Meat with bone in are marinated for long hours in yogurt and then boiled in enough water with variety of whole spices. The word Yakhni is derived from “akhin” which means broth or stock or shorba. The rice was then cooked in that fragrant broth together with the tender meat and together […]

  • After a while… I am back here in my own little space. In the past year I had somehow managed to keep the stove warm enough so that you can enjoy the sporadic posts that I had manged to throw in here and there randomly. Six weeks back a little angel has arrived in our home and she has changed our lives forever. We are now proud parent of our sweet angel, yes we are blessed with a baby girl. […]

    Blackberry cobbler for the summery days and a new beginning

    After a while… I am back here in my own little space. In the past year I had somehow managed to keep the stove warm enough so that you can enjoy the sporadic posts that I had manged to throw in here and there randomly. Six weeks back a little angel has arrived in our home and she has changed our lives forever. We are now proud parent of our sweet angel, yes we are blessed with a baby girl. […]

  • For centuries people from different culture, countries had migrated to Calcutta and made the city their second home. For last three centuries, Calcutta remained the hotspot for mass migration for people who were seeking jobs, business opportunities and also for people who left their home countries in the wake of political and religious issues, thus seeking asylum in the city. In due course of time, flavours intermingles, criss crossing the geographical boundaries. From Mughals, Chinese to British, French and Dutch which later amalgamated […]

    Dhaba style Chicken Bharta – the Punjabi flavour to the cuisine of Kolkata

    For centuries people from different culture, countries had migrated to Calcutta and made the city their second home. For last three centuries, Calcutta remained the hotspot for mass migration for people who were seeking jobs, business opportunities and also for people who left their home countries in the wake of political and religious issues, thus seeking asylum in the city. In due course of time, flavours intermingles, criss crossing the geographical boundaries. From Mughals, Chinese to British, French and Dutch which later amalgamated […]

  • The queen of cakes and heartthrobs of many, the decadent black forest cake epitomizes the divinity of chocolate in its true spirit, this heavenly torte is dream of every bakers to whip up the best one possible. This fancy cake is layered with so many fascinating stories about its origin, tales that traveled across the globe from the sleepy town of Bad Godesberg near Bonn. Black forest cake is a fancy and dreamy chocolate genoise which is soaked in kirschwasser or cherry brandy […]

    Black forest cake for the love of life and chocolate – true bliss

    The queen of cakes and heartthrobs of many, the decadent black forest cake epitomizes the divinity of chocolate in its true spirit, this heavenly torte is dream of every bakers to whip up the best one possible. This fancy cake is layered with so many fascinating stories about its origin, tales that traveled across the globe from the sleepy town of Bad Godesberg near Bonn. Black forest cake is a fancy and dreamy chocolate genoise which is soaked in kirschwasser or cherry brandy […]

  • Bangalore is warming up to the new flavours in food and with that comes new ideas to entice the food lovers of the city. From farmers market to santhe and lunch soiree’s at the budding bohemian style cafes, the city is buzzing with lots of activities centered around food. The organic and healthy grains always scores better than the regular ones and looks very lucrative and the burlap covers somehow attested the seal of authenticity. This is a human nature […]

    Murgi’r aam kasundi / Chicken in mango mustard sauce and how to make aam kasundi

    Bangalore is warming up to the new flavours in food and with that comes new ideas to entice the food lovers of the city. From farmers market to santhe and lunch soiree’s at the budding bohemian style cafes, the city is buzzing with lots of activities centered around food. The organic and healthy grains always scores better than the regular ones and looks very lucrative and the burlap covers somehow attested the seal of authenticity. This is a human nature […]

  • Ethylene is a small hydrocarbon gas that many fruits and vegetables releases when they begin the process of ripening. Mature fruits are sweeter, softer and palatable. This is a natural process without any human intervention, and hence it is safe. But this healthy natural equation changes once we started to pluck the unripe fruits (to extract more monetary benefits out of it)  and then sprayed it with ethylene to accelerate the ripening process. This artificial ripening process ensure the cosmetic quality […]

    Sweet and hot ripe mango chutney and issues of food safety in India

    Ethylene is a small hydrocarbon gas that many fruits and vegetables releases when they begin the process of ripening. Mature fruits are sweeter, softer and palatable. This is a natural process without any human intervention, and hence it is safe. But this healthy natural equation changes once we started to pluck the unripe fruits (to extract more monetary benefits out of it)  and then sprayed it with ethylene to accelerate the ripening process. This artificial ripening process ensure the cosmetic quality […]

  • Summer Specials: Mangoes After spending a week in the lap of lustful Western ghats, I was back in Bangalore, rejuvenated but only to be drowned with fever and severe back pain that has puzzled my orthopedic even. Only therapy that I had not dared tried was  the acupuncture, may be the sight of  frightful needles had finally relieved me from the pain. In the meantime I had finished reading the book and watched the movie by the same name – […]

    Green mango and apple salad / kairi chaat

    Summer Specials: Mangoes After spending a week in the lap of lustful Western ghats, I was back in Bangalore, rejuvenated but only to be drowned with fever and severe back pain that has puzzled my orthopedic even. Only therapy that I had not dared tried was  the acupuncture, may be the sight of  frightful needles had finally relieved me from the pain. In the meantime I had finished reading the book and watched the movie by the same name – […]

  • Do you remember that kindergarten rhyme- “My house is red a little house, a happy child am I. I laugh and play the live long day. I hardly ever cry. I had a tree, a green green tree to shade me from the sun. Under which I often sit, when all my play is done.” I wonder when I have read last such innocent lines. One of the classic rhyme, I guess and I was so much in love with […]

    Enchor’er dalna / green jackfruit curry in Bengali style

    Do you remember that kindergarten rhyme- “My house is red a little house, a happy child am I. I laugh and play the live long day. I hardly ever cry. I had a tree, a green green tree to shade me from the sun. Under which I often sit, when all my play is done.” I wonder when I have read last such innocent lines. One of the classic rhyme, I guess and I was so much in love with […]

  • This recipe has appeared in Huffpost India If you are a morning person, the one who gets up early in the morning not to sweat at the gym or to do yoga in the patio but the one who can sniff at the sweet and spicy flavors coming from the neighborhood shops and with all the new-found enthusiasm that early morning unleashes on, get ready to search the markets and shops for the delicious breakfast spread, then in my humble opinion […]

    Radhaballavi / kachori and spicy aloo’r dum for Bengali new Year

    This recipe has appeared in Huffpost India If you are a morning person, the one who gets up early in the morning not to sweat at the gym or to do yoga in the patio but the one who can sniff at the sweet and spicy flavors coming from the neighborhood shops and with all the new-found enthusiasm that early morning unleashes on, get ready to search the markets and shops for the delicious breakfast spread, then in my humble opinion […]

  • An unleavened flatbread that has won the hearts of the people in the subcontinent and as far away as in the south-east Asia too, the paratha is one such food that requires no introduction. There is no two-way of making the dish but many ways to enjoy it as plain paratha with basic potato curry or as stuffed paratha with raita or chutney or as flaky paratha with curries or even with sugar sometimes. When it comes to Mughlai paratha, the very basic definition of paratha changes, […]

    Mughlai paratha / minced meat stuffed paratha from Kolkata

    An unleavened flatbread that has won the hearts of the people in the subcontinent and as far away as in the south-east Asia too, the paratha is one such food that requires no introduction. There is no two-way of making the dish but many ways to enjoy it as plain paratha with basic potato curry or as stuffed paratha with raita or chutney or as flaky paratha with curries or even with sugar sometimes. When it comes to Mughlai paratha, the very basic definition of paratha changes, […]

  • Fish kalia or rui / rohu macher kalia – a rich preparation of spicy and flavoured fish curry in Bengali style. Owing to the riverine geographical landscape of Bengal, fish always held a predominant status in Bengali’s life and culture. Much to the astonishment of many people, fish is considered auspicious here in Bengal. In marriage ceremonies, in festivals and pujas (religious practices) fish remains integral to our culture so much so that fish and Bengalis become synonym to each […]

    Rui maacher kaalia / bengali style fish curry – not the ordinary one

    Fish kalia or rui / rohu macher kalia – a rich preparation of spicy and flavoured fish curry in Bengali style. Owing to the riverine geographical landscape of Bengal, fish always held a predominant status in Bengali’s life and culture. Much to the astonishment of many people, fish is considered auspicious here in Bengal. In marriage ceremonies, in festivals and pujas (religious practices) fish remains integral to our culture so much so that fish and Bengalis become synonym to each […]

  • Tucked away in the corner of terrace, near the busy junction of metro station, housed in a century old building, the canteen was cozy and intimate, always brimming up with flavours of foods, gossips and music. Even at 6.30 in the morning you can find students waiting near the tiny counter for their morning cup of tea and singara (samosa).  And we used to enjoy special privileges as ours was the only classroom that was just next to the canteen. […]

    Bengali dimer devil / deviled eggs a la college canteen style

    Tucked away in the corner of terrace, near the busy junction of metro station, housed in a century old building, the canteen was cozy and intimate, always brimming up with flavours of foods, gossips and music. Even at 6.30 in the morning you can find students waiting near the tiny counter for their morning cup of tea and singara (samosa).  And we used to enjoy special privileges as ours was the only classroom that was just next to the canteen. […]

  • Chingri narkel bhorta -spicy shrimp mash with grated coconut, little help from mustard paste and lots of green chilies and generous drizzle of raw mustard oil to induce the kick in it. “Bengali cuisine is all about aroma and reticence” and with that Amit Chaudhuri in his Telling Tales went on to describe his discontent and  disappointment on the steady decline of Bengali food in modern days. How the beloved “hilsa, tangda and pabda” has changed over the years, and […]

    Chingri narkel bata / bhorta – a spicy shrimp mash and reconnecting back to our roots

    Chingri narkel bhorta -spicy shrimp mash with grated coconut, little help from mustard paste and lots of green chilies and generous drizzle of raw mustard oil to induce the kick in it. “Bengali cuisine is all about aroma and reticence” and with that Amit Chaudhuri in his Telling Tales went on to describe his discontent and  disappointment on the steady decline of Bengali food in modern days. How the beloved “hilsa, tangda and pabda” has changed over the years, and […]

  • In her book “Lean in: Women, work, and the will to lead” Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook has observed that ‘men attributes their success to innate qualities and skill, while women attributes their success to luck and help from others.’ Are women shying away from acknowledging their intelligence or any significant truth lies in the statement which flaunts the flaws of a patriarchal society? Women are intelligent (yes we can read maps), and men (not diamonds) are our best friends, we […]

    Mediterranean chickpeas couscous salad and why should women stop trying to be a superwoman

    In her book “Lean in: Women, work, and the will to lead” Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook has observed that ‘men attributes their success to innate qualities and skill, while women attributes their success to luck and help from others.’ Are women shying away from acknowledging their intelligence or any significant truth lies in the statement which flaunts the flaws of a patriarchal society? Women are intelligent (yes we can read maps), and men (not diamonds) are our best friends, we […]

  •                                                                 H A P P Y     H O L I  What could be the perfect recipe for Holi, the season of color announcing the onset of spring in a most vibrant way. Someone would just say “why? take some color, add water and apply to your near and […]

    Rosh bora / drunken lentil fritters for Holi

                                                                    H A P P Y     H O L I  What could be the perfect recipe for Holi, the season of color announcing the onset of spring in a most vibrant way. Someone would just say “why? take some color, add water and apply to your near and […]

  • ” Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” Wolfgang Puck … and it also release your stress much like painting and writing to sail through the emotional upheaval that at times simply numbed your senses. It was the time to follow the simple logic in life, leave it and move ahead, but a very difficult […]

    Spicy and tangy beetroot sauce – think beyond ketchup

    ” Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” Wolfgang Puck … and it also release your stress much like painting and writing to sail through the emotional upheaval that at times simply numbed your senses. It was the time to follow the simple logic in life, leave it and move ahead, but a very difficult […]

  • HOPE . FAITH . BELIEVE . LOVE  &  PEACE are going to be my guiding principle for this year and life afterwards. The year that was gone by perhaps the worst ever in my life but I have learned to pick up the pieces and move forward. Belief that comes from within that things will improve soon, it can’t rain forever, the seasons will change. Rebuilding my faith in life piece by piece, with more enthusiasm and rejuvenation I am […]

    Cream of red bell pepper soup for sunshiny days

    HOPE . FAITH . BELIEVE . LOVE  &  PEACE are going to be my guiding principle for this year and life afterwards. The year that was gone by perhaps the worst ever in my life but I have learned to pick up the pieces and move forward. Belief that comes from within that things will improve soon, it can’t rain forever, the seasons will change. Rebuilding my faith in life piece by piece, with more enthusiasm and rejuvenation I am […]

  • With new hopes, aspirations and resolutions we are welcoming 2015 on a spicy note. Well, little unconventional way to welcome the new year, but the season is waning, and so the winter fresh vegetables and before the season last, I want you to make this spicy lip smacking Indian mix vegetable pickle. Pickles do not hold a significant place in Bengali cuisine, but having spent most of my formative years in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh / Chattisgarh (in the news […]

    Indian mix vegetable pickle for winter

    With new hopes, aspirations and resolutions we are welcoming 2015 on a spicy note. Well, little unconventional way to welcome the new year, but the season is waning, and so the winter fresh vegetables and before the season last, I want you to make this spicy lip smacking Indian mix vegetable pickle. Pickles do not hold a significant place in Bengali cuisine, but having spent most of my formative years in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh / Chattisgarh (in the news […]

  • Spicy pan-fried taro roots, nice crispy and coated in spices, with hint of tanginess to it which I am so fond of and how I wish I could replicate the smoky flavours of roasted taro roots or kochu as we call it in Bengali.  Taro roots are monsoon produce but in my home these were never bought during monsoon because of me as I was sensitive or allergic to this roots. The monsoon rains makes it more allergic and I […]

    Sookhi arbi masala fry / pan fried spicy taro roots

    Spicy pan-fried taro roots, nice crispy and coated in spices, with hint of tanginess to it which I am so fond of and how I wish I could replicate the smoky flavours of roasted taro roots or kochu as we call it in Bengali.  Taro roots are monsoon produce but in my home these were never bought during monsoon because of me as I was sensitive or allergic to this roots. The monsoon rains makes it more allergic and I […]