Recipes Archive

  • 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 […]

  • 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 you are true blooded Bengali. Though this […]

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

    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 you are true blooded Bengali. Though this […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 other. However, I have met few non-fish eating Bengalis too and had listened to their woes, how they have been mercilessly […]

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

    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 other. However, I have met few non-fish eating Bengalis too and had listened to their woes, how they have been mercilessly […]

  • 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. […]

  • “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 how the Bengali spices gave way to foreign invasions, and why we cater the spiced up versions of Bengali food to the rest of the world. The austerity that surrounds the Bengali […]

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

    “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 how the Bengali spices gave way to foreign invasions, and why we cater the spiced up versions of Bengali food to the rest of the world. The austerity that surrounds the Bengali […]

  • 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 […]

  • Happy Thanksgiving to all those who are celebrating it. Though in India we have our own harvest festival called “Sankranti” where we thank God for the blessings of a good harvest, but two American holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween are catching up fast with the globe-trotting urban Indians. MNC’s too now a days host Thanksgiving lunch / dinner for their employees, thus bridging the gaps between two different cultures or may be a reason to lighten up the workloads.  Moreover 5-star […]

    Herb crusted turkey breast with sage butter and roasted garlic gravy

    Happy Thanksgiving to all those who are celebrating it. Though in India we have our own harvest festival called “Sankranti” where we thank God for the blessings of a good harvest, but two American holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween are catching up fast with the globe-trotting urban Indians. MNC’s too now a days host Thanksgiving lunch / dinner for their employees, thus bridging the gaps between two different cultures or may be a reason to lighten up the workloads.  Moreover 5-star […]

  • Today I am going to blog about this – Striped Sea Bass in mild coconut curry, the new fish on my chopping block. Sea Bass seems to be very popular, most loved and favoured fish among the sea food lovers. But to us (read Bongs, few Bengalis don’t like this term) any fish that can not adapt well to the waters condiments of  Kolkata can not survive on a Bengali fish platter. It has to first pass through the “Mustard Test”.  So, […]

    Striped Sea Bass in mild coconut curry

    Today I am going to blog about this – Striped Sea Bass in mild coconut curry, the new fish on my chopping block. Sea Bass seems to be very popular, most loved and favoured fish among the sea food lovers. But to us (read Bongs, few Bengalis don’t like this term) any fish that can not adapt well to the waters condiments of  Kolkata can not survive on a Bengali fish platter. It has to first pass through the “Mustard Test”.  So, […]

  • Eggplants, aubergine, brinjal, baingan, bengun or whatever you call it by any name, these purple veggie is my favourite among the others. At times I become little partial too. This is the one vegetable that had undergone lots of experimentation by me and had never complained. Take this eggplant biryani for an instance. Lightly tossed with fragrant long grain rice and burst of flavors from range of whole spices, this eggplant biryani is one pot delight, a light and quick-lunch. Serve […]

    Stuffed eggplant biryani and lecture on vegetarianism by Masterchef India

    Eggplants, aubergine, brinjal, baingan, bengun or whatever you call it by any name, these purple veggie is my favourite among the others. At times I become little partial too. This is the one vegetable that had undergone lots of experimentation by me and had never complained. Take this eggplant biryani for an instance. Lightly tossed with fragrant long grain rice and burst of flavors from range of whole spices, this eggplant biryani is one pot delight, a light and quick-lunch. Serve […]

  • It was fall and now winter is almost here knocking at my door. I told my smart phone to remind me once a day at least that I have to post a fall special recipe that will feature pumpkin or butternut squash as a star. I guess there is some unwritten law about it. But I keep forgetting it like the other things. I presumed my neurons are working fine or are they over exhausted? So next time I told OOM […]

    App-ing the roasted savory butternut squash pancakes

    It was fall and now winter is almost here knocking at my door. I told my smart phone to remind me once a day at least that I have to post a fall special recipe that will feature pumpkin or butternut squash as a star. I guess there is some unwritten law about it. But I keep forgetting it like the other things. I presumed my neurons are working fine or are they over exhausted? So next time I told OOM […]

  • My mom is an avid gardener. Whatever she sows it always grows beautifully. Our garden was always in full bloom because of her and on the other hand my knowledge of gardening starts and ends with these three words “watering the plants”. But I have never seen her fretting over too much in details like what fertiliser, insecticide or potting mix, mulch etc. I guess soil was naturally nutrient rich and only fertilizer that I have seen her adding to plants are […]

    Gujarati methi thepla and bateta nu shaak with homegrown methi leaves

    My mom is an avid gardener. Whatever she sows it always grows beautifully. Our garden was always in full bloom because of her and on the other hand my knowledge of gardening starts and ends with these three words “watering the plants”. But I have never seen her fretting over too much in details like what fertiliser, insecticide or potting mix, mulch etc. I guess soil was naturally nutrient rich and only fertilizer that I have seen her adding to plants are […]

  • I always had this aversion towards processed meat. There was something in the word “processed meat” that never able to convince me enough. May be because I was unsure of what goes inside it, or not sure of its packaging and not convinced enough of curing and processing the meat products. So for good many years I had deprived myself from the crispy and crunchy bacon and meaty sausages. In last few three-four years I had opened myself towards the […]

    Mexican ground chorizo with peas – copycat ing keema mutter

    I always had this aversion towards processed meat. There was something in the word “processed meat” that never able to convince me enough. May be because I was unsure of what goes inside it, or not sure of its packaging and not convinced enough of curing and processing the meat products. So for good many years I had deprived myself from the crispy and crunchy bacon and meaty sausages. In last few three-four years I had opened myself towards the […]

  • In the middle of deep prussian blue color Pacific ocean, lies a beautiful coral island called Bikini Atoll and beneath it lies the most exciting city of the world called Bikini bottom with a population of roughly around 500 plus. The city has structured government, various businesses, law enforcement system but what sets it apart is the most happening restaurant of our times Krusty Krab. And the sole signature dish of Krusty Krab is Krabby patties, though other variations were […]

    American Crab cakes the way Spongbob Squarepants makes krabby patties

    In the middle of deep prussian blue color Pacific ocean, lies a beautiful coral island called Bikini Atoll and beneath it lies the most exciting city of the world called Bikini bottom with a population of roughly around 500 plus. The city has structured government, various businesses, law enforcement system but what sets it apart is the most happening restaurant of our times Krusty Krab. And the sole signature dish of Krusty Krab is Krabby patties, though other variations were […]

  • Morning was bright and shiny, the air was crisp and the sky looks beautiful with islands of fluffy clouds scattered on it, just the way an early Autumn morning should feel fresh and crisp. But for past one week something was bothering me persistently. As the fresh gingerly flavor of morning tea wafts around the kitchen, I declared to DH that my heart skips the beats…. He smiled mischievously and before his mind raced along the wrong track, I warned […]

    Diwali snacks – Sweet potato tikki stuffed with spicy peas

    Morning was bright and shiny, the air was crisp and the sky looks beautiful with islands of fluffy clouds scattered on it, just the way an early Autumn morning should feel fresh and crisp. But for past one week something was bothering me persistently. As the fresh gingerly flavor of morning tea wafts around the kitchen, I declared to DH that my heart skips the beats…. He smiled mischievously and before his mind raced along the wrong track, I warned […]

  • “Sweety sweet potatoes, how I wonder what you are?” Through out my life I was eating pink-skinned sweet potato with creamy flesh inside. That is the way I could identify a sweet potato from other similar roots. Then  one day someone pointed out brown-skinned or more precisely beige-skinned sweet potato, usually called “shakarkand” in Hindi. “Shakar” means sweet and “kand” means root. Pink-skinned sweet potatoes are not common in every part of India.  So whenever we catch a glimpse of […]

    Chili spiked sweet potato and butternut squash soup

    “Sweety sweet potatoes, how I wonder what you are?” Through out my life I was eating pink-skinned sweet potato with creamy flesh inside. That is the way I could identify a sweet potato from other similar roots. Then  one day someone pointed out brown-skinned or more precisely beige-skinned sweet potato, usually called “shakarkand” in Hindi. “Shakar” means sweet and “kand” means root. Pink-skinned sweet potatoes are not common in every part of India.  So whenever we catch a glimpse of […]

  • For long carrots had advertised themselves as nutrient rich, low in calories, full of vitamins especially vitamin A which is good for our eyes and even better if we can eat them raw. As long as they are juicy, sweet and tender I can munch them often as I wish but hey am not rabbit ! who will eat carrot all day long. I mean the real carrots and not carats in diamond! So except munching them raw like rabbit […]

    Spicy carrot and ginger soup

    For long carrots had advertised themselves as nutrient rich, low in calories, full of vitamins especially vitamin A which is good for our eyes and even better if we can eat them raw. As long as they are juicy, sweet and tender I can munch them often as I wish but hey am not rabbit ! who will eat carrot all day long. I mean the real carrots and not carats in diamond! So except munching them raw like rabbit […]

  • Beetroot and me – we don’t gel quiet well. But recently DH took fascination for them. Much to my dismay, beetroot are his new-found love. When he cuts it into julienne for regular table salad, no doubt the long thin strips of beetroot looks devilishly appetizing. With a generous squeeze of fresh lemon all over it, which beautifully offset the sweetness of beetroot, and generous scattering of handful of crumbled feta, the salad was almost instant hit. But unfortunately for […]

    Vegetarian Borscht – Russian style beet root soup

    Beetroot and me – we don’t gel quiet well. But recently DH took fascination for them. Much to my dismay, beetroot are his new-found love. When he cuts it into julienne for regular table salad, no doubt the long thin strips of beetroot looks devilishly appetizing. With a generous squeeze of fresh lemon all over it, which beautifully offset the sweetness of beetroot, and generous scattering of handful of crumbled feta, the salad was almost instant hit. But unfortunately for […]

  • Let’s accept it. I never liked the green soups. Soups are not part of Indian diet but in my growing up years, my mom used to blend most of the vegetables in the blender, specially those on my hate list like spinach, spiced it up with Indian flavors and served us steaming hot on cold and rainy days . I was happy gulping down quickly as long as I don’t have to chew on the veggies. That was her way […]

    Creamy green pea and mint soup

    Let’s accept it. I never liked the green soups. Soups are not part of Indian diet but in my growing up years, my mom used to blend most of the vegetables in the blender, specially those on my hate list like spinach, spiced it up with Indian flavors and served us steaming hot on cold and rainy days . I was happy gulping down quickly as long as I don’t have to chew on the veggies. That was her way […]

  • In one word, this red lentil soup is hearty, healthy, vegan and deliciously warm and comforting. Bangalore is getting some rains at last, not that it should be the news, given that rest of India is still under the spell of Monsoon, but clouds in Bangalore simply loomed over it, downcast the city for days and not a single drop to shed. This red lentil soup is perfect for such cold rainy days, enjoy it with crusted bread or crackers, […]

    Red lentil soup with carrot and red bell peppers

    In one word, this red lentil soup is hearty, healthy, vegan and deliciously warm and comforting. Bangalore is getting some rains at last, not that it should be the news, given that rest of India is still under the spell of Monsoon, but clouds in Bangalore simply loomed over it, downcast the city for days and not a single drop to shed. This red lentil soup is perfect for such cold rainy days, enjoy it with crusted bread or crackers, […]

  • The weather is cool, the air is crisp, leafs are turning gold, days are getting shorter .  An unmistakable scent of autumn is in air and you know it is that time of the year again. Time for celebration, harvest, autumn festivals and also a hot-pot of steaming soup simmering on the hearth for long hours, time to spend the chilly evenings with something hot,comfortable and warm. So starting from today we are going to blog about simple and easy, […]

    Creamy potato and corn soup

    The weather is cool, the air is crisp, leafs are turning gold, days are getting shorter .  An unmistakable scent of autumn is in air and you know it is that time of the year again. Time for celebration, harvest, autumn festivals and also a hot-pot of steaming soup simmering on the hearth for long hours, time to spend the chilly evenings with something hot,comfortable and warm. So starting from today we are going to blog about simple and easy, […]

  • Plantains and green bananas are deceptively similar, with special emphasize on the word “deceptively”. I tell you why? Eons ago on a bright summer day, me and my roommate decided to venture into our local vegetable market, both of us in our late teens, and it was very first time we actually went to the market all by ourselves to buy anything, without the guidance of our parents. Well, they said “do it right the first time” and so when […]

    Kancha kala’r khosha bata / plantain skin mash

    Plantains and green bananas are deceptively similar, with special emphasize on the word “deceptively”. I tell you why? Eons ago on a bright summer day, me and my roommate decided to venture into our local vegetable market, both of us in our late teens, and it was very first time we actually went to the market all by ourselves to buy anything, without the guidance of our parents. Well, they said “do it right the first time” and so when […]