Recipes Archive

  • 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 […]

  • “Life is like a roller-caster ride. It has its ups and downs. But its your choice to scream or enjoy the ride.” By some sane unknown person. And honestly speaking I did scream out all the time. I did not enjoy the ride. Last few months were terrible for me, reasons were too personal to share. But with all honesty I mean it was really terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible. Thats five times and I guess it was enough. So, this time I am […]

    Spicy Sin Hoi baby corn for Monsoon

    “Life is like a roller-caster ride. It has its ups and downs. But its your choice to scream or enjoy the ride.” By some sane unknown person. And honestly speaking I did scream out all the time. I did not enjoy the ride. Last few months were terrible for me, reasons were too personal to share. But with all honesty I mean it was really terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible. Thats five times and I guess it was enough. So, this time I am […]

  • Long before the world declares its undying love for Sriracha, the rooster sauce from California, the quiet dingy lanes in the tanneries of erstwhile Calcutta was silently cooking up pot of hot garlic sauce which in due course of time has transformed the regular chicken, prawns and pork dishes to taste extraordinaire. Though the heat was too much for the sweet loving babus of Kolkata but none the less it was able to make a lasting impression on the culinary […]

    Homemade hot chilli garlic sauce and forget your sriracha

    Long before the world declares its undying love for Sriracha, the rooster sauce from California, the quiet dingy lanes in the tanneries of erstwhile Calcutta was silently cooking up pot of hot garlic sauce which in due course of time has transformed the regular chicken, prawns and pork dishes to taste extraordinaire. Though the heat was too much for the sweet loving babus of Kolkata but none the less it was able to make a lasting impression on the culinary […]

  • 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 […]

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