Recipes Archive

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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