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  • 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, […]

  • A small news to share with you all. We have entered our nominations for ‪#‎Indiblogger‬ Award in two categories – Food and travel, the one that suits us best.  If you love saffronstreaks, then please share your opinions there, the link given above. Your testimonials might inspire the judgement in our favour. So do check the link and yes we are too shy to ask for the votes ! Before the week ends , here is my another fish recipe that I have […]

    Pan-seared Red Snapper in Vera cruz style

    A small news to share with you all. We have entered our nominations for ‪#‎Indiblogger‬ Award in two categories – Food and travel, the one that suits us best.  If you love saffronstreaks, then please share your opinions there, the link given above. Your testimonials might inspire the judgement in our favour. So do check the link and yes we are too shy to ask for the votes ! Before the week ends , here is my another fish recipe that I have […]

  • Many of you has asked me time and again, why there are few fish recipes in my blog, being a Bong , I admit this is almost a crime. So this week we will feature two fish recipes – a tilapia and a red snapper.   I have told you before how and why Bengali becomes fanatically obsessed with fish, not any fish, only Bengali fish.  And above all, a Bong should know thousand different ways to cook the same fish. […]

    Crispy tilapia in cilantro walnut sauce served with broccoli almond rice

    Many of you has asked me time and again, why there are few fish recipes in my blog, being a Bong , I admit this is almost a crime. So this week we will feature two fish recipes – a tilapia and a red snapper.   I have told you before how and why Bengali becomes fanatically obsessed with fish, not any fish, only Bengali fish.  And above all, a Bong should know thousand different ways to cook the same fish. […]

  • Before you start forming your opinions on today’s blog headline, let me stop you right there in your thought track … I know “fish hunting” is not the right word, but I could not find more appropriate word to tell you the story of my misadventures … Fish cannot live without water. A Bong can not live without fish. So what happens when a Bong arrives in a “phoreighn” land ? Arriving in a foreign country  in the early hours of morning is a bad idea. Unlike […]

    Tangra maach, mishti and more – fish “hunting” in America

    Before you start forming your opinions on today’s blog headline, let me stop you right there in your thought track … I know “fish hunting” is not the right word, but I could not find more appropriate word to tell you the story of my misadventures … Fish cannot live without water. A Bong can not live without fish. So what happens when a Bong arrives in a “phoreighn” land ? Arriving in a foreign country  in the early hours of morning is a bad idea. Unlike […]

  • VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL RECIPES DAY 3 ‘DINNER FOR TWO ‘ … And when he said ” AWESOME” !  perhaps few days back… I am not good in remembering dates ! All I remembered was this “his jubilant face and a biiiiiig happy smile on his face when he took the first bite of it, the chili spiked tilapia in mango sauce. The sparks in his eye was enough to tell me that I had done justice to this elegant dish. DH is my biggest critic and […]

    Chili-spiked tilapia dunked in zesty mango sauce – Asian inspired

    VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL RECIPES DAY 3 ‘DINNER FOR TWO ‘ … And when he said ” AWESOME” !  perhaps few days back… I am not good in remembering dates ! All I remembered was this “his jubilant face and a biiiiiig happy smile on his face when he took the first bite of it, the chili spiked tilapia in mango sauce. The sparks in his eye was enough to tell me that I had done justice to this elegant dish. DH is my biggest critic and […]

  • Growing up in a small hilly town had its own charm and limitations. With abundance of natural beauty, lush green forest, crystal clear natural streams, life always seems like to be in an extended holiday mood. Seasons were so beautiful, temperature never rose above 30 degrees C even in the hottest summer months, and monsoons imprisoned us in the cozy comfort of our home, and winter was cold , often we used to sit under the tall eucalyptus trees through which […]

    Cauliflower and shrimp curry – the Bengali way

    Growing up in a small hilly town had its own charm and limitations. With abundance of natural beauty, lush green forest, crystal clear natural streams, life always seems like to be in an extended holiday mood. Seasons were so beautiful, temperature never rose above 30 degrees C even in the hottest summer months, and monsoons imprisoned us in the cozy comfort of our home, and winter was cold , often we used to sit under the tall eucalyptus trees through which […]

  • News ! news ! Google is back with feedburner API ! Hurray ! Leaving the google and its API story, join me for lunch today right here over some hot and spicy shrimp and baby bok -choy stir fry – and I promise you, will serve you the best one only ! For a week nights dinner, stir fry recipes are the easiest one to cook, you can not go wrong with it. When you are in a hurry, even curry can take some time […]

    Shrimp with baby bok choy – stir fry at its best

    News ! news ! Google is back with feedburner API ! Hurray ! Leaving the google and its API story, join me for lunch today right here over some hot and spicy shrimp and baby bok -choy stir fry – and I promise you, will serve you the best one only ! For a week nights dinner, stir fry recipes are the easiest one to cook, you can not go wrong with it. When you are in a hurry, even curry can take some time […]

  • What are the two things that caught your fancy when someone mentions Kolkata ? maach ar mishti  (fish and sweets) and for the prabasis (migrants) like me, phuchka is the last word in Kolkata’s culinary scenario. You ask me why ? Having raised outside Bengal, the word “maach” / fish largely restricted itself to the big carps which am not so fond of, even though Rui kalia is something I would love to cherish any day but beyond that ? the world of fish literally ends […]

    Tel Koi or koi fish in mustard oil

    What are the two things that caught your fancy when someone mentions Kolkata ? maach ar mishti  (fish and sweets) and for the prabasis (migrants) like me, phuchka is the last word in Kolkata’s culinary scenario. You ask me why ? Having raised outside Bengal, the word “maach” / fish largely restricted itself to the big carps which am not so fond of, even though Rui kalia is something I would love to cherish any day but beyond that ? the world of fish literally ends […]

  •  Saffronstreaks wishes its readers who stops by “Very happy Bengali New Year” . If you are planning a Poila baisakh house party this weekend then do check our exclusive Bengali Cuisine Archive, and I am sure it will end your search for all the authentic Bengali recipes. This is just not an archive but repository of all the classic Bengali dishes that I have learnt and inherited from my mother and some are experimental too, and am sure it will be able to […]

    Fish in Bengali mustard sauce / sorshe diye macher jhaal

     Saffronstreaks wishes its readers who stops by “Very happy Bengali New Year” . If you are planning a Poila baisakh house party this weekend then do check our exclusive Bengali Cuisine Archive, and I am sure it will end your search for all the authentic Bengali recipes. This is just not an archive but repository of all the classic Bengali dishes that I have learnt and inherited from my mother and some are experimental too, and am sure it will be able to […]

  • Steamed hilsa flavoured with aam kasundi (aam kasundi diye ilish maach) is one of the classic way to enjoy this queen of fish called ilish / hilsa of which Bengalis are so fond of and emotionally attached too. Before we venture further into the recipe, let me give you a little insight into kasundi. Pure kasundi is also known as Bengali’s  mustard sauce made with black mustard seeds, Brassica juncea most commonly known as mustard greens, mustard oil, bit of […]

    steamed hilsa flavoured with aam kasundi – a bengali mango mustard sauce

    Steamed hilsa flavoured with aam kasundi (aam kasundi diye ilish maach) is one of the classic way to enjoy this queen of fish called ilish / hilsa of which Bengalis are so fond of and emotionally attached too. Before we venture further into the recipe, let me give you a little insight into kasundi. Pure kasundi is also known as Bengali’s  mustard sauce made with black mustard seeds, Brassica juncea most commonly known as mustard greens, mustard oil, bit of […]

  • There are many ways to fry the fish in Kerala style, but the one that I loved the most is wrapping the fish in Banana leaves and then smoked it or fried it on slow flame. During my short visit to Cochin, I have come across this dish several times, the subtle flavour of banana leaves and the spices will definitely amused you. Being the spice capital of the country, they uses lots of spices in their cooking, sometimes making […]

    fried fish in kerala style

    There are many ways to fry the fish in Kerala style, but the one that I loved the most is wrapping the fish in Banana leaves and then smoked it or fried it on slow flame. During my short visit to Cochin, I have come across this dish several times, the subtle flavour of banana leaves and the spices will definitely amused you. Being the spice capital of the country, they uses lots of spices in their cooking, sometimes making […]

  • …narkel ilish or hilsa (fish) steamed in coconut milk… I know, it sounds strange a little, but hilsa is one such fish which gives ample scope of experiments. Having attended some hilsa festival in the town, I got intrigued by the idea of using coconut milk in hilsa preparation. So this one purely crops up from my imagination and it left scope for improvisation.  This recipe is entirely inspired by another signature dish of Bengali cuisine - Prawn malai curry. […]

    narkel ilish

    …narkel ilish or hilsa (fish) steamed in coconut milk… I know, it sounds strange a little, but hilsa is one such fish which gives ample scope of experiments. Having attended some hilsa festival in the town, I got intrigued by the idea of using coconut milk in hilsa preparation. So this one purely crops up from my imagination and it left scope for improvisation.  This recipe is entirely inspired by another signature dish of Bengali cuisine – Prawn malai curry. […]

  • …durga puja special recipes… Mahasaptami te phulkopir dum, daab chingri ar kaju-kismis pulao Sometimes in late 90’s on a Navami afternoon we went to Aheli at Peerless Inn for a lavish buffet spread to satiate our quench for authentic Bengali cuisine.The theme was perfect, Bengali cuisine, dressed in traditional Bengali attire with live Rabindrasangeet, it was there that I was introduced to daab chingri – the headless prawns with their tails intact, bathed in rich creamy and velvety gravy, looks […]

    daab chingri and kaju kismis pulao

    …durga puja special recipes… Mahasaptami te phulkopir dum, daab chingri ar kaju-kismis pulao Sometimes in late 90’s on a Navami afternoon we went to Aheli at Peerless Inn for a lavish buffet spread to satiate our quench for authentic Bengali cuisine.The theme was perfect, Bengali cuisine, dressed in traditional Bengali attire with live Rabindrasangeet, it was there that I was introduced to daab chingri – the headless prawns with their tails intact, bathed in rich creamy and velvety gravy, looks […]

  • …poila baisakh special recipes… …Bhetki paturi or mustard seasoned bekti wrapped in plantain leaves… Bhetki macher paturi meaning fish seasoned with spices wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed, smoked or baked over a charcoal fire. This dish has its origin in Dhaka but now has become one of the signature dishes of Bengali cuisine. Use of banana leaves is very well-known in Asian cuisine specially in Thai cuisine where they uses the banana leaves to wrap the chickens and even in Caribbean cuisines. Other […]

    bhetki paturi

    …poila baisakh special recipes… …Bhetki paturi or mustard seasoned bekti wrapped in plantain leaves… Bhetki macher paturi meaning fish seasoned with spices wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed, smoked or baked over a charcoal fire. This dish has its origin in Dhaka but now has become one of the signature dishes of Bengali cuisine. Use of banana leaves is very well-known in Asian cuisine specially in Thai cuisine where they uses the banana leaves to wrap the chickens and even in Caribbean cuisines. Other […]

  • …poila baisakh recipes… …chital macher muthia or fish dumplings in ginger gravy… Chital macher muthia or fish dumplings in light onion-ginger gravy is again one of the classic delicacy from Bengali cuisine and is mainly the forte of Bangladeshis or the bangals (the east bengals) who excels in it. Personally I have never tried this dish because of its rarity in our local fish market in Bangalore but on my every visit to Kolkata my mom prepares this exotic dish. […]

    chital macher muthia

    …poila baisakh recipes… …chital macher muthia or fish dumplings in ginger gravy… Chital macher muthia or fish dumplings in light onion-ginger gravy is again one of the classic delicacy from Bengali cuisine and is mainly the forte of Bangladeshis or the bangals (the east bengals) who excels in it. Personally I have never tried this dish because of its rarity in our local fish market in Bangalore but on my every visit to Kolkata my mom prepares this exotic dish. […]

  • …Poila baisakh special recipes… …chingri malai curry or prawns / lobsters stewed in creamy coconut milk… On one of my regular visit to Mumbai, we once dined in Gajalee at Andheri which is very famous for its seafood. Food was excellent but only if they could increase the portion that was being served specially for the lobster that we had ordered. The dish was pricey too. Not satisfying and still wanting some more, the very next day we went to Andheri’s local fish […]

    chingri malai curry

    …Poila baisakh special recipes… …chingri malai curry or prawns / lobsters stewed in creamy coconut milk… On one of my regular visit to Mumbai, we once dined in Gajalee at Andheri which is very famous for its seafood. Food was excellent but only if they could increase the portion that was being served specially for the lobster that we had ordered. The dish was pricey too. Not satisfying and still wanting some more, the very next day we went to Andheri’s local fish […]

  • …bhapa chingri or steamed prawns in rich mustard sauce… This dish is similar to bhapa ilish (steamed hilsa) only you have to pep it up a little with some combination of spices. Shorshe bata (yellow mustard paste), posto bata (poppy-seed paste) and narkel bata (coconut paste) are the main ingredient and can be used in any proportion or omitted even to suit individual taste and palate. Some recipes also use curd in it. But I prefer it this way and […]

    bhapa chingri

    …bhapa chingri or steamed prawns in rich mustard sauce… This dish is similar to bhapa ilish (steamed hilsa) only you have to pep it up a little with some combination of spices. Shorshe bata (yellow mustard paste), posto bata (poppy-seed paste) and narkel bata (coconut paste) are the main ingredient and can be used in any proportion or omitted even to suit individual taste and palate. Some recipes also use curd in it. But I prefer it this way and […]

  • Cook yourself any kind of pasta this weekend and pep it up with rich creamy broccoli and shrimps. A yummy and tasty creamy broccoli with shrimp – a perfect companion for any kind of pasta. Ingredients: Shrimps: 3/4  cup Broccoli florets (small): 1 cup Garlic (minced): 1tsp Onions (finely chopped): 2tbsp Sour cream: 1/2 cup Milk: 1 cup Olive oil: 3tbsp Black pepper powder: 1/2tsp Salt to taste Method to Prepare: Clean, wash and de-vein the shrimps. Toss it with […]

    broccoli with shrimp

    Cook yourself any kind of pasta this weekend and pep it up with rich creamy broccoli and shrimps. A yummy and tasty creamy broccoli with shrimp – a perfect companion for any kind of pasta. Ingredients: Shrimps: 3/4  cup Broccoli florets (small): 1 cup Garlic (minced): 1tsp Onions (finely chopped): 2tbsp Sour cream: 1/2 cup Milk: 1 cup Olive oil: 3tbsp Black pepper powder: 1/2tsp Salt to taste Method to Prepare: Clean, wash and de-vein the shrimps. Toss it with […]

  • Steamed hilsa aka Bhapa ilish is one of my favorite dish among any hilsa cuisine and I simply can not get enough of this. Steamed hilsa (bhapa ilish) when soaked in rich yellow mustard (should be ground well to have a creamy look and consistency) and green chilli paste ,mixed with raw mustard oil looks highly appetizing. This is a very simple recipe, no brainer and hardly any seasonings required except salt and little turmeric to get that gorgeous color […]

    bhapa ilish

    Steamed hilsa aka Bhapa ilish is one of my favorite dish among any hilsa cuisine and I simply can not get enough of this. Steamed hilsa (bhapa ilish) when soaked in rich yellow mustard (should be ground well to have a creamy look and consistency) and green chilli paste ,mixed with raw mustard oil looks highly appetizing. This is a very simple recipe, no brainer and hardly any seasonings required except salt and little turmeric to get that gorgeous color […]

  • Hilsa recipe – II As I have said Hilsa is one versatile fish and you can literally do anything with that with outstanding results. One thing which I do not like in hilsa recipes is the usage of onions. It simply kills the taste of the fish. Well its again a personal matter of choice! Hilsa paturi or ilish macher paturi has emerged as one of the signature dish in the class and is mostly smoked in banana (plantain) leaves. […]

    hilsa paturi

    Hilsa recipe – II As I have said Hilsa is one versatile fish and you can literally do anything with that with outstanding results. One thing which I do not like in hilsa recipes is the usage of onions. It simply kills the taste of the fish. Well its again a personal matter of choice! Hilsa paturi or ilish macher paturi has emerged as one of the signature dish in the class and is mostly smoked in banana (plantain) leaves. […]

  • …continuing with the hilsa mania, last week we had a small hilsa festival at our home and I prepared the all time favorites - ilish macher paturi, bhapa ilish, and ilish mouli. It was a good catch weighing around 1.7 kg,  little over pricey but the taste was supreme. Well,  lets start with the hilsa fish head and tail.  The best recipe with fish head is ‘kochu saag diye ilish macher maatha‘ translate as fish head with Colocasia leaves. Those […]

    hilsa recipe

    …continuing with the hilsa mania, last week we had a small hilsa festival at our home and I prepared the all time favorites – ilish macher paturi, bhapa ilish, and ilish mouli. It was a good catch weighing around 1.7 kg,  little over pricey but the taste was supreme. Well,  lets start with the hilsa fish head and tail.  The best recipe with fish head is ‘kochu saag diye ilish macher maatha‘ translate as fish head with Colocasia leaves. Those […]

  • Crabs are one of the delicious seafood and they taste best when caught fresh and live. Nothing can beat the taste of steamed snow or king crab and fried soft-shelled blue crabs. Cleaning the crab is a bit difficult task, so better to depend upon the fishmongers to do this part but cooking a crab is very easy. Crushed peppercorns, garlic, red chillies and coconut are some of the ingredient that goes well with most of the crab recipes. Check […]

    goan crab curry

    Crabs are one of the delicious seafood and they taste best when caught fresh and live. Nothing can beat the taste of steamed snow or king crab and fried soft-shelled blue crabs. Cleaning the crab is a bit difficult task, so better to depend upon the fishmongers to do this part but cooking a crab is very easy. Crushed peppercorns, garlic, red chillies and coconut are some of the ingredient that goes well with most of the crab recipes. Check […]

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