> Vegetarian Sides Archive

  • 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 […]

  • If music be the food of love, play on. ~William Shakespeare  In the midst of scorching heat, why I am inviting you to the bowl of hot and spicy stir fry ? Should nt I suppose to post few cool and calm smoothies, or salads or margaritas ! Yeah ! I love the last one. Unless my mind stops following the seasons or have some chemical malfunction in my head ! Or it could be that I have recently found an Oriental store […]

    Thai eggplants with cherry tomatoes – a quick stir fry with lots of basil

    If music be the food of love, play on. ~William Shakespeare  In the midst of scorching heat, why I am inviting you to the bowl of hot and spicy stir fry ? Should nt I suppose to post few cool and calm smoothies, or salads or margaritas ! Yeah ! I love the last one. Unless my mind stops following the seasons or have some chemical malfunction in my head ! Or it could be that I have recently found an Oriental store […]

  • Couple of days back, a reader wrote on the wall of Facebook page of  a prominent blogger that her post are too heavy with prose. Obviously we felt bad about that and at the same time it gave me enough food for thought to ponder on this topic. Today’s post is all about nailing the dilemma of writing “prose or no prose“. In the mid 90’s or early 2000’s when the concept of blogging was taking shape, it was more like keeping […]

    Sajne data chorchori / drumsticks with vegetables in Bengali style

    Couple of days back, a reader wrote on the wall of Facebook page of  a prominent blogger that her post are too heavy with prose. Obviously we felt bad about that and at the same time it gave me enough food for thought to ponder on this topic. Today’s post is all about nailing the dilemma of writing “prose or no prose“. In the mid 90’s or early 2000’s when the concept of blogging was taking shape, it was more like keeping […]

  •   When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. # John Ruskin  Masterpiece recipes are difficult to recreate, it is that delicate balance of flavor, taste and texture that we all strive to achieve in cooking or in art and also in life. Mochar ghonto is one such classic dish from Bengali cuisine, repertoire of few but loved by many if not all.  Though I am yet to come across a person who does not love this dish. Mochar ghonto or banana blossom stir fry is unanimously […]

    Bengali Mochar ghonto / Stir fried banana blossoms

      When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. # John Ruskin  Masterpiece recipes are difficult to recreate, it is that delicate balance of flavor, taste and texture that we all strive to achieve in cooking or in art and also in life. Mochar ghonto is one such classic dish from Bengali cuisine, repertoire of few but loved by many if not all.  Though I am yet to come across a person who does not love this dish. Mochar ghonto or banana blossom stir fry is unanimously […]

  •   Have you entered the GIVEAWAY yet ? Bengali women are perceived to be dominant, be it in *** or in living room discussions, they never refrain from showing their intellectual and cooking prowess, from music, cinema, sports, cooking to political debates, they have their say in everything and that they do with utmost conviction. As soon as a guest entered a Bengali household, the women take the centre stage,  they will never quietly parcel the foods from kitchen and […]

    Aloo posto and why a bengali girl can not be a vegetarian !

      Have you entered the GIVEAWAY yet ? Bengali women are perceived to be dominant, be it in *** or in living room discussions, they never refrain from showing their intellectual and cooking prowess, from music, cinema, sports, cooking to political debates, they have their say in everything and that they do with utmost conviction. As soon as a guest entered a Bengali household, the women take the centre stage,  they will never quietly parcel the foods from kitchen and […]

  • ” You throw away the turnip greens ? I asked. Oh..ya anyway who eat those leafy things, they are best suited as cattle’s fodder ! ” Well in India cattle could gorge on anything that is available right under their nose but I could not believe what I have just heard from Mrs K.  No I will not write her full name here, even though she does not reads my blog posts but I have the feeling that she might got negative vibes from me.  I have told […]

    Stir fried garlic – y turnip greens and the yellow lentil soup / dals

    ” You throw away the turnip greens ? I asked. Oh..ya anyway who eat those leafy things, they are best suited as cattle’s fodder ! ” Well in India cattle could gorge on anything that is available right under their nose but I could not believe what I have just heard from Mrs K.  No I will not write her full name here, even though she does not reads my blog posts but I have the feeling that she might got negative vibes from me.  I have told […]

  • And so you thought Indian dishes are only about curries , cooked in undisclosed number of spices, and it is either red or yellow in color ? I was surprised and baffled at the same time, do not know how to answer the person who seems to believe in the curried version of Indian cuisines  which is sorely oft-repeated and now reflects Indian cuisine at international level. Hello there, Welcome to extravagant world of Indian cuisines, we have not one or two dishes but whole gamut of […]

    Stir fried ivy gourd / tindora with crushed peanuts and coconut

    And so you thought Indian dishes are only about curries , cooked in undisclosed number of spices, and it is either red or yellow in color ? I was surprised and baffled at the same time, do not know how to answer the person who seems to believe in the curried version of Indian cuisines  which is sorely oft-repeated and now reflects Indian cuisine at international level. Hello there, Welcome to extravagant world of Indian cuisines, we have not one or two dishes but whole gamut of […]

  • Note : To all my readers and subscribers, today morning I observed that the feedburner is showing zero readers, probably due to Google API failure. There is nothing at the moment I can do to fix it up, except waiting for few more days and hoping that it will soon get rectified. But I have checked that the feeds are working and delivering the post, so if you really like my blog and wish to subscribe it, then go ahead […]

    subzi diwani handi / Indian mix vegetable curry aka motimahal style

    Note : To all my readers and subscribers, today morning I observed that the feedburner is showing zero readers, probably due to Google API failure. There is nothing at the moment I can do to fix it up, except waiting for few more days and hoping that it will soon get rectified. But I have checked that the feeds are working and delivering the post, so if you really like my blog and wish to subscribe it, then go ahead […]

  • “Mulling the notion of “cooked with love,” or “made with love.”  Can “Love” influence the result of cooking? If so, how? Is it measurable? ” that’s how the thread started on social network forum, opinions poured in, some reveals that they use love potion in their cooking, some begged to differ and others streamed the discussion to a different channel. This made me thinking that though we often used the term loosely to some extent but does it really influenced […]

    Thai style stir fried tofu with basil

    “Mulling the notion of “cooked with love,” or “made with love.”  Can “Love” influence the result of cooking? If so, how? Is it measurable? ” that’s how the thread started on social network forum, opinions poured in, some reveals that they use love potion in their cooking, some begged to differ and others streamed the discussion to a different channel. This made me thinking that though we often used the term loosely to some extent but does it really influenced […]

  • Aloo kofta curry is very special to me not because that it is my Ma’s one of the savoured recipe but because it is simple and minimalist too, nothing fancy and many a times it acts as saviour against some un announced guest or on weekday’s dinner after work when suddenly I realized we had nothing at home except potatoes, stupefied at being so inefficient , and after a long-distance call later at some ungodly hours to my Mom, aloo kofta arrived in its full attire. […]

    aloo kofta / potato kofta curry or dumplings in tangy tomato – yogurt sauce

    Aloo kofta curry is very special to me not because that it is my Ma’s one of the savoured recipe but because it is simple and minimalist too, nothing fancy and many a times it acts as saviour against some un announced guest or on weekday’s dinner after work when suddenly I realized we had nothing at home except potatoes, stupefied at being so inefficient , and after a long-distance call later at some ungodly hours to my Mom, aloo kofta arrived in its full attire. […]

  • Last weekend I went to do some food prop shopping, just wanted to add a piece or two in my growing white collection. Now, dont raise your eyebrow, I know what you are thinking, well..well..I am learning to take some good photo shots and currently being obsessed with food photography. Whether you are an amateur or a pro photographer, shopping for food props is something very difficult to resist, at least for me as I have an undying penchant for crockerys. […]

    Herbed falafel in rich almond sauce – an Indian twist

    Last weekend I went to do some food prop shopping, just wanted to add a piece or two in my growing white collection. Now, dont raise your eyebrow, I know what you are thinking, well..well..I am learning to take some good photo shots and currently being obsessed with food photography. Whether you are an amateur or a pro photographer, shopping for food props is something very difficult to resist, at least for me as I have an undying penchant for crockerys. […]

  • It was a long silent winter night with moon shone brightly in the dark sky flirting with zillions of stars, we were on a road trip winding our ways through the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, the central state of India, where the big wild cats occasionally meets and greets you, just like on a wild safari trip, dotted with some tribal villages along its rustic paths, a strong waft of charred eggplants rustles up its way towards us, leaving us […]

    Baingan ka bharta goes Mediterranean

    It was a long silent winter night with moon shone brightly in the dark sky flirting with zillions of stars, we were on a road trip winding our ways through the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, the central state of India, where the big wild cats occasionally meets and greets you, just like on a wild safari trip, dotted with some tribal villages along its rustic paths, a strong waft of charred eggplants rustles up its way towards us, leaving us […]

  • From instant noodles to thick and greasy chowmein India laps it all in the name of Chinese cuisine to maintain the status quo of “hindi chini bhai bhai” though we had several incursion in our homeland from across the borders like a daily dose of gobi manchurian peppered with Indian spices. In early 60’s or 70’s it was quiet fashionable to have Chinese cuisine almost a status symbol and many fancy restaurants took pride in their sizzlers and noodles greased […]

    fried rice and veg manchurian for the desi chinese

    From instant noodles to thick and greasy chowmein India laps it all in the name of Chinese cuisine to maintain the status quo of “hindi chini bhai bhai” though we had several incursion in our homeland from across the borders like a daily dose of gobi manchurian peppered with Indian spices. In early 60’s or 70’s it was quiet fashionable to have Chinese cuisine almost a status symbol and many fancy restaurants took pride in their sizzlers and noodles greased […]

  • In today’s futuristic world where we dreams of matrix’s, where every thing goes nano-tech, beyond our imaginations, sometimes beyond our comprehension too, I am urging you to have a sneak peek into the past, if history ever appeals to you some 500 years back into the shahi bawarchi khana or the royal Kitchen of Mughals,  somewhere in Delhi where shahi khansama or the royal chefs were struggling hard to please the tantrums of Badshahs overcoming their worst nightmares or for […]

    Navratan korma from the court of mughals

    In today’s futuristic world where we dreams of matrix’s, where every thing goes nano-tech, beyond our imaginations, sometimes beyond our comprehension too, I am urging you to have a sneak peek into the past, if history ever appeals to you some 500 years back into the shahi bawarchi khana or the royal Kitchen of Mughals,  somewhere in Delhi where shahi khansama or the royal chefs were struggling hard to please the tantrums of Badshahs overcoming their worst nightmares or for […]

  • If you love cauliflower, then this is for you. Though it may sound little different, but if you are a Bong / Bengali then you might have guessed it, that this recipe of cauliflower is an adaptation of another signature dish of Bengal ” chingri malaikari” or shrimps in coconut milk. Unlike sea foods where coconut seems to marries so well that it becomes most delectable combo in the cuisine world, cauliflower with coconut will take you by surprise and […]

    phulkopir malaikari or cauliflower stewed in coconut milk

    If you love cauliflower, then this is for you. Though it may sound little different, but if you are a Bong / Bengali then you might have guessed it, that this recipe of cauliflower is an adaptation of another signature dish of Bengal ” chingri malaikari” or shrimps in coconut milk. Unlike sea foods where coconut seems to marries so well that it becomes most delectable combo in the cuisine world, cauliflower with coconut will take you by surprise and […]

  • Pickling as we all know is a process of preserving or marinating the fruits or vegetables in a brine or vinegar based solution, but in India which can be easily called as land of pickles, here pickling is not water based but oil based which is infused with lots of aromatic spices and set to maturer for months in large porcelain jars which we called barni. As the culture and tradition in India varies from one region to another, so […]

    achari baingan or baby eggplants in pickling spices

    Pickling as we all know is a process of preserving or marinating the fruits or vegetables in a brine or vinegar based solution, but in India which can be easily called as land of pickles, here pickling is not water based but oil based which is infused with lots of aromatic spices and set to maturer for months in large porcelain jars which we called barni. As the culture and tradition in India varies from one region to another, so […]

  • When I said Indo-Chinese style, you must have guessed it right, a fusion of Indian and Chinese cuisine, whereby Chinese  dishes are adapted to suit Indian taste, but what about cabbage manchurian ? When it comes to manchurian, gobi, paneer, chicken and fish all lined up in the series of possibilities, delectable no doubt and way different from the real cuisine of Manchuria, a province in China. But who cares ? as long as the combo of soy and tomato sauce works their way […]

    cabbage manchurian rolls – in Indo-Chinese style

    When I said Indo-Chinese style, you must have guessed it right, a fusion of Indian and Chinese cuisine, whereby Chinese  dishes are adapted to suit Indian taste, but what about cabbage manchurian ? When it comes to manchurian, gobi, paneer, chicken and fish all lined up in the series of possibilities, delectable no doubt and way different from the real cuisine of Manchuria, a province in China. But who cares ? as long as the combo of soy and tomato sauce works their way […]

  • This recipe of shahi paneer malai kofta has been selected as the 200 best shahi paneer recipes on the net by Easy Indian Recipes. Please vote for it, at number 81. The voting link is here.  Updated : This post has been re-edited and updated with new photographs. We have recently made this paneer malai kofta for my guest and everyone loved it so much, hence thought of sharing some new photographs with you all. This is the one dish which never fails me, […]

    Indian shahi paneer malai kofta in my signature style

    This recipe of shahi paneer malai kofta has been selected as the 200 best shahi paneer recipes on the net by Easy Indian Recipes. Please vote for it, at number 81. The voting link is here.  Updated : This post has been re-edited and updated with new photographs. We have recently made this paneer malai kofta for my guest and everyone loved it so much, hence thought of sharing some new photographs with you all. This is the one dish which never fails me, […]

  • After consistently blogging for few months I was forced to take another blogging break for two weeks, which was both un foreseen and unavoidable at the same time. I never expected that my OS will be brought down by a virus after securing the network with so many anti-viruses and multiple layers of firewalls, but it seems to be a newly launched virus which so cunningly able to fool Norton and even Kaspersky and sneaks through the Symantec. It corrupt […]

    begun basanti / eggplants in mustard sauce bengali style

    After consistently blogging for few months I was forced to take another blogging break for two weeks, which was both un foreseen and unavoidable at the same time. I never expected that my OS will be brought down by a virus after securing the network with so many anti-viruses and multiple layers of firewalls, but it seems to be a newly launched virus which so cunningly able to fool Norton and even Kaspersky and sneaks through the Symantec. It corrupt […]

  •   This post has been re-edited, updated and re – published with new photograph . Who doesn’t love paneer makhani ? The omnipresent dish in homes and restaurants is a classic from traditional north Indian cuisine whereby soft and velvety cubes of paneer simmered in luxuriant rich and creamy tomato gravy, not too spicy but with a note of sweetness and hint of kasoori methi which lends an exotic touch to the dish, making it irresistible and highly delectable. It […]

    paneer makhani / Indian paneer butter masala

      This post has been re-edited, updated and re – published with new photograph . Who doesn’t love paneer makhani ? The omnipresent dish in homes and restaurants is a classic from traditional north Indian cuisine whereby soft and velvety cubes of paneer simmered in luxuriant rich and creamy tomato gravy, not too spicy but with a note of sweetness and hint of kasoori methi which lends an exotic touch to the dish, making it irresistible and highly delectable. It […]

  • I was introduced to this lovely dish of chanar kalia by the Bengali restaurants , where it is always served as a vegetarian delicacy and must have on lavish buffet spread that these restaurants often boast off and believe me, I was seriously bowled over by its sheer taste and flavour. This is generally not the usual way to prepare chanar kalia at home, but I must say this is one of the dish you must try at home. Chana […]

    bengali chanar kalia – curried cheese dumplings restaurant style

    I was introduced to this lovely dish of chanar kalia by the Bengali restaurants , where it is always served as a vegetarian delicacy and must have on lavish buffet spread that these restaurants often boast off and believe me, I was seriously bowled over by its sheer taste and flavour. This is generally not the usual way to prepare chanar kalia at home, but I must say this is one of the dish you must try at home. Chana […]

  • Of late I am little inclined towards this shiny purple vegetable called eggplant which caught my fascination towards it and it has finally dawned upon me when I realize that this is the most oft-repeated veggie in my kitchen. This may streams from the fact that eggplants are perhaps the most versatile veggie in the market and one can cook it in endless possible ways. You can really go creative with it. Eggplants can be braised, fried, curried, roasted, mashed, […]

    Braised eggplants in tamarind sauce – dakshini style

    Of late I am little inclined towards this shiny purple vegetable called eggplant which caught my fascination towards it and it has finally dawned upon me when I realize that this is the most oft-repeated veggie in my kitchen. This may streams from the fact that eggplants are perhaps the most versatile veggie in the market and one can cook it in endless possible ways. You can really go creative with it. Eggplants can be braised, fried, curried, roasted, mashed, […]

  • Updated : This post has been re -edited, re- photographed and re-published. We are so pleased to announce  that this recipe of Mirchi ka salan has been cited as referral on Wikipedia, and unfortunately we do not know who has referred it there, must be one of our valued reader. Getting a linkback from Wikipedia is consider as a mark of authentication and genuinity and for that we thank you all for loving it, for recommending it to others and we convey […]

    Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan / Curried chillies in a nutty sauce

    Updated : This post has been re -edited, re- photographed and re-published. We are so pleased to announce  that this recipe of Mirchi ka salan has been cited as referral on Wikipedia, and unfortunately we do not know who has referred it there, must be one of our valued reader. Getting a linkback from Wikipedia is consider as a mark of authentication and genuinity and for that we thank you all for loving it, for recommending it to others and we convey […]

  • Haryali methi chaman or Fenugreek flavoured Indian cottage cheese is a highly fragrant and flavourful dish from the beautiful valley of Kashmir. It is mainly the forte of Kashmiri pandits for whom the food is a part of their ethnic identity, and avoids mainly onion, garlic and tomatoes and off course any non-veg items. In Kashmir, it is usually pronounced as tsaman (paneer / Indian cottage cheese) which eventually become chaman for the rest of India. You might be wondering […]

    Haryali methi chaman – Bombay Post style

    Haryali methi chaman or Fenugreek flavoured Indian cottage cheese is a highly fragrant and flavourful dish from the beautiful valley of Kashmir. It is mainly the forte of Kashmiri pandits for whom the food is a part of their ethnic identity, and avoids mainly onion, garlic and tomatoes and off course any non-veg items. In Kashmir, it is usually pronounced as tsaman (paneer / Indian cottage cheese) which eventually become chaman for the rest of India. You might be wondering […]

  • Ginger flavoured cream of potato curry – a very simple Indian recipe, mildly flavoured and subtly sweet. This recipe features new baby potatoes, a fresh produce during the winter, simmering in freshly pressed coconut milk. Roasted root ginger gives a refreshing aroma to the dish and freshly squeezed lemon liven up this simple but tasty potato curry. Whenever I picked up these cute baby potatoes, I end up doing dum aloo (a very popular Indian potato curry recipe), twisting it […]

    cream of potato curry

    Ginger flavoured cream of potato curry – a very simple Indian recipe, mildly flavoured and subtly sweet. This recipe features new baby potatoes, a fresh produce during the winter, simmering in freshly pressed coconut milk. Roasted root ginger gives a refreshing aroma to the dish and freshly squeezed lemon liven up this simple but tasty potato curry. Whenever I picked up these cute baby potatoes, I end up doing dum aloo (a very popular Indian potato curry recipe), twisting it […]

  • Palak paneer or spinach with cottage cheese needs no introduction, a hot favourite among north Indian cuisine and is omnipresent throughout the country in its different avatars. Spinach and cheese are simply made for each other, so when ever I picked fresh bunch of spinach, I end up doing palak paneer though tweaking it every time. This recipe of palak paneer / spinach with cheese uses cilantro as one of the ingredient but is purely optional. Here is my version […]

    palak paneer

    Palak paneer or spinach with cottage cheese needs no introduction, a hot favourite among north Indian cuisine and is omnipresent throughout the country in its different avatars. Spinach and cheese are simply made for each other, so when ever I picked fresh bunch of spinach, I end up doing palak paneer though tweaking it every time. This recipe of palak paneer / spinach with cheese uses cilantro as one of the ingredient but is purely optional. Here is my version […]

  • Update : This post has been re-edited, re-photographed and re-published. Time and again, life has reconnected me to this city of Nizam in some strange ways. It was almost a decade back when I re traced my journey to Hyderabad, but this time I decided to stay in the city for few years, thus making it my second home. There are lots of memories of this bi-religious city, and most of them are inclined towards food and food only. Quiet […]

    Hyderabadi bagara baingan

    Update : This post has been re-edited, re-photographed and re-published. Time and again, life has reconnected me to this city of Nizam in some strange ways. It was almost a decade back when I re traced my journey to Hyderabad, but this time I decided to stay in the city for few years, thus making it my second home. There are lots of memories of this bi-religious city, and most of them are inclined towards food and food only. Quiet […]

  • Rajasthani cuisine is known for its unique flavor, the use of hing or asafoetida and amchur or mango powder is must in most of the cases, red chillies are used generously giving a strong and pungent flavour. The cuisine reflects the climate and topography of Rajasthan, scarcity of water and paucity of vegetables give births to some of the unique dishes which are not known elsewhere. If you have been to Rajasthan or have tasted Rajasthani thali (meal), then you […]

    gatte ka saag

    Rajasthani cuisine is known for its unique flavor, the use of hing or asafoetida and amchur or mango powder is must in most of the cases, red chillies are used generously giving a strong and pungent flavour. The cuisine reflects the climate and topography of Rajasthan, scarcity of water and paucity of vegetables give births to some of the unique dishes which are not known elsewhere. If you have been to Rajasthan or have tasted Rajasthani thali (meal), then you […]

  • Mughlai cuisines are known for its rich, luxuriant texture and creaminess. This cuisine is derived from the royal kitchens of Mughal Emperors, who are known for their splendid crafts and architecture and their shahi khansaama or the royal chef used to infuse different kinds of herbs, spices and dry fruits to appease the moods and whims of the Emperors. With time this cuisine absorbs the local flavours of India and become one of the most sought after cuisine in India, […]

    paneer mughlai

    Mughlai cuisines are known for its rich, luxuriant texture and creaminess. This cuisine is derived from the royal kitchens of Mughal Emperors, who are known for their splendid crafts and architecture and their shahi khansaama or the royal chef used to infuse different kinds of herbs, spices and dry fruits to appease the moods and whims of the Emperors. With time this cuisine absorbs the local flavours of India and become one of the most sought after cuisine in India, […]

  • …durga puja special recipe… labra – assorted vegetables cooked with panch phoron (five spices) Labra is not a mixed vegetable dish but it is a medley of assorted vegetables thrown together, cooked in their own juices, embraces each others flavour and in the process lose some of their individual streaks. Thus acquiring a unique taste and can not be recreated if you omit some or include others. Labra is one of the traditional Bengali dish and the assortment of vegetables […]

    labra – a medley of assorted vegetables

    …durga puja special recipe… labra – assorted vegetables cooked with panch phoron (five spices) Labra is not a mixed vegetable dish but it is a medley of assorted vegetables thrown together, cooked in their own juices, embraces each others flavour and in the process lose some of their individual streaks. Thus acquiring a unique taste and can not be recreated if you omit some or include others. Labra is one of the traditional Bengali dish and the assortment of vegetables […]

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