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  • Ranga aloo r rosher pitha / mishti aloo r pithe puli : Festivals are living museum of Nation’s culture and traditions. It is like a window to each other’s culture, rituals and traditions, especially in culturally diversified country like India, where each of the corner of the country celebrate Makar Sankranti in its own way, yet the ritualism and traditions are so different from each other and off course the wide array of food platter. Food has an incredible power […]

    Ranga aloo r rosher puli pithe / Sweet potato dumplings for Sankranti

    Ranga aloo r rosher pitha / mishti aloo r pithe puli : Festivals are living museum of Nation’s culture and traditions. It is like a window to each other’s culture, rituals and traditions, especially in culturally diversified country like India, where each of the corner of the country celebrate Makar Sankranti in its own way, yet the ritualism and traditions are so different from each other and off course the wide array of food platter. Food has an incredible power […]

  •   As sun transmigrates from one zodiac to another, season changes, life moves on and it is that time of the year again to say thank you to Mother earth for selflessly providing us with abundant harvest, shelter and bountiful of happiness. At the same time we must not forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but silently living by them, each day of the year. And on this auspicious day of Makar Sankranti we wishes everyone health, happiness […]

    Dudh puli pithe / rice dumplings stuffed with sweetened coconut – Sankranti special

      As sun transmigrates from one zodiac to another, season changes, life moves on and it is that time of the year again to say thank you to Mother earth for selflessly providing us with abundant harvest, shelter and bountiful of happiness. At the same time we must not forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but silently living by them, each day of the year. And on this auspicious day of Makar Sankranti we wishes everyone health, happiness […]

  • No bake chocolate tart – “… the stuff that dreams are made of, It’s the slow and steady fire It’s the stuff that dreams are made of It’s your heart and soul’s desire It’s the stuff that dreams are made of..” by Carly Simone A journey of thousand miles must begin with a single step and here we are stepping into the new year with new sunshine of hope, promises, happiness. New beginnings of thoughts, of words and new day […]

    No Bake chocolate tart with peanut buttercream frosting

    No bake chocolate tart – “… the stuff that dreams are made of, It’s the slow and steady fire It’s the stuff that dreams are made of It’s your heart and soul’s desire It’s the stuff that dreams are made of..” by Carly Simone A journey of thousand miles must begin with a single step and here we are stepping into the new year with new sunshine of hope, promises, happiness. New beginnings of thoughts, of words and new day […]

  • Intro – The quieter you become the more you can hear, like the sound of whistling Thrush that keeps you accompanied on the winding trails through the jungles of Sahyadri. Solitude is bliss, the pure “me time” when you want to be left alone to let yourself soaked in the warmth of early morning sunshine, seating at Arthur’s seat and watching as the first rays of sun paints the green valleys in hues of golden yellow, orange and ombre shades […]

    Mahabaleshwar – the gem of Western Ghats

    Intro – The quieter you become the more you can hear, like the sound of whistling Thrush that keeps you accompanied on the winding trails through the jungles of Sahyadri. Solitude is bliss, the pure “me time” when you want to be left alone to let yourself soaked in the warmth of early morning sunshine, seating at Arthur’s seat and watching as the first rays of sun paints the green valleys in hues of golden yellow, orange and ombre shades […]

  • …It is neither an ending nor the beginning but a journey when you stops for few moments to look back upon the road that you have travelled so far, to cherish the happy moments and to console oneself not to despair over the failures or to feel dismal or broken-hearted over the shattered dreams, but be thankful for what you have and hoping for even better and brighter days ahead…   The year that was – We had welcomed the year with lots […]

    The year that was – 2016 wrap up @ saffronstreaks

    …It is neither an ending nor the beginning but a journey when you stops for few moments to look back upon the road that you have travelled so far, to cherish the happy moments and to console oneself not to despair over the failures or to feel dismal or broken-hearted over the shattered dreams, but be thankful for what you have and hoping for even better and brighter days ahead…   The year that was – We had welcomed the year with lots […]

  • Vibrant, Vigorous, Vivacious…. Varanasi! Popularly  known  by its monikers “Kashi” and “Banaras”, Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the world with a history that goes beyond 3000 years. It is situated on the western riverbank of the Ganges River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; believed to be an abode of Lord Shiva. It is popularly known as “The City of Lights” and “The Spiritual Capital of India”. It is considered a Holy City by the […]

    5 Interesting Things to Do in Varanasi

    Vibrant, Vigorous, Vivacious…. Varanasi! Popularly  known  by its monikers “Kashi” and “Banaras”, Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the world with a history that goes beyond 3000 years. It is situated on the western riverbank of the Ganges River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; believed to be an abode of Lord Shiva. It is popularly known as “The City of Lights” and “The Spiritual Capital of India”. It is considered a Holy City by the […]

  • While Autumn afternoons are inherently sweet, charming, calm and soothing, the joy doubles up when you received some surprised gifts and if that happens to be a cookbook from your favorite chef, life can not be more blissful than this. November is the month of festivities as each of the culture melds into another, Diwali followed by Bhai duj, Halloween and now Thanksgiving round the corner, the air is beautifully scented with flavours that speaks of festivals, holidays, family time. […]

    Shahi paneer kofta pulao / saffron soaked pilaf with caramelized onions and cheese balls

    While Autumn afternoons are inherently sweet, charming, calm and soothing, the joy doubles up when you received some surprised gifts and if that happens to be a cookbook from your favorite chef, life can not be more blissful than this. November is the month of festivities as each of the culture melds into another, Diwali followed by Bhai duj, Halloween and now Thanksgiving round the corner, the air is beautifully scented with flavours that speaks of festivals, holidays, family time. […]

  • Happy Vijaydashami to all my lovely readers. Presenting here another simple but delicious festival special : Sabudana kheer or Sago pudding or Tapioca pearl pudding . “Solitude is the salt of person hood. It brings out the authentic flavour of every experience….” …and as we were waiting impatiently for our boat to return, I let myself completely immersed in the eclectic aura of the beach life at Railay beach of Phuket. The air was fresh and crisp that day, the […]

    Sago pudding or Thai style tapioca pearl pudding – Festival special

    Happy Vijaydashami to all my lovely readers. Presenting here another simple but delicious festival special : Sabudana kheer or Sago pudding or Tapioca pearl pudding . “Solitude is the salt of person hood. It brings out the authentic flavour of every experience….” …and as we were waiting impatiently for our boat to return, I let myself completely immersed in the eclectic aura of the beach life at Railay beach of Phuket. The air was fresh and crisp that day, the […]

  • After a long long while we are hosting a very promising food blogger who can weave magic with her words as well as with her baking skills. Please welcome Ms. Supriya Kutty of Quichentell. In the vast universe of food blogging, we often don’t come across with people who are good at writing as well as with culinary skills. So when she has approached me for doing a guest blogging, I happily agreed knowing that my readers will definitely love some new […]

    Gluten free spinach and mushroom quiche – a guest post by Supriya

    After a long long while we are hosting a very promising food blogger who can weave magic with her words as well as with her baking skills. Please welcome Ms. Supriya Kutty of Quichentell. In the vast universe of food blogging, we often don’t come across with people who are good at writing as well as with culinary skills. So when she has approached me for doing a guest blogging, I happily agreed knowing that my readers will definitely love some new […]

  • Say hello to September with these simple and delicious carrot coconut barfi. Have you noticed that you can now yum our recipe? Yes, we have recently joined Yummly the social sharing platform for food and recipes, and here is our publisher page.  September is the month of transition as Monsoon begins its retreat from larger part of the subcontinent, sun shines brightly against a deep blue azure sky announcing the onset of Autumn, and for us Indians it is also […]

    Carrot and Coconut barfi / fudge – easy festival recipe

    Say hello to September with these simple and delicious carrot coconut barfi. Have you noticed that you can now yum our recipe? Yes, we have recently joined Yummly the social sharing platform for food and recipes, and here is our publisher page.  September is the month of transition as Monsoon begins its retreat from larger part of the subcontinent, sun shines brightly against a deep blue azure sky announcing the onset of Autumn, and for us Indians it is also […]

  • Top 7 Himalayan treks: Since time immemorial the perpetual snow covered lofty mountains has challenged human lives. Sage, saint, hermit and vagabonds has found solace in its mighty arms that has spread across throughout the subcontinent. The wonder of wonders that has never ceased to amaze man,  with its abundant beauty that nature has chosen to bestow on it, diverse flora and fauna and many life forms that it has supported through eons, Himalayas are most sought after and at the same […]

    My most favourite Top 7 Best and most beautiful Himalayan treks

    Top 7 Himalayan treks: Since time immemorial the perpetual snow covered lofty mountains has challenged human lives. Sage, saint, hermit and vagabonds has found solace in its mighty arms that has spread across throughout the subcontinent. The wonder of wonders that has never ceased to amaze man,  with its abundant beauty that nature has chosen to bestow on it, diverse flora and fauna and many life forms that it has supported through eons, Himalayas are most sought after and at the same […]

  • No complicated asanas, these are Yoga Bars to keep you healthy and fit. Packed with goodness of nuts and seeds these bars can satiate your hunger for long, at the same time these are tasty, healthy and all natural. The glorious journey to make a healthy and nutrition packed health bar starts with two young entrepreneur sisters Suhasini and Anindita Kumar who on regular train ride from New York to Philadelphia conceived the idea of launching a health bar in […]

    {Product Review} Yoga Bar health and nutrition bar

    No complicated asanas, these are Yoga Bars to keep you healthy and fit. Packed with goodness of nuts and seeds these bars can satiate your hunger for long, at the same time these are tasty, healthy and all natural. The glorious journey to make a healthy and nutrition packed health bar starts with two young entrepreneur sisters Suhasini and Anindita Kumar who on regular train ride from New York to Philadelphia conceived the idea of launching a health bar in […]

  • Monsoon Magic with … Beets Ever since my Patna wali aunt served me “the beetroot curry” I had been running away from the beetroot since long until few good things happened in my life that had changed my perceptions about food in general, and especially the beetroots. Now I can not blame my poor aunt to make that awful beetroot curry, as that is the only way we Bong (Bengali) knows how to make aloo, beet ar gajar er dalna meaning […]

    Beetroot chops, cutlets and Monsoon magic

    Monsoon Magic with … Beets Ever since my Patna wali aunt served me “the beetroot curry” I had been running away from the beetroot since long until few good things happened in my life that had changed my perceptions about food in general, and especially the beetroots. Now I can not blame my poor aunt to make that awful beetroot curry, as that is the only way we Bong (Bengali) knows how to make aloo, beet ar gajar er dalna meaning […]

  • Beautiful things in life are often simple and elegant. There is beauty in simplicity, just like this Yakhni pulao, simple and pale but highly fragrant and full of flavours. Meat with bone in are marinated for long hours in yogurt and then boiled in enough water with variety of whole spices. The word Yakhni is derived from “akhin” which means broth or stock or shorba. The rice was then cooked in that fragrant broth together with the tender meat and together […]

    Mutton yakhni pulao

    Beautiful things in life are often simple and elegant. There is beauty in simplicity, just like this Yakhni pulao, simple and pale but highly fragrant and full of flavours. Meat with bone in are marinated for long hours in yogurt and then boiled in enough water with variety of whole spices. The word Yakhni is derived from “akhin” which means broth or stock or shorba. The rice was then cooked in that fragrant broth together with the tender meat and together […]

  • After a while… I am back here in my own little space. In the past year I had somehow managed to keep the stove warm enough so that you can enjoy the sporadic posts that I had manged to throw in here and there randomly. Six weeks back a little angel has arrived in our home and she has changed our lives forever. We are now proud parent of our sweet angel, yes we are blessed with a baby girl. […]

    Blackberry cobbler for the summery days and a new beginning

    After a while… I am back here in my own little space. In the past year I had somehow managed to keep the stove warm enough so that you can enjoy the sporadic posts that I had manged to throw in here and there randomly. Six weeks back a little angel has arrived in our home and she has changed our lives forever. We are now proud parent of our sweet angel, yes we are blessed with a baby girl. […]

  • Dhaba style chicken bharta recipe – the influence of punjabification on Bengali cuisine and how it has beautifully blended with Calcutta’s own cosmopolitan cultural jigsaw- For centuries people from different culture, countries had migrated to Calcutta and made the city their second home. For last three centuries, Calcutta remained the hotspot for mass migration for people who were seeking jobs, business opportunities and also for people who left their home countries in the wake of political and religious issues, thus seeking […]

    Dhaba style Chicken Bharta – the Punjabi flavour to the cuisine of Kolkata

    Dhaba style chicken bharta recipe – the influence of punjabification on Bengali cuisine and how it has beautifully blended with Calcutta’s own cosmopolitan cultural jigsaw- For centuries people from different culture, countries had migrated to Calcutta and made the city their second home. For last three centuries, Calcutta remained the hotspot for mass migration for people who were seeking jobs, business opportunities and also for people who left their home countries in the wake of political and religious issues, thus seeking […]

  • I have often heard people saying “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream and that’s kind of same thing.” So true, happiness is having an ice cream even at 2 pm in the night when the world slumped into deep sleep and you silently peeked into the fridge to devour your favourite flavour. Being a self proclaimed ice cream connoisseur, I was always very picky about what flavours I choose and what kind of ice cream I would […]

    {Product Review} Hokey Pokey ice creams and Epigamia Greek yogurt

    I have often heard people saying “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream and that’s kind of same thing.” So true, happiness is having an ice cream even at 2 pm in the night when the world slumped into deep sleep and you silently peeked into the fridge to devour your favourite flavour. Being a self proclaimed ice cream connoisseur, I was always very picky about what flavours I choose and what kind of ice cream I would […]

  • The queen of cakes and heartthrobs of many, the decadent black forest cake epitomizes the divinity of chocolate in its true spirit, this heavenly torte is dream of every bakers to whip up the best one possible. This fancy cake is layered with so many fascinating stories about its origin, tales that traveled across the globe from the sleepy town of Bad Godesberg near Bonn. Black forest cake is a fancy and dreamy chocolate genoise which is soaked in kirschwasser or cherry brandy […]

    Black forest cake for the love of life and chocolate – true bliss

    The queen of cakes and heartthrobs of many, the decadent black forest cake epitomizes the divinity of chocolate in its true spirit, this heavenly torte is dream of every bakers to whip up the best one possible. This fancy cake is layered with so many fascinating stories about its origin, tales that traveled across the globe from the sleepy town of Bad Godesberg near Bonn. Black forest cake is a fancy and dreamy chocolate genoise which is soaked in kirschwasser or cherry brandy […]

  • Days were getting shorter, and nights were longer. The precious sunlight was waning further and on such a cold wintry December afternoon while I was trying to soak myself warm in the fading rays of sun, I received a box full of memories. A beautiful pink box that reminds me of my childhood when I used to store my little treasures in similar boxes, from chocolate wrappers to colorful satin ribbons, stamps and colorful sketch pens to half used crayons, the list was […]

    {Product Review}: New flavour on the block – Paper Boat anaar fruit drink

    Days were getting shorter, and nights were longer. The precious sunlight was waning further and on such a cold wintry December afternoon while I was trying to soak myself warm in the fading rays of sun, I received a box full of memories. A beautiful pink box that reminds me of my childhood when I used to store my little treasures in similar boxes, from chocolate wrappers to colorful satin ribbons, stamps and colorful sketch pens to half used crayons, the list was […]

  • Bangalore is warming up to the new flavours in food and with that comes new ideas to entice the food lovers of the city. From farmers market to santhe and lunch soiree’s at the budding bohemian style cafes, the city is buzzing with lots of activities centered around food. The organic and healthy grains always scores better than the regular ones and looks very lucrative and the burlap covers somehow attested the seal of authenticity. This is a human nature […]

    Murgi’r aam kasundi / Chicken in mango mustard sauce and how to make aam kasundi

    Bangalore is warming up to the new flavours in food and with that comes new ideas to entice the food lovers of the city. From farmers market to santhe and lunch soiree’s at the budding bohemian style cafes, the city is buzzing with lots of activities centered around food. The organic and healthy grains always scores better than the regular ones and looks very lucrative and the burlap covers somehow attested the seal of authenticity. This is a human nature […]

  • Ethylene is a small hydrocarbon gas that many fruits and vegetables releases when they begin the process of ripening. Mature fruits are sweeter, softer and palatable. This is a natural process without any human intervention, and hence it is safe. But this healthy natural equation changes once we started to pluck the unripe fruits (to extract more monetary benefits out of it)  and then sprayed it with ethylene to accelerate the ripening process. This artificial ripening process ensure the cosmetic quality […]

    Sweet and hot ripe mango chutney and issues of food safety in India

    Ethylene is a small hydrocarbon gas that many fruits and vegetables releases when they begin the process of ripening. Mature fruits are sweeter, softer and palatable. This is a natural process without any human intervention, and hence it is safe. But this healthy natural equation changes once we started to pluck the unripe fruits (to extract more monetary benefits out of it)  and then sprayed it with ethylene to accelerate the ripening process. This artificial ripening process ensure the cosmetic quality […]

  • Summer Specials: Mangoes After spending a week in the lap of lustful Western ghats, I was back in Bangalore, rejuvenated but only to be drowned with fever and severe back pain that has puzzled my orthopedic even. Only therapy that I had not dared tried was  the acupuncture, may be the sight of  frightful needles had finally relieved me from the pain. In the meantime I had finished reading the book and watched the movie by the same name – […]

    Green mango and apple salad / kairi chaat

    Summer Specials: Mangoes After spending a week in the lap of lustful Western ghats, I was back in Bangalore, rejuvenated but only to be drowned with fever and severe back pain that has puzzled my orthopedic even. Only therapy that I had not dared tried was  the acupuncture, may be the sight of  frightful needles had finally relieved me from the pain. In the meantime I had finished reading the book and watched the movie by the same name – […]

  • Do you remember that kindergarten rhyme- “My house is red a little house, a happy child am I. I laugh and play the live long day. I hardly ever cry. I had a tree, a green green tree to shade me from the sun. Under which I often sit, when all my play is done.” I wonder when I have read last such innocent lines. One of the classic rhyme, I guess and I was so much in love with […]

    Enchor’er dalna / green jackfruit curry in Bengali style

    Do you remember that kindergarten rhyme- “My house is red a little house, a happy child am I. I laugh and play the live long day. I hardly ever cry. I had a tree, a green green tree to shade me from the sun. Under which I often sit, when all my play is done.” I wonder when I have read last such innocent lines. One of the classic rhyme, I guess and I was so much in love with […]

  • This recipe has appeared in Huffpost India If you are a morning person, the one who gets up early in the morning not to sweat at the gym or to do yoga in the patio but the one who can sniff at the sweet and spicy flavors coming from the neighborhood shops and with all the new-found enthusiasm that early morning unleashes on, get ready to search the markets and shops for the delicious breakfast spread, then in my humble opinion […]

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

    This recipe has appeared in Huffpost India If you are a morning person, the one who gets up early in the morning not to sweat at the gym or to do yoga in the patio but the one who can sniff at the sweet and spicy flavors coming from the neighborhood shops and with all the new-found enthusiasm that early morning unleashes on, get ready to search the markets and shops for the delicious breakfast spread, then in my humble opinion […]

  • Mughlai Paratha / Keema paratha / Mince meat stuffed paratha recipe- An unleavened flatbread that has won the hearts of the people in the subcontinent and as far away as in the south-east Asia too, the paratha is one such food that requires no introduction. There is no two-way of making the dish but many ways to enjoy it as plain paratha with basic potato curry or as stuffed paratha with raita or chutney or as flaky paratha with curries or even with sugar sometimes. […]

    Mughlai paratha / minced meat stuffed paratha from Kolkata

    Mughlai Paratha / Keema paratha / Mince meat stuffed paratha recipe- An unleavened flatbread that has won the hearts of the people in the subcontinent and as far away as in the south-east Asia too, the paratha is one such food that requires no introduction. There is no two-way of making the dish but many ways to enjoy it as plain paratha with basic potato curry or as stuffed paratha with raita or chutney or as flaky paratha with curries or even with sugar sometimes. […]

  • Fish kalia or rui / rohu macher kalia – a rich preparation of spicy and flavoured fish curry in Bengali style. Owing to the riverine geographical landscape of Bengal, fish always held a predominant status in Bengali’s life and culture. Much to the astonishment of many people, fish is considered auspicious here in Bengal. In marriage ceremonies, in festivals and pujas (religious practices) fish remains integral to our culture so much so that fish and Bengalis become synonym to each […]

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

    Fish kalia or rui / rohu macher kalia – a rich preparation of spicy and flavoured fish curry in Bengali style. Owing to the riverine geographical landscape of Bengal, fish always held a predominant status in Bengali’s life and culture. Much to the astonishment of many people, fish is considered auspicious here in Bengal. In marriage ceremonies, in festivals and pujas (religious practices) fish remains integral to our culture so much so that fish and Bengalis become synonym to each […]

  • Tucked away in the corner of terrace, near the busy junction of metro station, housed in a century old building, the canteen was cozy and intimate, always brimming up with flavours of foods, gossips and music. Even at 6.30 in the morning you can find students waiting near the tiny counter for their morning cup of tea and singara (samosa).  And we used to enjoy special privileges as ours was the only classroom that was just next to the canteen. […]

    Bengali dimer devil / deviled eggs a la college canteen style

    Tucked away in the corner of terrace, near the busy junction of metro station, housed in a century old building, the canteen was cozy and intimate, always brimming up with flavours of foods, gossips and music. Even at 6.30 in the morning you can find students waiting near the tiny counter for their morning cup of tea and singara (samosa).  And we used to enjoy special privileges as ours was the only classroom that was just next to the canteen. […]

  • Chingri narkel bhorta -spicy shrimp mash with grated coconut, little help from mustard paste and lots of green chilies and generous drizzle of raw mustard oil to induce the kick in it. “Bengali cuisine is all about aroma and reticence” and with that Amit Chaudhuri in his Telling Tales went on to describe his discontent and  disappointment on the steady decline of Bengali food in modern days. How the beloved “hilsa, tangda and pabda” has changed over the years, and […]

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

    Chingri narkel bhorta -spicy shrimp mash with grated coconut, little help from mustard paste and lots of green chilies and generous drizzle of raw mustard oil to induce the kick in it. “Bengali cuisine is all about aroma and reticence” and with that Amit Chaudhuri in his Telling Tales went on to describe his discontent and  disappointment on the steady decline of Bengali food in modern days. How the beloved “hilsa, tangda and pabda” has changed over the years, and […]

  • It goes without saying that “good quality leaf makes good tea” . All tea from Assam are not processed equally, they are processed over range of grades, each having different flavor profile defining the region where it grows through so many years in the fertile valley of Brahmaputra. And that is something I have come to understand in my quest for good blend of Assam tea. Three weeks back when I had received a pack of Assam 1860, it changed my […]

    {Product Review} : Assam1860 CTC black Tea and loving my first taste of CTC Assam

    It goes without saying that “good quality leaf makes good tea” . All tea from Assam are not processed equally, they are processed over range of grades, each having different flavor profile defining the region where it grows through so many years in the fertile valley of Brahmaputra. And that is something I have come to understand in my quest for good blend of Assam tea. Three weeks back when I had received a pack of Assam 1860, it changed my […]

  • Bangalore is blooming beautifully in all shades of red, pink, yellow and purple, the onset of spring painted the city in myriad hues. The shrinking green spaces are sore to the eyes, but still it is thriving bravely in the midst of urban forests. I was extremely happy to be back in the city after a brief hiatus of three years and the first thing that hit me was the mushrooming of self-styled cafe and restaurants who sells everything from […]

    {Restaurant review} Oko, Bangalore and how I have happily broken sushi commandments

    Bangalore is blooming beautifully in all shades of red, pink, yellow and purple, the onset of spring painted the city in myriad hues. The shrinking green spaces are sore to the eyes, but still it is thriving bravely in the midst of urban forests. I was extremely happy to be back in the city after a brief hiatus of three years and the first thing that hit me was the mushrooming of self-styled cafe and restaurants who sells everything from […]