bengali food Archive

  •   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 courier it through their kids, instead they […]

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

      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 courier it through their kids, instead they […]

  •  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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • How will you describe rezala ? Just stating that it’s a highly fragrant dish which looks more like a stew and not a gravy and mildly spiced will not do justice to it. In fact it is a perfect amalgamation of sourness and sweetness with an undertone of spiciness, with lots of unmatched flavour makes it rather amusing and delectable which is very much Bengali in origin. Unlike other Bengali delicacies which has travelled to far away land, rezala remain […]

    bengali chicken rezala with roasted almonds

    How will you describe rezala ? Just stating that it’s a highly fragrant dish which looks more like a stew and not a gravy and mildly spiced will not do justice to it. In fact it is a perfect amalgamation of sourness and sweetness with an undertone of spiciness, with lots of unmatched flavour makes it rather amusing and delectable which is very much Bengali in origin. Unlike other Bengali delicacies which has travelled to far away land, rezala remain […]

  • Bengali mishti doi / sweet yogurt is the quintessential dessert without which a Bengali lunch can be said as complete. Ingredients: Milk (full cream): 500 ml Date jaggery (crushed) : 2-3 tbsp Curd: 2 tsp with live culture bacteria Method : Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pan and reduce it to 1/2 of its original quantity. Take off from the heat and let it cool slightly for couple of minutes. Add the date jaggery to the milk and […]

    Bengali mishti doi / sweet yogurt

    Bengali mishti doi / sweet yogurt is the quintessential dessert without which a Bengali lunch can be said as complete. Ingredients: Milk (full cream): 500 ml Date jaggery (crushed) : 2-3 tbsp Curd: 2 tsp with live culture bacteria Method : Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pan and reduce it to 1/2 of its original quantity. Take off from the heat and let it cool slightly for couple of minutes. Add the date jaggery to the milk and […]

  • Bengali nolen gurer payesh or rice pudding with date jaggery / molasses is the most favoured desserts in Bengali homes for any occasions. Ingredients: Milk: 200ml Rice (gobindo bhog) or any fragrant rice: 6 tsp Date jaggery / molasses (crushed) : 1/2 cup Bay leaf: 1 or 2 Cardamom pods: 2-3 Method: Soak the rice (gobindo bhog or dubraj or any fragrant small to medium grain rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain and let it dry for few more […]

    Bengali nolen gurer payesh / rice pudding with date jaggery

    Bengali nolen gurer payesh or rice pudding with date jaggery / molasses is the most favoured desserts in Bengali homes for any occasions. Ingredients: Milk: 200ml Rice (gobindo bhog) or any fragrant rice: 6 tsp Date jaggery / molasses (crushed) : 1/2 cup Bay leaf: 1 or 2 Cardamom pods: 2-3 Method: Soak the rice (gobindo bhog or dubraj or any fragrant small to medium grain rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain and let it dry for few more […]

  • In most of the north Indian restaurants, it is the butter chicken or the kadhai chicken which is ubiquitously present every where in its so many avatars but when it comes to Bengali restaurants it is the humble doi chicken which takes the centre stage. It left me quizzical enough to explore the labyrinths of Bengali cuisines and their origin but to my dismay I found none which can justify the origin of this dish.  It is perhaps a derivative […]

    doi murgi / tender chicken curry simmered in yogurt

    In most of the north Indian restaurants, it is the butter chicken or the kadhai chicken which is ubiquitously present every where in its so many avatars but when it comes to Bengali restaurants it is the humble doi chicken which takes the centre stage. It left me quizzical enough to explore the labyrinths of Bengali cuisines and their origin but to my dismay I found none which can justify the origin of this dish.  It is perhaps a derivative […]

  • Who doesn’t love rosogolla or rasgulla ? It is perhaps the most wanted and hot favourite sweet not only among the Bengalis but the entire nation loved it. I am sure the foodies / non-foodies alike will agree with me on this. Rasgulla / rosogolla comes in all the sizes but when you gulp down the sweet cheese balls soaked in syrup , it filled you with joy and happiness. A pot full of rasgulla for every occasion. Rosogolla r payesh / rasgulle ki kheer is one of […]

    rosogolla r payesh / rasgulla e ki kheer

    Who doesn’t love rosogolla or rasgulla ? It is perhaps the most wanted and hot favourite sweet not only among the Bengalis but the entire nation loved it. I am sure the foodies / non-foodies alike will agree with me on this. Rasgulla / rosogolla comes in all the sizes but when you gulp down the sweet cheese balls soaked in syrup , it filled you with joy and happiness. A pot full of rasgulla for every occasion. Rosogolla r payesh / rasgulle ki kheer is one of […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • …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 recipe… rasgulla or rossogulla No it is not a cheese balls dipped in sugary syrup but it is the old sweet everyone’s favorite  rossogulla or rasgulla, which wins millions of hearts across the world. No translation please ! Read here for a sweet and short story on rasgulla. But how to make rasgulla at home ? This question has perhaps intrigued us most, so here we present a step-by-step procedure of making rosogolla or rasgulla Ingredients: Milk: 1 l Lemon […]

    rasgulla or rossogulla

    …durga puja special recipe… rasgulla or rossogulla No it is not a cheese balls dipped in sugary syrup but it is the old sweet everyone’s favorite  rossogulla or rasgulla, which wins millions of hearts across the world. No translation please ! Read here for a sweet and short story on rasgulla. But how to make rasgulla at home ? This question has perhaps intrigued us most, so here we present a step-by-step procedure of making rosogolla or rasgulla Ingredients: Milk: 1 l Lemon […]

  • …durga puja special recipes… Navami te kosha mangsho ar phulko luchi Kosha mangsho or goat meat curry aka Bengali style usually meant for an elaborate Sunday meal with colorful family gupshups and it was the scenario in Bengali homes before chicken et.al invaded the Bengali kitchens. Bengalis prefer to add potatoes in kosha mangsho making it more interesting and their present several versions of it . People who love to savour the richness of kosha mangso still swear by Golbari […]

    kosha mangsho and phulko luchi

    …durga puja special recipes… Navami te kosha mangsho ar phulko luchi Kosha mangsho or goat meat curry aka Bengali style usually meant for an elaborate Sunday meal with colorful family gupshups and it was the scenario in Bengali homes before chicken et.al invaded the Bengali kitchens. Bengalis prefer to add potatoes in kosha mangsho making it more interesting and their present several versions of it . People who love to savour the richness of kosha mangso still swear by Golbari […]

  • …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 […]

  • …durga puja special recipes… Ashtami te bhoger khichuri, labra, tomato khejur chutney and payesh There is no recipe for bhoger khichuri becuasue it is simply pure and divine. The recipe here is for those who want to offer it to Ma Durga, khichuri bhog – no onion no garlic. Bhoger khichuri Ingredients: Govindobhog or any fragrant rice: 1 cup Moong daal : 1 cup Green peas: ¼ cup Cauliflower: 5-6 medium florets Potatoes : 2-3 Tomato: 1 Turmeric powder: 1 […]

    bhoger khichuri, chutney and payesh

    …durga puja special recipes… Ashtami te bhoger khichuri, labra, tomato khejur chutney and payesh There is no recipe for bhoger khichuri becuasue it is simply pure and divine. The recipe here is for those who want to offer it to Ma Durga, khichuri bhog – no onion no garlic. Bhoger khichuri Ingredients: Govindobhog or any fragrant rice: 1 cup Moong daal : 1 cup Green peas: ¼ cup Cauliflower: 5-6 medium florets Potatoes : 2-3 Tomato: 1 Turmeric powder: 1 […]

  • …durga puja special recipe… phulkopir dum or dum cooked cauliflower This dish was inspired from doi / yogurt and phulkopir milmish I had at Aheli on one of the occasion. It was wonderful to taste and I have tried to recreate the some of it. Phulkopir dum     Ingredients: Cauliflower (small): 1 Hung Curd (beaten): 1 cup Cumin seeds: 1 tsp Ginger paste: 2 tsp Red chilli paste: 1 tsp Cumin paste: 1 tsp Tomato puree: ½ cup Garam […]

    phulkopir dum

    …durga puja special recipe… phulkopir dum or dum cooked cauliflower This dish was inspired from doi / yogurt and phulkopir milmish I had at Aheli on one of the occasion. It was wonderful to taste and I have tried to recreate the some of it. Phulkopir dum     Ingredients: Cauliflower (small): 1 Hung Curd (beaten): 1 cup Cumin seeds: 1 tsp Ginger paste: 2 tsp Red chilli paste: 1 tsp Cumin paste: 1 tsp Tomato puree: ½ cup Garam […]

  • …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 […]

  • …durga puja special recipe… mochar pakora or banana blossom fritters Ingredients: Flower of Banana (or Mocha): One For the batter: All purpose flour: 1 tbsp Gram flour: 2 tbsp Salt : 1tsp Poppy seed paste: 2 tsp Cumin powder: 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp Sugar to taste Oil for deep frying Method to Prepare: Mix all the ingredients need to prepare batter with little water, it should have a coating consistency. For this you need the innermost conical part […]

    mochar pakora – banana blossom fritters

    …durga puja special recipe… mochar pakora or banana blossom fritters Ingredients: Flower of Banana (or Mocha): One For the batter: All purpose flour: 1 tbsp Gram flour: 2 tbsp Salt : 1tsp Poppy seed paste: 2 tsp Cumin powder: 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp Sugar to taste Oil for deep frying Method to Prepare: Mix all the ingredients need to prepare batter with little water, it should have a coating consistency. For this you need the innermost conical part […]

  • ...durga puja special recipes… Maha Shasti te mochar chop, koraishutir kochuri ar aloo dum Update : This post has been re edited, re photographed and re published. What a coincidence, I am updating this post with better photographs on Maha Shasti again, after three years. When I initially started the blog, food photography never surfaced as sole protagonist in the whole story, not even today but it has achieved the center stage now a days. I too succumbed myself to […]

    koraishutir kochuri / peas kachori and aloo dum

    …durga puja special recipes… Maha Shasti te mochar chop, koraishutir kochuri ar aloo dum Update : This post has been re edited, re photographed and re published. What a coincidence, I am updating this post with better photographs on Maha Shasti again, after three years. When I initially started the blog, food photography never surfaced as sole protagonist in the whole story, not even today but it has achieved the center stage now a days. I too succumbed myself to […]

  • …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 special recipe… …fish kabiraji cutlet or fish cutlets in lacy egg net… Fish cutlets in kabiraji style meaning fried fish in egg net. This recipe is the result of British influence on the Bengali cuisine and the word kabiraji has probably the origin in ‘coverage’ as the cutlets are covered in a lacy egg net. Years back I had these kabiraji cutlets somewhere near the college street crossing in Kolkata (do not remember the name of the eatery) […]

    fish kabiraji cutlet

    …poila baisakh special recipe… …fish kabiraji cutlet or fish cutlets in lacy egg net… Fish cutlets in kabiraji style meaning fried fish in egg net. This recipe is the result of British influence on the Bengali cuisine and the word kabiraji has probably the origin in ‘coverage’ as the cutlets are covered in a lacy egg net. Years back I had these kabiraji cutlets somewhere near the college street crossing in Kolkata (do not remember the name of the eatery) […]

  • …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… …Dhokar dalna or steamed lentil cakes in ginger gravy… Very difficult, time-consuming, too lengthy ways, blah ! blah ! blah ! This is how most of us describe the dhokar dalna and because of this many of us shy away from preparing it. But on a tastier note dhokar dalna redefines simplicity with its elegance, unmatched flavor and fabulous taste. Dhokar dalna is one of the classy vegetarian dishes from Bengali cuisine and is nothing but […]

    dhokar dalna

    …poila baisakh special recipes… …Dhokar dalna or steamed lentil cakes in ginger gravy… Very difficult, time-consuming, too lengthy ways, blah ! blah ! blah ! This is how most of us describe the dhokar dalna and because of this many of us shy away from preparing it. But on a tastier note dhokar dalna redefines simplicity with its elegance, unmatched flavor and fabulous taste. Dhokar dalna is one of the classy vegetarian dishes from Bengali cuisine and is nothing but […]

  • …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 […]

  • 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 […]