bengali Archive

  •  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 […]

  • Bengali’s love for sweet dish is well-known affair and sondesh they simply adore it. The great Bengali luncheon always ends on a sweet note, and it does not stops there, it continues with late afternoon tea and dinner as well. Life revolves around tales of sweets from birth, marriage till death and memories laden with nostalgia keep haunting, weaving the stories and unfolding the secrets of sandesh making, a culinary art which remains the forte of selected few. A 150 year […]

    mango sandesh – a summer delight

    Bengali’s love for sweet dish is well-known affair and sondesh they simply adore it. The great Bengali luncheon always ends on a sweet note, and it does not stops there, it continues with late afternoon tea and dinner as well. Life revolves around tales of sweets from birth, marriage till death and memories laden with nostalgia keep haunting, weaving the stories and unfolding the secrets of sandesh making, a culinary art which remains the forte of selected few. A 150 year […]

  • The world is becoming a huge melting pot where diverse cultures melts, embracing each others flavours, ethnicity wears a contemporary look and modernization rooted in traditions, culinary and cultural boundaries has dissolved long ago into oblivion and the global gourmet table wears a (con) fusion look. Hollaindaise embraces cilantro, rasgullas are dressed up with strawberry foam, gulabjamuns sweating in chocolate fondue, rasmalais lost their way in mascarpone cheese cakes, avials are the new (rata)touille, futomaki (sushi) goes lyrical with mango salsa, kimchis are well secured inside tacos, […]

    bhapa sandesh meets strawberry and a bengali fusion delight

    The world is becoming a huge melting pot where diverse cultures melts, embracing each others flavours, ethnicity wears a contemporary look and modernization rooted in traditions, culinary and cultural boundaries has dissolved long ago into oblivion and the global gourmet table wears a (con) fusion look. Hollaindaise embraces cilantro, rasgullas are dressed up with strawberry foam, gulabjamuns sweating in chocolate fondue, rasmalais lost their way in mascarpone cheese cakes, avials are the new (rata)touille, futomaki (sushi) goes lyrical with mango salsa, kimchis are well secured inside tacos, […]

  • 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 […]

  • This refreshing aam panna  or roasted green mango drink is Bengal’s favourite way to chill down the hot tropical summer afternoons. Ingredients: Green mango / unripe mango : 2 medium Sparkling water :  4 glass approx. Roasted cumin powder : 1 tsp Black salt (it’s very tart so adjust accordingly) : 1/2 tsp Sugar as per taste Ajwain / carom seeds (roasted and crushed) : 1/2 tsp Crushed ice (optional): 1 cup Fresh mint sprig to garnish Method : Roast […]

    aam panna / roasted green mango drink

    This refreshing aam panna  or roasted green mango drink is Bengal’s favourite way to chill down the hot tropical summer afternoons. Ingredients: Green mango / unripe mango : 2 medium Sparkling water :  4 glass approx. Roasted cumin powder : 1 tsp Black salt (it’s very tart so adjust accordingly) : 1/2 tsp Sugar as per taste Ajwain / carom seeds (roasted and crushed) : 1/2 tsp Crushed ice (optional): 1 cup Fresh mint sprig to garnish Method : Roast […]

  • 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 […]

  • Poila baisakh or Bengali new year is around the corner and it means a perfect time to get indulge in rich and sweet savory authentic Bengali gourmet delicacies. Check our exclusive BENGALI CUISINE ARCHIVE  For Bengalis the day usually marked with cleaning and beautifying homes with alpanas,  prabhatpheris ( a kind of procession), Rabindrasangeet, cultural programmes, quick visit to Kali baris, and the great poila baisakh luncheon which occupies the mind for most of the part. For Bengalis poila baisakh […]

    poila baisakh 2011 – an elaborate luncheon menu

    Poila baisakh or Bengali new year is around the corner and it means a perfect time to get indulge in rich and sweet savory authentic Bengali gourmet delicacies. Check our exclusive BENGALI CUISINE ARCHIVE  For Bengalis the day usually marked with cleaning and beautifying homes with alpanas,  prabhatpheris ( a kind of procession), Rabindrasangeet, cultural programmes, quick visit to Kali baris, and the great poila baisakh luncheon which occupies the mind for most of the part. For Bengalis poila baisakh […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sometimes it is really interesting to know that how the two distinctly divergent culture shares a similar cuisine or how a particular dish which has evolved independently in two distinct country shares a common lineage. And the dolma is exactly the point in case. For generations after generations people in Bengal (East India) relish dolma which they love to prepare on special occasions. Potol er dolma is a classic dish in Bengali cuisine whereby the stout pointed gourds are stuffed […]

    dolma – the far east tradition

    Sometimes it is really interesting to know that how the two distinctly divergent culture shares a similar cuisine or how a particular dish which has evolved independently in two distinct country shares a common lineage. And the dolma is exactly the point in case. For generations after generations people in Bengal (East India) relish dolma which they love to prepare on special occasions. Potol er dolma is a classic dish in Bengali cuisine whereby the stout pointed gourds are stuffed […]

  • Rasgulla or rossogulla as far as I know was my sweet dear friend , eons ago in my school. She has a very pretty face and was very sweet looking, chubby, cute and golu-molu kind of. All the teachers fondly called her “rasgulla” after the great Indian dessert ! Then there was this tall Bengali boy who always prefers to eat his lunch alone as he used to have at least two rossogulla in his tiffin. One day I happened […]

    who owns the rasgulla or rossogulla?

    Rasgulla or rossogulla as far as I know was my sweet dear friend , eons ago in my school. She has a very pretty face and was very sweet looking, chubby, cute and golu-molu kind of. All the teachers fondly called her “rasgulla” after the great Indian dessert ! Then there was this tall Bengali boy who always prefers to eat his lunch alone as he used to have at least two rossogulla in his tiffin. One day I happened […]

  • …durga puja special recipe… sandesh Ingredients: Chenna: 200 gm Powdered sugar: 1-2 tbsp Method to prepare: Knead the chenna smoothly and blend chenna and powdered sugar in a pan gently. Cook on low flame, stirring continuously till the chenna is left not too dry or too soft. Take off the flame and spread the mixture on a plate and let it cool.  Once cooled, cut the sandesh into desired shapes and serve.      

    sandesh

    …durga puja special recipe… sandesh Ingredients: Chenna: 200 gm Powdered sugar: 1-2 tbsp Method to prepare: Knead the chenna smoothly and blend chenna and powdered sugar in a pan gently. Cook on low flame, stirring continuously till the chenna is left not too dry or too soft. Take off the flame and spread the mixture on a plate and let it cool.  Once cooled, cut the sandesh into desired shapes and serve.      

  • …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 […]

  • SHUBHO   BIJOYA We wishes everyone who stops by a very “Happy Vijayadashami”. We hope you have enjoyed the Durga puja in Bangalore and the images that we have uploaded here. We also hope that you have liked the special series on “Durga puja special recipes” . Today we are concluding the series on “Durga puja special recipes” with 3 types of Bengali sweets. Enjoy the “Dusshera” with lots of sweets. Subho bijoya 2011 with kalakand Dashami te mishti doi, […]

    shubho bijoya

    SHUBHO   BIJOYA We wishes everyone who stops by a very “Happy Vijayadashami”. We hope you have enjoyed the Durga puja in Bangalore and the images that we have uploaded here. We also hope that you have liked the special series on “Durga puja special recipes” . Today we are concluding the series on “Durga puja special recipes” with 3 types of Bengali sweets. Enjoy the “Dusshera” with lots of sweets. Subho bijoya 2011 with kalakand Dashami te mishti doi, […]

  • …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 […]

  • While Julia Roberts was coursing through Italian cuisine and travelled half the world in search of spirituality and love, Durga puja is the time to indulge in eat, pray and spread love, happiness and peace across the world (we really do that specially the last part !). Though Bangalore is not Kolkata, but with ever-increasing bengal(e) in Bengalooru, number of Bengalee restaurants has spruce up in the city in last few years and during festival like Durga puja they all […]

    eat, pray and love – durga puja

    While Julia Roberts was coursing through Italian cuisine and travelled half the world in search of spirituality and love, Durga puja is the time to indulge in eat, pray and spread love, happiness and peace across the world (we really do that specially the last part !). Though Bangalore is not Kolkata, but with ever-increasing bengal(e) in Bengalooru, number of Bengalee restaurants has spruce up in the city in last few years and during festival like Durga puja they all […]

  • Durga puja bangalore 2011 with google map placemarks and links Durga puja is just a week away and here are some of the quick updates of this year Durga puja in Bangalore: Ulsoor Lake Durga Puja organize by Bengalee Association is one of the oldest and the biggest Durga puja in Bangalore changes its venue from RBANMS ground to Gaytri Vihar, Palace grounds near Mekhri circle. Bollywood singer Shaan (on 10th oct), ghazal king Jagjit Singh (on 17th oct), classical […]

    durga puja bangalore 2010

    Durga puja bangalore 2011 with google map placemarks and links Durga puja is just a week away and here are some of the quick updates of this year Durga puja in Bangalore: Ulsoor Lake Durga Puja organize by Bengalee Association is one of the oldest and the biggest Durga puja in Bangalore changes its venue from RBANMS ground to Gaytri Vihar, Palace grounds near Mekhri circle. Bollywood singer Shaan (on 10th oct), ghazal king Jagjit Singh (on 17th oct), classical […]

  • …poila baisakh special recipes… …bhapa sandesh or steamed sandesh – a Bengali sweetdish… We are concluding the series on “poila baisakh special recipes” on a sweet note with one of the signature dish from the Bengali cuisine – Bhapa sandesh. Bhapa Sandesh or the steamed sandesh Ingredients: Milk: 1 liter Powdered sugar: 2-3 tbsp Vanilla essence: few drops Lemon juice: 1 Raisins: few for garnishing Method to Prepare: To make fresh channa or cottage cheese: see here for an illustration […]

    bhapa sandesh

    …poila baisakh special recipes… …bhapa sandesh or steamed sandesh – a Bengali sweetdish… We are concluding the series on “poila baisakh special recipes” on a sweet note with one of the signature dish from the Bengali cuisine – Bhapa sandesh. Bhapa Sandesh or the steamed sandesh Ingredients: Milk: 1 liter Powdered sugar: 2-3 tbsp Vanilla essence: few drops Lemon juice: 1 Raisins: few for garnishing Method to Prepare: To make fresh channa or cottage cheese: see here for an illustration […]

  • …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… A few days left for poila baisakh, the Bengali new year, and Bengalis slipping slowly in to the festive mood must be pondering over where to eat. Poila Baisakh or the first day of the Baisakh month which usually falls on 14th or 15th April is new year as per the Hindu calendar and not only for Bengalis but also for Tamilians, Assamese, Keralites, Punjabis and many. For Bengalis the day usually marked with cleaning and beautifying […]

    poila baisakh 2010

    …poila baisakh special… A few days left for poila baisakh, the Bengali new year, and Bengalis slipping slowly in to the festive mood must be pondering over where to eat. Poila Baisakh or the first day of the Baisakh month which usually falls on 14th or 15th April is new year as per the Hindu calendar and not only for Bengalis but also for Tamilians, Assamese, Keralites, Punjabis and many. For Bengalis the day usually marked with cleaning and beautifying […]

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    oh! calcutta for bengali cuisine

    Oh! Calcutta Oh! Calcutta @ Kolkata: 10/3, Elgin Road, 4th Floor, Forum Mall, Kolkata – 700 020. Tel        :   (033) 22837161/62/63/64 Oh! Calcutta @ Mumbai: Hotel Rosewood, Tulsiwadi Lane Tardeo, Mumbai – 400 034. Tel        :   (022) 23539114/23533115/23534372 Oh! Calcutta @ Delhi: International Trade Tower, E-Block, Ground Floor, Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110 019. Tel        :  (011) 2646 4180/81/ 82/84/41805525/6/7 Oh! Calcutta @ Pune: City Point Ground Floor, 17-A, Dhole Patil Road, Pune -411011. Tel        :  (020) 66011101/02 Oh! […]

  • “Shubho Bijoya” May Ma Durga fills your life with prosperity and happiness. The festival is over and life is slowly retreating back to its normalcy. The word “Durga puja” becomes synonym with Bengali and Kolkata and it becomes the epitome of Bengali culture and heritage. So nothing surprises that it is being celebrated throughout the world where ever Bengali settlements are there. Unlike Kolkata where countdown for puja starts itself from Mahalaya, places like Bangalore silently decked up for this […]

    durga puja bangalore 2009

    “Shubho Bijoya” May Ma Durga fills your life with prosperity and happiness. The festival is over and life is slowly retreating back to its normalcy. The word “Durga puja” becomes synonym with Bengali and Kolkata and it becomes the epitome of Bengali culture and heritage. So nothing surprises that it is being celebrated throughout the world where ever Bengali settlements are there. Unlike Kolkata where countdown for puja starts itself from Mahalaya, places like Bangalore silently decked up for this […]

  • …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 […]

  • Well, monsoon is definitely the season for hilsa or ilish – fondly known as ‘queen of fish’ because of its unique taste and characteristic silvery look . These fishes are also great swimmers as they crosses thousands of miles in oceans to spawn their eggs in fresh or estuarine waters. Some of the tastiest breeds of hilsa are those from the river Padma in bangladesh (‘padda r ilish’),  river Rupnarayan in hooghly (‘kolaghater ilish‘) and river Ganges (‘ganga r ilish‘).  […]

    hilsa Festival

    Well, monsoon is definitely the season for hilsa or ilish – fondly known as ‘queen of fish’ because of its unique taste and characteristic silvery look . These fishes are also great swimmers as they crosses thousands of miles in oceans to spawn their eggs in fresh or estuarine waters. Some of the tastiest breeds of hilsa are those from the river Padma in bangladesh (‘padda r ilish’),  river Rupnarayan in hooghly (‘kolaghater ilish‘) and river Ganges (‘ganga r ilish‘).  […]

  • Monsoon is finally waning down from the Indian subcontinent and in the coming two-three weeks it will mellow down  to autumn with the onset of Navratri festivals and Durga Pujo. As per the Met reports, there was a significant decline in the amount of rainfall this year which brings woes to the farmers,  power sectors, water shortage,  commodity prices and many more. But there remains only one thing on every Bong foodies’ mind – the supply of Hilsa. Bengali’s romance […]

    Monsoon and Hilsa

    Monsoon is finally waning down from the Indian subcontinent and in the coming two-three weeks it will mellow down  to autumn with the onset of Navratri festivals and Durga Pujo. As per the Met reports, there was a significant decline in the amount of rainfall this year which brings woes to the farmers,  power sectors, water shortage,  commodity prices and many more. But there remains only one thing on every Bong foodies’ mind – the supply of Hilsa. Bengali’s romance […]