Paneer Bhapa

Ganesh chaturthi was celebrated with full fervor and euphoria in our residential community last week. Among the various cultural and engaging activities for the residents, the cooking competition made my ponder. The challenge was “sattvic recipes”.  Which meant no fish cutlets, no chicken kebabs, no deviled eggs. In fact no garlic and onion. …..Should I participate…

Chingri shorshey posto

Apart from the age old debate over Mohanbagan or East Bengal, Chingri (prawn) or Ilish (Hilsa), there’s one more important distinct difference in the culinary culture of Ghoti and Bangal: the use of mustard and poppy seeds. While Ghoti recipes boast about its poppy seed usage, Bangal recipes have the zing of the mustard pungency. With…

The Frozen Yogurt Series – 2

Never realized photographing frozen yogurts could be this difficult. I carefully took out my frozen yogurt from the refrigerator. Gently scooped out the creamy delight and placed it spotless in my serving cup. Sprinkled choco chips and coulourful vermicelli on top and Voila !!!! My frozen yogurt is all ready for the photoshoot. But where’s…

The Frozen Yogurt Series – 1

Every time I go to pick the groceries, the freezer full of ice creams just beckons me like a mesmerizing witch. While I tip toe towards the freezer and gaze at the flavoured ice creams drooling, my health conscious self knocks me hard and I tip toe back to the payment counter. Engulfing back my tempatation without picking up…

Dudh puli

Can you think of a poush parbon/sankranti without patishapta and other puli pithe. I think making these traditional Bengali dishes is an art and requires practice to recreate what out grandmothers and mothers had been presenting us for years. If we do not learn and take it forward, soon our future generations would get to know about these…

Nolen gur-er ice cream

Winter is here. We barely experience the teeth chattering or freezing winter in Bangalore. I sometime wonder if I should be happy about this pleasant weather. Am I missing the fun and thrill of the extreme temperatures? Being wrapped in quilts weighing tons and gossip with family over a hot cup of coffee (instead of…

Ilish bhapa

While watching the havoc brought down by the cyclone Hudhud, I feel blessed to have a secure shelter and ample food supply. Sitting in my cozy living room with the luxury to gobble dishes of my choice, I think of those unfortunate poor affected coastal residents who have lost their homes, cattle and agricultural produce. Gloomy…