Chicken Rezala

Sunday chicken curry this week had to be in Mughal style. There are two reasons for that. First, the man of the house has decided to stop eating chicken due to the predictable monotonous taste of the Bengali style chicken curries every week. Chilly chicken, bengali chicken curry doesn’t tempt him anymore. Search for a different taste and…

Moog Shamli or Mooger Bhaja Pithe

The cold January air is reverberating to the beats of the drums for Lohri tonight and the dark night sky is lit with sky lanterns. Tomorrow at dawn,  thousands will brave the biting cold to take a holy dip at Ganga Sagar. Tomorrow is Makar Sankranti or poush sankranti. Each household across India has their own…

Bhoger Khichuri

What can be better than penning “Bhoger Khichuri” for my 100th blog post on Maha Shashti?  Yes, Durga Pujo has started and we Bengalis are going berserk about what to wear, what to eat, which puja pandal to start with and when’s the pushpanjali happening on Maha Ashtami. The beats of Dhak, smell of incense sticks…

Simple Chocolate Cake

Simple home baked cakes doesn’t need any occasion. Just whisk up the ingredients and wait for the kitchen to fill up with the aroma of the perfectly baking cake. And ahh the smell when you open the oven. Bliss !!! But this simple cake used to be a great occasional affair when we were kids.…

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…