Gandharaj Lebu-r Sharbat (Bengali lemonade)

There are few things that makes the unbearable hot and humid summer, refreshing and delightful. Mangoes, litchis and watermelons joining the fleet of summer delights along with thirst quenchers and plethora of ice creams of varied flavours. Do you think we would have cherished these, had the weather been soothing and pleasant ? I doubt.…

Chingri Aam Kasundi

The spring is slowly making way for the scorching summer. The trees are in full bloom and the greenery around still imparts a cooling effect unless you step out in the sun. Early mornings and evenings are pleasant while afternoons are hot. Schools in Bangalore are already closed for annual summer vacation and it’s a…

Chicken Dak Bungalow

Satyajit Ray’s movie “Aranyer Dinratri”¬†probably introduced me to what is known as “Dak Bunglow”.The story of four friends making an¬†unplanned escape from their complex¬†city lives into¬†to the serenity of jungles. The “Dak Bunglow” with barely any amenities that they took shelter¬†in by bribing the caretaker, beckons me for its simplicity, austerity and no frill humbleness.…

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.…