Gondhoraj Chicken

What do you do when the cook is on sick leave? Head to the kitchen and brush up the rusting culinary skills. Experiment to your heart’s will and then devour the catastrophe 🙂 . Of the many things that I miss in Bangalore, Gondharaj Lebu is one of them. But luckily we have managed to…

Gur Aam (Sweet Mango Pickle)

There are a few common kitchen items that every grandmothers had. Jars of pickles. Sweet and sour or hot and spicy. Mouth watering and lip smacking pickles to tickle the taste buds. We never knew how she made those, but each tasted different and irresistible. My last post was about the joy of collecting mangoes and wood…

Bel er Sharbat (Wood apple juice)

Have you ever enjoyed picking dropped mangoes and bel (wood apple) after a thunderstorm? The eager wait for the storm to stop while listening to the sound of the mangoes and bel as they hit the ground… it’s a childhood excitement. As soon as the storm and rain subsided, the rush and happiness to collect the…

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…