Bhapa Ilish

As the dark nimbus clouds spreads its wings across the firmament and the pitter-patter raindrops tap your window panes, you know it’s monsoon.  It’s time to harvest the jewels of the sea. Silvery glowing Ilish (Hilsa) is what any fish loving Bengali can fight for (die for or loosening wallet for). Recently a friend of…

Narkel diye lau

When I was a kid, I didn’t like lau (bottle gourd, dudhi, lauki), neither did I like narkel (coconut). So this didn’t like this dish as such. But never resisted to have it. My parents would narrate all the nutritional qualities that each ingredient had and why I should like it. Little did I know…

Potol chingri

No matter how costly it is, I manage to eat potol (parwal,wax gourd, pointed gourd) every summer. I wouldn’t say it’s difficult to get potol in Bangalore, it’s only that it’s expensive. My parents back at home get potol for Rs 10-15 a kilo, while I buy it for Rs 60 a kilo in Bangalore.…

Bengali thali

Ever since I came to Bangalore, the word “thaali” resonates in my mind to depict a wholesome Indian meal. Every other restaurant serves a meal platter with numerous items. A “thaali” contains the basic items of a meal. The items differs based on the region and food habits. A “North Indian thaali” contains at least…

Mango salsa

Summer has almost given it’s stage to the monsoon. The heat (prickly heats as well :P) has vanished.Rains mop over the dirty and dusty earth. This reminds me that we may not get mangoes after a few days. Mangoes spread sweetness in the scorching summer. A sip of cool mango lassi or aam panna refreshes…

Maachher dimer boda r chutney

Well, this is the limit of arbitrary cooking. Cooking out of anything available in your kitchen. From French vegetable stew to Bengali fish roe fritters. Can you imagine this diversity in a single day? Beware: this content is for serious fish lovers only. People who hate fish are strictly advised to avoid this post. Bengalis love…

Ratatouille

I can repeat it hundred times that my blog is inspired by the movie “Julie and Julia”. I relate myself to Julie Powell. She had a job and loved to cook. She found solace in the recipes of Julia Child. But my situation is a bit different. Though I love to cook, I did’t set…