Gulab jamun

Known as ‘Pantua’ in Bengali, is one of my favourite. I love these fried sweets and the Bengali sweets platter has a number of similar items to offer, namely, ‘Pantua’, ‘Langcha’, ‘Chhana-r Jilipi’. I can bet , a  gulab jamun with the  unpalatable meal in the office cafeteria is sure to increase the sale of…

Nimki (Namakpare)

The period between Dashami and Kali puja is what Bengalis consider as Bijoya. Friends and acquaintances come visiting to greet and wish each other on this festive occasion.  Being a Bengali you wouldn’t be surprised if you see a plate of ‘Nimki’ and a bowl of ‘Ghugni’ served with love. Nimki and ghugni has become…

Mocha Pudding

You would laugh if I say that I don’t drink coffee and the only thing with a coffee flavour that I like is the toffee ‘Coffee Bites’. Since I don’t drink coffee (neither tea) I’m not a connoisseur of its taste and aroma. I don’t understand the difference between the variants of it like Cappuccino,…

Kumro phool bhaja (Pumpkin blossom fritters)

This morning, like any traditional bengali household, my father came back from the local market with a bag full of fresh vegetables and fish. As he put down his bag, I saw the lovely bright yellow hand picked pumpkin blossoms ( kumro phool) peeping out of the bag. “KUMRO PHOOL !!!!” I exclaimed in delight. There are…

Payesh

Bengalis celebrate this day (first full moon after the Mahalaya), as kojagori Lakshmi puja. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped as the deity of wealth, prosperity and happiness. Since my childhood I have seen her seated on a lotus holding a bunch of paddy in one hand and a lotus in another. Lakshmi puja is celebrated in…

Gawja (Shakkarpare)

I picked up my mobile last night to set an early morning alarm. Any special day?? Yes, it’s Mahalaya. But by the time my son felt sound asleep, it was 1:30 AM.  Waking at 4 or 5AM seemed difficult after an hourly disrupted sleep. I won’t serve that as an excuse to wake up at…