Motorshuti-r Kochuri

As a Bengali if you have not had motorshutir kochuri this winter, you have missed something really good. Of course, you can have reasons, rather excuses. It’s too oily; requires expertise to get the awesome taste and the “phulko kochuri”; requires time to peel the peas and make the stuffing. … I agree. But the end…

Poush parbon

After hours of arduous effort and lots of love, my mother-in-law made this awesome Bengali Sankranti platter. We call it “pithe” and “puli” and is made on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. Click to see the recipes for Patishapta, Dudh puli, Mooger bhaja pithe and payesh  

Patishapta

I can bet, any Bengali would time travel to their childhood and become nostalgic about their grand mothers preparing variety of ‘pithe’ during Sankranti, ‘patishapta’ being a compulsory among them. Every house would smell of fresh palm jaggery, coconut and cardamom. Ladies would sit together to make ‘pithe’. While their hands constantly prepared the sweets,…

Fruit cake

Winter is perhaps the perfect time to bake cakes. The aroma of the baking cake fills the kitchen and floats beyond the kitchen  door to the living area. The golden crust of the bloated cake is sure to increase the appetite. No doubt, cakes have become synonymous to Christmas. Christmas had been a special day…