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…