Bhetki Cutlet

Lessons of life are best imparted through experience than preaching. Exposing the little one to the world around and nurturing him to admire, experience and appreciate the various lessons of life, perhaps comes naturally to any mother. While you may thing that the process is unidirectional with the mother mentoring the child, actually it’s mutual.…

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 ūüôā . Of the many things that I miss in Bangalore, Gondharaj Lebu is one of them. But luckily we have managed to…

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.…

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.…

Moog Shamli or Mooger Bhaja Pithe

The cold January air is reverberating¬†to the beats of the drums for Lohri tonight and the dark night sky is lit with sky lanterns. Tomorrow at dawn, ¬†thousands will brave the biting cold to take a holy dip at Ganga Sagar. Tomorrow is Makar Sankranti or poush sankranti. Each household across India has their own…

Bhoger Khichuri

What can be better than penning¬†“Bhoger Khichuri” for my 100th blog post on Maha Shashti? ¬†Yes, Durga Pujo has started and we Bengalis are going berserk about what to wear, what to eat, which puja pandal to start with and when’s the pushpanjali happening on Maha Ashtami. The beats of Dhak, smell of incense sticks…