Shorshe Pomfret

I’m probably spending some of the best days of this year. The time that I yearn for the entire year. The time that can fill my life with so much positive energy that it can drive me through tough times.  Reason being, I’m with my parents for the summer vacation in Kharagpur. Not only my…

Chingri Bhorta

“Bangal Ranna” (Bangladeshi cuisine) can never go unnoticed. Either you hate it or love it. Elaborate recipes, attention to details  and making a finger licking delicacy out of any and everything grown around is an inherent characteristic of Bangal Ranna. Abundant use of spices, mustard paste, hot chillies and mustard oil brings in the perfect…

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.…

Kasundi Bhetki

A bottle of Kasundi (Bengali mustard sauce) laid in my refrigerator unattended for months until yesterday I graced it with fish fry. The tangy and pungent taste sent the zing through my tastebuds to the culinary portion of my grey matter. The instant idea was to try kasundi bhetki. Fish prepared with Kasundi is not…

Ilish bhapa

While watching the havoc brought down by the cyclone Hudhud, I feel blessed to have a secure shelter and ample food supply. Sitting in my cozy living room with the luxury to gobble dishes of my choice, I think of those unfortunate poor affected coastal residents who have lost their homes, cattle and agricultural produce. Gloomy…

Easy Ilish Biryani

I love Ilish (Hilsa) like any other Bengali. “Padda-r Ilish” (Hilsa from the river Padma in Bangladesh) is the most crazed fish in West Bengal. The silver beauty adorns the Bengali meal platter any day. Since my childhood I’ve enjoyed various delicacies made of this fish. May it be jhal (fish cooked in mustard gravy),…