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…

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…

Simple Chocolate Cake

Simple home baked cakes doesn’t need any occasion. Just whisk up the ingredients and wait for the kitchen to fill up with the aroma of the perfectly baking cake. And ahh the smell when you open the oven. Bliss !!! But this simple cake used to be a great occasional affair when we were kids.…

Chingri shorshey posto

Apart from the age old debate over Mohanbagan or East Bengal, Chingri (prawn) or Ilish (Hilsa), there’s one more important distinct difference in the culinary culture of Ghoti and Bangal: the use of mustard and poppy seeds. While Ghoti recipes boast about its poppy seed usage, Bangal recipes have the zing of the mustard pungency. With…

The Frozen Yogurt Series – 1

Every time I go to pick the groceries, the freezer full of ice creams just beckons me like a mesmerizing witch. While I tip toe towards the freezer and gaze at the flavoured ice creams drooling, my health conscious self knocks me hard and I tip toe back to the payment counter. Engulfing back my tempatation without picking up…

Nolen gur-er ice cream

Winter is here. We barely experience the teeth chattering or freezing winter in Bangalore. I sometime wonder if I should be happy about this pleasant weather. Am I missing the fun and thrill of the extreme temperatures? Being wrapped in quilts weighing tons and gossip with family over a hot cup of coffee (instead of…

Dhoka-r Dalna

Today is Maha Ashtami. Well, some of you might disagree and say it’s Maha Saptami rather. I don’t deny.. according to the Hindu almanac, it was Saptami till 10:20 AM, post which Maha Ashtami has commenced. The most auspicious day of the five day celebration. A day which revives fond memories in every Bengali heart. Dressed…