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…

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…

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…