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…

Paneer Bhapa

Ganesh chaturthi was celebrated with full fervor and euphoria in our residential community last week. Among the various cultural and engaging activities for the residents, the cooking competition made my ponder. The challenge was “sattvic recipes”.  Which meant no fish cutlets, no chicken kebabs, no deviled eggs. In fact no garlic and onion. …..Should I participate…

Echor-er dalna (Bengali style raw jackfruit curry)

Long gone are the days when summers meant vacation and eagerness to go to my grandparents’ place. Today, they reside preciously in my heart and memories. I fondly remember their “keeping no stone unturned” attempts to make our stay enjoyable and comfortable in the scorching heat. My grandmother would run after us to keep us indoor…

Motorshuti-r Kochuri

As a Bengali if you have not had motorshutir kochuri this winter, you have missed something really good. Of course, you can have reasons, rather excuses. It’s too oily; requires expertise to get the awesome taste and the “phulko kochuri”; requires time to peel the peas and make the stuffing. … I agree. But the end…

Kumro phool bhaja (Pumpkin blossom fritters)

This morning, like any traditional bengali household, my father came back from the local market with a bag full of fresh vegetables and fish. As he put down his bag, I saw the lovely bright yellow hand picked pumpkin blossoms ( kumro phool) peeping out of the bag. “KUMRO PHOOL !!!!” I exclaimed in delight. There are…

Fruit custard

My memories of this fruit dessert goes back to my school days. My mother used to prepare this occasionally. The first time she made this, it tasted similar to “shinni” (the Bengali prasad offered during Sathya Narayan puja). Only difference being, fruit custard tastes of vanilla while shinni tastes of camphor and coconut. My next memory…

Pav Bhaji

My parents like all other responsible and health conscious parents kept us away from street foods. Undoubtedly my mouth salivated at the sight of these appealing dishes. The aroma and the expected taste beckoned me every time I passed by a street food stall. It was only at my grandmother’s place that my demands were…