Nobody wants to eat simple beetroot. Even I used to hate that potato and beetroot curry in my childhood. So to make us eat the beetroot, my “masi” invented this recipe, “beet bata”. "Bata" in Bengali cuisine refers to those category of recipes which are fried until the main ingredient becomes completely mushy. These recipes are generally very spicy and tends to have a pungent smell of the garlic. But here the strong garlic flavour overpowers the typical odd flavour of the beetroots and the addition of sugar gives it a nice taste, which is neither too sweet nor just salty.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
This recipe of chicken curry from the southern coastal part of India is popular for its spice quotient. Cooked with only minimum spices and grated fresh coriander, the masala paste is all what takes for a lip smacking curry like this. Just have some patience for about half an hour and it will pay off with a red hued curry with soft and succulent chicken pieces and lovely oil floating on top. Now that I call..yummm...!!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Shukto, the medley of summer vegetables in a bitter-sweet curry is one of those recipes that never age. Shukto is considered as a starter in Bengali cuisine and it is eaten only during lunch. As a child I used to freaking hate Shukto (along with “teto dal” i.e. lentils with bitter gourd) because of its bitterness and I insisted ma to give me only potatoes. But now the adult me knows all the benefits of all those vegetables and the very necessary bitter factor makes the “shukto” stand out on its own, and there is hardly any other recipe that will match the popularity and respect that “shukto” claims over people. If you haven’t tasted “shukto” yet, you probably have missed a great deal of our cuisine, because we are not just “rosogolla”, "kosha mangsho" and “mishit doi”, trust me we make some crazy veggie delights as well.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Faced with two full bottles of orange juice just one day before leaving, the only choice I thought of was using that delicious orange juice in making orange chicken. I had heard really good stuffs about this orange hued Chinese chicken preparation and now was the time to make it. I wanted to make it so many times before but somehow it got always pushed away and the recipe could not materialize before. But now, I had the time as well as the ingredients...and there were two hungry adult people in my house, so no worry about leftovers too!!!