Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mango Sorbet

If ice cream is too unhealthy for you...then sorbets can be your solace. But without ice cream machines...even making sorbets can be quite stressful. Besides churning the sorbet base every 2 hours is not an easy job. So instead of using sugar syrup, I use condensed milk in my sorbets to give them its creamy consistency. Also do not skip the lime juice and salt. Those necessary tangy and saltiness just brings out the best of the result.

how to make Mango Sorbet recipe and preparation

how to make Mango Sorbet recipe and preparation

how to make Mango Sorbet recipe and preparation

Monday, May 30, 2016

Alu Kumro Diye Palong Shaak / Bengali Dry Spinach Curry with Pumpkin and Potatoes

Any kind of greens or saag always topped my list of hateful buddies in my teen. Well...as a child I was rather neutral to them as...well to speak honestly, I didn’t care what was in that plate as long as my mother was feeding me. But then...you hit the puberty, and things start to get complicated.

how to cook bengali style palong shaak recipe / palang saag recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook bengali style palong shaak recipe / palang saag recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Friday, May 27, 2016

Patla Murgir Jhol / Bengali Simple Thin Chicken Curry

This is the season of Gandhoraj Lebu...our very own desi breed of Caffir lime. Although not juicy like the lime or lemon...but its heavenly aromatic. Its zest, juice and leaves are equally and heavily utilised in every kitchen of Bengal. This particular lemon is capable of turning the table for any boring curry. Be it just dal or a simple vegetable curry. Squeeze some gandhoraj lebu and mix with some salt...and you are set for a very traditional meal...irrespective of the content and texture of that dish.


how to make Patla Murgir Jhol recipe / Bengali Simple Thin Chicken Curry recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook Patla Murgir Jhol recipe / Bengali Simple Thin Chicken Curry recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to make Patla Murgir Jhol recipe / Bengali Simple Thin Chicken Curry recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Zeera Cookies / Eggless Cumin Cookies

I was never ever a tea person. Even now...I don’t drink tea or even coffee. But if cutting chai is your thing then you by nature also know that those small carts don’t come with only a stove and kettle bubbling with milk but also with some heavenly goodies which are oh-so perfect for those tea times. And although I have never drunk tea from any teas stalls, I deeply adore the cookies and biscuits they sell there. They are usually kept in the front row of that moving street cart, in heavy glass jars closed tightly with thick glass lids. They sell bapuji cakes (small square tiffin cakes wrapped with a bluish butter paper), different biscuits and my favourite cumin cookies and butterfly biscuits. While my friends sipped peacefully their ginger tea I always had my place settled with a small paper bag full of 3 or 4 cumin cookies or butterfly biscuits.

how to make Zeera Cookies recipe / Eggless Cumin Cookies recipe / Jeera Cookies recipe

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Labra / Bengali Mixed Vegetable Curry

For us....and for many Bengali families....rain and khichdi goes hand in hand. If it’s raining outside...the house should and must smell of the nutty aromatic mung dal simmering along the very aromatic....gobindobhog rice. For us...khichdi or as we say it khichuri is not a meal for the sick only...it’s a very satisfying one pot meal for everyone during monsoon. Except the fact that, we Bengalis relish on too much food (our everyday meal consists of at leats 3 course...so you can understand...) only khichuri cannot fulfil the sole purpose of filling the tummy. Because it’s not the stomach we are so concerned about....but the hungry soul. So...”pet bhore kinttu mon bhore na”.

how to cook bengali Labra / Bengali Mixed Vegetable Curry recipe and preparation with step by step photos

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tomato Posto / Tomatoes in a Poppy Seeds Paste Curry

It has been raining since dawn today. It’s half past one in the afternoon now...and still not a single ray of light has come to the sight. The water is pouring down from the sky in exactly the same manner even after 6 hours, when it started suddenly in the dawn with roaring thunder. Thank god...the roads have not flooded yet like Kolkata...and the electricity is still here. My maid skipped the day and I made Masala Khichdi.

how to cook bengali style Tomato Posto recipe / Tomato Curry in a Poppy Seeds Paste recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook bengali style Tomato Posto recipe / Tomato Curry in a Poppy Seeds Paste recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook bengali style Tomato Posto recipe / Tomato Curry in a Poppy Seeds Paste recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook bengali style Tomato Posto recipe / Tomato Curry in a Poppy Seeds Paste recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Monday, May 23, 2016

2 Minutes Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Cakes in a mug are perfect sweet treats. I like them because they come out in a jiffy and are perfect for the evening cravings. And seriously who doesn’t like a moist, fudgy chocolate cake?? So give yourself a fudgy sweet treat this Monday and make this 2 minutes chocolate cake right away!!!

2 Minutes micrwave Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe

Friday, May 20, 2016

Simple One Pot Fish Cury

I like one pot curries. Mostly because I don’t have to stand in front of the gas and in the meantime...I can read book or finish a task or just sip one or two drink!!! J But most of all I love them because they are so easy to cook...because you don’t need to cook at all!!!

Simple One Pot Fish Cury recipe and preparation

Simple One Pot Fish Cury recipe and preparation

This is a recipe which I got from a forum in FB for Bangladeshi Food. But it had neither turmeric powder nor mustard oil. It was a very simple steamed kind of dish. So I started tweaking. I added a generous amount of mustard oil and some turmeric and red chilli powder.

Simple One Pot Fish Cury recipe and preparation

Don’t expect this curry to be very currilicious or rich, but to be very simple and with just the right amount of gravy to spice up your plain rice. Also since we are cooking with raw fish to  begin with, rather than using fried fish, which we generally do in our Bengali fish curries, so handle the fishes with care so that you don’t end up breaking them into several pieces and also cook them properly. Most of the time, if your pieces or fillets are thick and large, they will take more time to cook. So if you are not careful then the inside of the fish may remain raw.

Simple One Pot Fish Cury recipe and preparation

Simple One Pot Fish Curry
Serves 4

Simple One Pot Fish Cury recipe and preparation

Ingredients:
6 pieces of fish (you can use fillets also)
1 onion – finely sliced
4 cloves of garlic – minced
1 inch ginger – minced
2 -3 green chillies – chopped
¼ th cup of mustard oil
1tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp red chilli powder
Salt

Method:
Take a pan or kadai in which you will cook. In that kadai / pan mix in the onions, minced ginger and garlic, salt and mustard oil with the fish.
Let it marinate for 15 minutes.
Put the kadai on low flame and cover with a lid.
Let it cook for 5-6 minutes, then open the lid and carefully flip the fishes.
Put cover again and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Now open the lid and pour in ½ cup of water. Add in the turmeric powder and red chilli powder and give a good mix.
Put the lid on again and cook for 10 minutes more.
After 10 minutes open the lid and check whether the fishes are done.
Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Simmer on low to medium flame until the gravy thickens.
Finish off with some chopped coriander leaves and put off the flame.
Serve hot with steamed hot rice.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Masala Baingan / Eggplants in a spicy Curry

As much funny as it may sound....but there was a time when I hated eggplants like hell. I couldn’t stand them in any attire...but deep fried. But then Begun Posto and Sorshe Begun happened...and I never looked at those purple veggies the same. They were different...they belong to another class...where only quintessential people can only enter. A class I maintain rather very strongly, because you know there is not much veggie in my list at all. And now and then, my beloved mother, from the other side of the phone tries to intervene and makes flimsy attempt to stuff veggies in my platter. So...yes...I got it, vegetables are important and that’s why I add them to the lentils you see!!!!

how to cook Masala Baingan recipe and preparation / Eggplants in a spicy Curry recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook Masala Baingan recipe and preparation / Eggplants in a spicy Curry recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook Masala Baingan recipe and preparation / Eggplants in a spicy Curry recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook Masala Baingan recipe and preparation / Eggplants in a spicy Curry recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Simple Chicken Curry with Curry Leaves and Coconut Milk

Again...I am here with another chicken curry with curry leaves and coconut milk. This rather simple Curry pata Diye Murgir Jhol is the brainchild of my childhood friend who cooks this chicken curry more often than it should be. She cooks it plain without any turmeric or red chilli powder...but I added them to get a beautiful colour. Lovely isn’t it?? There are  not many who loves curry leaves the way I love...but this recipe is so mild and fragrant that it will impress you once and for all, whether you like curry leaves or not.

Simple Chicken Curry with Curry Leaves and Coconut Milk recipe and preparation curry pata r narkel er dudh diye murgir jhol recipe

Simple Chicken Curry with Curry Leaves and Coconut Milk recipe and preparation curry pata r narkel er dudh diye murgir jhol recipe

Simple Chicken Curry with Curry Leaves and Coconut Milk recipe and preparation curry pata r narkel er dudh diye murgir jhol recipe

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pindi Chole

Turns out you can do a lot with chickpeas, rather than making Ghughni. Well...its generally yellow peas which are used to make ghughni, but chickpeas do a descent job too, if you are not in a position to acquire that particular pulse. It was only after I came to Abidjan that I started to make Chole Masala more often that I have ever eaten in home. It’s spicy and goes pretty much well with rice and chapatti, both. Make a plain raita and it’s an easy lunch.

how to cook pindi chole recipe / rawalpindi style chole recipe / pindi chana masala recipe / pindi chole masala recipe / spicy chickpeas curry recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook pindi chole recipe / rawalpindi style chole recipe / pindi chana masala recipe / pindi chole masala recipe / spicy chickpeas curry recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Anyorokm Aloo Seddho Bhaat'e / Bengali Style Boiled Rice with Mashed Potato

Some memories stay long. It gives itself a picturesque quality and the negative is implanted in the viewfinder of your memory...like forever. That’s what I have when I remember about the horrific last moments of myself before leaving for school. I am horrible at being punctual. So almost everyday Ma used to prepare boiled rice with mashed potatoes for my lunch. Not because of any taste issue...just because it was easy to scoop up and gobble down. And in this way....boiled rice and mashed potato has become almost anonymous with my school days. Anonymous with my mother, for whom it was the easiest way to feed me so that I don’t stay hungry.

how to make Anyorokm Aloo Sedho Bhaat'e / Bengali Style Boiled Rice with Mashed Potato recipe bengali aloor bhorta recipe bengali sukno lonka diye alur bhorta recipe

how to make Anyorokm Aloo Sedho Bhaat'e / Bengali Style Boiled Rice with Mashed Potato recipe bengali aloor bhorta recipe bengali sukno lonka diye alur bhorta recipe

how to make Anyorokm Aloo Sedho Bhaat'e / Bengali Style Boiled Rice with Mashed Potato recipe bengali aloor bhorta recipe bengali sukno lonka diye alur bhorta recipe

Friday, May 13, 2016

Paneer in a simple White Gravy

My chickpeas are bubbling on the stovetop and I am busy in our drawing room preparing the final draft of my post. Photos...checked! Spellings...checked!! Recipe...checked. So, everything is literally double checked, so now I am in blogger, the homepage is opening...and cut, copy paste!! Done.

how to cook paneer in a simple easy and quick white gravy white cottage cheese curry recipe with step by step pictures

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Murgh Lajawab / Chicken Lajawab

I was drawn towards this particular chicken curry because of its simplicity in ingredients and method of cooking. It does not come with a long list of spices or any kind of nuts paste...yet, in the end this chicken curry is packed with so much flavour that its quite hard to digest the fact that so less ingredients were called in to prepare this curry.

how to make Murgh Lajawab recipe / Chicken Lajawab recipe / chicken in a spicy tomato sauce recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Macher Paturi / Bengali Style Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf

I wanted to write this post for a long time but it kept being postponed because I had to write too much for this recipe and I was too lazy for that. But thankfully today I thought of just doing the deed...and you have the perfect recipe for Macher Paturi. Macher Paturi has always been a great favourite of mine. Its great with any kind of fish, rui, tilapia, koi...but its the Hilsa and Bhetki , which are born to be reincarnated to be such mind blowing dishes. If you are using Hilsa or Bhetki, just skip the garlic because that will in a way suppress their supreme flavours, but if you are in zillions of milez away from home and just making your virtual way back to your mom’s kitchen with the fish you found in supermarket...then do add the garlic. The garlic will ward away the fleshy flavour of the fish making it tastier.

how to cook bengali Macher Paturi recipe / Bengali style Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf recipe / ilish macher sorshe paturi recipe / bhetki macher sorshe paturi recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook bengali Macher Paturi recipe / Bengali style Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf recipe / ilish macher sorshe paturi recipe / bhetki macher sorshe paturi recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook bengali Macher Paturi recipe / Bengali style Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf recipe / ilish macher sorshe paturi recipe / bhetki macher sorshe paturi recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to cook bengali Macher Paturi recipe / Bengali style Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf recipe / ilish macher sorshe paturi recipe / bhetki macher sorshe paturi recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Kerala Style Fish Masala

You probably know by now that how much I love South Indian food. Well...we all pretty much love dosa and idli and their curry leaves flavoured curries to some extent but when it comes to me...I stretch it a far too long. For me....masala dosa and idlis are not the limit....I want to explore all the nooks and corners of their food habits and cultures.

easy and simple Kerala Style Fish Masala recipe

simple Kerala Style Fish Masala recipe and preparation

Kerala Style Fish Masala recipe with coconut milk

Generally if you look at their fish curries, you will find that they dump raw fishes into their curries...in stark contrast to the Bengali practice, where we first marinate them with turmeric powder and salt and then fry them until crisp before adding them to the curry. But this recipe is different from their general counterparts.


how to cook Kerala Style Fish Masala recipe

spicy Kerala Style Fish Masala recipe

Here a special spicy marinade is prepared for the fishes. These fishes are then shallow fried and then added to the curry. Also, in some recipes there is no use of curry leaves in this curry. Only thick coconut milk and, c’est tout!! Also its very spicy and rich...so if you are not okay with that go slow with the dry red chillies, red chilli powder and oil. Trust me...the taste will be equally good at that time too.

Kerala Style Fish Masala recipe

Kerala Style Fish Masala
Serves 4-6

Kerala Style Fish Masala recipe

Ingredients:
For marinating the fish:
4 fat cloves of garlic
½ inch stick of ginger
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Kashniri red chilli powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
A few black peppercorns (6-8)
10-12 dry red chillies
Salt
1 tbsp salt

Method:
6 thick pieces of fish
3 medium onions – chopped
1 tomato – chopped
3-4 fat garlic cloves – minced
1 inch ginger stick – minced / paste
1 can of coconut milk
1 tsp turmeric powder
2-3 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
1 and ½ tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp dry fenugreek leaves
A handful of fresh coriander leaves – chopped
2-3 tbsp oil

Method:
Dry roast the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns and dry red chillies for a minute.
In a grinder put together the garlic cloves, ginger stick and all the dry roasted spices, with little water and make a smooth paste of it. Pour this paste in bowl and whisk in the red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Rub this paste over all the pieces of fish. Let them marinade in this paste for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, heat the oil in a kadai and fry the marinated piece of fish until they become crisp from outside.
Take the fishes out of the kadai after they are nicely fried.
Throw in all the chopped fishes into the remaining oil and sauté them on medium heat until they become lightly golden.
Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté to get rid of the strong garlic flavours.
Next add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they become all mushy and oil starts to separate from the curry. Sniff the curry to be sure. If the curry does not smell like tomatoes anymore, your curry is ready.
Add a dash of water and throw in the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder.
Pour in the coconut milk and give a good stir to mix everything well.
Adjust the salt.
Let the gravy come to a boil and then put the fried pieces of fish into it.
Put cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, so that the pieces of fish can absorb all the flavours from the curry.
Open the lid and sprinkle the dry fenugreek leaves.
Simmer on medium flame till the gravy thickens and oil starts to float on top of it.
Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Finally finish off with the handful chopped fresh coriander leaves.
Put off the flame
Serve hot with rice / roti.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ma'er Tomato Aloor Torkari

Every family has their own go to curry...which they eat in breakfast with chapatti or paratha. And when time is short...this is the curry, that goes with luchi too. It can be a simple potato fry, which we call Aloo Chorchori. Now, aloo chorchori can be of many types depending on the spice you choose for tempering. You can use cumin seeds or mustard seeds or nigella seeds or panch phoron. Frankly....I love them all.

simple bengali potato curry for chapati or ruti or luchi or paratha / bengali tomato and potato curry / aloo tamatar jhol

Friday, May 6, 2016

Lau Kakra / Bengali Bottle Gourd Curry with Crab

We are all more or less accustomed with Lau chingri in a way or other. It’s the most preferable recipe of mine on the days of cooking with bottle gourd. Mostly because I was never and still am not much a fan of veg recipes. So when I came across with this subtly spiced bottle gourd recipe of Lau Kakra, I did not think much.

easy and simple bengali bottle gourd recipe and preparation Lau Kakra recipe / Bengali Bottle Gourd Curry with Crab recipe with step by step with pictures

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream

I have always loved the Pistachio ice cream for ages. They used to come in small cups and a small plastic spoon. I loved the texture, loved the taste...there was nothing that I could say that I don’t like. Yumm....

how to make no churn homemade Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream recipe and preparation

how to make no churn homemade Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream recipe and preparation

how to make no churn homemade Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream recipe and preparation