Cuisine - Indian
<p>So finally winter is here. A for a bong winter means 'Nolen Gur', 'pithe puli', gurer payesh', 'Gurer sondesh/rosogolla'. But in outside of West Bengal these treats are always out fo your reach. Though you can get Bengali Sweets in other states of India, but Gur or Date palm jaggery is may be your dream. In Hyderabad, Gangura, the famous bengali sweet shop of Kolkata brings you good Winter sweets, but it's very far from our house. </p> <p>And my husband is not a foodie so he didn't go too long for any food. When I was very sad of not getting 'Nolen Gur', suddenly get a phone call from my dad, and he informed me, he had sent 'Nolen Gur' by courier service.</p> <p>I was like jumping in joy and make a list of sweets I would going to prepare. First sweet would be 'Gurer Rosogolla'. Because I generally not a Sweet lover, but I love gurer rosogolla/sondesh. So gathered 2 packets of Organic Cow's milk from our daily milk packets and prepared season's first 'Nolen Gurer Rosogolla'. Only 5 ingredients, super easy soft spongy aromatic rosogolla recipe is here. Have a look...</p>
Rosbora is another sweet of this festival. This sweet is very easy to make and tasty too. Perfect Rosbora will be very soft and fluffy, melts in your mouth. Rosbora is very easy to make and a famous sweet of any Bengali Family. This sweet is made with Urad dal. The syrup can be made with Jaggery or Sugar. If Jaggery is not available at your home, you can make it with sugar at any time and any season. Here is the recipe.
Rosogolla is a famous Bengali sweet. On the name of rosogolla every Indian know that is authentic Bengali sweet. Here is another variation or flavor of rogolla is Komola Bhog. This is Orange flavored rosogolla.
We has no Microwave, but he uses electric cake oven for baking. It takes time but he bakes the cakes with patience. So I've also inherited this quality from him and makes my own goodies at home for distribution. I'll bake someday for the street child in future. Any way today I'm going to share my latest recipe of a Karachi Bakery famous Tutti Fruity Shortbread Cookies, which I'm going to share with my 11 co-blogger friends of 'Soups to Sweets' Facebook page. This is a very easy recipe for making quick cookies. Let's check for the recipe...
Actually I was looking for a traditional recipe of this curry. When I told my maid about my love for the food here, she told me if I want to know any recipe of their own she will tell me. So I asked he about the Chicken curry recipe, she told me the recipe which is actually her family's recipe for this curry. This recipe contains curry leaves, dried coconut & poppy seeds paste as secreat ingredients. After tasted the chicken I felt like, I'm tasting the most flavorfull chicken of my life. It was perfect in spice level, very flavourful and enriched with spices. This chicken curry goes best with Malabar/Lachha paratha. Here is the detailed recipe of Traditional Hyderabadi Chicken Curry Recipe....
In Delhi, they follow the Nawabi style, whereas In Lakhnow, Awadhi cuisine has been followed. In Kolkata the biryani is almost cooked in Awadhi style along with Egg and potato. Awadh's last Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was exiled in 1856 to the Kolkata suburb of Metiabruz,he brought his personal chef with him, and evolved the Lakhnow Awadhi style biryani in Kolkata. But the poorer household of Kolkata couldn't afford the meat so potatoes had been added. Now this has became the specialty of Kolkata biryani. Kolkata biryani is much lighter in spices and the rice is being flavored with Kewra, rose water and Mitha Attar. Which makes the biryani even more flavorful than any other states' biryani. Kolkata style mutton biryani is already on blog, today I'm going to share the 'Chicken biryani' recipe with you. Hope you like it.
Jalebi or Jeelipi is a very popular Indian sweet. It can be served cold or hot. It is made by deep frying a batter in pretzel or circular shape and soaked into sugar syrup. This sweet considers as a "Celebration Sweet" in India. Here it is considered as a famous "Ratha-Yatra" special sweet.
Hey it's Diwali guys, just in 2 days, how can I share any other recipe. So here is my Diwali special Cookies recipe, which is kids' friendly and very easy to make. You need butter, a handful of Almond, Atta(wheat flour), sugar that's it. It'll take 1 hour from start to end. In recent days I'm making all Kids' friendly recipe as my 1 year old boy wants to eat anything from my hand. So I've decided to cook almonst every item kids' friendly, so he can enjoy everything. So here is my Almond Butter Cookies recipe, which can be enjoyed by everyone. Btw I've partly adopted this recipe from blog, Fooddiva.
<p>Last week Durga Puja has finished. As we are in Hyderabad there are few pujas have been organised by the Bengalis live here. And the main attraction of the Durga Puja here is lots of Bengali Food stalls are set up near the Puja ground. We had lots of fried street food from there. But there was a stall which came all the way from Kolkata, that was 'Sholoana Bangali',they were serving lip smacking chop, cutlets. My freind's husband bought lots of items for later consumption, but I was in a dilemma, buy or not to buy, finally not bought, as it was heavily raining, and my concern was how to get out of that place. After going back to home, my friend told me they bought 'Mochar Chop' along with other snacks items, and it was lip smacking good. And they were felt bad as I didn't buy any of the items. So I thought to make some today, as it's heavily raining in Hyderabad and this will be a very good companion with evening tea & puffed rice. So not much talking now, let's see the recipe...</p>
Few years back I shared "Kanchakolar/Plantain Shammi Kabab. Today I am going to share another recipe of Plantain, which will make this not so favourite fruit more delicious.I adopted this recipe from my Mother-In-law, who makes me to love Kanchakola by her cooking "Kanchakolar Kofta". This is a very famous & authentic Bengali recipe too.
Monsoon and deep fried snacks are made for each other. And in this rainy season 'Bengali Mangsher Chop' has no substitution. Mangsher Chop is a famous Bengali snacks item from "Tele Bhaja"(deep fried) shops of Kolkata. As all of us know, that Kolkata is famous for street food like Tele bhaja, Chop, Egg Roll, Cutlet, Chowmein and many more. There are lots of "Tele Bhaja" stalls in all around the Kolkata. One of the famous shop of Tele Bhaja is Kalika Tele Bhaja shop. But they do not use onion or garlic in their Tele Bhaja. Mangsher Chop is a famous Tele Bhaja. It tastes awesome and easy to make too. For this famous snacks you need mutton keema. Boiled keema are added to the spiced mashed potatoes, then dipped into egg batter and coated with bread crumb and then deep fried. So no more introductions, let's go to the recipe...
Bengali Sunday is totally incomplete without 'Kochi Panthar Jhol' & Gorom Bhat. Baby goat meat has less fat, tender and easy to digest. I always love mutton curry, light stew type. In this curry I've added all freshly ground spices with very less oil. This is my Grand Mom(Mother's Mom). She used to cook each and every dish with freshly ground spices. She used to use Mortar & Pestle to ground spices. And this curry should be cooked in a pan only, pressure cook will not bring the exact taste. So lets jump to the recipe and make it as soon as possible. And off course don't forget to send me the pictures with your feedback.
These sweets are quite time consuming. And in recent days you can get every authentic Bengali sweets in the nearby Sweet shops. But who stays outside Bengal, what about them. I'm sure they still miss those Authentic Bengali sweets. So I prepare these 'Narkel Er Takti' for them, who badly miss them and want to make at home. This recipe is little easier than the authentic recipe. Here is the recipe of 'Narkel Er Takti/Chapa.
This recipe has been adopted from Bangladesh. In this recipe raw Ilish/Hilsha pieces are steamed in mustard and coconut paste along with turmeric, green chili, salt and mustard oil. This is an effortless cooking. Only marinate the fish and put into a non-stick pan and cook on low heat for 20-30 minutes. No need to stir or add something in between cooking. And here is the recipe...
Durga Puja is knocking our door, only 2 days away. We bongs are too excited to celebrate the Biggest Festival. The Bongs all over the world celebrate this festival. We ware new dresses, sarees etc, have lots of food during this festival. And without "Astamir Bhog" it does not complete the food culture of Durga Puja. So today I'm going to share the "Astami Special Bhoger Khichuri & Labrar Torkari". Bhoger Khichuri is very arometic and tasty. And here is the recipe...
Dak bungalows were rest houses where the travelers used to take rest while on a journey, or used as a night stop during a trip. At that time the Care-taker had their own Poultry, Goat at Dak Bungalows for easy milk and meat supplies. This kind of curries are always be the only Dinner/Lunch item. So it is always cooked along with Potat ,Egg and freshly ground spices, as that time Store Bought spices were not being used in cooking.
Chanar jeelipi is a very popular sweet in Bengal, Rajasthan & Orissa,though the form can differ significantly from place to place. It is made by deep-frying a paneer dough in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup.
Dorbesh is nothing but Boondi Laddu. But this Dorbesh is little different from the regular Non-bengali boondi laddu. Dorbesh is made with colorful boondies, and looks very tempting. Dorbesh taste little bit different from regular laddu. This Bengali Boondi Laddu is made with boondi, cashew, raisins and khoya kheer or mawa. We have to mix all the ingredients together and then shape them into Laddus.
Ghee Bhat/Vegetable Polao is cooked with Basmati Or Gobindobhog rice. In USA Gobindobhog rice is not available. Kalijeera Rice, which is available in Bangladeshi Grocery Stores, but the is not exact like the Gobindobhog rice. So Basmati rice can be used as substitute. This polao is cooked in ghee or clarified butter only along with vegetables & nuts, so this is called Ghee Bhat. Here is the recipe.....
This chomchom itself a very popular sweet of Bengali. And this variety of the famous chomchom, even more tasty and delicious all over India. When you put a piece of Malai Chomchom in your mouth , you will forget about your calories, and will enjoy the melt in mouth sweet. The making of this heavenly sweet is little lengthy, but it will worth, when your family will have them and praise you for the effort.
This polao should be cooked with Bengali aromatic rice called "Gobindobhog" rice. But out of West Bengal it is not possible to get this rice. This is Bengal special rice. Its aroma makes the Polao more aromatic & tasty. Some people say that "Kalizeera" rice, which is available in Bengladeshi stores, is quite similar, but belive me I could not find the similarity, because once you eat the "Gobindobhog" rice you will never forget the aroma. So I made this with "Basmati Rice". This can be a better substitute of "Gobindobhog" rice. Ghee and saffron are the 2 very essential ingredients for this preparation, you can't skip these two. For this most aromatic rice you need very less ingredients but it taste really awesome.
This dal is made for special occasions like Birthdays, Pujas Or to serve the guests. And this dal is must for the most famous Bengali Festival "Durga Puja". This is one of my most favorite Dinner menu on the first day of the Durga Puja "Shasthi". On this day we should have vegetarian menu at our home. So this one is a must dish for "Shasthi".
Narkel Naru is a dessert from Bengal. They are ball-shaped and made from khoya/condensed milk and coconut, a traditional food during Pujas such as the Durga Puja/Lakshmi Puja, consumed throughout India. Specially for Vijaya Dashami "Narkel Naru" is must to greet the guests who visit our home during Puja.
In Bengali culture, people says, Payesh is the best sweet item to celebrate any good news. Such as birthdays, anniversary, rice ceremony, marraiges or even for the baby showers. And for the worship to the God, Payesh is the must Bhog item to be dedicated. Payesh is be made with a special Flavorful Rice, which is named as Gobindobhog Rice, but if you are unable to find this rice, go on with good quality Basmati Rice Or Kalijeera Rice. Kalijeera Or Basmati Rice can be available in any Bangladeshi Grocery stores. Gobindobhog Rice is only available in West Bengal. Today I'm going to share the recipe of special payesh which is called 'Poromanno Or Bhoger Payesh', which is little different from regular Payesh recipe. I've adopted this recipe from my Grand Mother(father's mom). In this recipe, the rice should be lightly fried in Ghee, and the milk, ghee fried rice would be boiled in caramel along with chopped nuts. Sounds interesting, let's go to the recipe.....
Taler Bora Or Asian Sugar Palm Sweet Fritters "Taler Bora" is the must item for "Janmastami" Or "Lord Shri Krishna's Birthday" celebration. This special sweet fritters are made during "Janmastami" on the month of Bhadra according to Bengali calendar.
Almost in every Bengali home "Sunday Special Panthar Jhol" is must for lunch menu. This is not a very rich curry. This kind of "Mangsher Jhol" is cooked with very less spices, just like stew. This type of "Mangsher Jhol" goes well with Plain Steamed Rice and cucumber, onion salad. Goat meat is itself little rich. So you can not have a lot at a time. And Goat meat should be consumed at lunch only. This meat is little difficult to digest.
That means Green Jackfruit Curry.The jackfruit is believed indigenous to the rain forests of the Western Ghats of India. It spread early on to other parts of India, southeast Asia, the East Indies and ultimately the Philippines. It is often planted in central and eastern Africa and is fairly popular in Brazil and Surinam. Enchor Chicngri is a Green Jack-fruit cooked with Prawn in a spicy gravy, goes well with Steamed Rice Or Roti.
Aloo Bhaja" is very famous in Bengal."Aloo Bhaja" is serves along with any kind of dal."Aloo Bhaja" have many variantions such as Round Shaped Aloo Bhaja, Match Sticks shaped Aloo Bhaja, Thinly Sliced Aloo Bhaja, Jhuri Aloo bhaja. Here is the recipe of Jhuri Aloo Bhaja i.e. Very thinly grated crispy fried potato. This variantion of Aloo bhaja can be serves as evening snack also with "Masala Chai".
I had this "Bandhakopi Chingrir Ghonto" in my aunt's house. She made this for me, as she knows I love prawn, so she cooked everything with prawns from starter to main coarse. But I liked this dish the most. So I learnt the recipe of this dish from her. As my hubby doesn't like prawns, so I do not cook prawns regularlly. But today I was craving for this curry. So prepared this for dinner. And I followed my Aunt's recipe here.
Lobster is a very popular seafood in Goa, India. When I was in Goa, I had a very nice and light Lobster Curry, which was named as "Lobster in Butter Sauce". It was so tasty dish, served with plain steamed rice. The gravy was mild and very tasty. I just love seafood, and if you are in Goa, no one can resists to taste the seafood there. My husband is not a seafood lover. He does not like the strong smell of the Prawns, Crabs or Lobsters. So I was free to tastes all of them. But the most tasty dish according to me was this "Lobster in Butter Sauce". When I got live lobsters, I gave a try to make that heavenly "Lobster in Butter Sauce", and it came out almost similar with thar "Lobster in Butter Sauce". But I renamed this dish as "Butter Lobster". Hope you guys will enjoy the taste...
I love fresh methi or fenugreek leaves for the slight bitterness they add to any dish. Each time I go to Little India, I scout around for a bunch. They are not very easy to find so when I do get them, I wrack my brain on what to make with it. Chopped Methi leaves and some other spices are mixed with Maida, make a dough and roll them into Parathas and cook on Hot Tawa.
I use Pumpkin leaf because I love to eat the spice marinated leaf as well. But if you can not find Pumpkin leaf, banana leaf is also a good option. This is a typical Bengali or I should say East Bengali dish. This recipe is very easy to prepare, effortless, no need to cook for long time. Infact any Hilsa recipe is indeed very quick and easy. So why should we waste our time in talking about hilsa, we all know the fact. Let's jump and peek the process.
Shukto is a traditional bengali dish, which is a part of a full course bengali meal. Shukto should be served at the beginning of the menu. It is a combination of sweet and bitter in taste. Different types of vegetables are used in this recipe. The recipe which I'm going to share today, is typically our family recipe, which my grandmother used follow. So let's peek the recipe.
Ilish Machher Jhol is one of my favorite Ilish preparation. This is a very light curry of Hilsha fish, which is cooked with eggplant & potato. Spices are used in a very little amount. In this curry , Ilish can be added raw or very lightly fried.
Muri ghonto is a authentic Bengali dish, where the Rohu/Katla fish head is cooked with flavorful rice like Gobindo Bhog Chal. Gobindo Bhog Chal is only available is Bengal. But if you are outside of Bengal, you may use good quality Basmati rice for 'Muri Ghonto'. This recipe I adopted from my mom. She makes this awesome. If my mom makes this, I don't even need anything else this. A plate of rice will be vanished in a minute with this. In this recipe she always use only ghee and fresh Katla fish head. I'm giving you her signature recipe which she adopted from her mother,(My Grand Mom). Follow each and every step & ingredients, then you will get the exact dish. So here is the awesome recipe of 'Muri Ghonto'.
Lassi is a savory cool yogurt based beverage popular in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri lanka, Bangladesh. Lassi is made with sour curd, black salt, sugar. Some time roasted ground cumin is added to enhance the taste. Fruits can be used to make variations. Today I'm going to share a lassi recipe which is not the traditional recipe, it's a common variation of Lassi, 'Tender Coconut Lassi/Daab Lassi' In this lassi Tender/Young coconut flesh is blended with sour curd and then it is added with the other ingredients. So lets off to the recipe....
Mung dal or yellow lentil is Bengali's regular lunch item. This lentil is used to make many dishes such as plain dal, vegetable dal, khichuri, pakora , dal with fish head ect. Here I'm giving you another famous dal recipe for lunch menu with fish head.
"Doi Machh" is not an authentic Bengali fish recipe. It's somewhat like fusion curry. It's a nice dish to serve the guests. Doi mach is yoghurt based Rohu/Katla fish curry. In this curry fried fishes are marinated in seasoned beaten yoghurt and then cooked on low heat. Aromatic sweet and sour taste of the gravy is easy to cook but very delicious. I've made this dish with Rohu but you can try this with any "Carp/Buffalo/Grass Carp/Tilapia".
This chatni should be sweet & spicy, thick and sticky like consistancy. Lots of sugar is used to make this chatni. And at the end some roasted ground spices are added to make it little spicy. My mom-in-low is an expert making this kind of chatnies. She tought me how to make sticky tasty chatni. Today I'm going to share my mom-in-law's recipe of "Sweet & Spicy Green Mango Chatni". Here it is............
Earlier I've shared Chicken Dak Bungalow recipe with you, and today it'll be made with Mutton Or Goat meat. But the Goat Or Mutton Dakbungalow recipe is different from the Chicken recipe. As all of you know that the chicken is less flavored than the goat meat. Goat meat has a very strong flavor itself. So for the Goat meat we had to add some more strong flavored spices in it & here is the recipe.
This sweet actually looks like drops Or Boond in Hindi. That is why it is called Boondi. Boondi is made with Bengali gram batter or Chikpea batter. Bengali occasional breakfast is incomplete without "Bonde & Luchi"/"Boondi & Puri".
Kolkata has a special and totally different style of biryani. The specialty of Kolkata biryani is Potato and Egg are also served in basic Mutton or Chicken biryani. In addition, Calcutta biryani is much lighter on spices than compared to other biryani's. The rice is flavored with Kewda water & Rose water along with saffron to give it flavor and light yellowish color.
Bengali people love fish. They like fish in any of the dishes. We bongs like fish in any way, such as, in curry, stew, mustard gravy, light curry , in pulao or biryani. So here I'm sharing a recipe for our another authentic Rice variety, that is Fish biryani. This is nothing but fish based rice variety and with lots of spice. It is easy to cook and very much time saving flavorful dish.
Kadai Chicken is also known as gosht karahi (when prepared with goat or lamb meat instead of chicken) and kadai chicken is a Pakistani and North Indian dish noted for its spicy taste and usage of capsicum. It is said that only one utensil is enough to cook this dish and that is a karahi (wok). This chicken curry dish is full of flavors of Bell Peppers & Coriander seeds also rich with spices. This curry will be sizzling hot & oily. This curry goes well with Indian Bread like Naan, Parathas, Roti or Chapatis.
Paneer tikka is an Indian dish made from chunks of paneer marinated in spices and grilled in a tandoor or Tawa. It is a vegetarian alternative to chicken tikka and other meat dishes. It is a popular dish that is widely available in India and other countries with an Indian diaspora.
Bengali cuisine is a culinary style originating in Bengal, a region in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, which is now divided between West Bengal and Bangladesh. Other regions, such as Tripura, and the Barak Valley region of Assam (in India) also have large native Bengali populations and share this cuisine. Bengali Kosha Murgir Mangsho is a dry type Chicken Curry with not use of water and should be cooked in Mustard Oil.
Macher Jhal is a very popular and authentic fish recipe of Bengal. As every Indian knows Bengalis are fond of fish, they eat fish almost everyday in a week. Fish is the main item of their daily menu. So there are different items are cooked with fish. Macher Jhol, Macher Kalia, Macher Korma, Macher Jhal etc. Today I'm going to share a very easy but super tasty recipe of fish. Where fish is cooked in thick mustard sauce. And one more very important point for this recipe is, this dish must be cooked in mustard oil.
Crab is a popular dish in Sea side areas such as Bengal, Mumbai, Goa, South Indian. Because crab is easily available in those areas. Crab curry recipe is more less same in those areas. Here I'm sharing Bengali crab curry recipe which is also called as "Kakrar Jhal" in West Bengal". This is very easy and quick recipe to cook.
Mackerel is a very tasty sea fish with very strong flavor and very similar to Bengali "Hilsha" fish. So I've tried to make a fusion with Mackerel Fish in Bengali style with potato and eggplant. I hope you guys will like this dish.
Paratha is Indian flatbread, which is usually made with Whole wheat Or Refined flour. In the other way we can call this Indian Tortilla. Only difference between Paratha and Tortilla is, Parathas are roasted in butter or vegetable oil. In India parathas are usually served in breakfast with pickle and seasoned curd.
Gajar Ka Halwa is made by placing grated carrot in a pot containing a specific amount of water, milk and sugar and then cooking while stirring regularly. It is a famous dessert which is favorite all over the Northern India. It is traditionally eaten during all of the festivals in India, mainly on the occasion of Dewali, Holi, Eid al-Fitr and Raksha Bandhan
Pakoras are created by taking one or two ingredients such as onion, eggplant, potato, spinach, plantain, paneer, cauliflower, tomato, chili pepper, or occasionally bread, fish or chicken and dipping them in a batter of gram flour and then deep-frying them. Pakoras are usually served as snacks or appetizers. Pakoras are popular as a fast food snack in all over the world
Malai Kulfi is Indian frozen dairy dessert. Some time it is called as Indian Ice-cream. Kulfi has many different verities in flavors. This Desi Ice-cream traditionally is made by evaporating the Full-fat milk through slow cooking but nowadays people do not have so much time to spend for a dessert making. So we have some easy tricks to make this yummy dessert in 30 minutes.
Kachori is flat round puffed pastry usually stuffed with moong or urad lentil stuffing, then slowly deep fried snack item. Kachori is originated in Rajasthan or Uttar Pradesh. This is a North indian delicacy. There can be found many different types of Kachori, like Moong/Chana Dal Ke Kachori, Besan(Bengal Gram Flour) ke Kachori, Pyaj ke Kachori(famous in Rajasthan), in Delhi Raj Kachori is very famous indeed. Not only the salty namkeen type of Kachori is very famous, even Mawa Kachori(find my recipe in the blog), which is stuffed with Khova pitthi and dipped in sugar syrup from Rajasthan is also very popular during Festival season. Non veg types of Kachoris, like 'Fish Kachori, Keema Kachori are found in Bengal. Today I'm going to share 'Keema Kachori' with you all. And that is also in healthy version. It's baked and the stuffing is also cooked in less oil. So let's find the recipe.
Chingrir Chop is a famous Bengali snacks item from "Tele Bhaja"(deep fried) shops of Kolkata. As all of us know, that Kolkata is famous for street food like Tele bhaja, Chop, Egg Roll, Cutlet, Chow Mein and many more. There are lots of "Tele Bhaja" stalls in all around the Kolkata. One of the famous shop of Tele Bhaja is Kalika Tele Bhaja shop. But they do not use onion or garlic in their Tele Bhaja. Chingrir Chop is a famous Tele Bhaja. It tastes awesome and easy to make too. For this famous snacks you need shrimps not the prawns. Because shrimps are smaller in size. Shrimps are fried and then added to the spiced mashed potatoes, then dipped into egg batter and coated with bread crumb and then deep fried. So no more introduction, go to the recipe...
Chingri or Shrimp Bati Chorchori is a traditional Bengali recipe. This is a very easy recipe to make, but tastes awesome. This recipe needs very minimal ingredients and cooks in 15 minutes. In this recipe Shrimp/Chingri takes the main part. To make "Bati Chorchori" all ingredients are put in a Bowl which is called "Bati" in Bengali, and then cooked covered on low flame for 15-20 minutes. And Mustard Oil is the key ingredient of this recipe. In this recipe The bowl should be Aluminum bowl, and it may be replaced by medium size Sauce Pan.
Bengalis love Pui shak in stir fry way with eggplant, red pumpkins, potatoes. We serves this stir fried curry with rice & dal in lunch. We add fried Rohu fish head, Hilsa fish head, small fried shrimps, fried small fish in this stir fry. "Pui Shak/Shaager Chorchori" is a famous stir fried curry which is serves in any kind of Bengali lunch gathering like Wedding lunch, Rice Ceremony lunch, Or even in Picnic. Almost every Bengali love this with plain rice & masoor dal. This recipe has been adopted from my Granny's regular menu items. Here is the recipe...
Dimer Chop is one of the most famous "StreetFood" of Kolkata. Kolkata is very famous for their Street Food, Tele Bhaja(deep fried food). There are lots of small Tele Bhaja vendors in everywhere. This egg/dimer devil is available in almost every street food stalls. This devils are made with half hard boiled eggs, wrapped with potato mixture, dipped in batter, coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried.
The mung or moong bean (also known as green gram or golden gram or pesalu in Telugu) is the seed of Vigna radiata, native to the Indian subcontinent,and mainly cultivated in China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Burma, Bangladesh and India, but also in hot and dry regions of Southern Europe and the Southern United States.It is used as a foodstuff in both savory and sweet dishes.
Steamed fish is a very popular Bengali side dish. Normally this bhapa mach is made with Ilish /Hilsha Or Bhetki(Sea Perch). But here I've made a fusion dish with Salmon in steamed style with mustard+poppy seed+coconut paste gravy. Belive me you are going to love this fusion.
Kalo jaam or kala jamun is a popular cheese-based dessert, similar to a dumpling, popular in countries of the Indian Subcontinent such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. It is made mainly from milk solids, traditionally from freshly curdled milk. But I've a very shortcut recipe for this awesome Sweet, which has not very difficult,and the taste will remain the same.
Biryani is a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs or vegetables. The name is derived from the Persian word berya(n) which means "fried" or "roasted". Biryani was invented in the kitchen of Mughal Emperors. Lahore, Kashmir, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad , Delhi/Agra and Malabar are the main centers of biryani cuisine.Today we are going to taste the Hydrabadi Style Dum Biryani. I hope you will enjoy the recipe.
Mango lassi is gaining popularity worldwide. It is made from yogurt, water and mango pulp. It may be made with or without additional sugar. In various parts of Canada, mango lassi is a cold drink consisting of sweetened kesar mango pulp mixed with yogurt, cream, or ice cream. It is served in a tall glass with a straw.
Aloo Paratha is an Indian recipe and one of the most popular breakfast dishes throughout western, central and northern regions of India. Aloo (potato) stuffed Parathas are basically unleavened dough stuffed with a spiced mixture of mashed potato, which is rolled out and cooked on a hot tawa with butter or ghee. Usually butter or chutney is served with Aloo Paratha and in rural parts of northern and western India, curd is served along with it. Here’s a recipe that’s easier and much more time-saving than the traditional one!
Payesh is nothing but Indian style Rice Pudding, made by boiling milk, basmati or any aromatic rice and sugar or jaggery. This Payesh is the Bengali term of Indian Kheer. In Southern India it is called Payesam. Here is a traditional recipe of Payesh, which is made with Jaggery instade of Sugar. Date Palm Jaggery has a nice smokey flavore and its caramel color makes the Payesh even more beautiful and tasty.
Bengal is famous for Sweets, specially Homemade Paneer Sweets. And Sondesh, Rosogolla are the most famous among the sweets. Sondesh is made with Homemade Cottage Cheese, sugar. Nothing else. Very few ingredients are needed to make Sondesh. Sondesh is nothing but Bengali Fudge made with Cottage Cheese Or Homemade Paneer. Sondesh are made with different flavors, like plain sondesh, kaju sondesh, gurer sondesh, chocolate sondesh, pista sondesh, orange/komola sondesh. Today I'm going to share Komola/Orange Sondesh recipe. As winter is knocking the door. Orange is winter special fruit. So today I've made this Sondesh to share with you all. And I took the pictures with Asus Zenfone2 Laser.
In Bengal, there are many dishes are made using Hilsa. Hilsa itself is a cuisine. This fish has a wonderful flavor in it, so no need to add lots of spices to cook it. Bengali cook lots of dishes with this fish like Jhol, Jhal, Stew, Polao, Biryani, Chutney even only fried Hilsa is very arometic dish too. Today I am going to share a very popular dish of Hilsa is "Doi Ilish", that is mean Hilsa cooked with mustard & yogurt. Here is the recipe..........
Today I'm going to share 'Aam Panna' Or 'Aam Porar Sorbot', which is a very famous and refreshing drink for summer. My Grand mom used to make this drink during summer season. Aam Porar Sorbot In this recipe, I've given two different way to make the drink. You may follow any of them and in both the way, you wouldn't be disappointed. The first way I've adopted from my Grand mom's recipe. Here is the recipes...
Street foods are so very popular through out India. No Indian can deny, they do not like street foods. And when it comes to Bengal, there are countless street foods. Some of them are, Roll, Chowmein, Fuchka, Chaat etc. One of the famous street food is "Ghugni Chaat". Ghugni is made with Dried Yellow Peas. At first we have to soak the Dried Peas for overnight, and then boil it first and cook with spices. This is not a very difficult recipe. Here it is.......
Today I'm going to share the recipe of "Gokul Pithe", which is made with scraped coconut & khoya Or milk solid. In this recipe, at first stuffing is made with scraped coconut, khoya & jaggery, then shaped them into cakes, dipped into rice flour, Maida, semolina batter, deep fried and soaked into jaggery syrup.
Golda Chingri or Giant shrimps are available in Bay Of Bengal only. And this prawns are very famous for its heavenly taste. Bengalis are fond of Prawns. They make different dishes with prawns. Malaikari is one of the best creation of their varieties. This dish normally prepare on special Bengali occations. Golda Chingri Or Jumbo Prawns are cooked in a Coconut Milk based Gravy, mild and flavorful.
Paturi is a very popular Bengali dish. Marinated Fish or vegetables cooked in wrapped inside the leaf. This dish can be cooked with hilsha or bhetki fish. And fish can be wrapped in banana leaf or bottle gourd leaf. Here I've made this with banana leaf and sea bass instead of bhetki.
Kulfi is a popular frozen dairy dessert from the India. It is often described as "traditional Indian Subcontinent ice cream". It comes in various flavors. The more traditional ones are cream (malai), rose, mango, cardamom (elaichi), saffron (kesar or zafran), and pistachio. I'm posting this recipe for Kolkata Food Blogger's Summer special Event , which we're celebrating from May 20th to 26th '15. If you want to see more recipes for summer, click here http://tinyurl.com/m3fkwoq
In Indian cuisine, a cutlet specifically refers to cooked meat (mutton, beef, fish or chicken) stuffing that is fried with a batter/covering. The meat/fish itself is cooked with spices - onion, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, coriander (cilantro), green chillies, lemon and salt. This is then dipped in an egg mix and then in breadcrumbs, and fried in ghee or vegetable oil.
Kesari Bhog is a very tasty variety of our very well known "Rosogolla". Kesar means Saffron, when the Paneer for Rosogolla is being prepared at that time Milk soaked saffron should be added to this. I had Kesari Bhog at my In-Laws place in Howrah. It was so yummy and melted in my mouth. But in USA it is difficult to get that Sweet. So I decided to make them myself. And here is the recipe.
Masoor dal, is an edible pulse, 30% of their calories from protein, all dals have the third-highest level of protein, contains dietary fiber, foliate, vitamin B1, and minerals. Masoor dal is nutritious, completely safe, and wholesome. In Bengali this dal is treated as a non-vegetarian and cooked with onion & garlic. I have added some Lemon Leaves to enhance the flavor of this Dal.
Lemonade is Lemon flavored drink, sweetend with honey/sugar. This refreshing drink is usually homemade. Different fruit juice is added to give different flavor to this summer refreshing drink. Here I have made lemonade by using Watermelon & cucumber juice. As I am an watermelon fan, and in summer I everyday I eat watermelon in any way. This is a very easy recipe of refreshing Watermelon Lemonade.
Rajma is a popular Indian vegetarian dish consisting of red kidney beans in a thick gravy with lots of Indian whole spices and usually served with rice and roti. Although the kidney bean is not of Indian origin, it is a part of regular diet in Northern India. The combination of Rajma and rice generally lists as a top favorite of North Indians.
Makar Sankranti is Our Forth coming Festival. In almost every Bengali kitchen will be full with aroma of Date Plam Jaggery Or "Nolen Gur". This fastival is known as "Poush Sankranti" in West Bengal. Varities of sweets will be made with Ground rice, date plam jaggery , milk and many other ingredinets. These special sweets which are made during this winter festival is called "Pithe". One of the most popular "Pithe" is Mugsamali Or Mung daler Bhaja Pithe. My Grand mom(my dad's mother) usually made this Mugsamali during this season. I also made this pithe following her recipe.
Aloo Paratha is an Indian recipe and one of the most popular breakfast dishes throughout western, central and northern regions of India.Aloo (potato) stuffed Parathas are basically unleavened dough stuffed with a spiced mixture of mashed potato, which is rolled out and cooked on a hot tawa with butter or ghee.
Koraishutir Kochuri/Kachori-Matar/Mutter/Fresh green pea stuffed fried Indian bread & Aloor dum or Dum AlooLuchi is a deep-fried flatbread made of wheat flour that is typical of Bengali cuisine, Assamese, Maithili and Oriya. A typical luchi will measure 4-5 inches in diameter. They are usually served with curries or gravies. If maida is substituted with atta, it is called a Poori. Luchi that is stuffed is called kochuri; kochuri stuffed with mashed peas (koraishutir kochuri) is one notable variety.
Chal Kumro ( White pumpkin) is a dish that is part of the Bengali cuisine of East India. It is prepared from white pumpkin, grated coconut and Nigella seeds seasoned with vegetable oil. This dish is served with steamed rice at the first of a lunch menu.
Dal (also spelled dahl or daal) is a preparation of pulses /dried lentils which have been stripped of their outer hulls and split. It also refers to the thick stew prepared from these pulses, an important part of Indian cuisine. It is regularly eaten with rice and vegetables in southern India, and with both rice and roti throughout northern India .
In Kolkata almost in every sweet shops you will get Dalpuri Torkari' Or 'Lentil Stuffed Puri & Potato Curry' at breakfast time. The taste of this 'Kochuri Torkari' is just awesome. Specially the 'Alu Torkari' is so delicious. For Sunday morning at my home we used to have this 'Dalpuri Torkari' & 'Jilipi' for breakfast. I was thinking of sharing the awesome 'Alu Torkari' recipe with you all. But some how I always forgot to share it. Today I was determined to share this awesome 'Dalpuri Torkari' recipe with you. This 'Alu torkari' is without onion & garlic and little spicy in taste. Because 3 types of chilies are added in this curry. Here is the recipe....
Mishti doi is a fermented sweet dahi or sweet yogurt. This type of yoghurt is common in the states of West Bengal and Orissa in India, and in Bangladesh. It is made with milk and sugar, while also using yogurt and curd.As Doi (Curd) is also considered auspicious in Hindu religion, it is also prepared on festive occasions and celebrations like Durga Puja and Diwali.
Egg Tarka is highly popular in roadside Dhaba. There are varieties of Tarka Dal. However, Bengali Tarka Dal is prepared with whole Moong dal or Green Gram. In Bengal it is made with egg, chicken, or mutton. You can make it vegetarian too without egg or meat. It goes well with roti or parathas.
Machher Jhol or Machha Jhola is a traditional Oriya and Bengali spicy fish stew. It is in the form of a very spicy stew that is served with rice. Machher Jhol is liberally seasoned with turmeric, garlic, onions, and grated ginger. Potatoes are added to the stew as a thickening agent. Tomatoes are also added to impart the dish with a reddish color which is preferred by the people of Bengal. This Machher Jhol is a part of almost every Bengali familys' lunch menu. So this should be a mild type curry with very less spices. This curry is good for helath.
This is a sweet crepe made with ground rice, all purpose flour, semolina and milk. And the crepes are stuffed with scraped coconut, khoya kheer and molasses stuffing. This is a very popular Pitha for this "Poush Parbon" festival. This crepes are served as usual or may be soaked in milk. But today I'm sharing the simple Patishapta pitha with kheer filling.
Jal Jeera is an Indian spiced lemonade. This is an Indian beverage, serves in summer. This is a very refreshing drink made with Indian spices, lemon/lime juice, black pepper powder, and etc. Jal means Water in Hindi & Jeera means Cumin. Cumin is the main ingredient to make this Indian Lemonade.
Eggplant ( Begun in Bengali) is a very popular vegetable in Bengali cuisine. This vegetable is used in many veg or non veg dishes. Here one of my Didi gave me this recipe and I've tried this for first time in lunch . And it was so tasty and flavorful you can't imagine. This dish can be made for potluck dinner also.
The Koi I am talking about is also known as climbing perch and belongs to a family of carps. I am usually pretty scared of Koi with its hook like sharp bone and have cooked it only a couple of times. The Koi in packets that I get here is fully cleaned and that gives me much confidence.
Achari Paneer is a popoular North Indian paneer dish. This is a very spicy, oily type of gravy based recipe. The gravy should be thick tangy and Indian pickle flavored. For this recipe Indian pickle spices are used to give the pickle touch. Usually this Paneer dish is served with Tandoori Roti Or Naan.
Phulkopi is the Bengali name of Cauliflower. This "Singara" is specially made in Winter, as Cauliflower is the popular vegetable of this season. "Phulkopir Singara" is made with stir fried cauliflower & potatoes along with some other spices. For crispyness of the "Singara" , we have to use ghee. In the roadside shops, they use Daldas to make the "Singara" most crispy and stay as it is through out the day. But dalda is not good for health. "Singara" should be served hot and fresh as soon as they are made, if they reach to the room temperature, they will loss the crispyness. Read my tips Tips to make Crispy old samosas ". Here is the recipe of "Phulkopir Singara"...
But making biryani is a very lengthy process. When you do not have much time, but craving for Biryani, try this one. This is a super easy and quick recipe for chicken biryani (My version).I usually call this Bachelors' Chicken Biryani. Less ingredients but super tasty.
Kolkata is very much famous for their street food. There are lots of street food like Egg Roll, Chicken Roll, Chicken Cutlet, Chow Mein, Moghlai Paratha and Bengali Crispy Fish Fry. But it is healthy to have the homemade street foods. This way you can enjoy all the tastes but you will be still with healthy stomach. Here is the recipe of Crispy Bengali Fish Fry.
Ras Malai or Roso malai is a sweet dessert originating in India. The name Ras Malai comes from two parts in Hindi: "Ras" meaning "juice/juicy" and "Malai", meaning "cream". This dessert is made with Bengal's famous sweet "Rosogolla". First you have to make "Rosogolla" and then squeeze them and boil with the "Malai". "Rosomalai" should be very soft and melts inside the mouth.
This is a very popular Bengali side dish in daily cooking. Finely chopped Cabbage / badhakopi (Bengali term) cooked along with potato & peas in a tomato & ginger based gravy. This side dish comes with steamed rice & daal.
Boondi Laddoo is a very famous Indian Sweet. This laddoo is served in special occasion like "Ganesh Uthsav" Or "Diwali" Or "Dusshera". Indian people celebrate any special moments by eating sweets, which is called "Muh Mitha Ho Jaye". Boondi Laddoo is the special sweet which can be for any special occasion.
Bhuni Khichuri is a One pot Rice meal, cooked with Yellow Lenti (Mung Dal) & Basmati Rice along with Vegetables and other spices. This Khichuri does not need any sides, but if you want this can be served with Crispy Potato Fry, Fried Eggplant etc.
Murgir Jhol is liberally seasoned with turmeric, garlic, onions, and grated ginger. Potatoes are added to the stew as a thickening agent. Tomatoes are also added to impart the dish with a reddish color which is preferred by the people of Bengal. Sunday's lunch menu is not complete without "Murgir Jhol".
Sweet Kachori Filled With Sweet Khova/Mawa & Nuts Or Sweet Fleky Pastry Stuffed With Milk Solid & Nuts FillingMawa Kachori making is a time taking and long procedure, but worth making. Mawa kachori is made with Mawa/Khova, chopped nuts. The key ingredients for the recipe are, Maida, Khova, Chopped Nuts, Oil & Sugar. SO no more talking, let's see the procedure. And I guerrenty you, when you will taste them, will find far better than store bought.
Fish Curry is a traditional Bengali and Oriya fish curry. It is a delicacy in Bengal and is the curry made of the fish head and that's the very reason its called ghonta which means the head of the fish. Here I've given a Bengali traditional "Bhetki Fish" & Cauliflower curry recipe.
Sondesh is a most popular Bengali Sweet which is made with Chhana and Sugar/Gur. Minimum ingredients but really tasty sweet. In any occasion Bengali people celebrates with sondesh. There are many diffrent varities of sondesh like Plain sondesh, Gurer sondesh, Norom paker sondesh (Soft sondesh), Kora paker sondesh etc. It is festive season. So we are celebrating this season with paker gurer sondesh".
"Chinir Narkel Naru" amd "Gurer Narkel Naru" are two different types. And their preperation and quentities are also different. "Gurer Naru" is little difficult to make.
Chandrapuli is an authentic Bengali sweet. This sweet is made with 'Chaana/Cottage Cheese, Khova/Mawa/Milk Solid, Scraped Coconut & sugar Or Jaggery'. This sweet is must for Durga Pujo(Bengalis' Biggest Festival). Chandrapuli is little sweeter than the other Bengali Sweets. As coconut, mawa is added with chhana, that makes this sweet, sweeter. But so what, we Bongs love sweets, right! So let's see how to make 'Chandrapuli'.
My mom and my Mom-in-law both have different ways to make this curry. So I decided to share my Mom-in-law's recipe today, as her version I liked the most. My mom-in-law is vegetarian, so I adopted her vegetarian recipe, and my mom's non-vegetarian recipe, which I'll post later. In this vegetarian version Black Chickpeas & Scraped Coconut are added, which makes this curry even more delicious. So here is the recipe.
Today I am going to share the recipe of "Rui Machher Korma" with my followers. This is a very different kind of Rui fish recipe with creamy yogurt based gravy. Poppy seeds and cashew are used in this gravy. This dish should be served with plain steamed rice and cucumber salad. Here is the recipe...
Chicken Keema Cutlet is Kolkata speciality. In this cutlets, minced chicken/mutton are marinated and cooked, and then shaped into cutlets and the rest is the same. This is a very famous "Street Food" of Kolkata. This cutlets are served with Mustard sauce, Tomato ketchup & Cucumber onion salad. Here is the recipe.....
Dahi Chicken is a very easy authentic North Indian style chicken curry. In this Indian chicken curry , chicken is marinated in yogurt with many other spices and cooked in low heat for 20-30 minutes. This a very easy an common dish of North India. This tangy and spicy chicken curry goes well with any Indian Bread like, Paratha, Roti, Poori Or any kind of rice. I prepare this curry in oven, but traditionally this curry is cooked on stove top in low heat.
Fish is Bengali's all time favorite Non-veg item. We can't think our day without fish. Trout is not an Indian fish. But I just mix and match it with Bengali style and made this awesome flavorful dish with Cilantro. This curry has a greeny texture for Cilantro. This goes with Rice only for lunch. Bengalies love fish in mustard gravy and this is a Cilantro based Mustard gravy. Here is the recipe..
Radha Ballavi is a very famous deep fried Bengali Flat Bread. This Radha Ballavi serves in special occasion like "Puja". Here I have made "Radha Ballavi" for "Janmashtami" special. This deep fried puries serve with "Niramish Aloor Dum" Or "simple "Potato Curry".
So, today I'm going to share a recipe which is absolutely my own creation. Don't know wheather this recipe is really exists in South Indian cusine. I named this dish as South Indian style Dry Cicken Curry because of the ingredients. I used Curry Leaves, Mustard Seeds & Grated Coconut, and those ingredients are almost in every South Indian Dishes. Anyways this is a very easy recipe to cook in just 1 hour from start to end. If you have nothing to cook that much for a lazy dinner, just go for this recipe. This is a no fail, delicious and less oily quick fix dish recipe. Serve with Flat Indian Bread or Rice plate. Here is the recipe.
Imarti or Amriti or Jhangri is a dessert invented in Mughal kitchen and is now popular in Rajasthan, West Bengal and South India. Imarti is made by deep-frying urad flour batter in a kind of circular flower shape, then soaked in sugar syrup.
Vermicelli is a traditional type of pasta round in section similar to spaghetti. Vermicelli is known as Semaiya Or Sevaiyan in India. The noodles are used in a number of dishes including a variation of kheer, Vermicelli are also used in many parts of India to make a popular dish called Upma. To prepare it, dry oil-roasted vermicelli are boiled and stir fried with a choice of vegetables.
Malpua is one of the easy to make pithas(Bengali sweet dish).All you need is maida(flour),sooji(semolina),sugar, milk and cardamom powder, funnel seeds for flavor.It is almost like making pan cakes only deep fried. Cook and store them in a jar and you can enjoy them as dessert or snack.
Kalakand is a very popular North Indian milk based sweet. This sweet is very easy to make and so delicious. This sweet recipe needs very few ingredients, only few steps and 15 minuyes to be done. Today I'm going to share the recipe of Instant Kalakand, which tastes just like the original one, butvery easy to make. When I started making sweets, I made Kalakand first. So if I could make it, anybody can do the same. Surprise your guests with this traditional Indian sweet, don't reveal the process. They will not going to belive you</span>.</p> </body> </html>
'Chai/Cha/Tea' is the common beverage for all Indian. Mornings are incomplete without a perfect cup of Tea. Almost every Indian, have Tea for their morning refreshing beverage. Usually tea is made only by brewing Tea Leaves, milk and water, but sometimes we love to have the 'Spiced Tea' which is also known as 'Masala Chai'. For the 'Masala Chai', tea & herbs are being brewed with Water & Whole Cow or Buffalo milk. Check the easy recipe of refreshing Masala Chai.
Everyone love Chicken Curry. Specially when you have no time to cook much, but you really want something tasty and easy to cook is Chicken Curry. But this time I'm giving this recipe for those who do not know cooking at all, but can't eat out everyday. This is a very easy recipe, anyone can cook this, and belive me you won't be disappointed after making this. Nothing much I've to say but sharing the recipe as soon as possible. Here it is.....
"Rosogolla", this name does not need any introduction. Every Indian well known about this soft, melt in mouth sweet. This is our, I mean Bong's most popular sweet. Bong & Rosogolla just compatible to each other. No one can believe that Bong can not be a Rosogolla lover</span>.</p> </body> </html>
Mint coriander chutney is the most common chutney of Indian chutney list, which usually serves in restaurants with Kebabs or snacks. Even this chutney is must in all types of chaats, like Aloo Chaat, Pani Puri Chaat, Papri Chaat, Dahi Vada etc. Even this chutney can be used as sandwich spread. This chutney is very easy to make. Tastes the same like restaurant. You just need only few ingredients to make this. It will take only 10-15 minutes to make this all purpose chutney. Have a look at the recipe.
Pyaj Pakora Or Piyaji and Eggplant Fritters are very famous snacks in West Bengal. In "Ratha Yatra" all these fried snacks are available in "Rather Mela" Or "Rath Fair" along with "Jeelipi & Papad Bhaja". Piaji & Beguni is nothing but Onion & eggplant fritters. Chopped Onion & Eggplant dipped in Besan batter with other spices and deep fried.
Fritter is a name applied to a wide variety of fried foods, usually consisting of a portion of batter or breading which has been filled with bits of meat, seafood, fruit, or other ingredients. "Aloor Chop" Or Potato fritters is Bengal's most popular street snacks. This "Aloor Chop" serves with Puffed Rice Or "Muri" & Tea.
Mattar paneer is a north Indian dish consisting of paneer and peas in a slightly sweet and spicy sauce. Some people also add potato to it. It is similar to palak paneer .It is usually served with an Indian type of bread and may be served with rice. It is usually served as North Indian (Punjab) food. The dish may be garnished with a splash of cream or coriander leaves and is usually vegetarian.
Biryani is a one pot meal. Rice & meat or vegetables or fish are cooked together with lots of spices. Different regions have different types of biryani. North Indian biryanis are almost similar to Mughlai style biryani. Awadhi or lucknow style biryani is also very popular. On the other hand in Bengal meat or fish cooked with semi cooked rice & potato. Biryanies have many varieties like Chicken biryani, mutton biryani, egg biryani, fish biryani, prawn biryani, vegetable biryani etc. Today I'm going to share you the typical Kerala Style Prawn/Chemmen Biryani which is very easy to make but taste awesome. In this biryani prawn is cooked with curry leaves & coconut paste. This is a very easy quick fix dinner recipe. Here it is....
Badam means "Almond" and "Kesar" means "Saffron". This is a milk full of "Almond" paste and "Saffron". This badam flavored milk is very rich and energetic drink for summer. And the wonderful flavor of saffron enhance its taste.
Today I am going to share a very easy Potato Sandwich recipe,which usually my mom used to make at home for breakfast. She sometimes used to give me in my lunch box too. Here is my mom's Potato Sandwich recipe.
Thandai, most commonly known as "Sardai", is a cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds (watermelon kernel), rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. This drink common in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan - mostly in Peshawar. It is native to India and is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi festival---Source wikipedia
Bengali chutney is totally different from others' chutney is taste wise or texture wise. Bengali chutney is very much sweet in taste and sticky in texture. Here is the "Authentic Bengali Chutney" recipe.
This pudding, made from large pearl Tapioca and coconut milk and served warm. This is much lighter than the Western-style version. You can adjust the sweetness to your taste. Serve with any kind of chopped fruits.
Rohu is a most used fish in West Bengal in daily meal. Bengali people never think about any special occasion without "Rui Machher Kalia". Here I'm sharing that authentic recipe which all of the Bengali people love. Rui Machher Kaliya is cooked in a very rich way. Most flavorful tasty sweet water fish is Rohu. This fish is from Carp family. The Curry should be very thick, rich, spicy & oily type. Goes well with Plain Steamed Rice.
Vermicelli Kheer or Semiya Payasam is a sweet dish which is made with vermicelli or seyaian, milk & sugar. It is made in every Indian household for special occasions like birthdays, weddings or other festive occasions. Vermicelli Kheere is a very tasty sweet dish, and healthy too.
Rohu is a most popular fish in Bengal, Assam, Orissa. And posto or Poppyseed is paste is very tasty thing to make gravy with it. Fried Rohu Fish Cooked In Sauce Made With Onion, Tomato & Poppyseed Paste.
Chutney (also called chatney) refers to a wide-ranging family of condiments from Indian cuisine that usually contain some mixture of spice(s) and vegetable(s) and/or fruit(s). There are many varieties of chutney. Chutneys may be either wet or dry, and can have a coarse to a fine texture. Sweet Tamarind Chutney is a thick Sweet and Sour spicy sauce made with Thick Tamarind Pulp and other spices.
Rui/Rohu is a very common fish in India. Almost in every Bengali lunch meal there must be Rui/Rohu fish. This fish has the most protein content. This fish is easy to digest delicious in taste. And most importantly, you can make any types of curry with Rohu/Rui or Katla fish. Today I'm going to share an authentic Bengali recipe of Rui/Rohu fish which can be made very easily, but tastes awesome. This is my mom's special recipe. This recipe is so easy, that can be made by anyone. So here is the recipe.
Prawn is a versatile protein, which can be used in any dish. The flavor of prawn can change a dish miraculously. If you're a seafood lover and you are not allergenic of seafood, you must be a prawn lover. This protein can be cooked itself with spices or can go with any vegetables or rice. And as you guys know "Bengalis" are fond of fish, obviously they love prawn too. And please don't ask me about my prawn love. Today I'm going to share an authentic Bengali Prawn recipe, rather I say Shrimp(smaller prawns are called shrimp) recipe which is onion & garlic free, a comfort food, can be served with Plain Steamed Rice Or Roti/Fulka. This curry is cooked with 'Pumpkin, Pointed Gourd, Potatoes & Shrimps'. And I bet you're going to love this simple curry. Here is the recipe.
Lemon rice is an authentic South Indian rice dish. This is one variety of Pulihora a common dish of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka. Puli means sour taste. Pulihora is also referred as sour rice. Other names are "Lemon Or Tamarind Rice". In Andhra Pradesh this dish is considered as a festival food.
"Chingri" Or "Prawn" is Bengali's alltime favorite seafood. Prawn tastes so good, that you can use it any kind of dishese, such as, Rice dish, curries, daals, snacks, noodles etc. And Bengalis can cook several dishes with Prawns. We, Bengali can use this with any vegetables like, Cabbage, Bottle Gourd, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Pointed Gourd and all most in every vegetable curries. And expect this vegetables, prawns can be cooked as a main ingredient in many dishes, like Malaikari(coconut based gravy), Sorshe Bhape(steamed in mustard gravy), Biryani(spicey prawns cooked with Basmati rice), Buttery gravy and many more.
Today I'm going to share another summer beverage recipe 'Chikoo Milkshake'. Chikoo is a famous fruit of summer, this also known as Sapota Or Sobeda in different region in India. This fruit can be used as it is or in milkshake or in fruit salad etc. Ripe Chikoos are very sweet in taste and melt in mouth. Some time you do not need to add extra sugar in your milkshake. This recipe is very easy, even sometime I make the mixture in a large quantity and make the milkshake every day basis. This is a very tasty & healthy breakfast for your kids too. Here is the recipe.
Peda is a very famous Indian sweets, which is made reducing full fat milk, i.e called mawa. Peda is specially a North Indian sweet. This sweets are eaten to celebrate festivals, occasions etc. Peda has many variations. There are different types of Pedas made in India like Pistachios Peda, Kesar Peda, Dudh Peda etc. Today I'm going to share another type of Peda which is made specially during Summer is Mango Peda. The key ingredients of Mango Pedas are Mango Pulp, Mawa, Sugar, Condensed Milk. This recipe is very easy but you need to be patient. Now lets directly go to the recipe.....
Fish curry is the main item of every Bengali lunch menu. Bengalis know for their love for fish. Parshe or baby mullet fish is a well known fish in Bengali kitchen. Small in size, fitted well within the palm, Parshe has an immaculate taste which is simply unmatched. I am pretty fond of Parshe fish and invariably all of its preparations, among which the simplest one is the present recipe which can be cooked any day almost in no time . This recipe I adopted from my mom. This is a comfort Bengali mild fish curry can be made for regular cooking. So without elaborating the speech, I'm going to share the easy recipe of 'Parshe Macher Jhal'...
This is a very typical Bengali dish, normally people try it at authentic Bengali restaurants during Bengali festivals .Daab/Tender coconut and "Chingri or Jumbo Prawns" are cooked inside the coconut shell with spices. to give an aromatic flavor to the prawns.
"Aloor Dom" is originally from Kashmiri Cuisine. This dish is cooked with small new potatoes along with green peas and other spices. In Non-Bengali cuisines, they usually use onion and garlic, but In Bengali cuisine we do not use onion and garlic. But without onion and garlic this dum aloo tastes even more better with other ingredients.
In this sandwich I added Boiled Egg, Boiled Potato, Fried Onion & Tomato, Mayonnaise and some more ingredients. I grilled the sandwiches, but you may toast them too or simply serve it with fresh untested bread. This is a full proof recipe of Egg Sandwich. These sandwiches can be carried for Picnic, can be serve for Kids' Party, of in the Kid's lunch box.
Pakoda is a fried snack found across South Asia. Pakoras are created by taking one or two ingredients such as onion, eggplant, potato, spinach, plantain, paneer, cauliflower, tomato, chili pepper, or occasionally bread or chicken and dipping them in a batter of gram flour and then deep-frying them.Pakoras are usually served as snacks or appetizers. Moong Dal Pakoda is made with Ground Moong Dal Or Yellow Lentil, along with other spices.
Egg curry is a very famous dish of any state of India. Bengali Egg Curry or Dimer Dalna/Jhol is not very different from the regular Indian egg curry. This is not very thick gravy. This is a thin stew like curry, When we, homemakers could not have ingredients in our pantry, Egg curry is the easiest dish to prepare. As this curry does not need much ingredients, can be made very quick and easily. So today I'm going to share the most easy but most delicious dish, which everyone loves. Here is the recipe...
Aam doi is nowadays become very famous as the Misti Doi in West Bengal. This Aam Doi tasted very nice and flavorful and very much refreshing in summer days. I made this "Aam Doi" in traditional way. This is not a baked yogurt. This is the yogurt made with Fresh Mango Pulp. Here is the recipe.
Lachha Paratha is another Special Varity of regular Paratha with Multi and flaky layers on the outside and soft and moist in the middle. This is a very common verity of regular paratha. This is my Twist for this multi layered paratha layers with some chopped fresh Cilantro & Crushed Black Pepper Lachha paratha can be easily recognized by its multi layers.
Bottle gourd is a vine grown for its fruit, which can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable, or harvested mature, dried, and used as a bottle, utensil, or pipe. For this reason, the calabash is widely known as the bottle gourd. Here Is the recipe of famous Bengali Lau Chingri Or Bottle Gourd with Prawn recipe.
Langcha is a Bengali sweetmeat that originates from Saktigarh in the Bardhaman of West Bengal, India. Langcha is made of sweetened milk powder, and flours of different cereals. Langcha of the village Simultala in Jharkhand district of India is also famous. Langcha from Nabadwip, West Bengal in India are of top quality. Langcha of Tarapith region in Birbhum district are very big in size.
Polao is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. In some cases, the rice may also attain its brown color by being stirred with bits of cooked onion, as well as a large mix of spices. Depending on the local cuisine, it may also contain fish, meat and vegetables. In West Bengal hilsha is very much available and popular. In monsoon Bengali people make so much of hilsha dishes. Hilsha fish cooked early with spices and then layered with Basmati Rice.
Fish curry is a mouth-watering spicy gravy style recipe. Fish curry goes best with steamed rice . But in different parts of India fish curry is made in different versions. Here I have made "Kerala Style Fish Curry" with pomfret fish. Let's see how I have made this mouth watering curry.
Roll is a kind of wrapped appetizer by wrapping with Indian flat bread or paratha filled with vegetable curries. This rolls are easy to carry and eat. Here I've made this veg roll in a healthy way for the kids. This can fill kids' lunch box in a healthy way.
"Kucho Nimki" Or "Namak Para" is a very popular Bengali snacks for tea. "Kucho Nimki" is a diamond shaped pastry seasoned with salt and kalonji. This snacks is very much popular during "Durga Puja". On the day of Vijaya Dashami in every Bengalis are busy making this Snacks to adjust the balance of sweets which are served during this Festival.
Goja is the Bengali Version of North Indian Sakkar Para. Flour dough is rolled and shape them what ever you like. And then deep fry them and dip into thick sugar syrup. And a must sweet for the Vijaya Dashami. Bengalis welcome their guests after the Visharjan of Goddess Durga with lots of sweet and some snacks, this is one of the sweets which serve to the guests.
In West Bengal, this leafy vegetable is stir fried with eggplant, sweet potato & plantain. This "Kolmi Shaak er Ghonto" recipe is my Grand mom's recipe, after her , my mom adopted this recipe from her, and I adopted from my mom. This recipe is little lenthy in process, but tastes really good. This dish goes best with steamed plain rice. Coconut & fried vadi is added on the top of the curry to giev extra taste to the dish.
Everyone is posting the rich Christmas fruit cake today. But I'm going to post my favorite tea time cake which is made in a healthy way, delicious in taste but easy to make. I used egg whites in this cake to make this more healthy, dates, chopped walnuts & dried cranberry and one secreat ingredient to enhance the flavor of this wonderful cake. That is "Indian Tea Spices" Or "Chai Masala", which is used to make "Masala Chai" in India. I used store bought "Chai Masala", which is easily available in any grocery stores in market. If you can't find it, then make it at home with, 2 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 green cardamom pods, pinch f nutmeg powder, 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder or grated ginger.
Chicken Tadka is another version of Dhaba Special Tadka Dal recipe. Tadka is a famous item of Roadside Dhabas. The small very ordinary food shops serves amazing foods for very less price than the Restaurants. And the tastes of those dishes are finger licking good in taste. Takda is one of the special item of Dhaba Menu. Whole Green Moong Dal cooked in spices with chicken or egg. Here I am sharing the Chicken Tadka recipe, which is my personal favorite recipe.
Koftas are very famous side of North India. They are diffrent types, such as Meat Koftas, Chicken Koftas, Malai Koftas, Vegetable Koftas. Here I have made Vegetable Koftas in spinach based gravy. That is why I called this "Hariyali Kofta". I made often Palak Paneer. One dat I thought making koftas in palak based gravy. So I experiment this and very much successful in my mission.
Dal Makhni/Makhani is a very popular & traditional Punjabi dish. This is a very much different version of Dal from the other Punjabi Dal. This Dal is a little bit time consuming preparation. It takes almost 24 hours to complete the dal in traditional way. But as now a days we have lots of modern cooking equipments. So this preparation hardly takes 1-2 hours to complete.
Paturi is the process of cooking fish/egg/prawn in mustard sauce inside a banana or plantain leaf wrap. Here I've made "Egg paturi" but here is a twist in my recipe. I didn't cook the egg in advance. And here I'm not making this in banana leaf as banana leaf is not easily available here and my recipe can't be cooked in banana leaf.
Roti is generally a South Asian bread made from stoneground wholemeal flour, traditionally known as atta flour, that originated and is consumed in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Roti and its thinner variant, known as chapati, are an integral part of Indian and Pakistani cuisine.
Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is a de husked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. This recipe is about flattened rice cooked with vegetables & dryfruits.
Almost everyday we have leftover rice at our home. And we have to eat the rice with no taste. My mom used to make this leftover rice even more tasty in 10 minutes .So I'm giving you the magic trick of my mom to enjoy the leftover rice as breakfast.
Coconut chutney is a south indian spicy side dish.This is a spicy variety of coconut stew which can be in two forms, solid and liquid. This chutney is served with idli, dosai,vadas or even with cooked rice. You may also use this chutney with delicious Rava Dosa .
This recipe is inspired by Chef Aditya. This is a very easy chicken Curry with less ingredients, but it tastes great. Whenever you are in a hurry and do not have much time to cook for your guests, try this chicken. No need to stir continuously . My guests gave me feedback that this chicken has a mild but wonderful flavors in it. And it is a very light and flavorful chicken curry.
Traditionally, this dish is made with lamb, but it is equally delicious made with chicken. The lentils are flavored with a traditional "Tarka" or "Tampering", which is poured over the dal just before serving.
Indian coconut cookies is none other than coconut biscuits which are filled with lots of shredded coconut. This cookies are so simple and tastes like haven. I am a big fan of coconut. So I always love my cookies to be coconut flavored. This is also called as Macaroons.
Chhanar Payesh Or Ricotta Cheese Pudding is a very delicious dessert for Indian Festivals, specially for Bengali Durga Puja. This is an Bengali authentic dish. This dessert tastes awesome. In every spoon of this Pudding you feel great. This is little time consuming dish to make. But when you will serve to your guests the preparation time will worth it. This dessert will melt in your mouth.
Mackerel is a very tasty sea fish with very strong flavor and very similar to Bengali "Hilsha" fish. This fish is very healthy and full of Omega-3 fatty acid. This fish cooks in its own oil. You do not need lots of oil to cook this fish. It releases lots of oil when you add the fish into the pan. Here is another similar recipe with Hilsha fish I have tried with Mackerel fish. Here it is.
In West Bengal catfish (known as Magur) is eaten as a favored delicacy during the monsoons. Catfish meat helps in blood purification. Catfish curry is consumed in these parts to promote faster recovery to patients suffering from fever or other ailments.
This is my first post from India. Last month we relocated in India after 5yrs. And all my friends and family were busy to welcome us. They were trying to make us comfortable with their homemade food. And this is monsoon in India. So after reaching India our stomach became upset as well as cold and fever caught us. So I thought making some light soup for our upset stomach and cough. And here is the yummy Indian spiced Carrot soup.
Hello friends, as everyone know Chritsmas is knocking our door. And this is the time for baking. My dad used to start baking this cake 1 month before Chisrtmas. He used to make this cake, and whenever it finished, he used to make another one. Just back to back to keep the smell in our home. So today I'm is just 1 month before Chirstmas, and I'm going to share my Dad's recipe, which is made by my Hubby darling. I'm sure you going to love this version of Christmas fruit cake. Very easy recipe, but truly worth it. Here is the recipe...
In Indian cuisine, a cutlet specifically refers to cooked meat stuffing that is fried with a batter/covering. The meat itself is cooked with spices - onion, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, coriander (cilantro), green chilies, lemon and salt.
Kolkata is famous for its street food. And the most famous street food is "Egg Roll". There is no people who does not like "Egg Roll". Its a famous snacks for every Kolkatans. And specially in Durga Puja this snacks is the most favorite for every one. Easy to make and tastes awesome.
Sobji means "Vegetable". Vegetables are called Sobji in Bengali language. Sobji Dal is, when Mung Dal or Small Yellow Lentil is cooked with chopped vegetabes. This is a very healthy and comfort food. This dal can be served to any aged person. In winter, there are lots of fresh vegetables are available in the market, like carrot, cauliflower, green peas, beans etc. They tastes so good and healthy too. This dal is cooked with the winter's fresh vegetables.
Luchi is a deep fried flat bread which is a very famous as a Bengali breakfast. Luchi mainly made with maida i.e. refined all purpose flour.And aloor torkari is plain potato curry with minimum ingredints with it. This is a perfect Bengali breakfast combo by adding some "Bengali" sweets like sondesh.
Lobongo Lotika is a traditional Bengali Sweet. This sweet is made in two part. The first part is to make the Coconut stuffing and the second part is to make the body. Then the stuffing is inserted inside the body, and wrap the body like a parcel. And secure the parcel from opening with the star ingredint Lobongo (Clove). That is why the sweet is called as "Lobongo Lotika". And after that deep fry the stuffed parcels and soaked into sugar syrup. This sweet can be stored for a long time. So my gradmom used to make this sweet for our long trips.
Kachhe Kele Or Kacha Kolar Tikki/Shammi Kebab/Kabab Or Raw Banana Cutlets Or Kanchkolar/Kancha Kolar Chop/KoftaRaw Banana is not edible without cooking. And there are not that much variety of cooking Raw banana in Indian cuisine. A few dishes are made with this fruit, such as chips, curry, cutles or fritters. This plantain has less sugar & more starch than normal banana . Today I am going to share a recipe of Plantain, which will make this not so favorite fruit more delicious. In this recipe we will use boiled raw banana, onion, chili, bengal gram flour, salt & some other common ingredients. But this dish will be very tasty and can be served as a starter for the vegetarian guests.
Tilapia is a sweet water fish. It is a very tasty and healthy fish. Tilapia consumed in All over the world and called in the same name "Tilapia". Here is a recipe of tilapia steak cooked in Bengali style spicy gravy.
Rava dosa is a very popular version of Dosa which is a South Indian crepe. Rava means semolina or suji. This is a very quick n easy Dosa for South Indian breakfast. This dosa can be served with any chutney like coconut or tomato chutney. Rava Dosa is a very popular Breakfast in south India. But every time pre-planning is not possible. So this instant version is for them only who suddenly crave for a nice breakfast with dosa. And the most important thing is Rava Dosa is most easily diagestible. When I was in the hospital of Chennai they gave me Rava Dosa for breakfast.
The Pineapple is a tropical plant with edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries,and the most economically significant plant in the Bromeliaceae family. Pineapples may be cultivated from a crown cutting of the fruit, possibly flowering in 20–24 months and fruiting in the following six months. Pineapple does not ripen significantly post-harvest. Pineapple blast is a very easy and Chat pata recipe recipe to make. Very healthy too.
Potol is also known as the pointed gourd, parwal/parval. Colloquially, in India, it is often called green potato. It is widely cultivated in the eastern part of India, particularly in Odisha, Bengal, Assam, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. It is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Potol Royal is a Parwal Or Pointed Gourd based dish. in this dish no spices will be added. This is a very mild but tasty Bengali Dish.
Paneer Butter Masala is a preparation of paneer in a thick gravy made up of cream, tomatoes and spices. It is a mainstay of Indian cuisine (mainly North India). It is mainly eaten with roti, chappati or other Indian breads. Paneer is the Indian word for cottage cheese.
Stuffed Peppers is one of several stuffed vegetable (Bharvan subji) dishes. It consists of bell peppers stuffed with cooked flesh, potatoes, onions, seasoned with chili, turmeric, coriander, cilantro, salt and lemon juice. The peppers are then either browned in a Tava (frying pan) or baked in an oven until the peppers are soft.
Cheela is a crepe-like bread unique to Telugu cuisine that is similar to dosa. It is made with batter of green gram (moong dal), but unlike a dosa, it does not contain urad dal. Cheela is eaten both in breakfast and as snack that popular in Andhra Pradesh . It is typically served with ginger or tamarind chutney. Green chilies, ginger and onions are used in different variants of this snack.
Murir Moa or Puffed Rice Laddu is a traditional Bengali Sweet which serves during Pujas like "Kojagori Lakshmi Puja". This Moa is a giant size Laddu made with Puffed rice and jaggery. This is not very easy to make. Usually people nowadays bought this Moa from the market. But in USA it is difficult to find this item in stores. So here I tried to make this and share the recipe with you.
Spinach is a very healthy edible flowering plant. Spinach has lots of nutrition value. It has anioxidents . Spinach is a good source of Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. It has also a very good source of Iron, which kids need much for their growing. It is also a good calsium source. In one word Spinach is a good healthy Leafy Vegetable..
Modak is a sweet dumpling which is very popular sweet in Western and Southern India.Modak can be steamed or fried. The steamed version called "Ukdiche Modak". Modaks have a special importance in the worship of the Hindu god Ganesh, the Elephant Head God. It is believed that modak is Ganpati's favorite food.
Maggi noodles is a brand of instant noodles manufactured by Nestlé. In several countries, it is also known as "maggi mee" . Maggi noodles are part of the Maggi family, a Nestlé brand of instant soups, stocks, and noodles. In Malaysia, there are fried noodles made from maggi noodles known as Maggi goreng.
Ripe Banana Fritters is made with Very ripe bananas , garted coconut, sugar and Maida & rice flour. Mashing the ripe bananas with hand and mix the other ingredients at a time and deep fry them on hot oil. This fritters are very tasty. They could be eaten as they are or by dipping in Maple Syrup or Honey. Powdered sugar can be sprinkled on the fritters.
A paratha is a flatbread that originated in the Indian subcontinent. This is Egg Paratha means paratha made with egg,spices & maida.This is a very healthy & tasty breakfast for them who are really bored with their regular breakfast with "Bread & Egg". Try this and let me know how much you loved this breakfast.
Mango is a very flavorful fruit. In summer different types of desserts will be prepared in Indian cuisine. "Aamer Payesh" is one of them. Mango kheer is a dessert and in summer it's a very refreshing sweet. It is usually served cold. Mango lovers will love this dessert.