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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.
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.
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.
Peas Kachuri & Dum Aloo
Luchi 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.
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.
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.
Spicy Egg Paratha
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.
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.
Bengali Chicken Cutlet
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.
Bengali Egg Roll
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.
Tutti Fruity Bread
Bread is a well known Staple Food. Bread can be consumed in any meal i.e. as breakfast, appetizer, lunch or dinner and can be served with anything. Bread can be in many verities like Meat bread, Fruit bread, sweet bread, cheese bread or herb bread etc. Here I've made sweet bread which serves as breakfast or tiffin for the kids. Tutti fruity bread is a sweet tasted bread with lots of tutti fruity in it. This a very tasty breakfast bread for kids. This bread can be eaten plain as it is or with butter or any other spreads.
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.
Cookies are small, flat round or any kind of shaped baked treats. They can be in many different flavors and shapes. There are many different types of cookies in all over the world. Here this cookies are kind of Indian.
Bengali Kheer Malpua
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.
Coffee Flavored Cake
Coffee Flavored Cake is only for the coffee lovers. This cake will go well with tea or coffee or at breakfast of snack time. I was looking for its recipe many websites but didn't find the right one. So I tried this in my own style. I'm sure you guys will definitely love this recipe.
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.
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.
Ripe Banana Fritters
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.
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".
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.
Eggless Butterless Blueberry & Orange Cake
We all love cake. Egg is the most important ingredient for any cake recipe. But who are vegetarian, can't enjoy this dessert at all. but here I've a very healthy and unique recipe for them who are very much health conscious. This recipe is totally Egg & Butter less with a nice flavor of Blueberry and Orange, healthy version of delicious cake. But Non-vegetarian don't worry at all. It tastes like heaven.
"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.
Cranberry Walnut Bread
This is a classics and very common bread for Breakfast. This bread is little sweet, soft in the inside and crunchy outside. I made this bread without Egg & butter in a healthy way. This is a very tasty bread too. This bread can be eaten as it is or Spreads can be applied to enhance the taste of the Bread. Butter, Margarine OR cream cheese will go best with this bread.
Eggless Chocolate Cake
Chocolate cake is a cake flavored with melted chocolate or cocoa powder. Chocolate cake is made with chocolate; it can be made with other ingredients, as well. These ingredients include fudge, vanilla creme, and other sweeteners. Here is the very easy recipe of Chocolate Cake without Eggs & Butter. This is a very easy & quick recipe of a Super Moist Chocolate Cake. I made this Cake for my Vegetarian Followers, including my In-laws. They are Vegetarian, and like to have cake. But could not have it. So I tried to make this cake with very less ingredients, mostly always available at home.
Pumpkin Cream Roll
Pumpkins Roll Or Roundel is made specially during Thanksgiving Festival Or Halloween. As this is the season of Pumpkin. People make many other Dessert Or Main course dishes with Pumpkin. This is a very common Cake recipe during this season. The Cream inside the Cake should be Soft Cream Cheese filling, but I've made this little lighter version with Whipping Cream. This recipe has been adopted from "LIBBY'S® Pumpkin Roll - Very Best Baking". I modified a little.
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.
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.
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.
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"...
Eggless Strawberry Cake
Love is in the air. This is the flavor of Valentine's Day. Every couple celebrates the day which is specially for their own. Red roses, chocolates, greetings card, fresh strawberries are gifted to each other. Some people are very busy making cakes, baking cookies for their Valentine. Valentine's Day means Pink & Red colors, flowers, chocolates etc. I made this Eggless Strawberry cake for my Valentine, my love, my life, my hubby.
Strawberry is my favorite flavor among all the other flavors. I like strawberry flavor in any of my desserts, like ice-cream, cakes, pies ect. I like pureed fresh strawberies more than artificial strawbery flavor and color. I made this cake for my husband's 10yrs in his employer company. I just wanted to surprise him with this cake. But when I decided to make this cake, discovered there is not a single egg in my refrigerator. So I decided to make the eggless cake with fresh pureed strawberries. This cake is made with fresh pureed strawberry without any artificial color or flavor. And here is my eggless strawberry cake...
Two In 1 Cake
This the season of Mango, the king of fruits. As a mango lover I wish to have this wonderful flavored fruit almost in every meal. And mango flavored sweet, desserts or bakery is my most favorite. This cake is made with Mango puree, tutty fruity, chocolate powder and some other ingredients.
Vegetable or I should say Bhegitabil Chop is a very famous Bengali evening snacks. The term "Chop" is nothing but cutlets or croquette, used in Bengal. There are many different types of "Chops", like "Aloor Chop, Mochar Chop, Macher Chop, Chicken Chop, Dimer Chop" etc. Croquette/Chops are made with spiced minced meat or smashed vegetables, dipped into egg & cornflour batter and coated in breadcrumbs, then deep fried. This cutlets/chops are available in every Roadside Roll Corners in Kolkata.
Steamed Chicken Momo
Today I'm going to share the Steamed Chicken Momo recipe with my followers. This is one of my favorite evening snacks. I was thinking of making these momos for long days. When I was in USA I usually made them in my bamboo steamer. But I could not bring it with me in India. But when Tupperware offered me their newly introduced product Steam It, I was very happy, and from that day I was planning to make momos for their promotional post. So today I made "Steamed Chicken Momo" and sharing the recipe with you.
Veg Potato Curry & Lentil Stuffed Puri
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....
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...
I always prefer to make cakes at home rather than buying from the baker's shops. I never could find the homemade cake taste in the store bought cakes. And I always love the wonderful smells during the baking. And when it comes to the Chocolate Cake, my kitchen smells heavenly while baking. I love the Chocolate cakes without any nuts, but My hubby, he will never have any Cakes without Tutty Fruity & Nuts. So this cake contains lots of Tutty Fruity & Chopped Nuts. This cake I made for our train travel. It contains these main ingredients, Maida, Choco Powder, Sugar And Oil. And yes this is my First cake recipe after returning India. So here is the recipe.
Mawa 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.
Baked Keema Kachori
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.
In this chilling season nothing can be better than a hot cup of 'Spicy Tomato Soup'. In my list of favourite food during winter, Tomato Soup always be on the top. And if some garlic croutons can be added, it will be havenly. But being an Indian, I always prefer my soup will be little spicy. So whenever I prepare soups, I try to make it little spicy. Today I'm going to share my favourite Tomato Soup recipe with you, which I often make for evening snacks. In this recipe I do not boil the tomatoes, I roast them on pan with onion, garlic & green chilis and then grind them. Let's see the recipe.......
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.
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.