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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.
Nolen Gurer Sondesh
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".
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.
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.
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.
"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>
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.
Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes. The Indian Chinese cuisine is said to have been developed by the small Chinese community that has lived in Kolkata for over a century. Garlic chicken is a one of the most popular entries of Indo Chinese cuisine. Boneless marinated fried chicken cooked in Spicy garlic based sauce.
Bhetki Fish Curry
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.
White Pumpkin & Grated Coconut
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.
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.
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.
Sweet Tamarind Chatni
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.
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.
Strawberry Banana Milk-Shake
A milkshake is a sweet, cold beverage which is usually made from milk, ice cream or iced milk, and flavorings or sweeteners such as strawberry and banana. Outside the United States, the drink is sometimes called a thick shake or a thick milkshake or in New England, a frappe, to differentiate it from other less-viscous forms of flavored milk. This Milkshake is very common and very Popular one with two most flavorfull fruits Strawberry & Banana. Very much stomach filling and tasty Milkshake.
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.
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.
Peas Pilaf (also known as pilau, peleau and plov) is a dish in which rice is cooked in a whole garam masala seasoned broth with green peas.
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.
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.
Echor Chingrir Dalna
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.
Bhaja Muger Dal
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kosha Murgir Mangsho
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.
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".
Moong Dal Pakora
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.
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.
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.
Most of the kids do not like to eat fruits. So here I have made a banana dish with little twist which kids may like to have as breakfast. This dish is very healthy and tasty. I'm sure kids will love this dish.
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.
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.
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...
Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes. The Indian Chinese cuisine is said to have been developed by the small Chinese community that has lived in Kolkata for over a century.
Golda Chingrir Malaikari
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.
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.
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.
The bottom of the pizza, called the "crust", may vary widely according to style—thin as in a typical hand-tossed pizza or Roman pizza, or thick as in a typical pan pizza or Chicago-style pizza. It is traditionally plain, but may also be seasoned with garlic or herbs, or stuffed with cheese..
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.
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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.
This dish is only available in Bengal. You can not find only one serving of this dish in outside of Bengal. This dish was invented by the Royal Chef's of Bengal.
"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".
Mango Orange Slush
Slush is a frozen drink which is made by frozen juice or pulp. Here I have made a combination slush with two flavorful fruits. Mango Orange Slush is a great drink for summer. Mango pulp & Orange juice are mixed with ginger juice, crushed ice and some other ingredients. This is a non-alcoholic drink. This drink is very easy to make and tastes great. I hope you guys will enjoy this drink.
Indian Vegetable Roll
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.
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.
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.
Here I have made a new creation with the fish in rezala curry. Rohu Fish cooked in a mild but tasty creamy gravy. This Curry goes well with any kind of Rice. And can be served in a party menu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kesar Badam Phirni
<p>T<span style="font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">oday I'm posting the recipe of <strong>"Kesar Badam Phirni"</strong> an traditional Indian Dessert, for phirni lovers .Phirni is originally a Mughlai dessert recipe .Phirni is an another variety of Aromatic Rice Pudding. Phirni should be served chilled.
Machher Matha Die Dal
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.
Iced Tea With Fruit Punch
I've done an experiment to make an Iced-Tea with the flavor of fruits. And it came out very well. This drink can be served cold or hot . But I 'll refer to have this drink as cold. This is an awesome refreshing drink for summer. White wine or Brandy can be added to taste. Iced-tea mixed with Fresh Fruit Juice and set inside the refrigerated for 8-10 hour and served.
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.
Niramish Alur Dum
"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.
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.
Mango Banana Smoothie
Smoothie is a very healthy drink. This drink is made with fresh or frozen fruits. In addition to fruits sometimes it contains crashed ice, ice-cream, yoghurt in it. Smoothies have milk-shake like consistency. To make smoothies more healthier milk ,ice-cream or yoghurt can be replaced by soya milk, whey powder, green tea, herbal supplements, or nutritional supplement mixes.
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.
Blueberry is the member of Berry family. Blueberry is full of antioxidants which can helps reduce the risk of some cancers. Here we will make blueberry jam at home without preservatives like Citrus acid. And it will taste awesome and better than store bought. This is a very easy recipe to make and easy to store for long days.
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.
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".
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.
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".
Kolkatar Mutton Biryani
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows. All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals. Activities of it include attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns. Special food for this festival is Pumpkin Bread, Cake etc. I'm going to share a very basic Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Pureed Pumpkin and Pimkin spices, and Egg whites only.
Gajar Ka Halwa
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
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.
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.
Lemon Chicken is the name of several dishes found in cuisines around the world which include chicken and lemon. In the Chinese restaurant, they used to serve its version of Lemon Chicken with the chicken pieces coated in batter, then deep fry them, and tossed in the lemon-glaze sauce. This is not an Indian Chinese dish. It tastes like sweet & tangy and flavored with fresh lemon leaves.
Punjabi Rajma Masala
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.
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.
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.
Tutti Fruity Loaf Cake
Christmas is a baking Season. This time people bakes lots of different desserts, cookies, cakes etc. Traditional Rich Fruit Cake is a must item for baking. But beside this Traditional, we like to bake different flavored cakes, like Coffee Cake, Simple Fruit Cakes, Chocolate Cake etc. I have already soaked my Dry fruits and Nut for my Rich Christmas Fruit Cake. But all my friends who does not like the Rich Fruit Cake, Or does wants to make Fruit & Nuts cake for their Kids here is my Tutti Fruity Cake for them.
Gingerbread Man Cookies
<p>A gingerbread man is a biscuit or cookie made of gingerbread, usually in the shape of a stylized human, although making other shapes, especially seasonal themes (Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc.) and characters, are quite common as well. I made this Cookies following <a href="http://www.mccormick.com/gingerbread-cookies">www.mccormick.com</a> website...I did not modify anything. Just followed the ingredients & instructions and made this cookies.</p>
Rich Christmas Fruit Cake
This fruit cake is packaged with raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, and candied fruit, dark Rum, Nuts are also included as Caramel Or Butterscotch Syrup. Fruit cakes should be made about three to four weeks before Christmas so that you can brush it with alcohol several times and allow the flavors to mingle. But that's not a mandatory step to do, Many people do like the flavor of Alcohol in cake, its up to your choice. Last not the least, this cake can be frozen so it's a very good idea to make two of this and freeze one for later part of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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 are made with Ground rice, date plam jaggery , milk and many other ingredinets. Puli Pithe is a Bengali sweet dumplings stuffed with sweet coconut & date pulm jaggery filling and boiled in whole milk. Without this sweet Poush Parbon is incomplete.
Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes. The Indian Chinese cuisine is said to have been developed by the small Chinese community that has lived in Kolkata for over a century. Chili Chicken is the most common dish of this fusion Indo-Chinese cuisine. This spicy Chinese dish could be found in almost every restaurants in Kolkata. Fried rice is served with this dish. And this Chili chicken & fried rice considered as the most deadly Chinese combo. Indo-Chinese cuisine is totally incomplete without these combo. Today I'm going to share this spicy chili chicken recipe with my blog lovers...
Bengali Steamed Prawn
"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.
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...
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...
I made this Strawberry Ice-cream without any Ice-cream maker, without any eggs. This ice-cream is made with freshly pureed strawberries and only 3 there ingredients, heavy whipping cream , vanilla and sugar. This is a very easy recipe, that any one can make and surprise their guests. Here is my easy Eggless Without Ice-cream maker Strawberry Ice-cream recipe....
Strawberry Cream Cake
I love strawberry. I think there are few people in this world who do not like strawberry. Strawberry goes in any kind of dessert. And where is the question of cake, strawberry cake is the most popular cake in the world. This cake fits for any celebration, like anniversary, birthday or to celebrate valentine's day. I made this one for the upcoming lovers' day Valentines' day. Love is in the air. Every lover is very much excited to impress their nearest and dearest one. Younger lovers are rushing to the gift shops to buy the best gifts for their sweetheart. But my strategy is to make something special for my love. So I decided to make this cake to celebrate Valentines' day in our way. This is very easy to make. Try this to impress your dearest one.
Tomato Khejur Aamshottor Chutney
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.
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
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.
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..........
Kancha Aamer Chutney
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............
Bengali Ghee Bhat
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.....
Bengali Aam Doi
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.
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.
Peach Watermelon Ice-pops
Freshly pureed and flavored fruits are used in this ice-pops. I used peach & watermelon to make these pops. But you may use any kind of fruits, you like. This is a very easy ice-pops recipe, which your kids going tot love for sure. Easy refreshing ice-pops are ready in 4 hours. No need to buy the ice-pops from the store, just buy fresh fruits, and make your kids' favorite flavored ice-pops at home.
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.
Plantain Shammi Kabab
Raw 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.
Malai Chum Chum
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.
Tender Coconut Ice-cream
Tender coconut is one of my favorite food. I heard about this ice-cream in my of my food groups. And thought of making this in my way. I never had this flavored ice-cream, but I can imagine how tasty it will be. I searched in many websites, but did not find the best recipe which I can follow to make this ice-cream. So I decided to make it in my own way. This is a very easy recipe of "Tender Coconut Ice-cream" with only 3 ingredients. I used the natural "Tender Coconut" to make this ice-cream, and belive me, this is the only way to get the most flavorful ice-cream. Here is the recipe...
Homemade Grape Jelly
Last weekend I bought a bag of Grapes from fruit market, but found them not so sweet in taste. So I thought not trash them. I had two recipes in my mind, one is to make juice out of the grapes, and the second one is making jelly. So chose the second one. But I make the jelly little spicy, so I can got the Indian taste. I used "Vegetable Oil", "Panch Foron" Or "Famous Bengali Five Spices", & "Whole Red Chili" for tempering, and Fresh Grapes, Lemon Juice & Sugar. And believe me it tastes awesome. You can have them with flour tortillas also.
Bengali Misti Polao
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.
Bandhakopi Chingrir Torkari
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.
Kolmi Shaker Ghonto
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.
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.
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.
Bhoger Khichuri & Labra
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...
Bengali Mutton Curry
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.
Gurer Narkel Naru
"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.
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.......
Bachelors' Chicken Curry
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.....
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.
Bengali Style Fruit Cake
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...
Indian Tea Cake
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.
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.
Chingrir Bati Chorchori
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.
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.
Pui Shaker Chorchori
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...
Watermelon is my favorite fruit in summer. Chilled watermelon chunks are really refreshing during hot scorching summer. But Watermelon Sorbet is even more delicious. And you may surprise your guests by serving this amazing dessert. This sorbet is also great for Summer Pool Parties. Kids love this sorbet. And this is very healthy too. Everything is natural and pure in this sorbet. In this sorbet you don't need any ice-ream maker to make this. This sorbet needs minimum ingredients and this is a very easy process to make. Here is the Summer Cooler Watermelon Recipe.
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....
Methi Malai Paneer
Paneer is known as cottage cheese. This can be made at home or can be used store bought. Homemade paneer or cottage cheese are softer than store bought. Paneer can be used in curries, stir fries, kebabs or pulao dishes. There are lots of different kinds of curries using paneer like Matar Paneer, Butter Paneer, Paneer tikka masala etc. Today I'm going to share a very delicious recipe of paneer in which I've used coconut milk to make the creamy gravy. This is a mughlai dish in which Paneer is cooked in a rich thick creamy gravy, and serves with Indian Breads Or Rice items. This is not a spicy curry at all, not too oily. Here is the recipe of 'Paneer Methi Malai'.
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.....
Tender Coconut Lassi
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....
Homemade Mango Jam
Fruit preserves are to keep fruits, vegetables preserves for long term to use later. Fruit preserves are also known as Jam, Jelly, Chutney etc. for their different style of preservation. To preserve fruits, vegetables, gelatin, vinegar or even honey, sugar also use. As it is summer time, the season of fresh mangoes, today I'm going to share the recipe of Homemade Mango Jam without using pectin. This recipe contains fresh mango pulp, lemon juice & sugar. Flavorful mangoes are best to use for this jam, because the jam will smells awesome. I used 'Alphanso' to prepare this jam. You may use 'Kesariya' Or 'Himsagar' for this. So let's go to the recipe....
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.
Finally I got some courage to cook in microwave. Yes finally. I only baked, grilled in microwave but never cooked any curry or never tried Indian recipes. But today after buying my Samsung microwave I made this recipe and you wont believe this is a super easy, less oily and delicious dish. This dish took only 30 minutes from start to serve. And most importantly this is a recipe which is without onion & garlic pure vegetarian. So no more writing, let's go to 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.
Mughlai Chicken Curry
Mughlai style dishes are very rich, creamy, not too spicy types. This types of recipes are truly inspired by the Mughal dynasty. This chicken curry is very easy to make but tastes awesome. This recipe is totally my own creation, no adoption or inspiration from any other websites. Usually I always order Mughlai dishes in restaurants, because the curries are always smooth, creamy little sweeter in taste. Mughlai Chicken is one of my favorite Mughlai dishes. I always have this curry with Tandoori Rotis. This recipe also I tried many times in a nearby restaurant and make the recipe myself. Today I'm going to share my own creation of Mughlai Chicken recipe.
Mango Milkshake is very popular summer cooler drink which can be easily made with only three ingredients Mango, Milk & Sugar. Usually I make Mango Milkshake whenever I found the Mangoes which I bought from market are less sweeter. My husband never have those mangoes, so I have to make Mango recipes with them. In this way the less sweeter Mangoes have been used and you get different Mango dishes. But if you make the Milkshake with sweet mangoes, you may avoid adding sugar. In this way the Milkshake can be healthier. I also have used Honey in this Milkshake instead of sugar. Lets g to the recipe...
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'.
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...
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.....
Now a days Onion becomes too costly in India. Almost Rs. 80/kg. So I decided to post some less onion and onion free recipes which will help the people to enjoy Indian curries without costly onions. Here is 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.
Kochi Panthar Jhol
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.
I think Bengalis don't need any introductions for the authentic Bengali recipe 'Chingrir Malaikari'. Even many Non Bengalis are also aware of 'Chingrir Malaikari'. But still I'll give you little informations about this dish for those who does not know about the recipe. Jumbo Prawns are cooked in creamy Coconut gravy, without onion, garlic & tomatoes. This curry is very arometic but mild in taste. This dish should serve with Plain Steamed Rice. This recipe I'm sharing for Bengalis' biggest festival 'Durga Puja'.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
Topa Kuler Achaar
Hinger Aloor Dom
Mutton Keema Curry
Bengali Misti Doi
Kanchakolar Kofta Curry
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.
This recipe is Kolkata's speciality, in Kolkata Dhabas(
roadside small restaurants) serves best chicken bharta you can ever taste. Today I'm going to share this recipe, which was sent by my dearest "Dheu Di", may be almost 3 years
back, while we used to stay in USA. But somehow I totally forgot about the recipe and couldn't able to make it. But after seeing my two blogger friends, Rimli & Debjani's recent
post on 'Chicken Bharta', I decided to post it too. Though this recipe is little bit different from theirs. Let's not bore you guys with my writing, have a look of the
Chingrir Bhuni Khichuri
Strawberry Orange Marbel Cake
Kosha Khasir Mangsho
Indian Tea Biscuits
Macher Matha Die Bandhakopi
<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>
Almond Butter Cookies
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
Lebu Lonka Murgi
Egg less Linzer Cookies
Tutti Fruity Shortbread Cookies
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...
Nolen Gurer Rosogolla
<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>
<p>I never tasted Orange Chicken in India. After marraige when we went to Dallas, USA , there one of my husband's friend reffered us Panda Express, the famous
American Chinese chain restaurant of Texas. There we first tasted their famous Orange Chicken, Kung pao chicken, and many more. The combos are very pocket friendly, so we often used to visit the place mainly for dinner. The taste is not too good, but it is ok and may be $ 15 to 16 for two of us. So we never expected too much. Their Orange Chicken' was my husband's favorite, but I didn't like that dish, as I don't like sweets that much, specially in non-veg items. But my sweet lover husband never miss Panda Express's orange chicken, whenever he visited that place. In rice/noodle+2 sides combo, one must be Orange chicken for him. After returning from Dallas, if anything he misses,it is the famous Orange Chicken from Panda Express. So I was thinking of making this for long time, but somehow it never happened. Sometime for my not too sweet love, or sometime just I ignored or I've simply forgot about it. But recently in a Facebook food group, someone posted Pannda Express's Orange Chicken picture, and I recall my wish
to make it for my husband. But I was scared about the sweet taste of it, if I would not able to have it, it'll be total waste, and I won't be able to write the recipe.
So I just recreated it in my way, without any recipe guideline. and the result was finger licking good, even I loved it.
So let's have a look of the procedure...</p>
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.
Nolen Gurer Payesh
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.
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.
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.