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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.
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.
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.
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.
Piaji & Beguni
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.
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".
"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.
Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken Fried Rice is one of the most popular Rice dish in Chinese cuisine in India. This one is my childhood favorite Chinese meal. Fried rice is a one pot meal. Usually you do not need any sides with this dish. Today I'm going to share the recipe of Authentic Chinese Restaurant Style Chicken Fried Rice with you...
Chicken Chargha is a very famous and popular Chicken dish which is cooked in two different steps, first steaming and then deep frying the steamed Chicken. In this recipe whole chicken is used. I used half chicken, as whole chicken is little bit difficult to handle because of its size in our small kitchens. But in restaurants they use whole chicken for this recipe. Here is the recipe of chicken chargha Lahore style...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicken Dum Biryani
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.
Shahi Mutton Korma
Korma has its roots in the Mughlai cuisine of modern-day India and Pakistan.The flavour of a korma is based on a mixture of spices, including ground coriander and cumin, combined with yoghurt kept below curdling temperature and incorporated slowly and carefully with the meat juices. Traditionally, this would have been carried out in a pot set over a very low fire, with charcoal on the lid to provide all-round heat. A korma can be mildly spiced or fiery and may use Lamb, Beef, Chicken, or some kormas combine meat and vegetables such as spinach and Turnip . The term "Shahi" used for some kormas indicates its status as a prestige dish, rather than an everyday meal, and its association with the court.
Paneer Butter Masala
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.
Pressure Cooker Chicken Biryani
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.
Dum Ka Murgh
This is Chicken dish with nutty flavor but very easy and tasty dish. Dum means steam, and Murgh means Chicken. The chicken will be cooked in airtight container along with lots of spices in a slow cooking process. Here is the recipe.
Dahi Chicken Curry
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.
Chicken Bhuna Masala
The word Bhuna is used to describe the process where spices are fried gently to bring out their flavors . The chicken bhuna curry that I've given the recipe of below is an extension to this cooking method. The Bite size chicken is essentially added to the spices and cooks in its own juice, resulting in a deliciously strong flavor , but not much sauce.
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.
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.
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.
Jhuri Aloo Bhaja
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".
Mixed Chow mein
Chow mein is a Chinese term for a dish of stir-fried noodles, of which there are many varieties.The cuisine is believed to have originated from the Chinese of Calcutta and Chinese food is still popular there.Chinatown in India still boasts a number of Chinese restaurants specializing in Hakka cuisine and Indian Chinese variants.
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.
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.
"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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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"...
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..........
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.
Chicken Seekh Kabab
Seekh Kabab is a finely chopped onion, garlic, ginger, green chili, cilantro & spice powder marinated lamb, beef, chicken Or turkey meat, wrapped around bamboo/metal skewer (Seekh in Hindi) and roasted/grilled usually in tandoor or oven or deep fried in oil. Today I've made this seekh kabab with minced chicken. The kababs are very juicy from the inside and roasted from the outside. I prefer this kabab roasted in the oven, more than fried. But if you do not have any oven in your home, still you can enjoy this kabab by frying in hot oil.
Ilish Machher Jhol
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.
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...
Indian Egg Sandwich
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.
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.....
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...
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.
<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>