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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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".
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kalakand is a very popular North Indian milk based sweet. This sweet is very easy to make and so delicious. This sweet recipe needs very few ingredients, only few steps and 15 minuyes to be done. Today I'm going to share the recipe of Instant Kalakand, which tastes just like the original one, butvery easy to make. When I started making sweets, I made Kalakand first. So if I could make it, anybody can do the same. Surprise your guests with this traditional Indian sweet, don't reveal the process. They will not going to belive you</span>.</p>
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.
"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>
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
Topa Kuler Achaar
Bengali Misti Doi
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.
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.
Tandoori chicken is a popular Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani dish consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and spices which is called as Tandoori Spices. The name comes from the type of cylindrical clay oven, a tandoor, in which the dish is traditionally prepared. Tandoori Chicken is a dish of Mughlai cuisine. It was popular among the noble families and Nawab families.
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.
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.
Chicken chaap is a Bengali mughlai dish. Here Big chicken pieces marinated and cooked in spicy and rich poppy seed based gravy. This is a dry type dish is served with biryani, naan, rumali roti etc.
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.
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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Malai Kulfi is Indian frozen dairy dessert. Some time it is called as Indian Ice-cream. Kulfi has many different verities in flavors. This Desi Ice-cream traditionally is made by evaporating the Full-fat milk through slow cooking but nowadays people do not have so much time to spend for a dessert making. So we have some easy tricks to make this yummy dessert in 30 minutes.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.......
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.
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.
Kolkata Style Chicken Biryani
In Delhi, they follow the Nawabi style, whereas In Lakhnow, Awadhi cuisine has been followed. In Kolkata the biryani is almost cooked in Awadhi style along with Egg and potato. Awadh's last Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was exiled in 1856 to the Kolkata suburb of Metiabruz,he brought his personal chef with him, and evolved the Lakhnow Awadhi style biryani in Kolkata. But the poorer household of Kolkata couldn't afford the meat so potatoes had been added. Now this has became the specialty of Kolkata biryani. Kolkata biryani is much lighter in spices and the rice is being flavored with Kewra, rose water and Mitha Attar. Which makes the biryani even more flavorful than any other states' biryani. Kolkata style mutton biryani is already on blog, today I'm going to share the 'Chicken biryani' recipe with you. Hope you like it.
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.
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.
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.
Tilapia is a sweet water fish. It is a very tasty and healthy fish. Tilapia consumed in All over the world and called in the same name "Tilapia". Here is a recipe of tilapia steak cooked in Bengali style spicy gravy.
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.
Rui Macher Kalia
Rohu is a most used fish in West Bengal in daily meal. Bengali people never think about any special occasion without "Rui Machher Kalia". Here I'm sharing that authentic recipe which all of the Bengali people love. Rui Machher Kaliya is cooked in a very rich way. Most flavorful tasty sweet water fish is Rohu. This fish is from Carp family. The Curry should be very thick, rich, spicy & oily type. Goes well with Plain Steamed Rice.
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.
"Doi Machh" is not an authentic Bengali fish recipe. It's somewhat like fusion curry. It's a nice dish to serve the guests. Doi mach is yoghurt based Rohu/Katla fish curry. In this curry fried fishes are marinated in seasoned beaten yoghurt and then cooked on low heat. Aromatic sweet and sour taste of the gravy is easy to cook but very delicious. I've made this dish with Rohu but you can try this with any "Carp/Buffalo/Grass Carp/Tilapia".
This 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.
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.
"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.
Murir Moa or Puffed Rice Laddu is a traditional Bengali Sweet which serves during Pujas like "Kojagori Lakshmi Puja". This Moa is a giant size Laddu made with Puffed rice and jaggery. This is not very easy to make. Usually people nowadays bought this Moa from the market. But in USA it is difficult to find this item in stores. So here I tried to make this and share the recipe with you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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............
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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...
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.....
These sweets are quite time consuming. And in recent days you can get every authentic Bengali sweets in the nearby Sweet shops. But who stays outside Bengal, what about them. I'm sure they still miss those Authentic Bengali sweets. So I prepare these 'Narkel Er Takti' for them, who badly miss them and want to make at home. This recipe is little easier than the authentic recipe. Here is the recipe of 'Narkel Er Takti/Chapa.
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>After having the awesome food, I was almost full. But for a full course meal how can I miss the dessert section. So thought of taste one of them. My husband insisted me to take the 'Beetroot Halwa', as he knew the taste, he was their before for team lunch, and he took that dessert twice. My husband is not a foodie, but he is a sweet lover. so never miss the dessert part of any buffet. As he was insisting for that particular item I took it 2 spoons, thought of just tasting it. But after having half spoon,I was so amazed, and took that for second time. After that day I was thinking of making this at home. But any vegetable halwa is very time consuming and tiring process, so I was avoiding for a year.
But when I got my 'Preethi Zodiac' mixer grinder, find a easy grater comes in the 'Master Chef Jar', which grates vegetables in seconds with ease. </p>
<p>So I've decided the 1st item of making is the 'Beetroot Halwa'.I've steamed the peeled beetroots in my 'Tupperware Steam it' and then halved and put into the 'Master Chef Jar' with grater function and got a jar full of grated steamed beetroot in few seconds. Let's have a look in the details procedure below.</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>