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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.
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.
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.
This recipe has been adopted from Bangladesh. In this recipe raw Ilish/Hilsha pieces are steamed in mustard and coconut paste along with turmeric, green chili, salt and mustard oil. This is an effortless cooking. Only marinate the fish and put into a non-stick pan and cook on low heat for 20-30 minutes. No need to stir or add something in between cooking. And here is the recipe...
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.
Steamed Chicken Momo
Today I'm going to share the Steamed Chicken Momo recipe with my followers. This is one of my favorite evening snacks. I was thinking of making these momos for long days. When I was in USA I usually made them in my bamboo steamer. But I could not bring it with me in India. But when Tupperware offered me their newly introduced product Steam It, I was very happy, and from that day I was planning to make momos for their promotional post. So today I made "Steamed Chicken Momo" and sharing the recipe with you.
Indian Spiced Tea
'Chai/Cha/Tea' is the common beverage for all Indian. Mornings are incomplete without a perfect cup of Tea. Almost every Indian, have Tea for their morning refreshing beverage. Usually tea is made only by brewing Tea Leaves, milk and water, but sometimes we love to have the 'Spiced Tea' which is also known as 'Masala Chai'. For the 'Masala Chai', tea & herbs are being brewed with Water & Whole Cow or Buffalo milk. Check the easy recipe of refreshing Masala Chai.
Paturi is a very popular Bengali dish. Marinated Fish or vegetables cooked in wrapped inside the leaf. This dish can be cooked with hilsha or bhetki fish. And fish can be wrapped in banana leaf or bottle gourd leaf. Here I've made this with banana leaf and sea bass instead of bhetki.
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..........
Indian Tea Biscuits
Burgers are everyone's favourite.But store bought burgers are missing something.Yes Indian spices are missing there.So I planned to prepare it at home,with indian spices.Its a easy process and prepared within half an hour, excluding marination time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love fresh methi or fenugreek leaves for the slight bitterness they add to any dish. Each time I go to Little India, I scout around for a bunch. They are not very easy to find so when I do get them, I wrack my brain on what to make with it. Chopped Methi leaves and some other spices are mixed with Maida, make a dough and roll them into Parathas and cook on Hot Tawa.
Kadai Chicken is also known as gosht karahi (when prepared with goat or lamb meat instead of chicken) and kadai chicken is a Pakistani and North Indian dish noted for its spicy taste and usage of capsicum. It is said that only one utensil is enough to cook this dish and that is a karahi (wok). This chicken curry dish is full of flavors of Bell Peppers & Coriander seeds also rich with spices. This curry will be sizzling hot & oily. This curry goes well with Indian Bread like Naan, Parathas, Roti or Chapatis.
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.
Spicy Egg Paratha
A paratha is a flatbread that originated in the Indian subcontinent. This is Egg Paratha means paratha made with egg,spices & maida.This is a very healthy & tasty breakfast for them who are really bored with their regular breakfast with "Bread & Egg". Try this and let me know how much you loved this breakfast.
Mixed Dal Fry
Dal (also spelled dahl or daal) is a preparation of pulses /dried lentils which have been stripped of their outer hulls and split. It also refers to the thick stew prepared from these pulses, an important part of Indian cuisine. It is regularly eaten with rice and vegetables in southern India, and with both rice and roti throughout northern India .
Paneer tikka is an Indian dish made from chunks of paneer marinated in spices and grilled in a tandoor or Tawa. It is a vegetarian alternative to chicken tikka and other meat dishes. It is a popular dish that is widely available in India and other countries with an Indian diaspora.
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.
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.
Aloo Paratha is an Indian recipe and one of the most popular breakfast dishes throughout western, central and northern regions of India.Aloo (potato) stuffed Parathas are basically unleavened dough stuffed with a spiced mixture of mashed potato, which is rolled out and cooked on a hot tawa with butter or ghee.
Bengali Fish Pakora
Pakoras are created by taking one or two ingredients such as onion, eggplant, potato, spinach, plantain, paneer, cauliflower, tomato, chili pepper, or occasionally bread, fish or chicken and dipping them in a batter of gram flour and then deep-frying them. Pakoras are usually served as snacks or appetizers. Pakoras are popular as a fast food snack in all over the world
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.
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".
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.
In cooking, stuffing or filling (specifically for poultry) is an edible substance or mixture, often a starch, used to fill a cavity in another food item. Many foods may be stuffed, including meats, vegetables, egg, and fruits. Today I'm going to share a recipe of Stuffed Tomato. Tomatoes will be stuffed with a spicy boneless fish stuffing and baked with cheese. This is a very unique recipe for a dinner menu. This dish should serve as a stater or Appetizer.
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.
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.
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.
Dhaba Style Egg Tadka
Egg Tarka is highly popular in roadside Dhaba. There are varieties of Tarka Dal. However, Bengali Tarka Dal is prepared with whole Moong dal or Green Gram. In Bengal it is made with egg, chicken, or mutton. You can make it vegetarian too without egg or meat. It goes well with roti or parathas.
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.
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.
Rui Macher Jhol
Machher Jhol or Machha Jhola is a traditional Oriya and Bengali spicy fish stew. It is in the form of a very spicy stew that is served with rice. Machher Jhol is liberally seasoned with turmeric, garlic, onions, and grated ginger. Potatoes are added to the stew as a thickening agent. Tomatoes are also added to impart the dish with a reddish color which is preferred by the people of Bengal. This Machher Jhol is a part of almost every Bengali familys' lunch menu. So this should be a mild type curry with very less spices. This curry is good for helath.
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.
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.
Bengali Egg Roll
Kolkata is famous for its street food. And the most famous street food is "Egg Roll". There is no people who does not like "Egg Roll". Its a famous snacks for every Kolkatans. And specially in Durga Puja this snacks is the most favorite for every one. Easy to make and tastes awesome.
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.
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.
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..
Tandoori Chicken Pizza
Tandoori Chicken Pizza is a style of single-serving pizza that combines Tandoori Chicken And Italian style pizza. Italian Classic crust with toppings from the Tandoori cuisine cooking style Chicken.
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.
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".
Paturi is the process of cooking fish/egg/prawn in mustard sauce inside a banana or plantain leaf wrap. Here I've made "Egg paturi" but here is a twist in my recipe. I didn't cook the egg in advance. And here I'm not making this in banana leaf as banana leaf is not easily available here and my recipe can't be cooked in banana leaf.
Rava dosa is a very popular version of Dosa which is a South Indian crepe. Rava means semolina or suji. This is a very quick n easy Dosa for South Indian breakfast. This dosa can be served with any chutney like coconut or tomato chutney. Rava Dosa is a very popular Breakfast in south India. But every time pre-planning is not possible. So this instant version is for them only who suddenly crave for a nice breakfast with dosa. And the most important thing is Rava Dosa is most easily diagestible. When I was in the hospital of Chennai they gave me Rava Dosa for breakfast.
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.
Crab is a popular dish in Sea side areas such as Bengal, Mumbai, Goa, South Indian. Because crab is easily available in those areas. Crab curry recipe is more less same in those areas. Here I'm sharing Bengali crab curry recipe which is also called as "Kakrar Jhal" in West Bengal". This is very easy and quick recipe to cook.
Kerala Fish Curry
Fish curry is a mouth-watering spicy gravy style recipe. Fish curry goes best with steamed rice . But in different parts of India fish curry is made in different versions. Here I have made "Kerala Style Fish Curry" with pomfret fish. Let's see how I have made this mouth watering curry.
Basic Pizza Sauce
Pizza sauce is a tomato based sauce which we spread on pizza. This tomato based sauce should be smooth in consistency not chunky and seasoned with spices. This sauce itself has a lot of flavors. This can make your pizza even more tasty and flavorful.
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.
Lemon rice is an authentic South Indian rice dish. This is one variety of Pulihora a common dish of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka. Puli means sour taste. Pulihora is also referred as sour rice. Other names are "Lemon Or Tamarind Rice". In Andhra Pradesh this dish is considered as a festival food.
Dak Bungalow Chicken
Dak bungalows were rest houses where the travelers used to take rest while on a journey, or used as a night stop during a trip. At that time the Care-taker had their own Poultry, Goat at Dak Bungalows for easy milk and meat supplies. This kind of curries are always be the only Dinner/Lunch item. So it is always cooked along with Potat ,Egg and freshly ground spices, as that time Store Bought spices were not being used in cooking.
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.
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.
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.
Chicken Sandwich is well known as "Chicken Burger". Most of us like this super delicious Fast-Food. Easy to carry and very delicious. Here I've giving you this awesome "Chicken Burger" recipe for this summer. This recipe contains Pan Sauted Chicken Breasts, and a moist Creamy spread all over the Buns, with lots of leafy veggies. Smooth texture and very tasty recipe for dinner.
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.
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.
Coconut chutney is a south indian spicy side dish.This is a spicy variety of coconut stew which can be in two forms, solid and liquid. This chutney is served with idli, dosai,vadas or even with cooked rice. You may also use this chutney with delicious Rava Dosa .
Mackerel Fish Curry
Mackerel is a very tasty sea fish with very strong flavor and very similar to Bengali "Hilsha" fish. So I've tried to make a fusion with Mackerel Fish in Bengali style with potato and eggplant. I hope you guys will like this dish.
Chicken With Lentil
Traditionally, this dish is made with lamb, but it is equally delicious made with chicken. The lentils are flavored with a traditional "Tarka" or "Tampering", which is poured over the dal just before serving.
Indian coconut cookies is none other than coconut biscuits which are filled with lots of shredded coconut. This cookies are so simple and tastes like haven. I am a big fan of coconut. So I always love my cookies to be coconut flavored. This is also called as Macaroons.
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.
Fish is Bengali's all time favorite Non-veg item. We can't think our day without fish. Trout is not an Indian fish. But I just mix and match it with Bengali style and made this awesome flavorful dish with Cilantro. This curry has a greeny texture for Cilantro. This goes with Rice only for lunch. Bengalies love fish in mustard gravy and this is a Cilantro based Mustard gravy. Here is the recipe..
Dal Makhni/Makhani is a very popular & traditional Punjabi dish. This is a very much different version of Dal from the other Punjabi Dal. This Dal is a little bit time consuming preparation. It takes almost 24 hours to complete the dal in traditional way. But as now a days we have lots of modern cooking equipments. So this preparation hardly takes 1-2 hours to complete.
Camp Style Chicken
This recipe is inspired by Chef Aditya. This is a very easy chicken Curry with less ingredients, but it tastes great. Whenever you are in a hurry and do not have much time to cook for your guests, try this chicken. No need to stir continuously . My guests gave me feedback that this chicken has a mild but wonderful flavors in it. And it is a very light and flavorful chicken curry.
Spinach is a very healthy edible flowering plant. Spinach has lots of nutrition value. It has anioxidents . Spinach is a good source of Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. It has also a very good source of Iron, which kids need much for their growing. It is also a good calsium source. In one word Spinach is a good healthy Leafy Vegetable..
Bengali Fish Biryani
Bengali people love fish. They like fish in any of the dishes. We bongs like fish in any way, such as, in curry, stew, mustard gravy, light curry , in pulao or biryani. So here I'm sharing a recipe for our another authentic Rice variety, that is Fish biryani. This is nothing but fish based rice variety and with lots of spice. It is easy to cook and very much time saving flavorful dish.
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.
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.
Bengali Fish Fry
Kolkata is very much famous for their street food. There are lots of street food like Egg Roll, Chicken Roll, Chicken Cutlet, Chow Mein, Moghlai Paratha and Bengali Crispy Fish Fry. But it is healthy to have the homemade street foods. This way you can enjoy all the tastes but you will be still with healthy stomach. Here is the recipe of Crispy Bengali Fish Fry.
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".
"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.
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.
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.
Bengali Style Mackerel Fish
Mackerel is a very tasty sea fish with very strong flavor and very similar to Bengali "Hilsha" fish. This fish is very healthy and full of Omega-3 fatty acid. This fish cooks in its own oil. You do not need lots of oil to cook this fish. It releases lots of oil when you add the fish into the pan. Here is another similar recipe with Hilsha fish I have tried with Mackerel fish. Here it is.
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.
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.
In West Bengal catfish (known as Magur) is eaten as a favored delicacy during the monsoons. Catfish meat helps in blood purification. Catfish curry is consumed in these parts to promote faster recovery to patients suffering from fever or other ailments.
Bengali Masoor Dal
Masoor dal, is an edible pulse, 30% of their calories from protein, all dals have the third-highest level of protein, contains dietary fiber, foliate, vitamin B1, and minerals. Masoor dal is nutritious, completely safe, and wholesome. In Bengali this dal is treated as a non-vegetarian and cooked with onion & garlic. I have added some Lemon Leaves to enhance the flavor of this Dal.
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.
Moong Dal Cheela
Cheela is a crepe-like bread unique to Telugu cuisine that is similar to dosa. It is made with batter of green gram (moong dal), but unlike a dosa, it does not contain urad dal. Cheela is eaten both in breakfast and as snack that popular in Andhra Pradesh . It is typically served with ginger or tamarind chutney. Green chilies, ginger and onions are used in different variants of this snack.
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.
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.
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.
Chicken Kebab Stuffed Bread
Today I tried this Chicken Stuffed Bread, which I had few months ago in an Italian Restaurant. It was so yummy, mouth watering. I tried this with a little twist. I stuffed the Bread with Chicken Kebabs, instead of plain grilled or cooked chicken. It tasted just awesome. This Bread can be made with Pillsbury Pizza dough Or Homemade Pizza dough. I used homemade dough. This is a Fusion type Chicken Stuffed Bread. Italian Chicken Stuffed Bread with Deshi Tadka....</span></p>
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.
Dhaba Style Chicken Tadka
Chicken Tadka is another version of Dhaba Special Tadka Dal recipe. Tadka is a famous item of Roadside Dhabas. The small very ordinary food shops serves amazing foods for very less price than the Restaurants. And the tastes of those dishes are finger licking good in taste. Takda is one of the special item of Dhaba Menu. Whole Green Moong Dal cooked in spices with chicken or egg. Here I am sharing the Chicken Tadka recipe, which is my personal favorite recipe.
Chicken Tikka Pizza
Chicken Tikka Pizza is a style of single-serving pizza that combines Chicken Tikka And Italian style pizza. Italian Classic crust with toppings from the Tandoori cuisine cooking style Chicken. This is a very tasty variantion of Indian pizza. Easy to make and very flavorful Pizza with Indian touch.
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.
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...
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...
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"...
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.
Rui Machher Korma
Today I am going to share the recipe of "Rui Machher Korma" with my followers. This is a very different kind of Rui fish recipe with creamy yogurt based gravy. Poppy seeds and cashew are used in this gravy. This dish should be served with plain steamed rice and cucumber salad. Here is the recipe...
Achari Paneer is a popoular North Indian paneer dish. This is a very spicy, oily type of gravy based recipe. The gravy should be thick tangy and Indian pickle flavored. For this recipe Indian pickle spices are used to give the pickle touch. Usually this Paneer dish is served with Tandoori Roti Or Naan.
Aloo Masala Sandwich
Today I am going to share a very easy Potato Sandwich recipe,which usually my mom used to make at home for breakfast. She sometimes used to give me in my lunch box too. Here is my mom's Potato Sandwich recipe.
Chicken Sandwich is a typically a boneless, skinless, breast of chicken in a bun or between two slices of bread. Chicken sandwich has many version all over the world. In Indian this sandwich is made with bobeless chicken, cream, mayoneise, chopped lettuce or cabbage & srping onion. This Indian version of chicken sandwich tastes so good no one can resists to have the taste. I am going to share the Indian style chicken sandwich with you.
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
A fish sandwich, is a type of sandwich usually made with ingredients such as mayonnaise and some other ingredients. this is a very easy to make but very healthy sandwich, which is very tasty too. Fish sandwich is very light and good alternative of daily sandwich recipes. Any kind of fish can be used to make this fish sandwich. Boneless fish is prefferable to be used.
Mutton Dak Bungalow
Earlier I've shared Chicken Dak Bungalow recipe with you, and today it'll be made with Mutton Or Goat meat. But the Goat Or Mutton Dakbungalow recipe is different from the Chicken recipe. As all of you know that the chicken is less flavored than the goat meat. Goat meat has a very strong flavor itself. So for the Goat meat we had to add some more strong flavored spices in it & here is the recipe.
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.
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............
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...
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.
Chicken Keema Cutlet
Chicken Keema Cutlet is Kolkata speciality. In this cutlets, minced chicken/mutton are marinated and cooked, and then shaped into cutlets and the rest is the same. This is a very famous "Street Food" of Kolkata. This cutlets are served with Mustard sauce, Tomato ketchup & Cucumber onion salad. Here is the recipe.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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>
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.
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.
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...
"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>
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.
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.....
Rui Macher Teljhol
Rui/Rohu is a very common fish in India. Almost in every Bengali lunch meal there must be Rui/Rohu fish. This fish has the most protein content. This fish is easy to digest delicious in taste. And most importantly, you can make any types of curry with Rohu/Rui or Katla fish. Today I'm going to share an authentic Bengali recipe of Rui/Rohu fish which can be made very easily, but tastes awesome. This is my mom's special recipe. This recipe is so easy, that can be made by anyone. So here is the recipe.
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...
Macher Jhal is a very popular and authentic fish recipe of Bengal. As every Indian knows Bengalis are fond of fish, they eat fish almost everyday in a week. Fish is the main item of their daily menu. So there are different items are cooked with fish. Macher Jhol, Macher Kalia, Macher Korma, Macher Jhal etc. Today I'm going to share a very easy but super tasty recipe of fish. Where fish is cooked in thick mustard sauce. And one more very important point for this recipe is, this dish must be cooked in mustard oil.
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.
Egg curry is a very famous dish of any state of India. Bengali Egg Curry or Dimer Dalna/Jhol is not very different from the regular Indian egg curry. This is not very thick gravy. This is a thin stew like curry, When we, homemakers could not have ingredients in our pantry, Egg curry is the easiest dish to prepare. As this curry does not need much ingredients, can be made very quick and easily. So today I'm going to share the most easy but most delicious dish, which everyone loves. Here is the recipe...
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.
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....
Parshe Macher Jhal
Fish curry is the main item of every Bengali lunch menu. Bengalis know for their love for fish. Parshe or baby mullet fish is a well known fish in Bengali kitchen. Small in size, fitted well within the palm, Parshe has an immaculate taste which is simply unmatched. I am pretty fond of Parshe fish and invariably all of its preparations, among which the simplest one is the present recipe which can be cooked any day almost in no time . This recipe I adopted from my mom. This is a comfort Bengali mild fish curry can be made for regular cooking. So without elaborating the speech, I'm going to share the easy recipe of 'Parshe Macher Jhal'...
Parshe Macher Jhal
Fish curry is the main item of every Bengali lunch menu. Bengalis know for their love for fish. Parshe or baby mullet fish is a well known fish in Bengali kitchen. Small in size, fitted well within the palm, Parshe has an immaculate taste which is simply unmatched. I am pretty fond of Parshe fish and invariably all of its preparations, among which the simplest one is the present recipe which can be cooked any day almost in no time . This recipe I adopted from my mom. This is a comfort Bengali mild fish curry can be made for regular cooking. So without elaborating the speech, I'm going to share the easy recipe of 'Parshe Macher Jhal'...
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....
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.
Kerala Style Prawn Biryani
Biryani is a one pot meal. Rice & meat or vegetables or fish are cooked together with lots of spices. Different regions have different types of biryani. North Indian biryanis are almost similar to Mughlai style biryani. Awadhi or lucknow style biryani is also very popular. On the other hand in Bengal meat or fish cooked with semi cooked rice & potato. Biryanies have many varieties like Chicken biryani, mutton biryani, egg biryani, fish biryani, prawn biryani, vegetable biryani etc. Today I'm going to share you the typical Kerala Style Prawn/Chemmen Biryani which is very easy to make but taste awesome. In this biryani prawn is cooked with curry leaves & coconut paste. This is a very easy quick fix dinner recipe. Here it is....
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'.
Mint Coriander Chutney
Mint coriander chutney is the most common chutney of Indian chutney list, which usually serves in restaurants with Kebabs or snacks. Even this chutney is must in all types of chaats, like Aloo Chaat, Pani Puri Chaat, Papri Chaat, Dahi Vada etc. Even this chutney can be used as sandwich spread. This chutney is very easy to make. Tastes the same like restaurant. You just need only few ingredients to make this. It will take only 10-15 minutes to make this all purpose chutney. Have a look at the recipe.
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...
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.
As now a days Dr. prescribed me to be on carb free diet, all food became nightmare to me. As a die heart food lover, this is really pathetic. So trying to make something really healthy but tasty meals for my poor tummy. Today made this 'Indian Style Chicken & Veggie Stew'. But this is not only for dieting, this is a very healthy for the patients too. As this recipe contains very less oil so good for the kids too. Just add hand full of Parboiled Rice & Musur(red lentil) Dal into the cooker while cooking this stew, will be great one pot meal for toddlers too. So here is the recipe...
Chicken Hariyali Kebab
Kebabs are common in Middle Easter cooking, which I always love. North Indian cuisine uses a lots of the same flavors, so they're familiar to me. I also like much the charred taste from the marinated meat and onions. Kebabs are healthy & quick, so we make them when guests come to visit. We usually serve them with mint chutney, biryani (a rice dish), naan9Indian flat bread) and a green salad.
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.
Dry Chicken Curry
So, today I'm going to share a recipe which is absolutely my own creation. Don't know wheather this recipe is really exists in South Indian cusine. I named this dish as South Indian style Dry Cicken Curry because of the ingredients. I used Curry Leaves, Mustard Seeds & Grated Coconut, and those ingredients are almost in every South Indian Dishes. Anyways this is a very easy recipe to cook in just 1 hour from start to end. If you have nothing to cook that much for a lazy dinner, just go for this recipe. This is a no fail, delicious and less oily quick fix dish recipe. Serve with Flat Indian Bread or Rice plate. Here is the recipe.
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'.
Homemade Tandoori Spice Powder
I always prefer 'Freshly Gound Spices' in my recipes. When you will cook with freshly ground spices, you will see the difference in your food. Food smells awesome and tastes too good with it, specially while you are cooking Indian dishes. Tandoori Spice is a multipurpose spice blend. You can use the spice powder for 'Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Paneer/Cauliflower/Potatoes etcs. This is a very easy way to make your own freshly ground Tandoori Spice Powder. In this powder, you have to dry roast your whole spices and then grind them together. So lets see the procedure of making Tandoori Spice Powder.
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.
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.
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.
In this chilling season nothing can be better than a hot cup of 'Spicy Tomato Soup'. In my list of favourite food during winter, Tomato Soup always be on the top. And if some garlic croutons can be added, it will be havenly. But being an Indian, I always prefer my soup will be little spicy. So whenever I prepare soups, I try to make it little spicy. Today I'm going to share my favourite Tomato Soup recipe with you, which I often make for evening snacks. In this recipe I do not boil the tomatoes, I roast them on pan with onion, garlic & green chilis and then grind them. Let's see the recipe.......
It is healthy, simple, requires limited ingredients and is extremely versatile. It can help the entire family eat healthier and more nutritious food which in turn can be tastier than any other appetizers. What makes it more appealing is that it can be tweaked according to the seasons. With the fast approaching summers there are a number of varieties of chicken salad one can prepare at home, the easiest being Classic Chicken Salad.
Ilish Macher Paturi
I use Pumpkin leaf because I love to eat the spice marinated leaf as well. But if you can not find Pumpkin leaf, banana leaf is also a good option. This is a typical Bengali or I should say East Bengali dish. This recipe is very easy to prepare, effortless, no need to cook for long time. Infact any Hilsa recipe is indeed very quick and easy. So why should we waste our time in talking about hilsa, we all know the fact. Let's jump and peek the process.
Shukto is a traditional bengali dish, which is a part of a full course bengali meal. Shukto should be served at the beginning of the menu. It is a combination of sweet and bitter in taste. Different types of vegetables are used in this recipe. The recipe which I'm going to share today, is typically our family recipe, which my grandmother used follow. So let's peek the recipe.
Dhabe Di Murgh Makkhanwala
Topa Kuler Achaar
Hinger Aloor Dom
Bono Bihari Murgi or Bengali Spicy Chicken 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
Tandoori Paneer Masala
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
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.
Actually I was looking for a traditional recipe of this curry. When I told my maid about my love for the food here, she told me if I want to know any recipe of their own she will tell me. So I asked he about the Chicken curry recipe, she told me the recipe which is actually her family's recipe for this curry. This recipe contains curry leaves, dried coconut & poppy seeds paste as secreat ingredients.
After tasted the chicken I felt like, I'm tasting the most flavorfull chicken of my life. It was perfect in spice level, very flavourful and enriched with spices. This chicken curry goes best with Malabar/Lachha paratha. Here is the detailed recipe of Traditional Hyderabadi Chicken Curry Recipe....
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...
<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>
Macher Tomato Jhol
<p>Last year on December, Rumpa Das, the celebrity journalist from leading newspaper of West Bengal contacted me for some recipes to be published in their newspaper.
But as I don't stay in Kolkata, she asked me whenever I'll be in Kolkata, would let her know. Few weeks ago, we had to Kolkata for a family emergency. When the problem has been sorted out, I'd informed her about my stay in Kolkata. She replied with a huge project of 10 dishes to be done by me. As I don't stay permanently there, she wanted to click the pictures of the dishes and will publish later. She gave me 2 theme, one is Oatmeal and another one is Curd. 5 delicious but easy dishes I'd to cook with each theme. So very obviously I've made Oatmeal Pancakes, which is very easy to make, delicious in taste as well as very nutritious too. This is a kids' friendly recipe. As Maida/all-purpose flour has not been used, it makes the dish even healthier. So let's check the recipe below...</p>
Pomegranate & Mint Lassi
Bengali Baked Salmon
Steamed fish is a very popular Bengali side dish. Normally this bhapa mach is made with Ilish /Hilsha Or Bhetki(Sea Perch). But here I've made a fusion dish with Salmon in steamed style with mustard+poppy seed+coconut paste gravy. Belive me you are going to love this fusion.
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.
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.
Watermelon Vodka Cocktail
It is very hot outside. In these days, people are trying to keep cool by any way.Neither I, nor my family like this kind of steaming hot days. But this is the best time to have something cool, refreshing cooler drinks in those days. So I keep making different types of drinks , to keep me and my family cool. I really love to have this kind of summer cooler in my balcony with my family. I feel really refreshing. In this weekend I got a large watermelon in farmer's market. So I decided to make some drink mix out of the fresh juicy watermelon. So today I made this one to kick strat the weekend ahead.
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...
<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>