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Narkel shorshe diye Sojne phool – Drumstick blossom with coconut and mustard

Winters in India, heralds a wide range of vegetables, fruits and flowers. Sojne phool or Drumstick blossoms are a delicacy cooked in various regions of the country. Each region has their list of traditional recipes. Like many edible flowers  from … Continue reading

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Kashmiri Dum Aloo

‘Gar firdaus bar rue zameen ast / hameen asto, hameen asto, hameen ast’ Meaning – If there is Paradise on Earth/ It is here ! It is here! It is here. – A farsi couplet of Amir Khusrau, believed to … Continue reading

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Mulor shaak – Radish greens

Winter in tropics means an immense variety of leafy green vegetables along with innumerable fruits and other vegetables ❤️ And sometimes a simple meal is all I crave 😉 Mulor shaak is a winter special and almost a delicacy.  Every … Continue reading

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 Shrimp scampi 

The word “scampi” is often construed as a style of preparation rather than ingredient. My love for crustaceans, is above all my love for fish. ❤️ That shouldn’t be surprising 😉 It goes with the territory called Bengali. A forlorn … Continue reading

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Arhar Dal – Pigeon peas

Madhur Jaffrey writes evocatively about Dals in Curry Bible, “you can take meat, fish and vegetables from an Indian, but you cannot take away his dal – the core of his meal.” Dal = pulses or legume, forms an integral … Continue reading

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Rui maacher Jhol – Bengali Fish stew of the Common Carp

We, Bengalis, are very specific of the ‘jhol’, ‘jhal’ and ‘kalia’ of fish among hundreds of other ways of cooking fish. Each fish calls for a particular recipe. Even the type of fish (freshwater, estuarine and marine), and the size … Continue reading

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Kumror shaak-er Chorchori – Vegetables with pumpkin greens

Durga Puja and no pandal hopping ? Sacrilege !!  Went pandal hopping at Chittaranjan Park, a part of Delhi considered the mini Bengal. Whenever am there, i shop for all goodies which makes my Bengali soul, happy ! I stumbled … Continue reading

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Doi Illish – Hilsa in mustard and yogurt sauce/gravy

When did i last blogged ? Good question 😜 Must be a decade !  So here i am once again, no excuses, just been lazy 😉 Durga Puja, a ten day duration festival, and all Bengalis of the world unites … Continue reading

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Egg Curry with Coconut Milk

What is Dimer Malai Curry to West Bengal, is Malabar Egg Curry to Kerala or basically eggs cooked in coconut milk gravy/ sauce. Both are coastal states, wherein Bengalis are fond of tempering with ‘tej pata’ (Bay leaf), Kerala uses … Continue reading

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Spicy Mackerel Fry

Fish is the dominant kind of protein in Bengali cuisine. Looking closely, it is a forever love-affair. The first thing that comes to mind when anyone thinks of a Bengali is the eternal ‘maach’ and ‘bhaat’. Yes, we are a … Continue reading

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