Bengali recipe

Basanti Pulao Basanti Pulao

Bengal’s Basanti Pulao – a sweet yellow aromatic pulao

  After a long wait I finally tried my hands on this bengali delicacy called Basanti Pulao. Basanti Pulao is a very common part in a typical bengali celebration like rice ceremony, marriage parties or birthday parties. In some households it’s a regular Sunday lunch affair along with mutton kosha, chicken kosha, butter chicken, paneer makhani, egg makhni […]

Bengali cuisine Yellow Chowmein

Yellow chowmein with flavours of Indian cuisine

Back in the 80s – 90s when I grew up, chowmein used to be a special food for us. We didn’t have pastas, maggi so rampant as they are now. What we found delicious and somewhat modern were plates of chowmein. Yellow, brown, white and red. Maa used to cook chowmein in different colors. Today […]

Bengali cuisine Centella asiatica Fritters | Thankuni pata bora | Gotu kola fritters

Centella asiatica Fritters | Thankuni pata bora | Gotu kola fritters

Now that it’s rainy season here in Kolkata, you can see Centella asiatica or Thankuni pata in abundance across fields. What’s this thankuni pata by the way? Well it’s  a medicinal herb that grows in wet lands. It’s used in the treatment of bacterial infections, cholera, Urinary tract disease,  tuberculosis, and is also recommended for […]

Bengali cuisine Kachkola Ilish | Hilsa with plantain

Kachkola Ilish | Hilsa with plantain

  Today’s recipe is Kachkola Ilish | Hilsa with plantain. Hilsa being my favourite, I yearn for rainy season all throughout the year. And when it’s finally arrived, we all enjoy Hilsa in most of the meals. Rice and Hilsa… that’s it! It being commonly served in meals mostly during monsoons, Hilsa recipe again needs variations. […]

Bengali cuisine Kachkolar kofta | Plantain dumplings in gravy

Kachkolar kofta | Plantain dumplings in gravy

Kachkolar kofta | Plantain dumplings in gravy is a very common dish in bengali households. On Tuesdays, Saturdays iMaa observes vegetarian day at home. During these days, maa often makes Kachkolar kofta | Plantain dumplings in gravy. and I love them absolutely! Now, for fussy eaters it’s a good way to include this nutrient rich […]

Shingi fish recipe | Sting cat fish recipe

Shingi fish recipe | Sting cat fish recipe

Today I will share Shingi fish recipe | Sting cat fish recipe. Shingi fish or sting cat fishes are costly fishes that are grown in ponds and are highly nutritious. It’s particularly advised by pediatricians to serve this fish to babies. Unlike other fishes, it comparatively has lesser bones. Since it’s served to babies, I”ll share […]

Kacha aamer dal | Tok dal with arhar | Lentils with green mango

Kacha aamer dal | Tok dal with arhar | Lentils with green mango

This summer enjoy the afternoon light meals with Kacha aamer dal | Tok dal with arhar | Lentils with green mango. Usually Tok dal is made with red Lentils or masoor dal. I make it at home with masoor only. But today I thought of using arhar or Toor dal in Kacha aamer dal | Tok dal […]

Topse fry | Mango fish fry

Topse fry | Mango fish fry

Topse fry | Mango fish fry is a popular starter in bengali cuisine. In the mornings of marriage ceremony, house warming parties and other get-togethers, it’s often served. Topse fish or the Mango fish is a little pricey fish that has a single delicate bone in it. It tastes awesome! Today I will share a […]

Ghoogni | Ghugni

Ghoogni | Ghugni with matar dal

Ghoogni | Ghugni is a chatpata bengali dish that’s quite popular as a street food. In evenings, maa serves Ghoogni | Ghugni  with a slice of bread at home. Even in some parts of West bengal Ghoogni | Ghugni is best enjoyed with muri  ( puffed rice ).     The Ghoogni | Ghugni recipe that I […]

Bengali style aloor dum

Bengali style aloor dum

Bengali style aloor dum is one of the first dishes I started my cooking lessons with. Its too easy to make. Usually served with luchi or parantha, Bengali style aloor dum is often cooked in bengali households and one of their favourites (including mine), specially on Sundays for breakfasts!   Time required to cook Bengali style aloor […]