Bengali recipe

Bengali cuisine Dhaniya prawn | Dhone chingri curry

Dhaniya prawn | Dhone chingri curry

I have been trying my hands on several recipes of prawn at home. Malaikari being my top favorite. But today I tried something of my own and I named it ‘Dhaniya prawn’ or ‘dhone chingri’. It came out wonderful. Cooked along with potatoes, it’s apt for lunch paired with a plate of steamed rice. Also […]

Bengali cuisine Chingri malaikari | Prawn in coconut milk

Chingri malaikari | Prawn in coconut milk

This would be my second post about Chingri malaikari | Prawn in coconut milk. In the first post about Chingri malaikari | Prawn in coconut milk, I added coconut in the beginning of the process. But in this recipe I have added coconut later after adding prawns. Hence coconut is not sauted as in the previous post. […]

bengali dish Poha upma | Chirer pulao | Flattened rice upma

Poha upma | Chirer pulao | Flattened rice upma – an easy breakfast recipe

Poha upma | Chirer pulao | Flattened rice upma is a wonderful breakfast option that can be prepared in 15 minutes. It’s very healthy, tasty and filling. I am sharing the easiest method of preparing Poha upma | Chirer pulao in a jiffy that has very less ingredients in it. It’s made with flattened rice and potato […]

Bengali cuisine Robibarer Desi Murgir Jhol | Country chicken curry | Organic chicken curry

Robibarer Desi Murgir Jhol | Country chicken curry | Organic chicken curry

To bengalis, robibarer khawadawa is really special. The head of the family goes to the market to procure the freshest vegetables and meat from the local market. The best dishes are reserved for robibarer khawadawa in most of the households. Of course, it being a holiday and it calls for our family time! And the […]

bengali mutton curry

My mutton curry recipe with dried fenugreek leaves

Sunday’s menu has always been special for our family. And it’s all the more important now since all other days of the week I cook for the family in a jiffy and focusing on their health needs. After all, cooking takes a lot of your time on palate and when you are a working mom […]

bengali dessert Gurer Narkel Naroo | Coconut balls with jaggery

Gurer Narkel Naroo | Coconut balls with jaggery

As per bengali tradition, during Lakshmi puja, people make Gurer Narkel Naroo | Coconut balls with jaggery and offer to Goddess Laskhmi. Following the tradition and to celebrate Bijaya with near and dear ones, maa prepares narkel naroo every year at home! In childhood, I used to help ma in the process. I would make […]

a sample bengali meal Bangalir Khawa Dawa | A sample bengali meal | Non-veg Bengali Thali

Bangalir Khawa Dawa | A sample bengali meal | Non-veg Bengali Thali

Are you hosting a Sunday brunch for your Bengali in-laws or friends? Well to start with Bengalis are a food loving community. Their lives revolve around their meals (khawa dawa) undoubtedly, me being a bengali can vouch on this. Apart from their eternal love of fish and sweets (rosogulla), they are in reality a voracious […]

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 […]