Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Rajma Curry

There is a Punjabi Rajma Curry which goes perfectly well with simple plain rice...hugely and insanely popular with everyone and everywhere. And there are other Rajma curries...which people from other states tweak to adapt to their flavours. This Rajma Curry is just the same. This is a very very Bengali styled Rajma curry. Ma used to make them in a very simple fashion and added cubed potatoes to them.

easy bengali style rajma curry recipe

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Doi Fulkopi / Cauliflower in a creamy yogurt sauce

Doi Fulkopi is another cauliflower curry in a creamy yogurt sauce. And what best season it would be make this curry rather than this one..when fresh cauliflowers are everywhere. Tempered with whole garam masalas and cooked with ghee this curry has all what we need. A soupy thin gravy with a hint of sweetness, Doi Fulkopi is the ultimate winter comfort food, where you don’t have to cook too much and yet the pot will be full of aromatic bombs.

simple bengali doi fulkopi recipe

bengali recipe doi fulkopi

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Koraisutir Paratha / Peas Paratha

The most desirable food of winter for us ~ Bengalis, is Koraisutir Kochuri with Natun Aloor Dom (Peas Kachori with New Potato Dum Aloo). Deep fried kachoris makes a yummilicious breakfast anytime irrespective of any day and occasion. Now the unavailability of green peas in summer makes it more luscious and satisfying. And if you can just tire yourself a little bit more and make a spicy masaledar dum aloo with the baby potatoes which is another thing of winter then it’s just a win win situation for all!!

how to make peas paratha recipe

Friday, December 25, 2015

Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani

As I grew up the perks of holidays faded into wilderness slowly. And now it has become synonymous to a late start of the day and a long lazy evening nap. Almost no work and lolling around just like thin crisp air. It’s on these days I miss my family and friends the most. A crowd of known faces and a touch of small picnic. I miss those friendly gestures. True friends are not that easy to earn.

how to cook murgh makhani butter chicken restaurant style recipe with step by step photos

how to cook murgh makhani recipe

how to make restaurant style butter chicken recipe

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Phulkopir Dalna / Simple Cauliflower and Potato Curry

It’s a crazy cauliflower roller-coaster ride going on here in my home!!!! I am delighted to have these beautiful fresh cauliflowers. Mainly because they have their very fresh unique pungent smell. Besides you don’t get the crunch from the frozen cauliflowers which is the speciality of fresh veggies. So right now I am addicted towards cauliflower and adding them like an old hysteric granny, to almost anything I cook. I love it!!

bengali aloo phulokopir jhol recipe

how to cook bengali phool kopir dalna aloo phulkopir dalna

how to cook bengali aloo phoolkopir jhol

Monday, December 21, 2015

Steamed Egg

One of the first recipes that I learnt when I started to cook was this beautiful creamy steamed eggs recipe. I made some gravy noodles with chicken that day and this steamed egg went so well as a side dish. But later on I made steamed eggs only for our breakfasts. Canned chicken stocks are readily available in the super markets and so...its super easy to make this dish in the morning. Just put everything in the bowl inside the microwave and as you make coffee...your steamed eggs will be ready just like that.

steamed eggs with chicken broth recipe

steamed eggs with chicken broth recipe

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Black Eyed Beans Curry / Lobia Curry

A new mall named Palyece has opened up in Abidjan yesterday. I am all eager to go there. Burger King has opened up a joint there. And I looove their burgers and fries. I also love a lot of other joints, but its the Burger King that is now available. And my fingers are all crossed that other joints will open up soon.

how to cook indian black eyed beans curry

black eyed beans curry indian recipe

black eyed peas curry indian recipe

Friday, December 18, 2015

Chire Doi (flattened rice with yogurt) with Caramelized Pineapple

Chire Doi is a typical Bengali breakfast or evening food in the summer. Chilled creamy yogurt mixed up with flattened rice is scrumptious on its own. But then obviously we always have to take it to another level by jazzing it up. So in the summer we add in ripe bananas and ripe mangoes to it. Of course they have to be chilled to. Some prefer them chopped and some like to mash them up with the yogurt and then eat. You can also add “batasha” to it to give a nice sweety crunch. I will post this dish in the summer when ripe mangoes are available without any effort.

bengali chire doi recipe

simple bengali breakfast chire doi recipe

caramelized pineapples recipe

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Keema Begun Pora / Minced Meat with Charred Eggplant

Winter means a lot of instances. Picnics, get together, travelling, Christmas and of course New Year!! But for a foodie like me...I always think about the fine dining and food part of this season. Like how plumpy and red, tomatoes are...and the fresh big coriander leaves..and of course not to forget the beautiful plump eggplants full of natural oils are adamantly abundant in winter!! So with all other lush "things"...begun pora / charred eggplant is also winter specific that makes me excited about this season!!

bengali begun pora recipe

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Dalia Upma / Broken Wheat Upma

I was not much of a dalia / broken wheat person. I actually literally disliked the typical taste of broken wheat. But then..I bought a huge packet of broken wheat for making the crusty coating of Kebbe – the Lebanese kofta and I almost instantly fell in love with it!!

how to cook dalia upma recipe

how to cook vegetable dalia upma recipe

Monday, December 14, 2015

Beet Gajorer Torkari / Bengali Beetroot and Carrot Curry

Beet Gajorer Torkai is a must in winter. Well there are lots of dishes which are winter staple but nothing announces winter’s arrival with so much certainty the way beetroot does. Ma used to make it for our lunch box. Frankly I hated this dish then. But if I remember correctly then I used to hate all the vegetables except potatoes in the world.

bengali Beet gajorer torkari recipe

bengali style Beet gajorer torkari recipe

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sweet Corn Egg Drop Soup

Nothing can be better than a hot bowl of simple egg drop soup. I take it a little further by adding a handful of sweet corn into the soup. And with a blob of butter and some freshly crushed black peppercorns, this is the best that can happen when you are sick of fever and the taste buds disagrees to let allow anything solid and bland.

how to make chicken sweetcorn egg drop soup recipe

how to make sweet corn and egg soup recipe

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bhapa Sandesh / Steamed Sandesh

Baghbazar...the place I grew up...there was a mishtir dokan / sweet meat shop called “Swadhin”. They claimed that they have invented the steamed sandesh. Some people also called them diabetes sandesh, as they were made without any added sugar. In their shop this steamed sandesh was not in the display, but only a hanging paper board indicated in colourful words over plain white background that “ekhane steamed sandesh pawa jai” (steamed sandesh is available here”. When asked for them, they used to open the big fridge which stood in a corner of the shop and took out a big tray out of it.

bengali steamed sandesh recipe

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Malai Lassi

God I love lassis...the creamy, nutty, cardamom and rose water flavoured thick yogurt based smoothie....they just make me want them more. In Kolkata lassis always came for me from a street side cart. Never thought of making lassis in home as they were so easily and abundantly available everywhere. Thick lassi topped with even thicker malai and smothered with khoya and nuts and cherries are sure a delight to drink on.

indian malai lassi recipe

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Curry Leaf Pepper Chicken

My love for curry leaf trails back to my school days when Ma used to prepare steaming hot upmas in the breakfast, befor going to tuitions in the morning. I have seen many people preparing upmas or poha Bengali style, i.e. without curry leaves...but I always go with curry leaves. Some combinations are made to be strictly maintained.

how to cook curry leaf pepper chicken curry

simple kerala style curry leaf pepper chicken recipe

kerala style curry leaf pepper chicken recipe with step by step pictures

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sev Pulao / Vermicelli Pulao

As for sev / vermicelli , I have always known them to be into the milk and then simmered with some sugar and condensed milk to be made into a blissfully tasty Sevai Kheer / Simayer Payesh / vermicelli kheer. But then I saw recipes with sev / vermicelli , salty recipes, like sev upma and this Sev Pulao. And some lovely options opened up before me!! Lovely isn’t it!!

hoe to make sev pulao recipe

how to make vermicelli pulao recipe

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Kerala Style Prawn Curry

Abidjan has become foggy...or should I try the French way...”Il y a beacoup de armateur!!!” But its not chilling...not even close!! Last year....it was so cold that it reminded me of winter’s Kolkata. I loved being under blanket and sip coffees. But this year... it’s more like, when am I going to bathe kind a time. It’s really weird when you see thick fog all around the place for all the day and yet there is not a hint of coldness, because all my life I have seen fog only in the dawn time with hard hitting chilling bites in the air, and the fog thins out as the day marches towards the noon.

kerala prawn curry with coconut milk recipe

south indian prawn curry with coconut milk recipe

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Egg Mutton Tadka dal ~ Bengali Whole Moong Dal with Mutton Keema and Scrambled Eggs

We Bengalis love ruti - torka. The closest we we could get to escape the regular homemade food. Although Punjabi in origin, we have embraced tadka dal as if it's one of our own, like its a distant cousin of our very own mangsho - bhat. The Punjabi Dhabas on the streets of North Kolkata sells the cheapest tadka dal in India, with thr roti of your choice and crunchy red onions and green chillies, it used to be one of the wickedly tongue tickling and affordable take out for us. During winter the frequency just used to increase...Tadka dal with Tandoori or Rumali Roti. There is a Punjabi Dhaba near our house in Baghbazar and they sell the most delicious Tadka dal in our area. This place is more or less crowded all day and they sell almost everything from rice and fish curry to rolls and chow mein. But as soon as it is evening, the crowd starts to gather of a completely different interest. And the interest was their Torka dal..different types of torka / tadka dal...simple tadka dal, egg tadka dal, chicken tadka dal, mutton tadka dal, egg chicken tadka dal and egg mutton tadka dal.

bengali tadka dal with mutton keema recipe bengali torka dal

bengali mutton egg tadka recipe

bengali torka dal recipe mutton torka dal recipe

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Narkel Kumro ~ Bengali Pumpkin and Coconut Curry

Today it’s time for a very easy recipe called Narkel Kumro. Pumpkin and grated coconut cooked together with some peanuts, is a very tasty and light side dish. It goes well with rice and lentils...but its best with roti and parathas. Along with some green chillies, this dish is just as good as Kumror Chakka.

bengali narkel kumro recipe

how to cook bengali narkel kumro recipe