Friday, April 29, 2016

Tandoori Paneer Tikka

I was never a huge fan of the vegetarian dishes...aka the vegetables!! But when the matter is concerned with paneer, well its a different story then!! So when I am literally saying yours truly to my beloved Tandoori Chicken...I can never ever forget its vegetarian sibling, the Tandoori Paneer Tikka!!

simple and easy indian vegetarian tikka recipe and preparation tandoori paneer tikka recipe and preparation

simple and easy indian vegetarian tikka recipe and preparation tandoori paneer tikka recipe and preparation

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hara Masala Gosht / Mutton in a Green spiced Sauce

Mutton or Chicken in a green curry has always been one of my family favourite. I always get myself drawn toward their simple refreshing flavours. Green chicken curry has always been my father’s forte...and it’s his recipe that I always follow to have that perfect taste and feel of home.

simple and easy Hara Masala Gosht recipe / Mutton in a Green spiced Sauce recipe with step by step pictures

simple and easy Hara Masala Gosht recipe / Mutton in a Green spiced Sauce recipe with step by step pictures

simple and easy Hara Masala Gosht recipe / Mutton in a Green spiced Sauce recipe with step by step pictures

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Panch Misali Torkari / Bengali Style Mixed Vegetable Curry

For your information, there is a variety of vegetable curries in Bengali cuisine...if you by any chance belong to that category of people who thinks that we know nothing outside the fishes. Apart from, ghonto, chorchori and labra....there are numerous other pure vegetarian delicacies that I have seen my mother, aunt and grandmother cooking.

easy and simple bengali recipe and preparation Panch Misali Torkari recipe / Bengali Style Mixed Vegetable Curry recipe

easy and simple bengali recipe and preparation Panch Misali Torkari recipe / Bengali Style Mixed Vegetable Curry recipe

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jhinge Chingri Posto / Prawns and Ridge Gourd Curry with Poppy Seeds Paste

It’s an old habit that I add prawns in almost every vegetarian dish to satisfy my carnivorous cravings. So this time....when I got some really juicy and plumpy ridge gourds, I added prawns again and cooked Jhinge Alu Chingri Posto. A dish, loved outrageously by almost every Bengali.

bengali recipe and preparation Jhinge Chingri Posto recipe / Prawns and Ridge Gourd Curry with Poppy Seeds Paste recipe with step by step pictures

Monday, April 25, 2016

Parsi Cashew Chicken / Murghi Ma Kaju

Do you ever go through the recipe booklet that comes with the kitchen appliances??? I read them wholeheartedly. The recent cookbook I got belongs to a small 1 and ½ litre prestige pressure cooker. And it has some regional recipes that you can cook in the cooker. Generally I forgo cooking chicken in the cooker because that just makes them mushy in texture and I don’t really have any control over them while they are being cooked inside the cooker.

simple and easy chicken recipe and preparation Parsi Cashew Chicken / Murghi Ma Kaju with step by step pictures

simple and easy chicken recipe and preparation Parsi Cashew Chicken / Murghi Ma Kaju with step by step pictures

simple and easy chicken recipe and preparation Parsi Cashew Chicken / Murghi Ma Kaju with step by step pictures

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bengali Niramish Khichuri / Bengali Pure Vegetarian Khichdi

For a one pot meal Khichdi / Khichuri has always remained my favourite. With some papad, omelette and pickles...this is perfect for a gloomy weather. Believe it or not I cook khichdi whenever it’s raining...so much so that once even I got irritated with the continuous rain in Abidjan. For me, if it’s raining outside, there has to be Khichri in the kitchen counter with generous amout of ghee drizzled on it. Ahhh...I can die for its fragrance only!! Garam masalas can definitely do wonders. Anywhere...anytime!!

easy and simple bengali recipe and preparation Bengali Niramish Khichuri recipe / Bengali Pure Vegetarian Khichdi recipe / Bengali Mug daler Khichuri recipe / Bengali Moong Dal khichdi recipe with step by step pictures

easy and simple bengali recipe and preparation Bengali Niramish Khichuri recipe / Bengali Pure Vegetarian Khichdi recipe / Bengali Mug daler Khichuri recipe / Bengali Moong Dal khichdi recipe with step by step pictures

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tomato Diye Mug er Dal / Bengali Moong Dal with Tomatoes

Dals are such essential condiments....and in my house I make sure that they are not missed...not even for a single day!! We are blessed with such varieties of lentils that it’s a shame if we don’t add them in our daily diet. Besides it’s a great way to eat all the vegetables, rather than cooking them into vegetable curries. So I always resort towards the easy way.

easy and simple bengali recipe and preparation omato Diye Mug er Dal recipe / Bengali Moong Dal with Tomatoes recipe with step by step pictures

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Chachra / Bengali Mixed Vegetable Curry with Fish Heads

I am loyal to my beloved “Chachra” from the days of kindergarten. A big bowl of khichdi with a generous amount of chachra...and I am pleased. Yes...it was that simple. And since mother used to make khichdi frequently in monsoon, chachra was something that appeared in our menu more than it should have been.

easy and simple bengali recipe and preparation Chachra recipe / Bengali Mixed Vegetable Curry with Fish Heads recipe with step by step pictures

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Chire Diye Muri Ghonto / Bengali Fish Head Pulao with Flattened Rice

Generally we make Muri Ghonto with Gobindobhog rice....but recently I came to know that it’s also made with chire or flattened rice sometimes. I got this recipe from my friend, which belonged to her grandmother. When I inquired about it to my Mami, she also confirmed that this version of muri ghonto is also popular in some families.

simple and easy bengali recipe and preparation bengali Chire Diye Muri Ghonto recipe / Bengali Sticky Fish Pulao with Flattened Rice recipe with step by step pictures

simple and easy bengali recipe and preparation bengali Chire Diye Muri Ghonto recipe / Bengali Sticky Fish Pulao with Flattened Rice recipe with step by step pictures

simple and easy bengali recipe and preparation bengali Chire Diye Muri Ghonto recipe / Bengali Sticky Fish Pulao with Flattened Rice recipe with step by step pictures

Monday, April 18, 2016

Narkel er Dudh Diye Macher Kalia / Fish Kalia with Coconut Milk

Literally I smell of chocolate milkshake right now!! Well I admit that I was very excited to try this chocolate smelling body lotion....but the smell is quite lingering and pungent as well, which is a bit annoying at some times. Between cooking and shopping, there is one goal that I have reached this month, which was so necessary...and that is reducing our electricity bill. I am so sooo relieved.

easy and simple bengali fish kalia with coconut milk / narkel dudh diye macher kalia bengali recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

easy and simple bengali fish kalia with coconut milk / narkel dudh diye macher kalia bengali recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

easy and simple bengali fish kalia with coconut milk / narkel dudh diye macher kalia bengali recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Friday, April 15, 2016

Kancha Aamer Chutney / Bengali Green Mango Chutney

Kancha Aamer Chutney or Green Mango Chutney is a must in summer. And since the heat waves in Kolkata now has no wish to slow down or stop or to let the temperature go down...we should really focus on light eating and foods that will keep us fresh and hydrated from inside.

simple and easy bengali chutney recipe and preparation Kancha Aamer Chutney recipe / Bengali Green Mango Chutney recipe with step by step pictures

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bhaja Mug Dal Diye Mach / Moong Dal Fish Curry

As much as I used to hate moong dal, I started loving them as soon as I discovered their beautiful nutty flavour and their potency to adapt with almost anything. It’s absolutely stunning. Even when you are not dry roasting them it gives a very earthy, raw yet subtle taste and flavour to the Dal.

simple and easy bengali moong dal recipe and preparation Bhaja Mug Dal Diye Mach recipe / Moong Dal Fish Curry recipe with step by step pictures

simple and easy bengali moong dal recipe and preparation Bhaja Mug Dal Diye Mach recipe / Moong Dal Fish Curry recipe with step by step pictures

simple and easy bengali moong dal recipe and preparation Bhaja Mug Dal Diye Mach recipe / Moong Dal Fish Curry recipe with step by step pictures

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cardamom Flavoured Cashew and Raisins Ice Cream

Whenever summer comes I feel automatically drawn towards ice creams. And after I came to know about this beautiful easy ice cream recipe which requires no cooking and no churning..I am literally in heaven.

no churn Cashew and Raisins Ice Cream recipe indian flavoured ice cream recipe

no churn Cashew and Raisins Ice Cream recipe indian flavoured ice cream recipe

no churn Cashew and Raisins Ice Cream recipe indian flavoured ice cream recipe

Monday, April 11, 2016

Kancha Aamer Tok Dal / Aam Dal / Green Mango Dal

In our home Tok Dal is always prepared with raw green mangoes. Although there are recipes to make this dal with tamarind pulp as well, the flavour imparted from mangoes can never be compared with tamarind. Both of them are different, and whereas the tamarind pulp only gives sour taste, green mangoes give Tok Dal a pungent aroma to go with. So, Tok Dal in our home is a very summer thing. The heat, the sweat and the unbearable rising temperature makes this Aam Dal much more appetizing and refreshing.

bengali recipe and preparation Kancha Aamer Tok Dal recipe / Aam Dal recipe / Green Mango Dal recipe with step by step pictures

bengali recipe and preparation Kancha Aamer Tok Dal recipe / Aam Dal recipe / Green Mango Dal recipe with step by step pictures

bengali recipe and preparation Kancha Aamer Tok Dal recipe / Aam Dal recipe / Green Mango Dal recipe with step by step pictures

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Crab Curry Maharashtrian Style

Bengali style crab curry is always a hit in my house. Koshano is the real deal in that recipe. If you are good at that, you have almost mastered the art of Bengali cooking already. “Koshano” / simmering on slow flame, of course, irrespective of ingredients gives any dish the richness and spice, it requires to be a real delish affair. But I make Kakrar Jhal everytime we buy crabs...and since that recipe is a keeper (i.e. we realy like that curry the way it is prepared in our family), this time I decided to go for a change. And the result of that decision is this beautiful Maharashtrian Style Crab Curry.

simple and easy marathi/maharashtrian recipe and preparation Crab Curry Maharashtrian Style recipe / kekda masala marathi style recipe with step by step picture

simple and easy marathi/maharashtrian recipe and preparation Crab Curry Maharashtrian Style recipe / kekda masala marathi style recipe with step by step picture

Friday, April 8, 2016

Macher Dopeyaja / Bengali Fish Dopiyaza

I was going through Bangladeshi Fish recipes, and there was a whole list going on with Hilsa there. It was like it’s never going to end. Its like they have this really a thing for Hilsa...well I can’t blame them either. And while there is a whole lot of fight over the Bagda Chingri and Padmar Ilish...I am more of a neutral, I play safe. I like both of them, and needless to say I devour them.

Simple and easy Bengali recipe and preparation Macher Dopeyaja recipe/ fish Dopiyaza bengali recipe with step by step pictures

Simple and easy Bengali recipe and preparation Macher Dopeyaja recipe/ fish Dopiyaza bengali recipe with step by step pictures

Simple and easy Bengali recipe and preparation Macher Dopeyaja recipe/ fish Dopiyaza bengali recipe with step by step pictures

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Basanti Pulao in Pressure Cooker

As a matter of urgency, I really had to make this pulao on Dol Purnima. You may know it as Holi but to us Bengalis...we know it as Dol Purnima. A grand story of Radha Krishna is dedicated to this day...but we the socialistic creatures with minimalistic knowledge of spiritual accuracy, concentrate more on the colouring part. I saw my grandmother and mami making “bhog” on that day comprising of Basanti pulao, potato curry, cauliflower curry, some fries, luchi and payesh.

how to cook basanti pualo in pressure cooker recipe with step by step pictures

They really didn’t have the time to enjoy our maddening colour festival...but yes...they did join us at the finishing part. I was always a boring person when it came to colouring each other. As long as it was being played with Abir I used to be fine...but then with liquid colours I was not so comfortable with. But when you live with all your cousins and uncles and aunts...it’s really the least matter or concern. So without my consent, they used to grab me...and coloured me from head to toe.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tomato Diye Bandhakopir Torkari / Benagli Tomato Cabbage Curry

Cabbage curry had been and it still is one of my favourite food. The only difference is at that time cabbage used to be available only in winter. Not that it matters....because I used to have my fill of this particular vegetable in that short span of time. But here is the fun part!!! I loved the cabbage curry but I ate only potatoes from it. May be I loved the smell of it!! If on any particular day ma made the cabbage curry / bandhakopir torkari without the potatoes...I used to do a lot of fuss!! But ate them anyways!!

how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures

how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures

I have made cabbage curry in all shapes and forms. My mother used to make Bandhakopir Torkari without onions. But I use onions and tomatoes both in my curry. This particular cabbage curry is overloaded with tomatoes. I found out this recipe from a vintage Bengali cookbook, under the name Tomato Diye Bandhakopi.

how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures
Shallow fry the potatoes until golden.
how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures
Add onions to the remaining oil. Fry until lightly golden.
how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures
Now add the ginger - garlic paste and chopped green chillies and fry the onions till golden brown.
how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures
Then add the tomatoes.
how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures
Sprinkle some salt over them and cook the tomatoes until the oil separates.
how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures
Next add a little water to the curry and add in turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Give a good stir and cook for 2-3 minutes to ward off the smell of the spices.
how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures
Add the fried potatoes.
how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures
Then add the blanched cabbage and cook until they are cooked, all the moisture evaporates and the oil starts to separate.
how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures
Finally add garam masala powder, mix generously and put off the flame.

Since a good number of tomatoes go into this curry, the taste comes out to be a little tangy. Different in taste...this cabbage curry is simple but definitely a winner.

how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures

 Tomato Cabbage Curry / Tomato Die Bandhakopir Torkari
Serves 4

how to cook bengali tomato die bandhakopir torkari recipe / bengali tomato cabbage curry recipe with step by step pictures

Ingredients:
500 gm cabbage – shredded
1 or 2 medium potatoes – peeled and cubed
1 medium onion – chopped
4-5 fat garlic cloves – minced / paste
1 and ½ inch ginger stick – minced / paste
5 ripe tomatoes / 4 canned tomatoes
2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp red chilli powder
2 green chillies – chopped
1 tsp garam masala powder
Salt
2 tbsp oil

Method:
In a big vessel add the shredded cabbage with enough water to cover them. Put them on medium flame and boil it for 10-12 minutes. Then keep it in that warm water for another 10 minutes and then drain the water. Keep the blanched cabbage in a separate bowl.
Sprinkle 1 tsp turmeric powder and some salt over the cubed potatoes and rub them well. Let them marinate for 5-6 minutes.
Heat the oil in a kadai and shallow fry the potatoes until lightly golden. Once done transfer them to a bowl and keep aside.
Add onions to the remaining oil.
Stir and cook the onions till they are lightly golden brown.
Now add the ginger – garlic paste and chopped green chillies to them.
Mix in and cook on medium flame till the onions become nicely browned and the raw garlic flavour is gone.
Now add the tomatoes, sprinkle some salt over them and cook till the tomatoes are all mushy and the oil has started to separate.
Now add a little water, turmeric powder and red chilli powder and to mix them nicely give it a good stir.
Cook for 2 more minutes to get rid of the raw smell of the spices.
Now add the fried potatoes and the blanched shredded cabbage.
Carefully mix them together, put cover and let them cook.
Do not add water as the cabbage will ooze out water and everything will be cooked in it. Stir every 2-3 minutes to avoid any kind of sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Cook until the cabbage is all soft and the potatoes are nicely cooked from inside.
Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Finally sprinkle the garam masala powder over them and put off the flame.

Serve hot with roti / chapatti / rice.