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Stir-fried Red Spinach | Lal Shaak

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As a child, I used to be fascinated with the concept of a red coloured vegetable and immediately made it my favourite. What tickled me pink was the rice turning pink when mixed with red spinach. Seems it was officially my favourite food and the only time I liked the colour pink! Yes, I never …

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Raw Mango Chutney | Kaacha Aamer Chaatni

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One of the best things about summer in India is the abundance of mangoes! Walking into a fruit store these days makes me feel like a kid in the candy store – so many varieties of mangoes to choose from! My father tends to go overboard while mango shopping but thanks to my mother, we …

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Indian Butterfish Curry | Pabda Maacher Jhol

I’ve got to start with a random confession… or confessions. It took me a while to figure out what pabda maachis called in English and with it came the realization that despite having grown up with the privilege of speaking and understanding 4 languages, I am not very good at either. Maa helped me fry the …

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That Week in Sri Lanka

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It’s been over a week now since my best girl ‘A’ and I returned from a week-long trip to Sri Lanka. It was the first trip that we had managed to embark on together in the 13 years (or is it more?) that we’ve been friends. There are a lot of hangovers here – of memories, of …

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Fish Head & Rice Mishmash | Muri Ghonto

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Muri Ghonto or Fish Head Mishmash is a traditional and popular Bengali dish where the fish head is fried and cooked with rice, making it almost but not a fish fried rice.

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15 Cooking Hacks for the Budding HomeChef

This past year of learning the language of food, picking up recipes that have been in the family, understanding traditional cuisine and learning to adapt food to the local produce has been possible only owing to the parents – especially my mother.  Were it not for her support, I would still be making the occasional instant …

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Golden Sweet Balls with Yoghurt | Doi Boonde

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Those of you familiar with the food recipe I’m sharing today are probably having a good laugh at the translation of the name. And you should! I’ve been chuckling since I translated ‘Doi Boonde’ or ‘Dahi Boondi’ into ‘Golden Sweet Balls with Yoghurt’. I’m honestly at a loss for words here. The emotional connect with the …

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Tomato & Dates Chutney |Tomato aar Khejur Chaatni

A Poila Boishakh (Bengali New Year) meal is incomplete without a Bengali tomato & dates chutney served before the sweet dish. This sweet and spicy dish is a digestive, a palate cleanser and a side dish.

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Narkel Malai Murg | Chicken in Coconut Milk

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Think chicken with coconut milk and you’ll think the recipe I’m sharing today is inspired by cuisine in Kerala. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone told me that the original recipe travelled from the lush green landscape of Kerala to the homes tucked in the bylanes of Kolkata, cooked for the first time by an …

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Sweet Ghee Rice | Mishti Ghee Bhaat

If it is a four-course Poila Boishakh special meal, then mishti ghee bhaat is a must! A traditional Bengali rice dish with sweet undertones, this rice is enhanced with dried fruits.

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Decoding the Bengali Wedding Drama #2

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… continued from Decoding the Bengali Wedding Drama #1 Sparkling after the holud treatment and decked in their wedding finery, the bride and groom sail towards the ceremony that marks the beginning of a new chapter in life. With the bride’s family responsible for the wedding function, the groom and his family head to the …

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Decoding the Bengali Wedding Drama #1

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• A long holiday for a wedding and travel• Bouts of influenza and viral fever• A sudden rise in mercury levels• The laptop battling a midlife crisis• Chronic neck-to-fingertips pain• Time to deal with messy matters of the mind These are just a few things that have kept me from being as regular a blogger …

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10 Things You Must Do In Edinburgh

Two trips to Scotland in a span of two years and a couple of blog posts later, I’ve had several people connect with me for tips on ‘things to do/see in Scotland’. These considerable numbers of friends have grilled me on topics ranging from the obvious… What to see in Scotland? What to eat in …

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Creamy Bengali ‘Mishti Doi’ (Sweet Yoghurt)

Mention that you are a Bengali and conversations are bound to lead to Rabindra Sangeet, Kolkata and food. There are assumptions galore that with Bengali genes you are a walking encyclopaedia of all things mentioned above. It’s rather amusing – for me at least – when I say I’m not very knowledgeable about either of …

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Memory String 2018 Unravelled #2

Beat this now! I’m getting better at planning! I actually managed to time the second part of my ‘best of 2018’ and am publishing it on the last day of the year! I could go on and on about how amazing it feels but let’s keep it short and sweet today. It is a Monday, …

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Memory String 2018 Unravelled #1

It’s been a few days since the giveaway was announced. The winners have been declared and handed over their loot. While in the process of putting together bags for the giveaway winners, I decided to send out a few to friends who’ve been a rock for me in the past year; and some to people …

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‘Tis the season to be Jolly!

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It’s the holiday season again and for us here at From The Corner Table, it’s a special holiday season; its been a whole year of this wonderful journey of blogging and sharing my experiences and trysts with all of you. And to celebrate it, I just felt like giving out something more than just my …

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Gift yourself a travel diary

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A week ago, I did a few interesting things: I (finally!) started work on a ‘history journal’ project that had been given to me three months ago. I was supposed to have given it two months ago but then life happened, priorities were shifted and the project landed on the backburner. I attended a “solo female travellers’ …

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Carrot & Date Rolls with Chocolate Drizzle

I never thought I would say this but my phone is having a mid-life crisis at the age of two!  No, seriously! All was well till I finished watching the latest episode of Masterchef Australia Season 10 early on Thursday (say 1am-ish). All continued to be well on Thursday morning as I shuffled into the …

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Kicking off winter & festivities

December is here and so is the party season! Here’s a list of of delicacies that are perfect for the party season and will win you the ‘best host’ award.