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Street food delights: ‘Mangsho Ghughni’ (Mutton & Peas Curry)

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I’m still staggering under the amount of sweets I’ve gorged on in the past few days. Diwali season was literally a ‘mithai season’ (sweets season) for me with sweets made at home, others’ homes and store-bought making their merry way into my system. I won’t insult your intelligence by insisting ‘I couldn’t say no’. Nope, I could have …

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Feasting with clove parcels ‘labanga latika’

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It’s amazing the way certain foods trigger memories of times gone by, relations lost in the passage of time – the memory brightening your mood faster than a cup of coffee or a quart of ice cream can. Labanga latika, a Bengali sweet dish, is one such food item for me. I don’t remember a …

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An Exotic Diwali with Azeri-inspired Halva

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Whew…  It’s still five days to Diwali but in our house on the fifth floor of an apartment, we are already feeling the effects. Doors and windows have to be kept closed after 8pm to keep out pollution created by the insane amount of firecracker bursting. Wonder what will happen by the time Diwali comes in …

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Of Celebrations, Memories & ‘Narkel Naru’ (Coconut Confection)

The festivities celebrating different forms of the Goddess are nearly over – the Navratri fervour will reach its crescendo tonight with Ravan dahan even as the Durga devotees are gearing up for that final adieu, the idol immersion. That feeling of having enjoyed a festival to its maximum, mixed with that bittersweet emotion of the end of something …

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‘Dimer Devil’ a.k.a Deviled Eggs, Bengali Style

One of the most popular street foods available in Kolkata, the ‘dimer devil’ literally translates into ‘the egg’s devil’. An easy to make Indian Style Deviled Eggs recipe

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Elo Jhelo, Fried Bengali Pastries Dipped in Love

An easy to make Bengali delicacy, this sweet dish is a yummy combination of sweet and crispy

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How to Celebrate ‘World Vegetarian Day’?

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I’ll be honest. I was a bit flummoxed when I first read that October 1 is celebrated as World Vegetarian Day! As someone born in India, vegetarian food has been a part-and-parcel of life as far as memory stretches. My family loves its fish, meat, seafood and what not. But we love our vegetarian food …

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Spice it up with ‘Harepyaaz ki Lehsuni Khichdi’ (Spring Onion & Garlic Khichdi)

In conversation with Urban Khichdi, a new food venture in Ahmedabad, that promises to satisfy your khichdi cravings. Khichdi, after all, is the hug in a bowl.

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Quick and Crunchy Flour Fritters

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Made with just all-purpose flour and potatoes, these fritters are not something that I would define as healthy. But they are supremely easy to make and are the perfect dish to make when you open the doors to unexpected guests.

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Festive Snacking with ‘Mewe ka Paag’ (Dried Fruit-&-nut Bar)

Spot a festival marked on the calendar and I immediately start grilling my mother about the food. The latest conversation went something like this… Me: Maa! It’s Janmashtami on September 3. What’s special on the menu for the day? Maa: Hmmm… I could make payesh but then you are lactose intolerant so… Me: Okay. What …

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Tea Time with ‘Nimki’, a Savoury Bengali Snack

An oval-shaped dining table dominates the living room of our family home. It’s the place where we eat our meals, yes. But there’s much more to that table. The dining table is where Baba* sits to sift through the daily mail and at the end of the month, attempt to make sense of my expenses. …

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Bengali Ol’er Daalna OR Elephant Foot Yam Curry

Gosh! Have you ever marvelled and shaken your head at the ease with which the child version of you was made a fool of? I do! Seems I was a rather happy-go-lucky and trusting child, willing to believe almost everything the parents told me. And when it came to food – and yes, I was …

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‘Curiosity is the Key to Success’

“I decided to become a chef when I was 10 years old and I never changed my mind. Never ever. I remember telling my father that I want to become a cook.”

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Aloo Morich / Potatoes in Chilli Oil

It’s creepy, the way social media throws up ‘Watch This’ or ‘Read This’ suggestions. From the usual food videos, discounts by travel companies, cute baby and pet videos and sitcom snippets to the more unusual ‘trending’ and ‘viral’ videos of people barfing, crazy challenges, strange habits, there’s a constant barrage of visuals. While I’m still …

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Kashke Badamjan from the ‘Kitchen Therapy’

The best recipes, in my opinion, come from a mother’s memory. And she is also undoubtedly the best cook in the whole wide world. Little wonder then that I started off my culinary lessons under my mother’s loving and watchful eye. I happened to mention this to Kamini during our conversation that I’ve shared a …

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Omelette in a Spicy Curry

Temporary workspaces are so much fun! You move out of your personalised space and set up shop at a different location. A visit to the unknown rejuvenates the mood and makes your workspace dearer on return. I change my workspace often when back home. Pack up my little bag and head to a cafe, settle …

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Savoury Mixed Lentil Crepes

Yes. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So say my parents and half the world around me! But I sing a different tune. Coz for me, while breakfast is important, the mid-morning snack, lunch, evening bites, dinner and late night craving are equally important. I don’t believe in playing favourites with meal …

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Shorshe Salmon / Salmon in Bengali Mustard Sauce

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Nearly a decade of living in the United Kingdom has made the elder sister a good cook and an almost expert in the art of ‘kitchen substitutes’. A cheerleader for the ‘quick and easy’ meal squad, Raka (the elder sister’s name that means ‘full moon’) confesses that she has learned …

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Sprouted Mung Beans Salad Bowl & a Happy Gut

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Confession: I dislike fruits, vegetables, greens and the category. Give me some fresh fruit juice or a stir fry and I will gobble up the goodness in seconds. Hand me the raw and they will remain untouched. Which means all the greens and veggies in my salads have to be …

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Herb-y Egg Delight with an Azeri Touch

There is something magical in the way eggs, whisked thoroughly, seasoned with a pinch of salt and cooked in a pat of butter or oil, can produce something as deceptively simple like an omelette. And I speak of the basic omelette. Type in the word ‘omelette’ in the search engine of your choice and it …