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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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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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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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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.

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Food Shaming is a Reality

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It’s the wedding season in town and I’ve been busy attending related functions and receptions. My attendance at these events depends on three factors 1) WHO is getting hitched and my relationship with them. 2) WHO among my friends or family will be in attendance? 3) FOOD! There’s always something interesting about shaadi ka khaana …

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Enjoying the Chill with ‘Orange Ginger Tea’

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Winter is here! Winter is here! Winter is here! Okay… almost here. Which means its time to start indulging in ‘winter foods’. We are yet to pull out the warm clothes, snuggle under the blankets or switch off the fans. But there’s no denying the nip in the early morning air. And the beautiful winter …

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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