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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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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

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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 …