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Dhaba style Chicken Curry
Nonveg Recipe
Sep 20, 2016
I know it's been two weeks I didn't post anything due to settling down in India, but heyy now I am back with another interesting recipe from 'dhaba' gharana. Every place has their own style of dhaba / road side food joints. Whenever we plan any short trip within Bengal, we try to make the lunch stop at some popular Dhaba. Their 'torka-ruti' and 'chicken curry' with rice are must for us. I like the ...
Dhaba style Mutton curry
Nonveg Recipe
Aug 25, 2016
We all love to eat food from Dhaba (road side food joint) while traveling. Nowadays you can find many fake dhabas and taste of their food is also fake, nowhere close to the authentic ones. Luckily few old and original dhabas in India still sells the best meals. After tasting those foods, you will probably think that their cooks must have some kind of magical hands. I once tasted their 'mutton curr ...
Paneer Rezala
Veg Recipe
Aug 22, 2016
How many of you like the smell of 'capsicum' / green bell pepper in vegetarian dishes ?? I am. Whenever I cook, specially without onion and garlic dishes, most of the time I end up adding capsicum into it ... i know it sounds stupid but surprisingly the taste becomes more yumm ! Today's recipe is about 'paneer rezala', a vegetarian mughlai delicacy, where paneer cubes are cooked in a nut based whi ...
Black pepper Mutton Curry / Morich Mangsho / Gosht Kalimirch
Nonveg Recipe
Aug 8, 2016
We both adore almost any type of mutton curry. I think, once in a week, mutton curry is must for every Bengali households. I made this curry with some plain roti / chapati in dinner last month, just didn't get time to post. Now finally I am sharing this yummy recipe with you all. If you love the strong flavour of black pepper, then believe me, 'morich mangsho' is worth giving a try. I am sure your ...
Chanar Dalna / Aloo Paneer curry
Veg Recipe
Aug 11, 2016
Chanar Dalna is a very hearty vegetarian preparation with simple ingredients. My mom used to serve this curry with 'Luchi' and the pair was heavenly. 'Chana' means curdled milk or homemade paneer and 'Dalna' means curry. Both of them are Bengali words. You can definitely make this dalna on any puja / vrat days as they are onion and garlic free. I have already shared 'chanar kalia' recipe with you ...
Chilli Fish
Nonveg Recipe
Jun 27, 2016
He is not a fan of fancy eating, rather loves to eat simple but unique dishes. Whereas I love to try different types of food. In Bengal, you will get to see so many varieties of preparation on fish in parties / weddings. Among them few dishes are strictly made for those parties, I mean you can't even find them in restaurants ... how strange ! One of my favourite indo-chinese dish is 'Chilli Fish' ...
Pheni Paratha / Shredded Flatbread
Veg Recipe
Jul 14, 2016
I had no idea what this 'pheni paratha' is until one day I watched a video of this in YouTube and the end result was jaw dropping - so flaky and soft parathas ! Now the thing is they are not easy to make. You will need some patience and several trials to achieve the perfect texture of 'pheni parathas'. But these delicious breads are worth trying. I served 'Keema Aloo' with these parathas and we bo ...
Bengali Chicken Stew
Nonveg Recipe
Jul 22, 2016
During monsoon or winter or whenever you are down with cold and flu, this 'chicken stew' is the perfect dish to bring back the taste of your tastebuds. I am sure lots of Bengalis will relate to this dish. The slight heat from black pepper and saltiness of butter is the main attraction of this item. This stew is very healthy and home style as you can add many veggies of your choice. The recipe is s ...
Whole Moong Curry / Sabut Moong Daal Tadka
Veg Recipe
Jul 21, 2016
How many of you guys clean your kitchen pantry often ? Well, I do it once / twice in a year .... very common for a super lazy person ! Last week I found half bag of whole moong daal in my pantry which was sitting behind a pack of pasta without whispering a word. Then I thought why not make a very simple daal like comfort food. Didn't get time to soak the lentils in water, that's why I used pressur ...
Peshawari Mutton
Nonveg Recipe
Jul 20, 2016
Pakistani cuisine is full of delicious surprises. Their cuisine is lot more than just kababs and biriyani. I was searching for a different 'goat meat' recipe and suddenly came across with this delicious 'peshawari mutton' recipe. Don't know whether the cooking process is authentic or not, but I really fell for its simplicity. This dish doesn't require too many ingredients even though surprisingly ...
Kolhapuri Murgh Masala / Kolhapuri Chicken Curry
Nonveg Recipe
Jun 13, 2016
Earlier I have shared the recipe of 'Kolhapuri Egg curry', today I am going to share the same recipe, but with chicken and some changes. One of the main ingredient in Maharashtrian cuisine is 'coconut'. We both are not too much coconut eater but when it comes to make authentic dish, I always try to make the taste as close as possible. As this is a 'Kolhapuri' gravy, you have to incorporate coconut ...
Sorshe Chingri Bhapa  / Steamed Prawn in Mustard gravy
Nonveg Recipe
Jul 18, 2016
There are so many fish curry recipes in Bengali cuisine which calls for 'mustard' / sorshe, but this particular item is a jewel because you can cook this in microwave within 5 minutes.Yeaah you read it right ! With some steamed rice this 'sorshe chingri bhapa' tastes best. If you are a shrimp lover and also don't know about this dish, then trust me and give it a try ... you can thank me later !
Chicken Tikka Masala
Nonveg Recipe
Jul 12, 2016
In USA, every Indian resturant serves 'chicken tikka masala' and it tastes delicious. I never had it in India, don't know why ? Tikka sized grilled chicken, onion and bell peppers are cooked in a tomato based creamy gravy. After tasting this dish several times in restaurants, last month I thought of making it at home. Few months ago I uploaded the recipe of 'chicken tikka kabab', so I am going to ...
Maacher Jhuri / Crumbled Fish curry
Nonveg Recipe
Jul 8, 2016
This particular recipe calls for 'bombay duck fish' / loitta maach, but we couldn't get fresh bombay duck here, that's why I used rohu. 'Macher Jhuri' is nothing but a dry preparation of crumbled / mashed fish, which is typically bengali and goes best with steamed rice. Don't forget to add cubed potatoes because without them this curry will be totally incomplete. Try this easy recipe in your kitch ...
Achaari Pulao  / Pickled Rice Pilaf
Veg Recipe
Jul 6, 2016
I find this particular recipe of pulao very relaxing and different. 'Achaar' / pickle itself is a very tasty ingredient. With rice and some veggies it creates a very beautiful dish which takes so little time to cook. If you are looking for easy but unique weeknight dinner, then 'Achaari Pulao' along with some raita and salads should be the one for you. This is a very flexible preparation, you can ...
Chicken Dopyaza  / Chicken Curry with Doubled Onion
Nonveg Recipe
Jun 29, 2016
Our common friend Subhodip visited our house last weekend for a dinner. He is a real foodie and have a very good knowledge about food and restaurants. So, I wanted to make something new on chicken for him and also for my blog. I have already posted 'mutton dopyaza' recipe, then I thought this time why not with chicken? Confirmed the idea with my hubby and 'chicken dopyaza' got selected for main-co ...
Simple Khichdi  / Bhoger Khichuri
Veg Recipe
Jun 23, 2016
After scorching heat of summer, first few days of monsoon are my favourite. In those days I don't like to stand in front of the gas for long time, because in the meantime you can enjoy the rain by sitting beside the window. I think you guys have already guessed that I am talking about one pot meal - they are so easy to cook. One of the famous one pot meal in Bengal is 'khichuri' / khichdi. I have ...
Panchmel Daal / Soup of Five lentils / Panchratan Daal
Veg Recipe
Jun 24, 2016
Panchmel Daal is a very healthy and traditional Rajasthani dish, which you can make with five types of lentil - yellow moong, urad, masoor, toor, whole moong / chana daal. This daal is also known as 'panchkuti daal'. This dish is fully packed with protien and nutrition, also it requires very less oil. You can enjoy this delicious, thick consistancy daal with plain roti, bati or rice. Not only the ...
Keema Aloo / Minced Mutton Curry with Potatoes
Nonveg Recipe
Jun 22, 2016
'Keema Aloo' is my favourite curry when it comes to a fuss free but yummy dinner. It's so rich and spicy that there is no other meat curry which you can make in such a less time. I used mutton keema but feel free to use chicken mince. After adding the cubed potatoes, this dish becomes a killer ! Serve this with plain rice or paratha, every time 'keema aloo' will be a hit. It is also a very good ma ...
Pudina Chicken / Mint flavoured Chicken Curry
Nonveg Recipe
Jun 20, 2016
Mint leaves / Pudina patta have it's very own unique taste and flavour, which is why you can only use them in those dishes where it fits properly. Not every chicken curry tastes good with mint but this one is always a hit in my family. The recipe is very simple with loads of fresh flavour of garlic, mint, green chilies and black pepper. They all sounds delicious, aren't they ? Don't forget to serv ...
Gobi Manchurian  / Cauliflower fritters in Brown sauce
Veg Recipe
Jun 8, 2016
This dish is an indo-chinese item which is very popular and frequently ordered in restaurants of India. Gobi means cauliflower. The recipe is very similar to chicken manchurian (which I have already posted), except the key ingredient here is cauliflower, not chicken. You can make this dish with potatoes, soya granules or raw jackfruit also. Every single time it tastes delicious and goes best with ...
Chicken Shawarma in Pita pocket
Nonveg Recipe
Jun 6, 2016
Though I ate various types of kabab in India but had no clue about 'chicken shawarma'. I tasted this delicious dish first time in Austin, Texas and now they are available in pretty much all over the world. Shawarma' is a middle eastern kabab preparation which can be made of lamb / chicken / turkey or beef. I had them first time with pilaf and second time with pita bread. My husband and I both fell ...
Curry of Cheese Balls / Chanar Kalia
Veg Recipe
May 19, 2016
If your milk gets curdled, don't throw away, you can do a lot with it. Well, it's bengali style 'chanar kalia' where plain curdled milk / cheese balls are first deep fried and then cooked in a tomato based gravy. It's a vegetarian delicacy of Bengali cuisine. The dish tastes awesome and goes best with plain basmati rice. In any puja or special occasion, we make this dish and it always becomes the ...
Mutton Rezala
Nonveg Recipe
May 16, 2016
This is a very popular dish from Mughlai cuisine in India. In this recipe medium size mutton pieces are cooked in a white, creamy, nut based rich gravy. 'Rezala' goes best with naan, biriyani, roti or paratha. I have already posted several recipe on 'rezala'. The dish has a very unique taste. It is neither very spicy nor very sweet. I made this last week and thoroughly enjoyed it with plain rice. ...
Egg Tadka Daal / Dim Torka
Nonveg Recipe
May 13, 2016
'Torka-ruti' has always been a great favourite of mine. It's great with any type of bread like naan, tandoori roti, lachha paratha ... but with plain chapati / roti, the pair becomes heavenly. I have already posted some recipes on 'dhaba style' but the most popular and well known recipe is 'dim torka' or 'whole moong daal with scrambled egg'. When they serve this dish with raw onion chunks, green ...
Hara Pulao / Green Rice Pilaf
Veg Recipe
May 11, 2016
'Pulao' plays a very significant role in Indian cuisine. Our cooking is mostly based upon 'curry' / gravy version which goes best with pulao. Their relationship is like - 'behind every tasty curry, there is a pulao' ... ???? You can never underestimate it because sometimes 'pulao' itself can be very rich and attractive like 'yakhni pulao', 'prawn pulao', 'sweet pulao' and so on. Today I am sharing ...
Murgh Methi Malai / Chicken cooked in creamy Fenugreek flavoured sauce
Nonveg Recipe
May 10, 2016
This chicken curry belongs to the category of 'dhaba food'. The gravy is very popular in Punjab and all over India. You can also make this dish with paneer or vegetables. The white, creamy texture of the gravy and beautiful aroma of fenugreek leaves will take you to heaven. I used boneless chicken for this recipe, feel free to make it with chicken on bone, it will be no issue. You can pair this di ...
Chicken Rezala
Nonveg Recipe
Mar 26, 2016
The maincourse dishes from 'mughlai cuisine' has rich, oily, flavorful gravy and my husband is a fan of their cuisine. One of our common favorite item is 'Chicken Rezala', thick + white + rich gravy with juicy chicken pieces. I like my rezala with thick gravy but many people also like to eat thin rezala gravy. I have already shared 'fish rezala' recipe with you and now it's time for chicken. You c ...
Kolhapuri Egg (anda) Curry
Nonveg Recipe
May 2, 2016
There are some recipes which are classics. They don't need any upgradation. 'Kolhapuri Egg Curry' is from this category. This is a famous Maharashtrian dish in which boiled eggs are cooked into the 'kolhapuri' gravy ... it tastes million bucks ! This curry is rich + hot in taste and goes perfectly with steamed rice or plain chapatis. You can keep a large batch of this Kolhapuri masala in fridge fo ...
Chicken Keema Paratha / Stuffed Flat bread with minced Chicken
Nonveg Recipe
Apr 26, 2016
Don't know about you, but I love 'keema' / mince form of meat. I have already posted so many recipes on 'keema' and this time I made paratha with mince chicken. The authentic recipe calls for 'mutton keema' but didn't have it that time, so made it with chicken and the parathas came out perfectly fine. These breads can be enjoyed with pickle, raita or any type of gravy. The recipe is very simple bu ...
Lehsuni Murgh Masala / Garlic flavoured Chicken curry
Nonveg Recipe
Apr 22, 2016
Are you a garlic loving person ? I am. As chicken is my favourite protien, so I had to combine these two in one dish. 'Lehsuni Murgh' is the perfect dinner choice I made last of last weekend. The dish has very minimum spices with beautiful roasted garlic flavour. This curry can be served with naan, roti or paratha. Recipe is very simple but it tastes heavenly.
Daal Fry / Lentil soup with spicy Tempering
Veg Recipe
Apr 21, 2016
I fell in love with 'daal fry' when I first tasted it at a restaurant. A big bowl of daal fry with little butter on top and few slices of naan .. very simple equation to make me happy. Yes, you read it right .. no need of nonveg stuff with this kind of blissful meal. In India, I never had daal fry at home, always in restaurant. But time flies so quickly. Now I can make it by myself. I have used on ...
Vegetarian Mutton Curry / Niramish Mangshor Jhol
Nonveg Recipe
Apr 18, 2016
The name sounds odd ? Well, I am not crazy, we call this mutton curry vegetarian because it has no onion and garlic. The food we usually offer to our god / godess is called 'bhog' which never contains onion and garlic. During 'kalipuja' or diwali, we Bengalis make this vegetarian mutton curry with the meat of 'pathaboli' (ritual). The taste of this curry is suprisingly delicious, even if there is ...
Begun Basanti / Eggplant in Mustard sauce
Veg Recipe
Apr 13, 2016
This is a very typical Bengali veg dish which you can only enjoy with steamed rice. We, bongs, have a very strong connection with 'posto' / poppy seeds and 'shorshe' or mustard seeds. We can creat so many delicious items with these two simple things. Now, 'he' is not a fan of eggplant, except fried version, to feed him this particular vegetable is really painful. I always have to make special dish ...
Chicken Bhuna Masala
Nonveg Recipe
Apr 11, 2016
Chicken curry is almost regular in my kitchen and that's why I always try to do some twists with the masala, otherwise who will eat same chicken curry regularly? Nobody ! This time I made the twist with dry spices. Generally whole garam masala is used in this type of curry but I decided to go for a change and surprisingly I got the perfect taste. 'Bhuna' means koshano / in low flame you have to co ...
Chicken Dum Biriyani (Hyderabadi style)
Nonveg Recipe
Apr 8, 2016
I guess you all, who follow my blog, already know that we have a 'thing' for Biriyani. Be it with chicken / mutton / prawn we are always ready to enjoy. I've already posted Kolkata style biriyani recipe which is much easier than Hyderabadi style as you need to have full confidence on timing and proportions. In Kolkata we make the chicken with gravy first and then give 'dum' with cooked rice, where ...
Rustic Chicken Curry / Village style Chicken curry
Nonveg Recipe
Apr 5, 2016
I can eat chicken curry in any mood, any day. Chicken was almost regular to our home. My father and I are true chicken lover and that's why my mom used make very plain and simple chicken curry on weekdays. Sometime when she was in hurry, she used to throw everything in a pan and came up with this tasty chicken curry. I also heard that villagers often make this kind of curry which needs no recipe, ...
Fish ball Curry / Macher Kofta Curry
Nonveg Recipe
Apr 4, 2016
Cooking fried kofta / balls in a rich gravy is an old school Bengali delicacy. I guess everybody loves to eat fried balls made with paneer, vegetables, chicken, fish, mutton etc, but after soaking them in a flavouful gravy they become scrumptious. I had some fish fillets in my fridge and couldn't find any better idea than this to use them. Process of making 'Kofta Curry' is tricky and little bit o ...
Mutton Pulao / Yakhni Pulao
Nonveg Recipe
Feb 19, 2016
A good Indian maincourse dish is always paired well with various types of pulao or many types of bread. But sometimes pulao itself can become a very rich and heavy dish. Yes, I am talking about 'mutton pulao'. In this recipe, the rice will be cooked with the tasty mutton stock (yakhni). That is why this type of pulao become rich itself. We both are very much fond of 'yakhni pulao'. You just have t ...
Mutton Keema Biriyani / Minced meat Biriyani
Nonveg Recipe
Mar 31, 2016
In India "biriyani" is a very popular dish and we both are crazy about any type of 'biriyani'. You can find plenty of variations in biriyani. The process is a little bit of lengthy but the result is unbelievable. Last friday I took an attempt on making Keema Biriyani, after the entire process I realized it is the easiest one. That is why I am sharing this recipe with you because it is one of the t ...
Sahi Paneer Korma  / Paneer cooked in creamy nut based sauce
Veg Recipe
Mar 30, 2016
I have not grown up too much of eating 'paneer' rather I grew up eating fish, chicken, rice, dal and vegetable dishes. I ate paneer in parties and very few times in restaurants. But after coming to US I learned how to make paneer at home and trust me, those self made soft white cubes gave me immense happiness. So, after that day we both have become paneer lover and have tried several dishes. This ...
Chicken Manchurian
Nonveg Recipe
Mar 23, 2016
Whenever I buy different types of sauces from market, can't think anything but Chinese dishes. With few ingredients you can creat such a splendid item. So, last of last weekend I went ahead and made 'chicken manchurian', the more I can say about it's delicious tangy and spicy taste the less it seems. We enjoyed it with some fried rice but you can also serve this with hakka noodles or simple rumali ...
Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)
Nonveg Recipe
Mar 22, 2016
Chicken Bharta was prepared last weekend in our lunch. The recipe is punjabi inspired bengali dish. A very tasty shreded (pulled) chicken preparation that is famous throughout India. It has onion and tomato based gravy with beautiful flavour of kasuri methi and butter. In kolkata it's a frequently ordered dish in restaurants. To bring that exact flavour of resturant I have used 'tandoori masala', ...
White Cauliflower Curry / Fulkopir Roast (Kolkata Style)
Veg Recipe
Mar 21, 2016
I have seen two types of cauliflower's roast curry from childhood, my mom makes the yellow + spicy version and the other one is white + sweet version. Both of them are my favourite but today I am sharing the recipe of second version because I have already shared a similar as 1st one cauliflower curry in my earlier post. So, in Bengal this cauliflower white curry becomes very popular during festiva ...
Rajasthani Laal Maas (Mutton)
Nonveg Recipe
Mar 18, 2016
Rajasthan is a state of India which is situated at the western part. In childhood I went there with my family on vacation, though I remember nothing much except our album photos. Rajasthan is the land of kings and 'laal maas', means meat curry, is their well known dish. The dish is everything about colour and flavours. They cook the mutton in a yogurt based sauce with lots of chilies and smokey fl ...
Prawn Curry with Potato and Cauliflower / Aloo Fulkopi diye Chingri macher curry
Nonveg Recipe
Mar 15, 2016
This prawn curry is a family recipe and my mom-in-law is an expert of making it. It's a very common fish curry in Bengali households. We love to eat prawns in many forms, but his favorite is this one. I would suggest you to make this dish with small prawns, you will get much more flavours. First I fried the prawns, potato and cauliflowers, then cook them with gravy. Plain rice will go very well wi ...
Spicy Urad Dal / Jhal jhal Biulir Dal
Veg Recipe
Mar 17, 2016
The best and most common weeknight's meal is dal and rice. Nobody likes to eat bland dal, everybody needs some zing to their comfort food sometimes. So, 'spicy urad dal' is my new favourite dal with some kick. You can also call this lentil soup 'tarke wali dal', now everyone has their own story of 'tempering'. I have used lots of garlic, fresh curry leaves, cumin and mustard seeds. But you can add ...
Chicken Pizza with Makhni sauce
Nonveg Recipe
Mar 9, 2016
Ahhh, atlast I got the time to write down this particular. Made this Chicken Pizza two months ago with Makhni gravy, but the recipe is a bit long, so didn't get the time to write in one sitting. Finally I am posting the delicious pizza recipe. The main attraction here is the sauce which is makhni gravy. I know that we all are a big fan of 'murg makhni' or 'paneer makhni', then why not try this sau ...
Sunday's Mutton Curry / Robibarer Mangshor Jhol / Mutton er Laal-Jhol
Nonveg Recipe
Mar 4, 2015
Traditional Bengali lunch on sunday is this mutton curry along with plain rice, raw onion chunks and green chilies. After lunch we need a long nap (bhaat ghum). There was a say that we Bengalis can not eat food without potato. This is true. You have to add potatoes to this dish because there are many people like me and my husband who likes potatoes more than mutton pieces specially in this curry. ...
Fish curry with yogurt / Doi Maach
Nonveg Recipe
Mar 3, 2016
We bengalis usually eat 3-4 items with rice in lunch. Yess, its the family tradition in every household in Bengal. Whereas in USA, either it's lunch or dinner, I always make one curry with rice or roti. Sometimes I wonder how our moms, grand mas and mom-in-laws gets time to cook so many items. 'Doi Maach' is an another tasty bengali fish curry which goes very well with steamed rice. It's a classic ...
Prawn Biriyani / Shrimp Biriyani / Chingrir Pulao
Nonveg Recipe
Feb 24, 2016
This is my first try on 'Prawn Biriyani' and I pretty much nailed it. I have made this biriyani in classic way, everything is cooked by 'dum' and also in sealed vessel. The taste and aroma was phenomenal. The flavour of fresh shrimps and long grain basmati rice gave this dish a unique taste, very much different from chicken / mutton biriyani. We both enjoyed it with chicken curry. You have to try ...
Palak Paneer
Veg Recipe
Feb 15, 2016
'Palak paneer' is a famous north indian dish. This is a hit item for spinach lovers. After adding heavy cream the texture will make you greedy. Palak paneer's smooth, rich and velvety gravy is beyond everything. It goes very well with butter naan. It's a no onion and no garlic recipe
Ulta Biriyani / Upside down Chicken Biriyani / Indian style Maqlooba
Nonveg Recipe
Feb 11, 2016
My husband is a craaaazzyyyyy BiriYani lover. So, I thought what could be more exciting than a biriyani treat to him on V day!!! To cook something special, what he loves, will be the perfect way to express my feelings to him on this perfect day. I researched a lot upon new ideas of biriyani, then my eyes got stuck on Chef Sanjay Thumma's 'ulta biriyani'- how beautiful it is!! I won't say that this ...
Jeera Rice / Jeera Pulao
Veg Recipe
Feb 8, 2016
I am a big fan of different types of 'pulao'. One of my favorite pulao is 'Jeera Rice' because of it's saltiness and spicyness. It goes very well with many types of veg and non veg curry. The recipe is very simple and easy. You can also give 'jeera rice' in any adult's lunch box with dry curry, every combo will become great. Try this in your kitchen and let me know how it turns out.
Dahi Aloo / Dahiwale Aloo / Potato cooked in yogurt sauce
Veg Recipe
Feb 5, 2016
Sometimes, specially in weekdays, I just want to spend very little time in kitchen but also cook some tasty foods. 'Dahi Aloo' is one of the quickest and tastiest maincourse I found out. You have to cook the crumbled and boiled potatoes in a spicy, tangy yogurt sauce. It is that simple, can you imagine ? This is also a no onion and no garlic recipe, best for puja days or 'vrat' days. You can pair ...
Sorshe Dim Posto / Egg curry with Mustard and Poppy seeds paste
Nonveg Recipe
Jan 27, 2016
We both are not frequent egg eaters, but when we do, we try to make the curry yumm yumm !! One of our favourite egg curry is 'sorshe dim posto'- traditional bengali dish. 'Sorshe' means mustard seeds and 'posto' means poppy seeds. Lunch dishes always plays a big part in Bengali cuisine. There are several typically bengali dishes which you can only enjoy as lunch with steamed rice and may be after ...
Mutton Curry (Tagore family's recipe) / Kosha Mangsho (Thakurbari style)
Nonveg Recipe
Jan 26, 2016
'Thakurbari' means Rabindranath Tagore's home, which is situated at Jorashanko, Kolkata. Tagore's family is popular for many things and one of them is 'cooking'. Nowadays, you can watch plenty of cooking programmes in TV, but when I was in school, only few magazines used to publish cooking recipes on weekends only. The craze was also different in that time. I still can remember how my mom and gran ...
Fish curry with green Peas paste / Macher Sobuj Bhuna / Koraishuti bata diye Macher Kaliya
Nonveg Recipe
Jan 26, 2016
Its winter, the season of colourful veggies... One of my favourite veggie is 'green peas' / Koraishuti. You can make so many items with these tiny green balls like, 'matar paneer', 'peas kachori', 'dum aloo with peas', 'khichdi', 'veg daal', 'cabbage curry with peas' etc. But 'fish curry with green peas paste' may seems new to somebody. Its nothing but a dry fish curry with a tasty extra addition ...
Aloo Gobi (dhaba style) / Potato and Cauliflower curry / Aloo Fulkopir torkari
Veg Recipe
Jan 25, 2016
We, nonvegetarian people, generally ordered nonveg dishes while eating at restaurants or dhabas. But we also love to eat home cooked vegetarian meals. In one of our trip to Digha before marriage, we made a stop at the famous 'Sher-e-punjab' for heavy breakfast. We ate there several times before but never did breakfast, so, that was our first time. As it was morning, we orderd veg like 'aloo parath ...
Chicken Dakbunglow / Dakbangla
Nonveg Recipe
Sep 24, 2015
Yesterday morning during surfing net I saw an eyecatching picture of Chicken Dak Bunglow curry. It made me doing immediate preparation for dinner.Trust me, after dinner there was literally nothing in our plate except bones:-) It became so damn tasty ! I once ate the mutton version of this curry. That was also finger licking delicious, will upload that soon. Do give this recipe a try and I am sure ...
Adabata aar kacha-lonkar Mutton / Mutton curry with ginger and green chilies
Nonveg Recipe
Jan 20, 2016
Few days before I saw a fantastic picture of mutton curry in facebook. The caption was 'adabata aar kacha lonka diye mutton'. After seeing that picture, I decided to make it on dinner with some steamed rice. As the picture didn't provide the detailed recipe, except ginger and green chilies, I followed my own instinct while making the curry. After finishing, I got a thin, flavorful, tasty gravy and ...
Sorse bata Maach / Sorshe Maach / Fish Mustard Curry
Nonveg Recipe
Jan 19, 2016
As I am Bengali, my favourite fish curry is this one. My husband is also a huge fan of fish and specially this curry. It goes best with hot plain rice. This is a very easy process and the recipe is pretty simple. Try this in your kitchen and let me know how it tastes.
Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani
Nonveg Recipe
Jan 19, 2016
I have someone in my house who oftenly demands to eat 'homemade-restaurant style' dinner in weekend ???. That's why last Sunday I had to make 'butter chicken' along with 'butter naan'. Nowadays 'butter chicken' is famous in all over the world. In Indian restaurants this is the mostly ordered dish. It has a tomato based, rich, velvety gravy and grilled, juicy chicken pieces. The combination was a t ...
Baingan ka Bharta / Begun Bhorta / Smoked eggplant curry
Veg Recipe
Jan 12, 2016
Whenever food has smoked or grilled flavour, there is no second thought about it. Because it has to be tasty. There are so many colorful vegetables available in grocery market during winter. I told you before that my love for winter is only because of food. We can make and also consume without any tension various types of food. Today I am talking about 'eggplant'. Though we both are not big fan of ...
Chicken Chaap
Nonveg Recipe
Jan 7, 2016
One of the most famous dish from Mughlai cuisine is 'Chicken Chaap' and the taste is unbeatable. You will find the actual taste and flavour in few restaurants in Kolkata. After researching for a long time on the authentic recipe of Chicken chaap, here is the way how I made it. This recipe will give you the exact flavour of restaurant style Chaap. This dish should not be eaten as regular meal. It h ...
Chicken Pulao / Murg Pulao
Nonveg Recipe
Jan 6, 2016
One of my favorite weekday's meal is 'chicken pulao', because it takes very less time to cook. The dish is super tasty but very easy. I basically don't need any sides with this pulao, it itself tastes delicious. I only love to add potatoes but if you like other veggies in your pulao, feel free to add. This is also a very good lunch box option for adults and I can guarantee you that the box will re ...
Achari Khichuri / Pickled Khichdi
Veg Recipe
Jan 4, 2016
'Khichuri' is a seasonal one-pot-meal. We generally enjoy it in monsoon or winter. The easiest dish of rice category is 'khichdi'. From bachelor to elder, everybody knows how to make it. But this is a tastiest variation of khichdi. 'Achar' means pickle, I used mango pickle here. The process is very simple, no need to fry or cook anything separately, everything will be cooked in one pot and one tim ...
Daal Bukhara / Spicy Black Lentils Soup
Veg Recipe
Dec 30, 2015
I heard a lot about this dish in past few months and started to research. As I never tasted it before, so I went to an Indian restaurant in Austin named 'Bombay Bistro' and tasted their 'daal bukhara'. Oh my god, it was lip smacking good and then I realized why this dal is so famous. Texture of the dal really impressed me a lot. The authentic recipe is very simple and easy but main trick here is t ...
Mutton Dakbunglow Curry / Mutton Dakbangla
Nonveg Recipe
Dec 23, 2015
'Dakbanglow' means roadside resting house. Travelers used to take rest or halt for a night in those houses. The care taker of those 'bunglow's cooked this curry for their guests. Nowadays these kind of recipes are almost lost but in a few restaurants in Kolkata you can still find this dish. This is a typical bengali recipe and the tastiest dish ever. Once I ate this curry in my aunt's house and I ...
Mutton Biriyani
Nonveg Recipe
Dec 19, 2015
You always have a grand feeling whenever you prnounce the name 'mutton biriyani'. I mean really I need to describe this? It become the most popular indian dish among the world. Biriyani has its own aroma, juicy meat and long grain flavourful rice. But in Kolkata they add boiled potato and egg in their biriyani which makes you more greedy:-) I know that the process is lenthy but believe me you will ...
Chicken do Rangeela / Double colored Chicken
Nonveg Recipe
Dec 18, 2015
First let me thank Disha D'souza for this unique idea. 2-3 weeks ago in a facebook group I saw her unique post and really got inspired. Though I changed the name and recipe little bit (hope she won't mind), but the idea credit must go to Disha. Lots of love and thanks from 'spicy world' to her. Now lets talk about the dish. You can see this is a double colored chicken curry. I also maintain two di ...
Biulir Daal / Urad daal (Pure bengali style) / Kolaier Daal
Veg Recipe
Dec 15, 2015
Soul food means the food which you can enjoy from the bottom of your heart while eating. Being a bengali I always face a common question- 'fish and posto(poppy seeds) are your soul food, right?'. And my answer is always 'oh, hell yaa' ... ? Today I will talk about vegetarian food. We always make 'biulir daal' / 'urad daal' with posto. The combo is nothing but heavenly. There is a must ingredient ...
Kata moshlar mangsho / Khara masala mutton
Nonveg Recipe
Dec 14, 2015
Whenever 'he' returns from market and gives me a bag of mutton, it always brings an extra big smile on my face and a great joy in my heart. I guess, this happens to many of you also ?. I always try to do something new to my mutton curry, because you all know about my experimental nature!! This time I made 'khara masala mutton', the taste was heavenly. After finishing the meal, there were nothing ...
Mutton Dopyaza / Mutton curry with double onion
Nonveg Recipe
Dec 13, 2015
In India, 'mutton dopyaza' is a very frequently ordered dish in restaurants. 'Dopyaza' means double amount of onion. From this curry you will get juicy meat, thick gravy and some nice crunch of onions. You can make this curry with chicken and fish also. If you make this dish in any potluck or party, it will become the main attraction. I tried to keep the recipe very simple and easy. Just give it a ...
Chinese (style) Fried Rice
Veg Recipe
Dec 12, 2015
I guess almost everybody love indo-chinese food. The recipe of this fried rice is also indo-chinese and homemade version. I heard from many foodies that in homemade fried rice, there is always lack of that chinese flavour / restaurant flavour. But after following this recipe, you will forget about this complain. You can serve various side dishes with this kind of 'fried rice'. Try this in your kit ...
Paneer Kofta Curry / Fried Cottage cheese balls curry
Veg Recipe
Dec 10, 2015
Last weekend I wanted to make something new veg maincourse, thats why I chose this 'paneer kofta curry' and it was just delicious. You can make kofta curry with raw banana, jack fruit, chicken, fish, mutton etc. They all tastes really good. I made it with paneer kofta, you can see how good looking they are and by clicking the picture below you can see how it's prepared. I served this curry with pl ...
Chicken Kosha
Nonveg Recipe
Dec 8, 2015
In India, one of the common nonveg curry is 'chicken kosha'. I think everybody is familiar with this name. After making the masala, we add the chicken pieces and mix them. During this mixing process we do not add water, thats why we named it 'kosha' or 'bhuna'. You can make same curry with mutton, potato, egg etc. They all tastes really delicious. I maintained the recipe very simple and easy. Try ...
Paneer Makhani / Paneer Butter Masala / Makhanwala Paneer
Veg Recipe
Dec 7, 2015
'Makhni' is a name of rich, smooth, creamy gravy which is very popular in India. You can make 'chicken makhni', 'paneer makhni', 'kofta curry' and many more dishes with this gravy. I personally love the methi flavour and creaminess about this gravy. We had it in dinner last night with soft butter naans. The combination was heavenly. You just have to try this.
Niramish aloor dom / Veg dum aloo
Veg Recipe
Nov 30, 2015
Usually when we offer a meal to god / goddess with our respect and devotion, we call it 'Bhog' / 'prosad' . In any 'bhoger prosad' this 'aloor dom' is a must with 'khichdi and chutney'. This recipe is without onion and garlic, that's why I mentioned 'niramish'. During monsoon you can also enjoy this with khichuri, beguni and chutney or in weekend breakfast make some 'luchi' / poori with this curry ...
Bhapa Posto
Veg Recipe
Nov 28, 2015
I think almost every Bengali is familiar with this name. I love 'posto' or poppy seeds in any form. I made this dish on yesterday lunch along with some steamed rice. The fresh flavour of mustard oil and poppy seed paste always makes me crazy. I made it in microwave but you can also make this in oven. Try this in your kitchen and let me know how it turns out.
Baked Spicy Chicken Pasta
Nonveg Recipe
Nov 26, 2015
Its true that I love eating pasta after coming usa. In India I was more fond of noodles, ramen or maggie. But recently I experimented couple of recipes on pasta and they turned out really well. I love my pasta on spicy side, that's why I mentioned it in the title. After baking with cheese, the taste of this dish became phenomenal. If you do not want to bake or use cheese, then make this dish witho ...
Chana masala / Chole masala (Curry of Garbanzo Beans)
Veg Recipe
Nov 25, 2015
I have a friend in New Jersy, Monica, who makes the best chana masala ever. I learned this recipe from her. Since we moved from Jersy I missed her and her cooking very much. This is a punjabi dish, goes very well with bhatura, puri or roti. The recipe is very simple and it tastes delicious.
Mutton Kosha (Bengali style)
Nonveg Recipe
Nov 23, 2015
I love to eat mutton in any preparation, but do you have any experience of 'mutton kosha'? I would love to know your story. Because this dish is one of the traditional Bengali curries. We slow cook the mutton in its own juices with gravy and spices, thats why the end result always becomes finger licking good. You can serve 'mutton kosha' along with 'steamed rice', mishti pulaao, 'luchi', 'porota' ...
Basonti Pulao / Holud Pulao / Mishti Pulao
Veg Recipe
Nov 22, 2015
This is a traditional bengali dish. 'Basanti' means yellow colour. You can also call this Sweet (mishti) Pulao. My mom make this in many parties along with Macher Kalia or Mutton Kosha. I have literally no words about the combination. This is the must combination 'he' wants on his birthday dinner. Give it a try.
Chicken Korma
Nonveg Recipe
Nov 21, 2015
When an inch of oil or ghee floats upon gravy, yes its 'mughlai nawabi dish'. 'Nawab' means king. This category of curries have nice colored, rich, thick, creamy gravy. 'Chicken Korma' is my favourite one. You can easily eat this curry once in a month along with 'biriyani', 'pulaao', 'butter naan' or 'rumali roti'. Do not put this kind of food in your regular diet because you have to make or eat k ...
Dhaniya Chicken / Coriander Chicken / Dhonepata Chicken
Nonveg Recipe
Nov 19, 2015
When I was in college, I loved to do some cooking with my mom. 'Dhaniya Chicken' was one of my teenage speciality dish. Dhaniya / dhonepata means coriander leaves. I only prefer to use garlic and don't like to use whole spices for this dish. According to me, the strong aroma of whole spices dominate the flavour of fresh coriander leaves. After a long time, last night I made 'dhonepata chicken' alo ...
Chicken Hakka Noodles
Nonveg Recipe
Nov 18, 2015
It is almost impossible to find them who doesn't love chinese food, specially 'hakka noodles'. I think, this is the most frequently ordered dish in any indo-chinese restaurant. I, personally don't like any side dish with hakka noodles because this chinese dish has its own magic. I made this noodles in dinner and the taste turned out exceptionally good, the flavour was same like restaurants. Try th ...
Aloo Fulkopi Posto (Potato and cauliflower cooked in poppy seed paste gravy)
Veg Recipe
Nov 17, 2015
Bengali without posto(poppy seed)? - impossible. Bengali without aloo(potato)? - no way. I specially can't live without these two. 'Aloo posto' or 'aloo fulkopi posto' is my favourite weekday's lunch with steamed rice and hot daal. My hubby is very fond of 'fulkopi' (cauliflower), that's why I added this in the gravy. But if you don't like you can totally skip this part. The most simple and easy r ...
Khatta Baingan (khatta begun)
Veg Recipe
Nov 15, 2015
'Khatta' means tangy/sour and 'baingan' means eggplant/begun. Most probably this dish is from Kashmiri cuisin. I do not have much knowledge about this cuisin but I can assure you that you will never forget this eggplant recipe. Last wednesday we both wanted to eat veg in dinner and I had an eggplant(begun) in my fridge. So, I googled for some spicy veg recipes made with eggplant, and my eyes got s ...
Sukha Chicken (Dry Chicken Curry)
Nonveg Recipe
Nov 13, 2015
I always try new recipes on chicken because it is my family's favourite. Last Friday 'he' wanted to eat any dry preparation at dinner and told me 1 and hour ago from dinner time. As I had not much time in hand, so, I thought how about marinate everything with chicken pieces and cook it. It took very less time and the taste turned out phenomenal. Believe me the end result was beyond my imaginatio ...
Niramish Aloo Torkari
Veg Recipe
Nov 11, 2015
This is a no onion and no garlic recipe. Usually in many 'puja's we make this kind of dishes. 'Potato curry' goes very well with 'luchi', 'paratha', 'kochuri' etc. But last tuesday I tried a new combo with 'bhatura'. Magically we both loved and enjoyed it very much. I learned this potato curry from my mom. She also follow the same recipe for 'niramish aloo dom' and it tastes always good. Try this ...
Macher Muro die Muger Daal (Fish head cooked with spicy lentil soup)
Nonveg Recipe
Nov 9, 2015
This lentil soup is one of the traditional food in Bengal. Last weekend I had two fish heads in my fridge. I am personally not too much fond of plain fish head curry. So, I made this dish and it came out really perfect like 'biyebari'. In most of the bengali wedding this dish is must for lunch and everybody loves it. I ate the home made version of this daal twice from my mom. Those times I really ...
Bhatura (with Yeast)
Veg Recipe
Nov 8, 2015
'Chola-Bhatura' is a very popular combo in India and also in many other countries. The origin of this dish is from Punjab. But you can get this combo as street food in Delhi and many other parts of India. I ate and learnt homemade 'chola-bhatura' from my friend Monica, when I lived in New Jersy. Her 'bhatura's always came out very flakey and puffed up. There is nothing but 'super tasty' I can say ...
Kashmiri Dum Aloo
Veg Recipe
Nov 7, 2015
From my childhood, almost in every bengali wedding I have seen the famous combo of 'koraishutir kochuri' and 'kashmiri aloor dom' in the menu card. There is no question about that combo, it tastes heavenly. This dish is no onion and no garlic recipe but the attraction is its nice red color. You will need different types of spice powder for this recipe. I don't know much about kashmiri cuisin, this ...
Macher Jhol
Nonveg Recipe
Nov 6, 2015
Bengalis make various kinds of fish curry with different types of fishes. The most simple and easy one is 'macher jhol' or fish curry. 'Jhol' means runny version of a curry. This dish is usually served as lunch with steamed rice and we all are fan of it. In 'macher jhol' you can use rohu / katla / tilapia / pomfret / pabda etc. One can add many kinds of vegetables like potato, cauliflower, eggplan ...
Simple Aloor Dom
Veg Recipe
Nov 5, 2015
Bengalis are always very fond of 'peas kochuri' and 'aloor dom' (Dum Aloo) during winter. In Texas, the temparature starts falling as we approach towards the winter time. I already took out light blankets, full sleeves and light sweters. Last weekend 'he' begged me for 'kochuri-alurdom' and here is the result ... ? I have already posted one recipe of 'aloor dom' which we can make for party or any ...
Chicken Biriyani
Nonveg Recipe
Nov 4, 2015
I do have someone in my home who wants to eat my handmade 'chicken biriyani' once in a week. I make this biriyani not too much rich and spicy but with some mild flavours and tendor chicken pieces. I do not like any side with my biriyani because I only want to enjoy those flavours of biriyani. For him I make 'korma'/'chaaap'/'kosha' etc. Enjoy your weekend with a full plate of homemade warm Biriyan ...
Fish Rezala
Nonveg Recipe
Oct 27, 2015
'Rezala' means we all know white, creamy, velvety gravy. In restaurants chicken or mutton rezala is very popular. But here is the recipe of mouth watering 'fish rezala' which I ate one of my sister's wedding. There were plenty of delicious items in buffet but 'fish rezala' was the most crowded stall. That was really finger licking good. Recipe is the same as usual 'rezala' type, I just made it wit ...
Dahi Dhuan Chicken
Nonveg Recipe
Oct 23, 2015
It's always very hard for me to make as usual meal like 'daal, sabji' on weekend. I am sure you will get delicious aroma of spicy dishes from my kitchen almost every weekend. Last weekend 'charcoal' flavour was coming out from a new chicken preparation. Yes, its 'dahi dhuan chicken'. If you like to eat dhaba foods then you will become a fan of this dish. It has a thick rich gravy, nice crunch of o ...
Dum Aloo
Veg Recipe
Oct 18, 2015
We all love to eat 'aloor dom' along with 'luchi' or 'kochuri'. This is our comfort food. It also goes very well with 'pulao' or 'fried rice'. This one is my mom's recipe. She make the tastiest aloor dom ever. Yesterday I tried this recipe and it came out perfectly.Just give it a try.
Mutton Korma
Nonveg Recipe
Oct 15, 2015
Last weekend I had a party in my house. Among all the foods, the main attraction was Mutton Korma. This dish is very rich itself. Always serve this with light rice item. Just give it a try.
Dahi Chicken (Ma's recipe)
Nonveg Recipe
Oct 11, 2015
"Lajawab" is the only compliment about mom's recipe. My mom make this dish in a very easy and simple way. But it tastes delicious. You will need very few ingredients for this dish. This the best recipe for teenagers because its very easy to make.
Kasuri Methi Murg Masala
Nonveg Recipe
Oct 5, 2015
I made this dish yesterday and it was a blast. So, I am sharing this recipe with you. Please give it a try and let me know about your experience.
Vegetable Biriyani
Veg Recipe
Oct 4, 2015
This dish dont need any explanation. Because its 'Biriyani'. This is the most popular dish in India. The vegetarian version of biriyani is also very tasty Just give a try and impress your family.
Matar Paneer Pulaao
Veg Recipe
Oct 2, 2015
First time I ate this pulao from one of my favourite aunt. She can turn this simple pulao into something special with her love and care. She really has some magic in her hand and I simply love it. In many gatherings you can make this dish and impress your guest.
Kadai Paneer
Veg Recipe
Sep 30, 2015
Though me and my hubby both are nonveg lovers, but we also love spicy veg dishes. 'Kadai Paneer' is our favourite one. Last night my dinner was this paneer dish along with butter naan. There were no other words but 'delicious and mouth watering' about the combination. The main attraction here is KADAI masala. It gives such a nice flavour in this dish. Just close your eyes and go for it.
Fish Kaliaa
Nonveg Recipe
Sep 23, 2015
In Bengali's weekdays lunch menu fish has to be there. There is a say 'mache-bhate-bangali' indicates our common meal is fish curry and rice. This is a special dish for party, occasions or gatherings. Macher kaliya goes very well with sweet pulao, fried rice or even plain rice.
Simple Murgir Jhol (Chicken Curry)
Nonveg Recipe
Sep 22, 2015
I am an inborn chicken lover. During summer it is not always healthy to eat spicy chicken preparations. For this reason my mom used to make this simple jhol / curry for me. It tastes really good with plain hot rice or plain roti. Give it a try.
Fried Rice
Veg Recipe
Sep 17, 2015
There are many varities of fried rice you can make like 'chinese style', 'indian style', 'fried rice with sauce' etc. This recipe is about indian style. This is a complete meal with vegetables. You can add chicken, egg, prwan, mushroom in this dish. You will love this dish.
Egg Curry
Nonveg Recipe
Sep 14, 2015
Don't want to spend long time in kitchen?? I know sometimes this kind of situation happens. But don't worry. I have a solution. This is the most simple and easy egg curry recipe. Anyone can enjoy a good lunch or dinner with this curry and some hot rice without spending much time in kitchen.
Chicken kali mirch
Nonveg Recipe
Sep 13, 2015
I got this recipe from one famous cooking channel in youtube. So, let me thank them first. Now the main attraction of this chicken curry is its aroma and simpleness. When I was making it, the aroma from the spices made my husband and me very much impatient. But anyway we had to wait till dinner and enjoyed with hot roti a lot. Make this dish and I am sure it will become your favourite too.
Kadai Chicken
Nonveg Recipe
Sep 11, 2015
Whenever you are unable to think of any maincourse dish for your party, you can blindly rely on this chicken curry. Everyone will like it. This curry has nice aroma of 'kadai masala', little crunch of onion, capsicum and the juicy chicken pieces. Serve this curry with pulao or biriyani, then your party menu will be memorable.

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