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Pav Bhaji
Veg Recipe
Aug 31, 2016
Durga puja is just a few days away. Every street of Bengal and other parts of India will be filled with people and food stalls. Among all of them 'chaat' stalls are my favourite. I like various type of chaats like panipuri, dahi puri chat, papri chat, samosa chat, nimki chat, batata puri chat, ghugni chat and so on. Though today I am not sharing any Bengali chaat, but 'pav bhaji' is quite famous i ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Panipuri / Phuchka / Golgappa
Veg Recipe
Jun 17, 2016
Most probably I am the only blogger who have taken so long to post about her own regional recipe of 'phuchka'. Because almost every blogger has their own regional recipe of 'panipuri / golgappa'. But it's better late than never. In Kolkata I never eat 'phuchka' with sweet chutney, always with tangy tamarind water ? and believe me there is no fun of having them sweet, the taste has to be spicy and ...
Pyaz Paratha / Onion stuffed Flat Bread
Veg Recipe
Jun 16, 2016
Onion parathas can be anyone's savior because they are very easy to make. I know that in many households people loves to eat 'paratha' in their breakfast. Only we know about the pain of making time-consuming breakfast. But these parathas are so simple and take very less time to cook. We both thoroughly enjoyed the spicy onion filling inside those soft parathas. You can make 5 parathas with these p ...
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 ...
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 ...
Bread Uttapam / Instant Bread Dosa
Veg Recipe
May 12, 2016
I was drawn towards this dish because of its easy method of cooking. In weekdays I never manage my time to make 'breakfast', but when I found out about this recipe where dosa batter doesn't need any farmentation ... I was interested ! You just have to rest the batter for 10 minutes, after that you can make your delicious breakfast in no time. One of the famous south indian breakfast is 'uttapam'. ...
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 ...
Luchi / Bengali style Poori (Puffed Bread)
Veg Recipe
May 9, 2016
Every family has their own breakfast story. In Bengali households, 'luchi' is the common one. Sunday mornings are meant for 'luchi - torkari'. I was never a breakfast loving person, still not. Actually for me the toughest thing is time management in the morning, always hullabaloo ! But my husband is a huge fan of 'luchi' or 'kochuri', so I have to make it once or twice in a week. I have already sh ...
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 ...
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 ...
Cheese stuffed Veggie Pops
Veg Recipe
Apr 7, 2016
We all love to eat fried stuff, right ? I know they are not that much healthy but still we do like them. I had lots of mushrooms in my fridge and couldn't find any interesting idea how to use them. Then suddenly I saw a picture of some beautifully golden colored veggie pops in google and I also remembered that I had cheese in my fridge. Then there was no confusion that I was going to make some che ...
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 ...
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 ...
Lachha Paratha / Layered fried Bread
Veg Recipe
Mar 13, 2016
In India one of the famous bread is 'lachha paratha', soft and flaky with lots of layers. You can pair almost any veg or non veg gravy with this paratha, everytime they will taste awesome. For novice, this type of paratha may not be successful on first attempt. But believe me, after few try they will seem very easy. The main attraction here is the layers. The more layers you can make, the more fla ...
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 ...
Vegetable Cutlets / Vegetable Chop / Beetroot Cutlets
Veg Recipe
Mar 2, 2016
A cup of tea and some vegetable cutlets .... do you need anything more to spend a winter evening ?? I am always up for this kind of evenings. These cutlets are very much available in Kolkata, or bengal. I guess, almost nobody makes vegetable cutlets at home. On any occasion or just to enjoy some snacks, these chops were always bought from 'telebhajar dokan' / fast food center in my home. But in US ...
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
Gobi Pakore / Fulkopir Pokora (Bengali style) / Cauliflower Fritters
Veg Recipe
Feb 8, 2016
We Indians are crazy about 'pakore' .. don't you think so ?? We make fritters out of almost everything - 'potato', 'eggplant', 'okra', 'cabbage', 'chili', 'lentils', 'chicken', 'fish' and so many more ?. 'He' adores only two vegetables in his life, one is potato and the other one is cauliflower. You can impress him with any type of cauliflower dish. So, is there any doubt about what I'm talking a ...
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 ...
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 ...
Tzatziki Sauce
Veg Recipe
Jan 25, 2016
Last month we, two, went for shopping at our nearest outlet mall. We often go there for shopping. A food truck 'Kebabeque' was a new edition to the food court. They served middle eastern food like 'falafel rice', 'hummus', 'shawarma platter' etc. We took a rice bowl with falafel. They served a good amount of flavourful saffron rice, fresh spinach, some good falafel, tasty hummus and tzatziki sauce ...
Upma / Spicy semolina / Jhal sooji
Veg Recipe
Jan 18, 2016
A very healthy and tasty Indian breakfast is 'upma'. It is mainly a south indian dish but we all love upma. Almost twice in a week my mom gave me 'upma' in my lunchbox. I and my friends just loved it. The fresh flavours of curry leaves and green chilies, protiens from lots of vegetables will always make your breakfast tasty and healthy. The recipe is very simple and easy. Try this in your kitchen ...
Ros Bora / Dumplings in sugar syrup
Veg Recipe
Jan 14, 2016
Spring is coming my friend, spring is coming. In Bengal we celebrate 'makar sankranti' and I know that every part of india celebrates the same festival with different name and food. From childhood, I love this festival. My grandma and ma makes so many varities of food like 'pithe', 'dudh puli', 'bhaja pithe', 'soru chakli', 'ashke', 'patisapta', 'kholachi' etc with their love and affection. Each a ...
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 ...
Singara (samosa)
Veg Recipe
Jan 11, 2016
In India samosa is a very popular appetizer. We call it "singara" in West Bengal. Almost every evening my grandpa brought samosas from roadside shop and they were delicious. Last week I made samosas at home (inspired by my mother and husband) and they came out really tasty. So, please try this recipe at your home and impress your family.
Aloo ka Paratha / Spicy potato stuffed Bread
Veg Recipe
Jan 7, 2016
I have many stories about 'aloor porota' in my life. My mom used to give me pure bengali style 'aloor porota' in my lunch box during school life and my friends were always a fan of my lunch box. That was my first story of this porota. When I was in college, we (my family) loved to eat 'dhaba food' during travel. In India, each and every dhaba serve 'aloo ka paratha'. I tasted their paratha many ti ...
Doi phuchka / Dahi puri Chaat
Veg Recipe
Jan 5, 2016
Do I really need to say anything about this ?? It's 'chaat' !! You can get several types of chaat in India from street vendors. They all are very very tasty. One of the famous chaat in Kolkata is 'doi phuchka'. They fill the phuchkas with spicy potato filling, thick curd mixture, tamarind chutney and sprinkle some chopped onion and coriander leaves .. ssluurrpp ... !!! Now I am staying in USA, so ...
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 ...
Paneer Paratha / Cottage Cheese Bread
Veg Recipe
Dec 29, 2015
Everybody loves paneer, right? Specially when there is a spicy paneer stuffing inside a paratha, I am always up for it. This was my first try on 'paneer paratha' and I just nailed it. Believe me it is much easier than 'aloo paratha'. I made those in breakfast with 'chana masala' and the combo was really gorgeous. Parathas came out perfectly crispy and soft. The taste was unforgettable, we enjoyed ...
Koraishutir Kochuri / Green peas Kachori
Veg Recipe
Dec 23, 2015
According to me, winter is incomplete without 'green peas'. Am I right ?? We Bengalis love to eat 'koraishutir kochuri' during winter. In my home nobody brings this kochuri from shop. My mom always makes this at home with 'aloo dom' , 'payesh' and everybody loves it. Nowadays we don't need to wait till winter for green peas because now almost everywhere frozen peas are available. I very much enjoy ...
Potato Stew / Aloo Moricher torkari
Veg Recipe
Dec 20, 2015
From childhood, whenever I got attacked by cough and cold, my mom used to feed me this 'aloo (potato) moricher torkari' along with some puffed rice / 'muri'. Its nothing but a simple potato curry with mild flavors of 'ghee' and 'morich' / black pepper. According to my mom, the heat of black pepper goes well against cold and cough. Magically my neck always felt better after finishing this mom-made ...
Tortilla
Veg Recipe
Dec 16, 2015
After coming to Texas I was familiar with the name of 'tortilla'. Here maxican food is very famous. 'Tortilla' plays a big role in mexican cuisin. They make various dishes with this tortilla and many of them tastes really delicious. With tortilla you can make 'taco', 'burrito', 'quesedilla', 'enchilada' etc. I really love each of them and that's why I want to make tortilla in my own kitchen. Usual ...
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 ...
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 ...
Paneer Kofta / Fried Cottage Cheese Balls
Veg Recipe
Dec 9, 2015
'Kofta' is a very flexible food item, you can serve them as starter or you can soak them in gravy and serve as maincourse also. This was my very first attempt on 'kofta' and from the beginning I was a bit nervous because I often heard that while frying them, kofta has a chance to break. But I carefully maintained the proportion of ingredients and taaddaaa ...!! All of my 'kofta's came out perfectl ...
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.
Matar Kachori / Peas Kachori
Veg Recipe
Dec 4, 2015
Last tuesday 'he' gave me a call from office at 5:00 pm and requested me to make some 'chatpata' snacks which will go very well with tea. So, I had exactly 1 hour in my hand to make something. Don't know why, but suddenly a thought of spending evening time in India, came in my mind. My grandpa used to bring different kinds of snacks like 'samosa', 'nimki', 'vegetable chop', 'kachori', 'beguni' etc ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.

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