Winter in Kolkata I : Homemade Food and Stories

Food in Kolkata - homemade recipes , bengali food recipes, food in bengali homesLast December, AB and I were on a ten-day whirlwind trip to Kolkata. We were primarily there for some visa-related work but since we were home after three years, family, friends, and relatives didn’t stop short of smothering us with an abundance of homemade delicious meals – for breakfast, lunch, tea-time snacks, dinner, and the time that is between! With my camera in tow, I clicked as much as I could, secretly trying to capture the love with which all these were made.
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Kerala Fish Curry ~ a Malabar coast recipe

Kerala Fish curry recipe

This tangy and spicy fish curry has a unique flavor from the various spices used especially Malabar tamarind

Hello blogosphere and my readers! I am back after what seems like ages (to me..) Therefore, let me bring you this fish recipe, that is extremely popular in the southern Indian state of Kerala but novel to my kitchen.  Continue reading

Bengali Shrimp, Cauliflower, Potato Curry | Chingri Phulkopi Recipe

Indian Shrimp Potato and Cauliflower Curry ~ Phulkopi Chingri Recipe

A true Bengali dish, goes best with hot steamed rice!

One of my personal favorites, this dish is not just special to me but to most Bengalis I know! A flavorful dish with shrimps (or prawns), cauliflower and potatoes! Comfort food, at it’s best. 
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Potato Fry Recipe | South Indian Aloo Fry Recipe | How to make Indian potato fry

Easy and Simple Potato Fry Indian style recipe

An all-vegetarian, no onion, no garlic potato dish makes for a perfect side

Here’s a simple, very easy and quick-to-cook Indian potato dish that makes a perfect side. It has no onion and garlic but is still full of flavor! And it’s not a deep-fried recipe. To top it all it’s completely vegan and gluten-free!
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Thai Basil Fried Rice Recipe or Khao Pad Horapa

Thai Basil Fried Rice I Khao Pad Horapa RecipeAn easy and tasty option for quick weeknight dinners or leisurely weekends, Thai Basil Fried Rice is a favorite for many. And this recipe is simple enough to cook at home whenever you are craving Thai food. I have used chicken but scroll down to see the vegetarian option which I have given after the ‘Method for Cooking’. 
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Sambhar Recipe | How to make the best South Indian Sambar | Healthy Indian Lentil Soup

Sambar Recipe ~ South Indian Lentil Soup

Sambar with Rice ~ a comfort food which is a simple, nutritious meal of proteins and carbohydrates

South Indian food like Dosa, Idli and Uttapam was a big hit with my family. I grew up in the eastern state of Bengal where there were (and still are) some excellent south indian food restaurants which we would frequent. My staple order was paper plain dosa, a long, crispy thin Indian crepe with an assortment of condiments like coconut chutney, tomato chutney and, of course, Sambar!   Continue reading

Chicken Biryani Recipe | How to make Chicken Biryani in the oven

Oven-cooked Chicken Biryani

Delicious, flavorful and aromatic Chicken Biryani, the hassle-free way!

Eid Al-Fitr is a few days away. And all I can think of is Biryani! I am not going into the history of Biryani and how many types of Biryani we find in India (because honestly, I have not tasted all kinds and am not an authority on it).  Continue reading

Indian Goat (mutton) Curry with Spicy Yogurt Sauce + Sweet Rice Pulao Recipe

Goat Curry Recipe and Sweet Pilaf Recipe

Happy Father’s Day and it’s Sunday!

It is Sunday! And It’s Father’s’ Day. How perfect. What better recipe to share on Father’s Day than of Goat Curry (for the non-vegetarian dads, of course) Want to treat Dad with a meal worth remembering? Try this rich, spicy and finger-licking-good goat curry and pulao dish which complements the meat perfectly.  Continue reading