Chocolate Shondesh Recipe (Chocolate sweet cheese fudge) | How to make easy Bengali Sandesh at home

Chocolate Sandesh is a “new-age” ‘Shondesh’ that took the Calcutta sweet shops by storm when it was discovered that freshly made ‘chhana’ (ricotta cheese) and chocolate, when combined, could do wonders even for an Indian mithai. 

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Orange-Cinnamon flavored Applesauce Recipe | How to make healthy applesauce at home

Last year’s apple picking day trip inspired me to make Apple Crisp at home for the first time which turned out to be delicious. Happy with my success and going by how easy the recipe is, I made it quite a few times last year along with applesauce.  Continue reading

Cholar Dal Recipe | how to make bengali cholar dal | bengali style chana dal | bengal gram lentil recipe

With Durga Pujo round the corner, I am taking a different route with recipes. Instead of sharing a Bengali sweet recipe, I wanted to share the recipe of something savory and traditionally Bengali that can be enjoyed on all five days of Durga Pujo – Cholar Dal (or Bengali-style bengal gram lentil). It’s also completely vegetarian and gluten-free! And if you pair it with rice, you have a gluten-free meal. 
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Saffron Sandesh Recipe | Saffron Sweet Cheese Fudge Recipe | How to make Bengali Saffron Sondesh

Saffron Sandesh Recipe, Bengali Saffron Shondesh Recipe, How to make Saffron Shondesh, Bengali sweet cheese fudge recipe, Indian dessert recipeSpring is here and so are all the New Years that’s celebrated in all different regions of India. This recipe is the quick method to make these popular sweet fudgy cheese treats or ‘Shondesh’. ‘Sandesh’ or ‘Shondesh’ is a popular sweet treat from eastern India (Bengal) and comes in a variety of flavors. The main ingredient is milk. That’s made into fresh cheese which is then cooked with flavors to make different types of ‘shondesh’. My recipes for making these sweet treats is here:
Recipe for cheese for ‘shondesh’ is here. 
Recipe for Rose Sandesh is here.

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Apple Picking in Apple Hill, CA ~ Fall Travel 2017

 

This is primarily a photo blog of all the happy memories from our first Apple Picking trip that AB and I went for mid-September.  Continue reading

Organic ‘Chhena’ or Fresh Indian Cheese Recipe (Homemade Paneer Recipe)

indian food recipe organic This is freshly made paneer or ‘chhena’  ( a.k.a. ‘chhana’) or fresh Indian cheese. The texture of this cheese is slightly firmer than ricotta cheese, the latter being very creamy.  However, if you knead it well, this ‘chhena’ becomes very smooth and creamy, too. Also, the process of making ricotta cheese and ‘chhena’ are the same. Even though an internet-search shows paneer is ‘cottage cheese’, the texture of the two are very different. Cottage cheese is loose with curds while paneer or ‘chhena’ is not loose.  

‘Chhena’  can be easily made at home and stored in an airtight container, mixed with sugar and other flavors to prepare sweets or desserts during the Indian festive season!   Continue reading

Aloo Gobi Recipe (south-indian style potato cauliflower curry)

Aloo Gobi Recipe (south indian style)

Cauliflower with potatoes ~ Aloo Gobi

This is a no hassle quick vegetarian recipe. After eating this one of my friends, who is from South India herself, told me “Sumana, it tastes so good. Like temple food.”  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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