Bael Panna : A delightful and soothing detox drink for summer.

Summer calls for quenching your thirst and drinking all kinds of coolants, drinks or beverages, which are tempting, soothing, colourful, flavourful as well as tasty, giving us a fresh lease of life in the scorching heat. Bael panna  is one such drink among the innumerous  refreshing drinks and is also one of the oldest traditional drinks…

Aloor dom : a timeless Bengali meal accompaniment

Aloo or potato has a great place in Indian kitchens especially in the oriental Indian cuisines where it is part of a broad array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, especially the curries. Just like every east Indian curries, Bengali curries too have a generous use of potatoes for almost every meal accompaniment. Aloor dom is…

Shubho Nababorsho with the sweet Chandropuli

Shubho Nababorsho/ Happy New Year…to all my visitors ! You might have heard about Chondropuli if you are a Bengali, however it is also possible that what you are thinking about is actually Gujjiya or Puli, the popular Indian sweet made during the Indian festivals of Holi and Diwali. For other Indians, who are not…

Mixed Fruit Smoothie : A healthful treat

Smoothies are the easiest food to prepare on earth, healthy to the core, colourful, aromatic and can be made the way you like, whether you want to make it a hundred per cent natural one or you want to add artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners or dairy to it to enhance its’ taste and appeal. Smoothies…

Holi Special Sweetmeat !! Lobongo Lotika

Wishing you all a bright, joyous and colourful HOLI !!! Holi and Diwali are the two most beautiful & unique festivals of India, one being the festival of colours and the other celebration of lights. For the Indians, Holi calls for rioting with splash of colours, dry and wet, along with experiencing a gastronomic extravaganza savouring…

Nolen Gurer Kaacha Golla / Date palm jaggery flavoured cottage cheese balls

Maha Shivratri has arrived and it is one of  the most significant festivals of the year in the Hindu calendar. Just like any other festival or occasion in India, this too is incomplete without sweetmeats and desserts. On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, I thought of preparing Nolen Gur ( date palm ) flavoured Kaacha Golla. Kaacha golla (…

A Soupy Delight with Mustard Greens

Bidding farewell to winter for the year, let us relish on Lai Paata for the last time of the season with this delightful, nutritious and comforting soup. Greens are always in demand for good health and winter is a time when you get a lot of fresh alluring greens around you like spinach, lettuce or…

Vasant Panchami Special : Orange Flavoured Mishti Doi/Sweetened Yoghurt

Vasant Panchami or Shree Panchami festival is celebrated all over India with great fervour with some regional variations which mark the end of winter and the arrival of the spring season. In many regions across India, this day is devoted to the worship of goddess Saraswati, who is considered as the embodiment of knowledge and skills…

Homely Prawn curry

Non-vegetarians just cannot survive without meat, fish or eggs. Other than fish, crustaceans like prawns, shrimps, lobsters and crabs are equally relished in the coastal areas as well as parts of the interior riverine deltas and plains. King prawns, tiger prawns, shrimps and lobsters are among the most savoured aquatic foods in luxury fine dine…

Coconut samosa…..a delectable savoury for the coconut lovers

When coconuts are piled up in your kitchen in plenty, especially after the festivals of Makar Sankranti, Navaratri or Deepawali and you are wondering what to do with them, it is not a bad idea to make a savoury snack out of the left over coconuts in order to get rid of the continued sugar…