Chocolate Sandesh (Chocolate Flavoured Bengali Cottage Cheese Fudge)

Today is ‘Maha Sasthi’. Durga Puja starts from today with ‘Kola Bou Snan’. From today onward for five days Puja of Goddess Durga will be continued. The city of Kolkata changes completely in these days. Lights, music, colourful pandal and more over food stalls are everywhere in the city. Festival and food are synonymous. And when it comes to biggest Bengali Festival sweets are must. Sharing very simple recipe of ‘Chocolate Sandesh’…. Subho Mahasasthi !

Kesar-Pista Sandesh (Bengali Cottage Cheese Fudge with Saffron & Pistachio)

No festival is complete without a sweet note. When we talk about Bengalis the most obvious discussion that come are football, fish and rice, rosogolla and Durga Puja. Durga Puja is our biggest festival and we all enjoy every bit of it during this week long festival. No festival is complete without sweets so thought of sharing a very easy but delicious ‘Sandesh’… ‘Kesar Pista Sandesh’…

Macher Chop or Fish Chop (Bengali Style Fish Croquettes)

Since it is a festive season, I thought of sharing a Bengali style snack recipe with you all. It is a deep fried croquette made with fish. In Bengali it is called ‘Macher Chop’. ‘Macher Chop’ or ‘Fish Chop’ or Bengali Style Fish Croquette is one of my favorite snack. We make this ‘Macher Chop’ quite often at our home. It can be served as snack with tea or can be served as appetizer too. My Thakuma (grandmother) used to say that ‘Macher Chop’ is best made with ‘Aar Mach’. But since no body in our family likes ‘Aar Mach’,…

Kosha Mangsho or Mutton Kasha (Spicy Dry Mutton Curry)

Today, I bring you the recipe of this sumptuous dish straight from the Bong kitchen. Since it is the time to celebrate the biggest festival of Bengali, Durga Puja… so I thought of sharing one famous and traditional recipe i.e. ‘Kosha Mangsho’. With its velvety gravy, succulent and juicy meat pieces and rich red colour, ‘Kosha Mangsho’ never fails to lure Bengalis. There was a time when heart attacks, cholesterol, red meat were terms found only in text books and having mutton on Sundays was a ritual to any Bengali family. This recipe is so much popular that there is…

Malai Kofta Curry (Stuffed Cottage Cheese Ball in Rich Gravy)

Since it’s the Navratri week, I thought of sharing a dish which can be cooked with onion or without onion as well. It is ‘Malai Kofta Curry’…. a flavorful, rich and creamy curry from the Mughlai origin. Today’s dish is cooked in yogurt-onion-cream based gravy, but it can be made without onion-garlic as well. All you have to do is substitute onion with adding a couple of spoon more cashew-melon seed paste. Trust me, even without onion and garlic, this dish is loaded with flavor and has a refreshing taste. Most of all, it’s so simple, yet so delicious! Start…

Haanser Dimer Kosha Jhal (Bengali Style Spicy Duck Egg Curry)

I love eggs, simply love, love them in any form, of course except raw. This time the ‘Dim Kosha’ was made with ‘Haansher Dim’ or Duck eggs. The first time I had Duck Eggs was when I visited my maternal ancestor’s place (mamar barir desh) in a laid back village which is few hours away from Kolkata. When I first time saw the eggs, they seemed pretty ordinary to me, just a bit larger. But when I tasted the curry it was out of this world and the yolks of those eggs were dark yellowish-orange in colour. ‘Dim Kosha’ or…

Baked Vegetables with Cheesy White Sauce

This is one of my favorite dishes Baked Vegetables in White Sauce and Cheese recipe! Unique, healthy, yum, cheesy and delicious worth trying! Had loads of veggies in fridge and I wanted to make something healthy so made Baked Vegetables in White Sauce and Cheese. Just one dish with loads of veggies along with any dinner roll and we had a sumptuous dinner. Somehow I have fallen in love with mushrooms. Mushrooms give a nice flavor and value to food. You would be surprised this is the first time I used mushrooms. Now I am addicted towards them. Bought another…

Rajma Fried Rice (Fried Rice with Red Kidney Beans)

Both rajma (red kidney beans) and ‘jeera rice’ are my favourite. I was planning to make ‘rajma-chawal’ for lunch. But all of a sudden I had to rush to office so I prepared this protein packed fried rice for my packed lunch for office. I was not very sure how it would taste but to my surprise it was too good. You can also serve this ‘Rajma Fried Rice’ at your lunch or dinner or can pack this as school or office lunch option. Here goes the recipe !

Spicy Doi Potol (Spicy Pointed Gourd Curry)

‘Potol’ or ‘Parval’ or Pointed Gourd is a very common vegetable in Indian market especially in the Eastern Part of India during summer. This is easily available in any local market almost throughout the year except winter. But now a days it is available in the super markets in winter season too. Every house has the same complain that they feel bored of eating ‘Potol’. This Spicy Doi Potol could be an option from regular Potoler Dom or Potoler Dalna. ‘Doi Potol’ is a popular Bengali recipe and the Spicy version of this dish is a big hit in my…

Chole Bhature (Spicy Chick Pea Curry with Fried Bread)

‘Chole Bhature’ is one of the most popular Punjabi recipes which is liked almost all over India. ‘Chole’ stands for a spicy curry made with white chickpeas and ‘Bhatura’ is fried leavened Indian flat bread. ‘Chole Bhature’ is a spicy and tasty dish. I have eaten this dish at many places in Kolkata, UP and Delhi. Each restaurants or ‘Dhaba’ has its own flavor and taste in the ‘Chole’. In some places it is very spicy, at other places it has tangy taste and the consistency of the curry also varies from place to place. Even the bhature size and…

Chawli Usal (Spicy Coconut Based Curry Made With Black Eyed Beans)

‘Chawli’ or lobia or black eyed beans is a legume that is pretty common in Indian homes. But unfortunately it is not so popular amongst Bengalies. Here’s another recipe from my Mom’s favourite collection – ‘Chawli Usal’. She makes ‘usal’ (curry made with legumes are called ‘usal’ in Maharashtra) with any legumes or lentils using this recipe. I already have one ‘usal’ recipe on my blog which uses math bean, in my previous post of ‘usal’ I made it with matki/math bean and served with ‘pav’ in ‘Misal Pav’ recipe. This ‘usal’ can also be made with whole green moong,…

Misal Pav (A Traditional Maharastrian Dish for Breakfast)

‘Misal Pav’ is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast recipe and one of my favorite too. I first tasted it while visiting Ajanta-Ellora few years back. It was at a local eatery point at Fardapur when I had ‘Misal Pav’ in breakfast. The fresh taste of Math Bean Curry tantalized my taste bud. Coming back to Kolkata the first thing I did ….. made ‘Misal Pav’ on a Sunday breakfast. There are many variations of making ‘Misal Pav’ in Maharashtra. Usually Moth Bean sprouts (Matki Sprouts) or mixed beans sprouts are used. Few other variations of ‘Usal’ are ‘Chawli Usal’ (Black Eyed…