Kumror Chokka / Chokha (Pumpkin Curry Bengali Style)

At my home, a ‘Kumro’ (Pumpkin) always swings between a ‘Chenchki’ and this ‘Chokka’. Both are traditional Bengali ways of cooking pumpkin with other ingredients. A ‘Chokka’ or ‘Chokha’ is usually made with ‘Aloo’ (Potato), ‘Potol’ (Pointed Gourd) and of course, the ‘Kumro’ (Pumpkin). A handful of Red Gram (Lal Chola) is added to give… Continue reading Kumror Chokka / Chokha (Pumpkin Curry Bengali Style)

Banarasi Dum Aloo (Potato Curry with Rich Tomato Sauce)

I remember my hostel days in Benaras (Varanasi) when on weekends we used to visit a local joint outside the BHU campus, who used to serve hot and sumptuous Hingwale Kachori / Hinger Kochuri (Asafetida flavoured Indian Fried Bread) and Banarasi Dum Aloo. It is a very simple Potato Curry in rich tomato gravy and… Continue reading Banarasi Dum Aloo (Potato Curry with Rich Tomato Sauce)

Lahsooni Methi Paneer (Garlic & Dry Fenugreek Flavoured Indian Cottage Cheese Curry)

I love paneer specially if it is cooked with creamy yogurt based gravy. A few days back I have shared a recipe of paneer with fresh fenugreek leaves or Methi (Methi Malai Paneer). But fresh Methi leaves are not available throughout the year, so thought of sharing another recipe with ‘kasuri methi’ or dry fenugreek… Continue reading Lahsooni Methi Paneer (Garlic & Dry Fenugreek Flavoured Indian Cottage Cheese Curry)

Nonta Seddho Pithe (Savory Rice Flour Dumpling)

Every year we celebrate harvesting festival or Sankrati during mid of January with newly harvested rice. Now in Bengal, during this time people make ‘pithe’ and ‘puli’ to mark the harvesting festival or ‘Poush Parban’ (Poush is the month which coincides with the month of Dec-Jan, approx 15 Dec -to- mid Jan or 15 Jan). Due to my… Continue reading Nonta Seddho Pithe (Savory Rice Flour Dumpling)

Mochar Dhokar Dalna (Banana Flower and Lentil Fritter Curry)

‘Mocha’ or banana flower is one of the favourite vegetables in our house. Though it is laborious to peel banana flower but if some patience and time can be devoted wonderful vegetable can been cooked from it. I have shared different recipes with ‘Mocha’ like ‘Niramish Mochar Ghonto’, ‘Mochar Niramish Kofta Curry’, ‘Mochar Kofta Curry’,… Continue reading Mochar Dhokar Dalna (Banana Flower and Lentil Fritter Curry)