Kolai-er Dal (Bengali Split White Urad Dal)

Needless to explain the importance of the classic combo of ‘Kalai-er Dal’ and ‘Aloo Posto’ in Bong kitchen! Sharing the most loved comfort food of Bengalis ‘Kalai-er Dal’ or ‘Biulir Dal’. I like the consistency of the dal a little runny; you may adjust it according to your choice. Try this combo on any summer day lunch with a dash of Gondhoraj lebu!

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Aloo Posto (Potato Curry with Poppy Seed Paste)

If you ask me to recommend some famous comfort veg-combo recipe from Bong kitchen ‘Aloo Posto’ (Bengali Potato Curry with Poppy Seed Paste) and ‘Kalai–er Dal’ (Bengali Split White Urad Dal) will always be on top of my list. Both of these recipes are no onion no garlic dishes. Today I’m sharing the ‘Aloo Posto’ recipe with onion, those who do not want to use onion; they can simply discard using onion keeping other ingredients as it is. I use onion as because I like the caramelised onion flavor with ‘posto’ (poppy seed). As Bengali’s say, ’Aloo Posto’ and ‘Kalai-er…

Robibarer Murgir Laal Jhol (Sunday Special Bengali Chicken Curry)

We had ‘Murgir Jhol’ or Chicken Curry for lunch some days back on a Sunday lunch. This chicken curry is cooked in a very easy Bengali way; chicken cooked with big chunks of potatoes with mustard oil! This preparation is usually termed as the ‘Robibar er Murgir Laal Jhol’ (Sunday Special Bengali Chicken Curry) as it reminds me my childhood memories and almost a tradition to have an elaborate meal with the family on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s not that it has to be a Sunday to love this ‘Murgir Jhol’. But in my childhood it was almost a…

Tal er Malpua (Indian Sweet Pancake with Asian Palm Fruit & Jaggery)

After my ‘Gurer Malpua’ and ‘Khirer Malpua’, my latest addition in my dessert list is ‘Tal er Malpua’. It is nothing but a sweet pancake made with Asian Palm Fruit Pulp, whole wheat flour and jaggary. You can substitute jaggary with sugar as well. Semolina gives a nice crispy texture to the ‘malpua’. You need not to dunk this ‘malpua’ in sugar syrup as this ‘malpua’ is sweet enough to have as it is. After frying it becomes very crispy but after you store for some time it becomes soft. You can have it as you like crispy or soft……..

Khirer / Mawa Malpua (Indian Sweet Pancake with Evaporated Milk)

‘Khirer Malpua’ or ‘Mawa Malpua’ is a traditional north Indian sweet, of soft, fluffy and yet crisp pancakes coated with sugar syrup and served with ‘rabri’ or thickened sweetened milk. On the occasion of Janmastami made this ‘Khirer Malpua’, so thought of sharing this ‘Khirer/Mawa Malpua’ recipe. Plus I also had some requests to share the recipe of fluffy ‘Khirer/Mawa Malpuas’ after I posted ‘Gurer Malpua’ some days back on the occasion of Rath Yatra. So this recipe is indeed a fluffy version of ‘malpua’. The inner texture is fluffy and the outside edges are crisp. I have stayed true…

Gurer Malpua (Indian Sweet Pancake with Jaggery)

‘Malpua’ is made up with ‘Khoya’ (evaporated milk) and served with sweetened thick milk (rabri) in Rajasthan. In Maharastra, ‘Malpua’ is made with banana or coconut. ‘Malpua’ is also served to Lord Jagannath during Rathyatra in Orissa. I know, everybody is in the festive mood because today is Rathyatra, so though of making some Malpua and offer it to Lord Jagannath. This is a famous Indian dessert enjoyed all over North and East India. It is basically a fried pancake dunked in sugar syrup. The recipe is very simple. Just mix the batter, pour it in hot ghee/oil and dip…

Chicken Clear Soup with Egg Drops & Veggies

The other day when I made Malaidar Chicken Keema Kofta Curry there was a big bowl of chicken stock left in my refrigerator. I was thinking what could be made with this stock. Either I will make some Chicken Pulao with it or may make any soup. Finally I choose the later as I was feeling super lazy! The weather is such in Kolkata that I was thinking of having some light yet fresh and nutritious food in dinner. Moreover and we had a party yesterday at one of my friend’s place and needless to say that the food was…