Potoler Malaikari (Pointed Gourd Curry with Coconut)

Pointed gourd or ‘Potol’ is very commonly available vegetable in Indian market. Summer is the main season when there is abundance of ‘potol’ in the vegetable market. In most of the houses ‘potol’ is one of the most hated vegetables in the list. But with a little twist ‘potol’ can also be cooked in a different way! How about ‘Potoler Malaikari’? It is as simple and similar as ‘Chingri Maacher Malaikari’. The only difference is instead of coconut milk I have used coconut paste. I have omitted onion and garlic so this one is a no onion no garlic recipe….

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Fulkopi Chingri (Cauliflower Curry with Prawn)

‘Fulkopi Chingri’ or Cauliflower Curry with Prawn invariably appears into our dinner table at least 2-3 times during winter season. That’s how much we love it. Though it is not been made with jumbo prawns all the time! Medium sized prawns are mostly used. This is our family recipe. I had made an attempt to make it like my Thakuma (Grandmother) used to cook! The dish needs preferably big to medium-sized fresh water prawns with heads intact. I made this curry long time back but forgot to post. When I was checking my archive folder I found these images and…

Pomfret Tawa Roast (Pan Fried Spice Coated Whole Pomfret)

Pomfret fish is loved by all in our family. Be it in the form of simple fry or batter coated fry or Grilled Pomfret or Goan Pomfret Curry! Today I made a tawa fry or pan fried preparation with simple masala marination. ‘Pomfret Tawa Roast’ or Pan Fried Spice Coated Whole Pomfret is a very quick and easy recipe which can be cooked with few ingredients. People who are not so fish lovers prefer Pomfret, Prawn and Bhetki for the sole reason that it has very few bones and the fishy smell could be removed by marinating with some lemon…

Chara Pona Macher Jhal (Baby Katla Fish Curry)

Any baby carp is called ‘Chara Pona’ in Bengali. Earlier I have shared the recipe of ‘Chara Pona Macher Jhol’; which is a very light Bengali style baby fish stew with vegetables. Many of you may not like it because it was very light one. So yesterday when I visited the fish market I bought some very fresh Baby Katla Fish and thought of a recipe which is very good in taste but little spicier. This can be cooked with Baby Rohu as well. Since I cooked the ‘Jhol’ (the lighter one) with Baby Rohu Fish so this time decided…

Chara Pona Macher Jhol (Fish Stew with Baby Rohu Fish and Vegetables)

‘Chara Pona Macher Jhol’ is a very light fish stew with vegetables that can be easily served to anyone. This fish stew is ideal in summer days with a dash of ‘gondhoraj lebu’ with steamed rice. The vegetables that are used are mainly available in summer like pointed gourd, raw banana. You can also add raw papaya, snake beans in this ‘Jhol’ to make it healthier. This is a dish that is usually cooked in our home for a lunch on hot and humid days of Kolkata. It is not that this ‘Jhol’ is prepared only on summer days, Mom…

Potoler Dolma with Gravy (Stuffed Pointed Gourd Curry)

‘Potoler Dolma’ or ‘Potoler Dorma’ is a stuffed pointed gourd curry. This is a very traditional yet popular dish of Bengali cuisine. The process of cooking this dish is little laborious but it ends up with a super tasty dish. In my family ‘Potoler Dolma’ is prepared without gravy, with fish stuffing or scrapped coconut stuffing, which we serve as appetizer. But traditionally it is prepared with gravy. Some days back I prepared ‘Potoler Dolma’ with gravy for the first time. It was delicious! So I thought of sharing the recipe with you. Normally everybody prefers to have it with…

Doi Rui (Rohu Fish in Yogurt Based Gravy)

My today’s recipe of ‘Doi Maach’ or ‘Doi Rui’ is a typical Bengali recipe…. after frying the fishes they are cooked in yogurt gravy adding some other ingredients like onion, ginger, garlic. Adding onion-garlic is your choice but it is how I prepare it. There is another popular fish recipe in Bong kitchen i.e. ‘Doi Ilish’. But that is prepared steaming Hilsha Fish with mustard and yogurt. ‘Doi Rui’ is a fish curry with hot-sweet-sour yogurt gravy and delicately favoured with whole garam masala. The recipe am sharing here is my family recipe, the way my grandmother used to cook…