Chicken Tadka – Dhaba Style

After the ‘Punjabi Dal Makhani’ turned out to be the most viewed recipe in my blog, among all dal or tarka dal recipies, I decided to post a few more variations of ‘Tadka Dal’, the kind which is very popular across Kolkata, especially in Dhabas of West Bengal. Needless to say for most of us ‘Tadka Dal’ is the most common and popular dish to be ordered widely in Dhabas and Restaurants. The first one is with Chicken and the other one is with egg (Egg Tadka).‘Chicken Tadka’ is one of my favourite items whenever I dine in Dhaba. It…

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Punjabi Dal Makhani (Punjabi Creamy Lentil)

‘Dal Makhani’ or ‘Dal Makhni’ is a popular dish originating from the Punjab region of India. The primary ingredients in ‘Dal Makhani’ are ‘kali dal’ (whole black lentil) with ‘rajma’ (red kidney beans) adding a lot of butter and cream. Dal Makhani is always on our menu whenever we dine outside specially at highway dhabas. I tried many times to get the Dhaba taste in the ‘Dal Makhani’ I make at home but it never came close. This time it was pretty close! It’s called as ‘Dal Makhani’ as it is made with ‘dal’ (whole black lentils and red kidney…

Bahari Begun (Eggplant with Sesame and Poppy Seed Paste)

‘Bahari Begun’ is a very easy and quick recipe which I have learned from a post of Chhanda Mitra in one of the food group. Credit goes to her for sharing such a tasty recipe…. Though I have modified the recipe a little depending on my taste and named it as ‘Bahari Begun’. It turned out so nice that I thought of sharing this recipe with you! The ingredients that I have used are easily available and goodness of this recipe is, it can be cooked in very few minutes. So, here is the recipe of ‘Bahari Begun’.

Begun Basanti (Eggplant in Yogurt-Mustard Sauce)

In Bengali we call Eggplant as ‘Begun’ which literally means no goodness (Be-gun). But ‘Begun’ is a very tasty, popular and important vegetable in Bengali kitchen as many veg and non veg dishes are cooked with it. This is one of my favourite vegetables too. This vegetable is used in many veg (Shukto) or non veg (Illish Begun) dishes. ‘Begun Basanti’ is a very traditional cuisine which I learned from my mother which she learned from my Thakuma (Grandmother). I have cooked this recipe for the first time in lunch. And it was so tasty and flavorful you can’t imagine….

Chingri Aloo-Potoler Dalna (Potato & Pointed Gourd Curry with Shrimp)

So you may be thinking another ‘Dalna’ dish? This lady is so addicted with ‘Dalna’ that she is sharing another dalna dishes. I have already mentioned in my earlier post of ‘Chingri Aloo-Fulkopir Dalna’ that there is always a ‘Dalna’ recipe any side by side a ’Dom/Jhol’ recipe of almost each and every vegetables n Bengali cuisine. Bengali cuisine is full of veggie dishes, here is another one. Bengali cuisine is probably the only cuisine in India where there is a lot of usage of veggies with Fish. In other cuisine it is mainly the fish or meat that takes…

Chingri Aloo-Fulkopir Dalna (Potato & Cauliflower Curry with Prawn)

The ‘Dalna’ in Bengali Cooking is a gravy dish where the gravy is thicker and richer where in a ‘Jhol’ the gravy is soupy and runny. For every Jhol there is an equivalent ‘Dalna’ recipe in Bong kitchen. So if there is a ‘Alu-Fulkopir Jhol/Dum’ there is the ‘Alu-Fulkopir Dalna’. Today’s ‘Chingri Aloo-Fulkopir Dalna’ is a similar dish where addition of some succulent shrimps transfers it from a vegetarian delight to a non-vegetarian dream of ‘Chingri Aloo Phulkopi’r Dalna’! Since I have used shrimp in this recipe I have used onion paste. If you want to make a vegetarian version…

Masala Dosa – Coconut Chutney – Vegetable Sambar

I love Masala Dosa. We often make this as brunch or dinner at home. This is one of the most popular south Indian breakfasts served in canteens and restaurants. Dosa is a thin crispy crepe made using fermented rice and lentil batter. Masala Dosa is one that has spiced and seasoned potatoes stuffed in it. These crispy crepes are quite addictive and delicious. These are not a regular food as it takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Masala Dosa is a famous recipe not only in India but outside India too. Though it is originated in South India…