Patishapta Pitha

Sweet pancakes with coconut filling
January 15, 2015

Today is Makar Sankranti, the day we celebrate the arrival of spring. It celebrates the oncoming harvest. Bengalis celebrate this day by preparing some special sweets known as “Pitha”. There are many types and I love all of them. My mom is an expert on these. I remember days of preparation in our home for the D-day. Most of the pithas had coconut as its main ingredient. My dad would buy lots of fresh coconuts and then he would grate them one by one. I loved to see him do this. He would break very small pieces and let me […]

Patishapta Pitha

Kadai Paneer

Cottage Cheese in a spicy tomato gravy
November 14, 2012

If you are a follower of this blog, you will know that paneer is one of my favorite ingredients. I love paneer as much as I love chicken. I always try to experiment with different paneer dishes. However I have rarely tried to create a well-known paneer dish like Kadai Paneer. Since today is our weekly vegetarian day, I wanted to cook a paneer dish. I looked through some cookbooks and decided on creating a Kadai Paneer. The way I cook from a cookbook is I jot down all the ingredients, read through the steps multiple times and then try […]

Kadai Paneer

Paiya Fish Curry

White fish in cumin coriander sauce
November 10, 2012

Diwali is around the corner. I miss the sweets and special fish dishes mom cooked for us around the festival holidays. Sumi and I don’t do anything special. But we try to have a different type of fish during these days which we would not have regularly. This is because fish is considered lucky and auspicious. We bought Paiya fish yesterday. I had it once before at a friend’s place and it tasted great. We didn’t want to wait till Tuesday to have it. Sumi wanted a gravy-like preparation so she went to work and created this delicious dish. The […]

Paiya Fish Curry

Chicken Curry with Veggies

Simple bengali curry on a bed of asparagus and mushrooms
November 2, 2012

In our Indian cuisine, it’s very difficult to have any regular non-vegetarian curry without rice or bread. But ever since our low-carb diet begun, we have reduced our rice and bread intake by 90%. As a result, we always need to add some extra veggies (or fruits) or some other inventive cooking methods to have our chicken or fish curries. There was this time where we had slices of cheese (Mozzarella and Cheddar) along with chicken or the time when we grated Parmesan over the chicken. Last week we went out to have sizzler and after many days I tried chicken sizzler […]

Chicken Curry with Veggies

Chicken Pakoda

Crispy chicken coated with besan flour
October 31, 2012

Whenever it rains, it takes me back to my childhood. Both Boomboom and I grew up in the chilly Northern and Eastern India. Inherently, rains accompanied a severe drop in temperature. The perfect rainy evening consisted of crispy potato and chicken pakodas with coffee. Mom used to cook these frequently but they became tasted extraordinary on a rainy day. Our whole family would sit together and savor theses pakodas. Since yesterday it’s raining and the weather has also turned chilly. I had some chicken in my fridge. I decided to surprise Boomboom with a crispy chicken pakoda. They turned out […]

Chicken Pakoda