Being stationed in North India, which can unarguably be regarded as “land of parathas”, I come across every possible kind of parathas to be imagined and you start to doubt if anything more can be done with them. Today, however, I present you a very different and one of its kind of paratha, with a history going back decades in the past and known as Mughlai Paratha. As the name suggests, adored by the Mughals, ideally Mughlai Paratha is stuffed with egg, mutton keema and sometimes with fish minces to be served with salads and potato curries. Pretty heavy for being categorized as a snack, mughlai paratha is indeed a fulll fledged non-vegeterian dish which finds a huge fan following in East India, particularly in and around Calcutta. Try it out to know that Parathas can be more than what we can imagine.
I recall to share with you the yummiest carrot desert ever i.e. Gajorer Halua or Carrot Halwa. Now, this is time to go the extra mile from where we left and make laddoos out of carrot-coconut blend. Perfectly round, super smooth and generously sweet, Gajar Naryal balls are sheer treat and irresistible too. Indeed winter with carrots is a bliss. Happy Valentines day.
Fenugreek leaves or Methi saag is abundant these days of winter and I often prepare a typical saag curry out of it. However Methi can be used in different dishes and if you recall, once I shared with you Methi Paratha before. Here I present a chicken preparation using methi which can be touted as a successful experimentation. If you are skeptic about methy being of a slightly bitter taste, let me assure you that the certain tricks and a proper method as described in the following will result in a really interesting combination of methi saag and chicken. This recipe will surely be a nice addition to your chicken recipe and a justice to a seasonal herb.
Any form of chocolate cake is a pure fantasy to me where I like to immerse from time to time. In past, I have shared with you the recipe of Chocolate fudge cake which was much appreciated. Here I come up with a cake which is even more richer in chocolate and thus regarded naturally as “rich” chocolate cake. Instead of using cocoa powder, in this recipe I have melted the chocolate and butter together which provided the silky richness. Even while baking the opulent aroma can be felt. I wish you to try this preparation to share this piece of joy.
Ghugni is quite a popular street food in Kolkata which finds a resonance with my childhood and growing up in the city. I still have a vivid memory of the street hawkers carrying a large bowl of ghugni on the flame, roamed around the streets in the evening, calling for the buyers with a signature yell. Ghugni used to be a lucrative tiffin snack at the school gates with a piece of bread too. For those who had never heard about it, Ghugni is actually a spicy curry prepared with dried yellow peas which is known as ‘ghugnir mator’ in Bengali. Pretty riveting in the tongue, Ghugni remains still a favourite and I use the following space to describe its recipe although slightly in a different mould. Here I will add Mutton keema in the Ghugni which makes it even more compelling for the non-vegetarians. Must admit although that is not my innovation at all. In fact ‘keema ghugni’ or ‘mangsher ghugni’ is also immensely popular in Bengal. Happy cooking.
Chicken nugget qualifies to be a cute form of non-veg appetizer which can readily be served with tea or coffee in the evening snack. It is a suitable successor to my earlier post of Chilli Cheese Nuggets. The best part about chicken nugget is that it can be preserved for weeks in the freezer to be taken out at the right time, deep fried and served immediately. Moreover, it requires only a handful of ingredients with hardly much time to prepare.
Happy Makar Sankranti to all my readers.
Winter is here in its fullest. It is the time of the year to celebrate the holy occasion of Makar Sankranti and Poush Parbon. The signature dishes during this harvest festival are mainly prepared with rice, date palm jaggery and coconut. However today I am here with a different recipe, named Rash Bora, which is also common in Bengali households during this time. Although the ‘Rash’ or syrup is usually made with date palm jaggery (Khejurer gur/Notun gur), here I have used sugar. ‘Boras’ or vadas are nothing but the urad dal fritters.
If you have not yet decided what to make in this Poush Parbon, you can go for this easy and simple recipe 🙂
Earlier posts about Makar Sankranti Recipes :
Many of the occasions, we are left with some extra rice, post lunch or dinner. One of the best ways to utilise this left-over rice is to prepare some fried rice with added vegetables, eggs, chicken etc., whatever you like. This also serves the purpose of a perfect tiffin menu. Mexican fried rice, as described here, is almost similar to our very know Chinese fried rice, we usually prepare and are pretty fond of. Only the difference is that, it is spicier and much flavourful due to the ample use of tomato & chilli sauces and dried herbs. Also the presentation of egg, atop the rice gives it a unique look compared to common fried rice dishes. Obviously one can use a freshly prepared rice, which I did, for this recipe and omitting egg will make the dish completely vegetarian.
Many a fortnights back, I shared with you the recipe of home -made thick crust pizza with bell pepper, bacon and loads of cheese (link). Here I am back again with the story of another pizza, a bit different from its predecessor. This time it is a veg pizza with no meat, but with mushroom and onion as add on. It is a bit different in another aspect too being a thin crust which means the pizzza base is much thinner almost like a roti. Actually, if you really ask me, I must admit having a soft corner for the thin crust ones which gives a really light feeling with the bite. In fact in authentic pizzerias, across Europe and particularly in Italy, I found that they really mean Pizza by thin crust and prepare the base rolling and tossing the dough by hand. Another point to mention here regarding the cheese. I have always been skeptic about choosing the right kind of pizza cheese in India. However, I am pleasantly surprised by the Britannia cheese which is amazingly good and served as a great topping. So as the winter is in its fullest, make your own pizza with all the colours and play innovative with corns, broccoli, tomatoes and whatever you like.
Today I am presenting quite a different Chicken curry which hails from the state of Tamil Nadu. The name ‘Chettinad’ is associated with the place of its origin, Chettinad. Alike any other preparation from south India, it also has the signatory flavour of curry leaves and coconut. Due to the substantial use of black peppercorns, the dish features in the hot and spicier end compared to the usual chicken curries. This far-from-mild, dry chicken curry can be a good accompaniment with rice, roti or paratha.
Any dish cooked in Dum ( slow cooked in low flame with lid on and hardly any added water) brings out amazing aroma of the ingredients and the spices which one can feel even while eating. Biryani can be a good example of what height can any Dum dish reach. In fact many of the meat recipes are best cooked while in Dum. However, here I will describe of a paneer recipe which is Dum cooked and brings in a certain smoky flavour which I immensely liked. It can certainly be a worthy addition to the already existing plethora of paneer recipes.
Pound cake traditionally refers to a cake in which the main four ingredients (flour, butter, sugar & egg) are present in 1 pound each. However a cake with the said ingredients in 1:1:1:1 ratio can also be called a pound cake. It is a very simple recipe and an ideal one for beginners in the field of baking. Since it requires very few basic ingredients, mostly available at home, it can be prepared any time. I have used handful of cherries, nuts and currants for this recipe which are although completely optional. Go for this recipe of pound cake and I am sure you will be satisfied with the super soft and fluffy outcome.
‘Macher chop‘ or fish cutlet is among the most popular street foods in Kolkata. Spicy mashed fish content makes the cutlet savoury inside with a crunchy outside twist. This is the newest addition to my list of chop & cutlet recipes which I shared earlier. This is a perfect evening snack, a party winner and a delight to your guests. Any fish with less bone can be chosen for this recipe, for example Rohu, Bhetki, Lote (Bombay duck fish) etc. So with no more delay save a little fish from your daily menu and try this mouthwatering snack.
Whenever I think of some delicacy meted out of mutton, mostly it had to be in the form of curry with thick, tempting gravy and generous spices. Just to depart from this usual preparations, I come up with this present recipe where mutton is used along with Spaghetti and easily be touted as an Indo-Italian marriage. Being an admirer of Spaghettis, which are often accompanied with lamb minces, I thought, why not mutton? As I thought, so I did. At the end the dish came out fabulous and made me reignite my creativity in a slightly new Avatar.
Today I am here with the recipe of a very common and immensely popular south Indian dish of Idli. It remained in my “To Do” list for a long long time. Partially due to the absence of Idli mould and then because of my infamous laziness, I managed to come up with this dish so late. I always think of Idlis as steamed cakes, made of fermented rice and black gram lentils which one can have either in breakfast or even in lunch. Its batter is quite similar to ‘dosa’ batter except it being a bit thicker. You can try out this healthy dish at your own to feel the flavour of south India at will.
As Diwali embarks shortly from now to enlighten our mind and spirit, we should welcome it with all our heart wide open. This is a great occasion to exchange pleasantries, happiness and whatever good in life. Through this blog, I am delighted to share with you a sweet recipe, much loved and adored and called mung laddu or muger methai. It is sweet indeed, soaked generously in ghee. But we should not bother, since it is diwali time and we will enrich our life with the extra sweetness. A very happy diwali to all 🙂
I just love prawns in any form and take a fancy trying new recipes with it. Generally I go around few common Bengali recipes of prawn curries. Though this time a little touch of rose and kewra water has lifted the curry dish to an altogether a new level what I may call it ‘shahi’. I have found the recipe in one of a cooking shows and gave it a try to pose a challenge for my tasting buds. Indeed the tongue got amazed. It goes well with plain rice or pulao. Just give it a try for a change.
Earlier I have posted a recipe with pointed gourd, Patol Aloor Dalna, which was perhaps one of its simplest. Today I am sharing with you a bit delicate recipe known as Patoler Dolma or Dorma. Here the big fat belly of pointed gourd is cleaned to get stuffed with cottage cheese. The filling can although be of minced meat or even different fishes. As Durga puja is around the corner and many of us are used to experiment with vegetarian foods and willing to dish out something special, it could be a perfect choice for your puja menu 🙂
Love bites, the name given by me to these little heart shaped red velvet cupcakes, is sultry and serene. Don’t you think ? These super soft, spongy token of love can be a surprise for your loved ones on any special occasion, it may be your marriage anniversary, valentines day or any memorable day to cherish. I borrowed the recipe of Red Velvet muffins from Joy of Baking and moulded them into heart shaped cupcakes. Vibrant red colour can also be kids’ favourite, so just give it a try.
Sunday lunch is almost incomplete for Bengalis without “mangso-bhat“, that is any preparation of meat with steamed rice. Rice is well accompanied with gravy dish rather than a dry one. Generally I used to please our tongues by making usual Bengali Murgir Jhol. Though today I was in search of a different spicy chicken curry with lots of gravy and I ended up with the choice of famous Goanese recipe Chicken Vindaloo. The dish is actually derived from Portuguese recipe, Carne de vinha d’alhos, where meat is marinated with garlic and wine. In Indian version wine is replaced with malt vinegar and red chilies are added as an additional spice. It is best cooked with pork which I wish to try in future. So if you are ready to take the risk of testing a really hot and spicy chicken curry, like me, then just go for it 😉