Piyaji – Onion Fritters

I was proud of the speed at which I had mastered Bengali. My ears were (and are) all open to grasp any new word that was not in my Vocabulary yet. I had a colleague, Nilanjanda – he was the master of Bengali proverbs. He would mutter a quote apt for any situation, and immediately…

Instant Oats Idli with Coconut Mint Chutney

Did you know that a single bowl of oatmeal provides all essential nutrients like complex carbohydrates, B vitamins, fiber, and minerals such as phosphorous, iron, selenium, and calcium? Sounds like music to ears but a bowl of oats porridge is a torment to me. I can manage swallowing not more than a spoon with utmost…

Begun Bharta – Mashed Smoked Brinjal

“Eeew”, “Eeeks”, ”Yuck” – used to be my reactions when my eyes would spot any food that’s slimy, gooey and the sorts! I would find ripe papaya, tomatoes even brinjals really gross. My mom would place a Brinjal in between the wood logs which were burnt to heat water. She would then delicately remove the…

Alu Bhaja – Crispy Potato Juliennes

Ma can live without water but not without Alu Bhaja! Shoot her a question “What shall I prepare for lunch/dinner?” and bang comes the answer “Ektu Alu Bheje Nao. Khaoa hoye jabe.” (Meaning – fry some potatoes and meal will be over”) Alu Bhaja is everybody’s favourite side at home along with Rice and Dal….

Kadahi Paneer

These days I’m trying to plan my Menu at home based on the on-going events in the blogosphere. When I come to deeply think of it, food bloggers’ kitchens dispersed geographically all over the world brewing in unison towards a common cause. How wonderful is that? It’s a great feeling to be a part of…

Choco Nut Brownie

My first affair with brownie was ages ago. It was in a CCD that I ordered a Walnut Brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. And boy! I was bowled over. I would prefer a brownie any day over a slice of cake. When Divya announced Brownie event, I had decided to participate in it….

Valval – Amchi Vegetable Stew

Valval is a Konkani version of Vegetable Stew. It’s white coloured coconut milk based gravy stands for its purity. By purity, I mean that there are no onion-ginger-garlic like the usual curries or no garam masala or any other spices. Its just veggies cooked in coconut milk and a light tempering! A bowl of Valval…