Maacher Dimer Bora | Fish Roe Fritters

While growing up, we never had fish roe sold separately in my hometown markets I believe. We would accidentally find some roe in fish that was bought. It would be gone in a bite or two. My sister and I competed (read fight) over it. I even tried to bribe, cajole, pester our grandma to…

Mutton Rangooni Rice

This is one of the easiest, simplest and tastiest dishes that I have tasted with mutton. I came across this recipe on Pree’s blog and fell in love with it at first sight. Although I couldn’t wait to try it, I was sceptical that my family will even taste it as it has hardly any spices…

Bengali Khichuri

When we were going to bid goodbye to Chennai and moving to Bangalore, I had to do most of the tasks as Abbas was working in Bangalore then. He would arrive along with Kakima (My co-sis’s mom) only on the previous day of our departure. Change of address in post office, transfer of gas connection,…

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….

Palak Pathrado

Pathrado is one of the favourite sides on an Amchi platter. Having it along Rice and Dali Toy (Amchi Dal) is a heavenly experience for me and I believe for most Amchi population. After marriage, I really missed this dish as I never saw Taro leaves in Kolkata. I couln’t even explain to my folks…

Alu Bharta

Potato is a common favourite of Amchis and Bongs. This dish easily booked a spot in my Comfort Food list. Alu Bharta could be prepared in umpteen ways. This version was taught to me by my kids’ nanny Savitha. Her version also had a boiled egg. She would place an egg amidst potatoes in pressure…