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Top 7 Bengali Food Blogs

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The most popular website for Bengali recipes is Bengali Recipes on the Web by Sutapa Ray. Started in 1999, the website pre dates all bong recipes sites, and thus, pre dates even the concept of blogging. The list below is a compilation of the most vibrant blogs on Bengali food. These blogs are usually frequently updated and most of them host recipe pictures as well, with the exception of Bangali Meye. We’ve kept Cook like a Bong out of the scope here, for obvious reasons.

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Bookmark these wonderful blogs. Or better still, subscribe them in your reader. Or even better, email us at bengalicuisine AT gmail.com to get the OPML file for the list. It’ll sure make your life easier. Enjoy!

Bengali-Meye-in-US

Bengali-Meye-in-US

A Bengali Girl in US – Blogging since March 2007 under the name Bangali Meye. Content quality of the blog is excellent but you would find images of the delicacies only in the earlier posts. In fact, in her very first post, she declares – this blog will probably not have that many pictures, ki kori, kabo, ranna korbo, na chobi tulbo. Posts regularly (but unfortunately, not as frequently as her fans would like her to) on authentic Bengali recipes. Samples - Mouri Phoron Diye Beet Shager Chorchori, Alu Kopir Dalna, Tomato Kejurer Chatney, Ranga Alur Pantua etc. Very few sites match up to this one in talking about authentic Bengali dishes.

Spice and Curry

Spice and Curry

Spice and Curry – Jayashree Mandal started the blog in Oct 2006 with the first post on Alu Posto ar Amer Ambal. However, the posts became frequent and regular only from Nov 2007. With a pagerank of 4, the blog is fairly popular – whopping 87000+ pageviews since Dec 2008. Samples - Mochar Ghonto, Pomphreter Kalia, Pui Shager Cohorchori. The blog has a good blogroll list too. Also, most of the recent images have copyright notice. Good move to thwart rampant plagiarism on the web. Located in Kolkata, Jayashree also has a personal blog.

Bong Mom's CookBook

Bong Mom's CookBook

Bong Mom’s Cookbook – Sandeepa started the blog in Oct 2006 and it became a fairly popular Bengali recipe blog (with a pagerank of 4, what else you can ask for). The site recently shifted to own domain name. The blog has almost 200 traditional and non traditional Bengali recipes. Samples - Posto Murgi, Pui Chingdi, Beet Gajor Chechki.  Like every blog, this one too has seen a couple of lull periods (twice, to be precise). It has a great blogroll too. Sandeepa is available for freelance writing and can be reached at sandeepa.blog@gmail.com (courtesy: her about page).

Kichu Khon

Kichu Khon

Kichu Khon – Sharmila started this blogspot blog in May 2008, roughly the same time as Sudeshna’s bengalicuisine. A thumbnail sized Durga welcomes you to her site, giving that quintessential bong- at-home feel. The blog hosts more than 150 recipes (mostly authentic Bengali, but several non Bengali as well) and is fairly popular (pagerank 3). Samples - Lao Khosa Bhaja, Ilish Macher Patla Jhol, Arisa Pitha. She has dedicated the blog to her dearest Bapi who loves good food. Sharmila also blogs on her travels.

Appayan

Appyayan

Appyayan - Indrani started the blog in Apr 2008, and till date, it has around 100 posts in several categories. Indrani is based out of Singapore and calls herself a – busy full-time mom of a 10 year old girl and a set of twin boys (2 years old). The blog predominantly features Bengali recipes, and sometimes, other regional Indian and western recipes too. Samples - Patishapta Pitha, Badhakopir Tak Dom, Narkel Shorshe Patol. Incidentally, the blog started at same time as bengalicuisine and has the same number of recipes as of this date. Call it coincidence, huh. She also maintains a recipe index of the blog.

Cook a Doodle Do

Cook a Doodle Do

Cook a Doodle do – Started Feb 2009 by Sharmishtha, the blog features around 50 bengali recipes till date. The site has gained popularity very quickly (pagerank 3 in just 4 odd months). Samples - Pabda Macher Patla Jhol, Boiragi Dal, Palong Shak sheddho. Check out her beautiful poem when she started the blog. Well, you wouldn’t find too many food blogs’ about with poem! Sharmishtha also has a personal blog, check it out.

Cooking in Calcutta

Cooking in Calcutta

Cooking in Calcutta – Angshuman Das started this blog during Durga Puja of 2005 (October) and writes on Bengali food for all ye readers, from Paris to Patna, from Tampa to Timbuktu. The blog posts have been infrequent at times, but have continued to amuse readers. The blog mainly features Bengali food, but occasionally, non Bengali Indian food as well. Angshuman was the only Bengali food blogger to be featured in the Telegraph’s story on Indian Food Bloggers. And if you haven’t noticed it yet, Angshuman is the ONLY male blogger featured in this list!

Hope you like the list. If you know any other wonderful Bengali recipe website, please comment here. We @ BengaliCuisine will include the links in the page for Bengali Food Blog Index

Coming soon:

  1. Interview series of the above mentioned bloggers
  2. Rising stars in the Bengali Food Blogging space

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  1. Anwar

    I am from Dhaka and I came back from Kolkata 2 days back. I was lucky to have been invited by two local friends for Dinner on one condition, that they should only serve me W.Bangali cuisine and since I am in love with their type of veg and fish cooking without Onions and Garlic. Specially I tasted and loved the following and would appreciate if someone gives me the recipe for :

    a) Kochu Sag in mustard paste.
    b) Kola Gachher Barali preparation.

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    Thanks again friends who have given their recipes in this blog and am surely going to try few I have already identified.

  2. Lail @ With A Spin

    So glad to find another bengali blogger. I am new to blogsphere and love your blog.

  3. bengali

    I like this blog, you can try this Bengali Recipes site.

  4. Ariful Islam

    Really good collection. Thank you very much.

  5. Rongon Neogi

    Recipe of Chapor Ghonto
    ————————————————
    Recipe of Chapor Ghonto :
    Ingredients :
    Chapor :
    Matar dal (spilt peas) – 200 gms
    green chillies (split, seeded and finely chopped) – 1 – 2 pcs
    Oil – to shallow fry
    tsp salt – to taste
    Method
    The matar dal should be soaked overnight and then coarsely ground with the chillies. Salt should be added and the batter should be whipped. It should be shaped into small round cakes (2 inch, 1/4 inch thick) and shallow fry on a greased pan.
    Ghonto
    Ingredients
    medium potatoes – 150 gms
    Potol – 100 gms
    Jhingey – 100 gms
    Brinjal – 200 gms
    Chapor – already prepared by me
    Cholar dal – 25 gms
    Ghee – 200 gms
    Bay leaves / Tejpata – 2 pcs
    Dried red chillies / Sukno lanka – 2 pcs
    Panch Phoron – few grains
    Ginger paste – 1 tbspn
    Sugar – to taste
    Salt to taste
    Method
    Dice all the vegetables. Heat ghee to a smoking point and then reduce the heat and add the bay leaves, chillies, and Paanch phoron. Then add the vegetables , stir fry for 3 minutes add water. Let it cook on low heat. Add sugar and salt and when the vegetable softens, add the ginger paste. Mix the chapor and take it off the flame. ( You can also steam the vegetables before & add them in ). This simple dish with hardly any masalas was very flavourful. This is a dish is a delicacy of East Bengal.
    Cooking utensils required to prepare Chapor Ghonto :
    Non Sticky Flat Tawa , Non Sticky karai , knife, peeler, slicer , khunti, strainer Chanta.

  6. giveaways

    Thanks for the excellent information. I will be coming back soon

  7. Promote Bangla

    My Personal favourite is “Bong Mom’s Cookbook” ! আমার ওনার রান্না অতিপ্রিয়…

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Yes definitely Bong Mom is really great :)

      1. santanu

        Completely agree.

  8. Vulu@vulusRecipe.com

    Nice idea,

    Rating among the similar food and recipe blog will surely help us to follow. You have considered only the blog in English, is there any possibility to compare Bangla recipe blog too.

    Now-a-days, people are searching Bangla content on the internet too, you can see my recipe blog.

    Keep up the good work.
    Thanks

    1. Kalyan Banerjee

      Thanks for the appreciation Vulu (or, should I say Tuntuni?). This list is our one of the most popular posts, but was compiled about 18 months back. The online bengali food landscape has changed since then.

      Some of the blogs in this list have grown immensely, while some don’t update as frequently as you would like. So, we are working on another project on Top 10 Bengali Food Blogs.

      The new list will include even blogs written in Bengali script. Ans that’s where I guess you can help. Can you recommend us some good bengali food blogs written in bengali? Yours sure is one of them. :)

  9. harare

    Nice Article nice Site.Thanks For Sharing comment…

  10. bangla newspaper

    Everyone like food recipe. here we get at one page. It is great.

    Thanks Blog Admin

  11. Shakhawat Sumon

    I like your page style. In a word outstanding page design.

  12. foodie

    wonderful site!

  13. Hamster Cages `

    i love food blogs because i love to eat tasty and sweet foods`”;

  14. Payal Bhattacharya

    I just encountered you blog. I seemed really interesting to me. I do sometimes visit Sudeepa’s blog. I do like like her writing skill. As for myself, I do cook quite a bit and finally had a chance to open a blog myself this year. It would be nice if I could get more inputs for my blog.

    http://www.flwoke.blogspot.com/

    It is not typically a bengali blog. However, being a bong, that influence is definitely more :)

    1. Kalyan Banerjee

      Thanks for the lovely comment Payal. Just visited your blog. Keep up the good work. And thanks for blogrolling Cook Like a Bong. How are your Puja prepartaions coming along?

      1. Payal

        Thanks Kalyan,it was nice that you brought up the topic for Puja. I’m thinking of posting a few recipes especially for Puja and Dashami, but still not decided which ones :)…as for enjoying the Puja, I have to co-ordinate with the man of the house ;)….saw you posting for the Puja in FB so what is the detail of the plan?

        1. Kalyan Banerjee

          eBook would be out in a day or two. We had an internal deadline of Sunday, but looks like we would miss it by a day or two. Better release the best content a day late than releasing a makeshift piece of work early.

          Stay tuned and would be glad if we receive some feedback on the eBook.

  15. Colton Diaz

    i always bookmark food blogs becuase i want to look at new recipes.`-.

  16. Libby Murray

    i like reading food blogs because i am always seeking for new recipes.*’.

  17. PreeOccupied

    I totally dig Sandeepa and Kalyan’s blogs. Both for their endearing quality of writing and of course the culinary quotient.

    Sandeepa’s surely is my favorite as I identify with her stories and much of her recipes are similar to what I have learnt from my Mum.

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  19. Indira Mukerjee

    Sudeshna,

    “শরত এলো, শরত গেল, শিউলি মালা শুকনো হল, তোমার আমার পূজো করা, শারদ প্রাতে শিশির পড়া..এবার শুরু হিমেল হাওয়া, হেমন্তের সাড়া পাওয়া …”

    “ঘরে ঘরে ডাক পাঠালো, দীপালিকায় জ্বালাও আলো, জ্বালাও আলো, আপন আলো, সাজাও আলো ধরিত্রীরে, হিমের রাতের ওই গগনের দীপগুলিরে…হেমন্তিকা..”
    .-= Indira Mukerjee´s last blog ..সোনার তরীর পাঠকদের আমার শুভ বিজয়ার প্র্রীতি ও শুভেচ্ছা জানাই =-.

  20. Shantanu

    I am surprised no body mentioned http://www.angithi.com – Authentic Bengali recipes – check it out.

  21. SGD

    Sudeshna,
    Thanks so much!! I am really flattered and honoured.
    This recognition is inspiring me to come back to the blogging world….may be I will, after smoothening out the rough patch in the real world!!

    And I share the opinion that Cook like a Bong deserves a place in the top Bong blog list….especially your new avtar!

    And thanks once again.
    .-= SGD´s last blog ..Black Beauties…BERRY BERRY TASTY! =-.

  22. kalyan k

    KK’s good Kalyan. You must watch Anthony Bourdain (food & travel), Ian Wright (largely travel + food), Floyd (food), Bobby Chin & Kylie Kwong (food), ditto Nigell Lawson (food) on Discovery T&L

    Bourdain’s m favourite. What’s the link to your travel blog?
    .-= kalyan k´s last blog ..Maroosh, Bandra on call again =-.

    1. Kalyan Banerjee

      Great, would check them out.

      My travel blog is at http://travellersdiary.net

      1. kalyan k

        Good stuff. Where are you based. My travel blog is http://www.farawaydiaries.blogspot.com
        .-= kalyan k´s last blog ..Maroosh, Bandra on call again =-.

        1. Kalyan Banerjee

          Sorry for the late reply KK. Was away enjoying Hyderabad you see. :)

          I’m currently based at Bangalore and most of the early content in my travel blog is from my weekend getaways from bangalore. But I was in Austin for some time and thats when I churned out like 10 odd posts. And that probably where you Q stems from.

          My food sojourn in Austin is pending though. Thanks for reminding me. :)

  23. Indrani

    Sudeshna,
    Thanks for this recognision..I still can’t believe this, had no idea that you did this post..And Radhika is right, you’re top in my good bengali food blog list…such a lovely post, feeling very proud of myself
    .-= Indrani´s last blog ..Mini Fish Cutlets =-.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Indrani,
      Thank you for your comment :). The credit should actually go to Kalyan, he had done all the research, and to tell you the truth he had really worked hard for this post. Whatever niche we could make through this blog was only with your support and love.

  24. kalyan

    Sutapa Ray brought back lot of memories when I began cooking regularly in 2000. Used to refer to her site for recipes. I am sure that we still have the printouts.

    I do most of the cooking in our house and recenly trained our maid to cook. I guess it is family tradition as my father was a legendary cook and had taught my mom how to cook.

    I know guys who cook and who love food. Food blogs needn’t be just about recipes so there is still scope for folks to write on resturants, food experiences even if they don’t cook.

    Many are active on facebook etc on food but don’t blog.

    But I know someone who gave up his job to start a food portal. No points for guessing that he is Bengali
    .-= kalyan´s last blog ..The easiest Finely Chopped recipe ever … Knocked up potatoes =-.

    1. Kalyan Banerjee

      Allow me to comment on this Kalyan [we’re namesake you see :)].

      I absolutely agree with you that food blogs need not be just about recipes. Talking just about recipes seems so dated, and robot-ish. Other than recipes, Food writing includes reviews (restaurant and book), memoirs (festivals, events, travel), regional analysis, food photography, How to food blog etc.

      In Bengalicuisine’s version 2.0 we’re trying to talk about all of these, but with a single minded focus on Bengali Food.

      During my scouting for online voices on Bengali Food, I listed 80+ names. And then bucketed them in several categories – one of them being More than Recipes. And guess what, your blog is one of them. Scouting isn’t finished yet and so if you know of some good online voices on Bengali Food, please let us (me or Sudeshna) know.

      1. kalyan k

        Hey Kalyan,

        I added the ‘k’ so that folks know which K to thank when Sudeshna credits him.

        Jokes apart I started blogging partly because I was fed up with the content of food and travel programming on TV and in press, etc. They either are recipe books narrated on Tv or advertorials.

        Then I begun watching Discovery T&L. Felt like someone watching EPL on ESPN for the first time after a life time of East Bengal Mohun Bagan

        Keep up the good work folks
        .-= kalyan k´s last blog ..The easiest Finely Chopped recipe ever … Knocked up potatoes =-.

        1. Kalyan Banerjee

          Awesome analogy Kalyan K [Sounds like a South Indian name you see :) So, would like to call you KK. But then, KK the singer is a Malayalee too. So, I’ll stick to your suggestion of Kalyan K :)]

          Coming back to the discussion, I’ve blogged on travel for a while and so know about the space. So, when I compare the content style of Indian blogs in travel and then on food, I feel that food writing is still too ‘transactional’ (due to lack of a better word). But then such a comment is a little premature though since I’m yet to get a good hang of things here.

          Would sure check out Discovery T&L – I’ve been off the idiot box since quite a while. Have even missed blockbusters like Rakhi ka Swayamvar and Sach Ka Samna. :P

  25. Sharmila

    Hey Sudeshna , thanks for that! Am going thru a choppy time right now but will get back to you ‘soon as I can. :-)
    That is a good compilation.
    .-= Sharmila´s last blog ..Tomato Chingri / Tomato Prawns =-.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Thanks Sharmila,
      Please take your time, there’s no hurry.

  26. kalyan

    Nice list. I read Sandeepa’s and Sudeshna’s blogs quite often. I also like their blogs as there is a personal touch to it. I am not too fond of pure recipe blogs.

    Will check out the others. Even I often wonder about the low proportion of male food bloggers. After all food blogging needn’t just be about recipes.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Kalyan,
      You are absolutely, and you can even find the difference here, out of the Top7 only Anshuman respresents your gender :). But most of the well known chefs are male, so what is the missing link here? Even I couldn’t make out why, is it because the men don’t want to enter their kitchen at home?

  27. Radhika Vasanth

    You should include bengalicuisine.net in the top 10 :-) You have wonderful collection of “authentic” bengali recipes.
    .-= Radhika Vasanth´s last blog ..Theme of the month – Sep 2009 : Pregnancy (Zero hour) =-.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Radhika,
      Thank you so much for this comment :).

  28. Hari Chandana

    Wonderful info.. Gr8 job!!

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Thanks Hari :). Do let us know is you have any other blog in mind and we have just missed that out.

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