10 foods to eat on Poila Boisakh or Naba Barsho

We wish you a great year ahead. Shubho Naba Barsho. Here are the Top 10 items you should eat on Poila Boisakh. Breakfast (Jal Khabar) Luchi  Chholar Dal  or Alu Dom  Jilipi  Lunch (Dupurer Khabar) Shukto and Fulkopir Tarkari (or its twist) Bhaja Rui Kalia or Parshe Machher Jhol or Tel Koi Mishti Doi and Rasogolla…

Rajbhog

Beginners guide to Preparing Rajbhog quickly

Making Rajbhog, the giant Rasgulla, is pretty easy. Here’s the Beginners guide to preparing Rajbhog. It is calorie heavy though. But once in a while, worry about taste buds, will you.

Shubho Mahalaya – A tale of two cities

The approach to celebrate Mahalaya at Bangalore is way different than in the Bengali heartland. This post is an account of how different these two approaches are. One is an account of an immigrant bong in the IT City and the other account is from a pakka Bongo Tanaya at Kolkata.

Savour, with pictures.

Shubo Devi Pokkho everyone.

Free eBook on Bengali Festive Recipes – Saradiya Rannabati

Sharadiya signifies multiple images – three eyed Durga, Kash Ful, Pujo shankha, exquisite pandals, teeming millions and of course, pet pujo.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the Carnival of the Year!

This Festive Season, Cook Like a Bong brings to you a collection of 26 traditional and trendy Bengali recipes in a free eBook, titled Saradiya Rannabati 2010. Do what you like, go anywhere you want, eat whatever you can lay your hands on. This Durga Puja, Eat Pray Live. 🙂

Cauliflower Broccoli Gratin – woo the opposite sex

Woo the opposite sex with an exotic dish – Cauliflower Broccoli Gratin.

Gratin is a food preparation technique where you put a layer (of breadcrumbs, grated cheese and butter) above an ingredient mixture (of vegetables e.g. cauliflower, broccoli, potato, tomato, carrot etc), bake it till a golden crust forms at the top. You can try a meat based ingredient mix too.

Read on for how to prepare a vegetable based Gratin in easy steps.

Egg Maggi Noodles in easy quick steps

Maggi Noodles is undoubtedly the Youth Icon. Calories notwithstanding, Maggi comes to your help during late nights, rush breakfast, supper or when your cook hasn’t turned up. Last was true in my case when I decided its time for Egg Maggi Noodles as a standalone dish.

Prepare Egg Bhurji, prepare maggi and mix both.

Seriously, that’s Egg Maggi for you. If you want to learn the details, read on.

Dimer Devil or Deviled Eggs Recipe

This is for intermediate skilled cooks, or mere amateurs who want to prove that given adequate instructions, they can cook (I fall in this category). You can have Dimer Devil for an exotic evening snack. I had this at lunch with steamed rice, musuri daal and ketchup.

In short: the eggs are boiled and the yolks are removed, and re-stuffed with a mixture prepared from the yolk, boiled potato and some vegetables. The re-stuffed egg is then dipped in besan, then in bread crumbs and fried in oil.

Read on for the complete recipe and pictures.

Potpourri: The Carnival of Bengali Cuisine Part 2

After the good response (800 views and counting) to Part 1 of Potpourri, we’re here with the second edition. Read on for interesting resources on several aspects of Bengali Food:
Book Review – Critiques of Chitrita Banerji’s 3 books on Bengali Food

Popular Culture – how the time around Durga Puja is the Sweet Season in Bengal

City Bites – Bengali food chains spreading wings across India and more

February Monthly Round Up

9 new posts for this month including the January Round-up. Starting from Bengali’s favorite sandesh to the cake in microwave. The Valentine’s week had a new recipe each day of the week.

We also published our first product review, the Gits Karaisutir Kachuri mix. Though it was a free review, we got the products from the company.

The festival of colors knocked at the end of the month and it was a pleasure to play with the colors after 3 long years.

January Monthly RoundUp

9 new posts, traffic improvement, bloggers interview series, events initiation and community engagement (both here and at Facebook page) made January 2010 pretty exciting at Cook Like a Bong. New year, Republic Day, Makar Sankranti and Saraswati Puja marked the month.

We crosses 100,000 pageviews, 200 facebook fans and 100 feed subscribers.

Plus, January Traffic Report and more.

How do people find this blog: 5 keyword goof ups

Which Beatles record started as egg and bacon? If you search for this in Google, which website would you land in? Beatles official site, some record store or a music review website may be possible options. But surely not a site on Bengali food?

But this site had received such visitors. And several more thanks to keywords like – mishti doi food poisoning, how to color diya crafts etc.

Read on for a funny treatise on keyword traffic.

Bengali Food Bloggers Interview Part #1

How much do you know about your favourite food bloggers? Do you know how he/she started cooking? Or, his/her first dish? Or, his/her fav kitchen companion? I doubt you know all the answers. Thats because there aren’t too many sites that bring out the ‘persona’ behind the blogs.

Well, not anymore. Starting today, you would get to know the personal side of several food bloggers.

Today, we feature Jayashree Mandal of Spice and Curry (from the Top 7 Bengali Food Blog list we came up with 6 months back).

As they say in Bangalore, Enjoy Madi.

Potpourri: The Carnival of Bengali Cuisine #1

Which is the best online resource for interesting links Bengali Food? Can’t remember? Well, you can’t find it because there isn’t any. But there is a silver lining.

Starting today, every alternate Saturday we’ll talk about several interesting aspects of Bengali food – influence of popular culture, bengali food in bengal, outside bengal, heritage and history and issues of the day.

Here’s Potpourri Edition 1 for you. Please contribute and spread the word.

P.S.: Cook Like a Bong clocked 1 lakh pageviews in 6 months and 100 facebook fans in 3 weeks. 🙂

Get featured in Durga Puja Food Festival

15 days to go for the biggest Bong festival of the year. Yes you have guessed it right, its Durga Puja time. To mark the occasion, we are organizing an event, “Durga Puja Food Festival”.

Send in your recipes for the event and win an exciting Prize.

Bonus Takeaway: An eBook will be compiled at the end of the festival with selected recipes.

Deadline: 22nd September EoD

August Monthly Roundup at Bengali Cuisine

The post gives a snapshot of the activities in August at Bengalicuisine.

Sudeshna posted 5 authentic Bengali recipes – Patishapta, Mishti Doi, Chanchra, Bhar Dal and Bhaja and Rasogollar Payesh. There’s another post on how a Bengali celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi on Kolkata.

After a month of online research, we came up with the List of Top 7 Bengali Recipe Blogs.

Plus, August Traffic Report.
Enjoy!