Bhendi Diye Chingri

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Now, this is a tricky question. Do you think Bengalis are all about fish? Whenever I meet someone who is not a Bong, he/she always ask me this question – do you eat vegetables or is it just fish? Growing up in a family with my widowed grand mom, I have seen lots of vegetables being made at home, vegetables curries without even the hint of onion or garlic – and believe it or not those tasted heavenly.

Its probably because Bengal being such a fertile land and with loads of rivers the balance between vegetables and fish is always there. Whereas in the Western parts of India though the majority of population is vegetarian they mostly stick to different types of lentils for their daily home made recipes.What is your opinion of this?

Chingri Bhendir Tarkari

Coming to vegetables in Bengal, especially in summer, its like a fair. The different types of veggies that you get in the market is beyond imagination, and of these patol or pointed gourd and bhendi or okra are two of my favorites.

My grandmother had her way into the kitchen. Her way of balancing whole spices and ground ones had its own unique style. She used to make this dry curry with okra, pumpkin and potatoes with just a little nigella – and it was tasted out of the world. I made this the same way with just a little twist – I added a few shrimps to it.

Chingri Diye Bhendi

Indian, Side, Prawns, Bengali shrimp recipe, Bangla ranna, Bengali cuisine, Bengali vegetables
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup okra, split lenthwise
  • 1 cup cued pumpkin
  • 1 cup cubed potatoes
  • 8-10 medium size shrimps
  • 1 teaspoon nigella
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoon mustard oil
Directions
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet and lightly fry the shrimps tll they turn pinkish in color and starts to curl, take out and place them in a kitchen towel to drain out the excess oil
  • Heat the rest of the oil in a wok, mix a pinch of salt and turmeric to the split okra and lightly fry them. Take out and keep aside
  • In the same oil add the nigella, and saute till they start sputtering. Add the pumpkin and potatoes and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour about 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl and mix the turmeric powder, chili powder and salt – mix to make a runny paste. Pour the paste to the wok and mix to coat the vegetables
  • Stir till the spices start to dry, make sure it doesn\'t stick to the bottom of the wok. Pour in about 1 ½ cup of water and cook covered till the vegetables are almost cooked
  • Add the okra and shrimps, cook for 2-3 minutes more. Serve hot with warm white rice or roti.

Chingri Bhendi

Hot Tips – Okra being a very slimy vegetables, its always better to wash and then cut the okra. If you do it the other way, the okra will be slimier making the gravy very gooey. Also, that’s the reason I fry the okra first and then put it in the curry.

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Food Review – Korean Stir fry Ready to Cook

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When it comes to Southeast Asian cuisine, other than the Thai curries, I always opt for the stir fries. So when Saffron Road Foods sent their newly launched simmer sauces for a review I was overjoyed to find the Korean Stir fry ready to cook product in the package. I instantly thought of cooking and reviewing this simmer sauce in my blog.

Preparing the simmer sauce took me less than 15 minutes from chopping vegetables to serving it to the dinner table. The result was an awesome combination of healthy homemade food with loads of vegetables and the taste of restaurant style meal. The ease of cooking it also made this simmer sauce a perfect for a date night or just when you are too lazy to go through through spice cupboard to prepare something for dinner.

Saffron Road Food Korean Stir Fry Pouch

I prepared it with some South Asian choice vegetables – baby corn, bok choy, carrots, mushroom with an Bengali addition of some cubed onions to it. The packet for Korean Stir fry had the option of beef strips for meat, I opted for chicken and it turned out perfect. You can also use other meat like lamb, or for the vegetarian option try it with tofu.

Most of the Saffron Road Foods simmer sauces have almost the same directions to prepare the food. Heat oil in a skillet, add the meat and vegetable, saute them. Add the simmer sauce and stir. Cook till the sauce starts to bubble. I feel, as these simmer sauces are used even by the novice cooks, a mention of which vegetables to use for which simmer sauce would do good. The last time I prepared Rogan Josh simmer sauce, I don’t think mushroom or baby corn would go with that.

The Saffron Road Food products are all non-GMO verified products and so a re very safe. They have some of the simmer sauces available in their online store, and you can also get all their products in almost all of the large retailers throughout US. Check their store locator to choose the store nearest to you.

As with the other simmer sauces from Safrron Road Food, I truly enjoyed making and eating the Korean Stir fry. I served it with some jasmine rice and vinegar dipped cucumber, and it felt like a to-go order from our favorite South Asian restaurant. Here’s how I made it.

Korean Stir Fry With Chicken

Side, Korean, Korean stir fry, Simmer sauce, Product review, Korean cuisine, Stir fry recipe
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken, cut into thin strips
  • 2 carrots, cut into inch size strips
  • 1 baby bok choy, chopped coarsely
  • 1/2 can baby corn, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushroom
  • 1/2 onion, chopped into cubes
  • 1 packet Saffron Road Food Korean Stir Fry simmer sauce
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
Directions
  • Wash the vegetables, and drain out the excess water
  • Heat oil in a skillet and add the vegetables except the bok choy. Saute till the vegetables are half cooked
  • Now add the chicken strips and bok choy and cook till the chicken strips are well done
  • Pour in the contents of the pouch, mix well with the meat and vegetables and cook covered for 2-3 minutes or till the sauce starts bubbling.
  • If you want to keep the gravy serve instantly with jasmine rice, else cook till the gravy is dried.

Korean Stir Fry

Disclaimer – I am not paid by Saffron Road Foods to write product reviews in Cook Like a Bong.

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Chili Paneer

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Chinese recipes from China and that from India has a stark difference. Chinese dishes sold in Chinese restaurants in India are more Indian than Chinese, a blazing example of that is probably the gobi manchurian. A friend of mine who recently shifted from Bangalore to Shanghai went to this Chinese restaurant in Sanghai and even before he could take a look at the menu, he asked for the gobi manchurian, ok he said cauliflower manchurian. The waiter was kind of amazed and starttled. The closest thing he has heard to gobi manchurian is Manchurian people who come from Northern China, Manchuri. Even wikipedia expalains manchurian as a recipe from Indian cuisine and not Chinese..lol.

While in school, fried rice and chili chicken has been one of my favorite going-out-with-friends food. I love the spicy tangy taste of chili chicken. As I grew, the gravy from the chilli chicken vanished and the fried rice was replaced by alcohol. The dried chilli chicken is a wonderful side to go with any kind of alcohol – beer, vodka, whisky – you name it.

Chili Paneer

Now, with the growing number of vegetarian friends in my circle, I had to but replace the chicken from chili chicken with paneer. Paneer though loosely translated in English as cottage cheese, is not exactly cottage cheese. The cottage cheese you get in the supermarkets in US is more gooey and comes lumps. While the paneer is harder and more plain in texture. So, the only way to get paneer in US is to go to an Indian store. The non-melting farmer’s cheese or the German quark are a close relative to the Indian paneer.

Chili Paneer

Chinese, Side, Chili paneer, Chilli paneer, Paneer recipe, Indi chinese recipe
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 200gms paneer
  • ½ of a bell pepper, cut to inch size squares
  • 1 medium onion, cut to inch size squares
  • 3- 4 green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons corn flour
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dark soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoon tomato sauce
Directions
  • Cut the paneer in inch size square.
  • Beat the egg in a large bowl, add 2 tablespoon of cornflour, 1 tablespoon soya sauce and marinate the paneer in this marinade for at least ½ hour, maximum to 2 hours
  • Heat the oil in a wok, an fry the paneer till the outside is brown in color. Take out and place on a kitchen towel to drain out the excess oil.
  • Discard most of the oil from the wok, keeping just a little to fry the vegetables. Add the onions to the oil, fry till they turn translucent
  • Add the bell pepper and fry for 2-3 minutes, or till they start to wilt
  • Pour in the soya sauce, vinegar and tomato sauce and stir till the gravy thickens. Pour in a little water and cook till the bell peppers are almost done.
  • Now, add the fried paneer and cook for a minute.
  • Garnish with the chopped chilies.

 Chili Paneer Indo Chinese recipe

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Jamai Shashthi Special – Bengali Style Meatballs

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Jamai shashthi or as you can loosely translate in English is the son-in-law day. Its a day when the son-in-law is invited to the house, and is feted and fed with Bengali delicacies.

Jamai shashthi comes in the Bengali month of jaistho, and it is a social custom to formally invite and feed the son-in-law. Like most Bengali customs, this day is mostly about the food. Growing up, my granny used to make a huge meal for my mother – it mostly included four to five types of fishes from fries to curries and there was also vegetarian options and ending with chatni, papad, rasogolla and misti doi.

Bengali Style Meatball

Days have passed and with my granny’s passing this custom have also ended. But, with my generation, jamai shashthi is still celebrated, but differently. My uncle,who lives in the US too have invited us for jamai shashthi, but not for a huge Bengali menu, but for a weekend barbecue.

Whatever it be, a twelve course Bengali meal or a weekend bbq, jamai shashthi is all about the food you serve to your son-in-law. So, here’s a my contribution to the menu, meatballs. Meatballs are very popular American food, inspired by the American meatballs here’s my Bengali take on meatballs.

For more jamai shashthi recipe please look through the all recipe section.

Bengali Style Meatballs

Indian, Side, Authentic bengali recipe, Meatball recipe, Bengali style recipe, Jamai shashthi recipe
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • Meatballs -
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 medium size potato, peeled and boiled
  • ½ medium onion, chopped coarsely
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3-4 green chilies chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry -
  • 1 large potato, cut into inch size squares
  • ½ onion chopped thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 tomato, chopped coarsely
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 cinnamon
  • 1 inch-size cardamom
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 3 tablespoon mustard oil
  • Salt to taste
Directions
  • Making the meatballs -
  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Mix all ingredients of meatballs in a large bowl, it will make a sticky dough. Now with both your palms, make inch-size balls.
  • Cover a sheet pan with aluminum foil, and place the meatballs. Lightly spray some cooking oil over the meatballs and put it in the oven for 15-20minutes or till the meatballs start turning a little brown. Turn the meatballs half way through.
  • Making the curry -
  • Heat about 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok. Lightly sprinkle turmeric and salt to the potatoes, and toss it in the heated oil for 2-3 minutes, or till the potatoes turn a shade darker. Take out and keep aside
  • Throw in the onion, garlic and fry till the onions are translucent. Add the tomatoes and fry till oil starts to separate. Transfer it to a wet grinder and pulse it to make a smooth paste.
  • Heat the rest of the oil in another wok, throw in the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Add the onion-ginger-tomato paste, and stir.
  • Put in all the spices, ginger- garlic paste and season with salt. Stir for a minute and then add the potatoes. Turn the flame to low and coat the potatoes with the spices. Let the spices turn drier and darker, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour in about a cup of water and cook covered till the potatoes are done.
  • Add the oven baked meatballs in the gravy and serve warm with white rice.

Bengali Style Meatball

Hot Tips – In place of chicken you can also used ground beef or mutton. I baked the meatballs to avoid using too much oil. You can also just deep fry the meatballs. In place of egg in the meatballs you can also coat the meatballs with a mixture of a tablespoon corn starch and ¼ cup water.

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No Bake Mango Cheesecake

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The rising heat and dry air has started taking its toll. Its almost impossible to get out in the afternoons. But, with summer comes the choice of various mangoes. Mangoes are my all time favorite fruits. Growing up in India, in the midst of the mango capital, I am very fond of this fruit. Whether its the raw green mangoes in aamer chatni or morobba, or the golden yellow ripe mangoes – I love them.

mango cheesecake

A few days back I bought a whole crate of mangoes from the farmer’s market. So, was trying to search for a simple recipe to use these mangoes. I came across the eggless no bake mango cheesecake recipe, and I just couldn’t resist but get my food processor to start making this one.

Though Sharmilee used toasted biscuits to make the base of her cheesecake, I used Graham crackers. The recipe was very simple and of course delicious.

No Bake Mango Cheesecake

American, Dessert, Summer dessert, No bake cheesecake, Mango cheesecake, Eggless chesecake
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup graham crackers
  • 2 large mangoes
  • 1 cup confectioner\'s sugar
  • 1 sachet unflavored gelatin
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • Mint sprigs for garnishing
Directions
  • Wash and peel the mangoes, and cut into small cubes. Put it in the juicer and make a smooth juice.
  • Take 1 tablespoon of water with half the gelatin and microwave high for 20 seconds to dissolve the gelatin.
  • Take the cream cheese and beat it with an electric beater, pour half the mango smoothie, gelatin and about ¾ cup of sugar and beat again to mix it well. Keep the rest of the mango puree in the fridge.
  • Add equal amounts of graham crackers to the serving glass and press with your finger to set it firmly. Pour the cream cheese mixture equally to all the glasses and chill for an hour or too.
  • Add rest of the sugar and dissolved gelatin to the mango puree and beat well to mix all ingredients. Pour it equally in the serving glasses over the cream cheese layer. Fridge till ready to serve. Garnish with the mint sprigs.

no bake mango cheesecake

Hot Tips – You can also use tart pan to make the cheesecake and cut it to serve. The same recipe can be used to make cheesecake with any berries like strawberry, black berry or blue berry

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Watermelon Mint Sorbet

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With Memorial Day passed by, summer has set in. The Texas sun has started taking its toll, and it has become almost impossible to go out in the afternoon. With the heat rising and the dry weather, the best thing to keep yourself cool is to have loads of fruits.

To make your daily diet of fruit a little more interesting, my mom used to make different types of juice and sorbet for us. Back from school in the heated afternoon, and there was always a chilled glass of lemonade waiting. And, if I was lucky enough there was sometimes the watermelon or orange juice ready.

Watermelon Mint

I love watermelon. My kid sister and I used to have the who-eats-the-slice-faster competitions. So, when I got this huge watermelon from the farmer’s market last weekend, and sis being not around I couldn’t figure out what to do with that huge fruit. I have slices, cubes, juice of the watermelon and the only thing left out was to make a sorbet. Picked up some fresh mint from my garden, threw them in and my sorbet was ready to get in the freezer.

Watermelon Mint Sorbet

Watermelon Mint Sorbet

Indian, Drink, Sorbet, Summer coolers, Watermelon recipe, Summer drinks, Mint recipe, Health drink
Cooks in    Serves 8
Ingredients
  • ½ of a medium watermelon, cut and deseeded
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
Directions
  • Put all the ingredients in blender and blend till everything turns to a juice
  • Pour it in a loaf pan and put in the freezer for at least 2 hours
  • Take out and break the icicles, and put it in the freezer once more for 1-2 hours
  • Scrape off the sorbet and serve in glasses of your choice with fresh mint leaves

Hot Tips- You can also have the pureed watermelon without freezing it as a fruit juice

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Narkel Diye Pepe – Raw Papaya with Grated Coconut Curry

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When you hear about papaya, the first thing comes to mind are the yellow bell shaped fruits with hundreds of dark black seeds. The ripe papaya seasoned with some red chili powder and salt is one of the most consumed roadside snacks of Bengal during the summer time. As for me, I walk a few feet away from wherever there is the yellow papaya, I am averse to the smell of ripe papaya.

Though I almost hate ripe papayas, but I’m in love with the raw green ones. The raw papaya has high amount of the papain enzyme. It is good for the skin as well as the heart. But, its most important benefit is it helps as a digestive enzyme. And, probably because of this the dida (grandmother from mom’s side) also used to put a few slices of papaya when she prepared mutton curry, to tenderize the meat.

Narkel pepe

The raw papaya is also used in other types of curries with potatoes, onions and garlic. But, my mom prepares it in a very different way. The grated papaya is mixed with grated coconut – this gives it a divine taste.

The winners for last month’s Saffron Road Food giveaway is Shailaja and Leo Martis.

Narkel Diye Pepe

Indian, Side, Authentic bengali recipe, Papaya recipe, Coconut recipe, Bengali papaya recipe, Bangla ranna
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 small papaya washed and grated
  • 1 medium size potato, cut into one-inch cubes
  • ½ cup freshly grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 tablespoon mustard oil
  • Salt to taste
Directions
  • Take the grated papaya in a deep bottom vessel and cover it with water, boil till the papaya becomes tender
  • Add a pinch of salt and turmeric powder to the potatoes, shallow fry them till they are half done. Keep aside
  • Pour in about 1 tablespoon of oil in the same wok, and throw in the cumin seeds, as they start sputtering add the potatoes, boiled papaya and all the spices. Season with salt. Cook for 3-5 minutes till the spices are well mixed. Now, add the grated coconut and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add little water if the curry turns to dry. Cook covered till the potatoes are cooked. Sprinkle the garam masala and ghee, mix well. Serve with roti or rice.

Narkel diye pepe

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Dal Palang – Red Lentil with Spinach

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Ever since I can remember I always used to have my meals while watching TV, and to tell you the truth even now I watch TV during lunch and dinner at home. Call it a good or a bad habit, watching TV while having food has grown into more than a habit, it has now almost become an addiction. The only difference that I have felt is the channels have changed during this time period. During my childhood it was Tom and Jerry show and then I graduated to watching comedy series. Right now, my meal time is scheduled for drama, crime thrillers.

One series, that was very close to heart was Popeye. This sailor who eats cans of spinach was one of my favorites cartoons while growing up. I love spinach and so does Popeye, so I was able to connect to him. A few days back when I was preparing this dal palang for dinner, I was thinking this handsome guy :).

Dal Palang

 

Spinach with its greeny leaves is one of the best sources of plant nutrition. It contains loads of soluble dietary fibers and is a very good for a weight reducing diet. Red lentil also has high calcium content and dietary fibers. So, this simple preparation of dal palang or dal palak, however you want to call it is great for a healthy diet.

Dal Palang

Indian, Side, Bengali recipe, Red lentil, Bengali dal recipe, Spinach and dal
Cooks in    Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup red lentil
  • 1 cup spinach, washed and cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 3-4 red chili
  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups of water
Directions
  • Wash the red lentils thoroughly. Pour water in a deep bottom saucepan and let it simmer. Add the red lentil to the simmering water, season with salt and wait till the dal is half cooked. Using a ladle discard the scum
  • Thow in the spinach and cook till the dal is fully cooked
  • Heat the oil in a skillet, put in the cumin seeds and red chili. As the seeds start to sputter pour it in the cooked dal. Add the spices and boil for 3-4 minutes more. Serve with warm rice or chapati.

Dal Palank

Hot Tips- If you are knew to the kitchen, the best way to know if the dal is half cooked is to press one of the lentils with your thumb and if you feel a hard core, the dal is half cooked.

You can also try the moong dal version of dal palang from ecurry.

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Chingri Bhorta – Spicy Stir Fried Shrimp Paste

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Shrimps are quick and easy to prepare and auspiciously tasty. You can cook shrimps in less than 10 minutes and your family will be just happy to have it at the dinner table.

Shrimps have their own way of making a boring curry like lau-er tarkari (bottle gourd curry) or kumro boti into something with a wonderful taste and gives a different feel to the texture. And, when it comes to talking about shrimps how can chingrir malaikari (shrimps in sweet coconut gravy) be far behind. This sweet and thick authentic Bengali recipe is a pride of the Bengali kitchen. It cooks almost instantly, but is one of the most coveted recipes.

Chingri Bharta

I had always been fond of shrimps and prawns, and the bhapa chingri (steamed praws) is one of my favorite recipes. One of my favorite bloggers, Pree of Preeoccupied posted a chingri bharta recipe yesterday and I couldn’t resist but cook it. It took me less than ten minutes to prepare it but it was an instant hit for the weekend lunch. Pree had not fried the onions and used it to garnish, but I thought of frying it, so you can try either way.

Chingri Bhorta

Indian, Side, Chingri bharta, Shrimp bharta, Bengali shrimp recipe, Prawn recipe
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups deveined, deshelled clean shrimps
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped coarsely
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2-3 green chili, chopped
  • 4 whole dried red chili
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoon mustard oil
Directions
  • Heat about a tablespoon of mustard oil in a skillet, add the shrimps and toss for 2 minutes. Take out and keep for later
  • Pour another tablespoon of oil in the same skillet and stir fry the onion, garlic , red and green chili. As the onions turn translucent, add the shrimps with the ground spices and season with salt. Stir for a minutes, and transfer everything in a blender jar
  • Use the pulse mode in the blender to coarsely grind the shrimps.
  • Transfer to a bowl, pour in the extra mustard oil, serve instantly with warm white rice and masurir dal.

Chingri Bhorta

Hot Tips – This recipe is so easy to prepare, that it makes a good side dish for week night dinners. If you don’t have a grinder or the pulse mode in your grinder, don’y worry, just chop the shrimps coarsely with a chef’s knife.

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Chicken Korma – Guest Post

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Poila Baisakh, Bengali new year is just a day to go. You all should have many plans for this new year. We at CLB though of celebrating it in our own way. A new recipe for Poila Baisakh. It is shared by Nusrat Azimuth Suborna of Myself Nusrat. Suborna is new to blogging, but you’ll have fun browsing through her blog with loads of appetizing food photographs. And, here’s her take on chicken korma in her own words.

Legendary ‘Chicken Korma’ is a Mughlai delicacy from Hyderabad, India. But my Bangladeshi Grandma has her own version. She would care a damn about korma rules. Because her version is ruled by magic 🙂

Grandma’s almighty-creamy-pillowy-lovely-light almost all-white ‘Chicken Korma’ shall live forever as a ‘Hall of Fame’ in our family 🙂

Chicken Korma

Making ‘Chicken Korma’ is an art that requires precision and skill (which I don’t have like my Grandma) and I guess, it would take me a light year to replicate her flavorful, tasty as well as visually appealing Korma. Keeping in mind that it’s humanly impossible to give it the exact same heavenly texture, exact same mild heat, exact same intense aroma, I gave it a try for the first time.

Chicken Korma

Indian, Side, Chicken recipe, Chicken korma, Bengali chicken recipe
   Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken, skinless and with bone or boneless
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 large size onion
  • 2 green chilies
  • 6 to 7 Almonds, blanched and skin removed
  • 6 to 7 Cashews
  • 1 tablespoon white poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup plain, flavorless yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked white pepper
  • 2-3 green cardamoms
  • 4 tablespoons ghee/ cooking oil
  • Salt to taste
Directions
  • Marinate the chicken with yogurt, salt, garlic and ginger and let it rest overnight in the refrigerator.
  • With the help of a blender, puree the hell out of onion and green chilies.
  • Next, blend the cashew, almond and poppy seeds to a fine paste.
  • In a deep pan, add 2 tablespoons of ghee and bring it to heat. Add green cardamoms and let it release the flavor. This should take about 2 seconds. Add onion puree to the wok/pan, add a pinch of salt and cook at a medium heat for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the marinated chicken and continue cooking for about 5 minutes until the chicken is partially cooked through. Add freshly cracked pepper.
  • Continue cooking in medium heat until the oil starts to separate.
  • Add milk. Cook for 10 minutes with the lid on.Check for salt and once the chicken is cooked through, switch off the heat.
  • Serve with rice or your choice of bread.

Chicken Korma bangladeshi style

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Snacks and Tea

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Ek cup garam jal haye jak” (Lets have a cup of hot water). Now, you must me wondering am I sick with a flu or what. Its nothing like that, “ek cup garam jal haye jak” is my father’s way of asking my mom for tea. Both my parents are a connoisseur of tea. They like their tea without sugar, without milk – just boiling water infused with the goodness of tea leaves.

Tea is such a thing that every person likes to have his/her in a different way. The most common being the dudh chai (milk tea). There are numerous other variations depending on taste, culture and the type tea available in the region.

Ginger Ice Tea

I had some friends over for a tea party. It has started to grow warm in here, and I thought of preparing iced tea. Iced tea with its refreshing coolness is a welcome break during a warm afternoon.

Along with it there were different snacks – golgappa, churmur, and dahi vada. I served the snacks in the Stacko Food Stand provided by Gitadini. The Stacko with it single serving bowls is great for parties, and you can serves appetizers to desserts in each bowl. Its a great accent to a party table. The colorful bowl adds a vibrancy to the table, and also the single serving bowls is a good hygiene technique if you are hosting a party.

Stacko Food Stand

Iced Tea

Indian, Drink, Iced tea, Tea recipe, Ginger ice tea
Cooks in    Serves 8
Ingredients
  • 1 quart of water
  • ¼ cup tea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon freshly julienne ginger
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 2 lemon cut into circles
  • Fresh mint leaves to garnish (optional)
  • Lots of ice cubes
Directions
  • Boil the water with sugar and ginger. As the water starts boiling add the tea leaves, and take out of flame. Cover for 2-3 minutes (depending on how strong you like your tea) and strain out the tea leaves and ginger with a tea strainer, and pour in a large bottle or jug.
  • Bring it to normal temperature and the put it in the refrigerator till ready to serve.
  • To serve, fill three-quarter of a tall glass with ice cubes. Add some lemon wedges and pour the cold tea over it. Serve garnished with fresh mint leaves.

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Rogan Josh Review and Giveaway

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Rogan josh is one of the most popular recipes of the Kashmiri cuisine, though its origin is from the Persian kitchen. It is mainly made with lamb or mutton, but nowadays even chicken or vegetarian versions are also available in the restaurants. This recipe is characterized by its brilliant red color. The Kashmiri red chili powder is mainly used to get this red color, but in traditional version of the recipe dried flowers or roots of Alkanet is also used and even saffron strands.

Saffron Road Food had sent me some of their simmer sauces to try out, and a rogan josh simmer sauce was one of them. The recipe was written in details, and was very easy to make. I made it with boneless chicken and put in some veggies – carrots, potatoes and bell pepper in it too. To make this rogan josh all I had to do was to fry the washed boneless chicken pieces in oil till they were soft, put in the thinly sliced vegetables and toss for 2-3 minutes. Then just added the simmer sauce and let it cook for 4-5 minutes more and that it restaurant style rogan josh was ready in less than 15 minutes.

Rogan Josh on plate

Most simmer sauces from other companies, which I have tried contains their own signature smell, probably because of a particular ingredient in them, but the simmer sauces from Saffron Road Food was perfect and the finished product tasted just like it should taste if you had made it from scratch. They also have simmer sauces for Mororccan Tagine, Tikka Masala and Lemongrass Basil and they were equally good. These simmer sauces are perfect for bachelors, who have no idea where to start from in the kitchen and also for families for a busy week night or a lazy weekend.

I am very glad to announce that Saffron Road Food has agreed to sponsor this month’s giveaway. All the 4 simmer sauces can be yours. Just follow the rules below and two lucky winners will receive 4 different simmer sauces from Saffron Road Food.

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Rules for the giveaway:

1. Eligible to all legal residents of USA. 
2. Visit the Saffron Road Food website and leave a comment here saying which product you loved most. 
3. Like Saffron Road Food and Cook Like a Bong Facebook pages if you have not already liked it. 
 

I will use a random number generator to choose two winners from those who have commented in this post.

Here’s my take on rogan josh.

Rogan Josh

Indian, Side, Chicken curry, Rohan josh, Kashmiri style rogan josh
Cooks in    Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs lamb or mutton
  • 1/4 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 6-8 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 mace
  • 1 medium size onion, made to paste
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 5 tablespoon canola oil
  • Salt to taste
Directions
  • Mix the lamb or mutton with yogurt, ginger garlic paste, onion paste, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well, put in a ziplock pouch and keep in the refrigerator for atleast 2 hours and not more than 8 hours.
  • Heat oil in a thick bottom wok, add the garlic cloves,whole spices and the marinaded lamb or mutton. Fry till the spices change to a darker color and the marinade dries out. Keep stirring so that it doesn\'t stick to the bottom
  • Reduce the flame to medium, pour in 2 cups of warm water and simmer for 45minutes, or transfer to a pressure cooker and wait till two whistles.
  • Wait till you attain the deserve consistency of the gravy, add more water if required. Sprinkle the garam masala and serve hot with basmati rice or naan.

Rogan Josh with kadai

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Basanti Pulao – Yellow Rice Pilaf

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Spring is the time of colors. As the dry winter blows off, the dried out trees start to come back to life. The once bare branches start bearing tiny light green leaves, and some burst in blooms. Back in India, spring was almost similar to the advent of summer. As the winter faded off, the temperature rises abruptly, the blankets and warm woolen clothes are replaced by the pastel colored cotton dresses. While here in the US, spring has its own place. As, the snow melts, the squirrels come out of their hiding, and the trees burst with blooms of all colors.

Indian cuisine as opposed to the food from the Western world lack in the vibrancy of colors. Its probably because most of the dishes are curry based, and the blend of different ground spices turn everything to almost the same colors. Though, this is my opinion. What do you feel? So, I was thinking of some dish which brings our the vibrant colors of spring, and this basanti pulao came to mind.

Basanti, literally means a shade of yellow, it is the color of spring. The basanti pulao is slightly sweet in taste because of the use of sugar in it and so it goes well with very hot and spicy curries. Choose from chicken kasha or mutton kasha or a vegetarian alu dum as a side, and you’ll love this pulao.

Basanti Pulao

Basanti Pulao

Dinner, Indian, Basanti pulao, Spring recipes, Rice pilaf, Yellow pilaf, Sweet pilaf, Bengali pulao recipe
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups long grain basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon saffron strands
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ginger paste
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6-7 small cardamom
  • 6-7 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews and raisins
  • 4-5 cups warm water
Directions
  • Wash the rice, and drain out excess water. Mix ginger paste, cumin powder, salt to the rice and coat it evenly. Leave out on kitchen towel for 30 minutes to soak out the excess water.
  • In the meantime soak the saffron strands in the warm milk
  • Bring 4 cups of water to boil, add the spice coated rice and saffron milk. Cook till the rice is done
  • Add little water at a time to the rice, if it dries out before getting fully cooked, don\'t put too much water, the rice will turn soggy then.

Hot Tips – To bring out the yellow color you can used edible food color (sunset yellow), but use in very small amount.  You can also mix about 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to 1 cup of rice and marinate for 30 minutes to get the color.

Basanti Pulao

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Litti Chokha for Holi

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As my folks are getting ready for Holi tomorrow back in India, I’m all with memories of Holi, listening to Holi songs from Hindi movies on Youtube. During my college days, Holi started a day early for me. Playing Holi after college in the college grounds, and then walking back home (we were banned to board any bus/taxi after all those colors in our clothes). And, then there was the D-day – playing with colors started right after breakfast and continued almost till late evening. There was gulal and of course the “badure rang”, which stayed on the skin for at least the next 7 days.

Litti Chokha

After I shifted to the United States, Holi has been constricted to just a couple of hours on a weekend before or after the actual Holi date. Here, its just the colored powders. This time we went to celebrate Holi at UT Austin organized by HSA. It was a great few hours spent, with an awesome DJ playing all Hindi songs (it was an welcome break from the English songs playing DJs in the pubs). The air was filled with colors, and it felt great playing with thousands of people, of whom I only new a few.

Holi

(Some of the Holi photos are taken from Gagan Singh’s Holi album. Thanks, Gagan)

Festivals and food go hand in hand. Holi is the time for some awesome snacks and sweets. As the Holi in Bihar is an epic event, I thought of preparing some Bihari snacks for Holi. Litti is a very common Bihari recipe. It is made with sattu, and is very similar to the Rajasthai bati of dal-bati churma.

Litti Chokha

Snack, Indian, Litti chokha, Bihari cuisine, Holi recipe
Cooks in    Serves 4
Ingredients
  • For the cover -
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • For the filling -
  • ½ cup sattu
  • 1 tablespoon carom seeds
  • 1 teaspoon aamchur powder
  • 1 teaspoon nigella
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2-3 green chilies, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 sprigs coriander, coarsely chopped
  • Salt to taste
Directions
  • Mix the flour and salt together and pour about half cup of warm water to make a dough, add extras water if needed. Make 10-12 one inch size balls from the dough. Keep aside
  • Mix all the ingredients together for the filling, add about 2 tablespoon water and mix together to form a crumbly sand like texture. Add extra water if needed
  • Roll out each flour flour, put in about 1 tablespoon of the filling and then wrap the filling with the dough. Roll the dough under your palm to form the balls. Repeat till all the dough balls are filled with the sattu filling.
  • Preheat the oven to 450F. Place the sattu filled balls on a oven safe tray and cover it with aluminum foil. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or till the balls harden and have a charred look.
  • Serve hot with a dollop of ghee

Litti tastes best with alu chokha and baingan bharta.

Hot Tips – Do not pour excess water to the filling, else it will become like a paste and wont taste good. Altenatively, the litti can be roasted in a barbecue grill or on a stove top using a tawa.

Litti Chokha

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Holi – The Festival of Colors Event RoundUp

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Holi is one of largest and probably the most exhilarating festivals in India. Though a Hindu religious festival, Holi is played by almost all communities and it is the festival of colors. It is to celebrate the arrival of spring and also for the good harvest. People throw colored powder and water at each other, the entire country gets immersed in colors of joy.

It is the festival of colors. This year, Holi will be celebrated on March 27, 2013. So, to be a part of this colorful festival we ta Cook Like a Bong hosted Holi – The Festival of Colors event. The event was sponsored by CupoNation, and two lucky winners will get Flipkart gift vouchers worth 1000 and 500 INR.

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How can an Indian festival go by without mentioning food. So, that here’s how I came up with the idea to host an event for food for Holi. The event theme was to prepare a dish inspired by the Holi festival and to portray the different colors in the plate. We received loads of recipes from many bloggers and non-bloggers from all over the world. You can see the entries below. Scroll down further to know who the lucky winners.

Click on each of the images to navigate to the recipe pages.

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The post from non-blogger, Anu are here:

Bread Gulab Jamun

Bread Gulab Jamun Recipe
Dessert, Indian
  
Ingredients
  • *Bread-6 slices(brown part removed)
  • *milk-5 or 6 tablsp
  • *cardamom-5
  • *sugar-half cup
  • *water-1 cup
  • *almonds/cashews(optional)
  • *oil
Directions
  • >Mix bread and milk to a consistency so that u can roll balls from it...If U want U can make bread to small crumbs 1st.dough should not be soggy
  • >make small balls,fry them in oil or ghee
  • >Boil water,sugar and crushed cardamom till it become syrup(dont make it too thick,once it cools it will get more thicker)
  • >remove syrup from heat,allow to cool,then add bread balls
  • >atleast keep it for 1hr,or refrigerate,garnish with thinly sliced almonds

Choco Cup Icecream

Choco Cup Icecream Recipe
Dessert, Indian
  
Ingredients
  • Disposable glass
  • *chocolate
  • *ice cream or whipping cream
  • *nuts,biscut crumbs,fruits or wafers...
Directions
  • Melt chocolate by double boiling or in oven
  • Pour to glass and spread evenly with a brush or spoon
  • Keep in freezer for at least 1 hr and make sure it is hardened enough before you take it out
  • With a knife,carefully separate glass and chocolate,again keep in fridge
  • By this time you can prepare filling, either ice cream or whipping cream
  • Fill your cup with anything of UR choice(nuts or biscuit) and finally top it up with ice cream

And, here are the winners for the Flipkart vouchers sponsored by  CupoNation.

1. Vijaylakshmi of Virunthu unna vaanga

2. Saraniya of Sara’s tasty buds

Both of you please send me an email to bengalicuisne[at]gmail[dot]com so that I can send you the vouchers.

 Thanks to all those who shared your wonderful recipes for this event.

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