Guest Post – Prawns with Mustard and Coconut Paste

I hope you all had a wonderful Rakhi this year. As usual I tied the rakhi to my sister (thats what happens when there are only two daughters in the house). It was fun though, and for a change my father was at home and so didn’t spare him also :).
After the wonderful guest post by Arundhuti, here’s another from a very loving person, Pamela. Pamela was kind enough to share her wonderful recipe of chingri maach diye shorshe naarkel bata (prawns in mustard and coconut paste). I hope you like it.
If you are interested in sharing such recipes with us and with more than 2000 like minded Bong foodies (yes, our Cook Like a Bong Facebook fanpage has grown over two thousand fans)then please do mail us.

Bhat Bhaja (Fried Rice)

A perfect easy and simple breakfast for those lazy weekend mornings. If you have some left over rice from last night, then what’s keeping you back. Go ahead, choose your favorite vegetables and add them to make this colorful breakfast to pamper your taste buds.

Preparation time: 7min
Cooking time: 10min

Lotiya Vada (Bombay Duck Fritters)

Fish is like a part of the Bangali society, an integral part of the Bengali culture and cuisine, something indispensible. There can’t be a meal completed without the serving of a fish curry or at least a fried fish. But with our generations getting pretty lazy of cooking fish (rather the task of entering the kitchen) or too busy with the other important things in life; having fish has become a run to the nearest restaurants.

Bombay duck or lottiya is very popular among all other fishes. There are many ways loitta is cooked in different households, but apparently the lotiya bora being the most popular one.

Happy Mother’s Day

It’s the second Sunday of May and it’s Mother’s Day. Mom the most special person in the world and this post is an ode to my mother – a small gift to the very loving lady who has brought me up and taught me to cook such wonderful Bengali recipes.

There can’t be an end to the thanks I owe to her. And of course Mother’s Day is not enough to show the love and respect to Ma, but still Happy Mother’s Day Ma :).

Aamer Dal - Bengali Mango Daal

Aamer Dal – Bengali Mango Dal Recipe

ও শিব কবে হবে কাল, নিম দিয়ে ছেচকি আম দিয়ে ডাল

By definition, summer is a little away but the heat has already set in. The markets are flooded with raw mangoes. These sour tasting mangoes are a wonderful ingredient for varieties of Bengali recipes.

Beat the Heat with Raw Mango Dal. Here’s how to cook Aamer Daal in easy steps.

Natun Alur Niramish Dum – Baby Potato Curry

On the occasion of International women’s Day, we have a guest post from Soma Chowdhury, who is pursuing her MS from Louisiana State University.

She writes about Natun Alur Nirmaish Dam or curry of baby potato, a tweaked version of her mother’s natun alur dom.

We thank Soma for her contribution. Enjoy the recipe and let us (and Soma) know how it fared.

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

Ful Kopir Achar – Cauliflower Pickle

Remember the jars of pickles lined up on the roof, a little hands approaching to steal a handful? And there came the bigger hand in between the little hand and the jar of tangy pickle. The fear coated adventure of stealing pickle in the summer afternoon is one of the best memories I have of my childhood. Mom never allowed to have pickles and so stealing and having pickles had an extra feeling of happiness, if not I got caught.

The cauliflower pickle was given to me by my neighbor this morning and it happened to be one of the best pickles I tasted so far. So couldn’t resist but share the recipe with you all.

Prepare it and enjoy the tart taste of this good looking pickle.

Paneer Bhurji for Bachelors

There are many a things that we don’t want to do, but have to do it because of some reason or the other. For some people it may be studying (most common trait in children), eating or may be even cooking. There are hundreds of people who don’t like cooking, for that matter never wanted to get inside the kitchen, but have to cook because they are away from home.

Today’s recipe is for all those people who never wanted to spend the rest of their life in the kitchen. This quick and easy yet very yummy paneer preparation should be your path to nirvana.

Its the easiest way to prepare a great looking and awesome tasting recipe in a matter of minutes. Cook it and enjoy it.

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.

Gits KaraiSutir Kachori Mix – Product Review

This post reviews Gits Karaisutir Kachori mix. If you cook regularly, I’m sure you may want to take a break sometime and enjoy this ready to cook snack.

In case you cook only occasionally, all the more reason to try it out. I mean, why spend half a day in kitchen preparing kachori when you can do the same using Gits Karaisutir Kachuri Mix in 20 minutes.

Paneer Pulao in Rice Cooker

When you think about Teddy, what comes to mind? Cute, sweet, soft, friendly, crying shoulder. Think of any good adjective and that becomes descriptive of a Teddy. Usually, guys hate teddies (of course there’re exceptions). I am still to find out why. Any ideas?

Enjoy Paneer Pulao in Rice Cooker on Teddy Day today (don’t ask the relation). On first two days of Valentine’s week, we’ve talked about Matar Paneer Bengali ishtyle and Chocolate Cake.

Enjoy the simplicity.

Strawberry Sandesh

A Bong cant be separated from sweets, and not without reason. Sample soft rasogollas or smooth sandesh, and you would know.

Sandesh is of several kinds. This post explains in easy steps how to prepare Strawberry Sandesh, which is a little twisted from the veritable way of preparing you general run of the mill kind sandesh. The curd cheese is sweetened and flavored with fresh strawberry puree to give the light pinkish tinge and the irresistible flavor of this dessert.

Prepare it, have a bite and let me know how you fared. Bon Appetite!

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.