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!

Shukto

A Bengali lunch can be complete without the shukto. Shukto is a vegetarian preparation with loads of vegetable, and for a change its among the very few dishes which require minimal quantity of oil and spices.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 15 -20min

Luchi

A breakfast with some luchi, alu dum and sandesh will make the day for any Bong. Bengalis cannot get enough of these fluffy fried phulkas. Luchi, luuchi, lucchi, poori, puri, phulka – whatever one can call them, but to any Bong it’s an essence of pure ecstasy.
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 30min
Makes 20 luchis

Rasogollar Payesh

There was a time when Bengalis had reigned the economic, political, social, educational and even the culinary sphere of the country. But, now the first four spheres have almost vanished, the culinary part still remains though. Bengali rasogolla is exported all over the world and its just the best way to pamper your sweet tooth.
Reading time: 3min
Cooking time: 30mins
Makes 16 rasgulla

Chanchra

Of the very few recipes that have not been influenced by any foreign invasions Chanchra tops the list. This special Bengali recipe with a different vegetables, herb and fish head is an indispensable side dish in any Bengali feast. Try this out.
Trivia: It is said, consumption of fish head helps to get a stronger eye sight.
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 30min
Serves: 4
Reading time: 5min

Bhat Dal and Bhaja – a no frills bong meal

Whats the staple food in West Bengal? Any guesses? If you answered fish, you’re suffering from a common misconception (another link). Fish is the most loved dish. But Bhaat (i.e. steamed rice, boiled rice or uble chawal) is something that Bongs drool over.
The post describes how to cook a lean bong platter – bhaat, dal, bhaja.

Serves: 2
Cooking time: 20 + 10min
Preparation time: 5+5min

Mishti Doi

A Bengali never ends without at least a spoonful of mishti doi. This dessert prepared from milk and caramelized sugar is a must have in all feasts and celebrations. The light mix of pink and brown in the earthen pot makes this dessert a must have for kids to adults.
Reading time: 5min
Cooking time: 35min
Preparation time: 5min
Incubation: Overnight (10-11hr)
Makes half-litre of yogurt

Patishapta

Bengalis are renowned for their love for anything sweet, be that Rasogolla, Sandesh, or any kind of Pithe / Pitha. Among all these Pithe, the most popular one is Patishapta. Patishapta is prepared with rice and wheat flour mixed together, forming a crepe and having a coconut and jaggery filling.
Reading time: 3min
Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 25mins
Makes 10 patishapta

July Roundup at BengaliCuisine

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

We purchased a domain name and linux shared hosting at Godaddy, installed Arthemia themes and lots of useful plugins and thus, the site was given a brand new look – and thus, a new home for delicious bengali recipes.

Breakfast with eggs series gave away 6 quick recipes. On one hand, there was Bhapa Chingri in the Fish category; and on the other, home made Phuchka adorned StreetFood category. Plus, we also participated in several events in the food blogosphere. Enjoy reading.

Prepare Phuchka (Golgappa) at home

Street food in Kolkata epitomizes the pada (neighborhood) culture. Having something at the nearest roadside vendor is not only about eating and fulfilling ones gastronomic urges, but it is also a means of having food with family, friends and sometimes even strangers. Street foods that are in vogue are phuchka, jhal muri, papri chat, muri makha, vegetable chop, and beguni, but phuchka ranks above all.

Reading time: 3min
Cooking time: 8-10min
Preparation time: 12min
Makes 20 phuchka

Bhapa Chingri

Well, you can’t keep off a Bengali from fish for too long, can you? After the series on Breakfast with Egg, it time to go back to Fish. Chingri Bhaape is on the platter today.
Chingri Bhaape is an authentic Bangali recipe, and is prepared in every household since ages. It is enjoyed best with warm white rice. The pungent taste of mustard paste makes the sarshe chingri bhaapa even more appealing. Hilsa is also used similarly to prepare ilish bhapa.
Reading Time: 4 min
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 5 – 8min

Welcome to Our New Site

Welcome to a new home of Bengali Cuisine, Sudeshna’s popular blog on Bengali Food. Though Bongs claim to be ‘Khaddo Roshik’ (food connoisseur), there are too few prominent voices on Bengali food on the web. This blog will try to fill the gap. Happy reading.

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