Top 7 Bengali Food Blogs

Here’s a list of Top 7 Bengali Food Blogs. The list includes:
1. Bangali Meye of A Bengali Girl in US
2. Jayashree Mandal of Spice and Curry
3. Sandeepa of Bong Mom’s CookBook
4. Sharmila of Kichu Khon
5. Indrani of Appyayan
6. Sharmishtha of Cook a Doodle Do
7. Angshuman Das of Cooking in Calcutta
The list doesn’t include Sutapa Ray’s Bengali Recipes on the Web (most popular websites for bengali recipes) and Cook Like a Bong.

Enjoy!

A bengali’s take on Ganesh Chaturthi

Earlier, the only ways bongs knew that it was Ganesh Chaturthi – was either looking at a holiday calendar or watching Ganesha idol immersion at Mumbai on TV. But, this year I celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi at my Kolkata house. Alpona, Pujo, Narkel Nadu – it was a total bong affair altogether.

Here’s my festival dairy and some mythology dose for the auspicious day.

Ganpati Baapa Mourya!

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.