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.

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.

Dimer Malpua

For the ones who wake up late or for those who compulsorily have to visit the kitchen every morning this quick and easy egg recipe is a must prepare. The preparation takes less than 10 mins to prepare and we’ll love its taste.

And when it comes to egg at breakfast this quote by Claudette Colbert is definitely very true, “I bet you think an egg is something you casually order for breakfast when you can’t think of anything else.”

Blogger Interview Series Part 5 – Sharmistha

After the interviews of four wonderful Bengali food bloggers, today we bring to you the fifth post in the Blogger Interview Series. Today’s guest is Sharmila, the lady behind the well known Bengali food blog – Cook-a-doodle.

Get to know more about her in this interview. First time ever Sharmistha discloses about the first dish she prepares, why she named her blog Cook-a-doodle-do and many more questions.

Cholar Dal

Though Bangals blame Ghotis for their unending love for the sweet taste in all kinds of recipes, Cholar dal is one such Bengali recipe where both Bangals and Ghotis nod to put a spoonful of sugar. For those who has no clue what I’m talking about, Ghotis are the actual inhabitants of what is now India, whereas the Bangals came from Bangladesh, erstwhile East Pakistan during the partition in 1947.

Cholar dal or the famous Bengal gram is one of the most loved Sunday breakfast rather brunch option with luchi or roti.

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

Blogger Interview Series Part 4 – Sharmila

Fourth in the Bengali Food Blogger Interview series is well known blogger, Sharmila from KichuKhon. She started blogging regularly since mid 2008 and is now a well known face in Bengali food blogging arena.

Inspired by the wonderful food blogs, Sharmila started blogging about food. Thereafter, requests from her ardent fans and followers obliged her to post more recipes.

Today, in this post read about Sharmila and many other hidden facts about the lady behind Kichukhon.

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.

Bengali Food Bloggers Interview Part 3 – Indrani

The third Food Blogger in Bengali Food Bloggers Interview Series is Indrani. Indrani, a mom of three young kids started blogging about 2 years back.

Appayan, Indrani’s blog features mainly Bengali recipes, but other regional Indian as well as Western recipes are not left behind unattended.

We at CLB are here to bring an insight to the lady behind this wonderful blog, Appayan.

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.