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

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.

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.

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!

Potpourri: The Carnival of Bengali Cuisine #1

Which is the best online resource for interesting links Bengali Food? Can’t remember? Well, you can’t find it because there isn’t any. But there is a silver lining.

Starting today, every alternate Saturday we’ll talk about several interesting aspects of Bengali food – influence of popular culture, bengali food in bengal, outside bengal, heritage and history and issues of the day.

Here’s Potpourri Edition 1 for you. Please contribute and spread the word.

P.S.: Cook Like a Bong clocked 1 lakh pageviews in 6 months and 100 facebook fans in 3 weeks. 🙂

Lau Chingri

Follow me on Twitter. Add me as a friend on Facebook . Visit my Flickr photostream. November has set in but there is no trace of the wintery wind. Kolkata is still in the midst of the heat. According to reports it says a cyclone named Phyan has its effect for this warm weather in…

Patla Ilisher Jhol (Hilsa with Nigella)

What better way to celebrate the Lakshmi Puja with a pair of hilsa at home and a health conscious curry at the lunch table with warm white rice. This hilsa curry with nigella seeds and raw banana satisfies all your needs of an authentic Bengali fish recipe with the health factor into it.

August Monthly Roundup at Bengali Cuisine

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

Sudeshna posted 5 authentic Bengali recipes – Patishapta, Mishti Doi, Chanchra, Bhar Dal and Bhaja and Rasogollar Payesh. There’s another post on how a Bengali celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi on Kolkata.

After a month of online research, we came up with the List of Top 7 Bengali Recipe Blogs.

Plus, August Traffic Report.
Enjoy!

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

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

Egg Roll

Part 6 of the series “Breakfast with Egg Recipes” features Egg Roll. Yes, that blessed street food. Learn about its ingredients, how to prepare it, some trivia and the Nutrition count of the recipe with Nutrition Calculator.
Approx reading time: 5 min
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 8 min