Monday, April 20, 2015

Maacher Chop

This Sunday I made Maacher Chop. We Bengalis and fish are inseparable. Like Bengalis and football are inseparable. But not me. If I am watching any sport, it's cricket. The IPL season is on and this Maacher Chop is just what we needed while we watched Chennai Super Kings vs. Rajasthan Royals.

Bengali Maacher Chop or Fish Croquette is a very common and classic evening snack for us. I remember my mother making this very version on many many evenings for dad and me. This recipe is from her. However, there are many who like to add raisins here. I guess the conventional recipe calls for it too. My mum has always skipped it and so do I.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Yakhni Pulao

I had a lovely trip. In fact I had a lovely road trip to the Himalayas. The destination was Dhanachuli, a quintessential Kumaoni village, nestling quietly atop a mountain with some breathtaking scenic views all around. Read about more about my trip here.

The Himalayas left me refreshed and full of energy and vigour. But back home it's the summer heat that is getting me lazy again. Nonetheless, we are back to the monotony of our everyday routines. But when I talk about food, it's like pumping life back again. And cooking, de stresses me. Lately, I have been also making an effort to post more often here. Yes, that's also another factor I am seen in the kitchen, rightly pointed out by my husband.

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As I returned from a fantastic holiday, I have been bogged down by numerous errands. The week passes in the blink of an eye now. Sundays are the happy days. The days I feel I want to cook good food, look good, go out, meet friends. But all of that don't happen together. Unfortunately. So this Sunday, it was just cooking good food.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Warli Style Mutton Curry

Mutton dishes are always favoured at home. The strict non vegetarians that we are, we cannot let go of a delectable mutton recipe without trying it even once. Though I chiefly restrict to my Bengali Mutton Curry on Sundays, this time around, I tried this. And, a recipe by Aditya Bal can never go wrong or disappoint you. His style of cooking, if you have followed his shows, will tell you why he is different. To me, the special bit about his cooking is grounding whole spices everytime to cook a dish. This invariably ensures a fresh and appetizing aroma that ready made spices will fail at.

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My aunt-in-law has the reputation of making the best mutton curry in the family. And I agree with everyone. When I met her this time, she told me how effortless and simple to prepare, yet heavenly Warli Style Mutton Curry is. Subsequently when I gorged on it during one of the lunches at her home, I couldn't agree more.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

An Evening About Chocolates & Ice Creams

For me, at this moment, nothing is more divine than a combination of ice cream and chocolate. That's exactly what we, The Kolkata Food Bloggers got to taste at the Magnum Master Class with the pretty Soha Ali Khan and Chef Kunal Kapur.

Magnum Chocolate Bars are sheer chocolatey indulgence. The ice cream bars are made with a think generous coat of Belgian Chocolate covering smooth delicious ice cream. You get to choose from Classic, Almond and Truffle. Do I need to even tell you how blissful each bite will be?

Apart from the delicious ice cream bars that we got to devour at this event, we also got to know some interesting facts about the world of chocolates from the chef himself. Like, did any of you know that white chocolate is technically not 'chocolate' ? This was new for me. Since white chocolate has no cocoa content, technically, it wouldn't qualify in the chocolate family.

We also had fun making sundaes with Magnum Chocolate Bars. It was ice cream and ice cream all over. And, of course, no one complained.

Looking forward to Magnum's launch in Kolkata on 1st March. It's sure to have a major fan following.

Sadly, I cannot share any ice cream bars with you. But you can surely enjoy some snapshots from the event.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Honey Lime Sriracha Chicken

When I am not blogging, I am also not cooking. I am wandering in my thoughts though. About food. Good food. My last post on a recipe was around 3 and a half months ago. And, as I write now, I am shame-faced for not doing what I should have been diligently doing. Blogging. Friends and family members are almost tired from pushing me to post just one recipe. Yes! that's how hopelessly they tell me. But I tell them, just because I am not writing, doesn't imply that I am not pondering. About food, that is.

So, you must be thinking what has kept me so busy. What have I been upto that I couldn't write just one post in these months. Well, honestly, I've been upto nothing. But I surely hope to change that soon. How, don't ask.

However, when at all I did make something, it has been something as easy as Grilled Chicken. Now, that hardly takes any time and effort. Yet, you are showered with compliments. I love that.

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Talking about Grilled Chicken recipes, when it comes to grill marinades, there can be so many you can't even begin to think. I am a lazy girl, and I am always exploring quick easy ways to cook meals. You see, therefore, grilled chicken just fits the bill. All you have to do is prepare a marinade, pour it all over the chicken breast pieces, seal and store away for a couple of hours. Later, all you do is just grill it.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Swissôtel, Kolkata's Italian Menu Launch

Do you dream about food? I do. Honest. That's what happened that night after I came back from the dinner at Swissôtel. Kolkata Food Bloggers were invited for the Italian Menu Launch at Swiss Café. So, along with Archita, author of My Food My Life, I went for this lavish Italian dinner, which was hosted specially for us. Need I say that the taste of all that sumptuous food lingered on for the next few days.

Our idea of Italian food is merely a variety of pastas and pizzas. Am I right or am I right? However, here you will be in for a lot of surprises. I was in awe of the diverse menu they had to offer. The man behind this grand launch is Executive Chef Pranay, who had meticulously selected and put together the menu, taking care to include dishes from various provinces of Italy. You just shouldn't miss the Bellini and Lemon Sorbet for the world. This is a personal recommendation for all you cocktail lovers. The assortment of desserts is to die for ! Also, do try their Prawn Frito Misto, Braised Lamb Shanks and Fish Terrine. They took my heart away.

Meanwhile, enjoy these pictures from their Italian spread.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Karen Anand's Farmers' Market

As a member of the Kolkata Food Bloggers, I visited the Farmers' Market, at Taj Bengal, an initiative by Karen Anand. Exhibitors from across the country participated with various food items and lifestyle products. It was some experience.

Sharing some snapshots from the exceptional event.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Punjabi Affair

Masterchef Gurmeet Singh
If the rich and varied cuisine from Punjab has your mouth watering, you surely would like you block your dates for lunch or dinner from the 14th of November to the 23rd. Swissôtel Kolkata, has brought us a wide spread of the delectable cuisine during their Punjabi Food Festival, at Durbari - their contemporary Indian restaurant.

Punjabi dishes are known all over the world for its richness and wide range of dishes. This cuisine offers many vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes to its lovers. Who can ever resist the temptation of Sarson da Saag?

This divine food journey has been brought by Masterchef Gurmeet Singh - a veteran in Punjabi Cuisine. Dishes served during this festival are straight from the kitchens and dhabas of Amritsar. The chef has ensured that every item you order is completely authentic. Even the crunchy papads you are served are brought from Punjab, by the chef himself !

Most Punjabi dishes tend to use onion, ginger and garlic extensively in their preparations. This gives an enhanced aroma and flavour for sure. A typical cooking trait in Punjab. Also, people from different regions in Punjab have different food preferences. Like, the stuffed paranthas and milk products are mostly preferred by people from Amritsar.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Chocolate Fudge

All women love chocolates. And, all men believe that. Otherwise, why on earth would a guy almost always bring chocolates (along with flowers) to impress his date? Or, why would a husband believe that an angry wife could be pacified with a box of Ferrero Roccher or Toblerone. Well, let us let them keep believing that. Guys, for a change, why don't you make something as easy as this Chocolate Fudge to impress her.

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I do have a sweet tooth. Yes. And, those 3 a.m cravings for something sweet. I tell you, they are dangerous. I have stayed up many nights staring into my fridge hoping to dig into some sweets. I have also gone to the extent of having spoonsful of condensed milk at times. It was an emergency you see. I am quite capable of such things during such dire situations.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nan Khatai

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No, I didn't fall off from the face of the earth. But then, I have no tangible explanation for being quiet on blogosphere. Thanks to my blogger friends in Calcutta that I am back to doing what I once loved so much. Write. There is a long queue of posts awaiting to be published here. Once again, gradually, I shall bring them to you.