Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kankroler Pur Bhaja (stuffed Teasel Gourd)

There are a few vegetables that I never cared for while growing up and Teasel gourd topped the list. Teasel gourd or Kankrol as it is known is Bengali is a Summer vegetable and available in plenty during summer and monsoon months. For some reason I always thought it suffers from identity crisis. By look it resembled a lot to Bitter gourd but the inside portions looks and tastes like Patol or Pointed gourd. This cambis ball sized vegetable with it's thin green spikes tasted quite bland. I could not even stand when it was cooked in a simple stir fry style with salt and turmeric.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fish Fry

Both my parents have an aversion towards eating outside food. Though baba loves his share of Telebhaja from the roadside tea shops but when it comes to eating a whole meal out, they are never game for it.They dislike it so much that whenever we took our vacation they preferred home stays or the guesthouses where you can cook your own meal. and still packs their own tiffin carrier when travelling for long. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hilsa Festival, Buzz @ Gateway Hotel Kolkata

There is a basic difference between Bengalis and most Indians. Come Monsoon  most of Fish eating communities will abstain from catching and eating fish for the very obvious reason of the season being the breeding time. but not the Bengalis. Rather it's the very reason morning shopping becomes more interesting for all Bengali connoisseurs as Monsoon for all them is synonymous to the arrival of Ilish (Hilsa), the most sought after fish that they wait for all year long. For a good Ilish The Bengali babus are ready to pay any amount, if that needs them to reschedule their monthly budget, be it.
But the Hilsa must come home.

Following the tradition this year Buzz at Gateway, Kolkata has arranged a Hilsa festival with recipes mostly from Bangladesh. Ilish being the national fish of Bangladesh they prepare it many ways which are refreshingly different from how it is cooked in West Bengal. Being a Bengali food enthusiast I could not say no to the invite that KFB received to sample their menu.

The Hilsa festival is on from 10th July'2015 to 26th July'2015 at Buzz, gateway, Kolkata
Serving Type: A la Carte 
Cost: a meal for 2 will cost approximately Rs. 1500.00 (inclusive of taxes)
Lunch: 12.30 PM to 3 PM
Dinner: 7.30 PM to 11 PM

Friday, June 26, 2015

Donate to Akshaya Patra and bring more kids back to school

“No Child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger”.is the vision of Akshya Patra, a not for profit organisation of India. 

The organisation strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the Government schools and Government aided schools, Akshaya Patra aims not only to fight hunger but also to bring children to school.

Since 2000, the organisation has worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day.
Akshaya Patra is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and they attracts curious visitors from around the world.
In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and inestimable support from many businesses, philanthropic donors and well-wishers; we have grown from our humble beginnings in the year 2000, serving just 1500 children across 5 schools. Today Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.4 million children from 10,770 schools across 10 states in India.
To reach their goal They need constant support and donation from all of us. Please visit this link and donate as much as you can.

A Banner with the link to donate would be live on my page (on the sidebar) from now on wards. Please donate generously.
To know more about this organisation visit

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Doi Tilapia, Quick to cook and yummy to boot

Whoever has said need is the mother of Invention, I cannot agree with him more. As Julia Child once acknowledged the need of a comprehensive cook book for the Servantless American cook, similarly I also learnt my way to drop the traditional recipes for the time being and resort to invent quick recipes without the need of fancy gadgets. This Doi Tilapia is one of them. It's so easy and quick to cook that you can serve the meal under 30 minutes complete with another dry item and rice, and yes all from scratch.