Bengali

Kajli macher Jhol

9:45 PM



I have never believed in cooking separately for the kids and once they crossed the age of 18 months they have been eating the regular food. But there were adjustments. Like no chilies, less spices, less oil, and absolutely no small fish.

Being a Bengali our meals are never complete without a dish or two of fish. But since we always encouraged the kids to eat on their own we had to omit these small river water fishes from our menu. Glad that this phase is almost over. The little girl now is enjoying the small fish curries with equal gusto and is often demanding for her share of mourola mach bhaja (crisp fried Indian anchovies). 

Bengali

Kolkata style Aloor chop

8:13 PM


I was waiting for the rain God to bless us with some heavy downpour to bring out my deep-frying mode. Not being a lover of deep-fried goodies I really need a reason to bring those calories to my plate. and am happy the rain is finally here.

Monsoon this year is late. very very late.

So late that most farmers were worried to death as it delayed plantation. But as they say better late than never, we are happy that rain is finally here in full throttle. and what better way to embrace the season than some piping hot alur chop and cha?

Bengali

Sorshe, Dharosh, Chingri or okra with prawn in mustard sauce

7:54 AM


Being a Bengali we use a lot of Mustard paste and being someone from coastal Midnapore we even use more mustard paste than any average Bengali household. The villages from where my parents hail from are known for fresh seafood and local produce. You go to the market early in the morning and the variety will amaze you. Foraging still is strong here like in any villages away from the Metro cities. People not only forage wild greens but for most families, the supply of protein comes from the rivers, ponds and waterlogged paddy fields.

Desserts and Sweets

Mango Lassi Popsicle

3:12 AM


In Kolkata 7 out of the total 12 months are hot and humid. Even now when the monsoon is here, the humidity is around 80% with temperature in mid-30s. This makes life very difficult at times. We constantly feel depleted of energy and thirsty all the time. Especially kids who know nothing about sitting at one place and not running around. 

Now we as a family were big lovers of all types of Colas and soft drinks. We loved every brand especially the colourless ones were our favourite. Every year till now we have kept our stock all through summer to reach out for a pour every time we needed something to drink. But not any more.  in lieu of the water crisis and the irresponsible use and wastage of water in the soft drinks industry, we have decided not to drink any soft drinks from now on. Rather we would make more of my homemade drinks and the natural frozen treats that we make during summer. 

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