Meat n Poultry

Japanese Chicken Doria (Rice Gratin)

10:04 PM



My first encounter with this dish took place in very famous food joint in Japan called Saizeriya. They have a beautiful restaurant very near to where we lived in Kawasaki. So one fine evening all excited hubby with a promise to feed us good food took us there. The food was amazingly good and unlike other Japanese restaurants were very reasonably priced. The first time we gorged on the mushroom salsa pizza, Insalata caprese , Paella and what not. The second time we wanted to experiment out of our familiar food comfort zone and ordered this Chicken Doria. The picture on the menu made us believe that it's going to be another type of pizza. But when it came to the table and we digged in it was totally different…a rice based baked main-course which tasted devilishly delicious with loads of molten cheese on top. My 4 year old little boy loved it so much that he almost finished a bowlful and I definitely got my clue from there.

Desserts and Sweets

No Bake No cook Quick biscuit Tart

5:03 AM


This again is going to be a quick post just like this quick elegant dessert which you can make in almost no time. The original idea belongs to Saee Which she posted long back, I saw, I appreciated and then forgot all about it. Then one fine evening in The food court area of a Japanese mall I rediscovered it once again. The corner bakery which used to stock delicious french style breads, gateau and other sweet treats that they were baking fresh butter cookies and were serving then with various type of frosting  They dipped or spread white or dark chocolates on them or bathed them with royal icing before piping stiffly whipped cream on them. The serpentine Que in front of the shop with eager happy faces of kids made me realise its popularity so like all mothers I stood their with my son waiting for our turn. The 4 year old, not so chocolate loving boy of mine had a blast when the smiling lady in the counter spread out a huge tray full of different toppings. The best part is he ate it all.

Desserts and Sweets

Sujir Payesh (Semolina kheer/Pudding)

9:20 AM


Here is a quick post just to keep pace with my fellow blogging marathon runners. Am so unwell today that thought of giving it a miss but their enthusiasm kept me going.

Sujir payesh or loosely translated as Thin Semolina/rava kheer or pudding is a light creamy dessert with little runny consistency. The preparation is very much like Mohonbhog but is little lighter on ghee. The best part of this dish is its very quick to make and tastes equally good warm or cold. In our family we love it on chillier days when we seek comfort in a bowl of warm gooey Suji'r payes. It tastes very good with Luchi as well.

Bengali

Mackerel Macher Sorshe Jhal, Alu-Begun die (Mackerel fish in light Mustrad Gravy with veggies)

9:16 AM


My tryst with Mackerel started when I first reached Bangalore. It was almost 7 years back when sweet water fishes were not so easily available. Every weekend we religiously visited our local super market to buy fresh fishes. but even then they stocked very limited sweet water fish like Rohu or Carp. So after some time we started trying the local fishes like Mackerel, Sardines, Tuna etc. 

Noodle and Pasta

Spaghetti with Skillet roasted Cherry Tomatoes

8:55 AM


After yesterdays Rakhi party at home I am damn tired today. I have not been keeping well for quite sometime but rakhi is a day which I cannot miss. Its a pleasure to have my brothers and cousins over at my place and see them lovingly tucking in all the food that I prepare for them. Its an occasional chance for us to have a get together where almost every one is present. Provided there work schedule I appreciate their effort to keep the rakhi evening free for me. I guess my enthusiasm has rubbed on them and now a days they look forward to the day as much as I do.

Bengali

Chana’r Jilipi (Freshly made Cottage cheese Jalebi)

7:49 AM


Chana’r jilipi or often referred to as Bengali paneer jalebi is one of the famous Bengali delicacy, which is becoming rare these days. In these era of ‘something new, something fusion’ Famous sweet shops are trying to invent experimental recipes and gems like these recipes are becoming difficult to locate. 

Bengali

Doi Mach (Fish in Yogurt based creamy Gravy)

11:09 AM

Doi Mach literally translates to fish in yogurt sauce and this delicately favoured creamy fish curry is a very common dish for Bengali meals during special occasions. The highlight of this dish is its creamy slightly hot-sour sweet gravy laced with delicate aroma of whole garam masala, dotted with fried cashews and raisins. Its easy to prepare, could be cooked in huge batches yet classy and rich to serve to your guests for a special meal

Curry

Kadhi Pakoda

8:57 PM



If you have ever lived in a hostel you will definitely agree with me that being there is not at all easy. Surely Hostel life means funny times with friends, those late night chats with snacking with mathri and pickle or tiptoeing to the kitchen to make maggi during exam times midnight hungers hen you will remember, or whole day out with gang of friends with food and laughter. But if we keep those factors aside then am hardly ever have met anyone who never cringed their nose during meal times. Remember those watery dals, salt-less or overtly salty mass of veggies and ‘that’s the best you can get’ attitude of the canteen staffs? 

Review

Review: FoodPanda

5:55 AM



Monsoon, as much as I love the season I hate to admit that it makes me lazy. The pitter patter raindrops on my windowsill makes me curl on the sofa with a good book and a steaming hot cup of coffee. Till this it was ok but it also makes me or rather the whole family crave some good food, something fresh, hot and spicy. But with a small kid and demanding jobs its always not easy to go out on weekdays, especially in these muddy puddly roads around our locality. So as a best measure we order food from our nearest South Indian restaurant, which seems like the only option for us. In the last couple of weeks we ordered from it so many times that finally the 4 year old in the family objected for yet another order of Masala dosa.

So just to find out new restaurants I searched for online food delivery and chanced upon this beautiful website of Foodpanda. Which is a huge network of ordering food online across the world. Through them ordering food from the comfort of your home is as easy as counting 1-2-3. You enter your post code, choose from their huge array of cuisine type, price range, Restaurants or delivery hours, then you simply go through the menu of your chosen restaurant and order.

The best part is their home page is always updated with all the ongoing discounts and offers from all the restaurants throughout the cities. If you are not much of an internet user or in a situation without any connection you can even order food from your phone. And unlike other online services you don’t even need to have a credit card, rather you can simply settle for cash on delivery option. To make it easier they have their hotline number open from 11 A.m to 11 P.m.

Their huge network covers many countries all over the world and in India presently they are catering to the needs of Delhi, Faridabad, Greater noida, gurgaon, Gaziabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Mohali, Pune, Hyderabad. Too bad for me that they are not yet here in Kolkata.

The fact that I liked most is it’s a very well thought  out concept and the website itself is very easy to access and user friendly. They have not loaded the page with unwanted information rather has concentrated only on those facts which are necessary for food orderings and enjoying them in the comfort of your home. So if you are someone like me who wants to enjoy varieties of food on a regular basis and too lazy to cook it yourself then your best bet could be Foodpanda. 

As for me am eager to try out their service and look forward to the day when they will extend the same to my city.

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