Bengali

Bina Kakimar Muro die Shim bichir Dal

8:04 PM


Do you know how it feels to converse with people you have never met? especially when they share their heart and open up to you like an old friend. It feels like you are entrusted with love, faith and a blessing called friendship. 
And I am very thankful to my journey of blogging that often I have been blessed with such experience. 

A few days back when I posted the shim bichi die shol mach recipe a reader Mita commented with a mention of her mother's Macher muro die shim bichir dal recipe (Hyacinth beans curry with fishhead). The dish sounded so good that I messaged her back requesting for the recipe. Like a seasoned cook and a true foodie, She sent me the detailed recipe with how much the gravy should thicken and what to pair it with. 
According to her, this recipe belongs to Bangladesh, to the districts of Noakhali and Chattagram. 

Cakes cookies n savory goodies

Strawberry Almond Orange Tea Cake

12:45 AM


If you want a respite from this time of Negativity and chest thumping patriotism then I can offer you a slice of this delicious cake. Dotted with the unmistakable ruby sweetness of Strawberries, flavoured with the fresh zestiness of winter oranges and an occasional crunch of the toasted almonds, this cake would surely make your tea time satisfying. Especially when you want your time to be peaceful and wants to keep those mouth shut who could make a storm in your teacup. This is a sure shot way, well at least for some time. Try it, am sure you will come back to thank me later.

Bread Paratha etc

Tandoori Roti made on Tawa, Stove top, Video recipe

7:43 PM


Many of you asked me on my instagram account about the rotis in my Sarson ka saag recipe. Yes, they are Tandoori rotis but made from scratch at home. And No, you don't need a tandoor or even an oven to make them at home, also they are very easy to make. Much easier even than normal tawa rotis, which I believe we all have struggled with at some point in time.

Bengali

shim bichi die shol mach / Broad beans seeds and Channa striata curry

12:51 AM


Boimela or Kolkata Bookfair is something that makes Calcuttans nostalgic. Though I see how the bookfair is losing charm with every passing year but for us who grew up before the internet started selling everything we still love that quintessential smell of hard bound books. I belong to those who believe books are your best companions. Be it Romantic novels, adventurous stories or travel diaries it keeps you enchanted and loose sense and experience things that you never dreamt of. 

Curry

Authentic Punjabi Sarson ka Saag

9:51 AM


I never thought I would post this recipe as I have never cooked it before this day. But somedays you just do the unthinkable. because some recipes are perfected over generations and all you need to do is to follow the path and keep the trust.

Though I never made it but over the years I had gathered enough tips and tricks to make it from various TV shows and my blogger buddy, Amrita. I especially loved Amrita's stories when she went to her ancestral home in Punjab and documented this recipe. The biggest tip was to use the stems or the dathal as they say in the local dialect. 

The recipe I followed belongs to Bobby Chinn's flavour cafe Asia which I noted down in my diary many years ago. I just love how he is so down to earth takes on everything with his great sense of humour. The dish was made in a remote village alongside a mustard field. The recipe I believe is as authentic as it can get, made in a Handi and slow cooked for hours with pure ingredients, patience and love.

Bengali

Maa's Sobzi dewa Nonta Puli (Savoury Pithe)

7:47 AM


The first house we ever lived in Santiniketan had an unusual floor plan. We had to enter the second floor that we rented from a man in his seventies through a staircase in the garden. The entrance was halfway through the stairs and the whole second floor was divided into various levels. The kitchen, for example, was higher than the main living area. We had to take 6 steps to enter a narrow red oxide kitchen with big windows on both ends. The bathroom and the small round verandah were lower with 4-5 steps down the hall. We had only two bedrooms and a small hall but we never complained because it had a sprawling garden with almost all sorts of fruit trees and a huge terrace. We spent most of our waking times there and in summer even we slept under the stars. 

Mushroom soup with chili oil

8:51 AM

 Updated the almost 9-year-old recipe with new pictures on the blog.
Please check the link HERE

http://www.ahomemakersdiary.com/2010/09/mushroom-soup-with-chili-oil.html


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