Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Star Bread



It’s fall and baking season begins in the kitchen with the finest ingredients. It's the time of the year I love to bake quite a few items with pumpkin. I have already made pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree from scratch that I would use in some baked recipes and drinks. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Spider Web Chocolate Cheesecake Tart


Chocolate graham tart crust filled with egg less chocolate cream cheese filling topped with dark chocolate ganache is a quick yet satisfying dessert for all. It's a no bake recipe. I often make Cheesecake Tart with different toppings. This is the first time I have made Chocolate Cheesecake Tart. Since it is Halloween spirit I have made white chocolate spider web on top of ganache. Making web may seem tricky but it is super easy.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Gingerbread House


Halloween is just a few days away. We are done decorating our porch. Halloween Gingerbread House was on my bucket list since couple of years years. I promised to my 4th grader to make Halloween Gingerbread House from scratch this year no matter how hectic my work schedule was. I Just finished assembling this cookie house couple of days back. It doesn't look too spooky but enough Halloweeny! I had used my  Snowflake Cookies recipe and got some Halloween themed candies from supermarket to decorate. I painted the house with coco water for dark color. We made two houses and some cookies but completely finished one house only because we ran out of candies. The house is totally edible but it sits on the kitchen counter top as a decorative piece.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ghugni/Curried Whole Peas


Maha Dashomi marks the end of Sharod Utshav or Durga pooja and Bijoya starts after immersion of idols. Neighbors and friends stop by each other's house and they are offered an array of home made sweets and savory items. Ghugni/Curried whole Peas is one of the lip-smacking savory Bijoya staples I craved while growing up. My Ma always made Ghugni along with Kucho Mishti Nimki, Gurer Naaru, Chinir Naaru, Tokti, Kucho Nimki for family and guests till Kali Pooja/Diwali. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Kucho Mishti Nimki/Fried Sweet Cracker



Every year around this time on Autumn, Ma Durga visits her parents house on earth with her four children Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesh and Kartik. Bengali people welcome Ma Durga by celebrating as Durga Puja festival for 5 days with loads of scrumptious sweet and savory food.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Narkeler Tokti/Coconut Fugde


Wish you all A Happy Pooja from our family to yours. Bengali's biggest festival Durga pooja is just a few days away that usually falls on Autumn during the month of either late September or early to mid October. Goddess Durga symbolizes divine forces(positive energy) against the negative forces of evil. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Lauer Ghonto Bori O Mungdal Diye/Bottle Gourd Curry with Mung Beans and Sun Dried Lentil Dumpling


Bottle gourd or opo squash is a very popular vegetable in Indian cuisine and prepared in different ways in different region, from light curry to very rich gravy based curry. Ghonto is one of the simple curries Bengali serves as everyday meal in lunch or dinner with steamed rice. Ghonto literary means thoroughly mixed together or sticking together but doesn't become too mushy. In Bengali's kitchen bottle gourd is used for simple curry or ghonto and sometimes it is prepared with fish head and shrimp.