Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Wishing you all a Happy Durga pooja from our family to yours. It's the time of the year Bengali people (who celebrate) start to gear up a couple of weeks in advance to welcome Ma Durga and her family. Ma Durga symbolizes divine force(positive energy) against the negative forces of evil. Durgapooja is also known as Sharodshav. The ritual is observed for ten days but las four days are grand celebration. It's fun festival that brings everyone together regardless of religious faiths. Durgapooja won't be completed without pandel hopping with new clothes, endless fun and partying hard with friends, relatives and neighbors, and last but not least savoring delicious sweet and savory foods.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Our house smells amazing with the fall spiced of freshly baked apple pie. I was never a big fan of apple pie until I tasted the best one from a farmers' market a few years back. Oh boy, it was truly delicious, a buttery flaky crust filled with sweet tart apple slices, not runny at all and served with vanilla ice cream. Since then I have been baking apple pie and every time it turns out tasty. Apple pie should not have soggy bottom crust and juice should not ooze all over when sliced. That's my kind of pie!
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Bengali people not only love to savor fish curries but prepare variety of unique dishes using mostly large fish heads of carp fish. It is made for simple family gathering or special occasions. The perfect blend of Gobindobhog rice(a sweet aromatic rice, specially grown in West Bengal only) warm spices, fried fish head pieces, potatoes along with sauteed onion, ginger-garlic paste creates an
ambrosial taste to the dish. Even if Murighonto has rice in there it is still served with plain rice. This true blue Bengali dish is very close to my heart and Ma made the best Muri Ghonto ever!
Friday, September 28, 2018
This scrumptious Bengali vegetarian dish is totally satvik which means it is made without onion and garlic. In fact Bengali vegetarian dishes are Satvik most of the time and it is best to enjoy with plain rice, roti or paratha.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Fish, specially fresh kind is staple in Bengali households. My father often bought small carp type live fish from a local morning market for light fish curry which my mother would cook for lunch. When we visited grandparents(from father's side) house in a countryside surrounded by many vegetable plants, tropical trees and two medium ponds, sometimes we were served pan fried fish, simple fish stew and other home grown vegetarian items for lunch. This simple fish stew with bluegill surely brings back my childhood memories.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Shukto, a traditional bitter sweet vegetable medley of Portuguese origin savored with warm rice in the beginning of Bengali lunch. This pure vegetarian dish has a very subtle flavor and taste. No onion and garlic are used. No need to add aromatic flavor either. Every family has its own recipe. Some people like mustard or poppy seeds paste for seasonings. Some use little ginger paste and milk at the end of the cooking. Both recipes taste equally great.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Before we bid adieu to summer, I am sharing another spectacular cheesecake recipe bursting with summer's bounty berries folded into rich-velvety cream cheese batter on a pre-baked gluten free brownie crust that I made 2 weeks back. It was simply delicious and devoured by family, friends and neighbors.