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23 January, 2018

Chholar dal|chana dal bengali style

Chholar dal|chana dal bengali style
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The dal or the pulses control the pulse of Indian food.No meal is complete without this humble dal(pulse) boiled and flavored  with a spicy tempering in clarified butter or Desi Ghee,called tadka. The house feels like  home when the aroma of tadka fills the house .There are many varieties of pulses used in Indian cooking
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16 January, 2018

Bengali kosha mangsho

Bengali kosha mangsho
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  Through out the year the Bengali community who hail from East and West Bengal celebrate festivals like any other Indian community and we call it “Baro mashe tero parbon” ,which means that the community celebrates 13 festivals in 12 months of the year.The cooked meat of a male goat called “khashi” form the center
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8 January, 2018

lemon pepper roast chicken

lemon pepper roast chicken
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This new year ,I had been with my mom and brother and spent some valuable time with them.For the dinner I made a whole chicken roast stuffed with rice,seafood and chicken mince infused with Indian spices.The accompaniment was stir fried broccoli,potatoes and peppers.The chicken was tender an juicy with flavors from black pepper and mild
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27 December, 2017

Vinod Cookware Launch party|A Step towards fitness|Brunch at Veranda

Vinod Cookware Launch party|A Step towards fitness|Brunch at Veranda
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  Vinod cookware is a range of cookwares specially manufactured customised to Indian  cooking .over the years researches have established the harmful effects of aluminium when it comes in contact with food.There has also been studies which reveal that aluminum can hamper a child’s IQ. But still when it comes to home cooking many home
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21 December, 2017

Mumbai Restaurant Review|Palden Norbu |the rooftop Lounge

Mumbai Restaurant Review|Palden Norbu |the rooftop Lounge
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Located in the suburbs of Mumbai around 3.5 kms from the popular Indraprastha mall in Borivali west,theE-hotel will mesmerise you with its beautiful lawn,poolside,gardens,tennis court, and breath-taking rooftop lounge.Near the entrance a huge idol of Gautam Buddha will remind you the philosophy of peace and Nonviolence.The whole environment gives a sense of relaxation and can
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11 December, 2017

How to make Chettinad crab curry

How to make Chettinad crab curry
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Chettinad is a region in Tamil Nadu which is famous for it curries spiced up with  “Chettinad masala”.The famous spice mix is a mixture of ample amount of  aromatic ingredients.For some reason,I did not try the flavorsome curry in my kitchen until now when I decided to grind the spices at home and use them
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7 December, 2017

Home Chef Matters|Indian culinary scene,the rise of home chefs

Home Chef Matters|Indian culinary scene,the rise of home chefs
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  HomechefMatters is a conference for the  chefs,recipe developers,bakers who work at home doing popup restaurant meals,food delivery services ,cooking workshops etc or simply passionate about cooking homemade meals for their families .The objective of this conference is to educate and motivate the talented Home-chefs to target a wider audience for promotion of their food
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26 November, 2017

Mini Gajar Halwa Pies

Mini Gajar Halwa Pies
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Christmas is coming ,time for making a pie.Why not go for a fusion of flavours combining the European and Indian seasonal favorites.These mini gajar halwa pies do justice to the season in the best possible way.The pie is soft ,yet crispy ,and a bite will give you the best seasonal flavors of India ,a gooey
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13 November, 2017

Mumbai restaurant review|Toast – Bistro & Bar 2nd anniversary event

Mumbai restaurant review|Toast – Bistro & Bar  2nd anniversary event
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Toast Bistro and Bar  located on the 8th floor of t24 residency hotel , was celebrating its 2nd anniversary on 27th October .I got an  invitation to join the celebrations having a complimentary dinner and spending a wonderful evening with my fellow bloggers from FBAI.The decor was contemporary and trendy. The dim-light ambiance with soothing music was
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7 November, 2017

Caramelized apple bread and dates stir fry

Caramelized apple bread and dates stir fry
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This can be a wholesome nutritious breakfast or dessert filled with goodness .I have tried this recipe from my google+   friend  Gloria Ruvalcaba  in one of her posts found it really intriguing .Apple is nutritious full of iron ,good for improving hemoglobin content of the blood and this can be an excellent recipe for your kids
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5 November, 2017

Cooking chicken in a clay pot

Cooking chicken in a clay pot
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In rural India ,clay pots are the popular containers for cooking as they are cheap ,easy to wash and bio degradable ,can be used and thrown.According to ancient Ayurveda earthen utensils make more nutritious food.Due to their porous nature heat is distributed uniformly to the food cooking in them and gets cooked slowly and uniformly
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1 November, 2017

Shorshe posto Bhetki-A flaky boneless fish cooked in mustard and poppy seeds sauce

Shorshe posto Bhetki-A flaky boneless fish cooked in mustard and poppy seeds sauce
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Bhetki or Vetki  is a catadromous  fish ,a fish or machh called in bengali which migrates from river to sea for breeding.When caught from the rivers in Bengal this fish is very popular in flavor for Bengali cuisines.When the same fish  is caught from sea,it loses its flavors which are required to cook it the
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15 October, 2017

15 best diwali recipes

15 best diwali recipes
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Diwali, the festival of lights ,is celebrated all over the world by the Hindus with pomp and glory.The traditional festivals have an important part to play in our lives as they give us moments to remember ,rejoice,forget sorrows, build new hopes and motivation to carry on. The Diwali word derives from the word deepawali as
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5 October, 2017

Barley waffles recipe eggless

Barley  waffles recipe eggless
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These honeycomb shaped cakes are mesmerizing and  can easily entice the mind of a child as well as an adult.Waffles are  often connected with Belgium where they are a popular breakfast.The batter is often leavened with yeast ,baking powder and eggs.The pockets are then filled with sweet syrup before serving to form a delicious wholesome
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2 October, 2017

chal potol recipe |chal padwal|pointed gourds cooked in rice

chal potol recipe |chal padwal|pointed gourds cooked in rice
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Potol or pointed gourd is a vegetable which is found in abundance in any part of India.But the vegetable varieties found in West Bengal are amazing and are best for the Bengali recipes as they are prepared from the local yields.Most of them are seedless and have a soft texture which gets tender quickly and
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23 September, 2017

Mumbai restaurant review|The Mandala ,creating healthy magic meals

Mumbai restaurant review|The Mandala ,creating healthy magic meals
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The word Mandala  represents wholeness and purity symbolizing the notion that life is never ending..Mandala founded by  Mikhel Rajani ,is a concept which aims at serving healthy nutritious meals free from artificial additives to  people.The ingredients for the dishes are cultivated through organic farming.As a result the food is super delicious which, I learnt  through my
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17 September, 2017

Gluten free lemon coconut cup cakes

Gluten free lemon coconut cup cakes
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I am always in search of healthy recipes and love to bake with whole grains.This was another try for a healthy gluten free alternative of a delicious dessert.Rice flour is easy to digest and the gluten free lemon cake was moist.In the first attempt ,the cakes were a little gritty .It is needed to hydrate
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15 September, 2017

Bhindi posto recipe(Okra cooked in poppy seeds paste)

Bhindi posto recipe(Okra cooked in poppy seeds paste)
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I think many people know about this epic dish “Alu Posto” which is an iconic dish from West Bengal .In this particular Vegetable recipe the potatoes are cooked  in a paste of white poppy seeds and green chilies paste which gives a nutty creamy texture to the dish.The flowers of the poppy plant also produce
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30 August, 2017

Fish kabiraji cutlet recipe

Fish kabiraji cutlet recipe
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If you are from Kolkata,the fish Kobiraji cutlet will definitely hold a special place in your heart.It is a recipe which is from the British era when Kolkata used to be a Winter capital of India  and derived from the English coverage cutlet recipe.The boneless fish or chicken fillets are covered with a mesh of
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28 August, 2017

Coconut mochi balls

Coconut mochi balls
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Mochi is a sweet Japanese rice cake popular all over the world.It is made from the glutinous rice flour “Mochiko”.This rice cake can be found in various shapes flavored or stuffed.The texture will be soft and chewy ,with the stuffing filling your mouth with tempting  flavors in each bite.The flavors can be from  fruits like
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25 August, 2017

Tita diye dal (Lentils with bitter gourd)

Tita diye dal (Lentils with bitter gourd)
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I was in love with this dal (Lentils) served with steamed rice since my childhood in Kolkata .This is a recipe cooked by the “Bangals” whose ancestors hail from East bengal ,from undivided Bengal era.The Bengali’s are divided into these two groups “Ghoti” and “Bangal” owing to the origin of their ancestors having variations in
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20 August, 2017

Mumbai restaurant review|Brunch at NRI(Not Really Indian)-Novel,Refreshing delicious and Innovative dishes

Mumbai restaurant review|Brunch at  NRI(Not Really Indian)-Novel,Refreshing delicious and Innovative dishes
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  NRI is a creation of Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar. The restaurant focuses on serving innovative fusion dishes which include preparations from the kitchens around the world with an Indian twist and also some popular Indian dishes which has travelled abroad with the NRIs. On 13th August I was invited by the FBAI for a
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12 August, 2017

Vegan chocolate chip healthy cupcakes

Vegan chocolate chip healthy cupcakes
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These are moist and droolicious chocolate cakes full of chocolate flavor and health.They are egg-less and dairy free and even sugar free.I have used honey instead.They look divine and I bet that you cannot stop eating at one.The lemon juice ,baking soda and olive oil are imulsified together to  form a frothy mixture which helps
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10 August, 2017

Vegan Carrot Coconut Healthy Muffins

Vegan Carrot  Coconut Healthy Muffins
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These are eggless dairy free muffins  which  can be prepared quickly when you are in need of breakfast or  tea time snacks.Always wanted to develop a recipe of  delicious  whole wheat muffins without dairy and eggs and after days of trial with the texture finally could get the exact ratio of the ingredients .The batter
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1 August, 2017

Machher kalojire jhol(Fish curry with nigella seeds)

Machher kalojire jhol(Fish curry with nigella seeds)
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This may be one of the simplest fish curry recipe you have come across  as well as an extra ordinary one.It is also highly customizable and you can add your favorite ingredients creating amazing range of varieties.I had learnt this dish after my marriage ,watching  my mother in law cooking ,as it seemed to be
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30 July, 2017

Mixed fruit crumble recipe

Mixed fruit crumble recipe
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I had a lot of fruits in my refrigerator unused and I decided to make this quick and delicious dessert from it.My advice to you will be, that do not make it when you are the only person at home otherwise you end up eating this whole thing as it is quite irresistible.You can make
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25 July, 2017

10 Must Eat Food In Hong Kong

10 Must Eat Food In Hong Kong
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Hongkong is a foodies paradise .This small island with a spectacular skyline is a must visit for  for the dream park “Disneyland” and exotic fresh and delicious food.Though at times vegetarians may get disappointed  in spite of abundance of greens and colorful vegetables in the Hongkong market.The restaurants and street food joints mostly serve meat
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5 July, 2017

Bengali fish curry with cauliflower

Bengali fish curry with cauliflower
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I am delighted if sometimes get a chance to visit  Kolkata during the Winter season. Kolkata ,earlier known as Calcutta is the capital of Bengal which is a state in North Eastern part of India.Since my marriage I  have the chance to visit the city of joy only once a year,and that may not be
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30 June, 2017

How to make homemade ghee from milk

How to make homemade ghee from milk
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I felt the need to prepare ghee from scratch at home after the birth of my daughter .She was so  delicate  and I did not want to give her anything from outside.When she started her rice meals,I felt the need of adding a tsp of this traditional aromatic liquid to make her food special.But clarified
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27 June, 2017

Mumbai restaurant review|What’s For Dinner?Apples at Theory

Mumbai restaurant review|What’s For Dinner?Apples at Theory
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‘An Apple a day keeps the doctor away‘ ,a phrase which was quoted in the 20th century and became very popular due to the fact that it has some truth embedded in it .Apple  is one of  the most nutritious fruit around with varied nutritional benefits. It can add natural sweetness to your food and
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19 June, 2017

Fresh Lemon grass coconut milk crusher drink

Fresh Lemon grass coconut milk crusher drink
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Lemon grass has several medicinal benefits which ranges from controlling blood pressure ,aid in digestion ,detoxification due to the presence of antioxidants,healing congestion etc.It also has a mention in ancient Indian ayurveda.Altogether a healthy alternative,exciting combination and intriguing drink ,you will love (189)

9 June, 2017

How to make tiramisu without ladyfingers(Tiramisu with rusk)

How to make tiramisu without ladyfingers(Tiramisu with rusk)
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Tiramisu is a popular rich Italian dessert which has spread its footprints in the renowned restaurant kitchens all over the world .It is elegant ,decadent and layered no bake dessert filled with mascarpone cheese,eggs,wine,cream,coffee and chocolate etc.The crust is made by soaking ladyfinger cookies in coffee.Coffee is the predominant flavour of tiramisu. Ladyfingers are dry
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7 June, 2017

Recipe for healthy chocolate cake

Recipe for healthy chocolate cake
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I always want to have my desserts guilt free and I also want my friends and relalatives to consume them free from the scare of getting high cholesterol and sugar and  gaining weight from the dessert. Ragi is a crop which is widely grown in Asian countries and Africa. Ragi flour is a gluten free
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2 June, 2017

Bengali plastic papaya chutney recipe with raw papaya

Bengali plastic papaya chutney recipe with raw papaya
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Pretty,beautiful ,elegant and unique!! ,No I am not talking about any beautiful lady but this dish, which will mesmerize you with its charm and deliciousness.We call it “chutney” in Bengali which is homophonous to the other  spicy chutneys which are popular in India but it is actually a dessert  ,without which food in any grand
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28 May, 2017

Recipe for chicken fricasee

Recipe for chicken fricasee
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Calcutta as a city never ceases to amaze me with its rich history  and beautiful people .When I shifted to Mumbai ,I would miss its crowd ,club culture,helpful people on the street who are ready to spare time for the citizens besides their erratic schedule,where every hefty argument over coffee table must revolve around politics ,food
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18 May, 2017

Minced chicken with raw papaya

Minced chicken with raw papaya
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Raw papaya is one favorite ingredient among Bong community and why not! it is extremely nutritious and healthy .Besides having the property of easily digesting the fibers in vegetables and meat due to the presence of papain ,it also helps to retain the skin glow and ageless beauty. Raw papaya has a neutral taste and
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14 May, 2017

Waffle pancake recipe-mothers day breakfast ideas

Waffle pancake recipe-mothers day breakfast ideas
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This mother’s day ,I wanted to try waffles but  don’t have an waffle maker,so tried cooking up the batter in a sandwich griller. I was successful.Only it was lacking this honey comb grid as my griller has striped grooves .One could give  a little more time to the batter in the iron griller for a crispy
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14 April, 2017

Chocolate melon mousse|chocolate mousse with fruit

Chocolate melon mousse|chocolate mousse with fruit
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This is  a creative dessert which you can prepare at home if you  are in love with musk melon.The whole dish has the bitter sweet chocolaty feel good taste ,and the refreshing  flavor of musk melon steal the show.I have experimented with this combination for the first time ,but I can surely say that this
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5 April, 2017

Kadai paneer pizza

Kadai paneer pizza
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This is a delicious best Indian Pizza recipe with a spicy  pizza base and an Indian Kadai paneer topping .The soft baked pizza bread contains herbs and spices with a topping of curry style kadai paneer .Cheese is not compulsory but u can add any kind of cheese like grated Parmesan, mozzarella or processed cheese slices.
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1 April, 2017

cold smoked salmon salad in cheese sauce recipe

cold smoked salmon salad in cheese sauce recipe
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cold smoked salmon salad in cheese sauce  is a delicious salad which you can prepare for your brunch ideal for Summer to be served cold.The salmon and boiled eggs in the recipe provide protein for body building and the green vegetables ideal for detoxification.You can avoid the cheese sauce if you are dieting.The smoked salmon distributed
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28 March, 2017

How to make focaccia bread

How to make focaccia bread
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It is a wonderful bread which seem to have  originated in  Greece.It is also popular in Italy ,France and other European countries.Slowly Focaccia bread has started to spread its legs among the Indian masses also.In Mumbai specially you can always see  loaves of Focaccia in the basket of the local bread vendors who sell bread
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Indrani Sen