Bottle Gaurd (lauki) Vegetable

This is a very popular Bengali dish made from bottle Gourd(lauki) skin sautéed with green chillies and onion. INGREDIENTS: 1. Skin of one medium bottle gourd 2. Onion – 1 big 3. Green chilly – 2 4. Kalaunji ( kala jeera) – 1/2 Tsp 5. Turmeric powder – 1/4 Tsp 6. Red chilly powder –…

Vegetable Kababs

This is an all- time favourite dish of my family and friends. I learnt this recipe from my Mother, who was a great cook. The kebabs are easy to make, delicious to eat with Biryani/ Parathas or sandwiched between two pieces of bread to make delightful snacks, fast and easy for kids’ tiffin boxes. VEGETARIAN…

Vegetable Keema Pulao

VEG KEEMA PULAO This is one recipe I converted from the original non- veg one which my mother used to make. Instead of using minced mutton, I used soya granules. Easier to make and faster too! Ingredients:- 1. Basmati rice.           1.5 cups 2. Soya granules.         3/4 cup 3….

My Special Shahi Paneer

  I learnt this recipe years ago  from my neighbour and over the years added my own variations. Hence the name :- MY SPECIAL SHAHI PANEER Ingredients: 1. To be boiled together with one cup water: Red, ripe, big tomatoes      4 chopped roughly Carrot                   …

A Weaver and the Seven Ghosts

This is yet another amusing and heartwarming folk tale from Bengal. Once upon a time, there lived a weaver in a small cottage in a village on the edge of a forest. The forest was deep and green filled with big leafy trees. Birds and animals abounded. It was a peaceful little village. The weaver…

Masala Bhat and Avial Recipe

I have made the Avial without the traditional coconut. A delicious dish made out of curd and mixed vegetables. Great for children who don’t like to eat vegetables like lauki and pumpkin! It is a dish from South India and a complete dish because of the vegetables. Ingredients: 1. 2 cups finely chopped mixed vegetables…

Green peas and cheese cutlet recipe

This is a quick and easy cutlet packed with the goodness of cheese and green peas. Sure to be a great hit with kids! Makes 8-9 cutlets Ingredients: 1. 2 cups boiled peas 2. 2 green chillies 3. 1/2 Tsp cummin seeds(sabut jeera) 4. 1level Tsp baking powder 5. 4 tbsp flour( maida) 6. Salt…

The Hindu New Year !

The Hindu New Year is celebrated by different states of India on different days between March and April. These New Year Festivals follow the Hindu Lunar calendar and fall on different dates every year since it follows the movement of the moon. It is known by different names such as Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Baisakhi…

Muthias- Left over rice Recipe

  I learnt this dish from my Rajasthani Marwari neighbour. It is a little different from the traditional muthiyas as boiled rice is added to Gram Flour and Wheat Flour. It is a good way to use leftover rice from previous day’s lunch or dinner. I am giving here a step by step recipe along…

Seven Champa Brothers and one Parul Sister

This is one of the most popular folk tales of Bengal narrated generation after generation. Once upon a time, there lived a good and kind king in a vast kingdom where peace and happiness reigned, food was bountiful, lush green trees with beautiful flowering plants abounded and because of the king’s virtues, the Gods smiled…

Celebrating Basant Panchmi/ Saraswati Puja

Saraswati Puja or Basant Panchami as the name suggests, is celebrated on the fifth day of Maghi Shukla Paksha, which usually falls in February. This year it falls on 25th January . It signifies worship of Goddess Saraswati or the Goddess of Learning and Music as She holds the Veena in her hand. The puja…

Celebrating Makar Sankranti.

Makar Sankranti is the first  Hindu festival to be celebrated in a New Calendar Year. It is usually celebrated on 14th January. It is said that Kharmas is prevalent before that date which ends on that day and the sun enters Makar Rashi which is considered auspicious . It is called by different names in…