Fish Batter Fry

Bengali style fish fry.

Egg Devil

Bengali recipe to prepare egg devil or dimer chop.

Shukto

Bengali recipe to prepare shukto.

Hilsa In Mustard Gravy

Prepare Bengali style Hilsa in yummy mustard gravy.

Gambus Pil Pil

An easy prawn recipe with garlic flavour.

Kadai Chicken

Easy kadai chicken recipe for home cooking.

Chicken Roast

Chciken roast with butter tossedvegetables.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Wow….malvani food………one of my favourite cuisine. Malvani cuisine belongs from Konkan belt of Maharashtra and Goa, and some northern part of west Karnataka. Mainly malvani food is dominated by non-veg food, but you will get many famous veg dishes.
You can get here different types of uses of coconut and this is very common ingredient in this cuisine. Many dry masalas like dry red chillies, pepper corn, poppy seeds, cardamom, cumin and coriander seeds are generally used to make different types of spices for different dishes.

Ingredients:

Surmai fish (king fish) – 4 pcs
Ginger-garlic paste – 2 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Rice flour – 2 tbsp
Semolina (suji) – 2 tbsp
Oil – 2-3 tbsp.
Salt
picture of a malwani fish fry
Malvani Fish Fry

Recipe:

Marinate the fish with lemon juice, salt and 1tsp ginger-garlic paste.
Keep aside it for 10-15 minutes.
Now take a bowl and mix remaining ginger- garlic paste, turmeric powder and chilli powder.
Rub this mixture gently on the fish and keep aside for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes take a plate and put the rice powder and semolina.
Now coat the marinated fish with it.
Heat oil in a fry pan and just shallow fry the fishes till golden.

Serve hot with salad.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Bengalis wait thrgoughout the year fir the rainy season for Hilsa or Ilish to arrive at the market. Hilsa is the most popular fish in Bengal for its aroma and flavor. Traditionally Bengalis stick to their Sorse Ilish (Hilsa in Mustard Gravy) or Bhapa Ilish (Steamed Hilsa) which really has no comparison with any other recipe when savored with hot steamed rice. But Hilsa in Curd Gravy is also becoming popular in Bengali kitchens. Earlier I have also tried Butter Hilsa. This time I was thinking of trying something completely different and came with the idea of preparing hilsa in continental style with herbs, olive oil, mayonnaise and cheese. This turned out to be really good and is an instant hit at my home. Find below the recipe and let me know how you feel about it.

Ingredients:

Hilsa fish – 2 pcs
Mayonnaise – 1 tbsp
Mozzarella cheese – 1 tbsp
Tomato sauce – 2 tsp
Mustard sauce – 2 tsp
Chopped parsley or any herbs as you like
Salt
Sugar
Olive oil – 2/3 tbsp

hilsa recipe in continental style
Hilsa with Herbs - a fusion of Bengali and continental flavors

Recipe:

Marinate the fish with salt and lightly fry it in olive oil, shift from the pan and keep aside.
Now take a bowl and mix mayonnaise, grated cheese, tomato sauce, pinch of sugar, mustard sauce and beat it very well.
In the same oil (in which you fried the fish), put this cheese – mayonnaise mixture and stir it occasionally for around 1 minute and add salt.
Now add that fried fish and add ¼ cup of water.
Wait for 2 minutes and sprinkle some chopped parsley or any other herbs and serve hot.
In this recipe I used dried parsley because at that moment fresh parsley was not available in my kitchen.
Serve with plain rice or any Indian bread.

Please let me know how you feel. Happy cooking J

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Ingredients:

Chicken fillet – 2 pcs
Curd – 3 tbsp
Mustard powder – 1 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1 tsp (or according to your taste)
Salt
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Finely chopped lemon leaves
Ginger-garlic paste – 1½ tsp
Vegetable oil – 1 tsp
baked chicken chicken with lemon juice
Lemon Baked Chicken

Recipe:

Marinate the chicken with ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, salt and a pinch of black pepper powder for an hour.

Then take a mixing bowl and mix curd, mastered powder, salt, black pepper powder and sprinkles of fresh lemon leaves. Add the marinated chicken fillet and coat with the curd mixture.

Now take an oven proof dish and keep the fillets. Place whole green chili and cover the dish with foil paper. Bake it for 25-30 minutes or till the chicken is cooked at 180 degree Celsius.

Serve with some sprinkles of fresh lemon leaves. This is best served with plain rice.


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

‘Kulhad ki kheer’ is one of the favourite dessert for me as well as my family. But I was little confused about this dish because of its name and its recipe.  Actually I got so many recipes of this but main ingredients are little different, first time I saw vermicelli flour but then I saw rice flour in the other recipe. So I thought here is some secrets or twist in the word ‘kulhad’. And yes, I was right.
According to Wikipedia, kulhad (kulhar) means a traditional handle-less clay as well as terracotta cup from North India and Pakistan. This is actually disposable, use and throws. These cups are mostly used in roadside tea stalls, curd and some regional traditional desserts. When you serve anything in kulhad or in clay cup it will be tastier for its earthy aroma.
Kulhad ki kheer is a very popular dessert in the Navaratri festival, served in clay bowls to match the occasion and this is also served with semia rice (vermicelli flour) with dry fruits.
kulhad ki Kheer made of vermicelli of semai rice, traditional dessert
Kulhad Ki Kheer

Ingredients:

Milk – ½ ltr
Semia (vermicelli) flour – 1 tbsp,
Sugar – 4 tbsp
Saffron – 1 pinch
Chopped pista
Green cardamom powder – ½ tsp

Recipe:

Take 2-3 tbsp milk and soak the saffron in it.
Put milk in a pan and add the semia powder. Mix gently in low flame. Keep stirring constantly and scrap the sides of the vessel. After 10-15 minutes, when the semia powder becomes soft, add sugar and stir it. Mix well and simmer for 4-5minutes. Now add green cardamom powder and soaked saffron and mix it gently.  When it becomes thick remove from the fire. Pour into a serving bowl and keep aside to cool slightly and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish kulhad ki kheer with chopped pista and serve.
Wish you all a very happy Diwali!!! Happy cooking  J

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Corn fritters is an easy to cook snacks recipe. This can be prepared in a ziffy with out much preparation and is savored by all age groups. This is cereal snacks is healthy too as it has a low carb count and low fat content but has high fiber content. 

Ingredients:

Baby corn – 10 -12 pcs
Gram flour – 4 tbsp
Rice flour – 4 tbsp
Ginger-garlic paste – 2 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
Salt
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Water
Oil

Baby corn fritters prepared by frying after dipping in a batter
Corn Fritters

Recipe:

Cut the baby corns horizontally.
Now take a mixing bowl and marinate the corn with ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, black pepper powder and salt. Keep aside for 20 minutes.
Make a batter with gram flour, rice flour, ginger-garlic paste, salt, black pepper powder and water.
Now deep the pieces of corn into the batter and deep fry it till golden.
While serving, sprinkle some chat masala.

Serve hot as evening snacks with tea or coffee or as veg starters at lunch or dinner.

Happy cooking J


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Ingredients:

Whole wheat – 1 cup
Vegetable oil – 1/3 1/3 cup
Jaggery powder – ¼ cup
Sugar powder – ¼ cup
Butter milk – ½ cup
Hot water – ½ cup
Baking powder – 1tsp
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Grated fresh ginger – 1 tbsp
Crushed black pepper – ½ tsp
Cinnamon powder – ¼   tsp
Clove powder – ¼ tsp
Salt – ¼ tsp

Eggless ginger cake with cinnamon and clove powder
Eggless Ginger Cake

Recipe:

1.      Take a large mixing bowl and mix all dry ingredients like whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder, clove powder, crushed black pepper, salt and grated ginger.
2.      Sieve it once.
3.      Take another mixing bowl and mix oil, butter milk, jaggery and sugar powder with a spatula.
4.      Then add all dry ingredients and mix gently with one side direction.
5.      The batter should be ribboning. At this stage add some hot water to make the batter consistency ribboning.
6.      Now take a greased cake tin and pour the batter.

7.      Bake it in preheated oven at 180c for 25 -30 minutes.

Please let me know how it turns out. Happy baking. ...  J

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Hilsa or Ilish is the most popular fish for Bengalis. This is the national fish of Bangladesh. Bengalis wait throughout the year and look forward to the rainy season for Ilish. I think Hilsa is most popular for its aroma and taste and also very easy to cook. Nowadays Hilsa is not so pocket friendly but the positive thing is that this fish is very light weight. Bhapa Ilish or steamed hilsa is one of the most popular hilsa dish in Bengal.
Bhapa Ilish or Steamed Hilsa is a popular Bengali hilsa recipe
Bhapa Ilish (Steamed Hilsa)

Ingredients:

Hilsa belly piece – 2pcs
Mastered paste – 3tbsp
Salt
Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
Mastered oil – 3-4 tbsp
Green chilli – 2-3 pcs

Recipe:

Marinate the fish with turmeric powder and salt.
Now take a bowl and mix mastered paste, 2-3 tbsp mastered oil and salt.
Now take a stainless steel tiffin box and arrange the fish. Pour mastered mix over the fish. Put green chilli. Cover the box.
Then take a vessel and fill half of it with water and keep the tiffin box in the vessel.
Now cook it for 10 minutes.

Your vapa ilish is now ready. Serve with hot steam rice.

Try my other Hilsa recipes


Please let me know your feelings of relishing bhapa ilish or any other hilsa recipe with hot steamed rice with your near and dear ones. Happy cooking ... J

Tuesday, 30 June 2015


 Kebab…………I love kebab. This is the one and only dish which I want to eat anytime, anywhere. The smoky flavor makes me crazy. Not only me, my whole family loves kebab, even my three and a half year old daughter also likes it.

Kebab is a dish from Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean and South Asian countries. When you serve, it should be hot. Traditionally kebabs were made by lamb. But it depends on local taste and society. Actually tastes differ man to man and that’s why you will get many different types of meat including beef, chicken, goat, pork, fish etc. Like other ethnic foods spread by travelers around the world, kebab, which was a part of regular cuisine in most of the Middle Easter and South Asian countries, is now enjoyed by people around the world.

Nowadays kebab/kabab is the most popular dish in urban India. Any get to gather or party will be incomplete without kebab as a starter. Banjara kebab is a type of kebab which I learned from a regional television cookery show. And it is very easy to make at home in your microwave and very tasty too.
chicken banjara kabab recipe
Banjara Kabab

Recipe of Chicken Banjara Kabab

Ingredients:

Boneless chicken cubes – 300 gms
Dry red chilli – 6-7 pcs
Cumin – 1 tsp
Coriander – 1tsp
Kababchini – 1 tsp
White pepper corn – 1 tsp
Nutmeg – 1/4th tsp
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
Peanut/groundnut paste – 2 tbsp
Dry mango powder – 1 tsp
Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Hung curd – 2 tbsp
Salt
Lemon juice
Wooden skewer

Method:

Marinade the chicken with lemon juice and salt for around 30 minutes.

Now take a pan and roast dry red chilli, cumin, coriander, kabab chini, white pepper corn and nutmeg. Then grind and keep aside with lid.

Now marinate the chicken with lemon juice and salt for 15-20 minutes.

After 15 minutes you will get some excess water from the marination, so drain that water and again marinate the chicken with ginger-garlic paste, groundnut paste, dry mango powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, hung curd and the grinded spices for 30 minutes.

Now take some wooden skewer and string the chicken pieces one by one and cook it in microwave mode for 4-5 minutes. While cooking in microwave, instead of putting the skewers on tray, take a medium size bowl and keep the skewer on it so that both ends of the skewer touch the edge of the bowl and the chicken pieces do not touch the base of the bowl. The air gap between the edge of the bowl and chicken will help it to cook all sides of chicken well. This will also help to keep the microwave clean as the juice from chicken will drop in the bowl.

Garnish chicken banjara kabab neatly and serve hot. Let me know how it turned out at your end. Happy cooking :-)


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