meet hilsa (Ilish), the beloved fish that connects Bengali to its root every once a year. Despite its widespread popularity, fresh hilsa comes at a very high price due to its naturally oily texture and its rich, tender flesh. In fact, fresh hilsa can cost upto 1800-2000 rupees a kilo. Also, what’s the mark of a good catch? It says, “the more bones hilsa has, the tastier it is” but, then good luck with trying to remove the nearly-invisible bones that this fish has, its crazy seeing how Bengali’s are so patient with this particular fish that has gazillions of fish bones in it but then after all, at the end of everything it all comes down to its heavenly delicious taste that is cooked in mustard and curd paste that adds rich and the perfect sharp pungent flavor to your dish for your morning lunch while its drizzling outside . A very rich and popular Bengali recipe of cooking Hilsa is Bhapa Ilish when cooked with curd, green chilies, mustard oil and mustard seeds, its combined flavor adds a very powerful and strong pungent flavor and aroma which is so powerful that it can make your tummy thunder in hunger and make you forget all your pain while you enjoy relishing this cuisine on the dining table! No Kidding!
Bombil or Bombay Duck as the name says is not actually a duck; it is in fact, a very fleshy fish with soft bones that is found only in the waters around Mumbai. In fact, I have read somewhere on the internet that, there is a legendary story explaining this, when Lord Rama was building a bridge to Lanka, he sought the help of all the fish in the sea. All obliged, but for the stubborn little Bombil. In a fit of rage, Rama flung it aside, and it plopped into the seas near Mumbai. This also explained away the softness of its bones. Well, I have no idea if this is a true or not, but being a Bengali living in Mumbai since birth, I had to try this fish once in my lifetime and so I did! And it was such a delightful experience for me to savour this fish recipe with its juicy soft bones and tantalizing aroma. The soft bones of this fish won’t hurt it s almost easy to swallow them with plain white rice and dal.
‘Murgi Mangshor Jhol’ also called as “Patla Murgir jhol” steeped in gentle earthly spices , it is truly a lightweight and flavorsome dish that heals your tummy , your heart and gives you a heavenly food contentment. This traditional chicken curry from Bengal is devoid of whole garam masalas and relies more on the trio of onions, ginger and garlic. The curry is characterized by its red color along with well cooked potatoes. You will find millions of recipe’s on this specific dish on google or any other food sites but I suggest always go for the simplest recipe because this is the peculiarity of this chicken dish : being very simple yet very delicious in taste. Here is my recipe on ‘Murgir Mangshor Jhol’ – Bengali Chicken Curry from a typical Bengali living in Mumbai.
‘Dimer Dalna’ is a classic Bengali Egg curry recipe. Its more like Indian curry soup recipe, the curry that is being cooked in this recipe is very light and extremely rich in flavor and whole spices. The main idea is to mix the curry in large quantity with the rice, squeeze some lemon over the rice and mix it well to perfectly enjoy its delightful flavor for lunch. Bengalis are famous for their many different food recipes, the way they make jhol (a light simple Indian curry soup) is something you must have to try once in your lifetime. Therefore, being a typical Bengali, I wanted to share our authentic “Dimer Jhol” recipe or “Dimer Dalna” with you’all. But, but… what’s the main catch of this cuisine, you might ask?! Hmmm. The potatoes. The sweet, juicy and soft pre-fried potatoes when tossed and cooked in the curry, will release a sweet flavor that completes the entire recipe also gives out a whole different pleasure of cooking ‘Dimer Jhol’ altogether. No exaggerating! Without taking much of your precious time, lets go straight to learning this scrumptious and delightful recipe of ‘Potato Egg Curry’.
Hola! everyone, how is your weekend going? Well, the question is what have you planned for your weekend food menu? Well, skip the takeaway and home food delivery’s as we have come forward to sort your weekend menu out with this perfectly delicious and splendid recipe of “Hyderabadi Chicken Masala Curry” -A mouthwatering and tummy growling Murgh cuisine entirely based on Hyderabadi flavor. Well, I can say that this recipe is somewhat similar to our Bengali “Kosha Murgir Mangsho” (Bengali Chicken Curry) in taste but its just a personal opinion and I would love to know what you think about this regional chicken cuisine cooked with variety of different Indian spices and masala just to give you that perfect chicken curry on your plate and make your weekend perfectly splendid.
Yakhni is basically the broth resulting from cooking meat with various spices. Yakhni Pulao is a famous slow-cooked Kashmiri cuisine introduced by the Mughuls. Succulent pieces of chicken are infused with fennel seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves and a host of other spices and balanced out in a thick yogurt based gravy to give it a smooth silky texture and later covered and cooked with parboiled basmati rice in the broth along with the chicken pieces to prepare a delectable meal for weekend’s lunch that you are sure to never forget in your lifetime. You need to labour a little before being able to relish the slow-cooked dish but that’s the power this dish holds even with its subtle flavoring. In other regions of India, this recipe is also referred to as Yakhni Biryani and served commonly with a side of raita. This Kashmiri Yakhni Pulao is sure to impress you’all with its subtle but aromatic flavors.
A very popular and simple chicken recipe often cooked in every Indian households. ‘Spicy Chili Chicken’ is a very common dish cooked in India and enjoyed by most of the people especially children, chili chicken is one of the best food item. What makes this dish so popular and desirable is its easy and quick making process with minimal ingredients that are mostly always will be available in your kitchen at your finger tips. The chicken cooked in this spicy gravy are initially baked instead of frying which makes it so succulent and juicy, the bell peppers are moderately cooked at the end and the sauces are carefully balanced to give you that perfect and authentic Indo-Chinese flavor on your plate. This dish is just the the right option for something simple and yet delicious to start your weekends off on a delicious note.
‘Paneer Makhani’ is a slightly sweet creamy dish of paneer, a very popular Punjabi cuisine, originating from the Indian subcontinent, in which the gravy is prepared usually with butter, tomatoes, cashews and cream. Spices such as red chili powder and garam masala are also used to prepare this gravy. Paneer referes to Indian cheese and makhan refers to butter. Therefore, Paneer Makhani is a literal translation of Paneer Butter Masala. Best served with Roti, naan or parathas, this dish can also be enjoyed with plain white rice and onions.
A very simple and delicious “Egg Masala Curry” recipe to start your day off on weekdays. Cooked with minimum ingredients and garam masala-whole spices which are always available in the kitchen. The eggs cooked in this recipe are initially medium boiled and fried in ghee to give that extra touch of rich flavor to the gravy with added fried cashew-onion-curd paste which enhances the overall dish making it deliciously scrumptious and mouth-watering recipe yet very simple and light for health.
Lababdar as a term is often attached to many dishes to signify complete surrender of one’s taste buds to that dish’.– google definition.The word ‘Lababdar’ is basically used for dishes which are extremely rich and desired by all. In simple words, a recipe that will make your mouth water and tummy growl in hunger.