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The Nolen Gur Series : Part I ~ Patishapta

dsc_0120Patishapta is the Bengali answer to a French Crepe. Unlike savory crepes, Patishapta is always sweet and is smaller in diameter. It has a sweetened coconut or a fudgy sweet cheese filling. So I can rightfully call this recipe ‘Crepes with Coconut and Jaggery’. 
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Dessert, The Nolen Gur Series, Uncategorized

Nolen Gur ~ Uniquely Bengal

Date Palm Jaggery, Nolen Gur, Nalen Gur

What is ‘Nolen Gur’? Why is it so unique?
‘Nolen Gur’, ‘Notun Gur’ or ‘Khejur Gur’ is Date Palm Jaggery that is unique to Bengal. With the onset of a nip in the air, the local sweet (dessert) shops, in my hometown of Kolkata, are buzzing with eager customers buying the dairy-based sweets made with the ‘New Jaggery’. ‘Nolen’ stands for new, and ‘gur’ stands for jaggery. 

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Chicken Keema Masala

Chicken Keema Masala Recipe, Indian Minced Chicken RecipeThis is fresh, spicy, and homemade minced chicken or chicken keema for the winter-struck soul.  Continue reading “Chicken Keema Masala”

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Rose Sondesh ~ a Rose Mithai for Diwali

Rose Sondesh, Rose Shondesh, Rose Sandesh, Rose Mithai
The soft goodness of Sondesh with the flavor of real rose…

Sondesh is a type of sweet treat that is typical to Kolkata or (Calcutta, if you please!) And it’s notorious for it’s popularity among Bengalis! It is high in protein because it’s made with cheese or ‘chhana’ or ‘chena’ that is derived from fresh whole milk. The added delight to this is the number of flavors it comes in. Sondesh can be consumed as a treat just by itself, a snack or even dessert. I do know people in Calcutta who literally need to eat one sondesh a day after their meal or that meal remains incomplete! But then again, we have to agree that in Calcutta sweets are not only popular, they are readily and very easily available in the city. Outside Bengal, it is known as ‘sandesh‘. Continue reading “Rose Sondesh ~ a Rose Mithai for Diwali”

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Homemade Whole Milk Yogurt ~ Happy 4th of July!

Homemade whole milk yogurt or dahi or curd Recipe - July 4th weekend
Happy Red, White and Blue! ~ America celebrates and so do I, with my homemade yogurt success on July 4th 🙂

My joy of triumph knows no bounds. Why? You are talking to a yogurt lover about the joy of making her own whole milk yogurt at home. And my ‘success’ coincided with the 4th of July. For real. 
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Hakkasan New York ~ a Michelin Star Restaurant Review

Hakkasan New York Michelin Star Restaurant ReviewGoing by what a Chinese food fanatic I am and then when I went to a Michelin Star Cantonese restaurant with family and friends during my recent visit to New York, I could not help but share the experience here. I am, by no means, a professional restaurant reviewer. This is my experience and thoughts on Hakkasan, New York. 
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Aloo Gobi (South Indian style)

Aloo Gobi Recipe (south indian style)
Cauliflower with potatoes ~ Aloo Gobi

This is a no hassle quick vegetarian recipe. After eating this one of my friends, who is from South India herself, told me “Sumana, it tastes so good. Like temple food.”  Continue reading “Aloo Gobi (South Indian style)”

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Potstop ~ Your one-stop shop for home and garden decor

Potstop Pottery Shop Talavera Home Garden Interior decoration store
Just a snippet of what’s yet to come…

This is treasure island for all those you love your decorating your garden, patio, front yard, backyard and interiors! 
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Dessert, Relish/Chutney/Dips/Sauces, Uncategorized

Green Papaya Relish with Cranberries

Green Papaya Relish with Cranberries Recipe
You may call this Relish or just ‘Chutney’, it’s perfect for summer and very versatile

Coming from the tropics myself, papaya was readily available everywhere. Typically a ripened papaya is consumed as it is, like a fruit. But a green or unripened one was usually used for savory dishes.
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Thai Red Curry ~ Vegetarian

Thai Red Curry Vegetarian Recipe
Delicious and wholesome!

If you know Thai cuisine, you will know the Thai curries. And on the first day of Spring, here’s presenting you a colorful and nutritious dish with veggies galore and tofu.  Continue reading “Thai Red Curry ~ Vegetarian”