Organic ‘Chhena’ or Fresh Indian Cheese Recipe (Homemade Paneer Recipe)

indian food recipe organic This is freshly made paneer or ‘chhena’  ( a.k.a. ‘chhana’) or fresh Indian cheese. The texture of this cheese is slightly firmer than ricotta cheese, the latter being very creamy.  However, if you knead it well, this ‘chhena’ becomes very smooth and creamy, too. Also, the process of making ricotta cheese and ‘chhena’ are the same. Even though an internet-search shows paneer is ‘cottage cheese’, the texture of the two are very different. Cottage cheese is loose with curds while paneer or ‘chhena’ is not loose.  

‘Chhena’  can be easily made at home and stored in an airtight container, mixed with sugar and other flavors to prepare sweets or desserts during the Indian festive season!   Read More


Homemade Ghee or Clarified Butter Recipe (from butter) + Health Benefits of Ghee

How to Make Ghee, How to make homemade ghee, healthy recipe, weight loss remedy gheeOne cannot say enough about the greatness and health benefits of ghee, especially if it’s organic and homemade. This is an easy 3-step recipe to make ghee or clarified butter easily at home. I promise, you’ll never go back to the store for it again.  Read More


Sunday Mangsho-r Jhol (a Bengali mutton curry recipe)

engali goat meat mutton stew recipe

This is the quintessential, simple, mutton (goat) stew that is made in most Bengali homes on a Sunday afternoon. Of course, it is meant to be relished and devoured with ‘gorom bhaat’ (steamed white rice).  Read More


Noler Gur Series : Part III ~ Paayesh (Rice Pudding)

Nolen Gurer Paayesh or Rice Pudding recipe
Easy three-ingredient Indian Rice Pudding – yes, that’s what ‘Paayesh’ really is. 
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Aloo Gobi Recipe (south-indian style potato cauliflower curry)

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.”  Read More


Suji Halwa or Sweet Semolina Pudding

Sooji Halva RecipeThe festive season is here. I started off by celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi here in the Bay Area for the first time ever. Next comes the biggest festival for Bengalis, all over the world ~ Durga Puja. But one thing is common with all Indian festivals, that is indulging in sweets! Read More