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). Continue reading “Sunday Mangsho-r Jhol (a Bengali mutton curry)”
Naarkel Naru or Sweet Coconut Balls, a sweet treat made with just 3 ingredients, makes an appearance as the second part of my Nolen Gur Series. It’s a very versatile recipe and I say so because you can actually use this even as filling for other Indian desserts such as Patishapta, Pithe, etc. For my Patishapta (Indian crepe) recipe, click here. Continue reading “The Nolen Gur Series : Part II ~ Naarkel Naru”
Photography – A curiosity that has quickly become a hobby and now I find myself enjoying certain types of photography more than others. Food photography is certainly one the types I enjoy (you can tell by my food posts!) and now with the storm in California and the abundance of rain (Thank heavens!), I am ALWAYS intrigued by rain-soaked nature! I find the glistening water droplets beautiful, on leaves. Continue reading “‘Nature in the Rain’ ~ the first photography-only post”
Patishapta 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’.
Continue reading “The Nolen Gur Series : Part I ~ Patishapta”
This is fresh, spicy, and homemade minced chicken or chicken keema for the winter-struck soul. Continue reading “Chicken Keema Masala”
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”
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.
Continue reading “Homemade Whole Milk Yogurt ~ Happy 4th of July!”
Going 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.
Continue reading “Hakkasan New York ~ a Michelin Star Restaurant Review”
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)”
This is treasure island for all those you love your decorating your garden, patio, front yard, backyard and interiors!
Continue reading “Potstop ~ Your one-stop shop for home and garden decor”