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Baingan Ka Raita: Eggplant in Seasoned Yogurt

 

As the temperature oscillates between extremes, the body is confused: to wrap the fingers around a hearty cup of soup or to sit outdoors under the shade and cool off with a mild salad? This winter definitely seems undecided.

 

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Begun Posto: Eggplants with Poppy Seeds Paste

 

This is another traditional Bengali recipe. Eggplants are  lightly sauteed and then cooked in the creamy poppy seed paste. It is amazingly simple and flavorful. This happens to be one of those dishes where no spices are required.

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Aloo Bhaate/Aloo Makha: Mashed Potatoes the Bengali Way

 

 

Aloo Bhaate or mashed potatoes is the most basic dish in Bengali cuisine. It happens to be our quintessential comfort food. I will go ahead a little further and say that Aloo Bhaate defines a Bengali to a certain extent.

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Kumro/Lau Pata Bata: Spiced Pumpkin/Gourd Leaf Paste

 

Twenty years back when I left behind my home, my family and my childhood to begin a new life in this country, I had no idea how much I would miss the everyday things that I took for granted: the hand pump which spurted out water with every squeeze, the call of the [...]

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Chaal Kumro Diye Muger Dal: Ash Gourd/Winter Melon with Yellow Mung

 

A few times a year, I get the gift of indulging into a full blown elaborate Bengali meal. The times when my dad visits, and then there are those times when my cousin comes over. There is nothing more beautiful than sharing a familiar spread of flavorful comfort with the two very special [...]

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