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Tetor Dal: Lentils with Bitter Melon



I have a bitter-sweet relationship with this recipe. “Bitter” already appears in the post title, but why sweet? It has to do more with my emotions than the taste. This is one of those recipes which are cloistered in typically Bengali homes. Almost protected. It rarely makes it way on the table [...]


Bengali Cholar Dal: Lentils with Coconut and Spices



This is a very traditional Bengali recipe – simmered lentils with little bites of coconut, a hint of sweet and  redolent of spices. And there is no other way to have a bowlful but with Luchi or Kochuri/Kachori. But that is only with us – the Bengalis. The rest of the world [...]


Bhaja Muger Dal/Roasted Mung Soup

This recipe is a plain, simple comfort food;  the kind which takes me back home right when I start heating up my skillet.  The warm aroma stirs up the nostalgia, which hangs in thick clusters. Little strings of incidents line up like dew drops on a blade of grass while real and unreal blends [...]


Red Lentils with Cumin and Fried Onions

I have been very eloquent about my love of red lentils in a lot of posts before. This is another of my favorite recipe from home – my dida’s recipe,  a comforting dish fondly remembered and spiced with love and memories.



Simply Seasoned Red Lentils – A Taste of Home

This dal is one of my comfort foods. Every time I make it, the sound of the sizzling spice & the aroma reminds me of home, of my childhood…. Masoor dal used to be a staple food for me – for I rarely would want to try any other dal. Why? Because [...]


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