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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Sweet and Spicy Green Mango Chutney: Kancha Aamer Chutney

 

 

While the term “chutney” is observed upon as a condiment by the rest of the world, it plays a quite different role in Bengali cuisine. Chutney is an essential part of the multi-course Bengali meal. It is not a condiment, and it is not to be paired with meat or cheese. The [...]

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Pnyaj, Tomato diye Posto: Onions & Tomatoes cooked in Poppy Seed Paste

 

 

Spicy, tangy and with unique taste and flavors, this is lip smacking good, and comes with immense possibilities of much more than just a side dish. Will that lure you to making this for yourself ? At least once?

 

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Sautéed Chard with Pine Nuts

 

 

The light crunch and the nutty but delicate flavor of the toasted pine nuts enhances this simply sauteed chard. Just a little sprinkle of the nuts is all that it needs to tie together the taste of the earthy greens with the hint of smoky cumin and charred pepper.

 

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