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Khasta Dal Kachori: Spiced Lentil filled Fried Pastries

 

There have been times when the rain made the window panes hazy with their drops and I have wanted to bite into these. When our backyard looked like a watercolor painting through the bleary glass: unfocussed, washed out and deep deep green that I have evoked that whiff of smell in my memories. [...]

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Moong Dal Halwa: Yellow Moong Halwa

 

Moong Dal or the husked yellow Moong Halwa is a popular confection in the northern and north western regions of India. This is made usually during the winter months. The lentils are slowly cooked in ghee releasing its rich, nutty aroma. It is sweet and redolent of cardamom and saffron.

The biggest festival in [...]

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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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Bengali Mishti Pulao: Bengali Style Pilaf with Cashews and Raisins

 

 

The sound of “Mishti Pulao” takes me back to this little girl dining on this tiny table and chair, set by the family dining table just where the door opens. It is Christmas lunch. The family has gathered around the table. Crisp winter air blows in through the door, making the food [...]

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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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