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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 [...]


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.



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 [...]


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 [...]


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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