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Mutton Curry with Fenugreek, Coconut and Curry Leaves


One of my maa’s recipes has been the inspiration for this recipe today. I have a distinct memory of this afternoon when I see my maa emerging out of the kitchen ¬†holding a stainless steel container and setting it on the table. It was a mutton curry she had tried out for the [...]


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 [...]


Avial: Mixed Vegetables with Coconut


Avial is a popular and well loved dish from the southern regions of India, subtly seasoned with coconut, coconut oil and curry leaves. It is perhaps one of the lightest Indian dishes, where the flavors of the myriad vegetables shine through without getting overpowered by spices.


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