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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 [...]


Dhoka – Fried Lentil Cakes

I am back! Two long months  went by in a wink and we are here with plenty of memories and experiences to last for a life time. The time fleeted by quick, almost like a dream… changes and familiarity, reconnecting with the cultures, and traditions, the joys of meeting and the tears of the [...]


Potatoes with Indian Five Spice

Have you tried the Bengali five spice blend yet? If you haven’t, you should give it a try.




“Shondesh” is what it is called in West Bengal, “Sandesh” it is elsewhere, & Cheese Fudge is the closest translation I can come up with. “It’s dry yet moist in sweetness. It won’t exactly melt in your mouth but its sweet aftertaste lures your taste buds to bite into more such soft wonders. That, [...]


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