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Papaya/Pepe – r Plastic Chutney

 

This recipe has to be one of the most loved recipes of my ma. It brings in intense nostalgia for me: an eclectic amalgam of memories that are sweet and funny…but also the close association of the people and places that matter most to me.

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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 [...]

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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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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 [...]

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Potatoes with Indian Five Spice

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

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