Indian Spices Archive

Kochur Loti aar Chingri Maacher Paturi (Bengali Paturi Dish with Taro Stolons and Prawns)

  I love to cook with exotic Bengali ingredients: one of them being what we call as Kochur Loti in ‪‎Bengali, which is actually young stolons of ‪colocasia (Arbi in Hindi) or taro. Kochur Loti is a delicious vegetable. Bengalis relate to this dish as this brings back the memories of the ...Read More

Traditional Bengali Delicacies: Kosha Mangsho (Slow-Cooked Bengali-Style Mutton with Spices)

    Happy Durga Puja to all! As a Bengali, I always take pride to talk about the rich culinary heritage of Bengal. Our Bengali dishes are appreciated worldwide for their variety and flavour. Bengali cuisine is refined. We have mouth-watering Bengali street food, and this includes our rustic Phuchka, Jhal Muri ...Read More

Chilli Jam Aubergines

    “I never heard of it in my entire life. What on earth is Chilli Jam?” my Maharashtrian cook asked surprisingly, as I passed her a very small amount of my creation. She touched the jam to her tongue with a frown. And that was the end of her frown, actually. ...Read More

Flavours of Seemandhra: The Andhra Food Festival at Saffron, JW Marriott, Juhu

  A food festival dedicated to only Andhra cuisine is quite rare in Mumbai. But the signature restaurant Saffron, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu, recently had the Seemandhra Food Festival, which was really one-of-its-kind in Mumbai, as it focussed on just the flavours of Andhra, undiluted. I was invited to an exclusive media ...Read More

Topa Kuler Achaar (Bengali-Style Sweet-n-Sour Berry Pickle)

    Although luxury restaurants in Kolkata take traditional Bengali food very seriously, upscale restaurants in Kolkata are now digging more into rustic Bengali recipes and are giving them their own spin. The dine-out restaurants in Kolkata are now getting creative, innovating with evergreen Bong delicacies, like Topa Kuler Achaar, Chingri Macher ...Read More

Salmon Chowder with an Indian Twist!

  Who doesn’t love a hearty salmon chowder? And I can assure you, with that lndian twist of mine, it brings out the goodness of the chowder even more. This chowder is something that I would call, “Holy delicious!!” I dreamt about this recipe when I was on a vacation to Kerala ...Read More

Bengali Chicken Cutlets

  These Bengali-style chicken cutlets are one of the most popular Bengali street foods, among a plethora of others. I made these during the Durga Puja festival recently. To those who don’t know about Durga Puja, it is the biggest festival for Bengali Indians, when we worship one of the greatest forms ...Read More

Shim Diye Macher Jhol (Bengali Fish Broth with Hyacinth Beans)

    I have been making this humble Bengali Macher Jhol for over eight years. It’s so easy because it’s made with a few ingredients and there aren’t a lot of tricks to this recipe. There is one version of this jhol, which uses a mixture of different kinds of vegetables. And ...Read More

Jashn-e-Kebab Festival at Kangan, The Westin Mumbai Garden City

  This monsoon, it is raining sultry kebabs at The Westin Mumbai Garden City. The Jashn-e-Kebab festival at Kangan, Westin, brings you an assortment of succulent vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebabs, suiting the season. Executive Chef Ajay Chopra and Chef de Cuisine Shamsher Ahmed have laid down a series of succulent kebabs for ...Read More

Doi Maach (Bengali Fish Curry in Yogurt)

  The other day, I made one of the traditional Bengali fish dishes, called Doi Maach. There are many ways of making authentic Bengali Doi Maach. My summer version of Doi Maach uses less oil, is easy on stomach and tastes great! My recipe found a mention in Bombay Times (Times of ...Read More