Vegan Archive

Saraswati Pujo Special: Shojne Phool aar Topa Kuler Chatni (Sweet-n-Sour Chutney of Moringa Blossoms and Sour Berries)

  Today is 1st February 2017, and this year, the Indian festival of Saraswati Pujo or Basant Panchami falls on this day! As a Bengali who studied in Raisina, New Delhi, Saraswati Pujo is nostalgia. It reminds me of the preparations done by the “senior students” in the school, days in advance. ...Read More

Shojne Phooler Bati Chocchori (Bengali-Style Drumstick Flower Curry)

  In a traditional Bengali household, Shojne Phool is one of those edible flowers that is usually eaten during the winters. Shojne Phool or the drumstick blossoms are the flowers of the Moringa tree. It is popular in Bengali Cuisine not only because of its flavour and texture, but because of its ...Read More

Traditional Bengali Recipes: Hing Chorchori

  Chorchori, Chochchori or Charchari is an extremely flexible Bengali vegetarian dish that can be cooked in a jiffy. Chorchori comes handy when you have a little of each vegetable and don’t know what to cook! You just throw-in everything together in a kadhai, with minimal or no addition of water, and ...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

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

Sprout and Red Cabbage Soup

  Happy detox, foodies. If your January feels already wonderful and light, my detox recipes will make it fabulous!   A glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice mixed with warm water taken every day the first thing in the morning is perhaps one of the best and easiest ways to start your ...Read More

Morning Green Smoothie

Hello, beautiful winter morning of January 1, 2015! Today’s morning air is full of happiness, positivity and hope. My first day of this year has begun with good thoughts and attainable resolutions! Since it is a fresh start to everything, what’s better than giving your loved ones the gift of sound health? ...Read More

Book Review: A Pinch of This, A Handful of That (by Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal)

    Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal is one of the most popular personalities in the Mumbai foodie world. The lady who is one of the first foodies in India to write an Indian food blog (her blog is called A Perfect Bite), also runs APB Cook Studio: a place where food connoisseurs across Mumbai ...Read More

Mochar Chop (Banana Flower Croquettes)

    Ask any Bengali, and you’ll surely find the mention of this vegetarian street food called “Mochar Chop” in their list of top ten Bengali snacks! “Mocha” is nothing related to coffee and chocolate for a Bengali, but is the local name given to banana blossoms. I strongly feel that Mochar ...Read More

Poori/Puri/Luchi: Indian Puffed Bread

Poori/Puri/Luchi: Indian Puffed Bread. Poori, puri or luchi are Indian names for puffed deep-fried breads made with whole-wheat atta(flour) or maida (refined flour). This is a very delicate bread and it is soft, yet chewy. If fried in fresh oil and if the dough is kneaded properly, every poori is expected to ...Read More