Vegetarian 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

Mugsamli or Bhaja Muger Puli (Fried Bengali Dumplings with Toasted Moong Pulses)

  Have you heard of the Bengali dish called Mugsamli? The traditional Mugsamli is for those who love sweets with a touch of savoury and spice! Mugsamli, Mugshamli or Mugsamuli is one of those dishes that is made during Poush Sankranti or Makar Sankranti. It is essentially a fried dumpling that has ...Read More

Poush Sankranti Recipe: Patishapta (Bengali Sweet Crepes with Filling)

  Cosmopolitan Currymania wishes you all a very Happy Poush Sankranti!   Makar Sankranti or Poush Sankranti is that time of the year for the Bengalis when even the sweet-haters turn optimistic. For a Bengali, food takes centrestage in the Makar Sankranti harvest festival. Bengalis love to spend this time by singing, ...Read More

Poush Parbon Recipe: Ranga Aalur Pithe (A Traditional Festive Bengali Dessert using Sweet Potato)

  Poush Sankranti is just round the corner. Every year, January 14th/15th is called Makar Sankranti or Poush Sankranti, which denotes the culmination of the Poush month in the Bengal calendar, and the beginning of the Maagh month and festivities thereafter. The Poush month-end or Poush Parbon is also an indication that the ...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

Nolen Gurer Narkeler Naru (Bengali-Style Coconut Balls with Date Palm Jaggery)

    It is that time of the year when a Bengali craves for the first sight of Maa Durga. There is an aura of the supreme Goddess that lingers in the air during this time. This familiarity can only be felt! If you are a Bengali yourself, you will definitely relate ...Read More

My #ChefsWithChunkies Entry: Chunkies Dessert Dumplings with Chilled Bengali Shinni

  The other day, I tasted a pack of Britannia Good Day Chunkies. The very next moment the idea of creating my signature “cookie dumplings” with a little twist on a rather underestimated Indian dessert—the age-old Bengali Shinni—came to my mind. The traditional Shinni or Sinni is actually a Prashad or the ...Read More

Healthy Soya Seekh Kebabs with Fresh Peppercorns

    As I wrote in one of my previous blogposts, I find it worthwhile to buy vegetables and fruits myself, rather than the convenient home-ordering option that has taken Mumbai by storm. There is a kind of satisfaction when you choose your own fresh ingredients yourself. You get the best brinjals, worm-free ...Read More

My Signature Nolen Gurer Shondesh Ice Cream: the Best Bengali Ice Cream Made in my Kitchen

    I can still feel my wonderful childhood days in bits and pieces. There are triggers that revive childhood memories: food being one of them. My childhood winters were totally enriched with yummy homemade Bengali desserts, including the Gurer Paayesh, Shondesh, Rosogolla, Lobongo Lotika, and of course, the different kinds of ...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