Nolen Gur Rasgulla (Cheese Balls cooked in Jaggery Syrup)

Nolen Gur Rasgulla | Playful Cooking

The sweet scent in the air, that joyful feeling and happier faces. Also lots of deliciousness to indulge on. Finally festive season is here! Being a Bengali, Durga Puja is extremely close to my heart. Rhythmic beats of dhaks paired with sounds of the conch shells. Everybody dressed gorgeously in bright colors, the feeling is priceless. My absolute favorite time of the year!

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Sriracha Popcorn

Sriracha Popcorn | Playful Cooking

We haven’t been to a movie theater for the past 3 years. I am really planning to take some action on that but then again, there should a fun movie that Avyan would enjoy. These days, all he likes to watch on TV are rhymes. So yes, we are all ears to get some advice on how to get started with movie theaters. In the meantime, we cuddle up in the couch and catch up on that paused movie with a big bowl of popcorn. Our favorite lazy Sunday afternoon routine!

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Roasted Pumpkin Risotto

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto | Playful Cooking

Roasted pumpkin risotto with crispy sage and crunchy pumpkin seeds! Its the perfect season for such meals and also because I can go for pumpkin or risotto any time of the year. Technically, there is no autumn in India and there are still some occasional bouts of rain. But there is this mild chilly feeling in the morning, hinting us that soon we could bring out warm clothes. That’s reason enough for me to start getting hearty with our meals.

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Grilled Paneer Pineapple Tart

Grilled Paneer and Pineapple Tart | Playful Cooking

In north Indian cuisine, paneer is the king of vegetarian meals and therefore, it makes frequent appearances on our dinning table. This unsalted cheese is versatile and easy to cook in different ways. From curries to scramble to char grill, it’s an ingredient that comes extremely handy. You could either go traditional, or take a different route and prepare something fancy. Grilled paneer pineapple tart , just delicious!

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Bengali Basanti Pulao (Sweet Saffron Rice Pilaf)

Bengali Basanti Pulao (sweet saffron rice pilaf) | Playful Cooking

The festive season starts in less than a month and everybody is excited about it. This season gives us an opportunity to indulge in shopping, endless treats and family get together. Sweet aroma floats in the air, people look happier and there’s so much joy everywhere. Bengali Basanti Pulao, also known as Mishti Pulao (Sweet Pilaf), is a quintessential dish during the celebrations. Bengalis love their rice, be it lunch or dinner. And when it’s celebratory or a happy gala, the rice is uplifted with whole spices, nuts and raisins.

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