Puti Maach Er Tok (Tangy Fish Stew)

Puti Maach Er Tok (Tangy Fish Stew) | Playful Cooking

Let me break down the name of the dish first. Puti is a kind of small freshwater fish, Maach means fish in Bengali and Tok means tangy. The selections of fish recipes that one can find in Bengali cuisine are countless. Some are spicy, some are mild, some are loaded with vegetables and others are not. There are also various fish curries/stews that goes with the season. This simple Puti Maach Er Tok (Tangy Fish Stew) is typically prepared in peak summer months. Kolkata summer is brutal and this tangy stew helps to cool down the body and keep the tummy calm.

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Paneer Jalfrezi (Cheese and Pepper Stir Fry)

The past few weeks have been a little bumpy for us. First, I caught a bad virus that started with a horrible throat ache. And then, I passed it on to my little boy. He was not eating or playing, fever back to back and he just wanted to rest. We kept him off school for a few days. On top of all this, the workload was getting piled up. It’s a good thing that my work spins around food, so even if the laundry gets done in time or not, the food is almost always ready. Of course, with a sick baby at home, cooking takes the last priority and I look for quick meals. One of my go to being, this Paneer Jalfrezi (Cheese and Pepper Stir Fry).

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Strawberry And Watermelon Spicy Gazpacho

Strawberry And Watermelon Spicy Gazpacho | Playful Cooking

About four years back, I had attended a blogger gathering organized by California Strawberries. It was in the scenic city of Carmel. We visited several farms, spoke to the talented farmers, learnt all about strawberries and gobbled on the sweet fruit for three days in a row. This year, I am joining hands with them once again to spread more strawberry love with this Strawberry and Watermelon Spicy Gazpacho.

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Mascarpone White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Semifreddo

Mascarpone White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Semifreddo | Playful Cooking

Frozen treats for coffee lovers because it has the flavor of white chocolate, caramel, coffee and the richness of mascarpone cheese. So good and so easy that you would want to make it all summer long. And the best part is that it doesn’t need an ice cream machine. No churning and yet, the end result turns out creamy. However, it doesn’t get hard like an ice cream. Semifreddo are semi-frozen treats that fall under the category of ice cream but the texture is much softer, seems like a frozen mousse. If you enjoy soft serve ice cream like me, then probably you are going to love this super rich Mascarpone White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Semifreddo. It’s a treat to celebrate summer!

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Green Tea Mint Lemonade

Green Tea Mint Lemonade | Playful Cooking

One of my best friends recently bought a beautiful big house. The first thing that caught my attention was her kitchen. Gorgeous natural light! The second thing which caught my eye was the Meyer Lemon Tree in her backyard. I am one of those lemon fanatics who like to add a little citrus flavor in everything. From smoothies to curries to desserts! So, you can imagine my excitement when she showered me with a bag full of Meyer Lemons. These lemons are huge, some of them even bigger than my 50mm lens. If you follow my Instagram stories, you must have seen that story! I instantly started thinking off all those lemon-loaded dishes that I was going to make. But first, it’s time for some Green Tea and Mint Lemonade!

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