Pesto Pull-Apart Bread

Pesto Pull Apart Bread | Playful Cooking

I have been baking this Pesto Pull-apart Bread for several years now. Today, I finally managed to share it with you along with a video to show how easy it is. I like to call it the fun-bread because it’s just so cool to pull the slices casually and munch away. It needs no knife at all and that makes it so perfect for a picnic or party. I like to serve it with either a dip or some light soup/stew. It’s always a favorite in our house.

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Instant Berry Kulfi (Eggless Berry Creamsicles)

Instant Berry Kulfi (Instant Berry Creamsicles) | Playful Cooking

With summer in full swing, berries have overcrowded the market and with the temperatures shooting high, Instant Berry Kulfi sounds like a perfect happiness to the belly. Kulfi is every Indian’s guilty pleasure. Restaurants tend to get a frown face from the customer if the menu doesn’t end with kulfi. Be it wedding, birthday party or a causal family gathering, ending the meal with this milk based, eggless creamsicle is everybody’s favorite ritual.

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Lau Er Khosha Bhaja (Bottle Gourd Peel Stir Fry)

Lau Khosha Bhaja (Bottle Gourd Peel Stir Fry) | Playful Cooking

It might sound interesting for some, probably even bizarre for others, but for most Bengali’s, this is an everyday comfort food. Lau Er Khosha Bhaja literary translates to Bottle Gourd Peel Stir Fry. It is a humble side dish, typically paired with steamed white rice and lentil stew. For the past several years since I left home, I have used bottle guard so many times in several different dishes. But I never used those peels. In the process of learning to cook, I forgot some of these simple dishes that I grew up eating.

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Grilled Watermelon Shishito Peppers Salad

Grilled Watermelon and Shishito Peppers | Playful Cooking

I hope that you guys had a great weekend! Our weekend was pretty packed up, not in terms of work but in terms of fun. If you follow my Instagram stories, you must have had some glimpses. We are trying to get our little man comfortable in water before we enroll him for swimming classes. So, we spent long hours by the pool. Of course, it was followed by a quick grilled meal at the pool side. There was a birthday party to attend and Avyan went inside one of those bouncy castles for the first time. It needed a little get-up-and-go but then, he loved it. We spent Father’s Day strolling around at a country fair. With the temperature touching 102 F/ 38 C, it was quite crazy! We loved it nonetheless, with all the ice cream indulgence followed by hot dogs, garlic fries and Avyan’s favorite chu-chu ride.

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Kadhi Pakoda

Kadhi Pakoda | Playful Cooking

There are some dishes that give you so much comfort that you quite happily make that meal. Irrespective of the current season. Kadhi Pakoda does that to me. I didn’t grow up eating Kadhi Pakoda. And it’s only over a period of time that I have started to truly enjoy the dish. When I made this dish for the first time, we took a couple of spoonful’s and the rest went straight to the trash. This was about 10 years back. It was my attempt to impress my boyfriend. And Arvind, being the sweet person that he is, never complained about how terrible it turned out even in the next few attempts.

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