Lauki Kofta/Bottle Gourd Dumplings in Thick Gravy

It’s called Long melon.. or Chinese melon.. or Calabash.. or Opo squash .. etc etc but it’s commonly known as Lauki in Hindi and Bottle Gourd in English. This vegetable is not very familiar to the western world (yet!), but it’s a highly used ingredient in Indian Cuisines. They vary in size from 6 inches to over 3 feet in length, and 2 to 12 inches in diameter, and can survive in salt water for more than 6 months!! Ok that was enough ‘gyan’ for today 😉 continue reading »

Potato Bread Tikki

Did you guys know that The Potato has been Grown in Space In 1995, potato plants were taken into space with the space shuttle Columbia. This marked the first time any food was ever grown in space. Got this interesting fact from here ! Wonder if they tried making some french fries with that .. lol !!! continue reading »

Fish Curry in Bengali Style

I very rarely cook Bengali Cuisines, not because I don’t like it ( I actually miss it 🙁 ) .. but because I suck at it .. most of the time!  When I was a kid and had every opportunity to learn Bengali cuisines from Mom, I was hanging out with my friends and shopping !! :D. I didn’t even know how to boil an egg .. can you believe this !! Somehow my Mom was never worried about all these things, she used to always tell my Dad that when the right time comes I will learn on my own. And then finally the time did come and I started cooking ( lot of disaster dishes happened in the process .. will share some other time 😉 ) …sounds like a big achievement huh !! continue reading »

Penne Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

I clearly remember when I started eating Pasta, it was not that long ago, I guess 4 years !! So, it was one such evening  when I had called Arvind for dinner; he was my BF then,  and wanted to make something special and different ( you know the common saying ‘ the way to Man’s heart is through his stomach’ ) I think I wanted to implement that 😉 That’s when I had made my first Pasta attempt , searched all over the net for something that looked simple and easy. If you know me, you will also know that I cannot follow recipe point by point. So after doing research for an hour or so , I decided to make something very simple with just onions and cilantro and lots of cheese .. dipped  in cheese, and it worked .. he loves cheese ( I did my homework 😉 ) . continue reading »

Creamy Cheese Stuffed Portobello

When I wake up on a Sunday morning and see the sun rays peeping through my window blinds, it makes my Sunday complete! I am an absolute lazy bum on this day of the week; wake up late, take long hours to finish my first cup of ginger tea, watch TV ( a nice romantic/drama movie would be my choice and Arvind would like to pick some Sci-fi/action… finally watching something that we both like ! ) a plain simple lunch in the couch. Back at home we had this ritual that Dad would cook our Sunday lunch and he used to do a good job most of time .. although he used to cook only chicken. May be I should start the same ritual .. Arvind will cook Sunday lunch .. have to hold on to that good great thought ! 😉 continue reading »