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Bengali style sweet savory egg curry - Dimer Kalia #bengali #eggcurry #indianfood #playfulcooking #foodphotography #photography #foodstyling #easycurry #currylink to Dimer Kalia – Sweet Savory Bengali Egg Curry

Dimer Kalia – Sweet Savory Bengali Egg Curry

It’s aromatic and it’s creamy! Dimer Kalia is a quintessential Bengali Egg Curry that has a lovely blend of sweet and savory. Bengali New Year is around the corner and I have a rich creamy curry to celebrate the day. Typically, on a special day like “Poila Boishak” (Bengali New Year), the menu always includes fish, mutton and ends with dessert. While I love fish and mutton, I just wanted to give an option to people who would like to a take slightly different route in building the menu. Also, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like egg curry. So,…

3 Essential Bengali Spice Mixes | Playful Cooking #spices #indian #bengali #kolkatalink to Bengali Spice Mixes

Bengali Spice Mixes

I have been making my everyday spice mixes for the past few years. Spices are the soul to Indian cooking and the aroma of freshly made spice mix can never be matched by the store bought version. It might add a few extra minutes but I always feel it’s worth tasking that time. Today, I am sharing 3 essential Bengali spice mixes, which very much defines the Bengali cuisine. These simple spice mixes are used in everyday cooking, vegetarian or non-vegetarian, and often prepared fresh at home.

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Kumro Pata Torkari

Kumro Pata Torkari or call it Kumro Pata Chorchori is a quintessential Bengali pure veg curry, prepared with assorted veggies and pumpkin leaves along with pumpkin stems. It is a simple comfort meal when paired with rice. Very mildly spiced like most vegetarian dishes in Bengali cuisine. You can prepare the same dish using squash or zucchini stems/stalks and leaves. 

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Egg Omelette Curry

Growing up, I was a picky eater and Egg Curry was my all-time fav! Especially this Egg Omelette Curry Bengali Style, served with steamed white rice. Fluffy small portion of omelette/omelet swimming alongside bite size potatoes in a mildly spiced tomato gravy. The dish comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it a great weeknight dinner.

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Playful Cooking’s Pantry Kits

When I started my blog several years back, little did I know that one day it will be my job or it will make me an author or that one day, I will have my pantry kits in the market for people to buy and enjoy fuss-free cooking! I am EXCITED to announce that now I have paired with Global Belly to create easy to cook pantry kits. And it is ready now for you to buy. To start with, we have Kosha Mangsho (Spiced Mutton Stew Bengali Style), Bashanti Pulao (Bengali Sweet Saffron Rice) and Rajma! 

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Aam Daal (Green Mango Lentil Stew)

Aam Daal is a quintessential Bengali daal (lentil stew) prepared throughout the mango season. It's mildly sour from using the green mango and utterly comforting when paired with steamed white rice. It is most commonly prepared using red lentil (masoor daal) but you can use your choice of daal too.

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Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew)

Tetor Daal – daal is a light lentil stew with a hint of bitter taste from using bitter gours. It is a quintessential Bengali dish, most commonly prepared during summer months. Bitter gourd is known to cleanse your palate and soothe your tummy, which makes this stew ideal for a detox diet.

Chingri Malaicurry (Bengali Style Shrimp/Prawn Curry) | Playful Cookinglink to Chringri Malai Curry (Bengali Style Shrimp/Prawn Curry) and Announcing my Cookbook Deal!

Chringri Malai Curry (Bengali Style Shrimp/Prawn Curry) and Announcing my Cookbook Deal!

This year I spent more time in my tiny kitchen than in any other corner of our home. It was all about testing and retesting every single recipe. Followed by photographing and of course the writing. Wow, does it feel lovely to finally share this news with you guys. Yes, I am writing and photographing my first cookbook. You never think something like this will ever happen to you. Then it actually does. A dream that I had for a while now, is shaping up beautifully and becoming a reality. It just feels amazing.

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Doi Mach (Fish in Yogurt Gravy)

Doi Mach is a traditional Bengali fish curry that has a yogurt based gravy. It tastes mildly tangy and the spices are subtle, which makes this dish so good for hot summer days. I have shared here a great trick that will avoid yogurt from curdling when added while cooking curries.