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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.

Kumro Pata Torkari - Bengali Cusinelink to Kumro Pata Torkari

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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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! 

Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew) | Playful Cookinglink to Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew)

Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew)

Tetor Daal – daal, as we all know, is Indian lentil stew and teto refers to bitter gourd. This light lentil stew with a hint of bitter taste 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. Typically, bottle gourd is also cooked along with the lentil to make the stew more filling. Also, the sweet taste of bottle gourd balances the bitterness of the stew. But, I wanted to keep tetor daal light and so, I…

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.

Doi Mach (Fish in Yogurt Gravy) | Playful Cookinglink to Doi Mach (Fish in Yogurt Gravy)

Doi Mach (Fish in Yogurt Gravy)

Doi meaning yogurt and Mach meaning fish is an authentic yogurt based Bengali fish stew. It is a gently spiced fish curry that is hearty and soul satisfying. Traditionally, doi mach is prepared with long silver river fish from the region but that shouldn’t stop you from trying it with your choice of sea fish. Just make sure you select a meaty fish for the best taste. Bengali meals are almost incomplete without some fish curry/stew and when Mom and Dad visit, I over indulge on these dishes. It’s like reliving those childhood days.

Taste of Eastern India | Bengali Cuisine Cookbook | Author and Photographer Kankana Saxenalink to Taste of Eastern India is released TODAY

Taste of Eastern India is released TODAY

This day will not be just another day for me. Sep 18th has marked itself special in my calendar. Taste of Eastern India is released TODAY. 8 years back, if someone had told me a day such as this would come in my life, I would have thought they are crazy! But here it is, my first cookbook on Bengali food, food that I grew up eating, food that I learnt cooking from my Mom and Aunts, food that always takes me back home. I hope you enjoy this book just as much as I enjoyed writing and photographing it.