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.
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.
Packed with nutrition, this Mung Bean and Kale Daal is such a tasty wholesome meal. It can be served in two ways. You could serve it with a good doze of ghee and spice sizzle on top and it would pair beautifully with rice. You could also swirl a little bit of cream and enjoy it as soup with the bread of your choice. I have tried both the versions of Mung Bean and Kale Daal. They both taste equally comforting and so good!
Bhaja Mung Daal Khichuri is a quintessential Bengali style khichdi that is very special to us! We use short grain rice and roasted yellow mung beans that we slow cook to a luscious porridge, seasoned with Bengali five spice and ghee. It turns into a super hearty meal!
We Indians are used to eating a lot of flat breads. In most of the Indian kitchens, it's prepared every day and paired with some side dish or lentil soup. Having said that, if you are from eastern India, we are more used to eating rice in our daily meal. It's only after my marriage that I started to cook and eat paratha or roti on a regular basis. One of the most common flat bread preparation is stuffed paratha, which I am still struggling with, but stuffed poori with lentil is something I managed to learn faster.
Crumbly and not overly sweet stuffed with khoya (solid milk) and nuts, these Moong Dal Ladoo are an easy dessert choice during the Indian festive season. Moong Dal Ladoo needs a bit of planning in advance to soa the lentil, but overall it's quite effortless to prepare.
Bengali New Year - Poila Baisakh / Nobo Borsho is just round the corner! We celebrate along with family and friends, greeting each other “Shubho Noboborsho” which means “Happy New Year”. We are known for our love for food and on this special day, we feast all day long. I am sharing here a list of dishes that Bengali people eat on New Year!
Egg Tadka/ Egg Torka or also referred to as Dimer Torka is a famous Kolkata Street Food. It is a lovely creamy medley of green mung bean and split chickpeas (chana dal) along with eggs. Add a dollop of butter and enjoy it with your choice of paratha, roti or Naan.
Bell Pepper is one of those vegetables that I buy very rarely. On exceptional occasions, it gets added in my grocery list and often plays a side role in creating a complete dish. Bharwa Shimla Mirch (Potato Stuffed Bell Pepper) is the only dish I know where bell pepper is the hero. It takes on a full role. Bharwa Shimla Mirch can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish with the main course.
Zucchini Moong Dal is a quick dal and makes a great choice for summer dal. This zucchini lentil | courgette lentil curry recipe is light on the tummy and really quick to put together. I mostly like to pair it with rice, but you can use roti, bread and enjoy it as soup.
Peyaj Mushuri Dal is a classic Bengali dal/dahl. It is mild on the tummy and gets a hint of sweetness from the caramelized onion. With just 5 INGREDIENTS, this masoor dal is a hearty starter to a Bengali meal. You can enjoy it like soup or pair it with some crispy fried veggies or fish and rice.
Dal Tadka is one of the most common Indian lentil stew. It is available in almost all Indian restaurants. Lentil stew is consumed on a daily basis in every Indian household. And it switches from light lentil soup in summer to rich and thick ghee laden Tadka dal in winter.