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Begun Poda

Begun Poda is a classic Bengali Recipe. Begun refers to Eggplant, Poda means roast and now you know why this dish must be such a favorite to many. Roasted eggplant is a delicious treat and prepared is so many different ways in different parts of the world. While I love all of those versions, this bengali style roasted eggplant - Begun Poda will always remain my favorite. It's comforting with steamed white rice! 

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Mini Pavlovas with Fruit and Thyme Compote

Crispy outside and marshmallow like inside, pavlovas are such a perfect dessert idea when you want to wow your family or guests with very less effort. Serve with whipped cream and fresh fruits for a quick dessert. But if you have some time in hand, try with this berry and cherry thyme compote. Floral flavor and not overly sweet with a gorgeous color! Mini Pavlova with fruit and thyme compote is a great summer treat loved by anybody who has a sweet tooth. It’s a small batch and makes just 5 mini pavlovas.

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Chicken Tostadas

Tostadas are basically crispy, open-faced Taco that you can top with whatever protein you like along with salsa and sauce to bring it all together. This Chicken Tostadas was my way to use up some left-over grilled chicken and the first mango that I had bought this summer. The mango was not sweet and so salsa was all I could think. Hence a Mexican feast was in order with this Chicken Tostadas and Jalapeno Poppers (will share the recipe soon)

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Salted Caramel Panna Cotta

I am ending the week with some smooth Salted Caramel Panna Cotta. Panna Cotta is one of my go to dessert! It’s uncomplicated to prepare and you can play with as many essences as you liked. It does take some time to set so you certainly need to plan in advance. I had a small jar of salted caramel that needed to be used and Panna Cotta was the first thing that came in my mind. Glossy, smooth, wobbly and yet holding its shape flawlessly. It’s an indulgence you will love.

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Zucchini Blossom Stuffed with Poppyseeds and Coconut

Delicate zucchini blossoms stuffed with a mix of white poppy seeds and creamy coconut. It’s then dipped in a light batter and fried to crispy. The filling for this stuffed zucchini blossoms might sound a little unusual unless you grew up eating Bengali food and then you will find the connection. It’s amazing when served with warm steamed white rice. But it can make a lovely appetizer too, served with drinks to wash it down.

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Macher Jhol Aloo Begun Diye

A very light Bengali fish curry, that doesn’t call for onion or tomato. Just potato, eggplant and few mild spices is all it needs to prepare this Macher Jhol Aloo Begun Diye. Macher Jhol translates to fish curry, aloo means potato and Begun is eggplant. This simple light variety of Bengali fish curry is one of my absolute favorite. We also add dried lentil dumplings (daler bodi) which brings an earthy flavor to the dish. Paired with rice, it’s a great summertime meal.

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Mattha (Indian Spiced Yogurt Drink)

Call it Mattha, Chaas or Spiced Buttermilk, this yogurt baked spiced beverage is a classic Indian summer drink. Couple spices and fresh herbs blended with yogurt and water makes this thirst quencher. It is a great way to stay hydrated.  

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Eggless Burger Buns

These Eggless Burger Buns are soft and fluffy with delicate crumbs. Homemade burger buns are the best and with summer vacation I will be baking these quite often. In this recipe and the video, I have mentioned details on how you can make these buns with very little amount of yeast. Yeast is a rare commodity these days and so you need to make it last longer.

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Baked Eggs 3 Ways

Make you stay home/quarantine meal situation easy and fun with this quick Baked Eggs that I have shown 3 different ways to flavor up. You don’t have to restrict to it, and this will give you an idea how to treat baked eggs as a lovely blank canvas. Needs few key ingredients, about 5 minutes of prep time and 15 to 17 minutes of baking time.