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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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Chia Mango Pudding

Chia Coconut Mango Pudding is a creamy chia pudding. I prepared it with coconut milk layered with mango bites and topped with more coconut flakes. It's smooth and deliciously sweet at every bite with a mild crunch from the coconut flakes. You can make this chia pudding with any variety of seasonal fruits you like. But I have to say that mangoes it extra tasty.

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Tropical Fruit Ginger Juice

The temperature has finally started to shoot up, giving us a full feeling of summer. The clear blue sky, the mildly warm breeze always calls for something refreshing and this tropical fruit ginger juice is the answer. It’s sweet, zesty and so uplifting. Make a big batch because you will love it!

Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait | Playful Cookinglink to Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait

Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait

The layers of texture, color and flavor make this Coconut Chia Berry Granola Parfait not only tasty but also a lovely looking healthy breakfast. It is sure to brighten up your morning. I am not a morning person and so, a breakfast that doesn’t involve too much work or brainpower always makes me happy. The layering of this parfait is easy and fun. Avyan helped me with the layering and he loved it. The little fella is still not into smoothie but he enjoyed the parfait a lot, especially the coconut chia pudding.

Cauliflower White Beans and Coconut Stew | Playful Cookinglink to Cauliflower White Beans and Coconut Stew

Cauliflower White Beans and Coconut Stew

This is one of those utterly simple hearty stews with tidbits from fridge cleaning day. Even though I like to keep my refrigerator as ordered as possible, I still land up in situations where it calls for immediate action. Things like finding half a head of cauliflower at the back of the shelf or few completely forgotten about half-filled cans of beans. Fridge cleaning day can be scary at times and at other times, it can be rewarding. It was the latter for me this time as I wasn’t too late. So, I used the leftovers to make this spiced…

Baingan Ka Salan (Baby Eggplant In Coconut Cashew Gravy) | Playful Cookinglink to Baingan Ka Salan (Baby Eggplant In Coconut Cashew Gravy)

Baingan Ka Salan (Baby Eggplant In Coconut Cashew Gravy)

The first time I tasted Baingan Ka Salan was several years back at my work place. One of my colleague’s Mom was in town for a few weeks and during that time, his lunch box was the best in the group. After sharing with the gluttonous team, he used to barely get a few bites. Soon, his Mom started packing a little extra for us and we shamelessly didn’t even bother to stop her. We were just so very thankful to eat such delicious home cooked food.

Almond and Coconut Crusted Green Beans | Playful Cookinglink to Almond And Coconut Crusted Green Beans

Almond And Coconut Crusted Green Beans

We both love meat and seafood but on weekdays, we mostly route towards a vegetarian meal. Simple, healthy and less indulgent! However, I would confess that green beans are one of those veggies that we should eat more often and we don’t. I typically buy it for Avyan’s toddler meals. But when it comes to cooking with green beans for grown-ups, I am mostly at a loss for ideas. Other than throwing a few in a curry or tossing it in noodles, I really don’t know how to upscale green beans.

Coconut Lemon Fish Stew | Playful Cookinglink to Coconut and Lemon Fish Stew

Coconut and Lemon Fish Stew

My parents can never even consider cooking with frozen fish. Bengali meals are all about fresh lake fish, brought from the fish market every other day. I grew up with that belief and tried to follow the ritual for quite some time. It was only during our stay in US when I started to embrace the idea of using frozen fish. And soon I realized how swiftly a wholesome meal could come together with a fillet of frozen fish. While these frozen fillets don’t live up to a typical Bengali style fish curry but it sure does make a light…

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Pumpkin Soup With Toasted Quinoa

Smooth to the palate with a hint of spice and coconut milk, this humble pumpkin soup gets elevated with toasted quinoa on top. While I always favor soaking slices of crusty bread in my warm bowl of soup, this time I just kept sprinkling crunchy quinoa until I reached to the bottom of the bowl.