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Fulkopi’r Data Bhaja – Cauliflower Stalk Stir fried

Fulkopi’r Data Bhaja is a classic Bengali dish that is prepared using the stalk, leaves and core of the cauliflower.  It is a simple pure vegetarian dish that you can prepare with very basic ingredients. This Cauliflower Stalk Stir fried is a great way to embrace the concept of no-waste-food.

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Sugar Cookies shaped Button, Star & Leaf

Continuing with the holiday season indulgence, I am now gearing up for all kind of Christmas cakes and cookies! Last weekend, I baked these Button, Star & Leaf Cut Out Sugar Cookies, along with my little helper. You have to pardon the terrible piping skills on the cookie, but I am assuring you on the taste.

Honey Dijon Hummus with Zaatar Pita Chips | Playful Cooking #hummus #foodphotography #honey #dijon #zaatar #pitachipslink to Honey Dijon Hummus with Zaatar Pita Chips

Honey Dijon Hummus with Zaatar Pita Chips

Making appetizers for holiday parties is one of my favorite things. I feel it’s easy to grab a bite, walk around, sip some wine and come back for another bite. There are a few favorites and humus is definitely one of them. I usually pair it with a bunch of assorted veggies and crackers to dip in. If you want to uplift your regular hummus, add a little smack with Maille Honey Dijon and pair it with zaatar toasted pita chips. Of course, you could keep adding few other sides like radish, cucumber or whatever you like and turn it…

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Portuguese Spiced Clams

Little clams swimming in a vibrant red broth with a perfect balance of tang and heat! This Portuguese Spiced Clams is the perfect cold weather meal. You definitely need some rustic bread to swipe that delicious sauce off the bowl and a good wine for pairing. What I love the most about this dish is that it takes less than 15 minutes to bring it together.

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Caramelized Onion Chicken Curry

Sweet caramelized onion is blended into a puree and then marinated with chicken pieces. It is then slow cooked with few other spices. It's a spiced chicken curry with the sweet note from the caramelized onion. A treat when paired with Naan. This Caramelized Onion Chicken Curry could be your perfect weekend meal. 

Tel Potol | Very Light Parwal / Pointed Gourd Curry | Playful Cooking #foodphotography #indian #curry #recipe #everyday #vegetarian #bengalilink to Tel Potol (Mild Pointed Gourd Curry)

Tel Potol (Mild Pointed Gourd Curry)

Tel Potol is a popular pointed gourd curry prepared in Bengali style with nigella seeds, pungent mustard oil and fresh green chilies. There are no other spices apart from turmeric for color, salt and sugar for seasoning. Tel Potol is a very light curry, which makes it smooth on the tummy too. A perfect summer meal!

Mango Panna Cotta | Playful Cooking #mango #dessert #sweets #pannacotta #cream #creamlink to Mango Panna Cotta

Mango Panna Cotta

If you are ever in doubt of what dessert to make for a party or for random mid-week indulgence, go for a Panna Cotta. It’s the easiest thing that one can pull off with absolutely minimal effort. Every time I make something as simple as a panna cotta, I wonder why don’t I make it more often! I made Mango Panna Cotta last week. It was absolutely luscious, velvety and so smooth to the palate.

Fruit Cold Cut Panzanella Salad | Playful Cooking #panzanella #salad #summer #fruitslink to Panzanella Salad with Fruit and Cold Cut Meat

Panzanella Salad with Fruit and Cold Cut Meat

A salad such as Panzanella Salad shouldn’t resist to norms like day old bread with tomato and vinaigrette. It’s a type of salad that can be simple or extravagant with a beautiful medley of fresh seasonal produce. This Fruits and Cold Cut Panzanella Salad is like summer on a bowl with interesting mix of textures from different fruits and red wine vinaigrette. You can adjust the ingredients of the Panzanella Salad based on your taste buds and diet.