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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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Shrimp Arancini

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UnforgettableRice​ #CollectiveBias Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, this Shrimp Arancini would make for a great party appetizer or even dinner, when paired with a salad. Arancini are crunchy risotto balls and they could be either stuffed or not. It is a great way to use leftover risotto and it is just as delicious as your creamy risotto.

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Creamy Salmon Piccata

About 4 years back, I had prepared a similar dish but I had panko crusted the salmon and baked it in the oven. It was delicious. We love the tangy piccata sauce and I make it quite often with seafood or pasta. I never added cream and kept it light with just chicken broth. However, when I included cream in the sauce, it made the sauce so silky to the palate that we ended up licking the plate clean. No kidding! This Creamy Salmon Piccata takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, which is my book is a winning recipe.

Puti Maach Er Tok (Tangy Fish Stew) | Playful Cookinglink to Puti Maach Er Tok (Tangy Fish Stew)

Puti Maach Er Tok (Tangy Fish Stew)

Let me break down the name of the dish first. Puti is a kind of small freshwater fish, Maach means fish in Bengali and Tok means tangy. The selections of fish recipes that one can find in Bengali cuisine are countless. Some are spicy, some are mild, some are loaded with vegetables and others are not. There are also various fish curries/stews that goes with the season. This simple Puti Maach Er Tok (Tangy Fish Stew) is typically prepared in peak summer months. Kolkata summer is brutal and this tangy stew helps to cool down the body and keep the…

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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…

Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup | Playful Cookinglink to Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup

Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup

Soft white fish, chunky bites of vegetables with a handful of orzo, bathing in calmly spiced coconut broth. This simple one-pot fish and orzo coconut soup is hearty and makes a meal on it’s own. A little bit of globetrotting happened while creating this soup. The color of the broth comes from the famous south Indian spice Molagapodi (spicy gunpowder), there is pasta to make it filling and at the end, I sprinkled a little bit of sumac for that sharp tang. When the temperature drops down and you finally start to feel the chill in the air, it’s time…

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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.

Mackerel with fresh peppercorn and coconut milk | Playful Cookinglink to Mackerel with Fresh Peppercorn and Coconut Milk

Mackerel with Fresh Peppercorn and Coconut Milk

Feb and March have always been the most eventful and exciting months for us. Our birthdays, our anniversary and this time, the months were quite brief, or at least it felt that way. After we returned from our trip, we had guests over, back to back. First, my in-laws along with my sister in law (Arvind’s sister) and her delightful little daughter Ira, who is three months older than Avyan, came over. So, you can imagine the fun with two babies rocking the house! And after they left, my parents along with my brother and my sister in law came…