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Whole Roasted Cauliflower in Mustard Sauce

Whole Roasted Cauliflower is a perfect, easy way to bring a veggie showstopper to your dinner table. Cauliflower, as we all know, is a beautiful canvas to play with flavors and this time, I went with mustard sauce. I roasted the cauliflower in a broth with some shallots and celery. The broth not only added flavor but also cooked the cauliflower to a perfect texture. With some crusty bread on the side, this would be a perfect cozy meal!

Zaatar Roasted Cauliflower Brussel Sprouts with Maple Mustard Dressing | Playful Cooking #cauliflower #foodphotography #salad #roastedlink to Zaatar Roasted Cauliflower Brussel Sprouts with Maple Mustard Dressing
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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…

Sarso Ka Saag (Mustard Greens Curry) | Playful Cookinglink to Sarso Ka Saag (Mustard Greens Curry)

Sarso Ka Saag (Mustard Greens Curry)

The very first time I ate Sarso Ka Saag (Mustard Greens Curry) was in a restaurant. My friend had ordered it. I went with the typical chicken butter masala. I was not much of a food fanatic. And used to order only those dishes that I was acquainted with. My friend, being a Punjabi, couldn’t pass sarso ka saag. And as expected, she paired it with makki ki roti. When the food arrived, my facial expression offended my friend a little. To me, it looked like blob of green with yellow rubber-like breads. I was so ignorant back then. I…

Dim Shorshe (Creamy Mustard Egg Curry) | Playful Cookinglink to Dim Shorshe (Creamy Mustard Egg Curry)

Dim Shorshe (Creamy Mustard Egg Curry)

When you cook every day, mostly twice a day, it’s easy to get lost in the refrigerator, gawking and trying hard to get some kind of inspiration. It happens with me quite often, especially in the middle of the week. Even though I don’t plan the meals to a great detail, I still kind of roughly sort it out in my mind and do my grocery shopping accordingly. In spite of that, at times, I am out of veggies and out of ideas. Those days, I always ALWAYS go for egg curry. It’s like a routine!

Kashundi Paneer Naan Calzone | Playful Cookinglink to Kashundi Paneer Naan Calzone

Kashundi Paneer Naan Calzone

Cooking for two is easy and tough at the same time. Easy, because I never require too much of any ingredient and tough, because no matter how precise I go, there are always some leftovers. It happens very occasionally when the serving bowl comes out clean from the dining table. And with the hectic schedule over the weekdays, we both never mind leftovers. But some days, I like to create something new out of the leftovers so that it doesn’t feel like a repeating meal. This naan calzone was a result of one such situation!

Green Mango Mustard Kashundi | Playful Cookinglink to Green Mango Mustard Kashundi

Green Mango Mustard Kashundi

Mustard seeds and mustard oil are quite essential components in Bengali kitchen. It’s widely used in several dishes for everyday cooking. Past few years or so, people are trying to avoid mustard oil and switch to vegetable oil instead. However, there are still some dishes that are incomplete without that the distinctive sharp taste that only mustard oil can give. There are countless dishes where mustard seed paste is used along with mustard oil. Yellow mustard to be precise! As a kid, it was a flavor I couldn’t embrace but now, it’s a totally different story. I enjoy cooking with…

Green Tomato Chutney | Playful Cookinglink to Green Tomato Chutney

Green Tomato Chutney

As my Dad’s retirement day was approaching, my Mom started worrying more and more. He was never the kind of man who can sit idle or relax with a book and a coffee. His to-do list never got over and he enjoyed being active, on his toes all the time, including vacations. And once in a blue moon, when he spent a weekend afternoon over a long nap or with no work at all, he would regret saying ‘I wasted a day’. No matter how much Mom would try to explain him that we all need to slow down once in…

Fava Beans & Shrimp Taco With Mustard Sriracha Aioli | Playful Cookinglink to Fava Beans And Shrimp Taco With Mustard Sriracha Aioli

Fava Beans And Shrimp Taco With Mustard Sriracha Aioli

I must confess, beans were not my favorite thing to eat or cook with, it never were but then with time, I changed, my palate improved and these days I look for newer ways to prepare beans. Not that I have gone head over heals for it but beans have definitely established a space in my pantry. People say beans are comforting, I don’t deny that and it fills the home with warmth as it slowly cooks with the spices or herbs. Sure it does, but I like them crunchy, not saucy and almost always, I prefer them light, on…