Lau Chingri is a quintessential Bengali side dish, enjoyed quite often during summer days. “Lau” is bottle gourd and “Chingri” is shrimp and the combination works beautifully with very minimal spices. It’s a delicacy in West Bengal, a comfort food when paired with steamed white rice.
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.
This year I spent more time in my tiny kitchen than in any other corner of our home. It was all about testing and retesting every single recipe. Followed by photographing and of course the writing. Wow, does it feel lovely to finally share this news with you guys. Yes, I am writing and photographing my first cookbook. You never think something like this will ever happen to you. Then it actually does. A dream that I had for a while now, is shaping up beautifully and becoming a reality. It just feels amazing.
Don’t you love it when you manage to bring a meal together with random ingredients, just by following your taste bud and your instinct! I was planning for a chickpea stew with shrimp stir-fry on the side. But then, the bottle of kasoori methi took my attention and I made a super-fast, shortcut makhani sauce. The chickpeas and shrimp went in the creamy tomato sauce, turning it into a hearty meal. This Chickpea Shrimp In Makhani Sauce took me less than 30 minutes to get ready. Definitely a keeper for busy weeknights.
When a meal that looks this gorgeous but takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, you know it’s a winner and a keeper. Zucchini and shrimp cooked with the robust flavor of curry leaves, garlic, and then uplifted with a tangy lemon caper sauce. All you need to make this meal perfect is a glass of wine. Or two!
Some dishes get ready so quickly that you wonder if there was any cooking involved at all. Such recipes come super handy when you want something homemade yet, you are not in a mood to cook. I usually get into that kind of a mood on a lazy Sunday, especially if Saturday night includes a little too many glasses of wine. On such hangover mornings, I like spicy warm meal with a zing and then later, a nap perhaps. Well, getting a snooze would be close to impossible but this Shrimp and Mushroom in Ginger Lemon Sauce is always workable, if…
There are brown boxes everywhere, some packed, some partially packed and several others resting next to it, soon to be used. It's not a pretty scene out here. It is a mess. For someone who likes things kept in place, neatly arranged and clean (I don’t have OCD, I promise), it’s painful to watch the chaos. In less than a week, we shift to another apartment. It is something I am looking forward to for several reasons. It’s not too far from where we currently live but we still need to haul a moving truck, which means there is a…
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…
Even in the days when my life was less about food and more about meetings or projects, dinner was always an important part of the day. Eating out was always an option but enjoying a comforting warm meal at the end of a busy day was relaxing. Even though I was not a big foodie, cooking had always been a fun activity for me; it was like a stress buster that helped me empty my mind and get ready for the next day.
We are one of those lazy, laid-back couples who like to spend Friday nights at home with something to munch, along with a drink and a movie of our choice. Sitting cozy and casual in our pajamas :) Typically, cooking on a Friday night is not one of my favorite acts but when it comes to making easy, effortless finger food, it's a whole new story. Something like this - stir fried shrimp and lemon aioli sauce.
After a long holiday, it's tough to get back in the routine. Jet lag was one thing that really had me worried. Every time I traveled back from India, I used to sleep the whole day like a log and it used to go on for at least a week! This time, my body adjusted with the time zone so quickly that it shocked me. I had no jet lag!
The vacation is coming to an end and soon, we'll be back home. These two months just flew by and we enjoyed every minute of it. We ate, we shopped and we relaxed. I have a lot of stories and photos to share with you. Until then, let's see what my friend Radhika made for us. Radhika @ Food for 7 Stages of Life is one of my very close blogger friend and she lives in the Garden State of America with her loving husband. She is very passionate about cooking, writing and she shares them beautifully along with some picture perfect photographs in her blog.