Kumro Pata Torkari or call it Kumro Pata Chorchori is a quintessential Bengali pure veg curry, prepared with assorted veggies and pumpkin leaves along with pumpkin stems. It is a simple comfort meal when paired with rice. Very mildly spiced like most vegetarian dishes in Bengali cuisine. You can prepare the same dish using squash or zucchini stems/stalks and leaves.
Begun Poda is a classic Bengali Recipe. Begun refers to Eggplant, Poda means roast and now you know why this dish must be such a favorite to many. Roasted eggplant is a delicious treat and prepared is so many different ways in different parts of the world. While I love all of those versions, this bengali style roasted eggplant - Begun Poda will always remain my favorite. It's comforting with steamed white rice!
Chola Chana Masala is one of the most popular North Indian dishes that is prepared with chickpeas. It’s a weekend specialty in most households and called Chole Bhature when served with Bhature (fried puffed bread). Chana Masala is also a quintessential street food in Delhi and there are several food stalls in Delhi that is famous for just their special Chola Chana Masala / Chole Bhature. The combination of wholesome spiced chickpea stew with crispy hot puffed bread is a marriage made in heaven!
Zucchini Fritters are one of the quickest snacks to bring together. Few everyday ingredients mixed together with grated zucchini and then pan fried until it’s golden crispy outside. Enjoy it as snack or as a meal with some salad on the side.
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.
Bandhakopi Torkari is a Bengali style cabbage stir fried side dish, which is prepared with very minimal spices. Sometimes the dish is also refered to as Bandhakopi Ghonto. It is quite similar to North Indian style Patta Gobhi Sabzi. The difference between the two is the spices that goes in making this popular Indian side dish.
Creamy nutty gravy with soft paneer, Safed Paneer is unlike any curries that you might have tasted. Its light and mildly spiced. perfum-y aromatic from fennel and green cardamom. Cooked with ghee, Safed Paneer is a rich curry served in several Indian restaurants. The dish is very similar and often referred to as Malai Paneer Curry, Shahi Paneer or Mughlai Paneer.
Tiny sago pearls/tapioca pearls cooked with a very few ingredients to make a fluffy pilaf! Sabudana Khichdi is one of the most popular fasting dishes during Navratri festival season. It’s quick, gluten free and takes very minimal effort to bring it together.
Sabudana Vada is a very popular Maharashtrian snack that is prepared with very basic 5 ingredients. It’s crunchy on the outside while being very soft and airy inside. Also referred to as Subadana Tikki, this popular teatime snack is vegetarian and is enjoyed a lot during Navratri festival. While these fritters are most commonly enjoyed deep-fried, it is equally tasty when you bake it. There are a few tricks involved in making Sabudana Vada with a perfect texture and I have mentioned everything in detail.
Crunchy stir-fried noodles with colorful vegetables, all sautéed in a perfect savory umami-like sauce. Quick and easy, this Indian street-food style Vegetable Chow Mein is a favorite in our home. The trick is to make sure that the noodles are neither dry nor mushy and as a result will give the perfect al-dente texture. The amount of sauce that you add should be enough to coat the noodle strands so there is no extra watery sauce at the bottom of the pan. Vegetable Chow Mein makes a great after-school snack or even a full meal. You could add chicken or…
Sometimes I wonder who names these dishes? Labra may sound a little funny. But I can assure you it’s like no other vegetable curry or stew that you have tried before. Labra (Mix Vegetable Medley) is a quintessential festive food. It is best paired with Khichuri/Khichdi. The vegetables are slow cooked to release their juices that blends together to form a perfectly tasty dish. It’s very mildly spiced side dish. You definitely need to try, if you haven’t already.
I have lived in South India for so many years and yet, I never heard of the dish called Pesarattu. When a friend suggested me the dish a few months back, I was surprised at how quick and simple it is to prepare this crepe like dish. I didn’t have to worry about fermenting and yet, I could enjoy something similar to dosa in a fuss free manner. Ever since then, I make it very often and my preferred version is the Palak Pesarattu | Spinach Mung Bean Crepe. It’s nourishing, filling and the color is strikingly gorgeous green. With…