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Tomorrow isĀ  Poila Boishakh, the first day of Boishakh ushering in the Bengali New year. While the English NewYear involves a lot of hard work like late night partying, looking back, looking forward, making resolutions, blah, blah...the Bengali New Year is much more relaxed and laid back in style. During the 80's and early 90's, Bengali New year was all about 3 things -- (1) wearing new
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I am not a Biryani expert. I mean, I am an expert at eating it but not at cooking it. Believe me, I have tried. Maybe not enough times. But how many times can you try cooking a ghee laden Biryani until it is just perfect? Who eats it? Even if its not perfect,it tastes good after all! And it has all good things. So do you give your experimental Biryani to unsuspecting neighbors? But
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Over the Christmas break in December, we went to Los Cabos, Mexico. A mini reunion of of some of our college friends from million years back. If I think of it, friends = family for us now. Anyway, only 4 families could join this time. But don't think that was a small number!! The four families made us 16 people in all, and this was more than enough to turn the service folks crazy at the
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Not all recipes start with a line like "And in my grandmother's kitchen..." Neither do all recipes have a boat load of nostalgia tied to them. But one thing is true, every delicious recipe is triggered by the memory of a meal. I had never seen a Daab Chingri cooked in my grandmother's kitchen. Neither did my Mother ever make it. Daab aka Tender Young Coconut was very popular in India and
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Photo Credit: Moumita Khejur Gur (liquid date palm jaggery -- made from boiling the sap from date palms) is very popular in Bengal during the winter months. It is also commonly called "Notun Gur" ( literally, "new jaggery") or "Nolen Gur". During the cold season from December to February, the sap of the date palms is best harvested and that is the reason we get this gur or jaggery around
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I am not much of an "alcohol-drinking" kind of person. I don't get the light-headed, happy feeling that usually a glass of drink should bring. Instead I feel just plain sleepy after a glass of wine. My eyes get heavy and I doze off!! Plonk! Clearly that is not what I want to do, as "dozing off" is something I can do easily even without a drink. What is the point then? I however love cocktails
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I recently came to know about Phulkopi Komola, a Bengali dish where Cauliflower is cooked with oranges. I had never ever heard of such a thing before. In our middle class family, we ate KomlaLebu with beet noon on winter afternoons, sitting on the terrace, our back to the sun and a book in front. My Ma, made a Komola Lebu'r kheer on occasions that deemed such extravaganza and that Kheer was
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The last week, I have been desperately trying to stay off carbs in my diet. Not an easy feat for aluseddho-bhaat loving Bengalis. But I have been eating like a glutton and wanted to give the whole digestive system, a short break between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Add to that my recent woeful experience while clothes shopping in Kolkata. I love going to stores like Pantaloons, Biba or Big
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After oven Since I have come back, from my short trip to India, I have been super jetlagged. The lethargy has seeped into my bones as has the cold, and so every day, I strive to find easy recipes to make for dinner. Easy, Easier, Easiest -- has become my motto. You might look at me with pity and cook your own very difficult chotol maach er muithya from scratch but that is not going to deter
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Last week my Mother, who was visiting us over summer, left for India. Just before she left, I brought home a mocha as I wanted to practically see how it is prepped. Yes, I had never chopped a Mocha before this. Blasphemy! Mocha in Hawaii Mocha, banana blossoms is a favorite vegetable in Bengal. In fact in Bengal, a banana plant is much revered. During DurgaPujo, she is the designated wife of
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