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17 July, 2018

Bori: Vadi: Wadi: Sundried Lentil dumplings

Bori: Vadi: Wadi:  Sundried Lentil dumplings
Comments : 2 Posted in : Lentils, Rice & Grains, Recipes on by : Ratna
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If  there  is  something  of  a ” folkart”  in  cuisines,  then  “Bori”  would  definitely  be  a  frontrunner.  These  tiny  delicacies  are  protein  packed,  spicy  and  gossip  filled.  If  they  could  only  talk!  Traditionally  the  village  women  would  sit  together  and  spent  the  afternoon  making  ‘Bori”,  at  the  same  time  exchanging  all  the  juicy  happenings  in 
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11 April, 2018

Mishti doi: Sweet yoghurt: For Bengali New Year

Mishti doi: Sweet yoghurt: For Bengali New Year
Posted in : Drinks & Desserts, Recipes on by : Ratna
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I  am  expecting  a  super  busy  weekend.  It  is  the  Bengali  new  year,  and  two  birthdays  in  the  family.  Friends,  fun  and  of  course  the  biggest  draw  is  the  food.  The  birthday  boy  with  his  sweet  tooth  is  already  looking  forward  to  desserts.  I  love  making  Indian  desserts,  specially  the  ones  that  can  be  made 
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27 January, 2018

Gota sheddo; Whole boiled veggies , a herbal cleanse?

Gota sheddo; Whole boiled veggies , a herbal cleanse?
Posted in : Main Courses & Sides, Recipes on by : Ratna
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Are  you  a  traditionalist?  Do  you  like  hanging  on  to  customs  from  your  mother  or  grand  mother?  If  you  do,  do  you  cut  corners  or  replicate   them  to  the  minutest  detail? You  know  growing  up  I  did  what  I  was  asked  to,  sometimes  with  reluctance.  Then  there  was  a  time,  I  would  pull  myself  away 
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12 January, 2018

Patishapta Pithey : Bengali crepe with coconut cream filling for Sankranti

Patishapta Pithey : Bengali crepe with coconut cream filling for Sankranti
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There  are  some  foods  that  transport  me  to  another  time  instantly.  Pithey  is  one  such.  I  remember  my  mum  sitting  on  a  low  stool  in  the  kitchen  and  making  these  lovely  crepes  for  hours  together.  The  month  of  January  would   be  middle  of  winter  with  a  chill  in  the  air.  ‘Komor  ta  dhore  geche’,  she  would 
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17 November, 2017

Beguni: Eggplant fritter

Beguni: Eggplant fritter
Posted in : Appetizers & Snacks, Recipes on by : Ratna
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Did  you  know  there  is  a  whole  genre  of  food  in  Bengali  cuisine  called  “Teley  Bhaja”,  or  deep  fried.  Such  is  the  importance  of  deep  fried  food  that  just  by  saying  Teley  Bhaja,  one  can  safely  draw  the  attention  to  something  crunchy,  hot,  salty  and  of  course  fried  in  oil. There  can  be  some  dipping  sauce,  a 
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