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Fishy Tales

2018-06-03T20:30:46+00:00June 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

It's National Fish and Chip day today.. However I come from a land where every single day is Fishy - no self respecting Bengali meal is deemed complete without an obligatory piece or two of fish.. A typical everyday Bengali meal usually consists of at least two if not three types of fish and even

Summer Coolers

2018-04-20T07:49:20+00:00April 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Summer Coolers: India has a host of drinks apart from the usual "mango lassi" that are hitherto unfamiliar to the west... Most of these, apart from taste, have properties to help cope with the elements or ailments be a cooling raw mango Panna or khus for the intense blazing summer, the red carrot and kanji

Momo Mania

2018-04-09T18:40:27+00:00April 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

A Momo originates in China but has made its way through Tibet, Nepal and finally to India to be adopted as one of its own... When I was growing up, these crescent shaped dumplings filled with spiced minced pork flavoured with ginger, garlic and chopped coriander leaves were not normal street food fare and usually

Food for the Gods

2018-04-07T11:03:24+00:00April 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|

According to Hindu mythology, there are 330 million Gods in existence... Every household and temple prays to their favourite ones and the gods and goddesses are appeased daily with offerings of fruits, flowers, sweets and incense... These little coloured sugar discs are called Batashas and at the very least, even in the poorest of houses

The Muriwala

2018-04-03T16:15:35+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

One of the greatest treats of being in Calcutta for me is to walk down the dusty street to Rajhans our next building around 5.00 pm. That is when our Muriwala (a word which sadly has no English equivalent) comes and sets up his mobile shop ready for brisk business for the next two hours...

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