Sundays in most Calcutta households are synonymous with a lazy lunch followed by an afternoon nap.. An integral part of the lunch is "kochi pathar jhol" or tender goat meat curry.. Every house has its own recipe but generally whole cardamom, cinnamon , dry red chillis and cloves are thrown into smoking hot mustard oil.
The slow Amazon like river Ganges flowing through the verdant plains of Bengal is both a boon and a blessing.. While the monsoons can cause the mighty river to overflow and cause floods and devastation, it also makes the land one of the most fertile in the country.. The waters abound in fish and the
Anglo Indians are a product of the 300 years of British rule in India.. Often referred to as a community without a country, the Braganzas, D'Costas and D'Souzas kept the Railways, Post Offices, Schools and Bakeries to name but a few services going and formed an integral part of our childhoods in Calcutta.. Anglo Indian
There is a reason why Indians are amongst the most overweight in the world. No man or child from a self respecting "khaata peeta ghar" ( home of plenty) will be allowed to venture out in the morning without being adequately fortified to keep brain and body sustained...Not for them sliced fruit or sugar free
Fish it is... Like every year gone by.. One of my resolutions that I refresh is to declutter my life... Of relationships I have outgrown and things we do not need... On a more prosaic level, this also includes our overstuffed and bulging larder...It's a bit like the master chef invention test challenge and the
Yesterday's fish cakes went down well with an avocado, green bean and sesame salad... And we are on to Day 2 of decluttering larder... It's been easy today - a huge packet of Thai Rice Sticks .. So Pad Thai it was.. The recipe is one I got off Mr Google a while ago and
Lots of perks growing up on a tea estate in the seventies and eighties.. Starting from having elephants at your birthday party to your very own cow providing your daily glass of milk to Father Christmas turning up in a helicopter. As "Chai" kids we took all this for granted and one of the "treats"
There are samosas and there are samosas and then there samosas...I keep on saying that those filo wrapped triangular parcels passed off as samosas we get in the UK bear as much resemblance to the real thing as I do to the Queen.. The first test of a proper samosa is that it has to
Our cup of tea: The ultimate eco friendly disposable cup.. Made beautifully by hand on a potter's wheel and then fired in traditional kilns. Sold for less than a pence and used by millions everyday to drink their daily cup of chai from street vendors... Once used these are then thrown away and ultimately go
One of the great pleasures of being in Calcutta when it is hot is a trip to Shibujis for Shikanji Soda, Masala thumbs up, or a kala khatta gola For the uninitiated, Shibuji is a little street stall that has made its fortune mainly by selling the aforementioned three items. The first two are nothing