It’s pumpkin time... Three easy recipes from us so you don’t waste the inside of those scary masks by the door... 1. Pumpkin soup made by sautéing onion and garlic with pumpkin. Add stock and cook for 10 mins. Blend, season and add some cream , nutmeg, and crispy fried bacon if you fancy. 2.
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: 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
We love road journeys and these days most of our drives are smooth with Sat Navs giving us instructions on where to go and services making sure we are fed and watered with unfailing regularity. Indian road journeys too now are a lot like journeys in the west with six lane highways and swank motels
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
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
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...
A Gandhoraj Lebu literally means the Emperor of Fragrance and once you smell one of these lemons you are hooked.. the closest description is if you could juice kaffir lime leaf. In days gone by, slices of gondhoraj would grace the typical Bengali lunch table - a squeeze was all that was required to elevate
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
In 1968 my parents got married after a fairy tale romance and wedding on a tea plantation in Assam. Every evening in the following months, my dad would ask his beautiful 20 year old bride what's for dinner and on most days she would respond saying we are going to my parents' place for dinner...