Bengali food

Bengali-Style Chinese Noodles

July 11, 2016

This is a comfort food dish from my childhood that I love even to this day. It would make appearances on potluck dinner tables, a welcome reprieve to all the traditional Bengali dishes like pullao, korma, dal, vegetables, various beef/chicken/fish curries. I also remember eating it for lunch with my cousins when we’d go visit […]

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Bengali-Style Mixed Vegetables

June 23, 2013

I really hope I’ve reached a turning point here.  I have always had the hardest time cooking vegetables the Indian/Bengali way.  Either the flavor or texture would be off.  I think a lot of it has to do with lack of patience on my part and not understanding the concept of “less is more” when […]

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Okra with Browned Onions

September 3, 2012

Sometimes the best things are the simplest ones, and I have found this to be the case numerous times with food. Take this okra dish for instance.  It’s just fresh okra cooked with browned onions, a pinch of turmeric, salt, and some lemon juice.  That’s it.  Yet it tastes so much more than that, to […]

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Jhal Muri with Crispy Brown Rice + Attune Foods Coupon Giveaway!

July 29, 2012

There is a moving scene in the beginning of Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake, where the protagonist’s mother, who has recently moved to the U.S. from India, is pregnant, homesick, and craving a taste from home. All alone in her apartment while her husband is at work, she rummages through the cupboards to come up […]

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Basic Masoor Dal

June 17, 2012

After my fun and crazy weekend in Seattle last week for BlogHer Food 2012, I really needed a weekend to myself to just relax and recharge. So far it’s been great – I’ve only ventured out of the house twice, and Mr. Spice and I have set up residence on the couches in our downstairs […]

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Aloo Bhorta – Bengali-Style Mashed Potatoes

February 26, 2012

Flavorful and fiery mashed potatoes made with mustard oil, onions, and red chilies, aloo bhorta is the perfect example of Bengali comfort food. Sometimes at random times, often during work, I get a craving for the flavors of my childhood.  Since I live many states away from where I grew up, it’s up to me […]

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Lopa’s Green Beans

April 10, 2011

Imagine whole green beans sauteed with caramelized onions, tomatoes, and aromatic spices.  Sound good? These are actually my friend Lopa’s version of her mom’s green beans, but I decided to give Lopa all the credit! 🙂 I have had these green beans twice so far — once at our New Year’s lunch and the second […]

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Lucky Nani’s Chicken Roast

March 6, 2011

For a while now, I’ve been thinking of compiling a family cookbook.  This is not quite as easy as it sounds, since we are all scattered over the world, with a big chunk here in the U.S., some in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Bangladesh, where our family comes from. Here are a few […]

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Wholesome eats, less treats

August 4, 2010

Just popping in for a midweek post! After some weekend indulgences, it’s time to pay the piper . . . Breakfast is my usual — I’m so glad I switched back to the light english muffins.  Now the cheese doesn’t run off the bread, but instead melts nicely into the nooks and crannies.  This is […]

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3 for 3

July 12, 2010

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I had one of those awesomely lazy ones — lots of TV watching, some reading, and yes, some cooking. Something got into me Sunday for sure, because I ended up cooking something for every meal.   That’s huge for me, considering I’ve been in a cooking funk for a […]

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