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A Refreshing Dip into the Ocean – My Blue Ocean

What would you do to stop a screaming mind, enraged with the power cut and heat wave after a long office day? My solution is a slice of ocean! No, I don’t live near the ocean, not even close to a lake or smaller even, to a pond! I get or rather create my slice of ocean in my cocktail glass 🙂 . Yes! I was talking about a refreshing cocktail; an immediate relief that cools me down and prepares me for the next fight.

Go ahead, take a dip 🙂

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Photo courtesy Shubhajit Chowdhury

In The Mix:

  • 30 ml Curacao
  • 30 ml Vodka
  • 15 ml mixed fruit juice
  • Club soda
  • Lime/lemon juice
  • Loads of ice-cubes
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Conjure Up the ‘Spirit’:

Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake to mix well. Load up ice in the glass and pour the cocktail; garnish with lemon and serve chilled.

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Now, ENJOY…Cheers!

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Muri-Ghonto, An Exquisite Bengali Fish Fare!

“Muri Ghonto”, an exotic Bengali fare, which will instantly remind any Bengali of the regional festivals or family events. The aromatic journey down the memory lane that this soulful Fish-Head-Curry is capable of enticing you with cannot be missed, if you want to experience the delight of Bengali fish cuisines. One of those signature dishes that propagates ‘Bangaliana’, Muri Ghonto actually is a dish for common folks. Made of very easily available ingredients in Bengal like fish head, potato and some rice, the beauty of this mouth-watering fare lies in its rise to be recognized among festival foods from the every-day home-made varieties.

 

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Here is the simple recipe for this easy-to-make appetizing fish curry from Bengal.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-4 Rohu/Katla fish head
  • 4 table spoon of Basmati/Dehradun rice
  • 2-3 potatoes
  • 2-3 green chilli
  • 1 ½ spoon of cumin seeds
  • 2 spoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 4-5 cardamom
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 tea-spoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tea-spoon cumin powder
  • 1 tea-spoon red chilli powder
  • 1 tea-spoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Some sugar
  • 3-4 cup water
  • Sufficient oil to fry
  • ½ tea-spoon of ghee

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Preparation:

Soak the rice in little water, dry on paper towel and keep aside. Heat some oil in a wok/pan and fry the rice until they become white. Keep the fried rice aside.

Dice and cube the potatoes and fry them till they are brown. Soak the oil on paper towel once fried and keep aside.

Next you have to deep fry the fish heads so that they can be easily broken down in parts. However, do not burn them. Once done, keep these aside also.

Now heat oil in a pan and splatter the cumin seeds, coarsely crushed cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaves. Add the green chilli at the same time. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till oil separates.

Add cumin powder, salt, turmeric powder and stir for 2-3 mins. Now add the fried potato and rice and keep on mixing the masala with these. Add some water so that the masala doesn’t stick to the pan.

Now add the fried fish heads and stir well. Add rest of the water, adjust salt and add the sugar. Place a lid on the wok and let the potato and rice to be well cooked. Stir the curry occasionally to keep it away from sticking on the pan.

Once the water consistency lessen, add garam masala powder and ghee. Stir well. Again place the lid on and let the water evaporate gradually leaving well cooked rice, potato and succulent fish head curry behind.

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Once ready, serve it hot with some steamed rice and hot daal or just with parata. 🙂

 

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Fish Festival @Home – Ginger Fish

Bengalis are synonymous with fish. NO…they are not legendary swimmers! Nor that they are great lovers of water bodies! I am simply referring to their capacity of eating fish and fondness for all dishes made of fish 🙂 ! I am one; though have discovered this ‘fishy love’ pretty late! But then, better late than never, right?

Here is the expression of my love for fish – Ginger Fish, a self concocted recipe that came out to be pretty well.

Ginger Fish

And, here goes the recipe:

Ingredients:

Fish 4-5 pieces (any variety of medium size)

5-6 table spoon ginger paste

3 tomatoes

2 large onion

2-3 green chilli

Turmeric powder

Cumin powder

Red chilli powder

1 tea-spoon of kalonjir

Salt

Refined/mustard oil

1 lemon

2 cups water

Ginger Fish

Ginger Fish

Process

Make a paste of onion, 2 tomatoes and the green chilli. Add the ginger paste, salt and one tea-spoon of turmeric powder. Marinate the fish with this paste for 1-2 hours.

Heat oil in a pan and fry the fish pieces. The sides of the fish should turn a bit brownish. Do not deep fry. Keep the fried fish pieces aside.

Slice the other onion and keep aside. Now heat oil in a wok and add the kalonjir. Fry till they splatter a bit and then add the chopped onion. Fry till the onion turns a bit brown. Add the marinate-paste and fry the masala till oil separates.

Add water and simmer for some time. Adjust the taste and add the fish pieces. Do not stir much. Place a lid over the wok and bring the gravy to boil.

After 8-10 minutes remove the lid and check if the fish is tender. Keep on boiling the gravy in low heat it gets the desired consistency.

Sprinkle lemon juice over the dish, garnish with tomato or coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice.

Fish in ginger gravy

And my love for fish continues 🙂

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A Summer Delicacy

In Bengali it is called ‘Begun’ which can be loosely translated as one with ‘no-virtue’! However, the dishes that can be made with this vegetable, can be so yummy that none will dare to call it be-gun’! I’m talking about brinjal or eggplant and my latest rendezvous with it is called ‘Doi-Begun’, or brinjal in curd-curry; a perfect summer delicacy when served with hot steamed rice or chapati/roti. To add more taste plus visual delight, I sprinkled the finished dish with poppy seed, a total Bengali effect! 🙂

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Here goes the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 eggplants
  • Mustard/Refined Oil for deep frying
  • 1 tea-spoon cumin seeds
  • 1-2 green chilli
  • 1 ½ table-spoon of ginger paste
  • 150-200 gm curd/plain yoghurt
  • 1 table-spoon sugar
  • 1 tea-spoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tea-spoon red chilli powder
  • Salt
  • Poppy-seed/coriander leaves

How to cook:

Slice the eggplants in round shape and marinate with salt and turmeric powder. Set this aside for 5-10 mins.

Heat oil in a wok/pan and deep fry the marinated eggplant pieces.

Add a pinch of salt and the sugar into the curd/yoghurt and make a fine paste.

Heat fresh oil again in a pan/wok and add the cumin seeds. Wait till these splatter and then add green chilli and ginger paste. Fry for 1-2 mins and add red chilli powder, salt and turmeric powder.

Add the battered curd and mix well with the fried masala. Next add the fried eggplant pieces and just half a cup of water. Adjust the taste which should be a mix of tangy-spicy with a light dash of sweet. Cover with a lid for 3-4 mins until the gravy is thick.

Garnish the dish with poppy-seeds/coriander leaves.

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Enjoy with steamed rice or chapati. 🙂

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Food-O-Rama

Food for thought and thought for food. A cannot-do-without part of my life. It seems I get up with the thought of what I should be putting on the menu for breakfast to lunch till dinner, everyday. Tiring, to some extent; but exciting when a brilliant smile shoots across the faces tasting the delicacies and that’s the only reward I look up to. Unable to confine the joy within my heart only, here I share some of the dishes that I have taken most pleasure in cooking so far.

Food-O-Rama

My food-o-rama, a gastronomic treat both to the stomach and eye, is just some of the modified version of what my mom is best at. After all, without giving proper credit to the mentor, we should not even dare to copy-paste some of the brilliant creations from a humble Bengal kitchen; lest you want the taste to be marred by the guilt.

In my short term study into the kitchenography, I’ve found that each preparation has some untold stories behind it. Some hilarious, some tilting a bit towards gruffy cooking, some inspired – it’s almost a collage of short stories, a slice of life to its own credit. What can be more spicy than these original spices from life adding flavor to each preparation! Stories of life told in a gastronomic treat 🙂 … life should be this savory, all the time.

 

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My Cooking Adventures

Getting complimented everyday on my cooking!!! Inviting friends to treat them with my own cooking!!! Advising my mom on certain dishes every now and then!!! WOW WOW WOW…Can’t really believe this is “MEEE”!!!

But surprisingly this is really me...me, a girl who have never even willingly ventured into the kitchen back at home! Well, I like this transformation though and would love to share my “cooking adventures” with all of you 🙂

My latest forte is the “CRISPY-SPICY-BABY-CORN”. Very easy to prepare and yummy on the palate. However, preparation time can really be a headache rather than cooking which gets over within even less than 10 minutes. From my experience I have seen that, if you want to prepare this dish, it’s better to get all the ingredients ready before you finally don the cooking cap or the apron in this case. This is a veggie delight, but am sure it will even appeal to the sworn non-veggies as well.

So, here you go with the ingredients:

  1. Baby corn
  2. red and yellow bell pepper
  3. Green capsicum
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Spring onion
  6. Onion
  7. Garlic
  8. Tomato sauce
  9. Chilly sauce
  10. Soya Sauce
  11. Rice flour
  12. Flour
  13. Corn flour
  14. Cooking oil
  15. Brown sugar (you can use the white one also)
  16. LOTS OF PATIENCE TO CUT ALL THE VEGETABLES IN SMALL LITTLE PIECES 😀

Preparation:

  • Mix the three types of flour and make a dip which will be neither too watery nor too thick. Dip the baby corn in the mix and deep fry. Keep the fried corns aside.
  • Pan fry all the vegetables. Be sure to add tomatoes and spring onion lastly; otherwise other vegetables will not be fried properly.
  • Add the 3 types of sauce and mix well with the pan fried vegetables. Add the fried corns at this stage. Add salt and sugar to your liking and stir well.
  • Now mix 2-3 spoonful of cornflour in half cup of water and add to the fried mixture. This will make a yummy looking thick gravy. Whether you would like to have some gravy or would like to dry-up the preparation more is up to you.
  • Serve hot with chapati or paratha.
  • ENJOY 🙂

Donno, if anyone is interested in the recipe; but here is what I like to share with you all… 🙂

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An Affair to Remember

Momo

My First Home Made Momo

I am never satisfied with only one or one time…yes I admit that. After all why being so shamefaced about something which makes you feel elated? Something that truly makes you feel satisfied for being here in this world! And so, I have decided; ultimately I have decided to pour down all my feelings through the drop of words for you all. “You” – people who are integral parts of my life; my very existence revolves round you. So, here is how it all began…how the urge grew up and how ultimately I have quenched my insatiable thirst that has led to one HOT and STEAMY affair in my life.
Like many of my obsessions this very thirst and hunger that tortures me so frequently, this craving, began during my trip to Gangtok. I tasted it there first time and since then, even after almost eleven years, the hunger is still alive. The softness of the touch just like the petals of a rose; the feel and that warmth that immediately drowns all my senses with deep satisfaction, yes, it all began there and from time to time till now it fills me up to the brim. I surrender to its irresistible attraction and so does the other one involved. The entire event makes me wonder how many mysteries and glorious feelings like this one our earth, our world holds for us!!! You call it my sin? I will gladly be a sinner then. It feels real good to be alive and be a part of an experience that has no parallel; well, at least to me.
As I said, from time to time, from moment to moment, I have received this benign touch; a feeling that frees me from the daily squalor and frustrations of life. A moment which is so pure when you have taken only the senses into considerations, no motive, no barrier of what is good and bad; only the touch, the smell, the overpowering sensation. Well, to me, since the world gives heck about my wellbeing why should not I enjoy my li’l moments of extreme pleasure and satisfaction! After all, it makes ME happy; may be for some minutes and delves a bit into the pocket, yet it’s the feeling of being free that matters. I can take the risk of being drowned into this pleasure again and again.
And so, I decided…I DECIDED to never let go of this pleasure from my life again. I decided to make it all mine so that whenever I please I can have it. But it requires time, some investment, lots of patience and my own effort. I was ready to give all. I GAVE all and I was not disappointed. I totally enjoyed myself in my hot and steamy affair. I know no matter how gross it sounds for me to dish out all these for you guys, you will love to learn the DETAILS. So, here it is –
Last Wednesday (20th October ’10…how can I ever forget the date!!!) after a whole day of toil in office I returned home tired. But I was also excited; for I knew that was the night that my wish, my hope will come true. After changing into a comfortable night attire, I went to kitchen. Table top is always a good place to have it and in my case it was inseparable part of the whole affair. I prepared every item as I took detail guidance from various websites and also took some lesson from YouTube; graphic details always helps better, you know. And so I was ready. It all started; my heart was beating fast; I was sweating out of excitement and for the heat of the event. Slowly but steadily I was approaching towards the end. And there IT was ultimately. It took almost 20-30 minutes for the entire event to take place. But it all ended up quite good.
I succeeded in making MOMO… and from now on I can have this juicy, soft, irresistible delicacy whenever I need at home!!! I am sooooooo happy. Life is blessed when there are momos! 😀
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A Modern Adventure!!!

Nothing was planned that day. Except for the common passion, that – yes! We wanna have it and toWalnutday!! A passion that is so intense that you can almost feel the blood racing fast in your veins, pumping your heart harder and carrying the daze into your brain (to the point of making you a looney toon character where your eyeballs can reflect the image of your longing!!! Be it a love sign or in our case be it a… er, “something”…). After all it is the brain that should give the signal, right? But signal was given, or rather taken much earlier from our hearts. A longing in two hearts which has the enormous power to bring two souls (and sometimes even soles) together!! Can You believe it? Two different individuals; with nothing common in between them; different thoughts, different likings and disliking, different looks and yet one common longing and that spells all!!!

So, there we were. Hand in hand; dreaming of the moment when we will be submerged into that extremely passionate and ecstatic moment!!! We didn’t decide of the place though; afterall we knew our destination where our dream will materialize. So we just went there. Confident, gleefully chirping and yet pleasantly tense for its arrival. Time was flying fast; we were almost there; about to dig in as soon as the moment comes. But…yes!! Life intervenes dramatically!!! As you may have heard, reality can be more dramatic than those movies itself!!! It was. Take it from me. It was and was right there( read ‘reality’). As if frisking outside the glass walls for stopping us right there at our first base camp. It was a moment of indescribable frustration; I won’t hide it of course!!! We were lost for words…time was flying by…our dream was getting shattered. But we hold on to its last few pieces. We knew in our hearts that yes, we can attain it. And there we started…

Hopping through one after another halts to the final destination. We knew our prize, but we didn’t know this time of the exact destination and time was flying. But, now this is our very own “but’ which helped to kick that frolicking “butt” of reality ;)… this ‘but’ brought us our prize. We touched our passion. We held it and…and…and…we “PACKED” it back home. Yes, we packed our extremely favorite, tremendously delicious “Chocolate Walnut Brownie” back home from our favorite destination CCD. We managed to get it. No…we ‘succeeded’ to get it!!! Two sizzling brownies simmered with hot chocolate sauce…..simply yummy…authentically lip smacking…and there ended our search for our very own “Chalice”…

Three cheers for CCD…Three cheers for Chocolate Walnut Brownie…you made us know the color and strength of passion…

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