My mom would make this preparation on a Sunday. It can be eaten at lunch or for dinner with both rice and roti. A bowl of salad with this preparation alone is sufficient to please your taste buds. Try it.
This dish is traditional in East India, around West Bengal. It was given to me by my friend, Sunita. It is ideal for vegetarians, or meat can be added if you wish. If pumpkin isn't in season, my friend tells me it can also be made with any sort of root vegetable - butternut squash, yam or sweet potato. Sunita, tells me this recipe was originally her mothers, although she has adapted it, but she doesn'tt know how many generations it has been passed down. It is ideal served with rice or naan.
I fondly remember my mom making tok daal or mango daal for us which used to be on particular demand during the summer season. This particular daal is a mixture of sweet and sour taste; will definitely sooth and comfort you on a very hot summer day. It can also be served as a cooling drink alongside a meal during summer. My mom used to make her tok daal extra-special by adding in a few secret ingredients such as ginger, roasted jeera masala. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
This is an ever popular dish hailing originally from West Bengal but equally appreciated by Bengalis from the eastern part as well. This is a dish that is eaten all season but especially during summer. Posto, the key ingredient in this dish helps your body rest and helps in getting a good sleep. It is a delicious dish to eat but simple and easy enough to cook.
Begun pora is an authentic preparation eaten in Bengal as part of everyday meal. It is healthy, tasty and simple. Whenever we had a busy day of shopping together as a family, mom would plan something like this as it was so convenient and less work after a hectic day. With a little bit of planning it is easy to make. All you need is a daal to go along. I prefer to eat it with rice, but it is also quite commonly eaten with chapatti as well with some daal and achar to go along with.
If you love pomfret, then you cannot go wrong with this recipe. The spicy rich gravy is perfect compliment to the richness of the fish itself. It is an easy gourmet item. All you need is fresh fish.
This is a very versatile item in bengali cuisine. After the bengali festival durga Puja, there's a tradition of all friends and relatives visiting each other wishing good luck and happiness. One of the typical items served at this occasion is ghugni which is popular among kids. Till now I fondly relish those memories of how eagerly we waited for it to be served when we visited our relatives. Try it and hope you and your kids will enjoy.
Ful kofir daalna, is one of those bengali recipe that is very universal and flexible. It can be considered as a regular everyday item or as a gourmet item depending on how it has been cooked. Also, every family has its own variation. This recipe is our family version and it can be eaten at breakfast or in any other meal with rice or parantha or luchi/puri.
This is a fusion dish of Bengali and Punjabi way of preparing Keema and Mutton.
Beef Puli Pitha is a simple crunchy and spicy snack. Often times, people would make this pitha to share with guests as an afternoon snack. It is delicious by itself. It can be served with any sauce or chutney.