Mishti Doi

Cool Mishti Doi on a hot summer day in Kolkata...
Cool Mishti Doi on a hot summer day in Kolkata. Quenching and sweet and provides relief. www.feastguru.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Well – they asked me to.
Ok, well, what actually happened was this. One of my friends, who writes poetry here and is also an artist, facts that I do not hold against her, posted an article on the benefits of bhindi, aka okra. For my benefit.
Then another friend said “Please put up an article where mishti doi is shown as beneficial to health. I am sure one of those must be around”. Naturally, being the goody-goody, helpful type that I am, I offered to (more…)

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Peas and Paneer

DSC_3004So I’m back from Kolkata or Calcutta, as it used to be and will ever be for some, like me. It was a crowded trip, with remembrance services, weddings, school and college reunions interspersed with sporadic maintenance shopping. ( I’ll have to explain that some other day, that “maintenance” thing.)  It was three years since my last visit, so naturally on my way there I’d wondered what changes I would see, other than the omnipresent blue and white paint I’d been warned about, which is, as you can see from the picture, true.

The short answer is: (more…)

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Eggplant Mash

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Charring away nicely. It’s doesn’t look done yet.

Introductions may be in order since I have at least 1 reader in 3 different continents.

So. An eggplant is called

Baingan – Hindi

Begun – Bengali

Brinjal – most of India

Aubergine – elsewhere in the world

Eggplant – in North America

Melanzana – Italian and hence

Mad Apple – in old English (more…)

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Eddoes + Yogurt

Recipes are easy, following them is hard. I, therefore, don't follow them too closely. The important thing is to understand the concept and apply a dash of spices, a soupcon of common sense, lashings of  common culinary capability, keep it low and experiment, experiment, experiment. In other recipes that I have posted, I have put in disclaimers. Please read before proceeding.  Now, that the liability issues have been sorted out we can move on with the recipe. But first! What are eddoes? A…

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Graked Fishies

What you may have thought when you saw the title I'm not quite sure. So let me try and clarify a few things. What does graked mean? It doesn't. Mean anything, really. It's just something my brain cooked up as a "grilled / baked" combo that comes without fries or a drink of your choice. What is it? This is a recipe. Guiding Principles: Usability, Versatility, Flexibility Main ingredient: Fish. What's that you say? What kind of fish? See the Guiding Principle "Flexibility"…

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OKRA

We chatted long and hard amongst ourselves about this 100th post. As a landmark post of sorts, there was considerable debate about the following: 1. Who should write it? The Slo-Man is the eldest blogger so he should, said one school of thought. The LastWord is on a roll and has many stories he's been promising to tell, so maybe he should be the one to recount his account of his international business trip without any ID. The PeevedPunjabi has been sick recently…

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No Aloo? No point!

So this is it then. The end of civilization as we know it. The thin edge of the wedge. The most unkindest cut of all. Remember that song we used to play, Sam? It's almost over. The end of the world is nigh. There was a time when I lived in Calcutta (Kolkata, if Bengali *or* stickler for accuracy). As every city has it's flavors, this great, bulging city has provided us with some of the most pungent, delicate, cosmopolitan and sophisticated favors.…

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Fish

Sometime in the past, we had listed a series of things we could chat about and we asked our faithful, feckless, faceless and fearless readers to vote on them. And no one voted for Fish. And none of the regular contributors to this blog (!) could remember what the hell the intent was. And apparently it had been me who put it there, so here we are talking about Fish. I can tell you now, this is going to go nowhere, so if…

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Punjabi Grilled Vegetables

I've been invited for dinner this Saturday; the invitation coming with a nod to my culinary skills. Yes, ladies, gentlemen and all you other lot, I've been asked if I would please come over and use the hosts' grill to make ye famouse grilled vegetables. Since I know you absolutely adore my recipes (or not), and because my kindly self seeks but to bring joy in all your drab lives, I have decided to share this with you. First, you need a grill.…

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Catty Rolls

First - the disclaimer. No cats have been harmed in the writing of this post. God knows cats and I are sworn enemies, and there are days when I dream of a cat-free world, but I wish them no harm other than removal from an area measured by a radius of 1,000 miles with me at it's centre (center, if American). Anyway, this is not about cats. I would never waste my time talking about cats, except that in my world the word…

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