Roasted Vegetable Soup

I generally cook on Sundays as thats when am free and up in the morning last Sunday I had made Soup. All those who know me will tell you Sunday and no chicken...SURPRISE...!!! Well thats a funny little story.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie

I decided to make something sweet, a sweet way to say sorry to my blog - BUON APPETITO.

Bruleed Lauki Halwa

Cooking can be great fun when we get to enhance our knowledge. Last few weeks thats what I did, I experimented with a lot of ingredients and cusines. I even recreated a few famous dishes from all around the world.Surprisingly the experiments were no failure and I had loads of fun creating all those new dishes.

Black Chicken

Today, I am not sharing anything I tried in Shillong but its a dish I saw in a cookery show called Poh's Kitchen. Well in the show they used some ingredients that I didn't get here and they used beef which I don't why did I still try out the dish. The answer is in what attracted me....well I was attracted with the name Nasi Kandar aka Black Beef, I mean a black looking dish and appealing...hmmmm.... didn't seem to be very possible at the first shot and I just had to give it a try.

Creamy Egg and Potato Curry

As it has been planned for me, again I am alone with the same routine life and the only real fun time is when I am blogging. As I was alone and not in a very good mood, so I didn't feel like shopping or cooking anything special. So last Sunday was perfect for a easy , simple curry and the Creamy Egg and Potato Curry was part of the menu.

Celebration with Fish in Spinach and Mustard Gravy

The news of my leave being approved is something worth celebrating and today I partied with Fish in Spinach and Mustard Gravy. I consider it to be a very festive dish as its part of my families party food and is created during very special occasions. The last time I had it was when I went to my ancestral home for my aunt's wedding and that was some 10 years back approximately.

Paneer and Pepper Quiche

We all read about food and try to learn new dish for any place avaliable, some recipes sound so interesting that it just gets us thinking....the same happened with me when I read about quiche some years back. My love for eggs is no secret and this dish has eggs as the main ingredient so exciting right . But I didn't know of any place in Bangalore where I could get them and I didn't have oven at that time so I didn't try making it.

Murgh Musallam with Padina Pulav

Since the last 2 weeks the feeling is so intense that I just wanna eat only dishes that remind me of home.. :) . Last weekend I made Bhapa Dim again and this weekend Murgh Musallam. I know that's not a typical Bengali dish but as I have told my mom is a great cook and she makes several types of dishes and this dish is also from her list of creations.

Creamy Broccoli Soup

My liking for broccoli is very recent, in most of the movies they show that no one likes them ; this had an affect on me, I never bought them fearing that I wont like it and it would be a waste.

Florentine Mac and Cheese

My love for pasta is no secret but off late I have been trying out the lighter versions without cheese so today I was up for some indulgence. I baked the dish as I love those crunchy bites of cheese, then it looked very pale and I wanted some color in my plate thats when Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach came into picture.

Orange Cake with Orange Icing

Mangoes mark the start of Summer and Oranges mark the onset of Winter. Shillong has abandace of Oranges, every house has at least 2 orange trees. And in the chill weather, having oranges after lunch is a different feeling all together.


It’s been more than a month that I wrote anything. Did I lose the excitement......No way; rather I was caught in the hands of faith. I met with an accident and was in bed-rest all this time. Sadly I missed a lot of important and fun occasions in the process --- I missed to celebrate my blog's birthday, SORRY BUON APPETITO :( , I missed the new year celebration and I even spent my birthday lying in bed. Well no use crying over spilt milk, today I started cooking and I decided to making something that celebrates my cooking experiments and it’s my way of saying sorry to my blog for missing out on her birthday :)


Every dish that we make always have a story associated. Some kindles those childhood memories that gets hidden over years and others are those we picked up over the life from some books or resturants or even television... :) . Restaurants and television are the major places from where I collect my inspirations. The recipe I am sharing today has several stories to it as well.


Diwali is very special for me - I get to be a kid for a day . It’s been 7-8 years that I celebrate Diwali away from my family and with my friends. Although I miss my family but I always enjoy this festival. I start planning from morning, there is shopping for lights to be done and the last minute cracker to purchase. I love decorating my house with diyas and lighting and this is something I do every year, these small diyas always bring a lot of smile.


Anyways let get back to the dish , for my final course I decided to make a lamb dish. Every family has some tradition going on for ever and so do we. Since my childhood I have heard that on the Dashmi day , we should not have chicken and we have to make meat(lamb/mutton) only. Although my dad cannot eat meat(lamb/mutton) due to his health condition this tradition is still followed , and so I thought of sticking to it.


People say Bengali cuisine is generally related to fish and sweet---actually they are not wrong :D . Being from a Bengali Family, we ate fish everyday. Infact my Baba(daddy) cannot enjoy his food without it even if there are 5-6 courses still he would need a fish dish :) .


OCTOBER.....this is the most festive month of the year. There are endless number for festival from all around the world and I have decided to celebrate them all-----HOW??? With food for sure. :) .


All my life the one meal I have skipped is Breakfast....I know it the most important meal of the day and all, but somehow I rarely feel like eating in the morning. One glass of milk is more than enough for me. I have been advised against this by so many people but somehow I just could not .


Pasta is an ingredient which is always available in my kitchen. Although I have quite recently (4 years now) started making pasta , I immensely enjoy it. A little effort that can bring total satisfaction :) .


Has it ever happened to you that even after a good dinner your sleep is disturbed late night due to the huge craving for something sweet.....hehehe.....this happened to me last Sunday..... :D

Saturday, June 25, 2011


The fun of cooking multiples several times with the presence of family. Staying here all alone I have been missing those funs, now that my Mamoni and my younger sister Anna are here I am having a blast..... :) 

19th June was my elder brother's birthday, when we wished him he wanted me to make Strawberry Cake for mom and my sister. But am sorry Dadabhai as I could not fulfill ur wish.......I could not find  Strawberries in market however I did make a new type of cake.
Summers are wonderful in Bangalore coz the heat is not scroching and the best part is that we get mangoes everywhere. And its one of my favourite fruit, but with the change in my office timing I didnt time to buy them. Finally just before mom came I had cut down on sleep and got those lovely, plumby , yellow mangoes.......YUMMY...!!!! :D

Mangoes have loads of health benefits, that is the reason its called the "king of fruit". It is rich in amino acids, vitamin C and E, flavonoids, beta carotene, niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.Let me share some of the health benefits I have read;
  1. The phenolic compound found in mangoes has been found to have powerful antioxidant and anticancer properties.  
  2. Eating mangoes regularly prevents night blindness, refractive errors, dryness of the eyes, softening of the cornea, itching and burning in the eyes.
  3.  Mangoes contain digestive enzymes that help break down proteins and aid digestion.Due to the high amounts of fiber found in mango, it can be a helpful in keeping you regular, thereby helping or preventing constipation.
  4. Mango is effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin.Eating mango regularly makes the complexion fair and the skin soft and shining.
  5. Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood.It does not have any significant effect in increasing blood sugar levels.
  6. Mangoes are useful to children who lack concentration in studies as it contains Glutamine acid which is good to boost memory and keep cells active. 
  7. Unripe mangoes, a rich source of pectin, when steamed and juiced with cumin (jeera), rock salt and sugar, provide an excellent remedy for heat stroke and heat exhaustion in summer.
  8. Mangoes can be beneficial for people wanting to gain weight. A 100 gram of mango contains about 75 calories.
Now I know I dont really need to have mangoes but the heart wants what it wants.. :D . When I saw those lovely mangoes , I really didnt think about the health benefits I thought of trying out something new and different . I had planned to make Mango Cake and when my elder brother asked me to treat mom and my sister I decided to try the cake. Now I wanted to try the cake with a twist and so I created Mango Upside Down Cake.... !!!!!

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Water Half cup
Sugar 1 cup
Lemon Juice Half slice
1 tablespoon
Mango 1 medium sized

Mango 1 medium sized
Sugar 1 cup
Eggs 2 number
Flour 1 cup
Baking Powder 1 tablespoon
Nutmeg As per taste
Butter 50 gms
Oil Half cup
  1. Heat water , lemon juice and sugar in a baking dish that can be placed over the gas as well. Cook till it caramelizes.
  2. Cut the mangoes into strip shapes.
  3. After the caramel cools down slightly place the mango strips in the dish in a single layer.
  1. Blend together mango and sugar till it form a smooth mango pulp.Whisk the eggs separately till it get fluffy. 
  2. To the egg add the smooth mango pulp and whisk again. Whisk the soften butter and oil to the wet mixture as well .
  3. Sift the flour , baking powder and grated nutmeg thoroughly.
  4. Mix the wet and dry mixture properly using a spatula till it forms a smooth mixture.
  1. Carefully add the mango batter to the baking dish having the caramelized mango.
  2. Bake for about 45-50 minutes in oven at 220 degree Celcius or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. 
  3. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then turn it out onto a serving dish.
The gorgeous,sticky,yummy Mango Upside-Down Cake is ready for the tummy.... :D


Monday, June 13, 2011


I still remember those old days when I was a kid living with my parents, we had a routine and Sunday lunch without chicken was an impossible thing. Every Saturday Baba (dad) would ask us - me and my sister, what do we want for Sunday lunch and we would scream CHICKEN..... with wasting a minute. Actually this routine is still followed at home :) even I try to follow this here....... :D 

My Mamoni(mom) is a wonderful cook and her cooking experiments have never failed till date. Not only me but even my friends are her fan, they keep asking me when my mom would be visiting next. Whenever my mom comes to visit me, all my friends come home with an excuse of learning from her...... :D  actually everyone whats to enjoy her awesome creations and she totally enjoys cooking for everyone . I think my desire to experiment with food has come from her for sure, not that m good like her coz I do have some disasters to my list still I  just love experimenting with all my recipes and chicken is non different.

As for the story behind this dish ,it so happened that its Friday and I was getting bored in office and I started checking out some cooking sites and I saw a new preparation 'stuffed chicken'.The name itself attracted me; I found it supper interesting and had to give it a try .Most of their recipes had used cheese for stuffing but I wanted to try something else so I used spinach and so my Spinach Stuffed Chicken was created  :)

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Spinach Bunch 2 bunches
Onion 1 medium sized
Garlic cloves 3-4 pieces
Fresh Cream
1/4 cup
Red Chilli Powder 1 teaspoon
Quarter cup
A pinch

Chicken breast 2 slices
Honey 1/4 cup
Mustard Paste 1 tablespoon
Flour 1 cup
Breadcrumb 2 cups
Dried Basil 1 teaspoon
Black Pepper 1 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder 2 tablespoon
Unsalted Butter1 tablespoon
Egg1 egg
Oil2-3 tablespoon
As per taste
  1. Wash the spinach in running water and chop it as finely as possible.
  2. Cut the onion into julienne and soak it into ice cold water for 5 min. Grate the garlic cloves.
  3. Heat oil in a pan , add the onion after squeezing off the water. Add salt and grated garlic to this and fry till the onion turns translucent.
  4. Add the spinach to the fried onions on low flame. Cover the pan and leave it for sometime till the water from the spinach is soaked and the spinach is properly cooked.
  5. Add red chilli powder to the cooking spinach and cook for 2 min.Finally add the cream and cook again till all the excess water is soaked in.
  1. While the spinach stuffing is being cooked, wash the 2 chicken breast and pat it dry.
  2. Place the chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound to 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat the same with the other chicken piece too.
  3. Divide the stuffing equally and evenly on both the flatten chicken breast. Roll up the chicken such that the stuffing is totally covered and secure it with wooden picks. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the stuffed chicken.
  4. Place some flour in a place. Then beat an egg on a big bowl with some salt. Then take the breadcrumbs in a place and mix it with salt,pepper and dried basil.
  5. Now coat the chicken in flour, removing the excess soak it in the egg mixture and then in the breadcrumbs. Cover the chicken with the breadcrumbs.
  6. Take a baking dish and drizzle some oil in it. Then arrange the chicken pieces in the baking dish and cook it in the oven for 20 min in 200 degree Celsius.

  1. When the chicken is done,heat butter in pan, add mustard paste to the pan and cook it for 2 -3 min or until done.
  2. To the pan add red chilli powder and salt and cook it for some time.
  3. Finally add the honey to the pan and cook the mixture thoroughly.
  4. Place the chicken pieces in a plate and cover it with the honey-mustard paste.

 The Spinach Stuffed Chicken is ready to enjoy.... :) 


Sunday, June 5, 2011


Finally the exams are over , so whts the first thing i decided to do...quite obvious actually i decided to try something new today. And I made my very first Stuffed Crescent Rolls. Frankly this is the first time i had Crescents.

But before I jump onto my recipe I would like to thank Manuela for passing me the award. 

I dont know how to express in words the feeling am going through right now. Its the feeling that you have when someone whom you look up to appreciates your work. No words or expression are enough to express the feeling.....I am having the same feeling when i read a message from Manuela saying she has an award for me.

I totally look up to her for all the innovative and wonderful recipes she has. A very talented lady I must say, I have learnt a lot new dishes from her. Thanks Manuela for making my day. 

But blogging is about sharing and there rules to claim this award . So lets follow the rule.
  1. I prefer to visit different resturants and try out different types of food.
  2. I am totally addicted to TV  . The first thing is do when I wake up is switch on the TV and its on the whole time I am at home.
  3. I am a total believer of faith and destiny.
  4. I absolutely adore travelling...I love to go to different place and not only see the tourist attractions but also meet different people and have the local food.
  5. I dont like to make the morning tea and prefer if someone does it for me as of now its on to the small bakery shop near my house.... :)
  6. I am a very talkative person and love to spend time with my family and friends.I love talking to my mom over phone and we can do that for hours.
  7. I love to spend time watching the architectural beauty of the old buildings.
10 bloggers to pass the award, well that's the tough one : 

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All purpose floor 4 & half cup
Milk 1 cup
Instant dry yeast 1 tablespoon
Dried Basil
1 tablespoon
Sugar 1 teaspoon
Quarter cup
A pinch
3-4 cups

Chicken breast 2 slices
Onion 2 medium sized
Garlic 2 cloves
Corn 200 gms
Spinach 1 bunch
Cream 3 tablespoon
Mozzarella cheese 300 gms
Red Chilli Powder 1 tablespoon
Unsalted Butter2-3 tablespoon
Egg white1 egg
Oil2-3 tablespoon
As per taste

  1. Take water in a bowl; place it on low flame and add sugar, stir till the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the yeast to the sugar-water bowl after removing from heat and leave it for 10 min or till the yeast dissolves properly and the water gets a little frothy.
  3. Sift and pour the flour into a large bowl.Add salt and dried basil to the flour and mix them thoroughly.
  4. Make a hole in the center of the flour mixture and pour the yeast mixture and oil.Using a spatula, combine all the ingredients properly.
  5. Then mix the dough with hands and place it in a large bowl and let the dough stand for at least 1 hour so that the yeast can work on it.
  6. After the dough is double its original size, punch it down to eliminate the air bubbles.
  7. Sprinkle some flour on the large wooden surface. Place the dough on the floured surface. Knead  the dough by pushing and folding till it forms a smooth dough.
  8. Place the dough in the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap.
  1. Cut the chicken and onion into cubes.Chop the spinach into medium pieces.
  2. Boil the corn in a cooker with a pinch a salt, one whistle of the cooker is enough to soften the corn. 
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped onions and fry till it turns translucent.
  4. Add the chicken cubes to the pan. Sprinkle some salt and red chilli powder and fry it over medium heat till the chicken turns soft.
  5. Heat oil in a separate pan, add grated garlic cloves and fry the cloves.
  6. Add the boiled corn and chopped spinach to the pan.Sprinkle some salt and red chilli powder and fry it over medium heat till the water is evaporated and the spinach is cooked.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of cream and combine all the ingredients. Cook it for 5-6 min more.
  1. For the final assembling, punch the dough down to eliminate the air bubbles.
  2. Sprinkle some flour on the large wooden surface. Place the dough on the floured surface. Cut the dough into 3-4 pieces.
  3. Cover a oven rack with a baking paper. Drizzle some oil on the baking sheet and cover it with oil properly.
  4. Roll the dough using a rolling pin into 1/4" thick circular shape and brush some butter.
  5. Cut into 12 pie-shaped wedges. Remove the excess flour. 
  6. On the wide-end on the wedge, place the stuffing and grated cheese.From the same end roll-up each wedge; bend into a crescent shape and place point-side down in the baking pans about 1 inch apart.
  7. Repeat the process with all the other doughs.
  8. Brush the top of the crescent rolls with egg white.
  9. Cook the rolls in the oven at 220 degree for 20 min.
The Stuffed Crescent Rolls are ready to be enjoyed with all the Movies.


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