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

Monday, November 28, 2011


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. When I was in school, not sure which class, I had gone to visit my maternal uncle and his neighbour had treated us with this dish...although I dont remember how it looked or tasted, I just remember Mom saying..."Need to Try it" :) . My mom is very good in guessing the ingredients just by tasting a dish, so that's how she picked up this recipe. On my 18th birthday , I was having a small party at home and mom made this dish for my friends and everyone loved it....and thats the flavor I remember. :)

I moved to Bangalore in the year 2003---I was sent here by my family only cause my cousin sister was here. For the first year I used to stay in a hostel for the name sake at least , most of the time I would be at her place.... :) .

A very innovative and creative person thats what describes her. She is a very loveable person and honestly till date I have not met anyone that knows her and dislikes her, thats just impossible. She would help anyone and everyone all you have to do is ask even if that ended in choas for her. She always gave her 100% or even more to whatever she did, when she was working she was great and achieved a lot for her age. Now that she is a homemaker, she has a wonderful blog with breath-taking photos---you all know her as Kankana and to me she is my Didibhai.... :) .

She is always more then just a sister, she is my friend--- my comfort pillow :) . We all need someone with whom we can share our secrets and she is that person in my life. There is nothing in my life that she doesn't know and its same with her too.  I have cried and laughed with her several times. My cooking experiments also started while I was with her :) . And one day I decided to treat her and so I made her this dish. She loved it and would often keep taking about the dish :)

Times changed and now she got settled in USA . A few weeks back when she told me that she would be coming to India I was so excited and I had thought to make the same dish for her just to remind her of those days. Sadly she told me she wont be coming to Bangalore :( however I thought to make the dish for her ---- its the thought that counts right.  

This dish is called ------ Dhania Chicken or Chicken in Cilantro Sauce

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Boneless Chicken  500 gms
Cilantro 500 gms
Onion paste 2-3 tablespoons
Ginger-garlic paste2 teaspoons
Yogurt4-5 tablespoons
Tomato puree4 tablespoons
Paprika2 teaspoons
SaltAs per taste
Ground-Nut Oil2 tablespoons

  1. Cut the chicken into small pieces. I used boneless chicken thigh however chicken breast can be used too.
  2. In a bowl marinate the chicken pieces with ginger-garlic paste and yogurt. Let it stand for 30 min.
  3. Blend the cilantro with slight water till it forms a smooth-green puree.
  4. Heat oil in a large pan and add the onion paste. Fry till the water is absorbed and till it gets a slight brown color.
  5. Add the marinated chicken pieces to the fried onion. 
  6. Add salt to the pan, cover and cook the chicken over low flame till all the water is evaporated and the chicken is soft.
  7. Mix tomato puree and paprika with little water and pour it on the cooking chicken.
  8. Cook the chicken over medium flame till all the water is soaked.
  9. Pour the green puree to the chicken and let it cook. The color changes from green to greenish brown when the dish is cooked.
  10. Garnish it with butter poached cherry tomatoes.
    The dish goes well with Paratha or Chapati. I had it with sesame coated butter naan.


    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    QUICK EASY MEALS FOR THE GOURMAND ON THE GO --- Guest Post by Carolyn Knight

    Today is a very special day for BUON APPETITO. I have the very first guest to welcome in my blog. I love to be surprised---in a good way that ends in me being happy and a few days back when I got a mail for Carolyn Knight that filled me with joy and I could not stop smiling :) .

    Prior to today I didnt have any guest post in my blog-----frankly I dont know how it works actually , and then Carolyn introduced me to it.Carolyn is a reader of my blog and is concerned about healthy and nutritious meal. I for one need to learn a lot from her :) . 

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    Quick Easy Meals for the Gourmand on the Go

    So you’ve only got 30 minutes to get dinner on the table, and takeout is seriously not an option … again. Fortunately there are plenty of quick easy meals that can be put together with little fuss. Cut down on prep work, choose a protein with a short cook time, and you’ll discover a lot of delicious meals can be prepared from scratch with these easy options.

    Fish as a main dish is a good way to cut down on prep and cook time. Go directly to the fish person at the market and have the fish cleaned, or buy cuts that you don’t have to do anything to except rinse before cooking. Pan-seared salmon or halibut don’t take any time at all. A pre-made pesto is an acceptable option; however, you can make this simple pumpkin seed chimichurri in just a few minutes!

    Ingredients to serve 4:

    Fresh Salmon – About 1 lb.
    Shelled Pumpkin Seeds – ½ c.
    Cilantro – 1 bundle
    Lemon – 1 small (juiced)
    Garlic – 2 cloves
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil – ¼ c.
    Coriander Seeds – ½ tsp.
    Salt and pepper to taste


    In a large skillet, heat a little bit of oil over medium heat, and place the salmon skin side down to sear for about 6 minutes or till opaque, all the way through. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a skillet for about 2 minutes, till they start to smell aromatic. Then, put on a paper towel to cool. In a small food processor, pulse garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, pumpkin seeds, salt, pepper, and olive oil to make a simple chimichurri sauce to top the salmon. Serve with a side of sautéed spinach or asparagus. Try using a little bit of garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil to get the job done with a tad more flavor.

    If red meat is what you crave, but you don’t think you have the time, try pan searing individual rack of lamb segments. Salt and pepper each rack and place in a large skillet over medium heat with garlic, sage leafs, and a touch of olive oil. Chop fresh herbs and mix into butter to dab on top of the lamb as it comes off the stove. 3 minutes on each side should be plenty for a rare center, moist and full of flavor. Let the lamb rest outside of the pan for a couple of minutes before serving.

    It doesn’t have to be time consuming or super complex for it to be a tasty and elegant meal. Try whipping up one of these quick easy meals for your family tonight!


    Wednesday, November 9, 2011


    On the 26 October 2011, Wednesday we celebrated the festival of light - Diwali or Deepavali, it is celebrated on the New Moon Day after Dashera. This festival brings immense happiness and joy to one and all. There are so many wonderful things about Diwali celebration - the puja done at home, the lighting of the diyas - small clay lamps filled with oil, bursting of crackers and the special homemade sweets.

    There are lot of significant mythological events associated with Diwali.
    • It marks the return of Lord Rama with his brother Lakshman and wife Site to Ayodhya after 14 years of Vanvas. The subjects of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with diyas.
    • The day is associated with Pandavas returning from 12years exile as they were defeated by Kauravas. The people of Hastinapur celebrated their Kings' return by lighting diyas.
    • The Goddess Kali is worshiped on this day. It depicts the victory of Good over Evil, so the dark night is illuminated with diyas and crackers.

    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.

    Then the final part - burst crackers as much as I can, I really feel like a kid -- literally jumping with joy as they burst and then laugh out loud :)

    But this year I did one thing different--made some sweets at home :) - one of them was Gajar Halwa ka Patishapta (Sweet Egg-less Crepes stuffed with Carrot Pudding) .

    Patishapta is a very common Bengali sweet, its sweet egg-less crepes stuffed with sweet coconut or sweet khoya filling. This sweet is made is almost all Bengali house to celebrate Makar Sankranti which is mostly in the between (January to February). India being a predominantly agrarian country the harvesting season is joyfully celebrated throughout the country. However I can have Patishapta’s mine and Baba's favourite Patishapta in Diwali.

    As you know me by now I love to experiment with foods and so I decided to stuff my Patishapta stuffed with Carrot Halwa rather than Coconut or Khoya and called it Gajar Halwa ka Patishapta and served it with Rabdi

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    Carrot 7-8 medium sized
    Ghee 2 tablespoons
    Milk 3 cups
    Condensed Milk1/2 cup
    Cardamom powder1/2 teaspoon
    Sugar2-3 tablespoon

    Maida/All Purpose Flour 2cups
    Semolina 1/2 cup
    Sugar 1 & 1/4 cup
    Water 2-3 cups
    Salt As per taste
    Oil2 tablespoon

    Milk 2 cups
    Condensed Milk 1 cup
    Almond 4 numbers
    Pistachio 7 numbers

    1. Grate all the carrots finely.
    2. Heat ghee in a pan, add the carrot and fry till the carrots soften and are properly fried (see that the color is kept intact).
    3. In a separate pan, add milk , condensed milk and sugar. Bring it to boil .
    4. Add cardamom powder to the sweet-boiled milk and simmer it in low flame for 5 min
    5. To the frying carrot add the milk and keep cooking in low heat till the milk is completely absorbed.
    6. Remove it in a bowl and set it aside. Let the pudding cool slightly.

    1. In a large pan add water and sugar and let them boil till the sugar dissolves completely
    2. In a separate bowl , mix maida/all purpose floor , semolina and salt.
    3. Pour the sugar syrup to the dry mix and whisk well till a batter of crepes consistency is formed. 
    4. Let the batter stand for at least half an hour.
    5. In a flat non-stick pan, brush oil. The oil should be very less, so I used the head of the brinjal to spread the oil .
    6. Using a ladle pour the batter to the pan and evenly distribute the batter in a circular shape.
    7. When it can hold the shape and the bottom is partially done, put a little amount of the carrot halwa lengthwise on one side.
    8. Using a spatula start folding the sides like an omelet. 
    9. Fry for 3-4 min more, see that the color is not changes.

    1. Dry roast pistachio and almond. 
    2. Grind the nuts very finely.
    3. In a pan, add the milk and condensed milk. Bring it to boil.
    4. Keep stirring occasionally till the sweeten milk is slightly thicken.
    5. Add the grounded nuts to the milk and stir them well till it gets a smooth consistency.
    6. Let the rabdi cool down
    Plate the patishaptas in a flat dish , garnish with toasted pistachios. Serve with the Rabdi.


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