A comment left on my Instagram post by my cousin sis who had been my closest friend during my childhood, left me in utter confusion… ‘Does Scoop still exist in Kolkata? Khoj korish toh/do check!’ The referred scoop is not an ordinary scoop of ice cream or a new piece of gossip doing the media round, but a very special ice cream parlour by … Read More Scoop In Outram Ghat | Yesss, It Still Exists!
‘If Bruschetta remains Bruschetta and Crostata remains Crostata, then Phulko Luchi should be nothing else but be called Phulko Luchi!’ Luchi got featured in the February issue of Ahlan! Gourmet (above), along with Kosha Mangsho and Polao. Naturally, my Bengali foodie soul is very satisfied. When Olivia Spadavecchia, the Editor of Ahlan! Gourmet contacted me, I had already been planning to do a post … Read More Luchi Featured In Ahlan! Gourmet | My Ode To Phulko Luchi!
Bohemian… bəʊˈhiːmɪən/ a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts… a nonconformist, unconventional person, beatnik, hippy, avant-gardist, free spirit, dropout, artistic person; I have just returned from a short Christmas break in Prague. Apart from being the Czech capital, Prague also happens to be the capital of the region – Bohemia. This was a sojourn which was Bohemian in spirit. … Read More Bohemian Restaurant In Kolkata | Chef Joy Talks About Food That Does Cabaret On The Senses!
Childhood memories of Eid bring in the sweet taste of Semaiya Kheer or vermicelli pudding, also called Shemaiyer Payesh in Bengali. Eid Mubarak! Festivities bring in lots of varied emotions… emotions of togetherness, memories of childhood and hope for the future. Nothing like being in a city like Dubai, where people from all over the world come together and call them their homes. The word Eid means ‘festivity’ in Arabic. And … Read More Semaiya Kheer or Vermicelli Pudding to celebrate Eid
The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. ∼ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow And of course cook something appropriate for the rains… Khichuri? Khichuri or Khichdi (a dish made up of rice and lentils) as it’s known in many parts of India can be conjured up as a delicacy unlike in many parts of India where it is a basic … Read More Khichuri As Harbinger of Hope & Kolkata Soaked In Rains
Hunger is the best pickle. ∼ Benjamin Franklin Mother (-in-law) Of All Pickles! My last post was called Pickles… Mother (-in-law) Of All Pickles! It was a loving post dedicated to my Mum-in-law who loves collecting recipes. Some would term this as an obsession. This obsession extends mainly to collecting recipes more than actually executing them! She has many hand-written notebooks where she writes … Read More Hot Garlic Pickle | The Pickled Diary – Episode 1
To most Pickles refer to the art of preserving food. And to others it is a tiny pinch of accompaniment with another more important and popular food item. But to me, a Pickle is like Abstract Art. I don’t understand it completely, yet at the same time it tickles my senses with it’s vibrant colours, the strong aroma of the mixtures inside the pickle … Read More Pickles | Mother (-in-law) Of All Pickles!
Tiretti Bazar – a buzzing Chinese Bazar which starts as early as 5am in the morning and disappears sharp at 8:30 am, just before the offices start and the roads turn into parking spaces for the day – is a story that needs to be told fast before it disappears. Kolkata is the only Indian city with an official Chinatown known as Tangra and … Read More Momos in Tiretti Bazar | The Last Chinese Remnants Of Kolkata!