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Recipes, reviews, food and travel inspiration

My childhood in Kolkata and setting up homes with S in different places like Kolkata, Colombo, Frankfurt, Dubai (and soon iChen – have shaped our cooking and moulded our taste-buds. Post-holidays, we are on our own food trips at home. Sometimes, we experiment with our newly acquired expertise of the local cuisine fused with our regular cooking. We also follow authentic regional recipes handed down by chefs or people we come across or create new recipes of our own that are eagerly anticipated by family and friends. Coming from Bengal, there is a lot of exploration on Bengali cuisine in our kitchen. It’s a way of tracing back our roots, learning more about food that has shaped both S and my childhood, and initiating our two daughters – the Z-Sisters to their roots. Lady M (our Lady Friday) hails from Bicol, a region in Philippines known for it’s spicy cuisine. Needless to say, we love Filipino food too.

Do read more about me to understand how food and travel has shaped my life… and this blog.

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Dubai is currently my adopted home and most of the food posts have been juxtaposed against my Kolkata nostalgia or my living experiences in the UAE. In most of my writings, culture, history, recipes, food stories and nostalgia – even about my childhood in Kolkata, unfold amidst the urban backdrop of Dubai. Hence, sometimes I’ve not been able to clearly demarcate between Dubai and Kolkata posts. All blogposts revolve around the following categories – Recipes, Reviews, Interviews, Food Inspiration and Culinary Travel.

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Picks from my personal diary

My Dubai picks – things to do and where to eat

8 Kolkata/Bengali food posts – My pick!

From my personal diary

Stories of Love, Nostalgia And Memories – The Ingredients To My Cooking

Chef/Celebrity/People Talk (in alphabetical order)

Recipe Index


Bhapa Mishti Doi and A Food Safari of Bengal – Traditional Bengali
Caramel Custard | Pudding of Love – Mum-In-Law’s Special – Anglo-Indian
Dates Ice Cream | Recipe From Asateer, The Palm Atlantis – Emirati
Firni or Ferni, Ramadan or Ramzan, Mallick Bazar or Karama? – Indian
Gulab Jamun Rabri – Indian
Gajorer Payesh/Carrot Pudding… Happy Diwali! – Traditional Bengali
Gingerbread House and Gingerbread Macarons – Traditional Festive
Icecream Rasgulla with Blueberry Sauce – Bengali Fusion
Kulfis | Celebrating The Colours Of Holi! – Indian
Mango Vanilla Ice-cream as Fooderati Arabia turns 2!
Narkel Naru/Coconut Jaggery Truffles – Traditional Bengali
Notun Gurer Payesh/Rice Pudding & Remembering My Dida – Traditional Bengali
Purple Haze Yoghurt with Purple M&Ms – Bengali Fusion
Rôshogolla/Rasgulla on TV | Shubho Bijoya to all! – Traditional Bengali
Rasgulla Macapuno – When a Filipina Turns Bong! – Bengali Fusion (with Filipino Cuisine)
Semaiya Kheer/Vermicelli Pudding, Eid in Dubai… Eid Mubarak! – Traditional Bengali/Indian
Shaabiyat Kacha | Recipe From Address Marina – Arabic
Shondesh/Sandesh Pudding… Guest Post For Cook Like A Bong! – Bengali Fusion


Frozen Aam Pana/Green Mango Pulp Drink – Traditional Bengali
UAE National Day… Aam Pana | My Dubai My City – Traditional Bengali


Cumin Beetroot Cold Salad – A Summer Salad
Fattoush Recipe | Cooking Class in Six Sense @ZighyBay – Lebanese/Arabic
Sumac Octopus with Pomegranate | Recipe From Celebrity Chef Silvena Rowe – Ottoman/Turkish Fusion

Chutneys, Dips & Pickles

Anjeer Ki Chutney or Fig Chutney | Masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor’s Recipe – North Indian
Hot Garlic Pickle… The Pickled Diary – Episode 1 – Indian
Kaancha Aamer Chutney/Green Mango Chutney! – Traditional Bengali
Tok Palonger Chutney/Sour Spinach Chutney – Traditional Bengali/Bangladeshi


Cuppa-Corn Yellow Sweet Moments – Kids’ Snack
Phuchkas in Vivekananda Park – Indian Street-food

Vegetarian Side-Dish

Bori Tarkari/ Beans Curry & Maithili Art – Nepali/Indian
Date Gyōza (Japanese Dumpling) | Recipe From ZUMA – Japanese
Crusted Paneer Potato with Kiwi Sauce – Recipe created for Zespri
Mashed Potato Bengali Style/ Aloo Bhaaté – Bengali Fusion
Kumro Bhaaté or Mashed Pumpkin Bengali Style – Bengali Fusion
Spicy Baby Potatoes or Aloor Dum – Kolkata Street Style! Kolkata Street Food
Yoghurt Aubergine with Pomegranate – Bengali Fusion (with Arabic Cuisine)


Arabic Sushi | Recipe From Ritz Carlton, DIFC – Arabic
Chicken Kabsa | Recipe From Asateer, The Palm Atlantis – Arabic
Khichuri As Harbinger of Hope & Kolkata Soaked In Rains – Traditional Bengali
Lamb Tagine With Couscous | Recipe From Sheraton MOE – Middle Eastern
Luchi Featured In Ahlan! Gourmet | My Ode To Phulko Luchi! – Traditional Bengali
Kolkata Biryani | Cooking The Royal Dish In Lafayette Gourmet – Lucknowy/Awadhi
Pancit/Noodle – Palabok, Bihon, Canton – Filipino
Risotto Alla Milanese And Learning To Cook Risotto The Italian Way – Italian

Soups & Dal/Lentils

Daal Maharani Befitting the Queen (And Also Us) – Nepali/Indian
Mango Lentil Soup/ Aam Dal – The Summer Combat – Traditional Bengali
Mutton Chick Peas Curry – Indian Cuisine


Asha Bhosle’s Chicken Keema along with her interview – Traditional North Indian
Chicken Kabsa | Recipe From Asateer, The Palm Atlantis – Arabic
Easter Egg Curry Cooked by the Easter Bunnies – Traditional Bengali/Bengali Fusion


Ginger Lotus Sea Bass | Recipe From Blue Jade, Ritz Carlton – Vietnamese
Seafood Bikol Express & The Romanticism Of The Mayon Volcano – Filipino
Shorshe Bata Maach – Mustard Salmon In This Case | Shubho Noboborsho! – Traditional Bengali
Singaporean Chilli Crab | Violet Oon’s Recipe – Singaporean
Spicy Prawn Harra |Cooking class by the Beach at Desert Islands Resorts By Anantaraa  – Lebanese/Arabic
Sumac Octopus with Pomegranate | Recipe From Celebrity Chef Silvena Rowe – Ottoman/Turkish Fusion


Beef Tripe Stew with White Beans Sauce & Pap – Traditional South African
Galouti Kababs | Recipe from Ananta, Oberoi Dubai
Lamb Tagine With Couscous | Recipe From Sheraton MOE – Middle Eastern
Meatballs or Dawood Basha and Vermicelli Rice| From AL Nafoorah, Emirates Towers – Traditional South African
Mutton Chick Peas Curry – Indian Cuisine
Mutton Kassa With Red Wine And Red Grapes – Bengali Fusion
Sikarni Raan/Marinated Lamb Shank –  Nepali
Pan-fried Liver with Colconnan Mash – Traditional South African
Zatar Lamb & Crushed Lemon Potato with Chef Ron Pietruszka –  Arabic

Bengali Food

Other Bengali Food Banters originating from our food experiences in restaurants, streets, chit-chats over food conversations or from inside the kitchens – either mine or Mum’s or other close Mums… and a few exceptional Dads’ as well!

Traditional Bengali Food | In ‘Slight’ Details – An etymological explanation of our food-fetish
Stories of Love, Nostalgia And Memories – The Ingredients To My Cooking
Bengali Sweets That Came By Parcel! – Gujia, Jibe Goja, Abaar Khabo & Jolbhora
Mango Lentil Soup/ Aam Dal – The Summer Combat – The story of Epar Bangla & Opar Bangla
Mashed Potato Bengali Style/ Aloo Bhaaté
Mother (-in-law) of all Pickles – My Nostalgia on Pickles | History of Pickles
Rôshogolla (রসগোল্লা) – Bengali’s Own Sweet – An essay on the most famous Bengali Sweet

Reviews, Events & Features… in Dubai & Elsewhere


Dubai Dining (in alphabetical order):

Al Badia | Weekend in Dubai Calls For A Brunch, A Picnic Brunch!
Al Fanar Restaurant & Café | My First Authentic Emirati Food Experience! – Dubai Festival City
Ananta, Oberoi Dubai | Galouti Kababs Materclass – Indian Fine Dining, Business Bay + recipe
Arabian Pilgrimage Food Tour With Frying Pan Adventures – Walking food tour in Deira
♦  Asha’s with Asha Bhosle | Cooking With Her, Listening To Her & Sharing Her Recipe! – Indian Fine Dining, Pyramids at Wafi
Asado Wine Club | An Evening of Wine Tasting – Steakhouse, Fine Dining, The Palace Hotel, Old Town
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa | Twitterati Lunch – Luxury Eco-Resort in the desert
Baisakhi Celebration in Patiala and Options By Sanjeev Kapoor | Celebrating Festivals in Dubai
Bateaux Dubai | #FoodPorn Along The Dubai Creek – Experiential Dining, Dubai Creek
BBQ Delights | The Afghani Rosh That’s Forced Me To Discuss Indo-Pak Politics! – Casual Dining, Downtown
Bikers Cafe | Emirati Breakfast Followed by Emirati Desserts – Cafe and Casual Dining, Jumeirah
Bo House Cafe In JBR Walk | Christmas Carols & A Gust Of Wind – Casual Dining, The Walk
Book Munch | Join Me For A Bengali Gourmet Meal On The 4th June – Family Restaurant, Al Wasl Square
How Did I Fare In Showcasing My Bengali Cuisine? | On Zee TV Middle East – Family Restaurant, Al Wasl Square
Bu Qtair Fish Restaurant | Capturing A Hidden Gem In Jumeirah. A Video Too! – Seafood shack, Jumeirah 3
Chimes – Singaporean Chilli Crabs | And A Special Blog Giveaway For Valentine’s Day! – Oriental Casual Dining, Al Barsha
Creekside Cafe – More Than Just Food – Cafe Restaurant, Creekside
Costa Coffee | Back To Dubai, Back to Costa – Cafe, Meadows
Ezi Dzi and a Nowruz Buffet | Celebrating Festivals in Dubai – Iranian Casual Dining, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT)
Ghaf Kitchen | A Moving Hidden Gem of Dubai  – Gourmet Food Truck
Helio Lounge and Feteer Meshaltet In Video | Talking To Celebrity Chef Joe Barza – Arabic Lounge, Dubai Marina
Kebab Bistro | A Parsi Lunch Buffet To Remember – Parsi/Indian Casual Dining, Satwa/Jumeirah
Lafayette Gourmet  | Festive Menu Tasting – Christmas Is In The Air! – Gourmet Store, Dubai Mall
Mahec, Le Meridien | When Mango Is The Hero in A Love Story  – Indian Fine Dining, Garhoud
The Majlis Dubai And Jumeirah Mosque – Finest Camel Milk Cafe, Jumeirah
Mazina in Address Marina | Gingerbread House and Gingerbread Macarons – Family Dining, Dubai Marina
Mazina Theme Nights | Eating Around The World – Family DIning, Dubai Marina
Omnia Gourmet by Chef Silvena | Decadence, Deliciousness & A Lot of Expectations! Healthy Eating, Jumeirah
OPTIONS By Sanjeev Kapoor | Romantic Giveaway & Bengali Food Festival – Indian, Dubai World Trade Centre
OPTIONS By Sanjeev Kapoor, Mövenpick Deira | Official Opening & Romantic Dinner Invites for 2 couples!
Patiala | Talking to Chef Sanjay Bahl About Flavours And More Flavours! – Indian Fine Dining, Souk Al Bahar
Ronda Locatelli | The Truffle Story With Giorgio Locatelli – Italian Fine Dining, Atlantis The Palm
Seaview Restaurant In Jumeirah | A New Year And Visiting A Brand New Restaurant!– Seafood restaurant, Jumeirah
Shiraz Golden Restaurant | Searching for Shiraz from Lucknow to Kolkata to Dubai – Now closed
Shiraz and Poila Baisakh | Celebrating Festivals in Dubai – Bengali New years Celebrations
Sukhothai – Songkran Dinner | Celebrating Festivals in Dubai – Episode 2 – Thai, Le Meridien Hotel, Airport
Tantuni | A Taste Of Turkish Street Food and Another Blog Giveaway! – Turkish Street Food, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT)
Taste Of Dubai Menu Tasting At Asado | Part 2 Of My Gluttonous Double Munching! – The Palace Downtown
Taste Of Dubai Menu Tasting At Thiptara | Part 1 Of My Gluttonous Double Munching! – The Palace Downtown
Taste of Dubai 2013 | I Saw Them Cook And I Ate What They Cooked – Food Event, Media City Amphitheater
The Change Initiative | Frozen Aam Pana/Green Mango Pulp – Dubai’s first sustainable store + a Recipe
♦ The Label Project | Wines Tasted Blindly! – Invite to a Global Wine initiative from Jacob’s Creek
Thiptara and a Chef’s table | A Romantic Dinner Invite From The Palace Downtown! – Thai Fine Dining, Downtown
TRIBES | Celebrating South African Heritage Day! – South African, Mall of Emirates
Westin – Songkran Splash| Celebrating Festivals in Dubai – Jumeirah Beach Road
Yuan In Atlantis| Dim Sum-ing All The Way On A Friday – Friday Brunch, Atlantis, The Palm

Dubai Roundups

The Golden Dishes of Dubai | Countdown To 2015
Countdown To 2015 | Gobbling Up The Best Views In Dubai
Countdown To 2015 | Oh My Mulled Wine Over Christmas!
Ramadan in Dubai | The Iftars And The Suhours Around Town
BBC GoodFood Middle East 2013 Awards | And The Award Goes To…
The 7 Tastiest Fast Feasts Of Dubai | Introducing Chowzter to Dubai
Ramadan in Dubai | Where All You Can Eat
A Connoisseur’s Guide To Eating Out In Dubai | Zomato

Dining Concepts

Dining Concept | Dining Around Dubai With Foodiva

Sustainable/Organic Dubai

Farmers Market On The Terrace | Breakfast Picnic and Knowing Your Local Farmers
A Trip to Rajasthan To Meet The Farmers | Is Your Spice Procured Ethically? Produced Organically?
Frozen Aam Pana/Green Mango Pulp | The Change Initiative Inspiration! – Dubai’s first sustainable store + a Recipe
♦ Down To Earth Organic Store In Dubai | Mutton Chick Peas Curry – An event + a Recipe
Al Maha Desert Resort | Twitterati Lunch – The luxury Eco-Resort in the desert
Locavorism in UAE, Friday Market in Fujairah | Tok Palong/Sour Spinach Chutney Food talk + a Recipe

Hidden Gems of Dubai – PW in Gulf News

The Majlis Dubai And Jumeirah Mosque – Finest Camel Milk Cafe, Jumeirah
A Moving Hidden Gem of Dubai | Ghaf Kitchen – Gourmet Food Truck/Boutique Catering
Creekside Cafe – More Than Just Food  – Cafe Restaurant, Creekside

Food Events & Festivals

Ramadan in Dubai #FillingTheBlues
The World of Emirati Cuisine And Culture | A Photo Essay
Learning To Cook Risotto The Italian Way And A Creamy Brothy Recipe of Risotto Alla Milanese
Treat 2012 | Cooking Zatar Lamb, Crushed Lemon Potato with Chef Ron Pietruszka – Burjuman World Food Fest + a Recipe
Celebrating Dubai Christmas | Dining In, Dining Out, Cooking or Mall Hopping!

Bengali Film Festival in Dubai

Abhijaan 2015 – Bengali Film Festival In Dubai | Atanu Ghosh’s ‘Ek Phali Rodh’ February 4, 2015
Abhijaan 2015 – Bengali Film Festival In Dubai | Anindyo Ghosh’s Bharaate  February 4, 2015
Abhijaan 2015 – Bengali Film Festival In Dubai | Arindam Sil’s Ebar Shobor February3, 2015
Abhijaan 2015 – Bengali Film Festival In Dubai | Manoj Michigan’s 89  February 2, 2015
Abhijaan 2015 – Bengali Film Festival In Dubai | Teenkahon (Three Obsessions) January 29, 2015

Other Dubai Posts:

♦ Hidden Gems of Dubai | The Majlis Dubai And Jumeirah Mosque
An Evening of Traditional Marwari Food | Daal Baati Churma
Sanjeev Kapoor | Talking To The Chef Extraordinaire
Meena Bazaar At Night | Introducing DubaiUnblogged… Dubai In Instagram
Violet Oon | The Singaporean Food Guru & Her Recipe Of Chilli Crab!
♦ Things To Do In Dubai | Like A Tourist In My Own City (mentioned earlier)
The Diary Of A Dubai Resident | As Home Turns Into An Inn! (also mentioned earlier)
Deep Sea Fishing & Fish Barbeque | Persian Gulf off Dubai Coast
The Magic of Christmas!
Mums Who Share @JBR
Giving Back!

Blog Giveaway (according to date)

Blog Turns 2 Years | Chance for 2 lucky readers to attend a Masterclass with Sanjeev Kapoor!
Eating Around The World | And A Blog Giveaway From The Address Marina
Chef’s table at Thiptara | And A Romantic Dinner Invite From The Palace Downtown!
Singaporean Chilli Crab At Chimes | And A Special Blog Giveaway For Valentine’s Day!
Tantuni Rolls – A Taste Of Turkish Street Food | And Another Blog Giveaway!
OPTIONS By Sanjeev Kapoor, Deira Opens | Romantic Dinner Invites for 2 couples!
Best of 2012 | Season’s Greetings and 3 Cookbooks Giveaway
Romantic Giveaway from OPTIONS by Sanjeev Kapoor

Around the UAE:

An Island Not Too Far Away… Zaya Nurai | Abu Dhabi
Khor Kalba & Kalba Corniche | Following The Bikers’ Trail
♦  Where Can You Go On A Day Trip From Dubai? Part 1
Where Can You Go On A Day Trip From Dubai? Part 2
Sheikh Zayed Mosque or Grand Mosque In Abu Dhabi | A Photo Essay
Chef Abhijit Saha | Is There Heart And Soul In Molecular Gastronomy?
Desert Islands Resorts By Anantara, Abu Dhabi | Cooking Spicy Prawn Harra By The Beach – Luxury Eco-Resort
The Million Street, in the middle of nowhere | Rub Al-Khali Desert, Abu Dhabi
Couch Camping and Bonfires in the Balcony | Hatta Mountains, Fujairah
Ringing In The New Year With Focus and Equilibrium | Inspiration – Tanoura Dance– Desert Safari


Food Reviews and Food Talk:

The Legend of Flurys Still Continues in Park Street
Ramadan Food Trail With Calcutta Walks | As The Muezzin Calls
Yesss, The Scoop In Outram Ghat Still Exists!
Bohemian Restaurant In Kolkata | Where Food Really Does Cabaret On Senses! – A contemporary Bengali restaurant
Firni or Ferni, Ramadan or Ramzan, Mallick Bazar or Karama? – Ransacking the Mallick Bazar area in search of Halim & Firni
Momos in Tiretti Bazar | The Last Chinese Remnants in Kolkata! – A Chinese street bazaar near Poddar Court
Mother (-in-law) of all Pickles – My Nostalgia on Pickles | History of Pickles
Phuchkas in Vivekananda Park  – Kolkata Street-food
Searching for Shiraz | Lucknow to Kolkata to Dubai – Awadhi/Lucknowy Cuisine that a Bengali craves

Other Kolkata Posts:

A Riot of Colours | Kolkata Kaleidoscope – Holi Special
Auto, my ultimate road crush
Living by the water with sunset as prop |Kolkata & the Ganges
Terraces and Beyond – Kolkata
The unlikely twins – Oberammergau & Kolkata
The Magistrate’s House, No 1 Thackeray Road, Alipore


Czech Republic

Prague On Your Plate | Article In BBC GoodFood ME – From street food to fine dining


The unlikely twins – Oberammergau & Kolkata
Rainbows, Violins and the Disney Castle | Bavaria
Lorelei, my ship has passed you by | Romantic Rhine Valley


Smuggled into Godfather’s Sicily


Yak & Yeti – Kathmandu, Nepal & Daal Maharani Befitting the Queen (And Also Us) – Hotel Review + Recipe
Yak & Yeti Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal & Sikarni Raan/Marinated Lamb Shank – Hotel Review + Recipe
Machan Paradise View in Chitwan, Nepal – Gift Wrapped & Preserved For Each Tourist! – Eco-Resort

Other Nepal Posts:
Giving Back | Firefly Children Orphanage
Flying over Mt Everest
Where The Buddha Only Sees | Kathmandu
The Abandoned Women Amidst Many Prayers | Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu
Bori Tarkari/ Beans Curry & Maithili Art | Chitwan Local Folk Art + Recipe
Innocence In Their Eyes, Joy In Their Faces, Tharu Village Walk | Chitwan


Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman | Appealing To More Senses Than Six! – Luxury Eco-Resort
Sense On The Edge @ZighyBay | Slow Life, Sustainable Menu & Fattoush Recipe – Luxury Eco-Resort + Recipe
Anjeer Ki Chutney or Fig Chutney | Zighy Bay Figs – Luxury Eco-Resort + Recipe


Eating Out Is A National Pastime | Singapore
Singapore At Night


In The Land of Paella | Valencia


Heritance Tea Factory Hotel | Nuwara Eliya, Srilanka – Luxury Eco-Resort
Rafters Retreat | Kitulgala, Srilanka – Eco Resort

Other Srilanka Posts:
Red Tuk-Tuks & Triumphant Rides | Colombo
Living by the water with sunset as prop | Colombo & the Indian Ocean


RIP Yash Chopra | Romancing in dreams & in the Alps


A Culinary Journey of Istanbul | From Street Food To Fine Dining
Will You Read My Post on Turkish Ice Creams If There Are No Snapshots?
One Magical Night In Ortaköy | Istanbul
Turkish Meatballs or Izgara Köfte | Sultanahmet Köftecisi, Istanbul
Drenched in Turkish Tea And Sugar Cubes | Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Other Turkey Posts:
Until Dusk Do Us Part | Istanbul In Pictures


Ruen Mai Restaurant In Krabi | A Tantalising First Experience Of Thai Food {In Thailand, That is!}
Baan Ma-Yhing Restaurant In The Fishermen’s Village | Recipe of Thai Red Curry As We Cook ‘fresh catch’ Baramundi!
Kotung Restaurant in Krabi Town | A Taste of Thai Chinese

Other Thailand Posts:
Koh Klang in Krabi, Thailand | A Photo Essay of An Island Life
♦ Island Hopping And Then Hong Island… Here I Witnessed God!
Kayaking, Caves, Krabi Sightseeing… And Finally A Thai Spa!

United Kingdom

The Tastiest Fast Feasts On Earth | Chowzter Awards 2014 Curated By Food Bloggers  – International Food Awards, London

Disclaimer: To maintain transparency and authenticity in this blog, I only write about food and travel stories that inspire me and feel will inspire You, my readers. This blog is still my meditative space, brings me solace and keeps me grounded as this is where it all began… because it connected me to You. Mostly, I write about experiences that I have personally paid for, but there are a few times where I have written about my experiences where I have been hosted (masterclasses or a bespoke staycation). Every blogpost has a disclosure at the end stating whether my family/myself have been hosted or my bills have been self paid or not – if I have been offered any media discounts for my family/myself, or whether a brand that I am writing about, has been a paid collaboration with FoodeMag. For sure, there are no affiliated links for any of the brands that may have been mentioned in any of the blogposts. The subject, story, opinions and views stated in my blog are my own and all images are from my personal album. While you enjoy reading my posts with lot of visuals, please do not use any material from these posts.


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