Tag: in my kitchen

+ Homestyle cooking of Indian vegetarian food

It’s time to reflect what I’ve been eating in our Chennai home

Cooking at home has always been my mantra. I love cooking for my family and friends. From street food to fine dining food, I like to explore the ingredients that go into a dish so that I can replicate it in our kitchen at a later time. Contrary to what most people think, we aren’t eating Bengali food at home every day. In fact, … Read More It’s time to reflect what I’ve been eating in our Chennai home

+ Sakkarai Pongal recipe

Celebrating Pongal with Sakkarai Pongal and other dishes

Wishing you abundance and joy as new harvest is celebrated all across India. They may have different names… Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Maghi Bihu, Uttarayan, Lohri and others, but the intentions are the same. It’s a celebration of nature’s bounty and to her show gratitude. It also marks the sun’s transit to Capricorn, hence marking the end of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Needless to say, … Read More Celebrating Pongal with Sakkarai Pongal and other dishes

+ Chettinad Chicken cooked in a claypot

Chettinad Chicken cooked in a claypot

One of the most exciting ways of exploring and learning more about a region is through its regional cuisine. I cooked Chettinad Chicken in a claypot, an affair that I have been longing for a long time. It turned out to be delicious and I’m currently obsessing over everything about it… the aroma, the texture and the excitement of cooking in a claypot.

+ Homemade Chicken 56

Homemade spicy Chicken 65 for today’s lunch

Getting into the Chennai groove with a homemade spicy Chicken 65 for today’s lunch. I made two variations of it – with and without gravy. This is probably the closest any of my blogposts have gotten real-time! My last blogpost was kind of very long as I belted my heart out into how we have settled down in Chennai. The behind-the-scenes activities started in … Read More Homemade spicy Chicken 65 for today’s lunch

+ Traditional Bengali food in my kitchen in Chennai home

Finally calling Chennai home

Wishing you all health and happiness for the New Year, from our new home as we start a new chapter in a new city… Chennai!

+ Grilled eggplant in tempered spices

Grilled Eggplant in tempered spices | Big Z turned sixteen

This Grilled eggplant in tempered spices or Tadka Baigan was, as if a modern preparation with a desi soul, just like Big Z. Big Z turned sixteen… she was merely eight-year-old when my blog started! Today’s recipe is much like her, at least in temperament. Grilled Eggplant in tempered spices… baby eggplants in a spunky tadka of Indian spices. I used a mishmash of cooking … Read More Grilled Eggplant in tempered spices | Big Z turned sixteen

Perfecting the legendary Kolkata Biryani at home

The potato in Kolkata Biryani is my favourite part of the dish. In this Awadhi style of cooking, the dum pukht technique allows the the aromatic juices from the mutton to ooze into the fine grains of rice. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. It’s certainly true in my case, but if I were to be specific about … Read More Perfecting the legendary Kolkata Biryani at home

+ Binangkals are deep-fried dough ball coated with sesame seeds and originates from the Philippines.

Celebrating Eid with Binangkal – the Filipino version of Middle Eastern Leqaimat

Binangkals are deep-fried dough ball coated with sesame seeds and originates from the Philippines. They are quite similar to the regional favourite Leqaimats which are traditionally consumed during Iftar in the holy month of Ramadan, but less sweet. Eid Mubarak! I am sharing Lady M’s recipe of binangkal that I recently shared with Khaleej Times. Binangkals, according to me, are the Filipino version of … Read More Celebrating Eid with Binangkal – the Filipino version of Middle Eastern Leqaimat