Blog Posts - Bengali Cuisine



Mutton Kheema or Minced mutton curry

It has been around more than a month that I had fish last. I did not buy any and cleaned out my freezer just before my trip to the Big Apple. Neither did I buy or make any mutton ... which I eat very little anyway. So I was practically on a little ch...
by Kichu Khon on Dec 18, 2016

Moong dal cooked with fresh, seasonal vegetables

"Tumi ki ekhono eka bikele, anmoney, amake bhabo ..." It is almost quarter past one in the night and that is Rupankar singing on shuffle mode into my ears. There is a quiet all over ... the winter night has settled inside different colou...
by Kichu Khon on Dec 12, 2016

Phulkopi Aloo Matar er Ghugni or Cauliflower and Potatoes cooked with dry Peas

Hello! Hello all!! Hope all of you are doing very well and having a beautiful winter. I am fine and doing very well, thank you. And the reason I am sounding so bright is the line I came across on Indiblogger this morning. "No comments? Every...
by Kichu Khon on Dec 6, 2016

Chicken stew with vegetables

Hi all! I am back, bang on the very first, as promised. While the past month flew by in a whoosh, with huge loads of mixed emotions and situations thrown in, I had my moments when I missed Kichu Khonn, writing, interacting with you all and most impor...
by Kichu Khon on Aug 31, 2016

Mutton fry ... sweet, sour, spicy .... ( the way I make and like it )

August is not a very good month for me. Has never been. I had not noticed it earlier; but now I have numerous reasons to wish from the bottom of my heart to dislike it with a passion. How I wish I could delete August from the calendar forever.  I...
by Kichu Khon on Aug 5, 2016

Narkel Rui (Fish in Coconut Milk): Recipe with Step by Step pictures

It has been a really long time since I have posted a recipe on the blog. Food covers a major part of my life and a major part of that part is occupied by FISH. Bengalis (most of them) and fish are intertwined inextricably. We have hundreds, if not th...
by Deck and Dine on Jul 20, 2016

Bhaja Khichuri / Dala Khechedi

  Elo melo brishti shara din thik amar moner moton kothaye jabe, kon dike jaabe - jeno thik kore uthte parche na Ei bhabe shanto hoye boshi abar ei uthe chollo jeno koto kaaj pore ache kintu jabe kothaye? Daana kaata pakhi je shey Tobuo mante...
by Kichu Khon on Jul 18, 2016

Pui shaak diye muri ghonto or Malabar spinach cooked with fish head

Life is like a mountain stream. - flowing very fast; very strong. And living it is a constant struggle upstream. You want to or not ... doesn't matter.You will have to wade on. Fighting against the strong current - the ups and downs - the bottoml...
by Kichu Khon on Jul 3, 2016

Aam kasundi diye Chingri or Prawns cooked in raw mango and mustard paste

  I am suddenly very tired. And drained. For so long, I have been rushing so hard that I finally had a breakdown last week. And not surprising too. The way I have been pushing myself ... living in denial; believing that every new morrow is going t...
by Kichu Khon on Jul 1, 2016

Maacher Mudo diye Bhaja Muger Dal / Fish head cooked with roasted Moong dal

 After days of staying glum, the skies relented today. Finally! We have not seen the sun for the past three days or more. Dark clouds had blown in slowly and the sky was soon overcast and stayed that way.  The sun could not even peek through. But b...
by Kichu Khon on Jun 20, 2016

Pui shaak bhaja and some thoughts on how to freeze food when planning ahead

After my last post on prepping and cooking food ahead to save time, here is my post on how to use the freezer and how to store Indian food in the freezer, as requested by Kuntala. I have jotted down everything that I do and everything that helps me...
by Kichu Khon on Jun 13, 2016

Chicken Dak- Bungalow Step by Step Recipe

Hello everyone,Today I am here with a recipe of a sadly near-forgotten Bengali culinary treasure. This dish was very famous and popular during the period of the British rule in India. Dak-Bungalows were inns, traveler’s rest houses where people use...
by Deck and Dine on Jun 8, 2016

Kuntala's Aloo Posto

  Kitchen cleaned ... check. Dals, rice, papads, dry chillies and boris sunned and stocked in air tight bottles .... check. Achars sunned well and stocked .... check. Curtains washed ... check. Pillows and cushions dusted and sunned ... check. Matt...
by Kichu Khon on May 31, 2016

Pui shaak er daatar jhal or Stems of the Malabar spinach cooked in mustard gravy

B has gone to office today and I am able to sit down with my second cuppa this mid morning. I usually don't get to sit down and neither do I have a second cuppa on any mid mornings. And B's presence in the house has nothing to do with it. But there...
by Kichu Khon on May 26, 2016

Bengali Mishti Polau

The mishti bhaat or mishti polau or ghee bhaat ,for Bengalis, is always associated with happy times and celebrations. Very different from the pulao that we get to see and hear everywhere outside of Bengal, this sweetened rice preparation is usually m...
by Kichu Khon on May 24, 2016

Rui macher bhorta / Rui maach makha

This is one of my most favourite makhas. With summer being so tough on us this time, we have light food everyday. And lunches were mostly of curd rice and  paanto bhaat (rice in water). Back home, the paanto or the paanta bhaat .... made from soak...
by Kichu Khon on May 18, 2016

Kancha aamer tok jhal mishti achar

Or raw mangoes cooked with spices and sugar. I was at a loss when it came to giving this a name. We can call it the Kancha aamer mishti achar. Or kairi ki launji. Or plain aam ka meetha achar. Whatever the name,this is one quick achar that is absol...
by Kichu Khon on May 16, 2016

Murgir jhol or A light chicken curry made the Bengali way

Friday had started with loads of housework and more than my usual number of chores. Since monsoons are approaching, I need to sun everything to be able to wade through Pune's cold monsoon months. Yes, I am a tad traditional ... the old aunts kind...
by Kichu Khon on May 13, 2016

Aam Shorshe Rui or Rohu fish cooked with Raw mangoes and Mustard paste

 This is a wonderfully light, almost soupy,  jhol that I made this morning. Yes, this morning. The beauty of this jhol lies in its simplicity. With nothing other than the flavour of slightly sour raw mangoes, it brings summer to you all over agai...
by Kichu Khon on May 12, 2016

Aam kasundi or Instant kasundi or Not Kasundi

Who cares? Why bother when you have this wonderfully pungent, spicy mixture of fresh mangoes and mustard seeds and garlic, redolent with that zing of raw mustard oil, right in front of you? When you hold your mixie in front of you, just after you ha...
by Kichu Khon on May 5, 2016


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