Blog Posts - Bengali Lunch



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

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

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

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

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

Dimer jhol / Egg Curry

   Of late, or for quite some time, there have been no recipes using eggs on my blog. I have eggs very minimally these days, for the last couple of years, because of a suspicion that I am allergic to them. So I eat them on and off to maintain a tra...
by Kichu Khon on May 2, 2016

Pui pata diye Posto Bora / Malabar spinach leaves stuffed with poppy seeds paste

 Ok ... I was so chuffed with that break that I was sure I would be cooking a lot and doing a hundred posts in just a few days.  Well ... in reality, while I was indeed doing a hundred things a day, making a post was definitely not one of them. Ini...
by Kichu Khon on Apr 26, 2016

Shorshe bata diye Rui mach er Kaanta jhaal

  Almost a week into April and no posts here. There was nothing to write about. And I was not in a condition to sit and write too. The days passed by slowly, inundated with mashed food and numerous medicines. Friends on fb rallied around and gave...
by Kichu Khon on Apr 7, 2016

Morala mach er Tauk

I am not a good patient. And definitely not one you would want to be around or take care of. Nobody likes to be ill and illnesses definitely do not bring out the best in you.  I agree to that. And god knows I have had my share of ailments and mor...
by Kichu Khon on Mar 30, 2016

Narkel Doi Chicken or Chicken in a coconut milk and curd gravy

( Vegetarians can make this with paneer or the cauliflower. ) Like Tuesdays are my vegetable shopping days, Wednesdays are allocated to masala making. Mondays are usually very hectic, as after the weekend, which I take totally off, fresh batch of co...
by Kichu Khon on Mar 14, 2016

Moong dal with fresh green peas Or Koraishuti diye bhaja muger dal

The morning started as usual, just as any other week day would. Today was our 'stock up on green vegetables' day, just as every Tuesday is. That means a hurried breakfast, a whole hour or more of shopping for vegetables, coming back, doing the dishes...
by Kichu Khon on Mar 8, 2016


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