Recipes

A True Calling

It wasn’t too long ago that I last visited Dhaka, a place where I spent several of my childhood years. I grew up with my elder brother in our very comfortable Dhaka home situated opposite the Shongshod Bhobon – the Bangladesh Houses of Parliament. Accustomed to the luxurious living my father had provided for us, […]

Chasing away the wintry blues

I had promised myself an early night, but instead, I found myself writing up recipes for this week’s advanced class and then landing here. Oh well, so much for catching up on sleep… With the chilly weather and uninspiring November rain settling in, we look for pleasure in creature comforts, being the forever wanting mortals […]

All Things Chai…

Chai for me is to be enjoyed on its own. Simple. No food required. I often long for a ‘dhaba’ (roadside restaurant) style desi (with reference to all things South Asian) chai. The last time I enjoyed the authenticity of sitting by a roadside kiosk at dusk, sipping a hot, sweet masala chai, was during […]

Bengali Fish Curry

The simplicity of this basic Bengali fish curry is its greatest appeal. It is mouth-wateringly flavoursome and when served with boiled rice is indulgently reminiscent of my mother’s cooking… Cooking Time: approx. 45 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients FOR THE FISH 6-8 medium pieces white fish 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp ground cumin […]

Bombay Potatoes (Aloo)

Bombay Potatoes, likely to have originated in Southern Indian, is a dish which has been adapted more for the British palette. However, I have found the off-the-shelf, watered down version of ‘Bombay Potatoes’ far from palatable. What I have created here is a more intensely flavoursome dish which uses the Eastern Bengali blend of five […]

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