Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Know your Kolkata Food Blogger - Indrani and one of her recipes

This is the last post for the ongoing event Know your Blogger event of KFB . I know i am again terribly late to post this but last few weeks have been so frenzied. First the Diwali mayhem and then a bad viral struck. First me and then my little boy were so badly under the weather that I completely lost the motivation to try out new recipes and blog about it. But I am thankful to be surrounded by amazing family and friends who never fail to inspire and push me a little so that I get back to doing what I love doing.
Here I am presenting to you Indrani who owns the very popular blog Recipe Junction . I am sure many of you already know about her and her blog as she is a veteran in this field. She has more that 200 recipes in her website and blogs with a lot of passion. She is a homemaker and mother to three lovely u can imagine that she has her hands full. But she manages everything with a lot of ease. Recently I had met her while she was doing a video shoot and I was so impressed to see how meticulously she had packed and got all the ingredients and stuffs required for the recipe. She had taken care of every little detail and I was so amazed.
Now coming to her recipes..I was spoilt for choice when I had to choose one. I was a difficult task. I however decided to try one of her everyday recipes and give it a little of my personal touch. Dal'er Bora'r Jhol ( Lentil dumplings in a gravy) is an often tried dish in many Bengali households. I have had it on many occasions and loved it. Indrani's blog has a very easy recipe of this dish here , the one I made is very similar with just a addition of few ingredients. This is totally a vegetarian dish and is perfect for days when you are not in a mood to make the usual onion - tomato gravy.


Masoor dal/Red lentil - 1 cup (soaked in warm water for half an hour and then grinded into a smooth paste)

Chopped onion - 1 tbsp

Paanchphoron - half tsp

Cumin paste - 2 tsp

Ginger paste - 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder - 1 tsp

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Tomato - 1 medium - chopped

Salt - to taste

Sugar - a pinch

Oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp

Ghee - 1 dollop for garnish

Green chillies - 2-3 nos - slit 


Take the dal paste , add salt to taste , a pinch of turmeric , the finely chopped onion and  coriander. Mix well and keep aside.

In a non stick pan  add 2 tbsp oil. Once the oil heats up drop a tbsp of the dal batter into the pan and fry the dumplings. Just like we make pakodas / fritters.

Once they turn a nice golden brown in colour , remove from oil and keep them on a tissue paper so that excess oil is drained out. You could enjoy a couple of these fritters as it is with a cup of tea , they taste awesome.

In another pan heat 1 tbsp oil and splutter tha paanchphoron. Next add the chopped tomatoes , cumin paste, ginger paste, turmeric ,red chilli powder, salt and sugar and mix well.

Fry this masala mix well adding a little water from time to time so that it doesn't burn. Once the mix starts leaving oil on the sides , add a cup of warm water and let the gravy simmer.Once the gravy comes to a boil , add the lentil fritters and let them simmer in the gravy for 2 mins. Garnish with slit green chillies and a dollop of ghee. Serve hot with plain rice.

I hope all of you will try this dish and let me know your feedback. For some great recipes,don't forget to check out Recipe Junction


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bohemian - A Delightful Dining Experience

Bohemian actually needs no review.It is by far one of the best fine dining restaurants in the city.For the longest time now I had been wanting to eat there but somehow always missed the chance. This time when we were deciding on a place to have our monthly KFB Table Meet we promptly decided upon Bohemian. It is Chef Joy Banerjee's baby and he takes great pride in it. While browsing through the menu I read his foreword where he mentions that this is a dream that he is pursuing and rightly so.The amazing spread will only leave you wanting for more. Chef Joy surely knows his forte and how amazingly rustles up fusion Bengali cuisine with elan.
Now moving on to the meet and the food. Four of us food loving bloggers reached Bohemian around lunchtime and found ourselves comfortably seated. Prior reservation definitely helped. The decor and interiors is very warm and fuzzy with a water cascade on one wall which adds to the charm of the atmosphere. 

We started with ordering the drinks and starters. There were many interesting options and I decided to order a Gondhoraj Julep(Rs.149) for myself. K and A ordered Magic Potion(Rs. 139) and Bloody January (Rs.149) respectively.The Gondhoraj Julep was a very refreshing take on our regular fresh lime soda. The subtle flavour of gondhoraj lime and zing from the coriander adds to the taste.

Next came in the starters. We decided on Paanchphoron Flavoured Chicken Escallops(Rs.299) and Vodka Soaked Prawns with Grilled Garlic Aioli(Rs. 399).Thin strips of chicken batter coated and the flavour of paanchphoron shines through.The chicken was juicy and succulent. The dish was a winner for sure. The prawns were also crumb coated , soft and juicy inside served with a garlic aioli dip. We enjoyed the starters thoroughly.

Chicken Escallops

Vodka Soaked Prawns
 Next we were to order Main course.While browsing the menu to order for starters I had already decided on the Mains. I ordered for a portion of Royal Bengal Roast Mutton with Bhuna Sauce (Rs.469) and I was simply bowled over with that dish. Succulent and soft pieces of boneless mutton assembled on top of some creamy mashed potatoes and covered with a generous portion of the bhuna sauce that was bursting with flavours.Alongside came a bowl of tossed veggies and dinner rolls. I simply fell in love with the dish so much so that I promptly decided to get a portion packed to take home for the husband.

Royal Bengal Roast Mutton with Bhuna Sauce
My fellow bloggers ordered for Bacon Wrapped Chicken Supreme bundles with Aam kashundi reduction ( Rs.399) ,Bacon Baked Tilapia with ginger and fennel (Rs.399) and Spicy Pork Curry (Rs.429). Now since I am a non pork eater I sadly couldn't taste any of those dishes but my friends were equally happy with their orders and you can read their reviews on the links mentioned below.

Bacon wrapped chicken supreme bundles

Bacon Baked Tilapia with coriander buttered rice.
I was totally full by the time I finished my dish but I insisted on sharing a portion of dessert because it would be utter injustice if we didn't taste the desserts .Each item on the menu sounded delicious but we zeroed in on a Gondhoraj Souffle (Rs.219). Like each of the dishes this one was a winner too. The subtle flavours of the lime imbibed into the creamy souffle was a delight to the taste buds.

Gondhoraj Souffle
Overall it was a great experience for all of us and we got back home with the promise to go back real soon for another round of delightful dining experience.

Read what my fellow bloggers had to say about their experience
Kamalika @ Silence Sings

Antara @ Antypasti

Manjari @ For the Love of Food  

So next time you are in and around Ballygunje DO NOT miss the chance to dine at 

32/4, Old Ballygunje 1st Lane,

Meal for two without alchohol - Rs. 2000 approx

Disclaimer - I have reviwed this place absolutely independently and was not compensated for the review monetarily or otherwise

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Chatpata Chicken - Quick and spicy

This recipe would be perfect for days when you have just returned from a long vacation and have limited ingredients in the pantry and have to make do with some frozen boneless chicken. In a way the supermarkets have been a boon in our lives --don't u think so too? At least now before going away on a holiday you can stock up on some stuffs so to avoid the frenzy on what to cook once you get back.I like to plan all this up before I go away to the point of being obsessive or so my husband feels! Never mind. Lets get on with the recipe. Chatpata Chicken ( I made up the name) is spicy, rich and peps up your Mondays for sure.


Boneless chicken - 250 gms - cut into strips

Onion paste - 4 tbsp

Tomato paste - 2 tbsp

Ginger/garlic paste - 1 tsp

Bay leaves - 2 nos

Cardamom - 2 nos

Cinnamon - 1 small piece

Cloves - 3-4 nos

Turmeric powder - 1 tsp

Red chilli powder - 2 tsp

Mace ( javitri ) powder - 1 tsp

White pepper powder - 1 tsp

Refined oil - 1 tbsp

Salt - to taste

Sugar - 1 tsp 


In a non stick pan add the refined oil . Once it heats up add the bay leaves and the whole cardamom,cinnamon and the cloves. Once they splutter add the onion paste and saute for 2 mins.

Next add in the ginger and garlic paste and fry the mix well till it turns a golden brown colour. Pls do this on low heat. Then add the chicken pieces and fry till they turn white in colour.
At this stage add the turmeric powder , red chilli powder , white pepper powder, sugar and the mace powder.

Roast the masala well along with the chicken . Add salt and a cup of warm water. Cover and let it simmer for another 5-7 mins or till the water dries up.Serve hot with rice/rotis.


PS - The mace powder makes all the difference in this dish. Make sure you use that.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Know your Kolkata Food Blogger - Pineapple Upside Down Cake - The best I have ever made!

I am late for the event this time around and HOW. To be very honest I do not even have a good excuse for being so lazy..yes that's what I have been ever since I got back from the puja holidays. Coming back from Maa's house always does that to me. The home sickness ( even though I have been out of the house for almost 17 years now) just kills my enthusiasm to anything. So I would like to start this post by apologising for this delay.

Now coming to this week's featured blogger - it's Sarani Tarafdar of Cocoawind . She's a beautiful woman - both inside and out. She wears many hats - of a mother, a professor and a great photographer. I met her through the Kolkata Food Bloggers and we became great friends.She is a very responsible and sensible human being. She started her blog while living in the US and it has a treasure of some great pictures. She has currently shot a documentary professionally. Cocoawind has some super easy recipes that can be tried by everyone. Sarani has recently moved back to America and is being missed a lot here.

For today's post I chose her Pineapple Upside Down Cake that I have been wanting to bake for a while and was hunting for an easy recipe. I followed her recipe to the T and it turned out perfect.


Flour - 2/3 Cups plus some for flouring the pan

Butter - unsalted - 100gms plus some for greasin (at room temperature) 

Sugar - 1/2 Cup Castor Sugar 

Baking Powder - 1 tsp

Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp

6 rings of pineapple (reserve the liquid)

3 tbs of the reserved liquid

Eggs - 2 at room temperature

Karamcha/ cherries - 9-10 


Preheat convection oven to 200C. Grease a baking pan (I used a square one) with butter. 

Dust the pan with about a teaspoon of flour - shake off the excess. Sprinkle one and a half tablespoon of sugar on bottom of the pan. Line the pineapple rings - I made 2 rows with 3 rings each and adorned the rings with cherries/karamcha.

In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Beat the eggs and the butte together in a separate bowl. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and using an electric mixer or a fork till the batter turns smooth. Add 3 tbs of the reserved syrup.

Pour the batter over the pineapple rings - it will just cover the rings - and bake for 20-25 minutes till the crust turns nice golden brown.

Do visit her blog for some cool recipe. This one that I tried came out too good and has to be one of the best cakes I have managed to bake .