Thursday, July 11, 2019

Foodie Jaunts - Bento Box- A Complete Takeaway Meal at Oh! Calcutta, Mumbai

I am sure, like me many of you may have found yourselves in the unenviable position of trying figure out what to eat while you are travelling or maybe you are not travelling but are working outdoors in your hometown or city and scratching your head during lunch time wondering what to do. It has happened to me several times irrespective of the fact whether I am alone or with a family member. The problem that I have faced when alone is what do I order. The problem persists even if I am with a friend or a family member as portions at restaurants are too large. The large portions restrict us from ordering a variety of dishes. There are times when I have felt tempted to try out some dishes, particularly starters,but I have been compelled to drop the idea. Well now in Mumbai at least Oh! Calcutta’s Bento Box comes to the rescue.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Foodie Jaunts - TIMES Litfest 2018, Mumbai

Food For Thought, Thought For Food

Lit Fests definitely provide some food for thought. We have been visiting the Times Litfest since 2015 and surely enough some of the sessions did satiate our hunger or to be more appropriate our need for the occasional intellectual stimulus. However, as Swami Vivekanand rightly pointed out that religion cannot be preached to empty stomachs, likewise we realized soon enough that it is a little difficult to pay much attention to any session if you are hungry. An empty stomach makes your mind invariably race towards food. In these past three years the Times Litfest has not disappointed us on the food front. I say three years because in 2015 the food court was a vegetarian food court, since 2016 we found a good blend of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Foodie Jaunts - Autobahn

Autobahn –Tech Meets Taste On This Food Highway

The German highway system is called Autobahn. No, this post is not a review of the German highway system. It is a review of Autobahn, the restaurant located at Phoenix Market City in Pune, Maharashtra (India). In this food highway you will find technology and taste making for a perfect combination.
When I entered the restaurant, it did not remind me of a highway, but there was this sense of déjà vu. I felt as though I was at the airport waiting for my luggage. At the airport, however, expectantly looking at the luggage carousel hoping to finally see your luggage arrive safely can, sometimes be quite a frustrating exercise; but what if a similar conveyor belt at a restaurant tempted you with delectable looking starters the moment you took your seat? Confused? 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tomato and Date Chutney (Tomato aar Khejurer Chaatni)

It has been a while since I have posted on my blog. Personal matters kept me away and as a result I was unable to post this recipe during Durga Puja.  Tomato and date chutney is a must have accompaniment with the bhog during Durga Puja.  If you have ever had the good fortune of partaking of the bhog during the Durga Puja celebrations of the Bengalis, then you may have had the pleasure of enjoying this chutney. So try out this simple but delicious chutney, I have added dried figs to the chutney to further enhance the flavour of the chutney.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Melt in the mouth—Malpuas. (Pancakes dipped in sugar syrup).

This blog was started to keep a record of my mum’s delicious cooking. One of her popular dishes was malpuas. I use the word popular because there were some diehard fans of her malpuas; these fans would drop all their dietary restrictions just to eat her delicious malpuas. Why were her malpuas so popular? Well the answer is simple they would just melt in the mouth.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Reposting Aamer Ombol (Mango Chutney Bengali Style) - With Video

Summer is here and it is time for some sweet and sour chutney and what could be better than a raw mango sweet and slightly sour chutney. Way back in the year 2012 I had posted the recipe of Aamer Ombol, which is the Bengali style mango chutney. This summer I am reposting it with a video demonstration.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Cheerer Pulao/Poha Pulao/Flattened Rice Pulao

Cheere is the Bengali word for flattened rice also called poha in certain parts of India. As is obvious from the name of this recipe this dish is a pulao made from flattened rice, this is a traditional Bengali dish.

While on the subject of traditional dishes, I recall way back in my childhood my mother cooking these dishes and some of her friends, even while enjoying the dish, would express their inability to make these dishes because of the effort that goes into preparing them. Inability to make a dish due to the effort or time that goes into it appears to be a common refrain amongst those who are reluctant to spend too much time in the kitchen. When I grew up I wondered whether these traditional dishes and recipes will be lost when my mum and others like her are no longer around. I, therefore, decided on this blog but deep down in my heart there was a doubt, will the younger generation really be interested in the traditional recipes? However,  I have noticed - much to my pleasant surprise - that the traditional recipes both in this blog and on my YouTube channel get more hits than the other recipes.

Bee Wilson talking about food nostalgia at the Times Lit Fest (Mumbai) 2016