Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Foodie Jaunts – Breakfast at Mercure Lavasa

If you want to unwind and just relax then Lavasa (situated in Pune district, Maharashtra) is the place to be in. Sometimes holidays too can tire you, thanks to all the sight seeing that you normally do in a tourist destination. Lavasa is one of those places where you just take in the scenic beauty all around you and just experience the place. What better way to begin your day than with a sumptuous breakfast. My brother Aroop Bose takes you on a Foodie Jaunt to Mercure's breakfast.



Mercure Lavasa – Where breakfast is a celebration

by Aroop Bose


When you are out on a holiday a hearty breakfast in the morning becomes very important; after a sumptuous breakfast you might want to skip lunch and save time. Mercure, situated in Lavasa near Pune is one hotel where every breakfast is not just a pleasure but is a celebration.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sarson Ka Saag (Mustard Leaves)




In my post on Yam in a Bowl, I did mention that I had cooked Sarson Ka Saag this winter. I know summer has set in but I feel it would be a pity not to post it particularly when the video is ready.

I love Sarson Ka Saag. Mustard is widely grown in the north of India and also in the eastern parts of the country. It is not surprising therefore that mustard oil is the primary cooking medium in Bengal and of course in the other states located in the east. Bengalis are therefore not unfamiliar with mustard leaves or shorsher shaak as we Bengalis call it. The way Bengalis prepare shorsher shaak is quite different from the way North Indians prepare Sarson Ka Saag. I have a vague idea of the way it is prepared, my mum used to make it quite often.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Foodie Jaunts – Bengali New Year in Bombay


My experience with Bengali cuisine has been quite interesting, needless to mention I am talking about the restaurants serving Bengali food. I wanted to do a post just on these restaurants but then my experience continues, as we keep discovering a new Bengali restaurant every other day, for instance, we recently tasted some delicious Bengali food at Bong Bong in Bandra, Mumbai and Aadrika at Viman Nagar, Pune. I guess I will have to postpone that post for the future while my brother Aroop Bose takes you on a journey of Bengali food served at Bengali restaurants in Bombay during the Bengali New Year.

Celebrating Bengali New Year in Bombay
By Aroop Bose


The Bengali New Year will be celebrated on April 15, 2015 and the restaurants serving Bengali food will present their patrons with special menus for the occasion. In this article I would like to share our experiences with regard to the food we ate from two restaurants in the suburbs of Bombay – one being Oh! Calcutta located in Andheri and the other being Food First in Malad.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Oaler Batichorchori (Yam in a Bowl)


I am back after a long break. Personal matters kept me busy, but now I hope I am able to blog without any such interruptions.

In the past few posts my recipes were accompanied with videos. Now that I have begun to enjoy this process of making videos, I have decided to continue the practice with my future posts as well.


Winter has come to an end, but before it ended I made it a point to get my brother to shoot videos of me cooking with two winter vegetables, one is sarson ka saag  (mustard leaves) and the other is oaler batichorchori, a traditional Bengali dish where the principal ingredient is yam which in Bengali is called oal.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Foodie Jaunts — Unfixed Lunch at Mainland China, Aundh, Pune




There was a sense of déjà vu for me when I visited Mainland China at Aundh Pune this time. It took me down memory lane to 1998, when I used to occasionally do restaurant reviews for Westside Plus a supplement of The Times of India. Anjan Chatterjee who was known for his advertising agency had just forayed into the world of food with Only Fish- a restaurant that focused on fish and Sweet Bengal a sweet shop. Incidentally Only Fish changed to Not Only Fish and later to Oh! Calcutta. 

Soon after Only Fish he launched the first Mainland China at Saki Naka, a rather congested location in Andheri East a suburb located in the north west of Bombay. Here, besides the regular menu, he had introduced an executive lunch for just Rs 175/-. This was a steal, because he allowed the diners to choose the main dish from the regular menu. I was therefore thrilled to find a similar offer after so many years in Aundh. This meal, I noticed, was available only in Aundh and not at their other outlets in Pune or in Bombay.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Reposting Lau Kholar Chenchki (Bottle Gourd Peel Delight) -- With Video.


This blog started as a record of my mother’s cooking. In the first year of this blog, I posted my mum’s cooking which included this particular recipe. Incidentally this recipe was posted just a week before she passed away. To see the recipe click here.

After my mother passed away these recipes helped me a great deal. I thought it would be nice to post a video of this dish. If you decide to try out this dish take care to select a gourd that is absolutely blemish free. Cook it when bottle gourds are in season or you might end up with some bitter peels.


Here is the video demonstration:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kadhi – A Yoghurt Based Dish (With Video)


Kadhi, an Indian word that is quite difficult to spell using the Roman alphabet, is quite  popular particularly amongst the North Indians and those from Gujarat and Rajasthan. Everybody has their own version of the kadhi. Bengalis too have taken to it although it is not a traditional Bengali dish. Most Bengalis have it as a side dish. My mum made both the kadhi with  pakoras as well as the plain one without the pakoras. My mother’s special touch was the Kashmiri mirchi ka chaunk (the tempering with Kashmiri chilli powder), she used pure ghee usually home made. 

 I have embedded the video demonstration (below) that is quite easy to follow, but all the same here is the detailed recipe.