Roasted Vegetable Soup

I generally cook on Sundays as thats when am free and up in the morning last Sunday I had made Soup. All those who know me will tell you Sunday and no chicken...SURPRISE...!!! Well thats a funny little story.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie

I decided to make something sweet, a sweet way to say sorry to my blog - BUON APPETITO.

Bruleed Lauki Halwa

Cooking can be great fun when we get to enhance our knowledge. Last few weeks thats what I did, I experimented with a lot of ingredients and cusines. I even recreated a few famous dishes from all around the world.Surprisingly the experiments were no failure and I had loads of fun creating all those new dishes.

Black Chicken

Today, I am not sharing anything I tried in Shillong but its a dish I saw in a cookery show called Poh's Kitchen. Well in the show they used some ingredients that I didn't get here and they used beef which I don't why did I still try out the dish. The answer is in what attracted me....well I was attracted with the name Nasi Kandar aka Black Beef, I mean a black looking dish and appealing...hmmmm.... didn't seem to be very possible at the first shot and I just had to give it a try.

Creamy Egg and Potato Curry

As it has been planned for me, again I am alone with the same routine life and the only real fun time is when I am blogging. As I was alone and not in a very good mood, so I didn't feel like shopping or cooking anything special. So last Sunday was perfect for a easy , simple curry and the Creamy Egg and Potato Curry was part of the menu.

Celebration with Fish in Spinach and Mustard Gravy

The news of my leave being approved is something worth celebrating and today I partied with Fish in Spinach and Mustard Gravy. I consider it to be a very festive dish as its part of my families party food and is created during very special occasions. The last time I had it was when I went to my ancestral home for my aunt's wedding and that was some 10 years back approximately.

Paneer and Pepper Quiche

We all read about food and try to learn new dish for any place avaliable, some recipes sound so interesting that it just gets us thinking....the same happened with me when I read about quiche some years back. My love for eggs is no secret and this dish has eggs as the main ingredient so exciting right . But I didn't know of any place in Bangalore where I could get them and I didn't have oven at that time so I didn't try making it.

Murgh Musallam with Padina Pulav

Since the last 2 weeks the feeling is so intense that I just wanna eat only dishes that remind me of home.. :) . Last weekend I made Bhapa Dim again and this weekend Murgh Musallam. I know that's not a typical Bengali dish but as I have told my mom is a great cook and she makes several types of dishes and this dish is also from her list of creations.

Creamy Broccoli Soup

My liking for broccoli is very recent, in most of the movies they show that no one likes them ; this had an affect on me, I never bought them fearing that I wont like it and it would be a waste.

Florentine Mac and Cheese

My love for pasta is no secret but off late I have been trying out the lighter versions without cheese so today I was up for some indulgence. I baked the dish as I love those crunchy bites of cheese, then it looked very pale and I wanted some color in my plate thats when Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach came into picture.

Orange Cake with Orange Icing

Mangoes mark the start of Summer and Oranges mark the onset of Winter. Shillong has abandace of Oranges, every house has at least 2 orange trees. And in the chill weather, having oranges after lunch is a different feeling all together.


It’s been more than a month that I wrote anything. Did I lose the excitement......No way; rather I was caught in the hands of faith. I met with an accident and was in bed-rest all this time. Sadly I missed a lot of important and fun occasions in the process --- I missed to celebrate my blog's birthday, SORRY BUON APPETITO :( , I missed the new year celebration and I even spent my birthday lying in bed. Well no use crying over spilt milk, today I started cooking and I decided to making something that celebrates my cooking experiments and it’s my way of saying sorry to my blog for missing out on her birthday :)


Every dish that we make always have a story associated. Some kindles those childhood memories that gets hidden over years and others are those we picked up over the life from some books or resturants or even television... :) . Restaurants and television are the major places from where I collect my inspirations. The recipe I am sharing today has several stories to it as well.


Diwali is very special for me - I get to be a kid for a day . It’s been 7-8 years that I celebrate Diwali away from my family and with my friends. Although I miss my family but I always enjoy this festival. I start planning from morning, there is shopping for lights to be done and the last minute cracker to purchase. I love decorating my house with diyas and lighting and this is something I do every year, these small diyas always bring a lot of smile.


Anyways let get back to the dish , for my final course I decided to make a lamb dish. Every family has some tradition going on for ever and so do we. Since my childhood I have heard that on the Dashmi day , we should not have chicken and we have to make meat(lamb/mutton) only. Although my dad cannot eat meat(lamb/mutton) due to his health condition this tradition is still followed , and so I thought of sticking to it.


People say Bengali cuisine is generally related to fish and sweet---actually they are not wrong :D . Being from a Bengali Family, we ate fish everyday. Infact my Baba(daddy) cannot enjoy his food without it even if there are 5-6 courses still he would need a fish dish :) .


OCTOBER.....this is the most festive month of the year. There are endless number for festival from all around the world and I have decided to celebrate them all-----HOW??? With food for sure. :) .


All my life the one meal I have skipped is Breakfast....I know it the most important meal of the day and all, but somehow I rarely feel like eating in the morning. One glass of milk is more than enough for me. I have been advised against this by so many people but somehow I just could not .


Pasta is an ingredient which is always available in my kitchen. Although I have quite recently (4 years now) started making pasta , I immensely enjoy it. A little effort that can bring total satisfaction :) .


Has it ever happened to you that even after a good dinner your sleep is disturbed late night due to the huge craving for something sweet.....hehehe.....this happened to me last Sunday..... :D

Saturday, June 30, 2012


Cooking can be great fun when we get to enhance our knowledge. Last few weeks thats what I did, I experimented with a lot of ingredients and cusines. I even recreated a few famous dishes from all around the world.Surprisingly the experiments were no failure :) and I had loads of fun creating all those new dishes.

The dish I am about to share today is part of my experiment series :). The main ingredient of this dish is Lauki/Bottle Gourd. The bottle gourd has various name calabash or opo squash or long melon or dudhi but its commonly known as Lauki in Hindi and Bottle Gourd in English. Have read about the healthy benefits of Bottle Gourd in a few sites so I have summarized them and decided to share it with all.
--> Bottle Gourd has attracted a lot of attention due to its importance in treatment of Blood Pressure and Heart disease.
--> Bottle gourd is very valuable in treating urinary disorders.
--> This vegetable is very good for balancing liver function. It is often recommended by ayurvedic physicians when the liver is inflamed.
--> Ayurveda suggests Bottle gourd juice once daily in the early morning for treating Graying Hair.
--> Mixture of bottle gourd juice a sesame oil acts as an effective medicine for insomnia.
--> The bitter variety is prescribed as a cardiac tonic, as an antidote to poisoning and for alleviating bronchitis, cough, asthma affections.
--> The dietary fiber present in the bottle gourd makes it a very useful vegetable in preventing digestive disorders such as constipation, flatulence, and piles.
--> Bottle gourd juice is also considered to be beneficial in insanity, epilepsy, and other nervous diseases.

I heard about this dish from a friend, he said that in his family this dish is a must have for Diwali. Although he promised me in the year 2010 that he would treat me, that didnt happen till now :P . Finally I decided to give it a try on my own. Unaware of the ingredients and procedure, I googled it, but somehow I didnt enjoy the recipes so I created a version inspired by my Mom. And then I took a step further by topping it with caramel.

Let me not bore you with long talks and share with you my version of Bruleed Lauki Halwa....hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

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Lauki/Bottle Gourd 1 soft, large sized
Ghee 2 tablespoons
Milk 3 cups
Condensed Milk1/2 cup
Cardamom powder1/2 teaspoon
Sugar5-6 tablespoon

Sugar 3 tablespoon
Water 2-3 teaspoon

  1. Peel and grate the bottle gourd finely. 
  2. Par-boil the bottle gourd and then spread it over paper so the water is slightly soaked.
  3. Heat ghee in a kadhai, add the soften lauki and fry till its cooked properly. It took me 20 min to reach the proper stage.
  4. Mix-condensed milk with milk and pour over the cooked lauki.
  5. When the milk is 75% reduced add the cardamom powder and mix well.
  6. Finally add sugar and mix it with the halwa. Keep on stirring and cook the halwa for some more time.
  7. Pour the halwa in a serving bowl and let it cool down slightly.

  1. Combine four parts granulated white sugar with one part water in a sturdy, thick-bottomed cooking pot.
  2. Turn the stovetop to medium-high and stir the mixture constantly with a wooden spoon until the sugar begins to dissolve.
  3. Bring the sugar and water to a boil and stop stirring the mixture.
  4. Reduce heat to medium.Boil for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Distribute the amber color throughout the mixture by gently lifting up the handle of the pot and swirling the mixture.
  6. Wait till the mixture until it reaches a uniform rich, brown color.
  7. Pour the caramelized sugar over the cooled halwa and let the dish cool down completely.

Enjoy the dish when its cold, cracking the caramelized topping and combining with the halwa it turns out to be great .


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