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

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Last week my net connection was down so you can imagine the suffering ;) , the worst part in it was that I could not post to my blog when I had promised I would have something up  every week  :( . Well I also believe that every cloud has a silver lining,  this week was my movie time so I didnt get time to cook still I can talk to you about a new dish.

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. I wanted to make chicken and had asked the butcher on Friday itself to keep one ready for me by Saturday evening. When I went on Saturday he said its over so I told him to keep one by Sunday morning. I went to the shop 5 times on Sunday and he could not get chicken. Can u believe a butcher shop without meat or chicken :) .

Genarally its said we should get the ingredients available and then decide on the dish..... there's where i totally differ, I always plan what I wanna make and then go shopping. I have faced this problem of changing my plans at the end moment several time but it never happened that I didnt get the main ingredient. Anyways failing to get any chicken I was so sad and needed something comforting and easy to my Roasted Vegetable Soup was created

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Potatoes 2 number
Carrot 3 number
Parsnip 2 number
Pumpkin1/4 of a medium sized
Cauliflower1/2 of a large one
Milk2 cups
Ginger, grated2 teaspoon
Mint leavesA few handful
Oil2 tablespoon
SaltA per taste
PepperA per taste

     SOUP :-
  1. Preheat oven to 160C. 
  2. Peel and cut the vegetables in large cubes. Arrange them in a tray . Drizzle a bit of oil on the vegetables; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover the vegetables in the tray with a foil. Roast the vegatables in the oven till they are done.
  4. Heat one tablespoon oil in a large saucepan; add the vegetables and cook during the process keep mashing the vegetables.
  5. Add the milk on the saucepan and stire the vegetables to it. Add salt and pepper and keep stiring.
  6. Blend the soup till smooth and keep cooking till the desired consistancy is reached.
  7. In a different pan heat one tablespoon oil, add the grated ginger and fry for 5 min. Add the mint leaves and fry for 1 min and add it to the soup.
  8. The soup is ready to be served.

I served it with crunchy grilled cheese did comfort me :) .


Sunday, November 11, 2012


Finally after ages I decided to cook for my blog. Its not that I ever stopped enjoying cooking but cooking for blog is totally different.....try something new then look for the right dish and setting and finally the photo shoots. I cannot blame my long break on anyone or anything just that my head was filled with a lot of stuffs and I wanted out of everything. Now that I am back from home everything feeling better. Visiting everyone made me realize that there are people who believe in my cooking so I am back :) .

I decided to make something sweet, a sweet way to say sorry to my blog - BUON APPETITO. Among all the possible sweet dishes I picked Brownie. I have had a lot of brownie over time and have been planning to make one soon and finally today seemed to be a good day :) . The fact that they're incredibly easy to make is an added bonus. All you need is one bowl , one spatula and one pan. No mixers or any fancy techiques yet the outcome is very rewarding....a perfect dish.

Do you think there is anything called Perfect Brownie ??? I kind of doubt that. Some like it with dry fruits - nuts and raisins , some like it with chocolate chips and yet others like it with icing. Not that I am against any of those brownies but I am a fan of the warm fudgy one. So when I decided to make my very first Brownie I wanted to my favourite kind so I made Fudgy Chocolate Brownie inspired by Donna Hay's recipe.

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Milk 1/2 cup
Dark Chocolate,chopped 1 cup
Butter  3 tablespoons
Demerara sugar1/2 cup
Fine White Sugar1 cup
Eggs4 number
Cocoa Flour1/2 cup
Plain Flour1 cup

     BROWNIE :-
  1. Preheat oven to 160C. Butter and flour the sides of a square shaped cake tin and set it aside.
  2. Pour milk in a saucepan over low heat and let it get warm. See that it does not boil.
  3. Add the chocolate and butter to the same saucepan and stir until smooth. Allow this mixture to cool down slightly.
  4. In a bowl, whisk eggs and the 2 sugars till the sugar dissolves.
  5. Add the cocoa and flour in a bowl and mix well but not heavily. 
  6. Finally add the chocolate mixture and mix until combined. 
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes at 160C or till a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before slicing.

Enjoy the dish with Warm Milk or Coffee, that makes a good combinations.


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