Sunday, May 1, 2011

Raw Broccoli Salad with a Sweet and light Orange Dressing


Broccoli is one of those things that you hate as a kid but most probably love as an adult. The key to enjoying veggies such as broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts etc is not to over cook them. The mushier they get, the more it brings out that after taste people hate.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sauteed Bitter Melon with Potatoes and Garlic---Korolla Bhaji

As you have seen from my previous post that Karela or Bitter Melon is really good for you, you might be wondering how to make it a part of your diet. As I mentioned, Karela is bitter and isn't the tastiest of veggies eaten raw.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bitter Gourd/ Korela/ Korolla


Karela is a vegetable that might not be the tastiest when eaten raw, but has many many health benefits.
The following article is from http://www.juicing-for-health.com/ and explains the benefits that I mentioned earlier. Enjoy!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Beef Biryani/ Beef Pilau/ Yakhni Pilau

 Mild and tasty dish that is packed with flavour that comes from garam masala or whole spices.Goes well with any curry or pickle. Must try!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Basbousa---Egyptian Semolina Cake


Easy to prepare and delicious to eat, this cake is your choice on a day when your sweet tooth is acting up!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Basa Fish Curry with Sim er Bichi



Seem or sim is a vegetable that is widely known in the Asias. They are a close relative of the snow peas. In fact, they look very much like snow peas but are just thicker, darker and longer. The flavor also is similar but instead of the sweetness that snow peas have, seem have a sharp yet mellow flavor. Sim er bichi can be bought at any bangali grocery store. If not available though, it can be substituted with lima beans and the taste wouldn't change drastically.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


Now most of you looking at this will say why does anyone need a recipe for grilled cheese? Any average Joe off the street can make grilled cheese! But the truth is, most people make grilles cheese with a sandwich maker or other kitchen gadget.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Vegetable Pakora---A Comfort Food to Brighten up the Gloomiest of Days


Everyone I know and can imagine has a part of them that screams for the tasty, unhealthy, trash that our bodies groan after recieving! No matter how health conscious, how self aware and motivated we are, we all give in to our deep fried food craving once in a while.

I mean...just look at that!




Doesn't that make you want to make a batch right now?(for those who know what pakoras are) or make you curious as to what they are and how they taste?(for those who have never heard of them).

Tandoori Chicken---Probably the Most Popular Indian Takeout Chicken


Tandoori chicken is traditionally made in a clay oven called a Tandoor. The flavour that issues from a tandoor is out of this world! I would highly recommend anyone to try it at an authentic indian restaurant that chars it in a Tandoor and uses their own secret recipe for the masala.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chilli Shrimp


This dish is a twist on the classic version of chilli shrimp and has a mouth-watering edge to it that comes from the lemongrass.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Curried Liver---Liver Masala


Most curries are very similar. Every region has a base that is known to them. Something is added in addition to the bases (or removed) to create the distinct flavour of that particular dish. In indian cooking, there are different types of bases or masalas some with tomatoes, some without, some with curry leaves, some with whole spices or garam masala some with yogurt. Most Thai curries have a base of coconut milk etc. As for bengali dishes, the basic curry masala consists of onions, ginger, garlic, turmeric, chilli and (if its meat of any kind) cumin and coriander.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cocoa Butter---The Secret of the Amazon


Cocoa butter has long since been my favourite body moisturizer. It is so rich and creamy and conditions skin so well that it stays smooth all day. Creams and lotions containing cocoa butter are really nourishing, but I find the actual concentrated formula much more effective in treating stretch marks, discolourations and dryness without any added synthetic ingredients.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Martha Stewart's Ultimate Chocolate Cake---A Chocoholic's Dream


Physical health problems due to stress are very common. Any present disease in the human body gets aggravated up to 10 times when stress is allowed control. Many diseases not present come to be because stress is not managed well. Some might say what's the big deal? Why do people stress so much? But the truth of the matter is that stress is a part of life and if anyone said that they never stressed over anything, they would be downright lying! The key to a mentally and physically healthy life is managing stress and channeling the energy it takes to go crazy into something productive or comforting.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chicken Parmesan



If you were to ask me what my favourite food was, I, like many other people would not know the answer.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Turmeric---An Endless List of Reasons to use More Often

Turmeric is an ingredient that is a MUST HAVE in indian or desi cooking. It is also used in several other types of cuisines in measured amounts. It is a root that belongs to the ginger family and can be used fresh or as a powder where it is boiled, dried in a clay oven and ground up.

Superfoods






God has created nature and the elements therefrom to be of a benefit to us living beings. Furthermore, us living beings have been created to give benefit to each other. Take the simple example of the flowers and the bees. As we all know, the bees pollinate the flowers inducing integration of the genetic material of two separate flowers to create a totally different offspring without even knowing it, all while trying to enjoy the flower's nectar to bring home to produce honey which becomes the source of food for many beings. As we must all be aware, everything in the biosphere is interconnected and interdependent.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cauliflower and Potato Curry---Aloo Kopir Dalna


This simple and homely recipe is known for its comforting feel and aroma. I think this is the first dish I have ever cooked. When I was 12 or so, there was a day that my mother was really sick and there was nothing to eat, so I looked in the fridge, found these ingredients and with a little bit of assistance, cooked it, to everyone's amazement! So that is your proof of how simple it is. If a 12-year-old can make it, no doubt you can too!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Unbelievable Ginger Cookies


These cookies are soft and chewy and are perfect with milk or even coffee. The perfect blend of spices and suger make it the perfect treat on a cold day.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Stir Fried spinach with Shrimp---Shaag Bhaji Chingri Diye


Spinach is an ingredient that is so light and flavouful yet so filling and wholesome at the same time. It is packed with fibers and antioxidants and low in calories. If you can make yourself like spinach if you don't  already love it, you might be surprised at how good it makes you feel after a big bowl.

Spicy Beef Curry


One dish that bangali people looooove is beef curry with a lot of spice. Bengali household staple dishes are basically a rotation between chicken curry, beef curry, vegetable curry and fish curry. Kids usually drive their parents to have either chicken or beef curry on hand (I know I did!).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas


People who don't normally cook at home often don't because they are intimated by so many different kinds of recipes and instructions and ingredients. The truth of the matter is that cooking is an art. Like all art forms, there are just a few rules to keep in mind and the rest can be adjusted per liking.

Manchurian Fish

Fish is a staple for many people around the world. In Bangladesh, fish is cooked almost everyday. The banks of all the coastal regions in Bangladesh are full with the most colourful, tasty, fresh fish you could imagine. Many people who have never tried fish before are intimidated by the smell and think that all fish are fishy. This is not necessarily true. There are many types of fish that are so tender, they just melt in your mouth and taste so clean, you dont be able to tell you are eating fish.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sweet and Suculant Lemon Chicken


Have you ever been to a restaurant and tried something that you just couldn't forget about and just HAD to go back for again and again because you just couldn't figure out what was in it that made it so tasty? Well, this is a dish that had me  curious ever since I saw a recipe for it; even before I tried it. 

Indian Sweet---Sevia, Shemai, Vermacelli

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Penne With Roast Vegetables and Parmesan Cheese

Oh Pasta, Oh pasta, Oh how I love thee!
If I was asked what was the one food I would take with me to a deserted island was, I would say pasta hands down! I can't even begin to describe how much I love pasta! Pasta with veggies, meat and even fish, whether it is a butter based sauce, or tomato or cheese, or ANYTHING, you will find me all over it.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lentils--- A Basic Guide to a Power Food

One of the first crops to be cultivated in central Asia since prehistoric times, lentils have slipped their way into many different dishes from all over the world. They, along with other types of beans are legumes that grow in pods and come in many different colours.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Spicy Chicken Curry



As hard as it seems to believe, Chicken curry is very versatile. A lot of people know of only one type of chicken curry and have been eating that same one for years. The truth is that there are so many different types of chicken curry, some with a tomato and onion gravy, some with a yogurt gravy, some with coconut, some with curry leaves, some without garam masala (whole indian spices), some with milled nuts, some with very few spices, some with a LONG list of spices just to name a few.

Egg and Potato Curry--Deem Aloo Jhol


Growing up in a Bengali household meant lots of rice, fish and vegetables. My mom would cook a lot of different kinds of vegetables, fish, meat and lentils and I wasn't always fond of her concoctions. As I grew up and my tastes have matured, I began to absolutely LOVE anything that was cooked by her and miss it now that I live with my husband and cook my own meals.

Achaari Daal-Lentils with Pickle


Lentils are a very healthy way of adding protein to our diets. They lack the bad cholesterol that red meats have and are a nice change from white meat. There are many different types of lentils and they are so versatile, they can be incorporated into many different recipes from different types of cuisines.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dry Cough and Itcy Throat Remedy

 

Being sick is difficult specially if you have responsibilities like going to school, work or taking care of kids. The flu season is sure to ravage every household and claim most of the members. The pain of fever and cold, the watery eyes, the product issuing cough are all things that are really hard to deal with.


Stir Fried Beef With Vegetables

There is something about stir fries that call to food lovers. I think it is the combination of fresh, crisp veggies, a tasty, sticky sauce and the smoky flavour that only comes from using a very hot stove. An item this tasty, its hard to tell that its so easy.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Chicken Pakora


These deep fried spheres of goodness will leave a yearning on your tongue that can only be satisfied by the next bite. The crispy outside, the soft inside and the flavours of ginger and green onion are a combination to die for!

Thai Green Curry Beef


An incredible array of exotic flavors all combined to create a mouth-watering dish that can be enjoyed spicy or not, Thai Green Curry Beef is a recipe that will have you coming back for seconds!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Simply Chicken Soup


Sometimes, the simplest things in life are the ones that give us the most satisfaction. Have you ever noticed how cuddling up in a warm blanket on a cold, rainy day and just listening to the sound of the rain can help you calm down and clear your head of those thousand buzzing thoughts that hadn't left you for days? Or how closing your eyes and smelling some flowers can make you forget everything for that split second? Something doesn't have to be complicated and extravagant to make us feel better if we make an effort to enjoy what passes by everyday.