Monday, June 20, 2016

Aaloo Posto (Potatoes cooked with Poppy Seed Paste)

Traditionally Bengalis are a non-vegetarian community. We do eat a variety of vegetables but those of us from West Bengal swear by one particular vegetarian dish and that is aaloo posto, aaloo  is potatoes and posto is the Bengali word for poppy seed. A Bengali is usually lost without fish but if you tell him or her that there is aaloo posto then you are sure to see the relief on his/her face. 

It is a simple dish and very easy to cook. Different households have different recipes, therefore after seeing my recipe if you compare notes with other Bengalis you may find some difference.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Foodie Jaunts - Bong Bong

Way back in my childhood and partially into my adult life, restaurants serving Bengali food just did not exist. I remember people visiting Calcutta too lamented the fact that if you wanted to eat good Bengali food you would have to hope that somebody would invite you to their homes. Calcutta too did not have too many restaurants serving Bengali food. Oh yes there were the road side stalls, but one sort of hesitated to eat there. Thankfully things have changed, Calcutta for many years has a number of Bengali restaurants but what is interesting is that Bombay too is fast catching up. It all started with Only Fish which later transformed into Oh! Calcutta, others like Bhojohori Manna, Bijoli Grill followed. Then there is Hangla, a chain of road side stalls with outlets in several places in Bombay, but in recent times the restaurant that gets my vote is Bong Bong.

Exterior of the restaurant
This is a small, well to be more precise a tiny restaurant. It is air-conditioned but not a plush restaurant. There is limited seating arrangement; it mostly caters to the home delivery segment. It has simple wooden seating arrangement which is surprisingly not uncomfortable.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Reposting Raw Papaya Delight with Video

May 8, 2016, is Mother’s Day, I thought why don’t I post something in memory of my mum. The primary aim of this blog was to have a record of all my mother’s wonderful cooking. Her sudden demise prevented me from recording all her dishes, I managed to post only a few, but those few dishes served to be a boon for me. I was able to cook some dishes because I had the recipes. One such dish was the Raw Papaya Delight, that my mum used to cook, I had posted the recipe way back in June 3, 2011.The dish that you see in that post was cooked by my mum. For Mother’s Day, I am posting a video of that dish in which you will see me cooking Raw Papaya Delight.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hara Paneer Bhurji

In the first week of December 2015, I visited the Times Lit Fest, it was my first time at this event and I had a wonderful time. One of the sessions that I attended was a discussion between Padma Lakshmi and Top Chef winner Floyd Cardoz (titled 'Greed is Great - whether it's Fancy Dining or Cutting Chai') and the discussion was about….what else? Food of course.  Something that Cardoz said struck a chord in my heart he said that when he cooks something, he often finds it difficult to later recall how he exactly cooked the dish. His mother wanted a recipe of one of his dishes that he had once cooked for her but he just could not remember exactly how he did it. At his restaurant however his sous chef accompanies him and as Cardoz cooks, the sous chef notes down everything.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Plantain Cutlets

As I had mentioned in my previous post, It is Tasty Ma! completed five years on August 4, 2015. I frankly cannot believe that the blog came this far. I always thought of myself as someone who was not too fond of cooking, I cooked because I had to eat. Much to my surprise, I found that, not only have I begun to enjoy cooking but also love sharing whatever I cook. I do not claim to be an expert, but am just someone who is discovering the joys of cooking and just wants to share it with the world. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tips and Trivia — Besan the deodorizer

My blog turned 5 on August 4, 2015, I wanted to revamp my blog before making any new posts, but that is taking time so I thought why don’t I post a tip? In any case, I have neglected my Tips and Trivia section for a long time. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Foodie Jaunts - 7 Course Meal at Orient 8, Lavasa, Pune, India.

There was a time not so long ago, that is, about ten to fifteen years back, we could enjoy some real good quality Chinese food not just at reasonably priced restaurants but also at roadside outlets. One did not have to always visit a high end restaurant for some good Chinese food. Way back in the eighties, if I remember correctly, a Chinese chef named Col Lee, who used to earlier work for a restaurant, decided to branch out on his own, he set up shop at south Bombay’s prime business district Nariman Point. He sold Chinese food from a hand cart. Needless to mention office goers made a beeline for his cart, after all he was a Chinese selling Chinese food, soon he also attracted the notice of food reviewers. Likewise once while my brother and I were out on professional work, we found this roadside restaurant run by an old Chinese gentleman. It was a makeshift restaurant with plastic chairs and tables, but the food that this gentleman cooked was mind blowing, a high end restaurant would have charged an arm and leg for such good quality food. Now sadly everything has changed, all you get, even in some of the fairly high priced restaurants, is Chinese food with strong flavours, guaranteed to overwhelm your taste buds.