Cooking Experiences

A first class mutton curry

February 19th, 2017|

A Railway Mutton Curry also known as a First Class Mutton Curry was what you got served if you travelled First Class on the Indian Railways in years gone by.. Simple ingredients were elevated to a sublime dish using patience and time.. Always cooked on the bone, usually a fiery red colour that slowly emerges […]

Pithes and Pulis

January 16th, 2017|

Every self respecting Bengali family will claim their pathishaptas are a cut above the rest and ours is no exception… My grandmother, my aunt and my mum all do a mean pathishapta. For the uninitiated a pathishapta is Bengal’s answer to the French crepe – however the batter is made with a mixture of rice […]

Dry January?

January 2nd, 2017|

If you like a lot of us have embarked on a dry January to combat the excesses of the festive season, here are some alternative drink ideas.

India has a host of drinks apart from the usual “mango lassi” that are hitherto unfamiliar to the west… Most of these, apart from taste, have properties to help […]

Curry for Sunday Lunch

September 25th, 2016|

Sundays in most Calcutta households are synonymous with a lazy lunch followed by an afternoon nap.. An integral part of the lunch is “kochi pathar jhol” or tender goat meat curry.. Every house has its own recipe but generally whole cardamom, cinnamon , dry red chillis and cloves are thrown into smoking hot mustard oil. […]

Skinny Peels

August 10th, 2016|

The slow Amazon like river Ganges flowing through the verdant plains of Bengal is both a boon and a blessing.. While the monsoons can cause the mighty river to overflow and cause floods and devastation, it also makes the land one of the most fertile in the country.. The waters abound in fish and the […]

An Indo British Partnership

July 15th, 2016|

Anglo Indians are a product of the 300 years of British rule in India.. Often referred to as a community without a country, the Braganzas, D’Costas and D’Souzas kept the Railways, Post Offices, Schools and Bakeries to name but a few services going and formed an integral part of our childhoods in Calcutta.. Anglo Indian […]

A Good Indian Breakfast

June 16th, 2016|

There is a reason why Indians are amongst the most overweight in the world. No man or child from a self respecting “khaata peeta ghar” ( home of plenty) will be allowed to venture out in the morning without being adequately fortified to keep brain and body sustained…Not for them sliced fruit or sugar free […]

Fish Cakes

June 16th, 2016|

Fish it is…

Like every year gone by.. One of my resolutions that I refresh is to declutter my life… Of relationships I have outgrown and things we do not need… On a more prosaic level, this also includes our overstuffed and bulging larder…It’s a bit like the master chef invention test challenge and the idea […]

Pad Thai

June 16th, 2016|

Yesterday’s fish cakes went down well with an avocado, green bean and sesame salad… And we are on to Day 2 of decluttering larder… It’s been easy today – a huge packet of Thai Rice Sticks .. So Pad Thai it was..

The recipe is one I got off Mr Google a while ago and works […]

Chicken Soup for the Soul

June 16th, 2016|

Lots of perks growing up on a tea estate in the seventies and eighties.. Starting from having elephants at your birthday party to your very own cow providing your daily glass of milk to Father Christmas turning up in a helicopter. As “Chai” kids we took all this for granted and one of the “treats” […]