After the exciting Calcutta Street Sea Food Pop Up at Bonnie Gull(you can click on this link to read the review), I am popping up again at Stage3 Hackneywith an evening of live Jazz with a classical Indian touch and a three course Bengali meal. And after popular demand I will be making special Bengali dessert this time. I am also going to start putting out the recipes of the all these dishes very soon here – so watch this space 🙂
Here are the posters and menu for the Pop Up on 4th May – 6pm – 9 pm. The venue Stage3 is part of a heritage theatre and just a 2 minute walk from Hackney central station. You can’t miss it!
Which Poster do you like more? Would love to know your feedback and looking forward to see some of you at Hackney!
It was a bright sunny day on April 11 and London was basking in it’s full blown glory – how could I have a better day to host my second Calcutta Street, Seafood special Pop Up? I would love to thank each and every one who attended it and by the looks of it enjoyed my food. There is nothing more satisfying for me than to watch other people enjoy my food – It makes all the 18 hours of cooking and prep totally worth it.
And a massive Hi5 to all the staff at Bonnie Gull for being absolutely fabulous, efficient and super friendly – Makes a sea of a difference! An a bigger Hi5 to Luke Robinson (Head Chef) and Gavin (Exec Chef) for making the whole process so smooth sailing. Finally I can’t thank Cobra Beer and Lord Billimoria enough for sponsoring the beers, they definitely make the food taste better!
I wanted to share the photographs from the day with all of you (who care to read this blog). Hope to see some more of you at my next Pop Up!
Calcutta Street Sea Food Special
Photographs by Kheya Chattopadhyay
My next Pop-Up will be a very special one as it has two of my favourite things Calcutta Food and Jazz (with some Indian instruments like sitar). Save the date!
Calcutta Street Jazz Special – 4th May (6 pm – 9 pm) at Stage 3, Hackney!
I am extremely excited to let you know that, at my second Calcutta Street Pop Up I aim to make some of the famous, mouth-watering seafood and fish dishes from Calcutta. These recipes are all extremely special because it comes from my mother’s kitchen and I have grown up on them. I will be cooking with Luke Robinson, Head Chef at Bonnie Gull and Cobra Beer is the official Partner.
Bonnie Gull Seafood Bar is an ode to the faded glory of British seaside towns. Rose-tinted memories of golden days by the sea: Pleasure beaches, fresh crab rolls on the pier, Mods & Rockers hurling deckchairs, whippy ice creams and jukeboxes full of sweet Northern Soul…And I am going to take these fresh crabs and give it a Bengali flavour.
There is a saying that if you go to Calcutta (or the new name Kolkata) then you MUST try Egg Roll from a street stall. Yes, that is how popular this dish is in India. All bengali’s (the people of Calcutta) swear by this dish and will have it atleast once a week if not more. It is almost like the fish and chips of Bengal – greasy, eggy and very very tasty! And the best part is, you can make it in less than 10 minutes in your own kitchen, but obviously you won’t get the taste of the ones that the street vendors make because the dirt definitely adds to the flavor :p
Ingredients (Most of them you always have in your kitchen) for one Roll
1/4 cup (tea cup) plain flour
Vegetable Oil/ Sunflower Oil/ Olive Oil
1 chopped green chilly
1/4 chopped onion
1/4 chopped cucumber
Let’s get cooking (be ready to get your hands dirty)
Knead the flour with one tablespoon of oil and handful of water (I mean sprinkle some water) and after about 3-4 minutes you should get a soft dough.
Then make a round ball and flatten it with a rolling pin, till you get a nice big round somewhat like a pancake or chapati.
Heat up a pan and add one table spoon of oil and then fry the flattened dough till you get a light brownish color and then keep it aside, this is called paratha. (look at the image)
Then beat the egg and make an omelet, while still raw place the paratha on top of it while still on the pan. Then fry it together for a few seconds till you feel the egg is cooked.
Finally add the chopped onions, cucumber, ketchup and chilly sauce and make a roll and enjoy!
I promise if you make this, you won’t regret or rather thank me for it! It is delicious and so simple to make! Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts once you make it and of-course share it on sorts of social networking platform 😀
When people ask me what is my favorite dish of ALL times, I can’t help but say Lamb curry but having said that I am very fussy about the lamb curry I like. This is the one that I was used to having since childhood and never got bored of it, rather appreciated even more when I grew up. I have obviously made my own twists and turns in this but this is one dish that always has been a hit whenever I have made it for anyone!
1/2 kilograms chopped lamb
1 Tbs Yogurt
2 Onions finely chopped
1 Tbs Garlic and Ginger paste
3 Chopped Tomatoes
1 Tbs Turmeric powder
1Tbs Red Chilly Powder
1 Tbs Garam Masala Powder
2 Bay leaves
3 diced potatoes
2 Tbs Mustard oil/ regular cooking oil
Salt according to your taste buds
Lets start cooking..
Marinate lamb with yogurt, salt, ginger and garlic paste, turmeric and red chillies for 1 hour
Fry the potatoes in the oil and then keep it aside
Use the same oil to fry the oinion, remaining ginger and garlic
Add the tomatoes
Add turmeric, chilly and garam masala powder
Add the lamb and then cook it for 10 mins
Finally add the fried potatoes and let it cook on low heat for 1 hour
Keep stirring it every now and again
Test if the lamb is soft and the potatoes are boiled
Your lamb curry is ready to be served with boiled rice or Polaw Rice.
2 Cups Basmati rice
2 Tbs Ghee (Indian butter)
Few stands of saffron1/2 cup sugar
2 Bay leaves
3 Cardamom and 1 Cinamon stick
10 broken cashews
Heat the ghee in a deep pan
Add the bay leaves, saffron, cardamom, cinamon and cashews
Add the rice, fry till golden
Add 4 cups of water
Rice will be ready in 20 mins
Hope you liked the video and had fun making this meal and do not forget to let me know your thoughts by liking the post or dropping me an email. And please share on FB, Twitter or any other social media site if you liked it, remember sharing is caring? 😀
Whenever I feel like eating something simple and fresh or when I miss home too much this is what I resort to. This dish is not just extremely simple to make but it is as real as it gets when we think of Indian food. And for all you health conscious folks who like eating non-bland food this could be your next favorite dish.
Ingredients you need for one person:
One breast of Chicken chopped into chunks (you can also use chicken with bones, if you like to chew on them later like me)
One table spoon Coriander Powder
I tea spoon salt
2 tea spoon turmeric powder
1 tea spoon chilly powder
3 chopped green chillies
One small chopped red onion (you can also use white onion but red has a bit more flavor)
3 baby potatoes cut into halves
1 tablespoon fresh ginger and garlic paste (I prefer more ginger as it gives the fresh taste)
1 fresh red chopped Tomato
2 tablespoon of mustard oil/ vegetable oil/ sunflower oil (either is good but mustard gives the best taste)
Let’s start cooking :
Marinade the chicken with ginger- garlic paste, turmeric, chilly powder and salt and leave it while you chop the onions and make other arrangements. Its good if you keep it for 30 minutes but not set in stone.
Heat Oil in a pan and fry the onions, green chilly and potatoes for about 4-5 minutes till the onions start getting brown.
Add the chicken (which you kept aside) and let it all cook while you stir it occasionally for about 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and half a cup of water and let the whole thing cook in medium heat till you get a really thick gravy. It should not take more than 7 minutes.
And then believe it or not your chicken curry is ready to be devoured! 😀
Yes you don’t need any yogurt, cream or anything fancy! This recipe is as simple as that…serve it with hot boiled rice or even fresh chapati (indian bread). Btw you could add fresh coriander if you wanted to but this one tastes good even without it!
Let me know if you liked it by sharing this post or even dropping me a line, always love a good conversation about food!
One thing that makes India such a colorful country is definitely the street food, its not just absolutely mouth watering and delicious but also extremely vibrant. I cant help myself from gorging on all those gorgeous treats while I am taking a stroll down the streets and I am lucky that I have family back there so I get to visit the land of exotic food almost once every year!
Street food in India is definitely my biggest guilty pleasure even more than chocolates (yes you heard it right) and trust me once you experience that you cant help but agree with me (of course once you get over the Delhi belly fear). This time my visit to India was restricted to Calcutta (I refuse to call Kolkata) and boy this city is known for the food and Bengalis (The native inhabitants even though its extremely cosmopolitan now) LOVE their food! No wonder I am such a foodie!
Here are some of my personal favorites:
1. Dahi Phuchka (Crispy semolina pancake cups with yogurt, potato and tamarind sauce filling)
2. Aloo Paratha ( Indian bread with a potato filling usually to be had with yogurt or any curry)
3. Indian Saffron Tea
4. Nolen Gurer Rosogolla ( Most popular Bengali Sweet and my personal favorite)
5. Baked Rabdi (Baked Milk Pudding and extremely addictive nom nom)
6. A special Indian Breakfast ( Different Kinds of Kachuri)
Well after gorging on all these delicacies I definitely am having withdrawal symptoms after coming back to Manchester, but that is why I love cooking so that I can try making all these at home! 🙂
Finally a pic of me in Indian traditional clothing with my beautiful Mum (A fantastic Cook) who is the inspiration for me to make this blog and most of my recipes! Yeah needed to show off my Indianess :p
Hope you enjoyed this post! And don’t forget to share and care like I always say 😉