I will be popping up again this weekend (23rd and 24th May) at Southbank at Bollywood Fever festival. I will be serving quintessential Calcutta Street Food including – Doi Phuchka (Pani puri with potato, yogurt, tamarind chutney and coriander); Churmur (Crunchy broken puri with potato, black chick peas and tamarind – very tangy) and Doi Aam (fresh alphonso mangoes with sweetened yogurt and cream – nomnom).
I shall post recipes for all of them very soon! And do drop in and say hello to me at the Calcutta Street Photo-booth too if you are in the area!
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!
Mum’s are special and super humans, and I love mine very much! She is an absolute super woman, who can juggle a million things at the same time. When she was visiting me in London, she was making all these delicious food for me everyday and my most favorite memory of her was walking to the nearest Sainsbury (Yes I am a big fan, and my mum says their meat is the best) to buy groceries – reminded me of my days as a toddler when I followed her to super markets.
Most of the recipes I post in this blog are actually stolen from her, so this Mother’s day I am dedicating this recipe to her. It is the most delicious Indian dessert and you can never go wrong with it – its a mass favorite. So, why not impress your mum by making this exotic Indian Carrot pudding or most popularly known as Gajar Ka Halwa.
Things you will need
3 – 4 Carrots finely grated
3 Table Spoon of Ghee (Clarified Butter)
Handful of Almond Flakes
Evaporated Milk (1 cup) or half a tin
1/2 cup (small tea cup) sugar
2 Cardamom pods
Get Cooking to impress Mummy!
Heat the ghee in a pan and then add the grated carrots and cardamom pods (smashed). Stir it for about 3-4 minutes in medium heat.
Add the evaporated milk and sugar. mix well and then cook in low heat till the you get a pudding like texture (you want it to be quite thick and not runny).
Finally add the almond flakes to garnish!
Serve it hot or cold – its so good that it tastes great either ways!
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 😉
I just got back from a month long holiday in India (Kolkata and Bombay) to visit my friends and family and hence have been away from the bloggosphere for a bit. Now that I am back I thought of sharing some exquisite dishes from India with you people which are my favourite.
Lets start with my personal favourite street food, Phuchka also known as Pani puri, sev puri etc in different parts of India.
These are tiny little fluffed delightful pancakes with a spicy and tangy potato filling dipped in spicy and sweet tamarind water. I barely know anyone who can resist these little balls of heaven!
Second is Chello Kebab which is a dish available in one of the oldest restaurants of Calcutta (Kolkata) called Peter Cat.
This is a very unique yet simple dish, it essentially has boiled rice in the center with a dollop of butter on it, on one there are some chicken reshmi kebabs and the other side has lamb sikh kebabs which you can quite easily grill at home or just buy frozen ones from Sainsbury and stick it in the oven. It is garnished with some veggies( Tomato, Carrots and Peas) and a fried egg on top. This might be simple but its such a tasty and filling meal!
Finally its time for something sweet and whats better than some mouth watering Cup cakes?? LSD (Love Sugar Dough) is one of my favourite cup cake joint in India. it is a tiny little shop in Bandra area of Bombay but its so popular that people travel for hours just to buy cup cakes from there. They boast of quite a celebrity studded client list! Take a look at these cup cakes and tell me you are not tempted to grab one of these!
And finally thats me having a lemon cooler from Candies (Anather favourite) to beat the heat in India!!! 😀
So incase you are planning a trip to India definitely try these dishes its a mecca for the foodies!
Ingredients:1 cup of semolina
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 glass of milk or Fresh Creme
2 Table spoon Ghee (Indian butter)
2 Bay leaves
1 Cardamom stick
2 Cinnamon (crushed)
1 cup pasted cashew/almonds
Heat the ghee in a pan,
Add the cinnamon, bay leaves and cardamom,
Add the Semolina and fry till its brown and then add sugar.
Pour in the milk and reduce the temperature and finally add the cashew paste
Its ready to serve (Serve hot)
Preparation time : 10 minutes
This is a recipe which is fairly simple and quick and tasty at the same time. Hope you all enjoy it! 🙂
P.S Sorry for the bad editing, I am trying to work on it and I promise it will get better! 🙂