Thursday, 11 July 2019

Kalo Jam Makha (Jamun / Black Plum Mashed)

This recipe takes me back to my childhood days. Every year as a little kid, religiously every summer my mother and myself would visit my Uncle’s place (Mamar Bari) in Kolkata. Across my Uncle’s house there was a big Kalo Jam tree that use to be loaded with Kalo Jam which belonged to a family staying there. Every afternoon after our lunch affair was over, I use to visit their house to play with their 3 girls and eat Kalo Jam Makha. It was fun collecting the Kalo Jams. It’s a rustic dish but so delicious and mouthwatering. We also make this similar dish with raw mangoes. Peel the raw mango, cut it into cubes, add all the same ingredients give below, also add red chilli powder, sugar and Kashundi. Crush the mango in a mortar. I really feel sad that these simple rustic recipes are getting extinct with our new generation. I am sure all of us will have some stories to share of such dishes. 

15 to 20 Kalo Jam / Jambun / Black plums
2 or more Green Chillies chopped 
Salt to taste or black salt and salt mix
1/2  tsp Mustard oil

Take all the above ingredients and mash it well. You can mash it with a help of a spoon, but best to use your fingers. 
It’s simply divine. 
Mustard oil is optional, but I love it with mustard oil as it enhances the taste. 

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Review - YOUnion


Youth Has No Age’.  This quote by Pablo Picasso caught my sight as I entered the restaurant. I absolutely believe this should be the mantra of life. 
 YOUnion is a newly launched restaurant in town by none other than Zorawar Kalra at Kamla Mills Mumbai. 
After I entered the new generation neon restaurant, there was this attractive table, which was been set. There were all  kinds of colourful drinks which were served in weird attractive drinkware. With smile on their face the people at the restaurant claimed that there are around 200 types of drinks that they serve at the restaurant. Skulls, helmets, disco balls, briefcase, Cinderella glass slippers were some of the props that were converted into drinkware. 


Further getting into the space, and greeting our TNF team members, our first drink was served. Though I don’t drink, that day I was all prepared. One after the other different types of drinks were served along with tasty  tit-bits. 

Chef Momin 

Along with the flow of drinks and food, the tempo of laughter and enjoyment also took a level higher. To add on to the enjoyment and to make the ambience more cheerful and lively there were people dressed up as avengers. We all were in high spirits. 

I had couple of drinks and loved each and every drink that was served. My favourite were Litchi sake, Strawberry daiquiri, Quick blow job, Southern spice.... there are some more but lost track of the names... 😅 you can imagine after couple of shots. The concept of Community Drink was mind blowing. It was a great experience to see the drinks served in briefcase, helmet and disco balls. 

Disco Ball used a prop for the Community Drink 

Darth Vader  Helmet used as a prop to serve the Community drink 

Community Drinking from a Briefcase 

Delicious beautifully plated food too started to fill the table one after the other along with the drinks. Some of my favourite starters were Chana Koliwada, Crispy Panko coated Mussels, Hara Bhara Candy Kabab, Vegetarian Momo, Tandoori Chicken Momo, Veg and Non Veg Dim Sum, Garlic and Cheese Pizza, Ghee Roast and a dish with broccoli. At the end not to miss out on the delicious desserts.

Chana Koliwada 

Panko coated Mussels 

Hara Bhara Candy Kabab

Veg Momo 

Tandoori Chicken Momo 

Stirred Fried Broccoli and Water Chestnut  

Kandi Gosht 

Butter Chicken Pizza 

Cheese Chilli Pizza 

Shiitake and Prawn Dim Sum

Texas French Fries  

Mutton Ghee Roast

Misal Pav 

Cheese Cake 


I was very lucky to have won a contest held by The Nomad Foodie and was invited by them. I am very thankful to Suprio - The Nomad Foodie. 

Photo Credit - The Nomad Foodie 

YOUnion has indeed very well incorporated the mantra of life ‘Youth Has No Age’.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Lauer Khosar Bora / Bottle Gourd Peel Fritters

 Bottle Gourd Vegetable peel was left after making Lau Chingri  (Bottle Gourd with Prawns). We normally make Lauer Khosa Bhaja or Lauer Khosa Bata. Since it is raining, I was craving for Lauer Khosar Bora with ghee and garam bhaat (hot steaming rice). This can also be had with garam cha ( hot cup of tea ). 

1 bowl of Bottle Gourd peels cut into small thin strips. 
2 Green Chillies chopped 
1/2 tsp Nigella seeds
1/2 tsp Poppy seeds
2 tbsp Rice powder 
2 tbsp Gram flour 
Salt to taste 
Oil to fry

Take the bottle gourd peels in a mixing bowl. Add the green chillies, poppy seeds, nigella seeds, salt, rice flour and gram flour. Mix all the ingredients well. There is no need of adding water.  Keep it aside for 5 minutes, meanwhile heat up the oil. Add little fritters in the oil. Fry until golden brown in colour. Enjoy the hot fritters.