Tuesday 23 March 2021

Tarbuj er Khosar r Chutney / Watermelon rind Chutney


As summers are in, markets too are flooded with summer fruits. Watermelon is one such favourite fruit that is enjoyed and eaten during this season... types of watermelon salads, watermelon drinks, watermelon popsicles etc are made using the inner part of the watermelon... similarly the white part of the watermelon or the watermelon rind is equally used to make Sabji, Spicy Chutney to go with Dosa, sweet dish etc, as the watermelon rind too has its health benefits. 
I am sure many of us Bengali’s will  relate to this ‘Shesh pate mishti Chutney chara Bhat khaaoa shesh hoi na.’ It means that if there is no sweet Chutney at the end of the meal, then the meal is not completed. 
We have varieties of Chutneys that we enjoy throughout the year, tomato chutney, pineapple chutney, mango chutney, raw papaya Chutney, Elephant apple Chutney etc...
Today we will make Tarbuj er Khosar r Chutney, Chutney from watermelon rind, a love from my kitchen. This Chutney is scrumptious... I am sure you will like this recipe too.. Enjoy this Chutney with your main meals or with Puri or Parotta for breakfast. 

6 cups - Small cubes of Watermelon rind 
Juice of 3 medium size Lemons 
1 tbsp grated Ginger 
6 cups Sugar 
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Chilli flakes 
1/2 tsp Kalonji / Nigella seeds
2 Bay leaves 

Take a big pot, dry roast the bay leaves and kalonji  on a low flame until there is a lovely aroma. Add in the watermelon rind, sugar, ginger, chilli flakes, salt and lemon juice. Stir and cook all the ingredients on a low to medium  flame. Let it simmer, stir occasionally and cook until the sugar has become thick syrupy. Once done cool the Chutney down, the chutney will become more thicker,  store the chutney in a dry glass jar. Keep the chutney in the fridge and enjoy this with your main meals, Puri or Parotta for breakfast . This chutney will stay for 2 to 3 months. 

Thursday 11 March 2021

Maha Shivratri Special - Aloo ki Kheer


Har - Har Mahadev 

Happy Shivratri 🙏🏼

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival and celebrated in India in reverence of the God Shiva. It’s believed that Lord Shiva saved the universe from ignorance and darkness and it’s also said that today Shiva was married to Goddess Parvati on this day. The Maha Shivaratri is known as the 'Great Night of Shiva', and it is celebrated during the night by keeping a night-long vigil and it marks the convergence 2 supreme power - Shiva and Shakti.

In Bengal the young girls celebrates this festival by keeping fast the whole day and night and prayers are offered in desire to get a good husband. Ladies pray for the welfare of their husband. Sabudana soaked in milk and fruits are eaten during fasting. 

Since I am brought up in Mumbai.... We have Sabudana Khichadi, Puri - Alu Bhaji, Aloo ki Kheer...

Aloo ki Kheer 


2 medium sized Potatoes boiled, peeled and grated

2 cup Milk

2 tbsp Mawa crumbs

1/4 cup Sugar or as per taste

Pinch of Salt

1/4 tsp Cardamom powder

Pinch of Saffron

1 tsp Almond and Pistacho flakes


Heat milk in a pot and let is simmer for 2 minutes. Add salt, sugar, saffron and mava to the milk. Stir it. Let the milk reduce a bit. Add the potatoe and cardomom powder. Stir and cook for 3 minutes more. Garnish with Almond and pistachio flakes. 

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Meat Loaf with Cheesy Mashed Potato and Corn

 This dish is one of my personal favourite. Here I have used mutton minced... it’s easy to make and enjoy the dish for dinner at home. 


300 grams of Mutton Minced 

1 cup Bread Crumbs 

1 cup Milk 

1 Egg

1 small size Onion finely chopped 

1 big size Potato boiled and mashed roughly 

1/4 cup boiled Corn

1 to 2 Green Chillies chopped 

2 to 3 Garlic Cloves chopped 

Few Parsley leaves chopped 

Salt and Pepper to taste 

1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese grated 

2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup 

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup Cream


Take a mixing bowl, add milk, salt, pepper and bread crumbs together and keep it aside for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the chopped onion, green chilli, parsley, garlic, egg and minced meat and mixed all the ingredients very well. Grease a bread loaf mould. Pour in the batter. Bake at 180 or 200 degrees celsius for 45 minutes in a preheated oven depending upon your oven temperature .Take a small bowl, mix in the tomato ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Take out the bread loaf from the oven and apply the sauce on the top of the meatloaf. Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it cool down. 

Take the boiled potato , corn, cheese, cream, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix all the ingredients well.

 To serve -  Place some mixture of mashed potato and corn. Cut a portion of the meatloaf and place it over the mashed potato and corn. The dish is ready to be eaten.