Sunday, 7 August 2022

Jugadu Chicken Curry


As I am with my daughter to settle her… at present we don’t have much amenities in the kitchen, just a gas stove and very few things, rest of the things are all on the way including all the ingredients … frankly speaking we are a bit feed up eating the restaurant food.. we had ordered some vegetables that can sustain without fridge for some days like potatoes, onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and some green chillies from Bigbasket.. was wondering what can we cook in a easy way.. my daughter loves chicken.. got some chicken and chicken masala from blink.. love this app as it just deliverers anything  within 90 minutes… we had some all spices leaves that I had carried with me as it grows abundantly in my house and turmeric powder that I make at home, but the question was how to arrange garlic ginger paste.. cannot buy readymade as there is no refrigerator.. suddenly I realised that I had a small chopping board and a rolling pin.. that was my wooden shil batta for today… 
Since I have only one pan.. I used same pan to mix the chicken with the masala and cook the chicken directly in the same pan. 
Here is the recipe for Jugadu Chicken Curry 🤗
500 grams of Chicken with bones or boneless 
2 Medium size Potatoes peeled and cut into 2 
1 Medium size Onion sliced 
1 Big size Tomato sliced 
1 small  piece of Ginger peeled and cut into tiny  pieces 
5 to 6 Garlic cloves peeled 
3 to 4 Green Chillies 
Few handful of Coriander leaves 
2 tbsp Chicken Masala powder 
3/4 tsp Turmeric powder 
Salt to taste 
2 Dried AllSpice leaves or Bay leaves 
2 tbsp Sugar syrup 
2 to 3 tbsp Mustard Oil 

The name  jugadu chicken curry is given as I didn’t have grinder or mortal - pestal.. I used chopping board and rolling pin to grind the green masala (ginger, garlic,green chillies and coriander leaves). 
Take the pan or wok in which the chicken will be cooked, add the chicken pieces, cut potatoes pieces, some sliced onions, some sliced tomatoes,  3/4 of the green masala, chicken masala powder, salt, turmeric powder and 2 1/2 tbsp mustard oil. Mix all ingredients together. Place the pan or wok on the gas stove and switch on the flame, cover the pan or wok and cook on medium low flame for 5 minutes, stirring the ingredients occasionally.  Now add the remaining green masala, some more tomato - onion slices and 2 all spice leaves. Stir and cook for a minute.  Add a cup of water or as much water required for the gravy. Cover and let the gravy simmer the gravy for 2 minutes, add the sugar syrup - (I used it from the the rosogolla syrup as I didn’t have any sugar at home) and stir, now cook the gravy until the chicken pieces and potato pieces have cooked well. Switch off the flame, drizzle the remaining mustard oil, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot rice. 

Monday, 18 July 2022

Komro Pata Diye Ilish Macher Bhorta

 Komro Pata Diye Ilish Macher Bhorta 

Ilish Macher Bhorta is one of the favourite in our house… from the time my husband visited Bangladesh… mostly head and tail of the fish is used… one of the dish made with the head of the fish is chorchori… 
We had some pumpkin leaves growing in our balcony pot… we have used pumpkin leaves to make Macher paturi.. and chorchori… but the leaves weren’t enough to make either of the dishes… since Bhorta is one of our favourite.. used the pumpkin leaves in the Bhorta… 
Patients is the key word for Bhorta… as lots of fine fish bones  have to be removed .. but once made.. it will just vanish from your plate…: 

To marinate the Fish 
Head and Tail of Ilish/ Hilsa fish 
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1/4 tsp Chilli powder 
Salt to taste 
Apply salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder on the fish head and tail.. 

To make the Bhorta 

Marinated Fish head and tail 
Handful of Pumpkin leaves (can add more)
2 medium size Onion sliced 
2 or more Green Chillies 
2 Garlic cloves
2 Dry Red Chillies 
1/4 tsp Nigella seeds
Salt to taste
2 to 3 tbsp of Mustard oil

Take oil in a pan.. let it heat, fry the fish head and tail.. until golden brown in colour… remove the fish head and tail and keep it aside. Add sliced onion, garlic, green chillies and dried red chillies into the remaining oil in the pan. Sauté until light brown in colour, add the pumpkin leaves.. stir once.. move the sautéed onions and the leaves on one side of the pan, add the Nigella seeds, spread the onions in the pan, place the fish head and tail over the sautéed onions… cover and cook for a minute, open the lid and turn the fish and cook for another minute. Switch off the flame, let it cool a bit, take a grinding jar, add the head, tail, garlic cloves, green chillies, one dried red chilli, pumpkin leaves into the grinding jar. Don’t add any water.. use the pulse button and grind the ingredients coarsely… 
Remove the Bhorta on the plate.. here comes the test of your patients… time to remove the bones… once done add the sautéed onions and salt.. mix all the ingredients together.. the Bhorta is ready to be savoured with some hot rice… 

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Macher Dimer Bora / Fish Egg Fritters

Fish eggs are a delicacy in Bengali homes during monsoon… as the fish sold in the market mostly comes with eggs.. we generally use Rohu or Catla fish eggs to make fritters / Bora or we make curry with fish egg fritters / Macher Dimer borar Jhol or Macher Dimer jhuri bhaja / Scrambled Fish Eggs or Macher Dimer bhapa / steamed fish eggs. 

More common recipe using fish eggs is Macher Dimer bora/ Fish egg fritters.. 

Rohu or Catla fish eggs are taken, chickpea, salt, onions, green chillies, garlic, coriander leaves (optional) are mixed well with the fish eggs. It’s deep fried. The fish egg fritters are eaten during lunch with dal and rice or as evening snacks. 


1 cup Fish eggs / Roe 

2 tbsp Chickpeas flour 

1 medium size Onion sliced

2 Green Chillies chopped

2 medium size Garlic cloves chopped 

Coriander leaves (optional)

Salt to taste 

1/4 tsp Turmeric powder (optional)

Oil for deep frying 

Macher Dimer Bora r Video 


Wash the fish eggs, take the fish eggs in a bowl, add chickpea flour, chopped onions, green chillies, garlic, coriander leaves (optional), turmeric powder (optional) and salt. Mix all the ingredients together. Keep the batter aside for 5 minutes, meanwhile heat the oil. Once the oil heats up, reduce the flame. Add tbsps of the batter into the oil, on medium low flame fry the fritters until golden brown in colour. Serve the fritters with dal - rice or as snacks. 

#fisheggs #roe #fritters #bengalidelicacy #monsoonsnacks #monsoonfood 

Monday, 30 May 2022

Rava - Oats Pongal

 Venn Pongal also known as Khara Pongal is an easy and healthy South Indian savoury dish made with dal and rice…  served for breakfast with sambar and coconut chutney. 

Here I have used semolina and oats instead of rice. 

Rava - Oats  Pongal 


1/2 cup Moong Dal

3/4 cup Oats 

3/4 cup Rava 

1 small piece of Ginger grated 

Few Curry leaves 

2 to 3 Green Chillies chopped 

2 Red Dried Chillies 

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds 

1/2 tsp Pepper Cashew nuts

Handful of broken Cashews 

Salt to taste 

3 tbsp Ghee

2 cups Water


Take a pressure cooker, add the Moong Dal and dry roast the Dal until a roasted aroma release, don’t over roast the dal, add water and wash the 2 to 3 times, add water and boil the Dal, the dal should remain whole but cooked…switch of the flame and keep the dal aside.  Take another pot, add 1 1/2 tbsp ghee, add cumin seeds, let it crackle, add the cashew nuts, fry until light brown in colour. Add the whole red chillies, pepper corns, curry leaves, ginger and  green chillies, sauté for a minute, add the semolina and oats, stir all ingredients together for a minute. Add salt, continue to fry all the ingredients until light brown in colour. Add 2 cups water gradually and stir all the ingredients on low flame until the water has reduced. Add the dal and continue to stir, add the remaining ghee and stir, once done switch of the flame. Serve the Pongal hot with coconut chutney. 

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Friday, 20 May 2022

Aamer Bhapa Sandwich Sandesh

For a Bengali the day begins with sweets and ends with sweets… with every meal a piece of sweet is required and  “shesh pate misti chai”… at the end of the meal, a piece of sweet is savoured. But now the times have changed… eating sweets everyday doesn’t happen any more…  only on occasions… There are many types of sweets people enjoy… Sandesh is one of them… 

Sandesh is a type of sweet made with Channa / Paneer, that has originated in Bengal… and it’s the popular sweet of Bengal. Varieties of Sandesh are available at the mistano bhandar / sweet shops…. Rose Sandesh, kacha gola, jol bhora, kodapak, chocolate sandesh, malai sandesh etc. 
Here we will make Sandesh with Mango.. 
Summer means Mangoes in any form… be it icecream, barfi, laddu or Sandesh… 
Here we have taken full cream milk and have curdled the milk… to make the chana… at home…full cream paneer from the milk dairy  can be also used. The middle layer of the Sandesh is homemade mango Jam… and fresh homemade mango pulp is used on the top layer.. 
Condensed milk should be used less as we will also use mango jam… that will make the sandesh sweet. 
The end result will be delicious creamy  Sandesh with mango.. 

250 grams or a cup of homemade Channa / paneer 
1/4 cup or as per the sweetness required Condensed Milk 
1/2 packet of  Amul Fresh Cream 
4 tbsp of Mango Jam
2 tbsp Mango pulp 
1/4 tsp of Ghee


Take a blender, add the paneer, condensed milk and cream. Blend the ingredients into a smooth paste, the paste should be of thick dropping consistency. Take a steel container, grease the container with ghee. Take half portion of the paste and spread the paste with the help of a spoon. Close the lid of the container and steam the container for 10 minutes. Once cool remove the container and open the lid. Now spread the jam on the first layer of the sandesh. Add the remaining paste over the jam and gently spread the paste.. add  blobs of  mango pulp on top of the paste.. with a help of a toothpick or a stick, spread the mango pulp. Close the lid and steam the sandesh for 20 to 25 minutes. Switch off the flame and cool the container, open the container and check. Keep the container in the fridge for an hour, to remove the sandesh from the container, slightly warm the base of the container, take a knife and run around the sides, cover the container with a plate, turn the plate, tap the container 2 to 3 times, the sandesh will be on the plate, take another plate and turn the sandesh, so that the top part of the sandesh will be on the top, cut the sandesh into square pieces.. enjoy