Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bengali Sada Alu (Aloo) Chorchori with Hing Golmorich | Bengali Poori Bhaji

Hing Golmorich er Bengali Aloo er Chachari Recipe | Scratching Canvas

Sada Alu er Chochori ar Fulko Luchi (white Potato gravy with Puffed up fried Indian bread) is quite an easy trick to hypnotize any bong guy (if you are looking out for options). If there is any competition for eating potatoes I’m sure we, Bengalis will be the winner without any hard fight! It is a well-known fact that we have enormous affection for fish, specially river fish but many few is aware that we share that love with potatoes too. If you ask a bong about favourite veggie the prompt answer will be, Aloo/alu aka potato, resulting tons of dishes with potatoes only. I’ve shared so many potato recipes before that I’m thinking of adding a tab in menu bar of Scratching Canvas called, ‘Potato Lovers Zone’! Bengali No Onion No Garlic Dum Aloo, Potato Curry with Lentils, Kashmiri Dum Olav, Potato Pumpkin Curry are the perfect examples of our potato love. And now the latest addition is Bengali style Hing r Golmorich diye Sada Alu (Aloo) Chorchori aka Potato Curry with Asafetida and Black Pepper! Don’t get faint by looking at the long name; the recipe requires only 20 mins to wrap the dish from scratch, promise!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Classic Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake | British Tea Cake with Strawberry Jam

British Strawberry Jam Cake | Strawberry Pound Cake Recipe
A large beautiful luscious piece of a Classic British Victoria Sponge Cake sandwiched with Whipped Cream & Strawberry Jam and a steaming cup full of Darjeeling tea on the side table, a crime thriller in my hands; this is my kind of ideal lazy evening. You can replace the thriller with George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the novel behind the popular tv series Game of Thrones. Remember? Of course you do, silly me! Anyways, that’s my current favourite and I won’t put it down until I finish the fifth book (I’m still stuck in book one, poor me). Back on the track of food, Victoria Sponge is a classic British cake which is light, buttery & sweet pound cake. This airy sponge cake was a regular tea accompaniment of Queen Victoria. Hence the name Victoria Sponge was introduced.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Oven Baked Modak with Date Palm Jaggery | Gur er Modak | Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

No Modak Moulds Required | Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

So here begins the Big FAT (pun intended) Indian festive season today with Ganesh Chaturthi and will be followed by Eid, Durga Puja or Navaratri, Diwali for next couple of months. Anyways, back to my favourite topic, ‘foods of festivals’ before I get carried away with the ‘festival-fair’! To me it’s more like ‘festival of foods’. I believe foods are the second best thing in any festivals after the most important thing, people who celebrate. Every festival has handful of special platters to spread during the celebration. For example Ganesh Utsav is a festival to honour Lord Ganesha, the elephant God and it is celebrated with Ganesha’s favourite items like Modaks and Laddu aka Laddoo with many other sweets and desserts. You may have noticed that these sweets are mostly deep fried in ghee (clarified butter) and soaked in heavy sugar syrup. And indulgence with these calorie high foods is nothing less than a crime for weight watchers like us. Such a pity! Let's celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi in a Healthy way without compromising the taste. Let's BAKE Modaks instead of Frying this year. Sounds crazy? Hope in to view the recipe and celebrate Health with prayers, Wealth will find us on the way!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Rava Kesari | Zafrani Sheera | Sooji Halwa | Kesari Bhath | Mohanbhog | Misti Suji

Mohanbhog Recipe | Bengali Misti Suji

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;"
~ William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet

If you get a bowl of dessert which smells heavenly and tastes nothing less but you are confused with the name, you are completely allowed to recite these kinds of famous quotes to save your ass. Please don’t leave the page by thinking I’m here to lecture on how to cover our dumbass acts. Actually, I have an delicious yet quick recipe to share with you all. And I’m talking about none other than Rava Kesari aka Zaffrani Suji ka Halwa. It is one of the simplest Indian traditional desserts which have different names in almost every region of the country. It is most commonly known as Sheera in Maharshtra or as Suji/Sooji ka Halwa in northern India. This Eggless Semolina Pudding is also known as Kesari bhath in Karnataka and Rava Kesari in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and lastly as Mohanbhog or Mishti Suji (I’ll try to do a different post on it soon) in West Bengal.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Spicy Mango Ice cream | Vegan No Cook No Churn Ice cream

Vegan No Cook No Churn Ice cream Recipe

Hello guys, I’m back after a short (medium sized to be honest) break. Actually I dint mean to take such a long break but there were some other things in life which needed my attention on priority basis. And I had to step up this time instead of juggling with things. In the race of busy daily life cooking on daily basis became a luxury; gradually blogging was left little behind. But now my foodie soul needs a break from the monotonous life to enjoy the last few drops of summer. A (read, few) scoop(s) of ice cream always sound like a perfect summer treat to me. And guess what? It’s not your regular simple ice cream. It’s super creamy Spicy Mango Ice-cream and completely dairy free (vegan). Did I mention, you won’t require any ice cream machine? Meaning, No Churn Vegan Mango Ice cream treats for all. Yuppie!!