A special treat for you this festive season-Nolen gur’er Ice-cream!

What’s on your mind after reading the blog title– What is Nolen gur? Or is it really the new ice-cream flavour of the season?! The  answer to both is a wide grin.

If you have been reading my blog for a while now (or have just been sent here by google…in that case, welcome!) you should know how much I love regional food & classics of Indian cuisine.

Chingri Maachher Kalia (Prawn/fish kalia - an authentic Bengali recipe)

**Click on the dish for Recipe**

Golbarir Kosha Mangsho - The famous eatery is Calcutta's secret recipe for you! #Indianfood #recipeoftheday #KolkataRead the various Bengali classic recipes I have done here.

From My mother’s one-pot quick chicken pulao to Moti Pulao restaurant style;

From the absolute favourite among Calcuttans Golbari’r Kosha mangsho to homecooks’ star dish Prawn/Fish Kalia or Egg Masala gravy recipe & more…– I almost have a collection now.

Yes, you are right. Am obsessed!!

But I took a good look around my blog which I always felt was a child of love for food that suits my Bengali taste buds the most. I was quite surprised that I din’t have too many regional recipes of desserts or sweets,though. Coming from Bengal, the land of rosogolla – that’s a big bummer. So I thought why not bring you, my lovely readers a special news & treat that I am personally ecstatic about.

I will talk about a dessert that we all know about & love but this Durga Pujo, it’s here with probably the most Bengali flavour ever. A super big round of applause for…. . . . .

  •  *  drum rolls  *  *

Nolen Gur’er Ice-cream by Mother  dairy

Mother Dairy Nolen Gur Ice cream - Piece of Cerebrum blog post

For those of you who don’t know what Nolen gur is – it’s date palm jaggery [Here’s Wikipedia at your rescue]. To know Bengalis’ love for it, be aware that it’s probably the only priceless culinary thing of Bengal sold in a tube. Google it.

You don’t need me to talk about Mother dairy, do you? It’s a classic.

Now,my family loves ice-cream and so we have tried very many kind. Fancy brands to regional products to local parlour-made scoops. I can well be a pro at it by now. If you like your ice-cream cream-y & you like it milk-y, as ice-creams ideally should be – I promise you will love any mother dairy’s. Continue reading

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10 Tasty Chicken Recipes you must try!

I am gonna keep the introduction as short as possible today. why? Because I am excited as hell!

It’s my first round-up post with list of delicious 10 style chicken recipes. This is a simple yet interesting mix – from tender chicken in tangy rice to kebabs to Bengali stew! If you are a chicken lover, you will adore this. wink

If not, this is my earnest try to make you fall for it. Amen.

(CLICK ON EACH RECIPE TITLE TO OPEN THE COMPLETE BLOG POST)

1. MY MOTHER’S ONE POT CHICKEN PULAO (TRADITIONAL INDIAN PULAO/PULAV RECIPE)

Why is it special you ask?
☆ Its an one-pot meal – so no extra cleaning & slogging in kitchen!.
Not only can it be made in a Branded One-Pot meal maker, Rice cooker, Pressure cooker, Handi…it can also be made in a wok/kadai or Pan.
☆ Its quick. yes!
☆ It’s delicious. Period.
☆ It’s extremely filling. Even if you dont make a side dish or get your salads ready..your tummy will be a happy tummy!
☆ It’s got basic ingredients that’s easily available.
☆ versatility is a word I adore. This is versatile..Not only in terms of how its served but how it can be made ~ Swapping an ingredient or two, adding 3 more, minus 1 here or there is all common But you can even alter the sequence of a step of making or two. It wont matter much!
☆ Don’t think these one-pot meals are for work days..this can be just as Posh and apt for those fancy dinner parties. All you need is a decent plating skill!
(Shh..If I can plate, so can you! trust me!)
How about taking a look now….

one pot easy Chicken pulao

One pot chicken pulao

 Ingredient list :

♡ Chicken (With bones), 500gm
♡ Basmati rice (soaked for at least half an hour), 2- 2.5 cups
♡ onions (finely sliced), 1 big & 1 small
♡ Tomatoes (chopped small), 1 big or 2 small pieces
♡ Curd or yogurt, 1/4 cup or 3 big tablespoon
♡ ginger garlic paste- 1 big tablespoon
♡ Green chilies (chopped fine), 1 or to taste
♡ Salt, to taste
♡ Red chili powder/Kashmiri chilli powder, 2 teaspoon or to taste
♡ coriander powder, 1- 1.5 teaspoon
♡ Garam Masala powder, 3/4th teaspoon
♡ Whole garam masala
(Cinnamon- 1″ stick,
Green Cardamom – 1 or 2,
Cloves – 1 or 2,
Nutmeg, a small piece)
♡ 1/4 cup oil + 1/4 cup ghee
♡water, as required
♡ chopped green & red chilies for garnishing (optional)

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2. Chicken Kebabs (made in the oven)

Another Indian/Turkish classic that people drool over. The best part about this is it’s made in an oven rather than the tandoor/mud oven.

chicken kebab(Piece of cerebrum chicken round up)
All you need are :

  • Chicken breast – 1 lb, cut into chunky bite sized pieces
  • Almonds, blanched and skinned – 1/2 Cup (I used store bought slivered almonds)
  • Greek Yogurt/Hung Curd – 1/2 Cup
  • Ginger – 1 inch, peeled
  • Garlic – 3 to 4 fat cloves
  • Harissa Powder – 1 tsp (can be substituted with red chili powder)
  • Black pepper, freshly cracked – 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp to season the chicken pieces
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Few squeezes of lemon juice
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

That’s it! When are you trying this then? (Click on the title to go to recipe site)

3. Shorshe Murgi: Indian Chicken Curry With Mustard Paste 

If you are a bengali, you must be drooling – Mustard & bengalis have a bond! If you aint, trust me and add some mustard in your palate now! The usual mustard fish is ditched by the chef at Hamaree Rasoi here for chicken.Shorshe Murgi: Indian Chicken Curry With Mustard Paste

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Egg Masala Gravy Recipe – Indian restaurant style

“A day without argument is like an egg without salt” – Angela Carter

Angela Carter was an English novelist and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism and picaresque works (who’s up for adventures of a rogue hero??) If a renowned writer like herself thinks an egg can be a part of literature, you better agree!

There are three two kind of people on this planet – One who likes/loves/is obsessed with eggs and Two,dislikes/hates/ignores eggs.

I fall somewhere between them…neither will I die without a boiled egg for breakfast nor will I order a sunny side up in some fancy restaurant (just because it’s cooked to Gordan Ramsay like perfection there!)

Of course, I like my egg pasta, egg-y pudding, eggs in cake, frittata and eggs in curries & gravies. I also have a fair number of boiled eggs or omelette per month though! Among others , One egg recipe I absolutely love is the “Egg Masala Gravy”.

Now, it’s so common and has endless variants (just like any other Classic recipes) but the general ingredients and texture remains same. We make it at home every other week and I have had it in more than two eateries/restaurant.

It is delicious. Period.

EGG MASALA GRAVY - RESTAURANT STYLE!

Fast & Simple recipes can be yummy too!

It needs no other definition. The richness, especially those that’s served in restaurants/hotels, the smooth texture, the colour, the flavours of all those spices is to die for…………If all the above was not enough, understand that this is another fast  & simple recipe. Fast recipes are like my niche now!

Check a lot more interesting FAST & SIMPLE recipes/dish here.

Like I have already mentioned above, its very versatile. You can make ir on week days where you barely have time after work or even on weekends parties or special lunch, be it holiday meals, get togethers, puja/festivals, dinner invites etc.

I have made it today proper “restaurant style” – made from scratch, styled, served and photographed in a very restaurant-ish way! (Restaurant-ish is my new creation, eh!)

Egg Masala Gravy - restaurant style

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My mother’s One pot Chicken Pulao (Traditional Indian Pulao/Pulav Recipe)

what comes to your mind when i say “One pot meal”?
Rice or Polenta with some yummy veggie or meat?? No??
A quick stir fried rice or semolina with spices & herbs???
There could be endless answers & most of them just as simple and delicious!
If you don’t trust me, keep reading.

My mother is a great cook..and no, I dont say it because she means the world to me..She really is a great cook!
Her Shukto (will be guest posted soon), which is a quintessential Bengali starter is a hit and that is an understatement! Be it her Hydereabadi Murgh lazeez or chingri /prawn kalia (another bengali classic) or her vegetable chops (one of the most loved street food of all times) ~ She rocks ‘n’ roll the Kitchen of the house!

So, today as a Ganesh Chathurti treat for my lovely readers, I have a very special One-pot Chicken Pulao/Pulav Recipe. This is also a Durga Puja special dish of all times..those holidays, festivals ,dinner or lunch invites that you worry about- this is the solution!

Why is it special you ask?
☆ Its an one-pot meal and pretty versatile at it.
Not only can it be made in a Branded One-Pot meal maker, Rice cooker, Pressure cooker, Handi…it can also be made in a wok/kadai or Pan.
☆ Its quick. yes!
☆ It’s delicious. Period.
☆ It’s extremely filling. Even if you dont make a side dish or get your salads ready..your tummy will be a happy tummy!
☆ It’s got basic ingredients that’s easily available.
☆ versatility is a word I adore. This is versatile..Not only in terms of how its served but how it can be made ~ Swapping an ingredient or two, adding 3 more, minus 1 here or there is all common But you can even alter the sequence of a step of making or two. It wont matter much!
☆ Don’t think these one-pot meals are for work days..this can be just as Posh and apt for those fancy dinner parties. All you need is a decent plating skill!
(Shh..If I can plate, so can you! trust me!)
How about taking a look now,

Chicken pulao/pulav - Authentic Indian / Bengali One pot recipe

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Without much ado, lets get started on the fun quick culinary trip!

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Chingri Maachher Kalia (Prawn/fish kalia – an authentic Bengali recipe)

Hello & am back! After a few days of being MIA (missing in action, silly!) I decided to do a special recipe today. That too for the coming puja/festival season.

There’s Ganesh Chathurti round the corner and this long span pujas are just perfect for trying out new recipes or elaborate meals ideas.
Also,not to forget the Durga Puja craze is already on..In Bengal, this is like the biggest gala that goes on for several days but the preparation is no less extravagant.
Be it Pandal-making, Shopping for the festival days or planning trips in & outside Hometown..its a fun riot!

So, I thought why not go with the Bengal -Bengali theme & opt for a quick,delicious authentic recipe of machher Kalia.
Now, Kalia is most commonly made with big varieties of fishes/Carps etc. but Prawn/Chingri Kalia is just as drool worthy!
I cant explain how much I love this particular dish.

 

The colour is fetching & the flavours so balanced. You dont get a strong hit of any spice in particular…the fish/Prawn & the bite size potatoes if well cooked, tastes like heaven in mouth!

Chingri Maachher Kalia (Prawn/fish kalia - an authentic Bengali recipe)

If you have guests coming , be it sudden or pre-planned, make this as a Durga Puja special dish or festival themed authentic Bengali cuisine. It will be a hit!
You may also try Prawn Butter masala,

Prawn butter masala- Decilious, flavourful recipe

Prawn Butter Masala~ spoil yourself with this recipe!

any chicken dish or a Vegetarian option like Soya, may be?! 
The best part being, going wrong with this dish is very unlikely.
Its so safe & simple but the look or taste contradicts the fact!

Dont forget to check out other vegetarian & non-vegetarian options to try this Puja season for dinner/Lunch, snacks/starter!
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