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Kajoli Macher Jhaal (Gangetic Ailia in Mustard Gravy)

Kajoli Macher Jhaal (Gangetic Ailia in Mustard Gravy)

Kajoli Mach, also known as Gangetic Ailia, is a fresh water fish and belongs to the catfish family. This fish is typically available and popular in Indian subcontinent. This fish is relatively small and cooked whole in various delectable forms. Happen to be one of […]

 
Khirer Sandesh (Bengali Reduced Milk Fudge) – A Traditional Bengali Sweet

Khirer Sandesh (Bengali Reduced Milk Fudge) – A Traditional Bengali Sweet

Homemade sandesh (fudge) is pure nostalgia. Any festival or any occasion, sandesh is a must almost in every Bengali household. We make variety of sandesh that includes narkoler sandesh (coconut fudge), chhanar sandesh (cottage cheese fudge) and khirer sandesh. Sandesh is not actually something that […]

 
Chingri Macher Malaikari / Chingri Macher Malai Curry (Bengali Style Prawn with Coconut Milk)

Chingri Macher Malaikari / Chingri Macher Malai Curry (Bengali Style Prawn with Coconut Milk)

Often cooked with Golda Chingri (jumbo prawn), this malaikari or malai curry can be cooked equally well with small or medium sized prawn as well. This is a royal and rich dish with coconut milk that plays the trick. This dish is creamy and flavorful and goes fantastically well with gorom bhat (steamed rice). The mild yet rich taste of this curry happened to be the hot favourite of Britishers as well. Since the spiciness is drastically mellowed down with coconut milk, this dish does not taste as hot and spicy as any other typical Bengali dish.

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It is said that chingri mach (prawn or shrimp) is for Ghoti (origin of West Bengal) and Ilish or Hilsha is for Bangal (origin of East Bengal). But this is not true always. I, being a hardcore Bangal, is a die-heart fan of chingri mach. I love chingri mach in any form or on any day and every day. Though, words fall short when I describe my love for Ilish mach, but, I love chingri as well.

“Malai” actually means “cream”, but, this dish does not contain any cream rather than the creamy coconut milk. It is said that this dish has its origin in Malaysia and the term “malai” is actually “malay” of Malaysia. This is a traditional dish and often cooked in Bengali weddings and festivals. Though this curry can be prepared with any type of prawn, but, the most preferred are large and medium sized prawn. Pishimoni used to add grated coconut in this curry while Maa cooks it only with coconut milk. I like Maa‘s version more and thus, I always cook it the way Maa does. Also, I have seen Maa using posto bata (poppy seed paste) and thus, I follow the same.

Today, I made this amazing dish on my sister’s demand and as usual, she loved it. You can make this curry with or without gravy. Adjust the water accordingly. I like it with gravy and thus used a little more water while making it. With that said, here’s the recipe of Chingri Macher Malaikari for you all.

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm prawn (jumbo or medium)
  • 1 cup (200 ml approx) coconut milk
  • 3 table-spoon posto bata (poppy seed paste)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 green chillies, slitted from middle (adjust according to your tolerance)
  • 1 tea-spoon ginger paste
  • 1 tea-spoon garlic paste
  • 1.5 tea-spoon turmeric powder (1 + 1/2)
  • 1 tea-spoon coriander powder
  • 1 tea-spoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 tea-spoon red chilli powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tea-spoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tea-spoon garam masala powder
  • as required oil (any oil) to fry the prawns
  • 3 table-spoon mustard oil
  • 1 table-spoon ghee
  • 1.5 cup warm water
  • salt, according to taste

For Tempering:

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (1 inch)
  • 4 cardamom, crushed
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 javitri

Method:

  • Cut the prawns keeping the head and tail intact. However, the choice is all yours. If you want you can discard these parts.
  • Wash and rub the prawns with 1 tea-spoon turmeric powder and little salt. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the prawns until they turn golden yellow. Remove and keep aside.
  • Now, heat mustard oil and ghee together in a pan and temper with the ingredients mentioned in For Tempering section. Allow them to splutter.
  • Add chopped onion and sautè until it turns golden brown. (Tips: while sauteing the onion, add few pinches of salt or sugar to make it brown fast).
  • Now, add ginger-garlic paste, 1/2 tea-spoon turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder and required salt. Sprinkle a little water and stir for 3 minutes on low flame or until you stop getting the raw smell of the spices.
  • Add posto bata and mix well.
  • Add warm water and cover the lid. On a medium flame, bring it to a boil.
  • Now, add the fried prawns and give a quick stir.
  • Add coconut milk and again, mix well. Cover the lid and lower the flame. On a low to medium flame, cook for 10-15 minutes or until the prawns are done properly. Do not overcook the prawns.
  • Open the lid and sprinkle garam masala powder. Turn off the flame.
  • Your Chingri Macher Malaikari is ready to be served now.

If you wish you can garnish it with 1 table-spoon fresh coconut milk just before serving. Serve this dish with piping hot rice. I have seen people eating this with roti/chapatti, though, I don’t recommend it. This goes best only with gorom bhat.

Enjoy this authentic Bengali delicacy and do drop me a comment giving your feedback about this recipe. You can also tag me on Instagram using the handle @when_a_bong_cooks.

Happy Eating!!!

 

 
Chhanar Jilapi / Bengali Style Cottage Cheese Jalebi

Chhanar Jilapi / Bengali Style Cottage Cheese Jalebi

On a hot summer afternoon, Maa just put a pan full of milk on the stove top to let it boil. Soon after Maa literally screamed in anguish “issh, sob dudh fete gelo…bhebechilam payesh banabo…sob dudh fete gelo” (thought of making rice pudding today but […]

 
Echorer Dalna / Kancha Kathaler Torkari (Bengali Style Raw Jackfruit Curry)

Echorer Dalna / Kancha Kathaler Torkari (Bengali Style Raw Jackfruit Curry)

Echorer Dalna or Kancha Kathaler Torkari is my summer favourite dish. Kancha Kathal (raw jackfruit) is also called “gach patha” (tree goat) in Bengali as, if cooked to perfection, the taste can actually substitute mutton. One must try it to believe it. Though, it can […]

 
Aar Macher Jhol (Bengali Style Ayer Fish Curry)

Aar Macher Jhol (Bengali Style Ayer Fish Curry)

“Mache Bhate Bangali” (Bengalis by fish and rice) is a saying which is as true as “The Sun Rises in the East”. We have a kind of relation with fish which is beyond just loving it for our meals. For us, fish is not only tasty, it’s also sacred. Growing up, fish was a must have during exam times as it’s considered to bring good luck and success. Not only eating, even a sight of a fish just before the exam is considered lucky. As a child, whenever I refused to eat fish Maa said “mach ke na korte pare na” (you should not say no to fish). Also, fish is must in any Bengali wedding. In short, fish brings us good luck and to start anything good, we rely on our very humble fish.

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As I said earlier in my other posts, fish is kind of a regular thing in my home. While Rohu, Telapia or Tengra are some of the fishes that are available easily here, Aar is something which is not very easy to get. Often, the Aar we get here is not very fresh and this is one fish which you cannot and should not compromise with the freshness. Naturally, I avoid buying Aar. Today luck favoured and we got some super fresh Aar in the market and I instantly grabbed 500 gms of it. Happy me on a happy Sunday 🙂

Aar Mach can be cooked in a variety of ways, but one that I love the most is Aar Macher Jhol. This is a super easy and utterly delectable recipe where the humble Aar is cooked with our very mighty potato with a dash of basic spices. It is truly a bliss to have this with gorom bhat (steamed rice). Here I am sharing the recipe with you all and hope you will like it.

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm aar mach
  • 1 big sized potato, diced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 big sized onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 green chillies, slitted from middle
  • 1 table-spoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 tea-spoon nigella seeds
  • 2 tea-spoon turmeric powder (1 + 1/2 + 1/2)
  • 1 tea-spoon cumin powder
  • 1 tea-spoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 tea-spoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tea-spoon sugar
  • 3 table-spoon mustard oil + as required to fry the fish and potato
  • 2.5 cup warm water
  • salt, according to taste
  • a handful chopped coriander leaves

Method:

  • Wash the fish and rub with 1 tea-spoon turmeric powder and little salt. Heat required oil in a pan and shallow fry until light golden. Remove and keep aside.
  • Rub the potato pieces with 1/2 tea-spoon turmeric powder and little salt. Heat required oil and shallow fry until golden brown. Remove and keep aside.
  • Blend the chopped onion and make a fine paste. Keep aside.
  • Now, heat 3 table-spoon oil and temper with nigella seeds. Allow them to splutter.
  • Add onion paste and ginger-garlic paste and sautè until the mixture changes colour to brownish.
  • Now, add 1/2 tea-spoon turmeric powder turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder and salt. Sprinkle some water and stir on medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomato and stir until the tomato gets blended.
  • Now, add water and give a quick mix. Cover and bring it to boil.
  • Add the fried potato and cover the lid. On a medium flame, let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Open the lid and add fish. Mix well and cover the lid. On a medium flame, let it cook for 10 minutes or until the fish and potato are properly done.
  • Once everything is nicely done, sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves and turn off the flame. If you don’t like coriander leaves, you can substitute with 1/2 tea-spoon garam masala powder.
  • Your “Aar Macher jhol” is ready to be served now.

This dish along with piping hot rice made my Sunday 🙂 Don’t forget to squeeze some lemon juice while eating. Do drop me a comment giving your feedback about this recipe. You can also tag me on Instagram using the handle @when_a_bong_cooks.

Happy Eating!!!

 
Posto Murgi or Posto Chicken (Chicken Cooked in Poppy Seed Paste)

Posto Murgi or Posto Chicken (Chicken Cooked in Poppy Seed Paste)

Posto Murgi or Posto Chicken is a delectable Bengali traditional dish. Bengalis love posto and it has been used in a wide range of our vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Posto Murgi has a mild taste and is a complete bliss if you have this […]

 
Chicken Chaap – Kolkata Style

Chicken Chaap – Kolkata Style

Chicken Chaap is traditionally a Mughlai dish brought to Bengal by the Mughals straight from Awadh. A large portion of Bengal’s traditional non vegetarian Muslim dishes have Awadhi influence on them and thanks to the Mughals for that. A lot of Mughlai dishes got a […]

 
Mete Chorchori (Lamb Liver Stir Fry)

Mete Chorchori (Lamb Liver Stir Fry)

Mete is the Bengali word for liver (chicken or mutton) and chorchori usually referred to a dish that is stir fried with minimum or no gravy. Mete Chorchori is a traditional Bengali delicacy which is prepared often in Bengali households with great love and care. In my family, this is Baba‘s favourite and he loves to have it with ruti (phulka/chapatti). Like Baba, I am also a big fan of this dish, but, while he prefers ruti with it, I prefer bhat (steamed rice). Actually, bhat is the one thing that complete my meals.

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Packed with many amazing health benefits, lamb liver is a rich source of protein, iron and vitamin A. That means, your overall health, including your bones and eyes, will thank you for having it. This Bengali style dish is one of the most delicious and easy ways to get your dose of nutrition. This dish should be cooked with minimum or zero water.

I have prepared Mete Chorchori today as a part of my celebration on the eve of International Women’s Day. On this day and everyday, women deserve the best of everything. And, if the woman is a foodie like me, this is what she can treat herself with – she is going to love it absolutely, I bet. I celebrate life with good food and strive to spread the food-vibe to everyone with the best possible way I can.

While my celebration is still on, you can quickly check on the recipe of this amazing dish. Here’s it.

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms mete (lamb liver)
  • 1 potato, diced
  • 1 big sized onion, finely chopped
  • 4 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree 
  • 1 tea-spoon ginger paste
  • 1 tea-spoon garlic paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (1 inch)
  • 5 green cardamom, crushed
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 mace
  • 1.5 tea-spoon turmeric powder (1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2)
  • 1 tea-spoon cumin powder
  • 1 tea-spoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 tea-spoon red chilli powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tea-spoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tea-spoon sugar 
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 table-spoon mustard oil (2 + 3)
  • salt, according to taste 

Method:

  • Rub the mete with 1/2 tea-spoon turmeric powder and salt. Keep aside.
  • Rub the potato pieces with 1/2 tea-spoon turmeric powder and salt and shallow fry in 2 table-spoon (heated) mustard oil. Fry until the potato pieces turn light golden yellow. Remove and keep aside.
  • Now, heat the remaining oil and temper with bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise and mace. Allow them to splutter.
  • Add chopped onion and sautè until it becomes translucent.
  • Now, add green chilli, ginger-garlic paste, remaining turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and salt. Sprinkle little water and stir for 2 minutes on low flame.
  • Add tomato puree and stir until the mixture starts separating from oil.
  • Now, add fried potato and marinated mete. Give it a quick mix.
  • Add water and mix again. Cover the lid and cook on medium flame for 15-20 minutes or until the mete is well cooked.
  • Open the lid and sprinkle garam masala. Mix well.
  • Your Mete Chorchori is ready to be served now.

Serve it hot with gorom bhat (piping hot rice) or roti/chapatti/naan/paratha. As I say always, squeeze a piece of lemon to enhance the taste.

Enjoy this authentic Bengali delicacy and do drop me a comment giving your feedback about this recipe. You can also tag me on Instagram using the handle @when_a_bong_cooks.

Happy eating!

 
Macher Matha diye Bhaja Moong Dal (Fish Head Cooked in Fried Yellow Lentil)

Macher Matha diye Bhaja Moong Dal (Fish Head Cooked in Fried Yellow Lentil)

This is Maa‘s absolute favourite recipe. Maa loves moong dal (yellow lentil) and back home, this is the most popular dal that she cooks often. I am not a big fan of moong dal, though, don’t mind having it sometime. Simple and plain moong dal […]