I am a Bengali and a foodie by heart. Love peanut M&M and Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I also love photography, and especially love taking pictures of food and people. Paradoxically, as a kid I positively hated food and eating. I found every excuse to skip dinner and go to bed early, which explains why I was stick-thin until the age of 21. I started my love affair with food only after finishing college when I started going regularly to my boyfriend’s (now husband) house for lunch. Being a household of gourmands, all they talked about was food and gradually I started doing the same thing.
My love for cooking started even later, only after I moved to the US in 2006. At some point in this new chapter of my life, I started cooking and loved it more and more. As I am not very experienced and find it difficult to improvise, I am a picky cook. I prefer fresh ingredients and love to cook from scratch as much as possible (i.e. no ready-mix packets and store-bought pastes). Moreover, I cook with passion even if I am cooking a simple daal and rice. The rice has to be fluffy with the grains separated and the daal should be the right consistency (you’ll know what I am talking about if you know me in person). I get teased very often for my picky and food-snobbish nature.
I never thought of writing a blog and sharing my recipes with the rest of the world. People who had food cooked by me, often asked for recipes and I shared with great pleasure. They asked me to write a blog so that they can get the recipes without asking for it every time. It took me a few years to convince myself that I’m ready. I’m glad I’m finally doing it!
Here, I’ll share recipes mostly for things I grew up eating as well as some cooked by my mother-in-law. I love trying recipes from different parts of India. I follow other people’s blogs and their recipes too.
For all of these dishes, I’m sure there are many authentic recipes from our collective treasure of mothers and grandmothers. I’ve tried to keep mine as close as possible to the original household each came from.
Last but not the least:
“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
― Julia Child
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