About me

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

Contact me:

Drop an email to soma.2cool@gmail.com


18 comments on “About me

  1. Payal says:

    Wonderful idea – writing your blog! And totally agree with your statement that you cook even rice and dal with passion. It shows up in the taste!

  2. Thanks for hopping into my blog. As you can see I am a foodie and a Bong and my love with food started exactly in the way you have written. The yellow Kolkata Taxi, the fish dish and the Roshogolla naturally bowled me over. And I’m following your blog:)

  3. Anna says:

    Hi! Loved your blog. Is there any way I can contact you by email?

  4. Sarbani Mukherjee says:

    Hi !

    It is nice to see your blog…Could you please tell me the recipe of Kachkolar khosha bata ( I know how to make kachkolar kofta & I have gone through your recipe also ), but I forgot learn kachkolar khosha bata from my mother.

    • Maa said:
      Dry roast kalojeere and grind the khosha, roasted kalojeere, garlic and green chilis together to a paste. Heat a little bit of oil in a pan and cook the paste to get rid of the raw taste. Add salt to taste. If you want, you can add a pinch of turemric. The amount of garlic and chilis are based on your taste.

      Hope this will help.

      Thanks for visiting my blog.


  5. Tanvi says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog Soma. You have a beautifully written blog with yummy recipes. So glad to connect!

  6. Amrita says:

    dropped in by chance and I am loving every bit of your blog..glad to know you belong to Kolkata. I am a Sikh but am brought up in this beautiful city and now stay here with my husband and 2 1/2 year old daughter.

  7. Priyanka DK says:

    Awesome blog! Loved your photos and your passion for good food. Even I share the same passion and just started my journey as a blogger… your blog is really very impressive and I am sure to be a regular visitor here! Keep it up!

  8. You have a beautiful blog – interesting recipes and writing and great photos. You deserve all the praise Arpita has for you. 🙂

  9. mustardseed says:

    Love you blog and happy to have discovered it!! look forward to trying out your recipes and browsing through the beautiful pictures!

  10. Deepa says:

    HI Soma, just discovered your blog by following one of wordpress’s suggestions……so glad I did! Your images are lovely and I look forward to reading your posts and trying out the recipes.

  11. Amber says:

    Enjoyed meeting you at science writers event. Lovely writing about food! I look forward to seeing more. Check out this beautiful cookbook with stories about ingredients and history: “Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey” by Najmieh Batmanglij.

    Also check out my blog about sailing to the Bahamas, where we could ONLY get canned food and fried conch! http://www.amberjonesadventures.blogspot.com

  12. Shafi says:

    Super blog. I love the high quality pictures. You should place a warning that your blog should only read with a full stomach, otherwise folks could get hurt. Reminisce- feel blessed to be a Bengali and experience the great food at my Mother’s kitchen. Some of the things money can’t buy.

  13. Kallol Biswas says:

    Dear Soma I just came across a recipe called Keema Dahi Bora written by you. I am yet to try it. But I am sure this one will be unique one super hit. I am looking for some recepis like Kachoris Singhara or Stuffed one. We are planning to introduce this snacks in Hyderabad very soon. Can help us in identifying few good snacks. Once again Congratulation and Kudos. Kallol Biswas

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