Steamed Fish Squares

Steaming is one of the healthiest options in cooking and various   steamed recipes made with rice, veggies, momos, fish, paneer, chicken, tofu and many more have been cherished by people worldwide. If you are on an oil-free diet, having steamed food is the best option. This is one of my experimental recipes but it turned out pretty well.  

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Chorchori (Mixed Vegetables) 

This recipe is a hot favourite of Bengalis. My personal belief about the origin of this recipe is that in earlier times there used to be a joint family system in most of the households. Bengalis have always been fond of food and the variety of food on their platter would require  lots of  fresh vegetables. The peels of the vegetables must have been quite a lot in quantity. Instead of  wasting and throwing away the peels they came up with the concept of chorchori. All the members including the helpers  and the servants would have gotten to eat a good share. Not to  forget the widows who, in those days were not allowed to have the non-vegetarian fare. This tasty dish would have satiated their taste buds. Interestingly, the word Chorchori comes from the noise made by the sizzle of the vegetables and their peels inside the wok. In course of time, chorchori has occupied a very loved and adored place in Bengali meals. 

This preparation doesn’t have any  fixed set of veggies. The best thing is,  you can use whatever you want to  and how much ever you want to. I have mentioned whatever I have used in this recipe but you can let your imagination run wild.

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Yummy Chicken

This is an ultimate chicken dish  and whether you make it for a party or picnics or get together’s, people will  definitely ask for the recipe. There are many ingredients and the recipe involves many steps  but, the end result is mind blowing. One thing to remember is that these types  of  recipes  are not cooked everyday and its a pain worth taken , once in a while. I make all the pastes and store it in the freezer. On the day I want to cook it I can make it without any hassle. 

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Carrot and Cashew Pulao

This recipe is very easy  and goes really well with all types of Indian spicy to very spicy curries because of its subtle yet sweet after taste. At times, I use pistachios instead of cashews and there is not too much change of taste but, the green of pistachios makes the dish look prettier. The balance  of sweet from onions, carrots and sugar, sour from lemon juice and mild heat from black  pepper is what I like the most. 

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Shukto (Veggies cooked with Bengali  Five Spice Mix) 

Shukto is a Bengali delicacy served with rice and fish curry and  I believe, its actually is a palate cleanser. Bengalis are known for their sweets but what people do not know is, a bitter tasting dish is a part of a their everyday afternoon meal. There has been quite a debate about the origin of Shukto because some say it is Portuguese in origin. They had a similar dish which they cooked with Bitter-gourd or Karela but, when Bengalis cook Shukto, they incorporate lot of  summer veggies with karela and bori(dal kisses) . A sweet touch  by adding milk and sugar transforms this dish to a different level altogether. 

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Chick Peas Curry (No Onion No Garlic) 

This is among my all time favourites, especially on the days I want to have vegetarian food. I wonder how  this dish goes so well with rice, puri (deep  fried Indian flatbread), roti, bhatura (leavened deep fried Indian flatbread) and pulao as well. I always make it a point to have at least 50gms of soaked and boiled chick peas in my fridge. I can quickly assemble a salad or a dip or a main course dish with this. I usually make this with onion and garlic, but to keep it light and not very spicy I tried  making this without these two aromatics. The result was good and I’m sharing it with you. 

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 Stir-Fried Chicken and Broccoli 

We all know the health benefits of broccoli and my lookout is to include it in our diet everyday, whenever it is in season. In a house full of die hard non- vegetarians, this was quite an arduous task. Today’s recipe is one of my experiments to combine this veggie with non-veg and it turned out pretty well.

The ingredients are not measurement specific, you can use any amount you like. 

Procedure :

Cut the broccoli into small florets and the chicken breast(boneless)  into bite size cubes.

Tip: For better results, take chicken thigh boneless pieces and cut them into bite sized cubesAt times we tend to go wrong with breast boneless, because they turn chewy.  

Take oil in a wok  and add sliced onions, chopped garlic and then add chicken, and fresh or dried thyme and sautee.

Then, add salt and pepper and cover and cook on low heat for 10 mins. 

Remove the lid and mix everything well. Cover and cook for 5 more mins. 

Add brocolli florets and cook on high heat till all the juice released from the chicken sticks to the pieces and the florets.

Serve hot with soup and toasted garlic bread.


 Cabbage and potato Cooked in Bengali Style

This recipe is typical of bengali households barring the fact that some love to have it little sweet. My version is not sweet though. I strongly believe that the cutting of this vegetable plays a very important role in enhancing the taste. I have shown in the pics below as to how I exactly cut it. I tried  using the food processor,  but that didn’t work very well as it affects the look of the ready dish. And as I always believe that, its your eyes that eat first. 

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