June 26, 2014

A is for Anarosher Chutney (pineapple chutney), aloo posto

Sandeepa of BongMom Cookbook recently started A-Z of Bengali Cuisine. She is crowd sourcing the recipe suggestions for each letter. It's at letter C now. If you're not following, you're missing the fun.

I recently commented on Beguni, and she asked me to join in. I couldn't resist, so here I am starting my own A-Z of Bengali cuisine. It may take some time to finish it but it will be a lot of fun to find a recipe for each letter.

Shall we get started? Any Bengali will tell you, the first thing that comes to mind for A is aloo posto. I blogged about it many moons ago and over time have made variation to it adding other vegetables like okra, jhinge. Here is another one - aloo and zucchini posto.

pineapple chutney

A is also for the various aamer chutney (raw mango chutney), and anarosher chutney (pineapple chutney). These light chutney or chaatni as Bengalis call it, is a light sweet, tart combination, rather watery with pieces of fruit. It's a perfect way to finish a meal.  It is typically served at the end of the meal, but we love to add it as a side too.

I have also served it with starters and crackers and is a good combination with some cheese.

I recently made a big batch of anarosher chutney or pineapple chutney. The pineapples were leftovers from one of those multi-fruit platters. We got it for a get together recently. Kids polished of grapes, watermelons etc but the pineapples just sat there.

We ate a few but it just sat there. This was the perfect time to make chutney.  The chutney, one the other hand, was gone in a couple of days. We ate it with meals, on burgers, on crackers till it polished it off.

If there is no fresh pineapple, use canned pineapples. You may have to reduce the cooking time for canned pineapples.

June 13, 2014

Aloo kumro diye chingri macher jhol (Shrimp curry with potato and pumpkin)

I love the flowers that bloom in the front yard and backyard once spring hits. It daffodils and tulips (have a couple in the front yard and in the back yard), then come the lily of the valley.

And just last week I felt the summer flowers are in full bloom now. In the backyard, currently, I have  tree peonies and peonies blooming and honeysuckle tree is laden with flowers. So is rose bush that climbs over the fence with the neighbor. 

In front yard, it's roses and daisies. The rose I bought last year is full of flowers and it makes me so happy to see it when I come home.

Tiny M was so intrigued by the peonies in the back yard that he would go and stand in front of it and keep tugging it. We have to constantly remind him "gentle, gentle." Lil A has no such interest in flowers. His favorite is still the veggie patch in the backyard. We recently harvested a good bunch of methi and am enjoying it a lot. Recipes from that in the next post.

At night when the curtains are drawn and we are just reading or watching something, every now and then we get a whiff of the sweet smell from the flowers and it is just lovely.

We have been watching "Orphan Black" on Amazon Prime. We are kind of hooked. It's mystery, sci-fi and little campy. What have you been watching/reading?

I've said this before that I wait for my parents to come and get shrimp. It's not different this time. We got a nice pumpkin from Indian store and my dad made this chingri macher jhol with aloo and kumro (shrimp curry with potato and pumpkin). I really liked the sweet notes from the pumpkin along with the shrimp.  One of my favorites now.

Aloo kumro diye chingri macher jhol (shrimp curry with potato and pumpkin)

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