Samosa | The quintessential Indian snack

No evening snack in India can be complete without tea and the quintessential samosa. It is considered an Indian delicacy, but its history is far more complex and cosmopolitan than that. It is a historic artefact and is a product of the process of globalisation — the product of influences of the great migrations and interactions that shaped this country.

Litti-Chokha | A dish from Magadh era

Litti along with chokha is a complete meal. Litti is a dough ball made up of whole wheat flour and stuffed with Sattu mixed with herbs and spices and then baked over coal or cow dung cakes or wood and sometimes it is also tossed with lots of ghee.

Classmate reunion 2015

While returning from Gangtok in Sikkim after meeting my son, I planned to meet one of my school batchmates — Debabroto, who is staying in Siliguri. We haven’t met for over 3 decades! My flight was from Bagdogra airport and if everything was ok, then we could have met for at least two hours in Siliguri.…

Kolkata Book Fair 2015

I was returning from Gangtok on a two-week holiday from my institute after our third-year examination on February 1. My mom was in Kolkata to attend her friend’s daughter’s marriage followed by her routine medical checkups and consultations. So, I joined her in Kolkata. After her checkups and consultations at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, on February 2,…

Bhaarbhunja | A Healthy Snack

Bhaarbhunja [parched grain] is cooked usually using short grain parboiled rice, grams or chickpeas, groundnuts. Rice, grams, groundnuts are roasted in a huge wok-like vessel called karahi with hot sand. A karahi is a type of thick, circular, and deep cooking pot (similar in shape to a wok) used in South Asian cuisine. The word…

Jhalmuri | A Healthy and Delicious Snack

Jhalmuri (ঝালমুড়ি) is a popular street food in eastern India, especially in West Bengal. It is a great snack food – light, healthy and quick to fix and bursting with flavor. It’s spicy, tangy, crispy, & crunchy! Jhal in Bangla means spicy and Muri is of course the puffed rice and it is made by heating rice…