Red Velvet Cupcakes

Considering the amount of time I spend in the kitchen, I’ve started selling my goods to anyone who’s interested in buying them. My classmate asked me to make some red velvet cupcakes ages ago and I finally got to work this weekend. After three hours in the kitchen, 24 beautiful, red, velvety cupcakes frosted with creamy flour…

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Happiness if when your schoolmate and best friend comes home from out of town after years. After two years of waiting and hoping, my compadre has come back to Bangalore to spend a day with me. Naturally, this calls for something special. Chocolate always makes me happy. And I MEAN always. But then, it makes EVERYONE happy, doesn’t it? Add…

Coconut Milk & Coconut Flour

Nearly every recipe I see right now seem to have coconut flour in it. The dilemma with substituting other ingredients for this is that the texture and consistency changes drastically. Coconut flour is characteristically very absorbent while compared to other flours. Buying coconut flour in India is not practical because it is very expensive and isn’t found…

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

No butter or flour in these cookies, yet they’re one of the richest cookies you’d have ever eaten. The peanut butter makes both butter and flour completely unnecessary as peanuts have high amounts of fat and peanut butter when baked is just as good as baking with flour. Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies Makes 22 cookies Prep Time: 5…

Rosogolla

A Bengali and Odia delicacy, Rasgullas or Rosgollas are Indian cottage cheese dumplings cooked in a sugar syrup. Originally from Odisha, this sweet made its way to West Bengal and through the ages, there has been a lot of debating over it’s place of origin between the two states. Despite this, Banglar Rosgollas have been deeply rooted…

10 Minute Rasmalai (Indian Sweet)

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a Bengali from my mom’s side. We Bengalis are born with a very very sweet tooth. Just one google search will show you that Bengali sweets are loved all over India and are in fact, the best there is. Rasgulla, the most wide-known Bengali sweet is…

Flourless Banana Muffins

Normally, when overripe bananas are lying useless at home, people make banana breads. For some reason I’ve never been successful with breads and I’m not ready to make an attempt quite yet. So what can I do to use up these bananas? Banana muffins are the perfect answer to this, especially the ones I’m sharing today. Blender…

Bengal Diaries

From ferry rides to train rides, from broad paved roads to narrow mud roads, from elegant Indian clothes to comfortable western outfits, from intricate pandals to equally intricate architecture, from sizzling hot matka chais to cold matka kulfis, Kolkata was a blissful experience. From day 1 to day 10, I had witnessed nearly every face of…

Bengal Diaries: Ashtami

A bright new day led us to draping our Bengali sarees that we had newly bought a couple days ago in Serampore Market. The occasion being Ashtami, we had to offer our prayers to Durga along with flowers and other things. I was hoping that everyone around me would wear their saris in the Bengali way,…

Bengal Diaries: Durga Pandal Hop

With our holy temple visits coming to an end, the entire troop decided to lay back and relax the next day. We stayed over in our aunt’s house and ate and slept to our heart’s content before decking up in Indian clothes to visit the durga idols installed around the town. The town was lit through…

Bengal Diaries: Dakshineshwar

With an entire day of rain, you’d think today would be cool and breezy! Nope, the sun’s shining down on us with all its might. Putting on our Indian attires, we got out of the guest house and hardly managed to keep our eyes open. Suddenly, the clouds turned grey and the weather turned blessedly…

Bengal Diaries: To Market We Go

It’s a nice, bright, new day in Uttarpara. The time’s 5:00 and the sun’s already out. Today being a very relaxed day, I slept in some more and leisurely took my time to get ready by 10:30. A toto took us to the train station. Believe it, readers, for it is the truth, it was only my…