Category Archives: Food

Durga Puja special: Recipe of Bhapa Aloo, a mouth-watering Bengali veg dish

Written by: Samhati Bhattacharjya

Source: Representational Image from MixandStir

Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the Bengalis, is around the corner and what’s better than having a fulfilling traditional meal during the festive season. This period is a foodie’s paradise with plenty of mouth-watering dishes to savour. Be it snacks or sweets, lunch or dinner, Bengali dishes have something to offer all food enthusiasts.

However, many non-Bengalis, especially who are vegetarians, feel that there isn’t enough variation of Bengali cuisine when it comes to vegetarian food. Well, that’s not the case. Bengalis are known for their love for fish, but at the same time they have some super delicious vegetarian dishes as well.

A regular meal in a Bengali household consists of at least two kinds of vegetarian dishes: a fried vegetable dish and a vegetable curry every day. Shukto, Dhokar Dalna, Alu Posto, Lau Ghonto are a few of those mouth-watering vegetarian dishes that the Bengalis have mastered in. But, if you are willing to try something new from the wide array of Bengali vegetarian dishes, then here is a simple yet delicious recipe of Bhapa Aloo (Steamed Potato) that will surely leave you longing for more.


Preparation Time – 10 min

Cooking Time – 40 min


200 gm small potatoes

2 tsp mustard oil

1/2 tsp Bengali five spice mixture (panchphoron) (whole jeerasaunf seeds, fenugreek seeds, black mustrad seeds and kalaunji)

1/2 tsp mustard paste

1 tsp hung curd

3/4 tsp desiccated coconut paste

2 dry red chillies

Pinch of green chilli paste

Pinch of turmeric powder

Salt to taste

Dash of lime juice

2 banana leaves


1. Peel the potatoes and par boil them in salted water. Once the potatoes are boiled, drain the water and keep those aside.

2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add the five spice mixture on to it. Then break the red chillies in half and add them next in the oil. Stir the spices around till they splutter.

3. Then pour this mixture over the potatoes and put it aside.

4. Next take a mixing bowl and prepare a marinade with the mustard paste, curd, coconut paste, green chilli paste and turmeric powder. Do not forget to whip it well.

5. Gently mix the potatoes into this marinade. Add salt and lime juice to it and mix it again.

6. Finally, put the potatoes on a steel plate, cover those with the banana leaves and steam them for about 6-8 minutes. Once the potatoes are perfectly steamed, serve it hot on a platter. You can have this dish with both rice and chapati.









Top 10 pocket-friendly eateries in Bengaluru

Written by: Abhishek Roy Choudhury

In an expensive city like Bengaluru, value-for-money becomes the key factor for everyone and the smart working professionals of the city know what they want; even in case of food. Visiting expensive restaurants is not possible all the time, so people look out for the cheapest option available. So keeping with that theme, here’s presenting a list of 10 affordable restaurants in Bangalore where you can get food at a minimal cost and the quantity will be more than your tummy could digest.

1. Khawa Karpo Restaurant, Koramangala

Situated in the heart of Koramangala, this place would give you true value for your money. For people who love thukpa, Khawa Karpo is the perfect place for them. Besides thukpa, its momos and noodles are also mouth-watering. The ambience of the restaurant is decent and so is its price.

Type of food: Non-Veg

Zomato rating – 4.0/5

Google rating – 4.3/5

Facebook Rating – 4.2/5

Cost for two – Rs.250 (approx.)

Address – H No 50/1, Ground Floor, JyotiNivas College Road, Koramangala Industrial Layout, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka  – 560095

2. Axomi – Taste of Assam, Koramangala

With lots of people coming down to Bengaluru from Assam, there has been a steady increase in demand for their authentic food. Axomi is one of the best places, where this need can be fulfilled at a minimal price.

Type of food: Non-Veg

Zomato rating – 3.7/5

Google rating – 3.8/5

Facebook Rating – 4.2/5

Cost for two – Rs.300 (approx.)

Address – No. 360, 1st Main Rd, 7th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560095

3. Royal Calcutta, Koramangala

A casual dining restaurant in Koramangala serving authentic Bengali food at a low price is a big relief to all the Bengalis residing in Bengaluru. Availability of mostly all types of Bengali dishes make this place a must visit for all you Bengalis out there.

Type of food: Non-Veg

Zomato rating – 3.2/5

Google rating – 3.6/5

Cost for two – Rs.250 (approx.)

Address – 54, 1st Main Cross, Janatha Colony, Jakkasandra, 1st Block Koramangala, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560034

4. Peace Restaurant, Koramangala / Shanthi Nagar

Peace is a tiny quintessential pocket friendly restaurant in Koramangala / Shanthi Nagar that serves nice Chinese and Tibetan food. If at Peace, one should surely try out its momos, dumplings, and thukpa.

Type of food: Non-Veg

Zomato rating – 4.0/5

Google rating – 4.3/5

Cost for two – Rs.250 (approx.)

Address – H No 50/1, Ground Floor, JyotiNivas College Road, Koramangala Industrial Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560095

5. Shivaji Military Hotel, Jayanagar

Want to have a taste of the best traditionally made South Indian biriyani? Then, Shivaji Military Hotel is the place you should opt for. They serve one of the best biriyanis in Bengaluru.

Type of food: Non-Veg

Zomato rating – 4.1/5

Google rating – 4.1/5

Cost for two – Rs.300 (approx.)

Address – No. 718, 1st C Main Road, 45th Cross, Jayanagar 8th Block, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560082

6. Prems Graama Bhojanam, Jayanagar

This is a perfect place for all those health conscious people, who are looking for a dig at some yummy South Indian delicacies. The eatery also serves some pocket-friendly meals that would surely suffice your hunger with utmost satisfaction.

Type of food: Veg

Zomato rating – 4.4/5

Google rating – 4.4/5

Cost for two – Rs.300 (approx.)

Address – #234, 2nd main, 32nd ‘A’ cross, 7th block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560082

7. Khana Khazana Xpress, Yelahanka

Treat your taste buds with some authentic Rajasthani, Punjabi and Gujrati food amid your hectic life in the IT hub at a reasonable price. The homely atmosphere of Khana Khazana Xpress would surely give you and your family a sense of comfort and happiness.

Type of food: Non-Veg

Zomato rating – 3.7/5

Google rating – 4.6/5

Cost for two – Rs.300 (approx.)

Address – Next to Honda showroom, SH 9, 560065, Ambedkar Colony, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560065

8. Taaza Thindi, Jayanagar

Looking for an affordable place to have dosa and idli? Then Taaza Thindi is the right place for you. The restaurant has a limited menu, but the service and taste of the food makes up for it.

Type of food: Veg

Zomato rating – 4.9/5

Google rating – 4.7/5

Cost for two – Rs.150 (approx.)

Address – 1004, Main road, Jayanagar 4T Block, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560041

9. Phulke Gharke, Bellandur

All you vegetarians out there must be thinking that there isn’t any pocket-friendly eatery for you right? Not to get disheartened. Phulke Gharke is a place, where you can get all the delicious vegetarian North Indian dishes at a reasonable price.

Type of food: Veg

Zomato rating – 3.7/5

Google rating – 4.0/5

Cost for two – Rs.300 (approx.)

Address – 18/1, HMR Complex, Next to mahaganapathi temple, Bellandur, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560103

10. Kabab Magic, Maruthi Nagar / HSR Layout

The place remains crowded at any given hour, because of its kababs. At the same time, they have some mouth-watering shawarmas, along with a wide range of biriyani meals. Apart from these, Kabab Magic also offers Chinese cuisine for its customers.

Type of food: Non-Veg

Zomato rating – 3.4/5

Google rating – 3.9/5

Cost for two – Rs.300 (approx)

Address – 53-54, 3rd Cross Rd, Zuzuvadi, 1st Stage, BTM Layout 1, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560068



Mocktail Recipe: Chocolate Liqueur Shake by Priyanka Das

Mocktails are the most wanted especially if it’s summer. But many of you might think that mocktail recipes are very complicated. Let me tell you the fact then. Mocktails recipes are the easiest provide you know how to garnish it and present it well. Coming back to my mocktail recipe, I am damn sure that almost 99% of you like chocolates. Am I right? I guess the answer will be Yes. So, here is a mocktail which consists of chocolates and only chocolates. Excited to know the name? It is called, Chocolate Liqueur Shake. Here it goes.

Ingredients :

10 almonds

1 tsp Instant coffee powder

2 cups milk

4 tbsp chocolate syrup

3-4 green cardamoms

2 scoops vanilla ice-cream

1 cup whipping cream

3-4 tbsp Swiss chocolate liqueur


Heat 3-4 tbsp of water and add instant coffee to it. Crush cardamoms, add to the coffee and strain the mixture. Chop almonds into slivers. Add chocolate sauce, milk, little vanilla ice-cream and ice to the coffee decoction and blend well. Add Swiss chocolate liqueur, remaining vanilla ice-cream and mix well. Pour it in a glass and add chopped almonds.

Thus your Chocolate Liqueur Shake is ready. Enjoy it along with your friends.


Galouti kebab by Promita Baul

Galouti’ or ‘Galawati’ means melt in the mouth. These kebabs will melt in your mouth once you have a bite.


The history of Galouti kebab is quite interesting. This kebab was especially created for the ageing Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow. The Nawab had lost all his teeth. But his passion for meat remained intact. So, this melt in the mouth kebab was prepared in his royal kitchens to satisfy the Nawab’s love for meat.The Galouti kebabs are traditionally prepared by marinating the finely ground meat with unripe papaya and a mix of exotic spices. The keema is then shaped into patties and fried in oil or ghee. Interestingly, the original recipe is said to have a mix of more than 100 spices. The Galouti kebabs have taste that you just cannot compare with anything else. So, whether a foodie or not, you must try this exotic and mouthwatering Galouti kebab recipe and refresh your taste-buds.



Preparation Time -1 hour

Cooking Time – 30 Mins


Mutton keema – 1kg

Unripe papaya paste – 4 tbsp

Onion paste – 3 tbsp

Ginger-garlic paste – 2 tbsp

Cardamom powder – 1 tsp

Yellow chilli powder – 1 tsp

Chana (gram) powder- 2 tbsp

Garam masala powder – ½ tsp

Mace powder – ½ tsp

Coriander powder – 1tsp

Salt to taste

Oil – 3 tbsp


1. Wash the mutton keema properly with water.

2. Then marinate the keema with the unripe papaya paste, onion paste, ginger-garlic paste, mace powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, yellow chilli powder, chana powder, cardamom powder, salt and keep it refrigerated for an hour.

3. After an hour, take out the keema mix out of the refrigerator and make medium sized tikkis out of the mixture.

4. Heat oil in a pan and fry the tikkis on very low heat for 15-20 minutes on each side.

5. Make sure the keema is cooked well and both sides of the kebab gets golden brown in colour.

6. Once the kebabs are perfectly cooked, transfer them to a serving platter. Eat this Galouti kebab in the Lucknow style with the paratha. You will never forget the awesome taste of this dish.

Eat this Galouti kebab in the Lucknow style with the paratha.


Fruit Cake prepared in a gas oven by Mala Bhattacharjya

 Do you want to make a fruit cake at home? But you don’t have an OTG or microwave? Don’t worry. Here I am with my simple recipe of Fruit Cake, which can be made with help of a gas oven. So, no more sad face and quickly follow these simple steps and serve your family with yummy homemade fruit cake.


Flour (2 cups)

Sugar (1 cup)

Butter (1 cup)

Eggs  (2)

Vanilla/Strawberry/Orange Essence (2 teaspoon)

Baking powder (3 teaspoon)

Baking soda (3 pinches)

Dry Fruits:  Chopped Cashew


Tutti Frutti (4 colours)

Ash Gourd Candy

Cherry cut into pieces

Milk (4 table spoon)


In a small bowl, mix the dry fruits (cashew, raisins, tutti frutti, cherry, ash gourd candy) with one table spoon flour.

Grind the sugar in a mixer and make sugar powder. Then, heat the butter and when the butter is in the liquid form, add the sugar powder in it. Mix well with a beater for around 10 mins. Next, add the eggs in it and again mix it finely.

Now, add flour, baking powder, baking soda and essence (any one of your choice) in the prepared mixture. Mix all these together with the help of a spoon. Now, add the mixed dry fruits in this batter and again mix it with the spoon.

When you feel that the mixture is becoming a bit hard, then add 4 tablespoon milk in it and again mix it.


Pre-heat the pressure cooker for 5 mins but make sure that the pressure regulator is not there, while preheating it. Once the pre-heating is done, keep a rester inside the pressure cooker. Now, spray or brush butter inside the aluminium bowl (in which you will make the cake).  Pour the batter into the prepared bowl and put it on the rester, inside the pressure cooker and close the lid of the pressure cooker (without the pressure regulator). Now bake it for 1 hour.

After one hour, switch off the gas, but don’t open it immediately. Give sometime so that the temperature becomes normal. Once it is cool, then take it out from the bowl and thus your cake is ready.

(If you want, you can garnish it with different fruits or with the help of icing. You can also cut the cake into slices.)


Shahi Tukra by Promita Baul

As the name suggests, Shahi Tukra is a royal dessert, made up of bread, dry fruits and cardamom. I can assure you, that not only the name, but the recipe is also quite interesting. It is very tasty and easy to make. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s start with the ingredients.


4 pieces of bread

1 1/2 cups milk

4 tbsp condensed milk

1/2 slice fresh bread crumbs

1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder

½ cup raisins

A pinch of nutmeg (jaiphal) powder

1 tbsp slivered almonds (badam) and pistachios

1 to 2 edible silver leaf (vark)


Combine the milk, bread crumbs, cardamom and nutmeg in a broad bottomed non-stick pan and boil it till the mixture becomes thick. Then once it is done, remove the pan and keep it aside and give it a standing time. Next cut the crusts off from the slices of bread/raisin toast and quarter the slices. Then heat oil in a pan at medium flame and deep fry the pieces of bread in it till they are crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels.

In the same oil, sauté the raisins till they puff up and then remove from the oil and drain well on paper towels. Put the bread pieces on a flat serving dish and add the thickened milk mixture on top of it ensuring that all the bread pieces are covered. Refrigerate till it is chilled.

Your Shahi Tukra is ready. You can garnish with the silver vark, raisins, almonds and pistachios.

Note: Calorie conscious people may use simple toast bread instead of fried bread.

Pasta Recipe By Indrani Basu

Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine and I am sure that all of you love pasta, especially when it’s homemade. So, I thought of sharing the recipe of Penne Arrabiata-Pasta with you all, which means, that from next time whenever you feel like having pasta, you can make it yourself. Let me tell you, it’s pretty simple and easy to cook.

These are the things which you need.


Penne pasta

Tomato puree

Chopped bell pepper

Chopped babycorn



Chilli flakes

Parmesan cheese


Cooking time: 15 minutes


Hit the pan and put some olive oil. Then add some chopped garlic and toss it. After that add the vegetables along with babycorn and add the boiled pasta. Then add the tomato puree, some pepper and salt. Mix it well. Finally add the grated cheese and oregano to enhance the taste. You can sprinkle some chilli flakes on top of it.

Your pasta is ready.

You can enjoy this pasta with garlic bread.