Nothing naughty I promise ,just a tempting twist to the good old Marie biscuit. So , a quiet afternoon at home , nothing to do and in the mood to try something new , I found my favourite biscuits in a box , some dark chocolate and a lovely idea online. It will be a while before I can have a bite of anything chocolaty , but I think the family doesn’t need to abstain , so this is for them 🙂 Nee, I wish I could send you some .
Place each dipped biscuit on foil or butter paper and decorate as you like . I used almond shavings , edible glitter and sprinkles. Pop them in the fridge for about half an hour and they are ready ! Cut the extra chocolate around the rim and voila !
When I left Kolkata , I scribbled in my diary – BEST FOOD EVER ! It’s true, I enjoyed the variety and deliciousness of what Kolkta offers .
A Goan takes pride in homemade fish curry – coconut , loads of red chillies and the freshness of the fish itself and ofcourse the Goan fish fry (read recheado masala ) . I was surprised to taste the fish preparations in Kolkata – so different from what I have been used to at home , yet so super yummy . The mustard paste with fish is a unique combination and left me wanting more and more and more .
When you are used to red pastes , this is not an ideal surprise to get , however , setting aside my initial fears, I tasted just a little at first , and I knew I’d be eating more of this . Reminded me of patra ni macchi ( big fan of Parsi food :).
The restaurant staff at Bhojohori Manna was extremely helpful and suggested I try this one. The hilsa , the mustard , coconut and other magical spices work so beautifully . What a curry !
Fish wrapped in a lacy egg net and deep fried ! How can this not be heavenly ? There are times when one wishes to indugle and this was my pick.
Wandering around , I chanced upon an old restaurant ( est. 1932) called Nizam’s . Something about the energy of the place made me walk in. Finding a table was not easy , this place is busy and I was wondering why . So while I waited , a quick online search told me this is the birthplace of the popular Indian street snack ‘kati roll’ A skewered kebab wrapped in a paratha and this is where it had all begun . Wow ! I was at a legendary place without even knowing it ! The food Gods must love me !! I tried the chicken kati roll and OMG , this place rocks !
A small messy lane comes alive early in the morning and I was there by seven ( unusually early hour to be ready for breakfast on a holiday ). The Chinese community keeps tradiiton alive and serves some wholesome breakfast at Tiretta bazar. Fish soup ..hmmm….fishy but I gave it a go !
There’s more to come …. a traditional meal at Kepwies , bandel cheese and the fabulous variety of sweets. I hope you share your thoughts .
The yellow taxis , the howrah bridge , a cemetery that is a heritage site , the food , the sweets …I fell in love with everything about Kolkata. I have too many folders , each with too many pictures of this wonderful and lovely city . Since I am too lazy for detailed posts right now , I thought I’d share a few pictures that made me jump for joy ( read yellow taxi and super yummy food ). Chalo Kolkata….
…and finally the South Park Cemetery , a heritage site with 1600 graves and tombs of varied shapes and sizes .
That’s all for now . I will do a post on the goodies that I gobbled up …hopefully this weekend. Have a nice week . Am off for a few days now 🙂
I love nankhatais ! Eggless and so easy to make , with just four ingredients , these Indian cookies are simply yum. As a child , when friends would come over during diwali with their plates of home made goodies ( the days when readymade sweets and fancy packaging was not cool) , my sister and I would look for chaklis and nankhatais and relish those more than anything else .
I have been baking these for over a year now and decided to bake some yesterday for the family . The microwave decided to trouble me and refused to go into convection mode and a sudden grunting sound felt like a warning that it wasn’t going to budge. So I had to go to mum’s and tried baking them there for the first time .
Unfamiliar with the settings and with no manual at hand , I baked just four at first , and when those turned out well , three dozen nankhatais were ready in no time. Happiness is baking cookies for those you love , even though you can’t have any !
( Nothing that’s worth having comes easy …am only beginning to understand this . From ‘why me’ to ‘try me’ , it’s been a long arduous journey and am glad for angels along the way , some of whom I have met here on WP. Stay blessed 🙂 )
There was a time when cutting the ‘Love is..’ comic strips from newspapers and collecting them used to be a hobby. I remember a family friend gifting my mum and dad a bedspread with some of these printed on it . In school we’d even try scribbling our own versions. Found this in one of my old diaries.