Posts Tagged With: Potato

Back to the Recipes – Bengali Beef Curry

So now back to recipe writing! Otherwise I’ll never clear the backlog and make space for more exciting and new culinary creations:)! The emotional stuff will then seep into the blog as and when anyway.

Here’s a classic Bengali dish that I love and we have both at my parents in London and with my family in Bangladesh. Of course there’s a difference in the dish depending on who cooks it. Cooking is a tradition that’s gets primarily passed on from mothers to daughters so they are able to cook for their future hubbies (not a bad thing). I left home in my late teens and of course could not imagine the possibility of life without Bengali food. So my mum showed me a couple of my favourite dishes which I then cooked again and again. And if you can cook one Bengali dish then the others follow naturally. I cooked bengali chicken curry and my all time ever favourite dish in the world- bengali lamb chop curry with potatoes and tomatoes. Yumm!! 🙂 Of course only my mum’s version of the chop  curry is my number 1! She is after all the best cook in the world. Anyone can of course validly dispute this with their own mothers or fathers :-).

Anyway, here is a recipe of neither of the above dishes but a Bengali Beef Curry with potatoes (we love our meat curries with potatoes in my family).

When I cook Bengali dishes I tend to add a twist like kaffir lime leaves or galangal. Both of these I have never seen in Bangladesh. Neither have I seen pak choi or lemongrass. But as I love these ingredients, I throw them in when I feel like it. For an authentic Bengali curry dish, leave these out. There are also many supplementary spices that are used to really add another dimension to the flavour and subtle aromas from this rich multitude of deliciously combined spices. I’m always amazed how so many different flavours are wonderfully combined and nurture and complement each other for the taste buds to reach new sensual highs. That must have taken centuries to get it right. The supplementary spices can include: whole black pepper, mustard seeds,  fennel seeds, anise and more that I can’t think of right now.

I’m not using mixed curry powder in these recipes as they are not used widely in Bangladesh. Everyone uses freshly ground spices  like I have. We do use them in London though. I’ll write about this in the coming week.

bengali beef curry with potatoes

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Chicken and Daikon Soup

I’ve been so busy going out every night with my friend visiting, that it’s been impossible to work on my blog. My backlog of recipes is getting bigger and my experience of making new dishes more exciting.

I’ve noticed though that my photos aren’t coming up on my blog as good as they originally are. There’s too much ‘noise’ coming up in the end photo which I upload onto my blog. I think it’s due to the compression. I’m an absolute beginner with Lightroom (which I use to edit all my pics), never used photoshop (but plan to learn eventually) and no knowledge of photography what so ever. But considering how much time I put into editing the photos its f***** frustrating.

Anyway, here’s my take on a Cambodian dish I’ve had many times and love for it’s simplicity and deliciousness.

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Broccoli & Coconut Cream Soup

First of all apologies for not being able to reply to comments or likes and checking out the blogs of all the wonderful people who take the time to look at mine.  I have a friend visiting me here for a week or two that I met in Bangkok 4 months ago. We spent a lot of time together and have developed a friendship and I am over the moon to have visitors that I can show around my new new home city:-) I will definitely get round to it!

Here’s a delicious and easy vegan soup recipe I created. Reasons being that I’ve read a lot of information on the net about vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower , cabbage and pak choi being good for reducing the activity of an over active thyroid. So I am trying to include more of these vegetables into my diet.

I’ve made this soup twice now and here is the recipe for my favourite version which is also the easiest. It tasted best without the optional veggies in the ingredients.

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