Exploring Cornwall by public transport

rocky shores, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, and, well, scones, clotted cream and Cornish ice-cream! Cornwall is one of those parts of England that is quite difficult to get to by public transport and it is generally recommended to drive there. However, I decided to give it a try using public transport. It was the vivid…

Fish chop (Indian fish cake)

With the puja season, my urge to indulge in good food increases tremendously. And the ‘pujor hawa’ demands not just any good food, but food that invokes memories of pujo. I try to recreate some of them in my own kitchen. Here’s an all-time favourite: the humble Fish chop or Indian fish cake which is a…

Discovering Cotswolds

Green velvety rolling hills, medieval churches, honey-coloured stone houses with pretty doors and yummy ice-creams… Cotswolds is perfect for a break from city life, but in spite of being so close to London, it always feels far. This is because it can be quite tricky to get to if you want to use public transport. A few Cotswold…

Indo-Chinese restaurants in London

Yes, its the same Indian Chilli Chinese, Chinese Manchurian and Schezwan dishes that you can also enjoy right here in London! Indian Chinese or Indo-Chinese cuisine is undoubtedly one of the best fusions food ever invented. I am sure anybody who has tried it would vouch for that. It is an integral part of Indian cuisine…

Weekend away: Isle of Wight and Portsmouth

Sandy beaches, calm sea, a wooden ravine, an old village setting and picturesque coastal paths for romantic walks..  The quintessential English seaside town of Shanklin, located in the eastern part of Isle of Wight, has it all –  and also much less touristy.   I visited Shanklin and Portsmouth for a weekend away with my…

Bengali Shukto: mix veg curry with bitter gourd

Shukto is a special dish for every Bengali. When I was young, I wasn’t particularly very fond of it since it has bitter gourd in it. But as I grew up and started appreciating the complexities of flavors in dishes, I slowly fell in love with Shukto. This Shukto recipe is from one chef from…

Whole Tandoori Roast Chicken

Perfect recipe for an Indian-style Chicken Roast Dinner for those get-togethers planned at the very last minute. INGREDIENTS 1 kg whole chicken 1tbsp ginger paste 2 tbsp garlic paste 2 tbsp yogurt 3tbsp tandoori masala powder (readymade) 2 tbsp lemon juice salt to taste 2 tbsp sunflower oil METHOD I used this tandoori chicken recipe from Bear…

(no-hassle) Laksa noodle soup for cold wintry nights

Laksa is a spicy coconut-based Malaysian soup which has become one of my comfort foods for those cold wintry nights in the UK. My best friend (who is also Malaysian) introduced it to me and showed me how to make it at home in a jiffy using Laksa paste that is widely available in supermarkets…

Home-made Chelo Kebab (Peter Cat Kolkata Style)

I had no clue that Chelo Kebab is the national dish of Iran before I came to the UK. Like every other Indian Bengali, to me, Chelo Kebab was this popular kebab platter served by the popular restaurant Peter Cat in Park Street, Kolkata. One day when I was reminiscing about it with a friend, I decided to…

Top budget Thai restaurants in Central London

Three of my favourite Thai restaurants are Thai Metro, Siam Central and Busaba Ethai. Thai Metro and Siam Central are two sister restaurants near Goodge Street and Busaba Ethai is a well-known restaurant chain. My personal favourite is Thai Metro and Siam Central is their Drunken Noodles, Drunken Fried Rice and their Tom Yum soup. I absolutely love…

Easy no-bake Mango cheesecake

Mangoes and cheesecake are a heavenly combination. If you like both, then you have to try this mango cheesecake recipe. This is an egg-less, no-bake, no-hassle mango cheesecake recipe and it is perfect for summers. It’s made from Kesar mango pulp and cream cheese. This is based on the original mango cheesecake recipe from Mon Voyage, where…