What Would You Call This Mouth-Watering Snack– Deviled Egg Or Dimer Chop?

What is in a name? Now, what is really, I am not sure. But the thing am definitely sure about is that, this snack tastes as good as heaven.

Ingredients I used for this recipe –

boiled eggs (cut in halves)

(mashed) boiled potato

onion, garlic, ginger( grated)

green chilli (2 chopped)

mango powder (1 tea spoon)

cumin seeds (1/2 teaspoon)

garam masala powder (1 tea spoon)

salt (according to taste)

bread crumb

french fried onion (optional)

egg ( 1 raw beaten)

oil to deep fry

If you want 10 deviled eggs or dimer chop, take 5 eggs and 2 large sized potato.  Boil the eggs, cut in halves and set aside. Now Boil the potatoes, remove skin and mashed well. Take a skillet and add 1 tablespoon oil. Add whole cumin seeds and grated or chopped onion, ginger ,garlic and green chilli. Fry for 3-4 minutes. Now add the potato. Stir constantly,otherwise the bottom will  burn. Add salt, mango powder and garam masala powder. Potato should be stirred until it forms like a dough and releases oil. If you find that it is taking too long, you can add 1 tablespoon all purpose flour to make it tight.

Take some oil in your hand. Take a small portion( about 2 teaspoon full) of the cooked potato and press it between your palm. It should look like a flat cookie dough. Now take 1 half of the egg , place it upside down ( the white part up)  and coat the egg with that potato.  You can place the egg  what ever side you like … I find it easier to coat while the yellow part touching my palm. Now stuff all the eggs in between  potato coating.

Take a tray and put 1 cup bread crumb and 1/2 cup french fried onion. Smash and mix well. You can completely avoid the french fried onion. In that case just add  more bread crumb to adjust the quantity. Take the coated egg, dip in beaten egg and coat well with bread crumb. If you are planning to dip fry, take a frying pan and add some oil.  Now fry until golden brown.  If you don’t want to fry, then place it in a tray. Spray oil and bake at 400 degree.

Deviled egg or dimer chop is now ready to serve. Serve it hot with tomato ketchup or mustard sauce.

Niramish Lau Ghonto

Niramish lau ghonto

One of my senior Didi asked for the ‘lau ghonto’ recipe that I cooked in last weekend party. When I was trying to send her a message in facebook I found that my account is temporarily unavailable due to some technical reason. So I thought to make a quick post of that.

Bottle gourd (Bengali term lau) may be cooked in different way. I cooked it without onion and garlic ( Niramish).
Ingredients: 1 medium bottle gourd sliced like french fry,
1 bay leaf,whole garam masala (2 green cardamom, 3-4 cloves, cinnamon stick,)
whole cumin seeds 1/2 tea spoon,
ground roasted cumin seeds 1 teaspoon,
ginger paste 1 tea spoon,
turmeric powder1/2 tea spoon,
cumin powder 1 teaspoon,
coriander powder 1 tea spoon,
milk 1/2 cup,
green chilli 2-3,
salt and sugar according to taste,
oil 2 tablespoon,
cilantro chopped 1 table spoon,
bori fried 1/2 cup (bori is a traditional dry dumplings of lentils)

Start with adding some oil in a frying pan. Add the cumin seeds,green chilli,bay leaf and whole garam masala. When it starts to splutter, add the lau (bottle gourd) and fry in high heat fro 3 -4 minutes. Add turmeric powder and salt. fry for another 3-4 minutes. Now make a paste of ginger, cumin powder and coriander powder. Add it and fry. Here I want to mention that lau generally generates lots of water. While cooking your aim should be to dry up the water that it oozes. You can add a little bit of water if it is too dry . When the spices will smell good, add sugar and milk. If you are planning to add ‘bori'(don’t forget to fry bori ahead of time) this is the time to add it. Let it boil. Turn the heat off when lau ghonto comes to your desired consistency. Add roasted cumin powder and cilantro. Cover the lid. Leave it for 1o more minutes. Lau ghonto is ready to serve now. Enjoy with plain white rice.

To keep in touch…

Friends, just a quick post. So busy that could not make time to write a fresh one. But had a very intense feeling to make a new post. I will be back in form in a couple of days I guess. This is just to give my readers a reminder that I am not lost.
Happy Weekend friends. Enjoy your time.

Love, being in the seventh heaven

Today I was chatting to one of my friend (read as ‘brother’) in Facebook and  found him in seventh heaven.  Before I asked him, he said that he is about to fall in love.  Now a days kids are much smarter than we used to be. They are able to  think the pros and cons of any situation they are going to face. Even if it is the big event like ‘falling in love’.

This young fellow is smart,intelligent ,recently joined a pretty good job.  The common goals, that average educated people want to achieve , he is successfully performing in his life with a ‘who cares’ type attitude. The reason I am giving a little introduction about his personality is to keep my readers aware that love is not only for ‘sentimental fools’.

My young friend told me how did he met that girl, why he likes her so much and what makes her really beautiful in his eyes.

I was reading his words and thinking that even after decades someone will feel the same way as he is feeling now . At least once in a life time each of us experienced this ‘euphoria’ . May be we expressed differently,we reacted differently. But ‘to be in love’ is really one of  the sweetest, silliest and oldest emotion we inherited from our ancestors.

Dear reader, please wish the very best to the new lover. Hope they will find each other truly complementary in their lives.

Long Live Love 

Rasmalai- A traditional bengali dessert recipe for your sweet tooth

Last weekend we arranged a small party in our house.  As because I get time to cook and I love to cook , I prepared everything from scratch. Here I want to mention that, although I don’t think myself as an expert chef, but undoubtedly desperate enough  to give new recipes a try. I planned to make ‘Rasmalai’ for the first time in my life. I am really thankful to my Friends, who came to my party and enjoyed my experimental dish with such a praise and appreciation.

Rasmalai, which is actually small cheese balls ( known as RASOGOLLA in Bengal and RASGULLA in other parts of the world) dipped in a sweet creamy milk, is a traditional bengali delicacy for your sweet tooth.  I made the rasgullas at home (think, how desperate I am). But you can buy rasgullas from any Indian grocery store.

Making Rasmalai is divided in two parts. First one is to make or buy the rasgullas and second one is to make the malai or cream for the rasgullas.

Ingredients I used:

Milk 5 cups, vinegar 2 tablespoon, water 2 cups, sugar 1.5 cups evaporated milk 1 can, condensed milk 1 can, cardamom powder 1/2 tea spoon, pistachio and almond slices for garnishing, rosewater (optional) 1 tea spoon.

Boil 3 cups milk (I prefer whole milk, but you can use 2%) and add the vinegar. The milk will curdled up. Take the chhana (Indian cheese) in a cheese cloth, place it under cold water  and then sqeeze . Now keep it in a plain surface and knead well with your hands for at least 5 minutes. It should be formed like a smooth silky dough. Take equal parts and make balls. Now take pressure cooker or any other heavy bottomed pan with a lid. Boil the water and sugar and make a syrup. Place the cheese balls in the boiling syrup, close the lid and boil in medium heat for 7- 8 minutes.  Now turn the heat low and boil for another5-6 minutes.  Rasgullas should be ready.  Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out perfect. You can still make rasmalai with those imperfect rasgullas. Generally it takes a few trial and error sessions to make perfect rasgullas.  But as I was desperate enough, I used that ‘error version’ for my dish. If you want to avoid all these hard work and scared  of hard, broken or not-so-perfect results then just go to an Indian grocery store and buy the canned rasgullas.

Now take a heavy bottomed nonstick pan and add  2 cups of milk. Stir constantly, otherwise it will burn at the bottom. Add the evaporated milk and give it a good boil. When the milk will be reduced in 1 and 1/2 cup or to your desired consistency, add condensed milk. Add cardamom powder and the rasgullas. Boil for another 3-4 minutes. Rasgullas should be soft and absorb the sweetness and aroma of the milk.  Turn the heat off. Add chopped almond and pistachio for garnishing and allow it to cool. When it comes to room temperature add the rose water. Cover it and refrigerate. It should be served chill.

Until you are ready to make your own I have saved some pictures for you. Now it’s time to enjoy!

Goodmorning Friends

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Another beautiful day is about to begin

Another wonderful day has been started . I woke up today a little early. This bright and sunny morning makes me smile. Before getting indulged in everyday work just thought to spend few minutes for myself.  Sitting with a cup of tea I am writing this post and watching the sunshine outside. Morning walkers are already out. Some of them are walking with pets. My new address is just beside Soldier’s Field ( the biggest park in Rochester; those who are familiar with Kolkata, think about bigger,  cleaner and greener Maidan).  As I live just beside the park ,I can watch people enjoying their morning and evening outside activities. Sometimes I think I am getting lazy. Now-a- days Iam watching more, thinking more and ‘DOING’ less.

May be getting lazy sometimes is just like pampering myself. I enjoy it. Usually ‘Moms’ are always in action. Have you ever seen a mom with a young kid (don’t forget I have twins) sitting idle? My kids are still sleeping. I am up to my household activities . Whether you are reading this post from your work place or from home,  just embrace this beautiful day with a big smile.

Picnic at Hok-Si-La Park,Rochester,MN

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Can you believe it?  Last night I had a dream of this post , I saw few wonderful ideas about my upcoming posts and I saw that I have written the opening lines of this post in a absolutely stylish and interesting way!  I feel so helpless now, as I can not remember the details . Oh God, I think I should sleep with a pen and paper from now on…  hey, don’t laugh at me. What if I have such a wonderful dream again and miss all my tiny, little, crazy ideas?

As I mentioned in the title , this post is going to be a remembrance of a  perfect picnic day.  30th July,2011, we arranged a picnic at Hok- Si- La Park. It is near Lake City,Minnesota.  A nice place to hang on with friends and family . Near the bank of Mississippi river, it’s  like a green valley.

The room behind is well equipped with plug points

Hok-Si-La is a compact picnic spot for people with different interests. We booked a spot for $50.  The advantage of booking is that you will get a locked space like a room with lots of electric points and benches. Even if you know that there is a chance of rain,  it will not spoil the fun.

My kids became very busy right after reaching there. A little  playground with common rides and a special digging place were perfect to keep them engaged.  There is a nice beach also. In hot summer days it is a perfect enjoyment to get right into the water. Water splashes, golden beach and green carpet of nature-  all are there to welcome you. Hok-Si-La also has a camping ground. You have to contact their office if you want a camp out.

If you want to enjoy a perfect day out , try this spot. You can directly contact their office by phone or check their website .

Posing in Style

Look at those little diggers

Last night I went back to them…

I am not sure whether I should write it or not. But it seems to be obvious. Just after my husband (Santanu) left for work, I took  the laptop and started writing. This morning is cloudy..dark and heavy. I don’t know, last night I could not sleep , rather I did not want to.  My loving family , my parents, in law,my brother, my grand parents- all of them are so far away…  I was thinking of love. Love that I felt throughout my life , through everyday occurrences to them. Santanu was sleeping beside me. And wide awake I was just looking at him.  I went few years back when I first got my love . That was a crazy feeling.  Loving someone intensely  was itself a craziness.

Suddenly my Dida’s (grandma) face appeared . She was a lady of honor and gratitude. I can  never knew what is true  respect and honor we should give to ourselves if I did not meet her.  I will write about her an entire post on another day. My Dida has a great impact on me.

I was thinking of my parental home in Berhampore. I have so many memories there. I can even smell my Ma when I think of her. Few months back when I was returning to US from India, my Bapi hugged me and told ”I will see you again”.  Don’t know why, those five words reminded me that time is flying away. Nobody knows when, where we will be knocked .

I always can feel a strange smell of turmeric and soap in my Ma.  I can distinguish her from the rest of the world . This was the smell of my childhood.  Did you ever feel something like that?

The next time when I will go to my home, Baba (My father in law) will not be there with a big smile. The people we love… will be lost in time.

Tears rolled down. I felt I love them, I loved those days of my life which I spent with them. I prayed to God  to bless them. May God allow me some more time to be loved and to love.

An undecided recipe turned out really good!

Today I was pretty excited. I am really proud of my two tinny blog pages. I had to cook something for dinner. I found some frozen vegetable which I wanted to pair with chicken, but as it would take time to be thawed, I decided to use sausage.
The recipe is my own and it is really easy . You can use it as a sauce for your pasta. You can serve it with plain rice or bread.

Ingredients you need:
mixed vegetable (frozen or fresh cut into small pieces)
sausage links (4 to 6 cut into small chunks)
onion (1 medium size chopped)
garlic (3 cloves chopped)
1 tablespoon plain cream cheese
1 table spoon oil to fry
salt and pepper
chicken broth 1 cup

Start with adding some oil in frying pan. Saute onion and garlic. Now add the sausage chunks and fry until half done. Add vegetables and fry. Add salt and pepper according to taste. When all the ingredients will turn golden brown or you can hear the splutter of oil add the chicken broth and let it be boiled in medium high heat for 6 to 8 minutes. The gravy should not be too runny or too thick. At last add the cream cheese and stir constantly till it dissolves.

That’s it. Try this recipe and let me know how it turns out for you. If you are vegetarian, you can try nutrela chunks instead of sausage .

OMG! I own a blog.

Hi Friends,
This is the first ever post I am writing for a blog which I have just created. I am really really excited. I know that you can imagine the feeling if you have already done it. If not, go ahead, try it . I am sure you will like it.

Hey friends, there are so much more to do. I am not sure where should I start first. But definitely I can not wait any longer to post this writing right now. Don’t forget to wish me luck.

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