Prickly Pear-Ginger Ice Cream

This ice-cream has  a unique and delicious flavour, and is also very easy to make. INGREDIENTS 2 cups cream 3/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons grated ginger 1 cup prickly-pear juice (from around 3 fruits)   INSTRUCTIONS  Remove the skin from the prickly pears (careful about the spines!!), and place in a blender with a little water….

Five Spice Cabbage

I have to admit that cabbage is not the most exciting vegetable, but if prepared properly, it can in fact be very tasty, as well as digestable.  This is a very simple technique for cooking cabbage, and one of my favourites.  Because it is so simple, I would reccommend following the recipe exactly as it…

Spices and Useful Ingredients

Herbs and spices are an essential part of good cooking.  If you know how to used spices properly, you can live for a week on only cabbage and yet never eat the same dish twice…  (not that I am reccomending you try).  Simple vegetables become delicacies with the right use of spices. Below is a…

Vegan Mango-Semolina Cake

This is a simple yet delicious cake, with a spongy texture, yet without any oil, milk, or butter.  It is basically made with the same system as the ‘cucumber cake’ which I posted before, except with a different flavour.  (CUCUMBER CAKE)   It is made by steaming, instead of by baking, which is what creates…

Bitter gourd for sweet blood

Bitter gourd (also called bitter melon, or karela), is a vegetable thats takes a little getting used to, if you don’t come  from a culture with the habit of eating bitter foods.  Once you eat it a few times, you will start to like it, and you may even start to love it!  And even…

Creamy white pumkpin curry

WHITE PUMPKIN CURRY / CHALKUMRO DUDH CURRY   This is a simple and healthy recipe.  At first, I was also hesitant to mix milk with chilli, cumin seeds and vegetables…  but in fact it is a very good combination.  You may also use coconut milk instead of milk.  White pumkpin is a kind melon used…

Chapati- simple magic!

Simple things have to be done perfectly…  and chapati is one of those things.  It is only flour and water, but if not done right, well, lets just say, there is no inbetween: it either works or it doesn’t. I can’t really teach you chapati through a website.  It is something you have to see….

WATERMELON CURRY

A special dish from Rajastan, perfect for hot summer days.  Sweet, spicy and juicy all in one.  Don’t be scared to try, it really is tasty!   INGREDIENTS 1 kg watermelon, with the skin 1 tablespoon oil 1/2 teaspoon ajwain seeds 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon black cumin seeds (nigella/ kalonji) 3 dried red…

Fennel-Ginger Dal

Ok, another Bengali recipe…  this one is quite unique, and is a perfect to eat together with alu-posto, one of the other recipes I just posted.  This recipe uses urad dal, a white coloured dal, that is normally used for idli, dosa, and other such recipes where you can’t actually recognize it in the final…

Poppy seed pesto

A somewhat un-Italian version of pasta that I created in ten minutes one evening.  I tested on one Italian girl who was staying on our centre, and she approved wholeheartedly.  The quantities are estimates, as I am not the kind of cook to actually measure how many grams of pasta I am using! INGREDIENTS 200 grams…

Cholar dal/ Chana dal

This is a nutritious and tasty dish, its speciality being that is is a little sweet .  Apparently, it is made during festivals in Bengal, but I make it any time!  There are a few versions around, so any suggestions to improve this one are also most welcome! Chana dal is a kind of pulse made…

ALU POSTO (Potato with white poppy-seeds)

This a very simple and delicious recipe.  It is a very typical Bengali dish, so please, Bengalis, correct me if it is not authentic! And please don’t try to use the black variety of poppy seeds that are normally available in Europe!  I have never tried, but nonetheless, I can promise you that it won’t…