Spices play an important role in Indian cuisine. We use various types of spices to bring aroma & flavor in our food. elaichi is a common spice that we often use. But there are two types of elaichi that we use. One is bigger in size and black in colour. Another one is smaller in size and light green in colour. The first one we say badi elaichi and the second one we call choti ilaichi. Is it not true? Many people also know ilaichi is cardamom. Both are both types of elaichi same? What is badi elaichi in English? What is choti ilaichi in English? [Read more…] about Badi elaichi in English; Choti ilaichi in English
This is my favourite comfort food. It is really a special meal. But you can have it daily basis. Yes, I am talking about egg biryani, more particularly Kolkata style aloo dim biriyani. No, I did not write biriyani by mistake. In West Bengal, we call it Biriyani instead of biryani. Particularly in Kolkata, here potato and biryani are inseparable. In West Bengal, many people will raise their eyebrows if you serve biryani without potatoes. People may think that the cook can not make biryani properly. So whether it is chicken biryani or mutton biryani, eggs & potatoes are common in biriyani. Nowadays even people prefer egg biryani with potatoes. Yes, there are people who can imagine biryani without chicken & mutton. [Read more…] about Egg biryani with potato; Kolkata style aloo dim biriyani
Kaloji is a very popular spice in India. It is used to make various mouthwatering dishes. It is extensively used in almost every Indian cuisine. That is why many people may think that kalonji plant is native to India. But it is not true. This plant is native to Eastern Europe and Western Asia. But nowadays it is cultivated various parts across the world. This spice is often called black cumin. It has a very strong aroma. That is why people add it to many dishes. It makes food more flavorful and enjoyable. Do you know what is called kalonji seeds in English? [Read more…] about Kalonji seeds in English; Meaning of Kalonji in English
Krishna Janmashtami is an auspicious day for every Hindu. It is a very special day for people who follow Vaishnavism. It is the day when Lord Krishna took birth on this earth. Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar of the protector Lord Vishnu. So it is the day of happiness. Followers of Lord Krishna are singing & dancing on this day. They pray to the God and devotees offer bhog (prasad) to God. Many people also offer chappan bhog to Lord Krishna on this day. Yes, people offer 56 types of food items to Lord Krishna on his birthday (Krishna Jayanti).
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Radhuni is a popular spice in West Bengal as well as Bangladesh. This spice is widely used in Bengali cuisine. It is hardly used in other parts of the country. Its fresh leaves are used as herbs in Thailand. So if you are living outside Bengal then you may face difficulties to get this spice. This spice has a strong smell and one or two pinches are enough a dish. It is often used in Bengali spice mixture panch phoron in some parts of this region. This spice is known as radhuni in West Bengal & Bangladesh. But do you know what is it called in English? What is radhuni seed in English? [Read more…] about Radhuni spice in English; Radhuni seeds in English