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NARKEL SHORSHE CHINGRI

The last three to four months have been tough. I have either been working on the night shift or the early morning one. I almost forgot what it feels like waking up late. Weekends are the only time when I get to laze around and do nothing. As I woke up today, I was craving for home food. With a determined mind, I went to the market to get something and cook how it is cooked at home. At first, I planned to get Mutton from the shop and cook Kosha Mangsho, but I have never cooked or even bought mutton so I thought to drop that plan. I kept looking here and there and finally spotted prawns. Chingri Maach has always been my favourite since childhood.
As soon as I reached home, I called up Dida (my grandmother). "Dida, Chingri Maach kinlam. Ebarr??" (Dida, I got prawns, now what?) Just like always she was my recipe diary and explained me the entire process over the phone. This is my Dida's recipe which I have been eating since I was a child. I remember her making this the last…
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EGGLESS MANGO CUPCAKES

MANGOES!!! I just cannot stop obsessing over it. If I start again how much I love mangoes, I would not be able to stop. "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy cupcakes. That is pretty much the same thing." Cupcakes, whether you buy them or bake them, are LOVE!! Who does not love cupcakes, right? They are so adorable and cute.  These Mango cupcakes are egg-less, yet so soft and moist. It melts in your mouth and that frosting on top makes it super awesome. You can anyway have it without the frosting, but a few minutes of extra work makes it more delicious.  Recipe:
Makes 6-8 muffins Preparation Time: 20 minutes Baking Time: 20-25 minutes
What you need
For the cupcake, 1 cup All Purpose Flour1 tsp Baking Powder1/2 tsp Baking Soda1/2 tsp Cardamom PowderA pinch of Salt1 cup Mango Puree1/2 cup Castor Sugar (you may use more as per requirement)1/2 cup Vegetable Oil1/2 cup Yogurt1/2 cup Milk
For the frosting, 1 cup Whipped Cream4 Tbsp Mango Puree ( Half for the frosting, half …

CHOCOLATE ALMOND CAKE (REINE DE SABA)

Post exam days are boring. There are a few weird feelings that come up in most of the students' mind after they have finished there graduation, like, " What next?", " What will I do with my life?" and so on. This stress is actually much larger than exam stress, trust me when I say that. When you are in that point of life when you are clueless and in a "nothing-to-do-at-home" phase, these thoughts are bound to come up. Well, I am someone who try to escape from situations, I know this isn't the right thing to do, but still. So every year after my exams, I go on a movie spree. Back to back, nonstop movies with small intervals for cooking and eating, form the daily routine during the post exam days. Recently on Scoopwhoop, I found an interesting article on a list of movies that every food lover must watch and that formed my first bucket list after my exams. There were some 28 movies, which I completed in five days and among all of them, Julie and Jul…

EGG-LESS CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Most of my college days were spent bunking classes and going to Esplanade. Well, I am not a shopaholic, but I love window shopping. Along with my friends, I used to spend some amazing time sitting outside New Market and having an adda over Cha. On top of that, Esplanade has so much to offer in terms of food. Be it the biryani from Aminia, or the chicken stew from Dacre's Lane, these have made college life memorable. Now that college is over, I really miss these days. Whenever I visited Esplanade, I had that unstoppable urge to buy some chocolate and cream before I go home, I don't know why. There is so much that one can create with just these two ingredients.
One such day, I was too lazy to bake something and asked my baker friend Anupama of Crazy Cake Lady to suggest me some quick and easy recipe with chocolate and cream. She was the one who shared this delicious and easy recipe. All you need to make this chocolate mousse is Chocolate, cream and lots and lots of love. ♥  The…

CREAMY ICED MOCHA

Being a coffee as well as a chocolate lover, Mocha is one of my weaknesses. I may even die for it. Have you ever felt those sudden cravings, when you are willing to have something, still not sure what to have that would satisfy your cravings? Well, I know this is pretty weird, but I have experienced it a lot of times. Those are the times I have my Mocha and it calms me down! :) Mocha, you are love!
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SOYA BURGERS

It was her first day in 10th Standard. It is so hard to believe that the little sister has now grown up. It was like a few years ago when I held her in my arms for the first time, and now, she has become a constant support and a best friend. She was one of the reasons I started cooking. Seeing the joy on her face after having a special dish, always made me happy. I always loved making tiffin for her school and cooking new dishes regularly as she got bored with the regular food that she had to take. It was not always possible when my college was going on, but now that I am unofficially a graduate, I have loads of free time till my results are out. So, I have decided, that if not regularly, I would try to cook for her two or three dishes for her lunchbox. I had some leftover burger buns after I made chicken burger last week, so I decided to make a simple burger for her lunchbox and Bonu is a huge fan of burgers. The other day, we were eating out, and she confessed that she would choose…