So when IndiBlogger announced that they were giving out Bong Mom’s Cookbook by Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta, I knew I had to sign up for it. It was a long wait and when the book finally arrived home, I just pounced on it. Now I’ve come across Sandeepa’s blog, of the same name as the cook book, quite a few times while I was browsing online looking for some Bengali recipes and what attracted me to her space multiple times is the easy style that she’s adopted. Being a working woman and a mother of two to boot, her recipes are the kinds that require minimal amount of time in the kitchen and if there’s a shortcut, she’s happy to share it.
Now what stood out about the book is that there are no pictures at all! Save for a few illustrations, so when I leafed through the book just when I received it I was a little surprised. I mean, a cookbook with no pictures isn’t really something you would easily pick up from the bookstore, isn’t it? Anyway, so I started reading the book and Sandeepa’s captivating, humourous and sometimes nostalgic style of writing had me hooked. I could picture those elaborate after school lunches at her home, her dilemma in debating what to take to work during a potluck and those lazy Sunday mornings when all you want to do is curl up in bed! But what I really liked was her passion – not just about cooking – but also about promoting Bengali cuisine. It is inspirational to say the least.
After reading all this, there was really no way I wasn’t going to try a recipe from the book. But the question was which one of them should I make? Finally after much debating, I settled on the Aloor Dum. I wasn’t sure if I could pull of luchis too so I just kept it simple and made some puris along with this. Piping hot puris and this spicy, tangy Aloor Dum was our Sunday lunch last week.
|Marinated & pan fried baby potatoes|
Since I’d marinated the baby potatoes in the spice mix the previous evening, it had absorbed all the flavours well. The gravy was a harmony of flavours and just perfect to our liking. And as all Sunday lunches go this one too ended with the customary siesta, the sign of a Sunday well spent!
|Different moods of Aloor Dum!|