Not that you have to live in Putney and cut knee to make some chutney out of some green mangoes. This mouth-watering ‘aamer chutney’ or ‘Mango chutney’ – a savoury side-kick making special appearances in Bengali dining can be made very easily as long as you can get hold of some green (unripe) mangoes from Indian shops (Bengali, Srilankan shops may also sell these). The speciality of this mango chutney is that ‘man….this goes’ with just so many Bengali food dishes.
It is time again to shake things up with some Shak-it-baby! The group of leafy vegetables which features so prominently in typical Bengali culinary heritage that one really can not stay away from them for too long. Not long ago, I shared with you the story of Pui Shak and how with some prawns and pumpkins, this super veg could turn things around in your kitchen. In this episode, we switch focus on another shaking member of the same family and that is the ubiquitous lal-shak or red spinach, also called as red amaranth.
Primrose Hill is a prime location to watch the London city skyline. We decided to make the most of the day light saving this weekend when the clocks were forwarded by an hour to allow for some more sunshine, atleast according to our clocks. So we thought to discover the primary elements of nature in London by exploring this famous and popular North London neighbourhood.
The erstwhile Viceroy of India Lord Curzon would have thought twice before proposing to split Bengal in 1905 had he been regularly fed on yellow split peas (Cholar Dal) with some luchi.
If we should call a ‘spade’ a ‘spade’, then there should be no shock to call ‘Pui Shak’ – Pui Shak. Sure to quench the thirst of the curious minds, I am talking about Basella alba which is also known under various common names, including Malabar Spinach, vine spinach, red vine spinach, climbing spinach, creeping spinach, buffalo spinach and Ceylon spinach among others. However, given this is also a leafy vegetable making frequent appearances in the lunch and dinner menu in Bengali households that the true honour will be to call it by the name it is called at home – Pui Shak!
All smile because the sun is out, all spring up because the spring is in the air. To bypass the grey and gloomy winter out of the calendar, I stepped out wearing the spring palettes and headed to the West London gem at Bywater Street in Chelsea. Year in year out, the houses of Bywater Street continue to hold on the vibrant pastel colours they have been painted with, but especially when its spring time, this cul-de-sac shines in all its colourful tones.
No time for casual fling dear, only interested in casual spring wear instead. No time for boyfriends anymore but happy to don a Boyfriend Jeans – by all means.