This blog is dedicated to Mum, my greatest mentor. It is a compilation of simple recipes - Bengali, Indian, Burmese and Continental, among others. All of these recipes have been tested in my kitchen. Most use everyday ingredients found at your local market, but some use specialty ingredients available at Asian and/or Indian markets. Comments are welcome and members are invited to send in any recipes they would like to share.
Bengalis generally begin their midday meal with bitter melon which can be prepared in many different ways. I usually combine 3, 5 or 7 vegetables. Today the bitter melon is stir-fried along with oriental eggplant and daikon radish. It's a simple dish, seasoned only with salt and a splash of mustard oil.
1 bitter melon/ucche, de-seeded & cubed
1 oriental eggplant, cubed
1 daikon radish, peeled & cubed
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. radhuni (wild celery seed)
salt to taste
1 Tbsp. mustard oil
Heat oil over medium-high heat and sputter radhuni.
Stir-fry melon, eggplant, radish & salt to taste.
When vegetables are cooked, garnish with mustard oil.
Transfer to serving dish.
Serve with steamed rice as a first course of a Bengali meal.