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Ahom Bogori (Peach)

Ahom Bogori (Assamese আহোম বগৰী) in English is called Peach. It's scientific name is Prunus persica. Peaches resembles and closely related to apricots and plums. Peaches are soft when ripened and are very delicious. Unlike apricot and plum, peaches have one large middle seed.  As I googled I found that peach fruit was domesticated and cultivated for the first time in Northwest China. It's a summer fruit and largely available in Assam.

It is believed that the name 'Ahom bogori' is derived from the Kingdom of Ahom. It may be because the Ahoms have brought with them the seeds of peach.  Ahom is a large community originally from the Chinese province of Yunnan, which is located on Southwest China. From Yunnan, they migrated into Myanmar and then after crossing the Patkai Mountains entered Assam. The Ahoms have established their dynasty and ruled the Ahom Kingdom, the present day Assam for about 600 years. 

We call this fruit as ahom bogori from childhood.  But according to so…

Bhoot Jolokia Pickle / Ghost Chilli Pickle

Bhoot jolokia/Bhut jolokia (ভোট জলকীয়া) or Ghost chilli is one of the hottest chilli on earth cultivated basically in Assam and some other parts of northeast India. The bhoot jolokias are two or three inches long and starts out green in colour.  It turns red only when ripened.  This ripened ghost chilli in the first bite gives an intense sweet chilli flavor.  The heat doesn't kick at the beginning. As you started chewing it, the heat kicks in and your mouth started burning together starts sweating and watery eyes.

Don't touch ghost chilli with bare hands after cutting.  But as we Assamese people do not use spoon and fork and eat our meal with our fingers, we have the practice of touching this red hot chili with our bare hands. Do you remember the Indian chilli queen Anandita Dutta Tamuly.  She is know for eating and rubbing bhoot jolokia on her bare eyes. But you don't try this and don't even touch bhoot jolokia with bare hands if you don't have practice.  Today I m…

Wood Apple Ice Lollies

Continuing my summer special recipes, today I'm going to share wood apple ice lolly recipe. Wood Apple is known as bael in India. Wood apple is one of the healthiest fruit available during summer. Consuming wood apple is good for diabetic patients. It helps in constipation and indigestion and also helps in reducing cholesterol.

Also try Wood Apple Shake

Wood Apple Ice Lollies 

INGREDIENTS:
1 wood apple 5-6 tbsp of sugar 1 cup cold milk 4-5 cardamon 1 cup water METHOD: Crack wood apple and take out the pulp. In a blender jar take wood apple pulp, cold milk, sugar, cardamoms and water. Blend it into a smooth liquid. With the help of a stained, filter the liquid into a jar. Discard the remaining. Transfer the liquid into ice lolly  molds.Freeze until solid.

Wood Apple Shake

Wood Apple or Bael is one of the healthiest fruit available during summer. It helps in constipation and indigestion etc.  Bael is good for diabetic patients as it reduces cholesterol. Wood Apple Shake is very easy to prepare.  You can make this shake  with or without milk. With cold milk make this cool cool wood apple shake and serve it at the breakfast.

Wood Apple Shake 

🔪Preparation Time : 10 minutes 🍴Servings : 2

INGREDIENTS:
 1 wood Apple1 cup of cold milk 4-5 tbsp sugar (or as required) 1 cup water (or as required) 
METHOD:
Crack the wood apple and take out the pulp. In a blender jar, take wood apple pulp, milk, sugar and water. Blend it into a fine shake. Enjoy! 

Peanut and Curry Leaves Chutney

An Indian meal is incomplete without a chutney. Chutney is a type of sauce basically a dry base sauce originating from India. There are varieties of chutney recipes which are served with the main course as a side dish or as a dip with fritters, samosa, pakora, idli, dosa etc. 

Chutney recipes are very easy to prepare.  Most of the chutney recipes are prepared by grinding and are basically made from raw vegetables. Today I'm going to share a Peanut and Curry Leaves Chutney recipe which don't required any cooking. Serve this recipe at lunch or dinner with main course or with samosa or pakora in the evening with tea. 

Peanut and Curry Leaves Chutney  📎Course : Side dish
📎Cuisine : Indian 🔪Preparation Time : 15 minutes
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup peanuts1 bunch of curry leaves 5-6 green chillies 4-5 long coriander leaves Salt to taste water if required
METHOD: Wash curry leaves under running water. Soak peanuts in lukewarm water for 10 minutes. Drain and keep aside. In a small Chutney making ja…

Mango Pickle

Hey there!  I'm back with another pickle recipe.  The season of king of fruits is on. The raw mango pickle is very popular in India. Despite of continuous bad whether since last month, I somehow able to make a bottle of mango pickle last week and is now ready to serve. Raw mango pickle is my daughter's favorite pickle so how can I skip raw mango pickle from my list. As my first batch of raw mango pickle is ready to serve, I'm going to share the recipe with you. 


Mango pickle is a condiment made from raw mango, spices, salt and oil. For pickling I use mustard oil only.  There are many different methods of making mango pickle and among them this one is the simplest one. 
Mango Pickle 
📎Course : Pickle 📎Cuisine : Indian
INGREDIENTS:
7-8 raw mangoes 1 tbsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp coriander seeds 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 1/3 tsp fenugreek seeds1/2 tsp fennel seeds1/2 tsp hing or asafoetida1/2 tsp nigella seeds 1 tbsp red chilli powder 1 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp salt 1 or …

Restaurant Review : Urban Palate, Dibrugarh

Today we visited Urban Palate situated at Khalihamari, Dibrugarh for a family lunch.  As today is Sunday, a lazy day, we wake up late in the morning and as such we were late for the lunch too. It was about 2p.m. and we were very hungry. So we decided to choose Urban Palate for our lunch as it's very easy to reach, at a very convenient place and got no problem for parking the car.

As we four (me, my husband and our two kids) reached the restaurant, it was almost empty but soon it was filled with many customers. I noticed that all the other customers were of young age and may be students.  So at first I was pretty confused about the type of this restaurant. Whether it's a family restaurant or a gathering place for youngsters.

In a dilemma I checked the menu. The menu is very unique and innovative that promises good things. It contains fast food, Chinese and main course in its menu. The menu was very well explained. But as I enquired, I found that many of the items in the menu were…

Raw Mango Ice Lollies

The season of raw mango is here. I waited for the whole year for raw mangoes as I love raw mangoes. Mango, the king of fruits is available only during summer and sweet and sour raw mango ice lollies can give the perfect refreshments during hot hot summer. No artificial color is added in these lollies. Raw mango is used to make these ice lollies together with some mint leaves, sugar, salt and some mild spices. Just blend all the ingredients and transfer into ice pop or ice lolly molds. If you don't have ice lolly molds, you can use paper cups and wooden sticks.

Also try Watermelon Ice Pops
Raw Mango Ice Lollies 

INGREDIENTS:
1 cups of raw mango peeled, seeded and diced. 5-6 finely chopped mint leavesPinch of cumin powder 1/2 tsp black salt 4 tbsp sugar 2 cups of water METHOD: In a blender blend all the ingredients until smooth. With the help of a stained, filter the liquid into a jar. Discard the remaining. Transfer the liquid into ice lolly  molds.Freeze until solid.

Fish Curry with Colocasia and Black Pepper

Colocasia is a tropical plant most commonly known as elephant ear or taro is very native to Assamese cuisine. The scientific name of colocasia leaves  is Colocasia esculenta. It is mostly cultivated for its roots. Colocasia leaves are also edible but it must be prepared correctly. Eating colocasia leaves may cause irritation. So boil colocasia leaves and throw the water before making any recipe in order to remove the oxalates that may cause irritation of the tongue. You can also soak colocasia leaves in salty water for few minutes in order to remove the toxic in it.

It is very important to add either any souring agent or black pepper to prepare any colocasia leaves recipe in Assamese cuisine. Adding souring agent or pepper reduces the irritation cause to the throat or tongue. Serving hot also reduces the irritation. As rice is our main food, we like to have this recipe as a side dish with steamed rice. 
Fish Curry with Colocasia and Black Pepper 

📎Course : Main Course  📎Cuisine : India…

Watermelon Ice Pops

Kids love ice pops.  But why to buy from the market when it is so easy to prepare at home. Watermelon is one of the most refreshing fruit to beat the heat during summer. These watermelon ice pops are simple to make with no artificial colors and flavours.  I even didn't used any extra sugar as the watermelon that I used had enough sweetness. So I hope you definitely give it a try to make these cool and refreshing watermelon ice pops.


It's just an one ingredient ice pop. Blend watermelon, pour into ice pop molds and freeze. Different ice pop molds are available in the market but if you don't have ice pop molds, don't worry. You can use paper cups and wooden sticks. You can also make watermelon ice cubes in the similar way.
Watermelon Ice Pops 
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups of fresh watermelon peeled, seeded and diced. METHOD: In a blender blend watermelon until smooth. Transfer the liquid into a ice pop molds. Freeze until solid. 

Dry Fruits Custard Recipe

Custard is a variety of  dessert preparations generally based on milk. Milk is thickened by adding either egg yolks, corn flour or gelatin etc. and at last fruits and nuts are added to it.  Kids love to eat custard and it's very easy to prepare. Dry fruits custard is also a very simple recipe to prepare where rich dry fruits are added in sweet creamy custard.

Try similar recipe of Fruit Custard
Dry Fruits Custard Recipe  📎Course : Dessert  📎Cuisine : World  🔪Preparation Time : 10 minutes ♨Cooking Time : 10 minutes  🕞Total : 20 minutes
🍴Servings : 2


INGREDIENTS:
2 cups of milk2/3 tbsp custard powder2-4 tbsp of sugar1/2 cup of dry fruits cut into pieces (dates, cashews, raisins, cheery etc.)METHOD: Heat milk in a saucepan on medium heat.  In a bowl take custard powder.  Add some milk and mix thoroughly. Now add this custard and milk mixture into the  boiling milk , stir continuously. Add sugar,  stir continuously. When the liquid becomes thicker,  remove from heat.  Let it cool .Add d…

Mint Chutney with Raw Mango and Ghost Chilli (Podina, Kaccha Aam and Bhut Jolokia Chutney)

There are many different Mint chutney recipes but my favourite one is with hard and sour raw mango or unripe mango. As the unripe mango is tangy in taste,  the taste of this mint chutney is also tangy. The mint in the chutney gives a nice aromatic flavour.  The chillies used in the chutney makes it hot.  So this Mint Chutney with Raw Mango and Ghost Chilli (Podina, Kaccha Aam and Bhut Jolokia Chutney) is a hot and sour chutney with a strong mint smell which automatically brings water to our mouth on the very mention of it. 




Mint Chutney with Raw Mango and Ghost Chilli (Podina, Kaccha Aam and Bhut Jolokia Chutney) 📎Course : Side dish
📎Cuisine : Indian 🔪Preparation Time : 10 minutes
INGREDIENTS:


1 cup finely chopped mint leaves1 small ghost chilli *1 medium sized raw mango pinch of sugarSalt to taste water if required*if you don't have ghost chilli, use green chillies. 

METHOD:


Peel the raw mango and discard the seed. Now cut the flesh into cube sized pieces. In a small Chutney making …

Watermelon Ice Cubes Recipe

Watermelon is a super food during summer with lots of health benefits. Watermelon is a low calorie  fruit with lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. As watermelon mainly consists of water,  it is good in summer for body refreshments to beat the heat. Watermelon ice cubes are great way to refresh yourself this summer. All you need is a fresh watermelon, a blender and a ice cube tray. I'm sure that the kids who hate to eat watermelon will definitely love this cool cool watermelon ice cubes. Hey! this one ingredient recipe is not only for kids. Add these watermelon ice cubes into your glass of water, lemonade or vodka lemonade and enjoy the summer.

Watermelon juice is another amazing way to refresh yourself this summer. You can check the watermelon juice recipe here. I like to eat watermelon in Indian way by making watermelon chat.  Making watermelon chaat is very easy.  Just peeled, seeded and diced.  Sprinkle black salt, chaat masala and little red chilli powder.  That's …

Instant Green Chilli Pickle in Mustard Recipe

Hey!  I'm back again with another Green chilli pickle. Hope you are not bored with my continuous pickle recipes. Summer is meant for pickling and I have still many pickles to made in my mind. Hope you liked my previous green chilli pickle recipe. Today I'm going to share an instant green chilli pickle recipe which you can serve to your guests instantly after making. This green chilli pickle is very easy to prepare. The taste of this pickle is hot and sour.  This is similar to the chilli chutney that is usually served in marriage parties. I'm using medium hot Indian variety of  green chillies for making this Instant pickle. Green chillies are dipped into the mustard seeds' paste and the use of vinegar makes the pickle sour to taste. You can serve this pickle with rice or roti (Indian bread)  as a side dish,  but I like to have this pickle with fritters (pakoras) too. 


Instant Green Chilli Pickle in Mustard Recipe 
📎Course : Pickle 📎Cuisine : Indian
🔪Preparation Time : 2…

Green Tomato Pickle

Hey there!  here I'm back with another pickle recipe.  Sweet, sour and spicy green tomato pickle is very easy to prepare.


Green tomatoes are the unripe tomatoes which are firm and sour. If you have green tomatoes and searching for recipe ideas than I have got two simple green tomato chutney recipes for you > click here

I love eating green or raw tomatoes.  Red tomatoes are available throughout the year but green tomatoes are quite seasonal. Today I got a basket of green tomatoes from my father and so I decided to make this pickle recipe.
Green Tomato Pickle 
📎Course : Pickle 📎Cuisine : Indian
INGREDIENTS:
7-8 green tomatoes 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp coriander seeds 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 1/3 tsp fenugreek seeds1/2 tsp fennel seeds1/2 tsp hing or asafoetida1/2 tsp nigella seeds 1 tbsp red chilli powder 2 tbsp sugar 1/2 tbsp salt 1/2 cup mustard oil 1/2 tbsp white vinegarMETHOD: Wash the green tomatoes under running water.  Wipe the tomatoes with a dry cloth. Slice the green tomatoes…