Moa- Jayanagar , Baharu and quest for the best variety

childhood is a strange thing. So many items remain there sketched as a voice, as a memory. When I was a kid, Naren da used to come to our Bhowanipore house (with that box and degchi on his head) shouting “Moa chai, jayanagarer moa, nolen patali gurrrrrrr “.  Now today, I don’t even remember whether…

Manicktola- the new Kachori capital inside Kolkata ?

So, the slight chilliness is in the air. Winter is settling in. But frankly, when did season decide for a Kolkattan what to eat (maybe except the sudden madness of cakes during christmas) ? My maternal grandfather used to live in Manicktola ….. and though they’ve moved from there few years back, but those memories…

Mohamushkil at Hilsa Festival – Sonargaon, Taj Bengal

ইলিশ নিয়ে বাঙালির বরাবরই একটা কেমন যেন আদেখলামো আছে – মানে ইলিশ না খেলে জীবন বৃথা (অবশ্যই এখানে আমি গোদা ডিমভরা ১ কেজি + মালের কথা বলছি ) . মানে একটি সাধারণ মধ্যবিত্তর জীবনের অনেক অনেক ছোট ছোট না পাওয়া কে ঢেকে দিতে পারে সেই গর্ব যখন বাড়ির কর্তা সাপ্তাহিক বাজারের থেকে এক পিস ইলিশ…

Mohamushkil at Bohemian Bullygunge

Fusion bengali food is not everybody’s cup of tea. Wherein some places think of fusion food as mixing multiple contrasting flavors and creating some unpalatable shit, few, very few chefs understand which flavors complement  and use them to create something different. I’ve heard a lot about this place called Bohemian near Bullygunge Phari and moreover,…

Mohamushkil at First Flush Golpark

চা জিনিসটা বাঙালির, বা বাঙালির ই বা বলি কেন ? যেকোনো লোকাল জনগণেরই একটা পুরোনো প্রেমের মতোন। মানে, বুঝুক আর না বুঝুক, বোঝার একটা আপ্রাণ চেষ্টা সে চালিয়ে যাবেই। আমার সীমিত অভিজ্ঞতাতে দেখেছি দার্জিলিং চা ছাড়া চা যেন তার কৌলিন্য হারায় , মানে আমি যে খুব একটা কিছু বুঝি তা নয় , কিন্তু তা ছাড়া…

Mohamushkil at Siliguri – the short foodie trip

This year, with family (yes, with my own wife), I’ve been on a trip to north bengal. and I’ve managed to find out few lesser-known god-foresaken places. You can read about the same here.  Now, once we came down to Siliguri, it was like a homecoming for my mother. She was literally dying to watch her favorite…

Jila Parikrama at Aaheli, Peerless Inn Kolkata

Frankly, I am not someone who goes ga-ga over bengali food in fine dining restaurants. No, it’s not the problem of those outlets, let me be very clear. It’s the problem of my typical middle class mentality. Whenever, I see a fish dish being priced at a bomb, my bong mind starts the calculation- this…

D’Bapi Barrackpore- biryani, love story and more…

Some people say it’s pure love, some say it’s the purest form of lust. No, please don’t get me wrong- I am talking about biryani here and not anything else. And, like all lovely (and sexy) things in life, confusion reigns here for the best one. I won’t go into the debate here as I’ve…

mohamushkil at Vintage Asia- the specialty oriental restaurant in J W Marriott Kolkata

This was my first Kolkata Food Fanatics meet. This was my first entry to the Vintage Asia, J W Marriott Kolkata and frankly, somehow, I am somewhat scared to enter the big hotels, especially their specialty outlets. Those who know me, you know that I’m quite comfortable with the street food, but in these joints, I…

The Italian food festival from a dummy’s point of view- The ITC Sonar chapter

So, it was Italian week of Italian cuisine is on in Kolkata now. But let us first find out why this festival is different from any other food festivals and if at all it is different. In the month of August, a city called Amatrice (probably where Pasta All’Amatriciana was born and gained its fame)…

The humble kachori and its multiple love interests

Please forgive me, but I don’t know the culinary history of Kachori (not at least with proper documentation- however for the detail freaks, this wikipedia article comes in handy), but what I do know is the feelings when you tear the piping hot kachori in two, dip it in the dal (or aloo dum or……..

Restaurant Week India and our journey to Guchhi- Hyatt Regency, Kolkata

Ola Prime presents Restaurant Week is the largest pan-India culinary events spanning over 10 days, 6 cities and gives discerning food enthusiasts the opportunity to dine at some of India’s finest restaurants at a fraction of a la carte rates. A nominal booking fee of INR 60 per person will be secured online at the…