If you want to understand how to become better allies to people with disabilities, then join us at Embracing All Abilities: Including People with Disabilities at Work.
If you thought Bengali cuisine was all about rice and fish, this unique papaya chutney recipe will correct your misconceptions!
Ours is a family with notorious sweet teeth. Well, this is not extraordinary given we are Bengalis and hard core Bangals (with Bangladeshi roots) at that. But I am the odd one our, since my interest in sweets is very limited, it’s activated only on special occasions.
I am a self-confessed lover of anything and everything that is hot, sour, spicy and salty (with a small portion of sugar) what my fellow community members sum up as tok-jhaal-mishti.
This interesting range encompasses several unique viscous achaars (pickles) eaten on their own. They may or may not accompany meals. These include permutations and combinations of kul (ber), tentul (tamarind), dried whole red chilis and aamsattva (dried mango pulp) Whenever I visit Kolkata, I ask extended family members to keep some (bought or homemade) handy. And sure enough, they comply.
Next we have the Tok (Literally tangy/sour) During meals tok– with its syrupy texture- is served in tiny bowls. You are expected to consume it with a slurping noise or by licking your fingers that have been dipped into it.
Tok can be both- vegetarian or non-vegetarian. The most common and simple version of tok uses raw mangoes as a base. This even serves as a delicious coolant during the summers. Some people also use the hilsa fish to make tok. The basic condiments include mustard seeds, tamarind pulp and raw mangoes. And how can I forget, raw green chillies!
Before anything, I must mention the chutneys too! The crowning glory of which would by the tomato chutney. It is tempered with whole mustard seeds and you can even add dates, dried mango pulp and topa kul (ber/jujubes) in varying quantities.
Personally, I love the chalta chutney! The main ingredient here is an elephant apple. And is a perfect accompaniment for the bhoger khichuri, prepared during pujas and other religious functions.
My mind flies back to the times I looked forward to sampling chalta chutney so lovingly prepared by my thamma (dad’s mother) Out of the world it used to be!
There are a few more options. Try using Amda (Hog Plum), Kamranga (star fruit) or pineapples. If made well, the end result will leave you craving for more.
Would you believe me if I said, even green papaya is also employed in chutney making and that it is called ‘Plastic Chutney.’
Why? Nobody really knows. May be because once, cooked the stuff assumes a light, translucent, plastic-like look. I furnish the recipe here for people to try out this wonder dish:
Green papaya: 1 small
Water: 2-3 cups
Salt : ½ teaspoon
Turmeric: one pinch (optional)
Lemon: 4-5 tablespoons
Dry fruits for garnishing (optional)
Peel the papaya and remove the seeds. Wash, drain and cut into thin slices. Alternatively you could fine grate the papaya. Put two cups of water on boil. Add grated papaya, salt, and turmeric. Simmer until the papaya is cooked. Remove and set aside. Now in another pan prepare sugar syrup by adding sugar to boiling water. Next add the papaya, stir and mix well. Add lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Add raisins and cashew nuts to garnish for your papaya chutney to be essentially perfect!
My personal favourite in tok jhal mishti category is Koth bel makha. This translates into a tangy, spicy mishmash comprising the pulp of koth bel (a variant of wood apple/bel/ bael )
All you need to do is crack the hard exterior shell, scoop out the entire pulp into a deep dish. Add salt, chopped green chilies, jaggery powder/ brown sugar, kala namak (rock salt) freshly chopped coriander. Mix thoroughly and voila! You have a lip-smacking, finger-licking, delicious side dish.
A word of caution: Koth bel is a seasonal fruit available during autumn and winter only. At this point I recall how my mother, would churn out the most perfect koth bel makha during family get togethers at home. Most certainly she was lauded by all, on each occasion!
Picture credits: Pexels.
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views. Individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times. If you have a complementary or differing point of view, sign up and start sharing your views too!
Am a trained and experienced features writer with 25 plus years of experience .My favourite subjects are women's issues, food travel, art,culture ,literature et all.Am a true feminist at heart. An iconoclast read more...
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views, individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times.
Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!
What I loved was how there is so much in the movie of the SRK we have known, and also a totally new star. The gestures, the smile, the wit and the charisma are all too familiar, but you also witness a rawness, an edginess.
When a movie that got the entire nation in a twist – for the right and wrong reasons – hits the theatres, there is bound to be noise. From ‘I am going to watch it – first day first show’ to ‘Boycott the movie and make it a flop’, social media has been a furore of posts.
Let me get one thing straight here – I did not watch Pathaan to make a statement or to simply rebel as people would put it. I went to watch it for the sheer pleasure of witnessing my favourite superstar in all his glory being what he is best at being – his magnificent self. Because when it comes to screen presence, he burns it, melts it and then resurrects it as well like no other. Because when it comes to style and passion, he owns it like a boss. Because SRK is, in a way, my last connecting point to the girl that I once was. Though I have evolved into so many more things over the years, I don’t think I am ready to let go of that girl fully yet.
There is no elephant in the room really here because it’s a fact that Bollywood has a lot of cleaning up to do. Calling out on all the problematic aspects of the industry is important and in doing that, maintaining objectivity is also equally imperative. I went for Pathaan for entertainment and got more than I had hoped for. It is a clever, slick, witty, brilliantly packaged action movie that delivers what it promises to. Logic definitely goes flying out of the window at times and some scenes will make you go ‘kuch bhi’ , but the screenplay clearly reminds you that you knew all along what you were in for. The action sequences are lavish and someone like me who is not exactly a fan of this genre was also mind blown.
Recent footage of her coming out of an airport had comments preaching karma and its cruel ways, that Samantha "deserved her illness" because she filed for divorce.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu fell from being the public’s sweetheart to a villain overnight because she filed for divorce. The actress was struck with myositis post divorce, much to the joy of certain groups (read sexist) in our society.
A troll responded to Samantha’s tweet, “Women Rising!!” by adding to it “just to fall”. She replied, “Getting back up makes it all the more sweeter, my friend.”
Here’s another insensitive tweet by BuzZ Basket showing fake concern for her autoimmune disease. “Feeling sad for Samantha, she lost all her charm and glow. When everyone thought she came out of divorce strongly and her professional life was seeing heights, myositis hit her badly, making her weak again.” Samantha responded, “I pray you never have to go through months of treatment and medication like I did. And here’s some love from me to add to your glow.”
Please enter your email address