Durga Puja 2017 Special: Kasundi, Bengali Cuisine’s Favourite Mustard Sauce

A Bengali feast is an elaborate spread of myriad flavours that will have you raving about the delicacies for days to come. With Durga Puja right round the corner, this is the perfect time to indulge in authentic Bengali dishes, best had at a Bengali friend’s residence. From Fish Chops and Devilled Eggs to Kosha Mangsho, Bhapa Ilish, Bhetki Paturi and Mishti Doi, you will be spoilt for choice. And if you are among those who enjoy pungency in your food, then you definitely will notice the potency of Bengal’s favourite mustard sauce…

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Thomasina Miers’ recipe for quail with runner beans and roast red pepper sauce

Iwas chatting to a chef friend recently about his three-month journey across Turkey and Syria, just before civil war broke out. The story of his trip reminded me of my own visits to Turkey, and of how deeply I had fallen in love with its food: fresh, light and vegetable-oriented, it ticked all my boxes – and still does. In particular, it reminded me of Turkish cuisine’s similarities with Mexican food, not least its carefree use of wild herbs and greens, and the popularity of red peppers. Tainted by their association with…

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