Think of West Bengal , and that brings Rabindra sangeet ,beautiful movies and the elegant Shantineketan bags 🙂 to my mind. I adore the women in crisp Bengal cotton sarees with a heavy bunch of keys on their back and the conch bangles jingling as the they move. Never been to Bengal but my Bengali friends tell me Kerala looks almost like their place. Well a significant similarity other than political ideology and the aesthetic taste would definitely be the love of rice and seafood delicacies.
Here is one such beautiful Bengali friend of mine bringing us a seafood dish She is Chitrangada of Color and Spices. A blogger who effortlessly cooks famous recipes and substantiates it with excellent photographs.
Chitrangada has a distinct style of writing very descriptive introduction to recipes. She emphasizes on sticking with the original, doing it from scratch and gives in depth detail on the scene with all when, how, why answers which interests me the most .Check out Macher Kaliya where she says about 'Bong' or Roganjosh how about some Kerala crab curry with how to clean crab, does that bring a smile on ur face then let it stay there because there is whole lot of Bengali sweets .Most sweets are milk based , have a look and I promise u will be dying to have some so check out Misti doi , Chomchom ,Sandesh and my favorite melt in the mouth Rasagullas with some trade secrets yum yumm..
Was it not a feast but wait Chitrangada runs a virtual baking section too. Focaccia, pizza then... then.. ok do one thing u guys do the choosing later.If there is any newbie blogger out there take a look at her pictures and you will notice that she puts so much attention to detail,.the images look so real and as if right in front of you.The food has a beautiful sheen which is well captured.She is definitely a blogger to look out for.
Over to Chitrangada
Things needed to make Prawn Paturi:
- Large prawns: 6
- Black mustard paste: 1.5 tbsp
- Yellow mustard paste: 1.5 tbsp
- Poppy seed paste: 3 tbsp
- Coconut paste: 6-8 tbsp
- Green chilies: 6-8
- Turmeric powder: 1 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Mustard oil: 1/4 cup
- Banana leaf to wrap the prawns
- Kitchen twine
Steps of making Prawn Paturi:
2. Prepare all the paste. While making the mustard paste add a pinch of salt and a green chili to the grinder, that will prevent the mustard paste taste bitter.
7.Take out from the pan and let rest for 5-6 min. Serve with hot steaming rice. And discard the banana leaf before eating.
Thank you so much Chitrangada . My Bengal ties are stronger now:). Wish your blog all the good luck.Hope you succeed in all your endeavors in the years to come.
I am sure my Malayali friends would be thinking the prawn paturi is the look alike of meen polichathu 🙂 except for the regional difference of using mustard and mustard oil instead of coconut products.So now you know why I visit the blog often 🙂
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Hope you guys liked this special edition - Guest post so all you lovely people out there let us know.
Thanks a lot Meena for giving me this great platform. Can't think of a better place to post my first guest post than this. Thanks for showering me with so many wonderful adjectives. I'm feeling honored.
It is such a pleasure to have you here.You are such a talented blogger,no word is an exaggeration.Thank you so much for coming over and being part of my space.
Thank you,Meena. Do check out Chitrangada's space.
Meena ,about venthaya kuzhambu it was really good dear.
Sounds tooo yum, Loved the awesome post and all the wonderful clicks 🙂 Loved the chit chat with Chitrangada... Kudos Meena for showcasing such a wonderful guest post 🙂
Thank you Divya,for all ur encouragement here and fbk. It means a lot to me.
Chitrangada is an awesome blogger do visit her space when u get a chance.
Sona - quick picks/pick quicks
Kudos to you Meena for hosting. .and this indeed is a great side dish. Glad to know more abt Chitrangada too.
Thank you,Sona. Do visit her space when u find time.
wow ,looks so stunning all clicks.so tempted to try them.she has a wonderful blog,amazing clicks.wonderful guest post Meena.
btw Thanks for trying out my venthaya kulambu and so happy u r daughter enjoyed it too.thanks for posting in the facebook too.Thanks a many.
Thank you,Rekha. Can I say do visit her and do try this please:)
Wow such a wonderful post 🙂 lovely meeting Chitrangada and to know about her. The prawns looks so delicious 🙂
Reks u came back !! again!:)))) come on no worries dear,I totally understand.
Thank you Divya,Ya Chit did great as usual right!
Wonderful guest post...and it does luk like our pollichathu!!! In fact I've a Bengali colleague who keeps telling me, Rafeeda, u r my sister bcoz we love cotton, coconut, fish n communism!!! Hehe... wud definitely move on to Chitrangada's space 4 sure... though prawns is not my baby, this looks so mouthwatering...
He hee...Rafee that is lot of c 's to love.I know !
Thank you dear. I know u are allergic to squid prawnum allergy annoo.Anyway u can try it with other fish too if u like.
What a delicious dish...loved that guest post meena...chit you did great...
We have something similar like this dish over. Just that the prawns are chopped before wrapping into parcels. I surely am admiring how succulents the prawns are and its just so lovable.
Wow that must be really tasty hope to see the recipe in ur space some time.Thank you,Nava.
She has a wonderful space and Meena not often that I cook prawns as much as I like to as my hubby is allergic to shellfish.. if I do its a herculean task.. I will have to wash all the utensils at least twice in hot water bla bla..... but sure giving this a try when I buy prawns next :)))
Nice gust post dear.Yummy dish
Anupa Joseph (Palaharam)
Meena - I loved the way u introduce Chitrangada ...calling out different dishes left my mouth watering....I must say, Job of a host well played :)...Also it was an interesting recipe to go through 🙂
Thank you,Anupa.U made my day ! Donoo if I did real justice but honestly I have drooled over many of her dishes.
Great guest post.....the dish looks absolutely amazing !loved the way u've introduced her blog,makes me want to hop over immediately ...!
Thank you Reni,do hop over!
nice guest post. looks so tempting even for vegetarian like me.
Hey Sush ,thank you.Do try Chitrangada's recipe and her space is a must visit since u love Bengali dishes.
congratulations meena, this is a beautiful post by ur guest. I ve been satying very close to bengal and i know that without a dash of fish the bengali curry remains incomplete. I am a great lover of prawn and this paturi dish is just superb.
Great recipe.. Wonderful guest post Meena.. Loved the chit-chat session with Chitrangada 🙂
Am drooling seeing the pics.. Its a very great guest post Meena 🙂 And am bookmarking this recipe too.. Will try it out 🙂
Thank you, Chitz.Do let me know,Chitrangada too will be happy to hear about that 🙂
gorgeous clicks ! Thanks Meena for introducing Chitrangada. the post is lovely !
Thank you, Shree.
yummy recipe..beautiful clicks & thanks for introducing Chitrangada..loved the whole post
looking tasty... and very well explained.. would love to follow this blog..
Awesome Sea-food recipe ...
lovely pictures and awesome guest post .I want to know ur picture secrets ..hahaha