Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Spaghetti Pomodoro at Fire and Ice, Kolkata

The Fire and Ice Pizzeria on Chowringhee is beyond a doubt Calcutta's favorite pizzeria! No one makes thin crust pizzas like they do, but that's no reason to neglect the other goodies on their menu. The menu is not pages long but it manages to wrap up all the flavors of Italy on 2 sides of a A4 sheet. The veg antipasto, pastas, salads, soups and sides make for a very enjoyable vegan meal. 

I have been ordering the Spaghetti Arrabbiata for years now and it's always been as soul satisfying as the last time. But on my last visit I wanted something more home-style and ordered the Spaghetti Pomodora. It's a simpler version of the Arrabbiata and can be made spicy on order. The flavor of the fresh tomato sauce is enhanced by the big cloves of garlic that are tossed into. Try their refreshing homemade iced tea to wash down this spicy pasta. It's a really simple meal but your taste buds will probably remember it for a very very long time. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Burmese Khao Suey at Taaja's, Kolkata

Taaja's is an old favorite of most Calcuttans. Recently shifted from Ballygunge to Jodhpur Park, Taaja's makes some of the best vegan food in the city. Try the Khao Suey here- Taaja's was one of the first restaurants to serve this Burmese inspired dish when most Calcuttans hadn't even heard of it. If you love coconut milk like I do, you will love this soupy noodle dish. 

The thing that makes Khao Suey so much fun is the interactive nature of the soup. Khao Suey traditionally comes with many little bowls of lemon wedges, roasted garlic flakes, crispy noodles, chopped coriander, chopped onion and red chilli powder or red chilli flakes. Add in these toppings for a hot spicy bowl of intense flavor- as salty garlic, heaty chilli, tangy lemon, crunchy noodles and creamy coconut play in alternate rhythms on your taste buds. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Earth & Animal Friendly Jewelry by Christy Robinson

Here's a super cute collection of neck pieces on Etsy with clever animal rights messages engraved on them. Designed by Dallas based designer and animal rights advocate Christy Robinson, these pieces are crafted from earth friendly recycled materials like aluminium, copper and sterling silver. To buy her products visit her website at http://www.christyrobinsondesigns.com/default.html or buy them on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/crobinsondesign?ref=seller_info#. Such a great gift idea to give to your animal loving friends!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Baby Potatoes in Mustard and Dark Soy

This one's hot, sticky, spicy, fried and carby. But I promise you it is one helluva vegan snack for the monsoons. Here's how to make it. 

You will need:
  • Baby potatoes with skins
  • Chopped garlic
  • Chopped onion
  • Mustard oil
  • Mustard sauce- preferable the Indian Kasundi
  • Dark soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Red chilli powder
  • Red chilli flakes
What you need to do:

Fry the onions in mustard oil. Add in the halved potatoes and garlic. Add salt, a tablespoon of sugar, 4 tablespoons of dark soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of mustard sauce, a teaspoon of red chilli powder and some chilli flakes. Stir well and keep on low heat till the potatoes are cooked on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside. Serve with mustard sauce. 

 Indian brands of mustard oil will give this recipe that extra kick.

I prefer to use locally bought mustard sauce- better known as kasundi in India. It's spicy and tangy has more heat. Plus, you can actually taste the mustard seeds.