Tuesday, 13 June 2017


Well this was my final call on today's post after juggling with quite a few. Ask me why? I am  just that way... whimsical and the master of my own mind. I decided on this universally accepted potatoes on a bed of red and white chequered mat .... a lip smacking green mint - coriander chutney to accompany with a touch of blue far there. S what happened...... no South Asian / Indian / Bengali this week? Why these people do not eat western or what? Do not under estimate us, we can can lah. So far I am concerned I go for easy ones, do not expect a shepherd's pie from me. Even if I nail it some day, you will see this primitive fat old Bengali lady adding some chopped green chillies to the the shepherd pie  before eating. Some chopped onion and coriander leaves will also work fine.... I mean I will end up preparing a shepherd pie chaat for myself..... ' thora woh cheese hatao aur laal mirch dalo' .... I am that kind of a desi who cooks 'dhonepata bata shim' broad beans in coriander paste sitting far off from home  in the kitchen of another home. Hola my expert counterparts, I can also cook 'lau chingri', 'loitta shutkir bhorta', 'chyachra', 'tatka loter jhuri' 'mutton dopiaza' and 'curry chicken-the island way too.'Always remember I have many other people to deal with, a mariner or his wife has friends and acquaintances worldwide. Not always the wifey wishes to show love to anyone or everyone.

My friend Bianca Castafiore would be sad if I blog on chaat today. She is among very few who thinks S is not so bad looking.... hahaha. Then some of the dear people are potato lovers whom Bianca loves too. So why not try some guilt free potato as yum snacks or appetisers. Besides, some dears are touring Santorini, Paris, Venice and sending beautiful pictures. Been jealous is not my forte, the best way I can call them back home is with some lemony, yummy, herbed grilled potatoes.... haha. My most favourite Bengali actor, Oscar winning Ray's 'akhon ke noor' Soumitra Chottopadhay receives France's highest award... the Legion D' Honneur? or Honour . I fell for him after watching Apur Sangshar .... one among Ray's famous trilogy.... available in youtube perhaps. I do not know whether this is the right post to talk about him or not, but this actor par excellence is my heart throb since child hood till date. More about him in a fish and rice post may be. I got too busy this week buying gifts for the family.... these idiots do not allow me beyond the airport gate if I do not..... haha. In reality, they know I love gifting people however small it is. Money never counts when it comes to a gift. With time really an important factor, I selected this easy and quick appetiser to be cooked together with you and shared. I prepared it for few visiting friends. My very beautiful dancer friend Nibedita Chottopadhay who specialised in kathak form, a choreographer too said she loved it. Whatever comes or whoever tries any damn thing.... this couple is or will remain very special to us. I have seen some people have very wrong habit of creating holes in relationship, I believe they have something really wrong about themselves. You see staying at home is by choice. Call us when you need us or we need you, I do not have time to indulge in all these non-sense. I sit at home but can sense what goes around, come on not so dumbo either.

Baby Potato : 250gm
Chopped Parsley : 1tbsp
Chopped Coriander : 1tbsp
Dried Mixed Herbs : 11/2tbsp [I use the FunFood one]
Salt : As Required
Black Pepper : 1tsp
Lemon Juice : 2-3 tbsp
Olive Oil : 2-3tbsp


Wash the potatoes with skin on. Prick all over of each with a fork. Place on a plate and microwave at high for 3-4 minutes. Let cool. Peel off the skin. Marinate with chopped parsley, coriander, dried mixed herbs, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, olive oil. Keep aside for at least 1 hour.

Place atop the grill tool.

Grill for 6-8 minutes depending on your machine.

Turn over the baby potatoes gently and grill further for 5 minutes. They are done.

They are crisp outside and soft inside, ready to served and finished immediately. Enjoy! We enjoyed with a mint-coriander chutney.