Peace and happiness. These two words! They seem like my lifelong pursuit! No, they have not eluded me. I have just never learnt their meaning the way I do now. I guess age is not just a chronology after all. Age is the experience, the …
My Kolkata visits will almost always have a visit to the temple. No, I am not particularly religious, but my mother is. So is my brother. I rely on them to pray for me. I am sorted from that point of view. However, I do …
It’s pouring in London-perfect time for a cup of masala cha and Singara. Mon ta besh Cha cha korche (Oh I don’t even feel like translating it : I feel tea tea in my mind?!!!! Ha ha. Feel like having tea??!!!!! Well you get the feeling right. )
The summer rain in Pinner is almost like monsoon in Kolkata. Beautiful in the word maybe. I don’t know. But I can sit on my dining table and keep looking outside for hours while sipping hot tea and eating these singaras. Rain washed trees and sky look so beautiful.
SAMOSA is a well-known snack from North India- everyone in UK seems to know it. Go to any eating place and they will have samosa. I would not be surprised if Starbucks or Costa has them actually. But our Kolkata SINGARA is really unique. I feel Bengali Phulkapir Singara is the best. I tried to take tips from ma and then also searched the internet for the recipe. Not too many people actually make it which seemed a bit odd. But finally made my own. No the recipe is not my own ‘authentic’ recipe but a culmination of various one and then making my own. The taste seemed very close to the one we get in misti er dokan ( sweet shop in Bengal where Singara is mostly sold from) but cannot be the same. It is very hard to get the same taste as we carry that taste in our heart not in our tongue. Also it is hard to get stale oil, sweating body and unclean hand- the all masala for best cooked road side food in the world. No I am not joking or being sarcastic. I truly believe that and let that remain there. All for food and food for all.
Now Rudra grew up near a sweet shop and he suggested that it is not round roti that makes the best looking singara but the oblong one. And he is right. Like always when it comes to Sweets or anything that get produced from sweet shop in Bengal.
Without much ado, here is the recipe. Hope you like it and make some.. like.. NOW!