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My favourite cuisine is Mughlai, the blend of Persian and North Indian cuisine during the Mughal rule. My native Bengali cuisine comes a close second. I spent quite some years in South India and North Europe. There are very few dishes I enjoy from these places. One of my most hated dish/cuisine is sushi, which goes against all 3 of my principles of food: spiced, well cooked, big portions (compare: murgh musallam).




Spice rack

I am a spice curator/connoisseur! Here’s a list of spices that I had/have in my kitchen at Bengaluru/Delft (in languages I have to buy them in, i.e. English/Hindi/Bengali/Dutch).

  • Bay leaves (tejpata)
  • Poppy (posto) seeds
  • Turmeric (holud) powder
  • Fennel (mouri) seeds
  • Nigella (kalojeera) seeds
  • (methi)
  • Cumin (jeera) whole/powder
  • (shahi jeera)
  • Coriander (dhone) whole/powder
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) whole/powder
  • Cardamom (elachi) whole/powder
  • (shahi elachi)
  • Clove (lobongo)
  • Nutmeg (joiphal) whole/powder
  • Mace (javitri)
  • Saffron
  • Biriyani attar
  • Garlic (rosun) whole/powder
  • Ginger (ada) whole/flakes/powder
  • Chillies whole/flakes/powder
  • Pepper (golmorich) whole/crushed/powder
  • (currypata)
  • (pudina powder)
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Lemongrass
  • Vanilla essence
  • Chat masala
  • Aamchur
  • Kaffir lime dry leaves
  • Cocoa
  • Pistachio
  • Asafoetida (hing)
  • MSG
  • Hazelnut
  • Honey
  • Betel leaf
  • Mustard


I am not a fruit lover in general. However, a few fruits (esp. the sour ones) bring back some childhood memories.

Memories of childhood

90s kid nostalgia: kismi, parle-g, hajmola, coin chocolate, ring pops, cigerette logenze, eclairs, ..


  • The Saffron Tree @ Kolkata - innovative mughlai dishes, menu with a bibliography!
  • Riyasat @ Kolkata - innovative cocktails
  • Cafe Thulp @ Bengaluru - mother of all moos
  • Nizam’s @ Kolkata - Kolkata biriyani and mutton chaap
  • Onesta @ Bengaluru - all-you-can-eat thin crust pizzas
  • Byg Brewski @ Bengaluru - amazing ambience, mead
  • Hatari @ Kolkata - indo-chinese
  • [Cheese And More] @ Delft - pesto spaghetti pasta
  • [Kobi’s Grill] @ Delft - kapsalon loco loco



My favourite food blogger is Mark Wiens

And the favourite channel to learn cooking (esp. Bengali cuisine) is BongEats

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