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Sunday, January 02, 2011


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Truly beautiful inspiration for those who eat....perhaps all of us!? We would certainly hope so. These are just beautiful photographs of daily offerings that could be just about anywhere in the world but a few giveaways as to where these all may be found.. haha

Hope your trip is just wonderful as always..
thank you for sharing
and inspiring..


Hey Suvir,

What are the leaves on the second picture...bottom right next to the lettuce. In Bengali it would be called Shajna..(drumstick as edible pods). How would you prepare the leaves?

Happy New Year!


Suvir Saran

Happy New Year weekendfarmer!

Sahijan or Sajmah are names I have heard. Or simply Drumstick Plant leaves.

What do you make with them? The leaves can be used in stir-fries like the methi-aloo (fenugreek leaves and potatoes) that are common in Northern India. What would you all do with them in Bengal?


Hi there Suvir! The leaves...I have seen being made into 'bharta' like paste. It would be done on the stone grinder with chilli, salt and garlic. Bengalis eat a lot of bharta...aloo, beans, jackfruit seeds, cilantro, kaloonji, shutki (dried fish, shrimp)all can be made into a bharta. You might see that in a lot of Kolkata cooking. My mom makes a great daal with the drumsticks and as kids it was always a treat to play with the seeds on your plate. The drumsticks are cut 2-3 inches in size and cooked with daal.

I always loved how the leaves smell and as you play under the trees when the tree is in bloom...its heavenly. Are you in Delhi? Mithai leke aana : )

Suvir Saran

Hello dear weekend farmer!
Was in Delhi till what seems like yesterday morning. But with time distance, my yesterday stretched beyond what is normal. LOVE that about travels west... you get so much more time..

Brought back mithais and namkeens. Are you in NYC this week? If so, drop by Korin in Tribeca, and Charlie can share some with you.

Maybe someday you will share with us a recipe of dal from your mother. If you take photos and share the recipe, I can even post it on the site.

Hope you enjoy the new year in great health, and sharing memorable meals and moments with loved ones.



Hi there Suvir...lucky to go home. Delhi must have been so romantic in the fog and winter breeze...hah?

Thanks for the mithais : )! Its freezing cold in Jersey and our sheep are lambing, so will miss this time around. getting into teh city would have been cool if I had a meeting or something. I hope to meet up with you both soon...and we can share some mitahis.

I will ask 'maa' to share the recipe and some pictures of her daal with shanjna daata. She is in Dhaka, so might be a while : ). I made daal with fish head this weekend. It turned out great. Will share in a post soon.

Wish you a wonderful new year full of tranquility and propserity!


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