Potol balchao, anyone?
Food has been central to writer Mini Ribeiro’s life, right from her childhood in a Punjabi family, living among Bengali neighbours in Kolkata to learning Goan cuisine from her mother-in-law in Mumbai. And her memories and experiences with these diverse cuisines from West Bengal and Goa have come together as a book, Magical Twists: East Meets West (Notion Press). “Over the years, I have experimented with the two cuisines in my own way. All of that metamorphosed in the shape of the book that has my twists to Bengali and Goan recipes, such as kasundi prawns rissois, potol balchao, pithe puli vonn, sitabhog alle belle and dhokar caldin, apart from a few classic dishes I love,” she said.