Alka Jena

Food Blogger...Recipe Developer...Food Stylist....Food Photographer...Dedicated mother...Working professional…Homemaker.....the list seems endless...... Above all I am a woman and take pride in all the roles I play in my life. Friends call me a Super Mom....Super Woman... because of the multitasking I do every day in order to make a work life balance. I am AlkaJena, an Economist by Profession and a Food Blogger by Passion based at Bhubaneswar, Odisha and loves to share various recipes tried on the comfort of my Kitchen on my Blog culinary xpress. I cook to satisfy my culinary skills and prefer my work to speak for myself.

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Recipes and Articles by Alka Jena

Khira Gaintha Recipe - Rice Dumplings In Sweetened Milk

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 11:09

Khira Gaintha is a traditional odia sweet dish which consists of rice flour dumplings cooked in cardamom flavored milk. Khira Gainthas are soft rice flour balls that are cooked  in sweetened flavored milk. The rice flour is cooked with water and then kneaded to form a smooth ...

Kori Gassi Recipe - Mangalorean Traditional Chicken Curry With Coconut Milk

Friday, 15 September 2017 00:20

Kori Gassi Recipe  is a traditional Mangalorean chicken curry made with coconut milk. The delicious curry has a base of coconut and red chilli, an absolute classic from the coastal region of Mangalore. In Tulu language, Chicken is called Kori and Gassi is known as curry. This curry has a lovely ...

Published in Indian Curry Recipes

Kadali Bhanda O Chingudi Tarkari Recipe (Odia Style Banana Blossom & Prawn Curry)

Friday, 21 July 2017 00:01

Kadali Bhanda O Chingudi Tarkari Recipe is the Odia Style Banana Blossom & Prawn Curry. Banana trees are considered very versatile as every part of the plant is utilised in one way or the other. The stem called Manja and the flower called Bhanda is used as a vegetable and the fruit is used ...

Published in Fish Recipes

Chicken Bharta Recipe - Dhaba Style Chicken Masala

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:15

Chicken Bharta which tastes heavenly is a dhaba style preparation where shredded chicken is cooked in spicy creamy gravy. Chicken Bharta is deliciously creamy in taste due to the use of mashed egg yolk, fresh cream and yogurt in it. This curry needs a boneless meat which should be soft also. This ...

Published in Chicken Recipes

Railway Mutton Curry Recipe

Monday, 17 July 2017 00:15

Railway Mutton Curry was developed by the chefs of the Indian Railways during the British Raj keeping in mind the delicate palates of the British people. It was first introduced on the Frontier Mail (Golden Temple Mail) run by the Western Railway during pre-independence era. This milder version of the ...

Published in Mutton Recipes

Macha Mahura Recipe - Odia Style Fish Curry With Vegetables

Sunday, 16 July 2017 00:16

Mahura is a traditional mouth watering odia dish, that can be either made with no onion and garlic called Niramish Mahura or with fish known as Amish Mahura. What makes this recipe unique is that here the fish is steamed first then de-boned and then fried in oil before being added to the curry. In ...

Published in Fish Recipes

Thai Pumpkin Soup With Red Curry Paste Recipe

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 00:09

The creaminess of the Thai Pumpkin Soup With Red Curry Paste Recipe comes from coconut milk and the smokiness from the roasted pumpkin which is gently spiced. This Thai Pumpkin soup with addition of coconut milk and homemade Thai Red curry paste is a classic twist to the regular Pumpkin Soup. A perfect ...

Cauliflower Thai Red Curry Recipe

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 13:08

Cauliflower Thai Red Curry Recipe is a traditional, fiery-red Thai curry with sauteed cauliflower that goes well with some sticky rice. The curry paste lend their characteristic aroma to this dish, while coconut milk balances the spices.This Thai Red Curry with cauliflower made for lunch makes one of ...

Potala Rasa Recipe (Oriya Style Parval Sabzi)

Thursday, 29 September 2016 00:25

Potala as you all know is the Odia name for Parwal or Pointed Gourd and Rasa means gravy. In this recipe, Parwal is cooked with coconut, poppy seed and cashew nut gravy and all spices to give the dish a rich feel. This curry is mainly made during religious festivals when the uses of onion and garlic ...

Published in Sabzi Recipes

Oriya Style Ghanta Tarkari Recipe (Mixed Vegetables Curry)

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00

Ghanta Tarkari is a signature Odia recipe where variety of vegetables are cooked with soaked pulses and legumes in huge quantities and distributed among neighbors. Due to the presence of so many vegetables, the nutrient content of this curry is also high. This mixed vegetable dish from Odisha is somewhat ...

Published in Sabzi Recipes

Oriya Kancha Kadali Bara Recipe (Raw Banana Cutlets)

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:01

Odiya Kancha Kadali Bara Recipe are Raw Banana Cutlets from Odissi cuisine that are subtly spicy and are apt replacement for fritters during snack time. These Raw Banana Cutlets that have no onion and no garlic in them. Hence they are ideal to be prepared during most festivals where onion and garlic ...

Published in Indian Snack Recipes

Niramish Aloo Dum Recipe

Monday, 26 September 2016 00:58

This Niramish Aloo Dum recipe is perfect for festivals as it is made without onion and garlic, still is loaded with lots of flavor. This is usually served with Radhaballavi or Stuffed Chana Daal Poori and is undoubtedly the favorite breakfast of a typical Bengali Household. This mouth watering delicacy ...

Published in Sabzi Recipes

Odiya Style Chana Dal With Potato & Pumpkin Curry Recipe

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:36

Odiya Style Chana Dal cooked With Potato And Pumpkin is a very sought-after dish in every Odia household. This Chana Dal With Potato And Pumpkin Curry Recipe is a dal liked by all for its amazing taste of spicy dal blended with sweetness of pumpkin. It is a nutritious and a wholesome dish which goes ...

Published in Sabzi Recipes

Malabar Prawn Curry Recipe

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:38

Malabar Prawn Curry is a recipe from the coastal regions of South India, KERALA, which is aptly called “God’s Own country”. Because of the abundance of coconut trees in Kerala, it finds it's exclusive presence in Malabar Cuisine. Malabari Cuisine is from the Southern Part of Konkan Coast, which ...

Published in Fish Recipes

Khichdi With Fresh Spices Recipe

Thursday, 14 April 2016 00:25

To many, the humble khichdi or khichri or Khechudi, evokes a medley of emotions, by the mere mention of the name, one either loves or hates it. Almost every state in India has its own name for Khichdi. Ayurveda, the Indian wisdom of medicine, also recommends Khichdi for all body types as a cleansing ...

Published in Khichdi Recipes

Thandai Shrikhand Tart Recipe

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 03:45

Shrikhand Recipe is a creamy sweet hung curd, mildly flavored with crushed cardamom and saffron strands is a magical transformation of simple curd into a sweet delicacy befitting for GOD's. That’s why "Shrikhand" is supposed to mean "Ambrosia of the Gods". In this recipe we are making a Thandai Shrikhand ...

Eggless Thandai Cookie Recipe

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 00:22

The Eggless Thandai Cookie Recipe is a delicious Indian cookie that is perfect for a snack along with a cup of Masala Chai. The addition of Thandai masala into the cookie, gives it a rich spicy taste, making it perfect to go along with chai. Make these cookies as a fun treat for the kids or even as ...

Published in Indian Snack Recipes

Thandai Phirni Recipe - A Delicious Indian Rice Dessert

Friday, 11 March 2016 00:06

Phirni is an easy traditional Indian rice pudding like dessert which is prepared with full cream milk, basmati rice and sugar as the main ingredients. The cooked rice milk mixture is poured into small earthen clay pots garnished with mixed nuts and edible silver leaf. Phirni has got its origins in the ...

Vegetable Yakhni Pulao Recipe

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 12:54

The origins of Yakhni Pulao lies back to Persia and was introduced to Indians by the Mughal rulers. Aromatic spices are the essence of this pulao or pilaf. Yogurt is another ingredient which is the key to bringing all these flavours together and giving this pulao its unique flavor.  Serve the Yakhni ...

Published in Pulao Recipes

Aloo Kulcha Recipe (Spiced Potato Stuffed Indian Flat Bread)

Thursday, 03 December 2015 03:23

Aloo Kulcha Recipe is one of the most popular North Indian flat breads there are. Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, filled with a spiced potato stuffing, these kulcha are delicious accompaniment to any Indian meal. Quite different from Aloo Paranthas, these are also very popular in Amritsar. ...

Published in Kulcha Recipes

Baked Palak Ki Mathri Recipe (Baked Spinach Spicy Tea-Time Crackers)

Thursday, 26 November 2015 00:01

Baked Palak Ki Mathri Recipe is a healthy take on Mathri - one of the favorite Indian tea-time snacks. It’s a crumbly, salty and savory Indian fritter or biscuit that has a flaky texture and is perfect served alongside a hot cup of tea. Typically, mathris are deep fried and made with all-purpose flour, ...

Published in Indian Snack Recipes

Bengali Sita Bhog Recipe

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:41

The Bengali Sita Bhog is a delectable rice dish that is sweet and packed with flavors along with mini jamoons in the rice. Bengali Cuisine, like its delectable variants of food, boasts of a rich sweet tradition. The Bengali Sita Bhog sweet is a lesser known of the sweets which has remain hidden ...