Discover Delicious Bong Cuisine and More With Debjanir Rannaghar
Winner of numerous accolades, Debjani is a renowned figure in the food blogging scene in India. A financial analyst by profession, Debjani started her blog more as a food journal which she can reach back to for recipes while cooking. But the overwhelming response from readers gave her the much needed push to develop Debjanir Rannaghar as a full fledged blog.
Today, Debjanir Rannaghar is considered as one of the top 100 food blogs in India and Debjani is one of the top Indian food photographers too.
In this blog, Debjani talks about her passion for blogging, food, her achievements and more.
What inspired you to start Debjanir Rannaghar?
The blog was started back in 2009 when I was posted in Bihar as a United Nation’s Volunteer. I started writing food blog posts using the recipes I used to cook for myself while staying alone in a remote part of the country. Food has always been my passion and for the love of my passion, I started I blog formally with the name Debjanir Rannaghar back in 2010. Initially, my intention was to record day-to-day recipes in easy format so that I do not need to call my mother every now and then. With passing time, I found people are liking my recipes, they are getting back to me and asking for recipes written in layman’s language.
What is your favorite cuisine?
Bengali cuisine for sure; however I am obsessed with Indian food as a whole. When it comes to eating, apart from the cuisines I have mentioned, I love Italian food a lot.
What ingredients do you try to avoid in your dishes and what are the ingredients that you can’t do without?
I do not like to use the ingredients which are considered hazardous to health or having any chemical influence. The list of what cannot do without is never ending actually based on which dish I am cooking. I do like making the spice blends at home.
What is the best and worst thing about being a food blogger?
I reach out to N number of people through my humble blog. People try recipes from my blog; they take my suggestion while visiting a restaurant, they come to me to get food photography advice. All of these are for sure some of the best experiences. It feels good to receive emails from unknown people from the other side of the world whom I don’t know personally but are linked to me through my blog.
There is a trend in generalizing food blogging. Some people start blogging for easy fame or at times for free food! Needless to say, these are no way helpful for the food blogging community and ended on a general viewpoint about all the food bloggers including those who are effortlessly doing their work for years and not for sudden fame or mere free food. I have seen people passing humiliating comments about the fraternity as a whole which for sure is undesirable.
What are some of your professional achievements that you are proud of?
My blog has been receiving awards for years and also is being nominated by different platforms which are not limited to Top 200 Indian Food Blogs 2017, 2018, 2019, World’s Top 100 Indian Food Bloggers list 2018, Top 30 Indian Food Photographers 2018; Top Food Bloggers Award, 2018 and 2019. However, I think as a food writer, I am proud to reach to a lot of people through my blog and I am quite grateful for their emails, comments and at times in person response.
What are some of the best-received recipes on your blog?
I guess people look into my blog mainly for the Bengali dishes; if I consider the search results some of the well-received recipes are
Shukto, a Bengali delicacy, Bhaja Moong er Daal aka Sona Muger Dal, Koraishutir Kochuri aka Bengali Peas Kachauri, Bengali Mete Chorchori (Mutton Liver side with Potato chunks), Kolkata Mutton Biryani or Calcutta Biryani, Mangshor Jhol (Bengali light Mutton curry), Gota Moshlar Mangsho or Kata Moshlar Mangsho or Mutton cooked with whole spices, Phulkopir Roast (Bengali Roasted Cauliflower), Chaler Payesh aka Bengali Rice Kheer, Dak Bungalow Chicken Curry aka Chicken Dak Bungalow, Kosha Mangsho or Bengali Mutton Kasha, Bhapa Ilish or Steamed Hilsa Fish or Ilish Bhapa , Chanar Dalna (Bengali Paneer and Potato Curry) etc.
Finally, what can a new reader expect from your blog?
A new reader can come to my blog for easy to understand recipes; for food history, and for food photography as well.