DURGA PUJA SPECIAL RECIPES / BENGALI FESTIVAL SPECIAL RECIPES ROUNDUP
Durga pooja is a 4 to 5 day festival which is celebrated with great pomp and splendour in West Bengal. During this festival Goddess Durga is worshipped. Today is Mahalaya and the countdown has begun for the grand Bengali’s festival Durga puja!
The festival is celebrated with fasting, feasting and worshipping, it’s a time of fun ,frolic and enjoying good food with family and friends. Though during Durga Puja we bongs hardly cook at home as for us it’s all about visiting the puja pandal in the morning and hanging around with friends them giving Anjali(Worshipping Ma Durga with chanting of mantras ) , then again checking out the food stalls for some chai nashta (Tea and snacks) , and chitchatting or playing games organised by the puja team members and waiting for the bhog Prasad to be served during lunch, it’s a crazy time which only bongs can understand ….It’s so much fun that we wait all year long for this time to come.
Then in the evening again it’s time for pandal hopping throughout the city and seeing all different types of Goddess Durga protima (Durga idols) and getting awed by each of them and after the darshan (worshipping) , we would go and check out all the stalls be it of handicraft, books food or music , but the main attraction of all is after all the food stalls and you can enjoy all kinds of different delicacies as the variety of dishes available are endless and to choose a few out of them is so difficult… you can choose from chicken rolls, egg rolls, to mutton kosha with luchi, or mutton curry with steamed rice or else enjoy some chingri macher malai curry with steamed rice , or else gorge on different varities of kebabs and appetizers available and not to forget the ilishpaturi steamed in banana leaves with some tangy mustard paste , if I keep on writing I would gain a few pound here…. And to conclude with no bong festivity is over without having some deserts and sweets either choose from mishit doi, nolen gurer sondesh ,roshogulla, langcha or try some nolen gurer icecream which is to die for…Someday we even enjoy meals in some special restaurants we like.
The best pujo is said to be of Kolkata and whoever have seen the puja there would not enjoy it anywhere they say, but I have been lucky enough I was in Ahmedabad before I got married and saw a decent share of my Durga puja fun at that time when I was growing up and after marriage in Bangalore I have equally enjoyed my Puja ,we have been lucky enough to enjoy these 5 days with full pomp and galore, but those who are staying abroad or in places other than big metro cities in India miss the fun as its not celebrated to its extreme as it is done in Kolkata and other metro cities of India they want to make the festive season special in their own ways .
As we all know we Bengalis are known for their love for good food and for us celebrations means enjoying a scrumptious meal with family and friends, so for the people living abroad or the people who are staying in India and missing the celebrations I have done a roundup of Bengali festival dishes from my blog so that they can enjoy it with good food and not miss durga puja at home so much, do have a look and choose your favorite dishes and prepare it in your home kitchen and enjoy the coming festive season with your loved ones.
Have fun and have a “ Happy Durga Puja” ahead, may Ma Durga Bless you with all the happiness and prosperity for the coming year.
1. DUM ALOO
Enjoy some lip smacking Dum Aloo and luchi for Maha Saptami breakfast. Read More
2. BENGALI GHUGNI CHAAT
Try some Bengali Ghugni chat for your chatpata chat cravings. Read More
3. KOSHA MANGSHO
Have some Bengali special Kosha Mangsho with some phulko luchi to make your pujo lunch more scrumptious. Read More
4. MANGSHORE JHOL(Bengali style mutton curry)
What better can be than digging in some soulful Bengali style mutton curry aka Mangshor jhol along with some hot piping steamed rice. Read More
5. CHINGRI MACHER MALAI CURRY
Nothing can beat some Chingri Macher malai curry with some hot steamed rice and your day is sorted. Read More
6. KOLKATA STYLE VEGETABLE CHOP
For teatime hunger or some snacks cravings what about some Vegetable Chops, specially for the vegeterians. Read More
7. ALOO KEEMA CHOPS
Dig in some Bong favorite Aloo Keema Chop with some cutting chai for evening snacks. Read More
8. FISH RAWA FRY
Try this spicy crispy fried fish rawa fry to accompany any of your meals. Read More
9. KUCHO NIMKI AKA NAMAKPARA
Have a box full of these addictive Kucho Nimki ready for anytime munching. Read More
10. NOLEN GURER NARKELER NADU
These are a must in every bongs house for the upcoming festive season. Read More
11. BHAPA DOI
This is a near cousin to our famous Mishtidoi and no Bengali meal is over without having this sweet delicacy. Read More
Being a bong you know that your Durga Pujo is not over without having some melt in mouth Sondesh. Read More