Durga Pujo is just around the corner, which means it is time to immerse ourselves in the celebrations that ensue. Apart from the pandal hopping, and the weeks of impulsive shopping, what Bengalis really look forward to is the delicious food that makes Durga Pujo what it is. From spicy puchkas that bring tears to your eyes to the sweet, melt-in-the-mouth roshogolla, Durga Pujo is the time to gorge with abandon. There is no better time than Durga Pujo to taste all that Bengal has to offer and here we bring you six dishes that you must absolutely try during this festival:
Luchi and Kosha Mangsho
As the piping hot puris, or luchis as they are known in Kolkata, is dipped in the tangy mutton curry, it gives rise to a pair that is incomparable. Truth be told, we can have luchis at any given time of the day. Luchi can be paired with a number of side dishes, from ghugni to aalur dum, but when paired with kosha maangsho, it is irresistible.
Say what you will, but the biryani of Bengal is unbeatable. With a massive piece of mutton or chicken and some kebabs and curry on the side, the invigorating fragrance of biryani is enough to make our mouths water. Surprisingly, the best part about this dish is not the rice or even the meat; it is the chunky piece of potato that accompanies the biryani that makes it special. Once you’ve tasted a Kolkata biryani, you will know what we are talking about!
The foods listed in this category are endless! However, we have brought you some of the dishes you absolutely have to try this Durga Pujo. Be it the chewy kathi rolls with spicy fillings, or the delicious, crunchy puchkas, the streets during this pompous festival are lined with stalls of delicious food. Ghugni, a tantalizing dish made of dried peas, is also a must-have in addition to the zesty jhaal muri, and delectable cutlets.
Being in Bengal and not trying fish is considered treachery. Often thought to be the best of fishes, the hilsa can be prepared in a variety of ways. From a simple curry to ilish maachher bhaapa, from shorshe ilish to ilish maachher paturi, each dish is as good as the other. Pair it with some plain rice and you have an unforgettable meal right there.
On Mahashtami and Maha Navami, the pujo committees distribute bhog, which is usually khichdi, accompanied by a fried item, a vegetarian side dish, and some sweet paayesh. People flock outside the pandals after the morning pushpanjali and receive their share of the delicious bhog which cannot be replicated at any other day of the year.
No Bengali meal is complete without a dessert, and there is no dessert like mishti. From spongy roshogollas to hot paantuas, your appetite won’t be satiated with just one. However, what may as well be considered to be the most beloved dessert among Bengalis is the mishti doi, with its smooth, cool sweetness which melts in our mouths. Other desserts to try during this festival are roshmalai, chhanar jileepi, lyangcha, sandesh, and kaaju katli.
So which dishes are you trying this pujo? Do let us know at [email protected]!0