Durga Puja 2018: As every Bengali must have told you, Durga Puja is the best festival in India. Bengali food is the most nuanced cuisine to ever hit the world. Bengali culture is the most cultured. To be fair, Durga Puja is one of those rare religious festivals in India where everyone – cutting across class and caste – can take part equally, thronging to the pandals, inviting each other home, feeding each other. Here are the top most delicious treats for you to enjoy this Durga Puja:
Ghoti gorom and chyapta chana
Durga Puja has neither rhyme nor reason if you can’t enjoy it with your friends and companions around your neighborhood Puja pandal for a genuine ‘adda’ session. What’s more, such an adda session is inadequate, in case you are not on the chomping spree with mouth full of ghoti gorom and chyapta chana. Ghoti gorom is not as complicated as it sounds. Instead, it is chanachur hurled with lime juice, finely cleaved onions and cucumbers, lime juice and an exceptional blend of flavors. In short, it is addictive.
Chyapta chana sold by meandering men in immaculate whites is again quite simple yet delightful. It is simmered chips made of chickpeas finished with flavors and lime juice. Another addictive bite, isn’t it! And ofcourse a must have for Durga Puja 2018.
While the nation over individuals forgo eating meat amid these nine days of Navratri, a Bengali can’t envision Durga Puja sans mangsho (goat meat). Kosha mangsho – mutton braised with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and a large group of garam masala flavors – is fiery with a trace of sweet and is best appreciated with phulko luchi or old school Bengali style sweet basanti (yellow) pulao pressed with nuts and raisins.
Most Bengali homes make a dinner out of kosha mangsho at any rate once amid the Pujas, commonly on Nabami. In case, you do not see an invitation for Kosha Mangsho coming your way, go to Gol Bari in Shyam Bazaar (north Kolkata) for their amazing kosha mangsho, only if you do not find long lines scaring.
If you are not in Kolkata, look for a durga puja pandal with delicious food varieties at the stalls, you may be lucky enough to get the taste of Kosha Mangsho @ Durga Puja 2018.
Bengali cherishes Biryani, any time of the year, any day in a month and any hour in a day. Biryani goliaths like Arsalan, Benrouz and Zeeshan do enormous business lasting through the year; just amid Durga Puja they battle to keep pace with the city’s unquenchable long for the novel Calcutta biryani with its potatoes and eggs cuddled with by succulent lumps of meat. In addition, amid Durga Puja numerous mysterious biryani producers set up improvised slows down on the asphalts and around pandals. The biryani is kept on low fire in goliath pots and served hot out of it. If you are in Delhi head straight to Purani Dilli, and enjoy flavours of biryani in Durga Puja 2018.
Bengali’s Chop cutlet culture is unbelievable and as we all know that the Khadyoroshik Bangali frequently devours upon the crispy fish fry and Mangshor Kabiraji, the Bengal’s fixation on the with the crumb coated, deep fried style delights takes a radical new importance amid Durga Puja. Fish fry or Macher Chop, which is prepared with crumb fried fish fillet and served with the spicy mustard sauce, Bengal’s feted Kasundi, is almost mandatory.
Then there is the Mangsher chop (minced meatballs, crumbed and broiled), Fish & Egg Roll, (fish filet rolls made of rice flour chapati, loaded down with minced fish and prawn stuffing) batter seared fish and obviously the fish and mutton Kabiraji cutlets with their meshy egg inclusion. Hence, you have everything delicious out there, to gift your taste buds in Durga Puja 2018.
Do not miss this bright yellow mouthwatering dish amid Durga Puja 2018. Khichuri is served at different Puja Pandals amid bhog. There is something uncommon about the Bhog’er Khichuri served at different Puja Pandals on Saptami, Ashtami & Navami. Youthful neighborhood men clad in customary “Payjama Panjabi” happily take up the tiring activity of serving khichuri bhog to the hundreds who accumulate to devour the magnificent sweet and fiery blend of rice and lentils, served on plates made of banana or sal leaves, ordinarily joined by beguni (aubergine misuses), labra ( a hot mixture of occasional vegetables) chutney, papad and paayesh or kheer. Pressed with flavors and an overwhelming measurement of wistfulness, the Bhog er Khichuri is difficult to reproduce at some other time, Bengalis will contend.
Radhaballavi and cholar dal/luchi and aloo dum
Bengalis take their luchi, deep fried, puffed bread, very possessively. Making phulko (puffed) luchis with those minor fluffed rises on its thin covering, very much like the Moon’s surface, is a workmanship, truly. Furthermore, combined with some aloo dum or shada aloor tarkari (curried potatoes cooked without turmeric) it is the prototype Bengali’s most loved breakfast. Come Durga Puja 2018, it is relatively mandatory. A more extravagant cousin of the luchi is the radhaballavi, which is another sort of seared bread loaded down with a delectable lentil stuffing, regularly presented with a hot aloo dum or sweet cholar dal. Most sweet shops make it a breakfast thing.
Chowmein is a road sustenance staple among Bengalis. Amid Durga Puja 2018, move through the roadside joints and fulfill an unquestionable requirement. They accompany suspicious looking ketchup yet one chomp is sufficient to persuade there’s something extraordinary about them. Try them for their particular taste. Noodles tossed with julienned vegetables, eggs and sometimes shreds of meat are topped with chili and tomato sauce. Try not to expect Chinese sustenance when you arrange for a plate of these browned noodles. Simply appreciate it for what it is during the festive environment of Durga puja 2018.
Churmur and aloo kabli
The churmur and aloo kabli stalls have the longest lines. Most phuchkawallahs in Kolkata make churmur, a delectably hot tangle of pureed potatoes and pounded phuchka hurled with broiled flavors and tamarind water. It’s something you won’t discover anyplace else other than Kolkata. Sometimes, soaked lentil balls also go into the mixture. This is one item Durga Puja 2018 is incomplete without. The aloo kabli, a Bengali form of Aloo chaat, is a nearby second. Aloo kabli – hacked bubbled potatoes hurled with chick peas, finely slashed onions and cucumber, roated cumin powder and tamarind water – will be the next most loved Durga Puja 2018 nibble.