Shubho Noboborsho! Wishing all of you on the event of Bengali New Yr. Additionally wishing everybody for the opposite Indian regional New Years like Ugadi, Puthandu, Vishu , Baisakhi, Vihu, Gudi Padwa and others. In case you aren’t celebrating a New Yr… could we merely have a good time life!
A brand new daybreak and a fantastic morning… and a few behind the scenes hustle
We’re blessed with beautiful sunrises over an uninterrupted view of the backwaters. It had rained within the early morning hours and the horizon was nonetheless darkish and thunderous on Noboborsho morning. The morning breeze carried the earthy aroma of the recent rains and the seagulls appear to be too drenched and weary for his or her each day flights. There was a cheerful hustle and bustle within the residence as effectively… sprucing of silver bowls that dates again to our Annaprashan or first rice ceremonies, my pleasure of cooking and making ready some dishes specifically for the day … to not point out my flower association within the urli that belonged to the Bearded Biker’s thakuma and handed over to me by pricey mum-in-law. The floral urli was an impressed thought from a resident in our neighborhood, who’s been doing this each day for the final one 12 months. In case you assume that it’s a breeze… attempt doing one and please share your secret suggestions!
Celebrating Noboborsho, the Bengali New Yr
Our lunch and the dinner menu for ‘Poila Boishakh’ or ‘Noboborsho’ yesterday was a easy Bengali menu. It was a working and a college day and I had requested the Z-Sisters what they want to eat. Lil Z requested for luchi, aloo bhaja and plain white Rosogolla, or rasgullas … “a lot of it”, she stated! She had been lamenting recently how no person brings residence the white dreamy roshogollas anymore. Large Z declared that she didn’t care so long as there was Mishti Doi, made by me. The latter has been a bit overdone in our kitchen and the final time I made mishti doi, which was solely three weeks again, stayed within the fridge for nearly two weeks. So I made a decision in opposition to it. “Then Mihi Dana please”… was her subsequent request. Roshogolla and Motichoor Ladoos (in absence of mihi dana in most candy outlets right here) have been swiggy-ed in from the sweetshop Sri Gupta Sweets. Our fantastic cook dinner Matree’s Malabari parota making ability was made to make use of for the sensible ‘phulko’ luchis… that means the peerlessly fluffed up Indian fried flatbreads. Our Noboborsho menu was as follows… luchi, aloo bhaja or fried potatoes, begun bhaja or fried eggplant, cholar dal with delicate aroma of coconut items fried in ghee, Basanti or mishti pulao and Katla Kalia, a thick gravy preparation with Katla fish. The technique was to focus extra on the luchi for lunch in order that beneficiant parts of pulao and Kalia could be left over for dinner.
Bengali meals is served in programs and I all the time really feel that it could possibly by no means be concised right into a single thali, like many different regional meals from India. The one one thali that might ever be … is the proshad, supplied to the Divine Almighty. Accordingly, a thali with a mini sampling of the meals was positioned in our informal altar. I’m not into rituals, therefore the altar showcases many idols and pictures from a number of religions – loads of them gifted by associates and households. After we’ve had just a few spoonfuls from the proshad, it’s handed over affectionately to Large Z… “why does thakurer proshad all the time style higher?”, she all the time asks. I suppose it’s the intention and the guts felt emotion of affection and religion that go into the proshad. Sharing the blessed thali from our residence with you all… after which the remainder of the Noboborsho menu.
Celebrating Puthandu, the Tamil New Yr… again to again celebrations
The day earlier than was Puthandu, the Tamil New Yr and it was naturally a vacation right here (for many who are nonetheless questioning… Chennai is our new home). We had sapaddu, a standard Tamil lunch served on banana leaf. Matree, herself a Christian, was eager to do a small puja in our puja room. She had embellished the room with flowers and strung a garland with mango leaves and hung it by our entrance door. The puja was adopted by the normal lunch that she had cooked. She insisted that we sit on the bottom and eat whereas she served us individually. We swapped her suggestion into sitting on the bottom and placing the meals on our espresso desk! It was a fantastic afternoon and we savoured the whole lot that she had cooked. She defined the order wherein we needed to eat. First, we needed to eat the plain white rice with Vendekkai Sambar, sambar dal cooked with women finger. Subsequent, we needed to eat the rice with Kara Kulambu, the spicy tamarind and tomato curry of brinjal, potatoes and different greens. The sunshine Milagu Rasam or Pepper Rasam got here final with the rice. A carrot beans Poriyal or curry and Urulai Kilangu Masala, a spicy potato curry and a few Appalam or papad have been served as sides to the rice. The Ulundhu Vadai she made have been mushy in addition to crispy and might be had on their very own or needed to be dunked into the sambar. I’ve to confess that her vadas created from the batter that she had made at residence, have been the very best I had ever tasted in my life. The Dessert appeared unique and one thing I used to be tasting for the very first time. Javvarisi Payasam was a milk pudding or payasam made with tapioca pearls. It had the fragile perfume of cardamon. Cashews and raisins roasted in ghee, have been tossed in it. I purchased a brand new silk sari for myself, a standard weave that may be worn for this event and put a garland of malli, the heavy-scented jasmine in my hair. Sharing the Puthandu menu beneath… once more, beginning with the prasad providing after which the remainder.
In my completely happy area… in my residence, speaking about Bengali meals
A prequel to Noboborsho was my Bengali meals chat with culinary professional Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal in her InstaLive sequence #SpiceChroniclesWithRMG. Rushina began this in Might final 12 months throughout lockdown as an Instagram LIVE analysis mission and her culinary marathon was now headed to Bengal. Rushina captured me in my completely happy area in her inauguaratory Bengal episode … in my eating room, in my residence, chatting about Bengali meals. I wore a kantha sew dupatta as an alternative of the normal crimson and white saree on Lil Z’s insistence on sporting one thing informal and this was essentially the most informal I might get! Sharing an image that Lil Z took of me sitting amidst all my favorite cookbooks, dekchi, pots and pans and my shortlisted objects from my Bengali pantry. You’ll be able to take pleasure in the episode here.
I felt like sharing the therapeutic power of our backwaters and the brand new day in my digital Noboborsho video greeting with family and friends. I want I might embed the video right here with the birds’ chirping and the sound of the seabreeze. Sharing a nonetheless screenshot from a body… hope you all will prefer it and and be engulfed with the identical emotion that I felt within the morning… a brand new journey stuffed with hope, religion and joyful anticipation of a vivid future!
Unblogging all of it… Ishita
Some posts from my current Chennai Chapter: Finally calling Chennai home Homemade spicy Chicken 65 Chicken Chettinad cooked in a claypot Celebrating Pongal with Sakkarai Pongal and other dishes Some posts about Bengali meals: Shubho Noboborsho | A traditional Bengali menu for Frying Pan Diaries podcast Traditional Bengali Cuisine | All The ‘Slight’ Details A-Z of Bengali Fish Bengali recipes from my blog
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