Come Wednesday, and the full Bengal would be in a festive spirit. It’s Poila Boishak- the Bengali New Year, right in the middle of a week. But Kolkata doesn’t care. It becomes just like getting 2 weekends in a week…
I urge all who read this to try at least one thing bong this Wednesday. I have compiled a list of easy recipes, that’s taken from the heart and soul of my kitchen. I make these recipes very often, and that’s why they are completely full/foolproof.
To start with, try this yum inspired Matarshuti Kachori (Pea filled flat-breads), my way. I have given it a spin by making it in pinwheels and baking it to crispy perfection, instead of the traditional frying. This serves as a wonderful appetizer, any day of the week.
For main course, go the veg way by making Kumro Chokka (a dry version of pumpkin curry). This pairs well with rice, Roti, and / or paratha
Or take the paneer route by making my famous Paneer Dalna (paneer curry) with no onion or garlic. Simple yet clean flavours.
If fish is in your mind, then try these super easy recipe of Daab Chingri (Prawns cooked in a tender coconut). If you can’t source these tender coconuts then do the same recipe in a glass dish and stick it in a steamer or a microwave. I prefer to steam my fishes, which to me tastes much better.
Ilish, or hilsa need no introduction. The flavour just transcends it into a hero of the dinner at a go.
But if its eggs that you like, then Dim Kosha is the way forward. You can use duck eggs or simple hen eggs, but the curry never fails me.
For a quick dessert fix, try my easy peasy Pithe Payesh inspired Coconutty Goodness. Pithe Payesh is a bong homemade dessert where a porridge is made with milk, but no rice. In this recipe I have used semolina and coconut. This is easy to put together and can be made a day in advance for a party as well.
After such a big Bong dose of yummy food ideas, I am sure you are inspired enough to throw a full-fledged bong party soon. Cheers!!