Bengali New Year - Poila Baisakh / Nobo Borsho is just round the corner! We celebrate along with family and friends, greeting each other “Shubho Noboborsho” which means “Happy New Year”. We are known for our love for food and on this special day, we feast all day long. I am sharing here a list of dishes that Bengali people eat on New Year!
Cholar Dal is a quintessential Bengali Dal that we prepare during any special occasion and especially during the festive season. We prepare this dal with Bengal gram (chana dal) and it has a beautiful flavor blend of sweet and savory. Paired with Luchi, this is such an indulging hearty meal.
Khejur Gurer Payesh is a Bengali comfort dessert prepared with short grain aromatic 'gorinbobhog rice' or 'kalijeera rice'. It is often sweetened with sugar but on special occasion the white payesh is turned into mild brown by using kejur gur (date palm jaggery).
Bengali Basanti Pulao also refer to as Mishti Pulao (Sweet Pilaf/ yellow rice) is a festive pleasure. It tastes pretty amazing on its own, but you should try it with Kosha Mangsho (Bengali Style Mutton Stew). We typically prepare it with an aromatic short grain rice called “gobindo bhog chaal” but you can use any non-sticky short grain rice.
Good amount of moistness with delicate crumbs, this Christmas Fruit Cake with Carrot Orange is quick and bakes to perfection. I baked the cake repeatedly three times and everybody not only loved it but also asked for the recipe. With no alcohol and no caffeine, this is one of a kind Christmas fruit cake!
A hot cup of tea, a bowlful of these Nimki/Namak pare and I can easily go in my happy zone. As the weather starts to get a little chilly, my craving for deep fried food starts growing. These nimki are also quite favorite during the festive season. In between all the sweet indulgence, it’s nice to crunch these savory bites. There are different ways that one could shape these crackers and so, here I have Namak Pare (Crunchy Savory Crackers) shaped in three simple ways!