Saturday, October 15, 2005

Durga Puja fare

I become extremely nostalgic when Durga Puja is around the corner and miss home ..The pandals ,the endless fun, the camaraderie and the food...Since I no longer get that food I decided to make it myself and fill the void.For those of you who dont know what Durga Pooja is,Well, it is a prominent festival amongst bengalis in India .

My menu had the quintessential Khichudi(a mixture of rice, lentils ,veggies and spices),cabbage with peas,Labda(a funny name but dont get mislead by it )a delicious,aromatic& sweet-salty mix of vegetables like squash, aubergines and potatoes,seasoned with five spices and cooked in mustard oil),tomato chutney(I also added dates,rasins and cherries to the mix), Begun bhaja(sliced aubergines marinated in turmeric and salt and panfried in mustard oil) and the dessert was khejur gud paish (rice pudding cooked in palm sugar)...

Shubho Bijoya everyone !!



khichudi


Labda (yeah say that again ..its a funny name):-)


cabbage and peas


begun bhaja (aubergines pan fried in mustard oil)


tomato chutney


khejur gud paish(rice pudding made with palm sugar)

12 comments:

aparna said...

uff! tor ei blog ta besh torturous hoye jachche :-)

Meenal Mehta said...

hey ,

absolutely not the intention..just recreating an ambience of whati miss ...

look up the other blog..it has pictures and isnt half as torturous :)

Gangadhar said...

Hey Meenal,
In the beginning I used to enter your main blog first but now the scene changed..I'm getting addicted to your recipes...

Meenal Mehta said...

Hey Gangadhar,

Iam glad you like my food blog ..do keep visiting my other blog too:-)

Gangadhar said...

Hey Meenal,
I always love your blogs..Everyday I use to click your link both in the first hour and last hour..

Meenal Mehta said...

hey gangadhar

what does first and last hr mean..
check out my new entry:)

Gangadhar said...

First hour of the day and last hour of day...

Michele said...

I never knew there was such a thing as mustard oil.
This is so COOL!!!!
aubergines...that's eggplant, right?
Oh I'm so hungry after seeing these pictures!
Hope you have someone to celebrate the festival around you, even if it is away from home.
Palm sugar???....they don't sell that around here. *sigh*

Meenal Mehta said...

gangadhar ,

thanks for clarifying :-)

Meenal Mehta said...

hey Michelle ,

yeah aubergine and egg plant same thing ...

In India different oils are used in different regions depending on wahts available ..in the north mostly groundnut /sunflower oil ..in the west they use coconut oil and down south as well ..In the East they use Mustard oil...

all the above oils have their distinct flavor and taste ...

Yes I do my husband and my sister and her fmaily plus freinds around here that celebrate festivals here with me ....

palm sugar is avaialable at international stores ..maybe a chinese market ...Where are you at ?

Meenal Mehta said...

i mean i have my husband and sister around here to celebrate festivals :)

Anonymous said...

I recently became acquainted with Indian fare. I am now addicted. I was wondering if you have any chutney recipes you would care to share.

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