‘Eshohe Boisakh esho esho’- Rabindranath Tagore
PoilaBoisakh is the first day of the Bengali New Year and naturally refers to the celebration attached to this day. Well, “Borsho Boron”,held to welcome the Nobo Borsho (Bengali new year) is just around the corner. The festival is celebrated with a lot of gusto, processions,fairs, family time and most importantly, food!
The day commences with a Puja in the morning and is followed by elaborate preparation of meals consumed whole-heartedly with family or friends.This auspicious day is your chance to show off your culinary skills and present authentic Bengali cuisine.
Following the rituals, the first meal is a good spread consisting of Luchi, Aloor Dum, and Cholar Dal. Luchi is the Bengali variation of a poori which is best cooked in Sunflower Oil and served hot with Cholar Dal (dal made of chana dal) and Aloor Dum (thick, creamy preparation of potatoes). Cholar Dal and Aloor Dum is best prepared with Soyabean Oil and Rice Bran Oil respectively. Complete satiety and nourishment are achieved with these dishes and for you start the festive occasion on a bright note.
LunchAnd Dinner Cuisines
The main course meal is usually the much-loved occasion of the Poila Boisakh celebration. There are delicious dishes available for both the vegetarians and the non-vegetarians.
The Bengalis are extremely fond of fish and the one cuisine that cannot be missing is the fish curry, freshly simmered and cooked in mustard oil! And this is enjoyed the most with Veg Pulao or chapattis.Usually, this dish is followed by a serving of meat like mutton, inthe form of gravy. Dishes like Kosha Mangsho, Murgh Rezala or Bengali Doi Murgi steal the limelight in the Poila Boisakh platter. These recipes are extremely appetizing cooked in mustard or rice bran oil.
The non-vegetarians need not feel disheartened as they also get to enjoy their fair share of delicacies, such as dal and fry sabjis like Aloo Posto and Begun Bhaja cooked in soyabean oil.
It is understandable if you are lacking the patience and want to savor these mouth-watering Bengali dishes immediately. Do not forget to let us know what you prepared for the occasion and how tasty you found them to be!
‘May Poila Boisakh bring you loads of happiness, prosperity and good fortune!’ Subho Noborsho to everyone!
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