With Durga Puja festivities in the air, Bengali food is on my mind. Today I present Shukto, which is a whole load of vegetables cooked in a mustard and poppy seed paste and milk. The result is a very different tasting vegetable that tastes phenomenal with hot rice and ghee. My colleagues at work polished it off and asked for the recipe immediately. 🙂
What I loved about Shukto was that it used loads and loads of vegetables, just like Avial from Tamil Nadu or Pindi Miriyam from Andhra Pradesh. Also, it is very lightly spiced with just some ginger and Panch Phoran, yet rich because of the Mustard and Poppy Seed paste and milk that is used in cooking.
I love Navratri in general. It is a time when Mumbai is all aglow with colour, and there is song, and dance in the air. Towards the end of the Navratri period comes this festival of Durga Puja,that is very special to Bengalis and others in East India. This is a collection of Durga Puja Recipes to celebrate this holy festival.
Bengalis do everything with passion. This reflects in everything they do at Durga Puja; be it the Pujo and Anjali; the way they dress up; and in the food that is served. Food at Durga Puja is simply divine of course, because it is blessed and is Prasad. It also reflects the richness and the generosity of the Bengali spirit. Each dish is laden with goodness, whether it is the simple Khichuri or the delectable Rosogulla.
I have just a few recipes and hope to grow this collection of Durga Puja Recipes as time goes by.
When I first read about the Bengali Tomato Khejur Aamshottor Chutney, I wanted to try it that instant. Much water has flown under the bridge and I finally got round to mking this delectable Bengali Style Tomato, Date, Mango Leather Chutney this past week.
I also think the timing is perfect because Durga Puja is just around the corner.
As I read the recipe for this chutney I tried to imagine its taste. While I realised that it would be sweet, I was not quite prepared for the tangy-sweet chutney with achari undertones because of the Panch Phoran. Absolutely delightful. I would also recommend that you savour this delicious Bengali Tomato Khejur Aamshottor Chutney a day after it is made so that all the flavours are well-infused.
The Bengali Tomato, Date, Mango Leather Chutney is such delight to the palate and I can only wonder at why I waited this long to try it.
So without much further ado, here is the recipe!
How to Make Bengali Tomato Khejur Aamshottor Chutney | Tomato, Date, Mango Leather Chutney
Mishti Doi is one of my favourite Bengali desserts. Yes, I love the Payesh, Rosogulla, Kancha Gola, and more, but there is something about the caramel-flavoured Mishti Doi that I cannot resist.
One of the best places to find great Mishti Doi is at Durga Puja. It is one of my favourite festivals and I make it to Anjali at least once during the festivities; and of course, the Bhog. I absolutely love the Bhoger Khichuri or Niramish Khichuri and Begun Bhaja combination that is often served at the Bhog. Now that I have mastered these dishes I make them often at home on non-Pujo occasions as well. 🙂 I try to round-off the Bhog with Mishti Doi, which I made at home from scratch yesterday.
It turned out to be quite simple and very delicious. I wonder why I did not try it sooner. Mishti Doi is nothing but sweetened yogurt made with reduced milk to which caramelized sugar is added. The result is a wonderful dessert that I could eat all day long.
It is my greatest pleasure that I am able to do this super simple yet super delicious guest post for Dimple of ShivaayDelights.com. Dimple was one of my earliest blogging friends and one with a 1000-watt smile that can light up the whole world. I love Dimple’s recipes because they are infused with same joie de vivre, and are so simple yet so flavourful.
Dimple always had nothing but kind and encouraging words for me. When I asked her to do a guest post for me, she agreed readily and came up with this delicious Sweet Corn and Spinach Curry? and I have only just got around to doing this post for her.
Of the choices I gave her, Dimple chose Bhapa Doi, a dessert that looks deceptively plain but is chockablock of tastes. This Bengali dessert is nothing but Sweet Steamed Yogurt that is oh-so-creamy and just the right kind of sweet; not overpowering yet has a lovely lingering after taste.
What I love best is the fact that it gets done super fast (though one has to wait for it to chill, sigh!) and is simply super delicious.
Truth be told, I am loathe to share Bhapa Doi with anyone. 🙂 So without much ado, I invite you to read the recipe at Dimple’s website where she has posted it as Ice Cream Bhapa Doi.
How to Make Bhapa Doi or Steamed Sweet Yogurt
Serves: 4 (If you want to share :-))
Cooking Time: 30 Mins
Chilling Time: 3 hours
Sweetened Condensed Milk – 400 gms
Thick Yogurt – 250 ml
Milk – 250 ml
Blend together the condensed milk, yogurt, and milk.
Pour into a steel vessel.
Cover well with a foil or a heavy lid. Anything that will prevent water from entering the vessel.
Steam in a pressure cooker without the weight for 15 minutes.
Let the cooker cool completely to room temperature.