April 20, 2010

The Bengali New Year Delicacies


How we celebrated our Bengali new year, what we kind of foods we had, there would be a different story if we were celebrating this day in Bengal. Staying far away from home to a foreign land the story of the celebration day is nothing so special. The very day just passed like a common and busy day. My Husband went to office and my daughter to her school. I buried myself with all the household chores. Just to illuminate the festive mood I cooked a couple of speciality dishes, what we usually cook in a festive occasion and one of my family’s favourite taste. Food is an integrated part of any festival. And mainly in this New Year day fare of delectable dishes are served in the lunch and dinner menu. But at my home I just cooked a dish with Ilish/Hilsa fish which is probably the Bengali's first love, with coconut milk. This dish is mainly famous in the Eastern part of bengal.

 Pulav or polao, the most famous and common festive dish in the Bengali houses.
And my husband’s and daughter’s favourite Saag chicken/palak chicken or Spinach chicken.

CLICK ON THE DISHES TO VIEW THE RECIPES.



Apart from what I cooked, the most precious gift I had in this New Year day was the first craft made by my ready to turn three years old daughter which she brought home from her school. She came jumping and hugged me, saying “Mama this is for you”. I was just on the verge of the watery line with the intense feeling joy and surprise. Just on that day I posted and shared my childhood memories with you all where I mentioned about the creative cards exchange and I also shared that might be I would get those days back through my daughter. Didn’t guess, that, this wish would come so soon to me and would make my day so beautiful and special like this.

40 comments:

Swathi said...

kamalika,

Nice dishes, even though i won't eat any fish and chicken, they looks really yummy.

sayantani said...

ki korechis re. eto mahabhoj. darun dekhte hoeche dishgulo. meyer banano prothom card khub cute akdom or moto. ki advut anando hayna oder feelings share korte dekhle. akhon dure thaki tai jakhan chhele ke dekhe khub anondo hay takhon maa babar katha khub mone pore.

Panchpakwan said...

Festiv spread looks nice.
Pulav sounds delicious..

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Wow what a lovely spread, looks so delicious...my favorite is the fish dish.....

miri goes phishing! said...

Hi Kamalika...looks like you truly celebrated your New Year well...the spread looks really great...worthy of all your hardwork especially since you said they are all family favourites...:)...your daughter's efforts n' gift is really cute too...seems like it was a truly special day for all of you...:)

Deepanjana said...

Hi Kamalika, thanks for the compliment on my stuffed tomatoes. Tomakeo naboborsher onek preeti or shubhechha. Hope you are having a good start to the bengali new year.. and what can I say about your recipes, I just look and drool as I don't get half the ingredients in the markets here! Kolkata jachhi ar ek mash pore tai shob khabar er ichha gulo jomiye rekhechi!

Deepanjana said...

Hi thanks for the compliments on my tomato post. Naboborsher onek preeti o shubhechha tomakeo janai. Ar tomar ranna niye ki bolbo, I just look and drool because I dont get half the ingredients here so I am just hoarding all my wishes till I go to Kolkata a month later.

Deepanjana said...

oh well I just thought my comments are being eaten up by the site and then I realized it needs your approval... silly me! hehehe

Priya said...

Wat a fabulous spread, everything looks tempting and mouthwatering..

Subhie Arun said...

best wishes for ur new year..spread looks great..especially..fish dish....n pulav...i lov..will give try urs..thx yar

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely spread! Looks like creativity runs in the family. Lovely gift from your daughter!

PJ said...

a very happy new year to you! all the dishes look so scrumptious and festive.. I particularly liked the fish dish.. yumm!

N S said...

Lovely and delicious spread.

Aps said...

Wishing U a happy new yr... I just can induldge on the pulav here.... other 2 r not my cup of tea :(....but displayed well :)

Sushma Mallya said...

wow all the dishes looks mouthwatering, can have all this anyday...

Gouri Guha said...

Kamalika, aha! what a Gourmet Gift for Nobo Borsho. Great you could cook so many dishes for the Special Day.

Nischoi daroon lagche meyer protom card-ta sobie-ke dekh-a-te. Maer mon to...

Mary said...

I want to wish you a happy New Year. It is hard to be so far away from home on special occasions such as this. Your food looks wonderfully festive and I'm sure it is delicious. That your precious little one came home with a card for you must have been the highlight of the day. I hope you are well. Blessings...Mary

Gulmohar said...

That indeed is a festive feast..Your daughter sounds so sweet..Kids are always full of surprises, aren't they..:D Happy New year !!

Sandhya Hariharan said...

hi kamalika... new here
thank u for dropping by mspace...
So beautifully created.... I wud definitely come back for veggie.. dishes..

An Open Book said...

wow that is quite a spread kamalika...gret job..and ur daughter is too cute..with a gesture like that

Babli said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. Now I have become your follower so I will be visiting your blog hereafter. I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. Wish you and your family a very happy new year. All the dishes looks delicious and yummy.

shahana said...

Mouthwatering dishes!

PranisKitchen said...

so u had a wonderful celebration with ur family..the dishes looks awesome.as i said yesterday i prepared the fish curry.
the wonderful gift by ur daugter made the day very special and bought u back to ur childhood..nice reading.
say a big hi to ur daughter and once more time wishing u and ur family a wonderful New year

Mary said...

I'm back again, just to thank you for your kind words. Blessings...Mary

Mary said...

Back again to thank you for your very kind words. Blessings...Mary

Meena said...

Kamalika, hope you had a wonderful new year!!! the dishes that you have cooked look just great...reminds me of my childhood in Kolkata:)) your daughters art is tooo cute!

s said...

wonderful spread!!

Kuntala said...

iis Kamalika, mon kharap hoye jachhe, eto bhalo bhalo ranna dekhe.........

Malar Gandhi said...

Happy New Year:)

Priya said...

kamalika..at last i found ur blog..first time here..its gud..

SathyaSridhar said...

Very nice spread of recipes kamali,,,sometimes i cldn't open ur page dear it takes long time for me,,

Dinners and Dreams said...

What a beautiful card your daughter made for you. Enjoy her, they grow fast!!

Padhu said...

Lovely spread!! The card looks lovely too

shriya said...

Belated New year wishes to you. Beautiful and yummy dishes. Looks delicious. thanks for sharing.

Panchpakwan said...

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Jaya said...

Kamalika,
eto shob darun-2 ranna , sodho dekhchi khete parche na :(...and really when kids ra eto shondor-2 cute crafts banae to mon bhore jaye bas r kicho chai na tokhon..
hugs and smiles

Together We Save said...

Looks yummy!!

Kalai said...

Dear Kamalika,

Hope you had a nice festive feast for your dinner at least! I know, festivals and celebrations are nothing special when we are here, good that you had cooked all these lavishing dishes. I loved reading your blog and your have a very nice collection of recipes with beautiful pictures!

Kamalika said...

Dear All thanks a lot for ur beautiful wishes and appreciation....I am realliy so happy reading all ur responses...and yes I am a proud mom too to share my daughter's first work...wish that i can share lots more...and stay with me all the time just like u all r now....Thanks once again...

Fathima said...

Wow that is such a feast! love these dishes!