April 15, 2010

Celebrating Shubho Naba Barsho (Happy Bengali New Year) with Strawberry Mango Lassi


Dear Friends, on this auspicious occasion of Bengali New year, I would like to share few of my childhood memories which are engraved in my heart so deeply that every year on this very day I feel profoundly nostalgic and sad to get those days back.

I always felt exceedingly blessed when I thought that I had completed my education from Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, a place founded by Rabindranath Tagore. The natural beauty of the place infuses its elegance through the mode of education. The freedom of creativity and ideas always evince through the various festivals celebrated on the auspicious occasions of special calendar events. During my school days this Bengali New Year celebration used to start a week back. Those days are crystal clear to me. I can still visualise the little girl holding her mother’s or father’s hand heading towards the crafts shop to buy a bunch of white blank cards with full of excitement. The next few days passed within a fraction of moment with full concentration on filling the blank cards with all those imaginary creative mentation. In our school the best part of Naba Barsho (New Year in bengali) celebration is the exchange of these self-created cards. Each and every student used to create cards by his/her own hand and would gift it to his/her friends or would make friends by exchanging the cards. The new day becomes emblematic for inviting new friends, divulging one’s talent through the cards and a learning process of acculturation. Now coming at this age I realise the hidden truth of the festivity. But then that was only a satiated fun to amplify the friends’ group and also an exhibition of talents. Self-written short poems used to be scripted in the cards too.
Another fun of this day was to stand in a long queue in the scorching heat only to get a Kachori and two sweets. In our school premise this snack used to be distributed to the students on this day. These most common bites used to become too tasty and sumptuous only on this very day. Now I am never going to get back those days, the tastes. Only what I have the fragrance of the sweet retention and an urge to make alive few of those memories through my daughter. My father has few of those New Year cards made by my sister and me in his collection. Sometime I will surely share those with you all.



On this festive occasion let me give all my friends a treat with a very simple, common and refreshing drink- Mango Lassi with strawberries. I will be sending this refreshment to Indrani’s "Summer foods & drinks" event.



Ingredients:-

Mango Pulp-1 cup
Yoghurt-1/2 cup
Cold Water- ½ cup
Sugar 4tbsp
Chopped Strawberries- ½ cup
Chocolate syrup and Chocolate pop sticks to decorate

Method:-
Mix Mango pulp, yoghurt, sugar and water nicely. Pour in strips the chocolate syrup by the side of the Serving Glass. Place the chopped strawberries in the bottom of the glass. Pour the Mango lassi in it and serve with chocolate pop sticks. You can also add chopped nut and pudina /mint leaves instead of strawberry and chocolate pop sticks.




At end I would like to apologise for the inconvenience you all faced for the non-published post Chicken Biriyani. I was preparing a draft for the post and mistakenly published it instead of saving it. Once again I am sorry for the botheration.

43 comments:

Gulmohar said...

Loved the twist you gave by adding strawberries...Happy New year to you too..We celebrate the same too :-)

divya said...

Hi Kamalika,
Nice click ...lassi looks super yummy and refreshing :)excellent presentaion.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey, Happy Bengali New Year to u. Try imagining me all over that drink and beating of other hordes of Lassi lovers..I will be like, Umm precious all mine all mine..lol..

SathyaSridhar said...

Haiii!!! Kamali,,Happy New Year to u n ur family dear...Mango lassi looks sooo great n creamy pulpyyy lassi dear...well presented dear..

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi kamalika, happy bengali new year, it was so nice reading abt your childhood days, well writtern too...most cherished days of anyones life....and what a beautiful pic of the lassi, never seen such a lovely presentation anywhere else, just so wonderful and eye-catching....

Yummy Team said...

Nice presentation..Lassi looks delicious! Wishing you a happy Bengali New Year!!

Nithu Bala said...

Dear Kamalika, Wish you a very Happy New Year:-)

Mango Lassi with strawberries sounds too great..wonderful presentation too..

Mary said...

Happy New Year, Kamalika. Thank you for sharing your special memories with us. Your school sounds like a wonderful place. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Hello Kamalika, that's a lasting sweet memory you had and it is a great fun to exchange card with your classmates....mango lassi looks great and beautifully decorated, Happy Bengali New Year to you too...

Panchpakwan said...

Looks so refreshing drink..Very nice prestation too..

N S said...

Happy New year to you and your family. The drink looks refreshing.

Priya said...

Happy Bengali New year Kamalika...Never thought of combining mango and strawberry, Lassi looks truly divine and refreshing...Awesome clicks..

simply.food said...

Happy Bengali new year to you.The strawbery shake loosk delicious and I love the chocolate sauce streaks in the glass.Looks amazing and beautifully clicked.

Kamalika said...

Dear all thanks a lot for ur best wishes and appreciations....ur responses make my new year day too special....u all have a wonderful time too....

PranisKitchen said...

Wishing you and your family a Happy New year..
Wow what a wonderful presentation.Mago strawberry lassie looks so yummy and delicious.
Liked the pictures..The colors are superbbbbbbbbbbbb

An Open Book said...

That looks brilliant..love the pics as well...

Jaya said...

Kamalika,
amaader onek iche chilo Shantiniketan jabar Kolkata Thaka kalin..hoye uthlona ..eyi baar nischoyi jaabo sujog hole..

tumake o shobho nababorsho r priti O shubecha..
hugs and smiles

MaryMoh said...

Wow...awesome lassi...with chocolate! Have to be my fvaourite. I love peach lassi too.

Soma said...

Shantiniketan is a blessed place indeed. We have very fond memories too. Ma er mama worked for Rabindranath Tagore all his life, lived inside the campus and then moved out just outside when he got old. His family is still there.. we visited shantiniketan few times a year and every year during dol. The most peaceful temple ever, the krishanchuras, the mela and a zillion other things are what I am thinking about right now:-) You are one lucky girl.

Shubho Noboborsho to you and your family.

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi kamalika, i have sent you an offline msg, do let me know when u get it ...

miri goes phishing! said...

Hi Kamalika....wish you a very happy new year too...love this drink...we haven't started getting mangoes here yet...but the moment we get them i wanna try a mango drink...the snap looks just perfect too...:)...

Uma said...

A Very Happy New Year to you and your Family, Kamalika!
Well written post, childhood memories are a treasure.
loved the combo of strawberry and mango, new for me.

shahana said...

used to make strawbeery lassi as well as mango lassi.but tried the combination of both.Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Bakes said...

I've never tried this drink. I wish you were sending it to me!

Biren said...

Happy New Year to you. Thanks for sharing. Looks like a cool and refreshing drink.

PJ said...

Happy new year to you and your family too, Kamalika! Loved reading about your anecdotes and the mango lassi is sure a summer-time life-saver. nice click.

Gouri Guha said...

Hi Kamalika,

Jano choto belar dingulo jodi phir asto tobe...

We can only think about those days and sit back to share with our next generation and friends...such a magical flavour those moments had given.

Your lovely strawberry mango lassi is so cool cool thanda thanda. Nice one for the special day.

? said...

Happy New Year to you too Kamalikka.

Regards the Gobi Musallam, for that particular recipe, baked the steamed and marinated Gobi for 20 minutes on 375 F. Couple of suggestions: basting the Gobi with the marinade and covering it with foil at least for part of the process with keep it slightly moist and not dry out the surface.

sayantani said...

shubho nababarsho toder sabbaike.

Nisrine@Dinners and Dreams said...

Happy Bengali New Year! This post is full of beauty. I understand the nostalgia.

s said...

wow..must taste so GOOD!!

Kuntala said...

Kamalika, derite holeo shubho noboborsher priiti o shubechha janalam. notun bochhor khoob bhalo katuk tomar.

Subhie Arun said...

wow..this looks really wonderful..awesome click...

Malar Gandhi said...

Happy New Year', refreshing Lassi, with all my fav' fruits:)

PranisKitchen said...

no yarr i haven't used any ice maker.just mixed all ingredients using a spoon
and freeze it for 8 hrs..very simple
thanks for the comments dear..

Kamalika said...

Dear all thanks a lot for ur best wishes and appreciations....ur responses make my new year too special....u all have a wonderful time too....

Faiza Ali said...

Wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year...The lassi looks very refreshing and tempting...I going to try this soon coz it has all my fav ingredients:)

Swathi said...

Kamalika,
Happy Bengali new year to you and your family. mango lassi looks really good. thanks for visiting my blog. i will be following you.

Padhu said...

Nice combo and nice decoration. Feel like having a glass now!!

J said...

eye catching presentation.. new year wishes to u too.. very refreshing drink perfect for summers..

s.... said...

Kamalika,tor lekha mone koriye dichhe fele asa dingulor kotha,porte porte chokhe jol chole asche.chotto chotto anander sriti guloke ki sudor kore bolechis...khub khub bhalo laglo....

shanthi said...

Wonderful and refreshing with choco strips.

Sulagna said...

Wow..beautiful memories..There's nothing like those sweet days of our childhood..I miss them so much too..
Mango Lassi looks awesome !!

Best Regards
Sulagna
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