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Poila baisakh or Bengali new year is around the corner and it means a perfect time to get indulge in rich and sweet savoury authentic Bengali gourmet delicacies. Check our exclusive BENGALI CUISINE ARCHIVE
Read here to know how Bengali’s celebrate this day, and last year (Poila baisakh special 2010) we shared some classic Bengali recipes with you, but this year we decided to present you an elaborate luncheon menu in case if you decided to throw a house party or small get-together with your friends or a cozy dinner for two or with your loved ones.
Poila baisakh menu 2011 @ saffronstreaks:
Quench the thirst with :
Starter / appetizer:
Main entrees :
Dhokar dalna / curried steamed lentil cakes
Potoler dolma / stuffed pointed gourd
Chanar kalia / curried Indian cheese dumplings
Phulkopir dum / roasted cauliflower cooked in dum
Fish / sea foods :
Chingri malai curry / Bengali Prawn malai curry
Bhetki paturi / Bekti fillet seasoned with mustard wrapped in plantain leaves
Bhapa Ilish er aam kasundi / hilsa flavoured with mango mustard sauce
Bhapa chingri / steamed prawns in creamy mustard sauce
Narkel ilish / hilsa stewed in creamy coconut milk
Poultry / meat :
Rice / breads :
Mishti mukh / sweet platter:
mishti doi / Bengali sweet yogurt
Rossogullar payesh / Rasgulla ki kheer
Malpua ar rabdi / syrupy Indian pancakes with apple rabdi
Nolen gurer payesh / Bengali rice pudding with date-palm jaggery
Aamer payesh / saffron infused mango kheer / pudding
Arranging a poila baisakh / Bengali new year house party:
Naba borsho or poila baisakh celebrations are marked with joy, enthusiasm and hope and it all started with the home itself. So cleaning the house is best way to start the auspicious day, brooming out the dust and cobwebs, getting rid off the clutter in the corners will definitely infused the freshness in the house.
Adorning the doorsteps with alpanas / rangoils is the perfect way to welcome the new year. A vase of fresh flowers (will be great if you are able to get some yellow flowers) arranged tastefully will uplift your mood and your guest too will appreciate it. Tune the house with your favourite Rabindra sangeet, and enjoy !
Since poila baisakh luncheons are usually an extravagant affair, so it is sensible to keep the dining table decor to minimal. You can opt for a silken table runner or if you have the batik stoles, they will look great as table runner and will lend an ethnic touch to the party. Terracotta dining ware will be simply outstanding for such gatherings, otherwise you can also opt for green plaintain leaves (they will add an exotic element to the whole affair), or bring out your favourite dining wares.
Lets the party begins………….
Watch this space for all the scrumptious Bengali recipes and let me know if you want to add some more in the menu. We will try to post the recipes soon.
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