Last week, Pune celebrated Durga Puja with enthusiasm, pomp and style that would give stiff competition to the celebrations in Kolkatta even. Long queues outside pandals, aarti and bhog, women stepping out in their finest outfits, food stalls thronging with people of all ages…it was that time of the year when the entire city was dominated by the Bengalis. If you thought Pune couldn’t serve up some mouthwatering Bengali savories, you were mistaken. Pune totally rocked it! Here are some of the dishes we loved gorging on during Durga Puja. Hope you had your fair share of it too!
Spicy Bengali mutton/chicken curry that will have you licking your fingers till the very end. Juicy pieces of meat cooked in yogurt, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves and spices- this dish is a favorite that every Bengali has grown up eating. It’s eaten with rice, luchi (puri) or even paranthas.
‘Frankies’ are a popular street food item in Bengal. They are maida/wheat rolls with fillings ranging from potatoes to chicken. The thick layering of the egg in the parantha roll along with the juiciness of chicken served with mint chutney leaves everyone asking for more. Easy to eat, and not heavy on the pocket either!
We’re hardcore fish dishes’ lovers but plain and simple, batter-dipped, bread-coated pieces of fish fried crispy brown- you’re going to enjoy this preparation even if you are not a sea food fan! It’s served with ketchup (or mustard sauce, which is a better alternative) and compliments the dish really well. A great snack to be eaten at any time of the year!
You have gol gappas, pani puris and then you have phuchkas. These are sweeter compared to the pani puris available in the city. Puchkas are a spicy, tangy and thirst quenching street food that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
Rosogulla and Mishti Doi
No Bengali food is complete without sweets.There are not many Indians who can stop after eating one of the juicy, white, spongy goodness that is rosgulla. Misti doi is a jaggery based sweet, thick yogurt. The velvety smoothness of the curd is served in clay pots that lends an earthen flavour to the dish. A definite must have!
This sums up the 5 dishes we couldn’t get enough of during Durga Puja. It’s all come to an end now, and it’s a bittersweet pain to all Bengalis. Till next year…here’s wishing everyone a prosperous festive season!
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