Innovative Bengali Wedding Dishes You Didn’t Know About
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Most Bengali weddings exemplify the ‘big fat Indian wedding’ notion. Bengalis’ often insatiable and intense love for food is known around the world. Whether it is from the groom’s side or the bride’s, you can expect to be treated to a lavish spread of traditional foods at almost every biyer bari. Hardcore gourmands that Bengalis are, there is no saying no to gorging on delicious dishes at wedding receptions. The conventional meals aside, there is also no dearth of innovative dishes that are tried and experimented with by food aficionados. Check out some of the interesting food items that you may be treated to at a big fat Bengal wedding soon. 

Gondhoraj Chicken: A fine chicken curry flavoured with the aromatic leaves of gondhoraj lebu - which is often referred to as the ‘king of lemons’ - is one of the most happening dishes that is making the rounds at Bengali weddings and other occasions. Marinated with curd and pepped up with spices, the fragrance of the leaves is what gives the chicken its name. You can also use Kaffir lime leaves if gondhoraj lebu leaves are not available. Enjoy it with plain basmati rice served steaming hot.

Mochar Chop: Mocha or banana flower when boiled and prepared with the right kind of spices, coated with biscuit crumbs and fried, makes for a delicious cutlet or chop - the perfect starter for a grand wedding ceremony. Add some ginger and raisins while making the balls with the mashed banana leaves and you can be sure of a heavenly experience the moment you have the first bite of this crunchy delight.

Basanti Pulao: Basanti pulao derives its name from its yellow colour. Sweet and flavoursome in taste, thanks to the aromatic Basmati rice and spices like cardamom, basanti pulao can be spruced up further with cashews and raisins for a divine indulgence during weddings.

Doi Maach With Cashew Paste: An irresistible fish curry prepared with curd, ghee and whole garam masala, doi maach is a relatively less spicy affair and one of the most popular dishes for any occasion among Bengalis. Prepare it with a bit of cashew paste for a thick flavoursome gravy that can be enjoyed with hot plain rice.

Bhapa Doi/Mango Doi: Mishti doi is a must-have dessert for any lunchtime feast at a wedding venue. And if it’s the bhapa or steamed variety, we bet you will not be able to satiate your desire with just one small pot of mishit doi. Summer weddings may also see its mango variety, which gives a sweet and fragrant flavour to the dessert.

Bengali weddings are truly a treat for food lovers. So, if you are attending a marriage reception this season, be prepared to be treated to some of the most delightful dishes that you have ever tasted.

Satarupa B Kaur has been writing professionally for a decade. Always on the go, she loves to travel, read books and enjoy playtime with her toddler, as she explores new places and food.