Makar Sankranti 2024: 7 Types Sweets Made In Poush Parbon

Making sweets is a means to give thanks to the land, the natural world, and the agricultural gods. Bengali culture is firmly anchored in the preparation of particular sweets, like Patishapta, Pithe-Puli, and numerous others. Making these pastries at Poush Parbon is a method to preserve cultural traditions and culinary heritage since they have been passed down through the years.

1. Patishapta: 

A delicious, traditional Bengali dessert that is especially well-liked during Poush Parbon is patishapta. Patishapta's flavour is an exquisite fusion of textures and flavours that results in a delightfully aromatic and sweet delicacy. Thin, exquisitely soft, somewhat chewy crepes make up the outer layer of patishapta. The texture is influenced by the usage of rice flour or all-purpose flour.  Chop milk, or patishapta, is reduced to a thick, granular consistency and frequently used as a filling. The thick, creamy texture of the khoya gives the pancake a lovely contrast. A frequent filling component that gives the Patishapta a fresh, tropical flavour is grated coconut.  During Poush Parbon, jaggery (often date palm jaggery) or khejur gur—is used to sweeten it up and mostly rolled in desi ghee.

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2. Narkel naru: 

Poush Parbon A traditional Bengali dessert known as narkel nuru is prepared for the harvest season celebration of Poush Parbon. Freshly shredded coconut is the main ingredient in Narkel Naru, giving it a creamy, coconutty flavour. Jaggery, or gur, provides the sweetness in Narkel Naru and gives it a unique flavour that is softer than that of refined sugar. Ground cardamom is one way to give a fragrant and aromatic touch to the dessert. The freshness of the coconut is complemented by the earthy and warm undertones of jaggery. A well-balanced and harmonious flavour profile is produced by the mix of coconut and jaggery, allowing the natural sweetness of the ingredients to come through.

3. Ranga Aloo pithe: 

A typical Bengali treat made during Poush Parbon, especially on Makar Sankranti or Poush Sankranti, is ranga aloo pithe. The main ingredient in the recipe is sweet potato, or "ranga aloo" as it is known in Bengali. The flavour profile of Ranga Aloo Pithe is a lovely blend of earthy, creamy, and sweet notes.   Using sweet potatoes gives the pithe an inherent sweetness and a unique earthy flavour. Sweet potatoes' sweetness accentuates the flavours of the other components in the recipe.  Usually used as a sweetener, jaggery (gur) gives the pithe a deep, rich sweetness. The taste is further enhanced by the jaggery, which adds its own distinct flavour.  Often, the filling contains grated coconut, which adds a delicious chewiness and another layer of sweetness.

4. Dudh Puli: 

A classic Bengali dessert known as dudh puli is made frequently during Poush Parbon, the region's harvest celebration.  Dudh Puli's outer layer is constructed of a slightly sweetened dough made of rice flour. The texture of the rice dough is chewy and soft. Usually, a combination of grated coconut and jaggery makes up the filling. The coconut offers a deep, nutty flavour, while the jaggery adds sweetness. Cardamom can be added to the filling of some Dudh Puli varieties, giving it a very fragrant flavour. The traditional way to serve dudh pahari is to boil the dumplings in thickened milk. The rich texture and overall richness are enhanced by the creamy milk.

5. Chitoi Pithe: 

Rice flour is used to make the base of Chitoi Pithe, which has a sweet flavour, especially during Poush Parbon. Freshly grated coconut and jaggery make a delicious combination that adds a natural sweetness and nutty flavour to it. Usually prepared by deep-frying, chitoi pithe has a crunchy outside and a soft, sweet centre. Some changes could improve the overall flavour profile by adding fragrant spices like nutmeg or cardamom. Because of its long history of preparation and flavour, Chitoi Pithe is a beloved component of Poush Parbon celebrations. Chitoi Pithe is a joyous and culturally significant dessert that is typically made during Poush Parbon, a celebration honouring the harvest season.

6. Nolen Gurer Payesh:

 Poush Parbon A classic Bengali rice pudding called Nolen Gurer Payesh is made using fresh rice from the Poush Parbon winter harvest season and flavoured with Nolen Gur, or date palm jaggery. The thick consistency of Nolen Gurer Payesh is attained by slowly simmering rice in milk, giving it a rich and creamy texture. The payesh is given a special flavour by using Nolen Gur, a type of date palm jaggery that is accessible in the winter. It tastes thick, caramel-like, and slightly molasses-y. A fragrant and aromatic character can be added to the dish by using traditional spices like cardamom, which will improve the dish's overall flavour profile. 

7. Bhapa Pithe:

 A traditional Bengali meal called "Poush Parbon Bhapa Pithe" is frequently made during the Poush Parbon festival, which honours Bengal's harvest season. Bhapa Pithe is a kind of baked or steamed sweet dumpling. A sweet delicacy called bhapa pithe is cooked of rice flour, coconut, jaggery (gur), and occasionally reduced milk, or khoya. These components give the dish a naturally sweet and aromatic flavour. The addition of grated coconut gives the Bhapa Pithe a deep, nutty flavour and improves the taste. Aggery, a traditional sweetener with molasses undertones that is used in many Bengali delicacies, adds a unique sweetness.  Because it is steamed or baked, bhapa pithe has a smooth, juicy texture.