Bengali New Year brings festive cheer to Bengalis all around the world. The celebration of this day is incomplete without the central stage occupied by Bengali food. Traditional delicacies like luchi, alur dom, cholar dal, and mishti doi are a must-have during this time. The aroma of these dishes fills the air and adds to the joyous atmosphere. Seeing how Bengali food brings people together during this auspicious occasion is heartening
Poila Baisakh is the Bengali New Year in the simplest terms according to the Bengali calendar; however, it encompasses far more than this. It's a profoundly ingrained sentiment, and the celebration of it is steeped in traditions. About a month in advance, the people of West Bengal start preparing for this day to celebrate a fresh start. The cuisine of Bengal is often regarded as among the world's finest. Poila Baisakh, of course, is an occasion best celebrated with authentic Bengali culinary delights. But Arabinda Seth, the Executive Chef at the Fairfield by Marriott, Kolkata, tries to come up with something a bit different. Using his creative mind, he has come up with two Bengali recipes with a westernized twist.
Coriander pesto bhetki paturi
Any Bengali goes gaga over paturi. This iconic dish is traditionally made with a choice of fish, prawns, meat and also vegetables and has a base of mustard paste, coconut, and poppy seeds paste. But, this Bengali New Year, give your taste buds a twist in the flavour with coriander and pesto-based paturi.
Pesto paturi, Image By: Fairfield by Marriott, Kolkata
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Baked chingri malai curry
Bengali dish chingri malai curry needs no introduction. It is one of the most raved recipes known for its creamy taste and texture and the melt-in-the-mouth chingri or prawn. This baked version is a slightly westernized take on it, proving how versatile it can be. The baking lends it a unique flavour.
Baked chingri malai curry, Image By: Fairfield by Marriott, Kolkata