We can all agree that Pujo is about Maa Durga, family, friends and a whole lot of fun, but the common factor in all of that is food. Whatever else it may or may not involve, Pujo means there’s going to be different kinds of food and a lot of it. Here’s a few you should probably make sure you don’t miss!
1. Kathi Rolls
Kathi rolls are not only delicious, they are the most practical food type to have when you’re on the go. Be it chicken or mutton, it’s delicious and somehow, the grease just helps keep the energy alive! Kolkata’s pride and joy is unmissable during this time. There are a bunch of great places all over the city making it, so stick to the tried and tested kind so you are sure of the quality!
Not a golgappa, and not a pani puri, but a proper, true, real phuchka. Yes, they are different. Have them every evening but make sure you don’t miss out on them during Pujo. Somehow, they just taste better during the festivals and while you’re between pandals! The proper Bangali ‘tok jol’ kind which leaves you a little teary from the spice but also immensely satisfied, is the way to go. There’s always churmur, the fancy cousin as well. Don’t get too experimental with the water though as you don’t want the food poisoning!
3. Mishti Pulao & Bhog
This one is rather controversial. I know a lot of people who don’t like this at all. But somehow, during just this time of the year, taste buds seem to change and everyone is up for it! It helps that pulao is almost always part of bhog (khichudi, labda, all sorts of other magical things) which no one tends to miss anyway. More reason to make sure you don’t miss out on a good helping of it during Pujo!
All the calories, and none of the guilt, that’s my motto anyway. Pujo is probably the only time it’s okay to have 10 sweets a day or more and not care. It’s the best time for indulgence if you have a sweet tooth. From doi to sandesh, from jalebis to motichoor laddus, if you like the sweet life, there’s probably something for you. Go for it without any inhibitions because after all, it’s prasad, no way you can say no to it!
Let’s be honest, we’d eat this anytime, any day. What Pujo does is just make this brilliant combination that much more euphoric! Be it for lunch or dinner, the festival seems incomplete if we miss out on having this for at least one meal! Ghugni and luchi or kosha mangsho (mutton preparation) and luchi either combination is already a match made in heaven, put all three together and it becomes so deadly, it’s almost sinful!
Food is a part of Kolkata’s culture, whatever you decide to eat this festive season, make sure you go all out and have no regrets! In case you do, there’s always a next time because ashche bochor abar hobe! Eat well, drink up and have a great pujo! Leave a comment and let us know what your favourites are and if we’ve missed out something!