poila baishakh
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10 dishes to relish this Poila Baishakh (Bengali New year)

Poila Baisakh  is the first month of the Bengali Calendar). It’s the first day of the Bengali New Year, which usually falls in mid-April every year.It is celebrated in India and Bangladesh where Bengali is the mother tongue, and people wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts among friends and neighbors. Besides language if anything unites Bengali are their rich culture and   authentic spectacular cuisine.In spite of the increasing popularity of junk food Bengali popularly known as Bongs all over the world are still able to retain their love for authentic Bengali food.As a Bengali family residing outside Bengal we too love our indulgence in Fish and rice in various forms on Poila Baishakh and spend quality time in a musical evening …

1.    Shorshe posto bhetki

You will love this fish also called Indian Baramunda or Bhetki with a flaky soft meat cooked in a mild spicy nutty flavored gravy prepared with mustard seeds and poppy seeds paste. Click here for the recipe

bengali bhetki fish recipes
Bhetki shorshe

2.   Ilish machh bhape

Hilsa fish smeared in mustard and green chili paste and steamed in a container, the aroma of mustard oil and fish brings back all memories from childhood. Click here for the recipe

Jamai Shoshthir Bhoj

3.  Machher muro dal

A Bengali meal is not complete without this traditional dal prepared with the head of fish mainly Carps. The head of the big sized carps are used for this dal which are deep fried in mustard oil and cooked with roasted Moong dal and spices to give a special unique flavor to remember.

4.  Mahi Biryani

When Nawab Murshid Quli Khan who was working as the divan, was appointed as the Nawab  of Murshidabad, the cuisine of Murshidabad is became  a combination of Mughlai food and Bengali cuisine  ..a delicious and aromatic amalgamation of flavors. It inherits the richness from the Persian and Mughal cuisine and the simplicity of flavors from the Bengali cuisine with its emphasis on fish and rice. Mahi Biryani is a fish biryani originally prepared with the Hilsa fish which is the lifeline of the people of Bengal. Due to the seasonality of Hilsa fish, it is now prepared with carps also. Read the recipe

Mahi biryani
Mahi biryani

5.  Mangsher jhol

Bongs are notorious meat lovers. So we can’t miss a hearty lamb curry with tender fall off beat from the bones of the lamb with potatoes with a hint of spice from the mustard oil and the hot chilies from Bengal. Click here for the recipe


6.  Daab chingri

This is another classic recipe where medium sized prawns are cooked in tender coconut inside the green coconut shell. The gravy has mild flavors of mustard and sweetness of the tender coconut pulp. Click here for the recipe

Daab Chingri
Daab Chingri

7. Chili garlic fish

Kolkata has a rich heritage and history of Chinese cuisine and the people in the city love Chinese food. You will love this fish orly or chili garlic fish, a very popular street food in Kolkata served with  fried rice or noodles. Click here for the recipe

chili garlic fish

8. Mutton rezala

A rich Mughlai era mutton stew with mild flavors. The dish is characterized by a light soupy whitish  rich gravy due to the addition of white poppy seeds paste and cashew nuts paste .The mutton needs to be marinated and a melt into mouth kind in the dish. Click for the recipe.

mutton rezala

9. Fish Kobiraji

If you are a fish lover, you will love this fish fry covered in a mesh of crispy fried eggs called fish kobiraji cutlets. Serve with fresh cucumber and onion salad and ketchup. Click for the recipe.

Fish kabiraji cutlet
Fish kabiraji cutlet

10. Patishapta

This iconic dessert brings  glory to every Bong festival. pancakes filled with caramelized coconut. Click for the recipe.



Indrani Sen is a teacher,lecturer in Information Technology/Computer Science for the past 12 years. She has authored 4 text books in Information Technology.
She is passionate about cooking and loves to blog about food and travel.This blog is like my baby as I have built it from scratch by myself with little help from colleagues ,friends and of course Google.

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