Basant Panchami 2018: Why Do Bengalis Refrain From Eating Ber (Jujube) Fruit Before Saraswati Puja

It is that time of the year again. The biting cold weather is slowly giving way to the beauteous and bountiful spring. The blossoming flowers, the ripened fruits and the lush green fields, there is a reason why Spring is also dubbed as the King of all seasons. Various communities and countries across the world have different ways to celebrate the shift in seasons. In India, which also happens to be an agro-based economy, spring season plays a huge role in the agricultural and harvesting calendar and naturally then the…

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Mutton Chops: The Spicy Mutton Cutlet That Is Every Bengali’s Go-To Snack

It was slightly hard for my Kolkata based aunt to adjust to the ways of Delhi. In her last visit, one of the most bizarre things that she pointed out was us having teawith no or bare minimum snacks in the evenings. Back in Bengal, chai-time is incomplete without a round of complimentary snacks. The wide array of snacksincludes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. According to food critic Bikramjit Ray, “One of the specialties of Bengal is that they have such wholesome non-vegetarian snacks. If you see snacks across the country, they…

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Shukto: Why Can’t Bengalis Start Their Meal Without This Bitter Medley Of Vegetables

For most part of the country and the world,  West Bengal is the hub of rich and sinful sweetmeats. But did you know the land of Roshogollas, Sandesh, Cham Cham , Kaala Jaam  and Mishti Doi also has a popular bitter dish without which the afternoon meal  is deemed incomplete. We are talking about- Shukto, a bitter-sweet medley of vegetables that has to feature during lunchtime in Bengal or any Bengali festivity. Made with vegetables like bitter gourd, neem leaves , sweet potato, Bengal gram, raw banana, French beans and drum sticks, Shukto is a rich stew of…

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