I’m a day late, but it’s still the new year technically…so here’s wishing all my Bengali brethren across the world, a SUBHO NOBO BORSHO. Nobo Borsho, or Poila Boishakh (literally, the first of Baisakh month of the Hindu calender) is celebrated with great splendour by Bengalis everywhere. Cultural programs, dance and music, good food, new clothes and exchange of good will, punctuated by ‘adda’, is what defines the celebrations.
Likewise, we started our Nobo Borsho with one of my favourite breakfast items in the whole wide world 😀 LUCHI and SHADA ALOO’R CHEnCHKI (Pooris with a white aloo sabzi, pure veg), made by my fav chef – Mommaaaa ❤
When we lived in Mumbai, celebrations, like they are in cities/countries outside Bengal, included a gathering of Bengalis at the local club, usually named ‘New Bengali Club’ or ‘Bengali Club’ or ‘XYZ Bengali Club’ 🙂 Ours was NBBA or ‘New Bombay Bengali Association’, later NVBA, when New Bombay became ‘Navi Mumbai’….. 😛 And of course, along with the cultural programs, meet and greet, we also enjoyed food, usually Luchi and Mangsho or Pulao and Mangsho…….. which, ironically, was also part of our meal yesterday!
Like every Bengali, Poila Boishakh remains incomplete without a traditional meal. Every family celebrates differently, and for us, it’s a quiet family meal usually. None of us enjoy too many items with our meal, so I kept the mains to a mininum; one dal, some fries, mutton curry, chutney and rice + pulao 🙂
I did add some store-bought sweets alongside too…because how can a Bengali meal be complete without mishti? 😀
Here’s the menu for our Nobo Borsho lunch. I won’t be sharing any particular recipe with you guys today, but if you would like me to share anything in particular, please feel free to post a comment for the same 🙂
Basanti/Mishti Polau (Bengali-style sweet pulao)
Tok Dal (Lentils/Masoor Dal with raw mango)
Jhiri Jhiri Aloo Bhaja (Shredded Potato Fries with Peanuts)
Kosha Mangsho (Dry Mutton Curry)
Kancha Aam er Chatni (Raw Mango Chutney)
Fried Poppadums/Papad (this is had with the Chatni/Chutney)
Mishti (Sweet Platter consisting of Pantua, Roshogolla, Komolabhog, Butterscotch Rasmalai)
🙂 I hope you all have a wonderful year, and may the Almighty bless everyone with unabashed happiness, joy, peace and love.