In Bengali, the world Pohela means ‘first’. Boishakh, or baisaki in Hindi, is the very first month in the Bengali calendar; in other words, the beginning of the Bengali New Year! Pohela Boishakh is celebrated as a major holiday in West Bengal and in Bangladesh. Of course, it’s a great day for every Bengali living anywhere in the world as well! So here’s a Happy Pohela Boishakh to all you Bengalis, wherever you are. We’ve got some special treats in store for you if you live in Bangalore, though. Read on to know more!
Nothing Says New Year Like The First Leaf Of Spring!
Somehow something happens when spring hits the air. It’s not as though we suffer the wrath of a cold winter in India, but spring still brings with it a strange beauty and lightness. We tend to greet every new leaf, every new flower and every raw of fresh sunshine.
Bengal’s amazingly creative folk make the best of spring by bringing out all their artistic talents. The fairs are full of artists showing off their skills, flooding the place with incredibly rich color. Check out this amazing traditional folk painting being done to the bottom of a conventional earthenware pot!
And this – Traditional owl masks being carried by people at the Pohela Boishak fair.
Have A Boishakh Fair At Home!
If you live in Bangalore, you’re far away from your family in Bengal. Even if you don’t feel the distance on other days, you’ll feel it on a day like this, when you know your family in Bengal will be visiting Boishak fairs and cooking up a storm. They’ll all be out enjoying the fresh spring air, buying traditional goodies, and enjoying fabulous local foodie treats out at the fair.
Feeling lonesome? Don’t. Order yourself a fine Bengali dinner from our Home Chef partners, Kalidas and Kavitha Rajan. If you live in Sarjapur or nearby areas, just go on our website and check out Something Bong and Panch Phoron, both fabulous restaurants offering scrumptious Bengali food.
‘Something Bong‘ on Bellandur road has a special home made Pohela Boishak menu comprising the following dishes:
- MISHTI POLAU (a flavoured and lightly sweetened pulao)
- CHOLAR DAL (chana dal with coconut chunks and some special flavours)
- BEGUNI (batter fried aubergine)
- POTOLER DOLMA (pointed gourds/parwal stuffed with a creamy coconut filling and cooked in a rich curry)
- BHETKI PATURI (soft bhetki fish cubes cooked in banana leaves, flavoured with mustard and coconut)
- DHONEPATA MURGI (succulent chicken in a coriander/dhania flavoured curry)
- AAMER CHATNI (sweet and sour raw mango chutney)
The above dishes are all priced together at Rs.299 and are available only on pre-order before 6pm on 14th April. Orders can be placed for either lunch or dinner delivery on 15th April only.
Here are a few other Pohela Boishak dishes that should get your taste buds tingling!
The traditional Panta Ilish – made of left-over rice soaked with the delicious Hilsa fish and eaten with shutki (dry fish) and plenty of achaar!
Traditional Pohela Boishakh samosas, roasted nuts and other melt-in-the-mouth snacks!
Yummm… Lobongo Lotika – a lovely Bengali stuffed parcel fitted together with a clove (lobongo in Bengali). Do check out the delicious sugar syrup the Lobongo Lotika sweets are soaking in – can you resist this one? Do us a favor and eat a few on Pohela Boishakh. You owe it to yourself!
The delicious, ultimate Bengali comfort food – Bhorta – all smooth, delicious and hot! Whether it’s made out of veggies or dried fish, you can smell the flavorsome mustard oil, onion and garlic from the next room! Whether you like to eat it with rice or roti, bhortas are wonderful, fragrant and simply irresistible.