The sound of dhak (percussion), loudspeakers on the road playing the latest bollywood numbers, every street lit up with bright lights, people flocking into shopping malls and other markets to get themselves the best outfit to wear for that special time of the year and ofcourse every restaurant/stall/food market coming up with pujo special menu’s — That is Durga Pujo or the biggest Bengali Festival in Kolkata, India.
After 7 long years I finally got to be in Kolkata for this crazy madness and boy I could feel the butterflies and excitement in lower abdomen the minute I made the decision. I decided to absorb every bit of it and dive into the whole craziness and fun right from shopping, eating, pandal hopping, raiding my mum’s wardrobe and wearing all the beautiful saree’s and dancing to the beats of the dhak! I am sharing a few photographs from my trip which could give you a very very faint idea about the festival because you can never know what really is without actually being there!
These are all the pictures from my trip and the festivity in Kolkata, hope you enjoyed it and let me know your thoughts or if you wanna know anything more! I definitely recommend everyone to visit Calcutta during this time of the year which is usually during September-October .
I just got back from a month long holiday in India (Kolkata and Bombay) to visit my friends and family and hence have been away from the bloggosphere for a bit. Now that I am back I thought of sharing some exquisite dishes from India with you people which are my favourite.
Lets start with my personal favourite street food, Phuchka also known as Pani puri, sev puri etc in different parts of India.
These are tiny little fluffed delightful pancakes with a spicy and tangy potato filling dipped in spicy and sweet tamarind water. I barely know anyone who can resist these little balls of heaven!
Second is Chello Kebab which is a dish available in one of the oldest restaurants of Calcutta (Kolkata) called Peter Cat.
This is a very unique yet simple dish, it essentially has boiled rice in the center with a dollop of butter on it, on one there are some chicken reshmi kebabs and the other side has lamb sikh kebabs which you can quite easily grill at home or just buy frozen ones from Sainsbury and stick it in the oven. It is garnished with some veggies( Tomato, Carrots and Peas) and a fried egg on top. This might be simple but its such a tasty and filling meal!
Finally its time for something sweet and whats better than some mouth watering Cup cakes?? LSD (Love Sugar Dough) is one of my favourite cup cake joint in India. it is a tiny little shop in Bandra area of Bombay but its so popular that people travel for hours just to buy cup cakes from there. They boast of quite a celebrity studded client list! Take a look at these cup cakes and tell me you are not tempted to grab one of these!
And finally thats me having a lemon cooler from Candies (Anather favourite) to beat the heat in India!!! 😀
So incase you are planning a trip to India definitely try these dishes its a mecca for the foodies!