Durga Puja or Sharadotsav is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami. Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.
It is the biggest festival for all Bengali’s and the Bongs (short form of Bengali) look forward to this festival through out the year. I am no exception, even though I have been living away from Calcutta for over 9 years now, each year during this time my heart is in Calcutta, I want to hear the dhaki (Drummer) play the beats or enjoy the dancing, eating, drinking and all other festivities that goes on in the city. You have a few Durga Puja’s in London but they are all very traditional and back home that’s not how I or other youngsters celebrated it, we participated in the religious bits for probably an hour or so but the rest was always about adda session with friends.
With this PopUp I aim to recreate the whole vibe of Pujo in Calcutta – Music, Alcohol, Food, Dressing up, Dhaki’s tal, Rabindrasangeet and a lot more. So if you want to experience this amazing carnival experience from Calcutta come along for the Calcutta Street X Jhalmuri Express Durga Pujo PopUp at Stage 3 Hackney on 20th October 2015 (Saptami).
Angus Denoon from Jhalmuri Express and I got together during Notting Hill Carnival 2015 and we had a lot of fun so I am expecting just the same this time. Have a look at the photos.
Calcutta Street and The everybody love love jhal muri express presents to you – An evening to celebrate the start of Durga puja with the sensory pleasures of music, food, drinks and each others company in true bengali style in a beautifully decorated space. Durga puja is kolkata’s greatest festival that salutes the victory of good over evil and the authentic and original street food stalls and live music will transport you to the mighty city for the night.
I am cooking along with Asia House resident chef Paul Bloomfield and we are planning to cook up a storm in the kitchen. Steve, the owner and DJ of Zensai will be playing some Bollywood Psyc Funk music – cherry on the cake! So it will be an afternoon of food, drinks and fun!
With this ticket you can have any of the 3 dishes below – The portions are big, I am generous with food 🙂
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!