January is all about new beginnings and welcoming the first festival of the year..Pongal/ Makar Sankranti!!!
It is a festival dedicated to the Surya (The Sun God) and hence marks the beginning of all things new!!!
In all southern states of India the first day is celebrated as Bhogi, the first day of the pongal festival.. The Bhogi Mantalu ( Fire in Telugu language) wherein a bonfire is lit with cow dung cakes and wood!!
Old items are discarded and sacrificed in this fire, heralding new beginnings!!
Beautiful rangolis adorn the frontyards and not to forget kite flying and sugarcanes!!!
Pongal is cooked in every household, a sweet one and a savoury version alongside Masala vadais, everything adding on to the festive fervor and hence making the new year truly special!!!
What goes around…goes more round round round and becomes a Jalebi!!!
As I am currently visiting kolkata…a foodies haven, I had to visit this place called GD market…
( All precautions taken 😊)
Most places in kolkata have these kind of markets in their own respective localities…
It is one of those markets which is like a closed enclosure containing every household item you need..from jewellery to bath fittings… groceries to beddings…and the list goes on..
A stroll through Kolkata’s GD market and one can never miss the sight of Jalebi wale bhaiya( person making Jalebis) at this shop called Raj Bhallavi sweets, dishing out round round jalebis like a pro..
He must have mastered the art to perfection as every curve is round, perfect in thickness and size..
People throng here to taste the hot freshly made Jalebis and samosas!!! All for just Rupees 5 each!!!
The process begins sharply at 6 p.m and goes on for about an hour or so..
Sometimes the demand is soo much that he finishes his daily lot in a matter of minutes..
Throwback to my days in kolkata, we used to visit this place atleast once a week..
After a hectic day at work this was a perfect way to unwind , sipping kulhad wali chai..( Tea served in small clay pots/ cups) giving it an earthy flavour and of course jalebi and samosas…pure bliss!!
As I visit kolkata again, memories are refreshed and I keep my diet aside for a bite of this delectable mouth watering sweetmeat!!! What’s your jalebi story??!!!
Here’s a sweet dish called Nolen Gurer Payesh…Date Palm Jaggery Rice Pudding…
Made by my mil..
It isba typical bengali sweet dish made especially during the winters…
Made from a special flavoured rice called Gobindobhog rice.. simmered for a long time in thick milk and jaggery, to be eaten warm or chilled!!!
I read somewhere that for Bengalis Payesh( Rice pudding) is Love but Nolen Gurer Payesh is an emotion!!! Holds true for Bengalis..whereas for a non bengali like me tasting the super rich ..creamy… flavour filled kheer tasted like our sweet pongal with a twist!!