Thursday, October 13, 2005

Shubho Bijoya

The time of the year when I miss all the mishti and the homemade radhaballavi and narkol chhapa. Sigh. Maybe next year :)

17 Comments:

Blogger Gamesmaster G9 said...

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October 14, 2005 4:35 AM  
Blogger Urmea said...

Sure Ani, but have you seen the Sepia Mutiny Flash Fiction Fridays? They are really good!

October 14, 2005 11:32 AM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

Ish, radhaballavi :(!! Actually, there was this shop in my aunt's village that used to make the most amazing dalpuri. And then don't forget mishti chholar daal aar luchi. Aachha narkol chhapa ta ki?

BTW, check out my latest post on IIPM. I'm sure you'll find it interesting.

October 14, 2005 2:41 PM  
Blogger Urmea said...

Well narkol chhapas are typically homemade mishtis in a semi-circular shape using old wooden moulds. They're made of narkol kora and khoa (I think).
Very typically (at least amader barite we have an unending stock for guests along with other kena mishti etc specific to each guest as they arrived - my dad was oldest and so was my grandma so we got lotss of visitors for Bijoya) made for Bijoya along with narkol narus and kucho nimki. Sighhhh.

October 14, 2005 9:58 PM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

Did your family make narkol naru with gur? Oh, those narkol narus are so divine and some of my favourite sweets. My grandma makes narkol narus with gur, but for some strange inexplicable reason, my Ma makes them with white sugar, and they taste bleh. For the record though, my Ma is a fantastic cook, and her pithey-puli are just amazing.

October 17, 2005 5:06 PM  
Blogger Urmea said...

Well, they make it with both, but I must admit to preferring the chini ones! Similarly, I am so not fond of 'chaaler moa' though its such a south 24 pgns thing.
I just went to a Lakshmi Pujo on Monday and the lady had made lovely narkol narus as well as home made sandesh. Oh did I mention the luchi and chholar dal (suitably mishti with narkol, aha) and beguni? :-D I was also induced to do the 'chhaandaa baandhaa' thing: bringing home leftover narus and sandesh!

October 19, 2005 3:57 PM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

I've never had chaaler moa. I've had Jaynagar-er moa and frankly didn't think much of it.

Now I'm miserable. I just have to make some mishti chholar dal aar luchi. Haven't made beguni for ages as well, Spyro and Emil love those (Aami ektao khete pai na, aami bhaaji, Spyro khai).

You know in village weddings, every guest does chhaandaa baandhaa. In fact large quantities of bondey and roshogolla are made simply for the purposes of giving away for chhaandaa baandhaa.

October 19, 2005 5:51 PM  
Blogger rimi said...

my my, aren't we getting deliciously nostalgic here? :D
i wanted to ask what narkoler chaap was too, but then realised i've been having them for ages...

oh, and i'll let you in on a little secret--kucho nimki in warm thick rosh (y'know, sugar syrup) is delicious, and the easiest bijoya mishties to make!

October 20, 2005 8:42 AM  
Blogger Rimi said...

hey, there's this blog here:
http://wewereallthereonce.blogspot.com/ it's about calcutta, calcuttans and bengalis. a bit racial maybe, but whatever :D
it would be nice if you could join it. at the very least, may i copy-paste youre posts on cal and bengalis with a link to your blog? my email address, in case you'd like to join (for which i'd need your mail id) is sunkissed.raindrop@gmail.com

October 25, 2005 2:22 PM  
Blogger GREATBONG said...

Subho bijoya and subho diwali...hows everything ? India theke ghure elum...Baba porer bochor Feb-e retire korchen...this is his last semester of teaching.

November 01, 2005 9:52 AM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

Urmi, ei blog ta nishchoi dekechho. Ki fatafati kando!

http://no-rhyme-or-reason.blogspot.com

November 01, 2005 10:58 AM  
Blogger Urmea said...

Rimi, aye aye ma'am - your wish is my command!
Arnab, Shubho Bijoya! Sir'er retire korar reaction kemon? Enthu na dukkho?
T-M, Uff haan oshadharon kabyo tobe majhe majhe ekkebare panu. I wonder if I know this person, koekta kobita'r subject ke bhalo korei chinte parlum :)

November 01, 2005 11:36 AM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

Aamio!! Kintu ki moja, mone hochchey je kobi thakur-er blog-ey kobigaan-er moto kobitaar dvondo shuru hotey paarey. A most exalted Bengali tradition that, alas, is on its way out.

November 02, 2005 8:48 PM  
Blogger GREATBONG said...

Enthu theek bolbo na....I guess Baba will miss teaching a lot.
And kobithakur is a genius...reminds me of JU style kobita.

November 03, 2005 8:50 AM  
Blogger Rimi said...

tarpor? post er ki holo? and yeah, agree with arnab, ekebare JU style kobita :D

November 03, 2005 2:41 PM  
Blogger Urmea said...

Oh oh, time to write a new post, eh? Well maybe. Thing is - this blog is read by a lot of family / friends so I am not sure if I can write about all the scandalous things I've been upto, hehe... I am waiting for my life to be less Sex and the Cityish so I can write about it, [wink]

November 03, 2005 6:08 PM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

*all agog and ears and ghapti merey boshey*

Ooooooooooo.....

November 04, 2005 2:00 PM  

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