Every festival in India is incomplete without delicious food preparations. Durga Puja festivities in the city this year will be no different. Mandals across the city are organising grand pujas accompanied by a lavish spread of delicacies for all visitors.
Most mandals are serving bhog, which comprises of khichdi, one Bengali vegetable dish, chutney, kheer and a Bengali sweet — rasgullas, mishti doi or lancha.
“All preparations for the bhog will be done by members at the mandal and food will be prepared for 250-300 people every day on the last three days of the festival. It will also include a Bengali-style mixed vegetable dish called labra,” said SK Nandi, general secretary of the Kalyan Cultural Association.
The association has also organised for a caterer to set up food stalls for Bengali food like mughlai paratha and fish and mutton chops.
While bhog served at most mandals is the same, numerous food stalls will be doling out Bengali food during the seven days of puja.
The Bombay Durgabari Trust at Kemp’s Corner will have two stalls at their mandal, one of which will have special Bengali fish delicacies like mochhar ghonto, mocha chops and four varieties of Bengali sweets.
“Food is a part of the ritual,” said Susmita Mitra, entertainment convener of the trust, which is organising the puja.
At the Bengal Club in Shivaji Park, apart from bhog, which will be served for around 15,000 people, there will also be around five food stalls. “Two special dishes served by us will be bhaapa eelish, which is bengali steamed fish and daab chingdi, jumbo prawns served in tender coconut,” said Amit Chowdhury, vice-president of the club.
Sarvajanik Vashi Durga Puja, which will organise one of the biggest pujas in the city, will have around 20 food stalls.
“Bengali fish preparations like hilsa, bhetki fish and kosha mangsho, a mutton dish, will be served along with other food items like biryani, tandoori dishes and paneer pulav. The festivities are not just for Bengalis, but for all to participate and relish in,” said Asit Ghosh, president of the organisation.