Durga Puja 2022: Food delicacies that you must try this festive season, Here’s all you need to know

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Guwahati: After two years of restricted Durga Puja festivities, the people of Assam are all set to make it a happening Puja season this year.

This annual Hindu festival originating in the Indian subcontinent is all about the celebration of the victory of goddess Durga in the battle over evil-powered Mahishasura.

This is a ten-day festival, and the last five days are significantly celebrated.

But, hold on! Aren’t we missing something? What about the Food? This has always been a major part of Durga puja, isn’t it?

Although, there are no restrictions or strict rules on having food for these ten days. You will have a variety of foods including vegetarian dishes, non-vegetarian dishes, snacks, desserts and many more that you can enjoy on this occasion.

Speaking on this, food blogger, recipe developer and food consultant Sanjukta Das tells TIME8 during a conversation, “During Durgotsava, it’s a transitional period; from extreme summers we are moving towards winters. Food is based on a system and it is co-related to weather conditions. Secondly, we belong to the land of ‘Shakti’, thus, culture-wise people from this part of the region basically are non-vegetarian. So in general, they do eat mutton, duck or pigeon after they are ritually slaughtered (Animal Sacrifice).”

Sanjukta Das also shared a thought where she feels that Assam has slowly emerged as a place of a multi-cultured region where people from all sections embrace each other’s culture.

“People have now started to keep vrat (fast); they follow Navratri and avoid eating onion or garlic. These are cross-cultured food habits which have come from outside. But, otherwise, traditionally we are non-vegetarian eating people,” added Sanjukta.

Apart from this, people from Assam are more aware of food habits nowadays and they know what they are eating. “Our Assamese people have become very health conscious, they prefer tasty food yet low on cholesterol, low on fats, gluten-free foods. More or less they have also become gluten intolerant; they also avoid carb-based foods. Basically, the people of this region are zoning in foods which are tasty yet healthy,” said Sanjukta.

TIME8 bring you an extended range of food including vegetarian dishes and non-vegetarian dishes which you can enjoy during this puja with family, friends and relatives.

Bhoger Khicadi

Bhoger khichuri recipe is an exemplary and inimitable moong dal khichdi which is prepared in puja festivals like Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja, Saraswati puja etc. and offered to the goddesses as Prasad. It is a slobbering and comforting meal which is loved by people of all age groups.

Bhoger Labra

Labra recipe is a mélange of all types of vegetables which is prepared in puja festivals. In this preparation, an array of vegetables is cooked with panch phoran and bhaji masala in mustard oil. It is mostly accompanied by bhoger khichuri but can also be paired up with steamed rice as well.

Begun Bhaja

Also known as Baingan Bhaja, this crispy brinjal delicacy is enjoyed with great enthusiasm and is a staple in every home. No wonder it is enjoyed alongside regular everyday meals like dal rice or khichdi.

Ilish Paturi

lish machh’er paturi combines three of Bengal’s greatest loves—the hilsa fish, the banana plant, and mustard. Even though it looks very polished, it is a fairly easy recipe to execute. It requires few ingredients, no special technique, and very little time.

Mutton Kosha

Mutton kosha recipe aka kosha mangsho is a pure Bengali delicacy and is one of the most popular non-vegetarian dishes among the people of Assam as well. Mutton kosha is a rich, flavoured, spicy goat meat curry where tender and juicy goat meat pieces are coated with thick velvety dark brown gravy.

Duck curry in Assamese style

Duck meat is a part of the traditional Assamese cuisine for a long time. Traditionally, this dish is considered to be a delicacy cooked and served on special occasions like Bihu, feast or for special guests. Even nowadays, this dish is still an integral part of any celebration or festivities.

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