It’s that time of the year when everyone is welcoming Goddess Durga into their homes, donning new clothes, stepping out for Pandal hopping with friends and family, and generally making merry. Festivity is in the air and hardly anyone can miss the joyous spirit that Durga Puja brings, especially in Kolkata. The Puja Pandals are a hub of activity with everyone walking in and out, admiring the creativity and craftsmanship and offering their devotion. And of course, eating. Especially in Bangalore, where each of the Pandals (this is a list of the more popular ones) comes with its own set of food stalls and bhog, the prasad or offering, which is then served to all. Even if you are not Bengali, it is worth going to these pandals to experience the spirit of the festival. Best if you can find some Bengali friends to tag along with, or just find a bunch of like-minded people and visit the nearest pandal to get a flavor of what the excitement is all about. To help you decide what to eat, here’s a quick list:
3.Ghooghni A Bengali curry made with dried peas that is served on its own as a snack. This mildly spiced, tangy curry is a healthy option (were you looking for one?) and comes garnished with freshly cut onions and lots of coriander leaves.
4.Bengali Veg Cutlets Every seen beetroot red cutlets with crunchy peanuts? Nowhere except in Bengal and we can vouch for their delicious uniqueness. Made with potatoes, carrots, beetroots and peanuts, these are a must-try. Ask for some kashundi, a version of mustard sauce that will have you hooked,to go with it.
5.Deemer Devil Deem is egg in Bengali. This is a cutlet with an unbroken boiled egg layered with a spicy potato mash and then deep-fried. Very unique, it should make it to the should-try list if you like eggs.
7.Rolls Of all varieties. The Egg Chicken and Egg Mutton rolls are the Bengali favourites but egg rolls, paneer rolls and vegetables rolls are also available and equally scrumptious. Ensure that they are stuffed well and served hot.
8.Kababs These are usually served stuffed into rolls but also available on their own. The Mutton Seekh and Chicken Seekh kababs are usually popular.
9.Biryani Needs no introduction obviously. The Mutton Biryani stall is where you’ll find most heading.
For a list of the Durga Puja Pandals in Bangalore, this festive season, check the link below. http://www.asklaila.com/CityScape/durga-puja-pandal-location-and-venues-in-bangalore/