Is there any food that can be related to Bengali dol? Dol? The Bong brother of National Holi
In my opinion Kochi pathar jhol or mangshor jhol and sweets and that too not any special sweets. In our childhood we used to get Motth, which is tough crystallised sugar in different bright colours and used to come in different shapes and forms like animals, chariots etc. Eating them was big fun. Unlike rest of India, where there are a huge collection of recipes which are made specially for Holi, there aren’t many for Bengalis.
Madhushree made this Dahi Bhalla which is a very popular dish associated with Holi.
Dahi bhalla has takes on a variety of names and shapes and style in various parts of the country. While in North India it is called Dahi Bhalled, we Bengalis call is doi bora and in Southern India it is called Thayir Vadai or Dahi Vada. The North Indian Bhalla is dumpling and comes with sweet chutney as well as the green chutney. The South Indian version has the vada with a hole in the centre and does not come with a green chutney. Be it the sweets like Gujia, laddoos, imartis, jalebis or savourites like kachori, many variations of chats or the drinks like thandais, lassis and others; it’s a plethora of choices. Speaking about thandais, there are innocent versions as well as the adulterated versions with Bhang. Bhang is associated with Holi and it’s in the last few years that I have tasted it and it’s a demon in disguise. It’s refreshing and initial sip will leave you wanting more but the after effect starts slowly and stays for a long time.
While in one of the Holi celebrations Madhushree had lost her voice and kept smiling for almost 7 hours (she feels that she was speaking but no one was listening to her) it was in 2012, we had tugga just a day after Holi. We have been decent good would be parents that year and didn’t have any doubtful element it was Tugga’s Mama (maternal uncle) who had gone overboard and the next day when he came to Hospital to meet his nephew, he was speechless and reactionless. In his own words later, ‘everyone thought that I was reactionless but I was clueless about the people around me and who the kid was.’ Shibuji Soda and Shikanji in Vardaan Market sells one of the most lethal thandais which you cannot miss at any cost. There are others also who make Bhang ke Kachoris or samosas at home. What’s a Holi where one cannot float and give in to the celebrations. Afterall, if there is one song which symbolizes Holi in modern era, it’s Rang Barse from Silsila. Leaving aside the underlying theme, it’s one of the most fun daring songs possible.
Try out this recipe of Dahi Bhalla and let us know how it worked. Did you make anything special? Do let us know? In case you have any hilarious incident with Holi, please let us know too. Wishing you all a great colourful Holi. Love and Peace