To mark Uttam Kumar’s 86th birth anniversary on September 3, Bengali restaurant 6 Ballygunge Place unveiled the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar food festival, which will be on till September 16.
|Supriya Chowdhury at 6 Ballygunge Place. Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya
Launched by Supriya Chowdhury, Uttam Kumar’s co-star and long-time companion, the festival features some of the Tolly hero’s favourite dishes that she would rustle up. The bait — the veteran actress will cook one item from the menu every day for the guests!
“He loved galda chingri, ilish and Doi Maachh. One day, he cooked mangsho for me and it was epic! The whole episode was hilarious as someone was helping him with the utensils, someone else was helping him grind the spices... but the dish turned out to be delicious. He was a foodie and he loved hosting dinner parties,” smiled Supriya.
At the festival, non-vegetarians are spoilt for choice — there’s Bhetki Kaatar Chochchori, Bagda Chingrir Malai Curry, Doi Ilish, the spicy Katla Maachher Jhal (a favourite when Uttam Kumar would be shooting), Kaju Chicken and Keema Mughlai Paratha. For vegetarians, the options include Palang Paneer Kofta and Kanch Kalar Kofta. For dessert, try Sagar Doi, which used to be a must on Lakshmi Puja at Uttam-Supriya’s residence. It’s a sweet and salty yogurt. Keeping it company is Kumkum, made with kheer and rosogolla.
“Being a Bengali restaurant, we wanted to celebrate the bangaliana of some legendary Bengalis. This food festival is our tribute to Uttam Kumar,” said chef Sushanta Sengupta.
A meal for two would cost around Rs 1,000 (plus taxes).
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Kaju Chicken: Supriya made this dish when Uttam hosted actor Sanjeev Kumar.
Mangsher Dopyaja: Prepared when Bappi Lahiri and his wife came visiting.
Chingri Maachher Paturi: Kishore Kumar and Hemanta Mukhopadhyay had this dish at a party hosted by the
Tolly star couple.
Doi Ilish: Was served to Asha Bhosle and RD Burman when they paid a surprise visit.