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From ‘gota sheddho’ to ‘dadhikarma’: Three Bengali recipes for Saraswati Puja

Try these at home to go along with your bhog’er khichuri, labra and kuler tok for a Basant Panchami feast

Pooja Mitra | Published 25.01.23, 12:27 PM
Happy Saraswati Puja

Happy Saraswati Puja

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Saraswati Puja is a time for anjali, basanti sari, and a veritable festive feast with topa kul, khichuri, gota sheddho, a selection of mishti and a bowl full of dadhikarma! To celebrate the puja, here are three quintessentially Bangali recipes to try at home.

Gota sheddho

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Remember Sawan Dutta’s hilariously on-point melody about the gota sheddho? This healthy, hearty dish celebrates the seasonal produce and is a must-have in many households on Saraswati Puja and the day after. 

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Ingredients:

  • Green moong dal: 1 small cup (soaked overnight)
  • Small potatoes whole: 5
  • Small brinjals whole: 5
  • Peas in the pod/ whole peas: 10
  • Spinach: 1 bunch
  • Hyacinth or flat beans/ sheem: 5
  • Green chillies: 5
  • Small sweet potatoes whole: 5
  • Grated ginger: 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice: 1 whole ripe lemon
  • Black salt
  • Mustard oil: 3-4 tablespoons

Recipe:

  • Cook the dal until it’s half ready
  • Take a deep-bottomed utensil and add water. Boil with a pinch of salt
  • Add the potatoes, sweet potatoes and sheem and cook for 10-12 minutes, covered and on a medium flame
  • Now add the remaining vegetables and cook until every ingredient is fully cooked
  • Add salt, lemon juice, grated ginger and mustard oil. Mix well
  • Drizzle some more mustard oil right before eating

Tip:

  • Be careful while cooking the dal and the vegetables. They should be mashable and fully cooked. 

Khoi'er moa

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Any puja is incomplete without naru, moa, and nimki. Alike in looks with its more commonly available cousin the muri’r moa (in image above) the khoi’er moa is the one that gets pride of place for Basant Panchami celebrations, This quick moa recipe is zero pain but promises a delicious gain.

Ingredients:

  • Khoi/ puffed rice: 1 small packet
  • Ankher gur/ sugarcane jaggery: 1 large cup
  • Salt: 1 small pinch
  • Water: ¼th cup
  • Ghee: 2-3 tablespoons

Recipe:

  • Check the khoi for any impurities
  • Take a nonstick pan and heat well
  • Now add the jaggery, keeping the flame low
  • Add water, little by little and stir continuously
  • Cook jaggery mix until the first full boil and turn off the heat
  • Allow the jaggery to rest for 45 seconds to a minute
  • Add the puffed rice and mix well
  • Grease your palms with ghee
  • Take small scoops of puffed rice and make round balls

Tip:

  • The jaggery and water mix should not be runny
  • Remove any surface impurity with a strainer while boiling the jaggery
  • You can also make murir moa and seu’er moa (using sev) with the same recipe

Dadhikarma

Another Saraswati Puja recipe that not only is mandatory but can also be a delicious dessert, if you come to think of it.

Ingredients:

  • Chirey/poha/ flattened rice: 1 medium cup
  • Khoi: 1 medium cup
  • Hung curd: ½ of a small cup
  • Mishti doi: 1 large cup
  • Batasa: 5-8 pieces
  • Bananas: 4
  • Cashew: 10-15
  • Raisins: 10-15
  • Dates, deseeded and cut into halves: 8-10
  • Mashed sandesh: 1 small cup
  • Grated coconut: 1 small cup
  • Full fat milk: 1 small cup

Recipe:

  • Add all the ingredients in a large bowl, except milk
  • Mix well, adding milk in little quantities to get your designed consistency

Tip:

  • Add milk only to assemble and bring things together. You might not need the entire quantity, given there are other ingredients like two types of curds to add moisture
  • You can use honey in the place of batasha
  • Try to get gurer sandesh to add the jaggery flavour in dadhikarma
Last updated on 25.01.23, 04:10 PM
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