by Moriah Joseph / 4A

Native Dishes

Payesh or the traditional Bengali Rice Pudding. This is a native this because it is the first celebration that a Bengali child witnesses is Annaprashan or the ‘First Rice’. This Bengali tradition initiates an infant of barely 5 months or more to his/her first intake of food other than milk.

The main ingredients are Low-fat Milk – 2 lt (Many prefer to use sweetened condense milk – in that case you will need much less milk. But I find Jaggery losing it’s uniqueness amidst the existing sweetness)
Jaggery – 5 one and a half inch square cubes or 1 cup of Date Syrup

Sugar – optional
Pistachios – 1/4 cup
Raisins – 1/4 cup, soaked in Water
Cashew nuts – 1/2 cup, unsalted
Fragrant White Rice – 1 cup*

Rasgulla or rasbari

its main ingredients are

  • Milk - 1/2 litre
  • Refined flour (maida) - 2 tsp
  • Citric acid dissolved in water or lemon juice - 1/4 tsp dissolved in 1/2 cup water or lemon juice 2-3 tbsp.
  • Sugar- 1 cup
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Rose essence or cardamom powder - 2-3 drops or 1/4 tsp

This is a native dish because it has been in vogue in Orissa since centuries, but it gained popularity in Bengal and has now become one of the most sought after sweets.

main ingredients in lunchi
11/3 cup Flour (Maida)

1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Sugar (optional)
3 tbsp Melted Ghee
1/2 cup Warm Water or as needed
Ghee for deep frying
This is a native dish because it is eaten in a large Bengali festival known as Durga Puja celebrating Shakti, the mother goddess.

The main ingredients in poori is
  • 2 cups wholewheat flour
  • Water to make dough
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil or ghee (clarified butter) for deep frying

This is considered a native dish because it is eaten in Diwali, the festival of lights.

The main ingredients in Matar ki Kheer are
1 cup [200g] shelled green peas
1/2 cup [100 g] ghee
3/4 litres milk
1 cup [200g] sugar
1 tsb cardamom powder
5 pistachios
sliced 25 raisins
This is considered a native dish because it is eaten in the festival of colors, Holi, it is the largest festival celebrated in India. During the festival, men, women and children dance around together and rub gulaal (powdered color) over one another.

Mattar ki kheerM

Mattar ki kheer

Mattar ki kheer

Mattar ki kheer