No Bengali festival is complete without food. For Bengalis, every festival conjures up the image of a special dish. Poush Sankranti, the first festival of the new year – is similarly associated with pithe, puli, malpoa and a lot other sweet dishes made using nolen gur, the winter specialty. Poush Sankranti, as Makar Sankranti is known as in Bengal, is a three-day festival where Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped to celebrate good harvest. Freshly-harvested paddy, nolen gur and patali are used to make a wide variety of sweets. Here is a list of all the sweets without which Poush Sankranti is incomplete. Meanwhile, if you can’t get enough of ma-thakumar haater ranna, watch the ZEE5 Original film Daab Chingri below.
This Bengali dish which looks like thin crepes or pancakes is made with refined flour, rice flour and semolina. All these ingredients are stuffed with a delicious caramelised shredded coconut filling.
2. Doodh puli
3. Gokul pithe
Malpua is a sweet pancake made during a lot of Indian festivals. These are usually served as a dessert snack either with rabdi or with some nuts sprinkled on top.
Is your mouth watering already? Don’t forget to gobble these yummy desserts during Poush Sankranti. In the meantime, check out Rannaghar on ZEE5 for more recipes.