Pujo-r Cuisine

Pujo manei "Bangalir Pet Pujo"!

We all know that food plays an important part in the much awaited festivities that revolve around Durga Pujo every year. It's that one time of the year when the Home Kitchens are shut for a period of 4-5 days, with eating out being the best way to fill in your empty stomachs.

Be it street food or restaurant food, Pujo-r bhog or lunch and dinner at your friends or relatives place, the choice is wide and big during the Pujo with each meal being a gastronomical delight!

Durga Pujo-r Bhog

While all the different cuisines are a must try on each day of the Pujo, Durga Pujo-r bhog holds a special place in every Bengali's hert. Bhog is one of the most important aspects of Durga Pujo Cuisine. The age old traditions that revolve around Durga Pujo speak of the importance of Bhog or the food offered to the Goddess.

Bhog is the food offered to the Goddess every day after the prayers or Anjali. Durga Pujo Bhog is distributed amongst devotees in almost all pandals and Pujos at homes and communities where the Goddess is worshipped. While some Pujo committees charge you for Bhog, there are most where Bhog is served free!

Durga Pujo-r Bhog comprises primarily of Khichudi - a staple made from lentils and rice; Labra - an authentic Bengali vegetable dish made with pumpkins, potato, radish and aubergines, Chorchari - a type of mixed vegetable dish, Beguni - batter-fried aubergines; Aloo-Phulkopir Torkari - Potato and Cauliflower curry; Luchi - deep fried puffy bread, Chholar Dal - Bengal gram lentils; Chutney - sweet relish commonly made with tomatoes and dates), Papad and sweets.

For this year’s Pujo, we have put together a list of must-visit restaurants that have some delicious cuisines to offer.

If you have been enamoured in work round the year, then get ready and gear up to tuck in to some delicious food this year. Durga Pujo is never complete without good food - be it Chinese, Continental, Mughlai, Bengali or a quick grab of delectable street food.

Featuring here on MahaUtsav Online are a few handpicked restaurants to try out this Pujos. There's Chapter 2 for Continental food, Chowman and Master Dimsum for Oriental/ Chinese and Oudh 1590 for Mughlai delicacies. Explore Pujo menus to plan ahead.

Calling out to all the Biryani lovers in town! Taking you back to the Mughal era this Pujos is Oudh 1590 – one of the most sought after dining destinations on Kolkata’s culinary map. Delectable Awadhi cuisine coupled with the restaurant’s majestic décor, ambiance and amicable service is something you don’t want to miss.

Chinese for most is an all-time favourite, especially for Kolkatans. If you’re in for some oriental treat this year, Chowman is ready for the euphoria and storm that Durga Pujo brings in.

Chowman will cook up its hot selling dishes for the gastronomes of the City. From Manchow Soup to Chilli Mountain Lobster, from CHOWMAN Special Chicken to the heavenly Toffee Walnut with Ice-Cream – there’s something delicious cooking for everyone.

For those who love dimsums or more popularly called momos, Master Dimsum is a must visit. From melt-in-the-mouth Sui Mai to the Wholesome Dimsum Box, there a whole list of momos to choose from – not to forget the delicious ‘Corn and Cheese momos’ for the vegetarians.

Fancy some continental food this Pujo? Head to Chapter 2 at Kolkata’s Mani Square mall. Chapter 2 serves some fantastic Anglo Indian Food and the Live Music is sure to get you into the Pujo mood. This place has a retro charm and its vast continental menu recreates the lost glory that Kolkata was proud of – bringing back the memories of food and music, which symbolized Park Street and Chowringhee between 1950s - 1970s.

Durga Pujo-r Bhog

While all the different cuisines are a must try on each day of the Pujo, Durga Pujo-r bhog holds a special place in every Bengali's hert. Bhog is one of the most important aspects of Durga Pujo Cuisine. The age old traditions that revolve around Durga Pujo speak of the importance of Bhog or the food offered to the Goddess.

Bhog is the food offered to the Goddess every day after the prayers or Anjali. Durga Pujo Bhog is distributed amongst devotees in almost all pandals and Pujos at homes and communities where the Goddess is worshipped. While some Pujo committees charge you for Bhog, there are most where Bhog is served free!

Durga Pujo-r Bhog comprises primarily of Khichudi - a staple made from lentils and rice; Labra - an authentic Bengali vegetable dish made with pumpkins, potato, radish and aubergines, Chorchari - a type of mixed vegetable dish, Beguni - batter-fried aubergines; Aloo-Phulkopir Torkari - Potato and Cauliflower curry; Luchi - deep fried puffy bread, Chholar Dal - Bengal gram lentils; Chutney - sweet relish commonly made with tomatoes and dates), Papad and sweets.

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