Pahela Baishakh, more colloquially known as Pohela or Poila Baisakh is just round the corner. The traditional New Year day or Poila year of Bengali people, this festival is celebrated with processions, fairs, family time, and most importantly – food! Here is a specially curated Poila Baisakh recipes for you. Check it out!
Poila Baisakh festivities begin with a puja in the morning. This is followed by elaborate preparation of meals that are consumed with family or friends, and distribution of sweets to near and dear.
The celebrity is Bengalis year marks the beginning of Baisakh year and is cultural pride for Bengalis. So, when gearing to celebrate this auspicious festival with your loved ones, don’t forget to browse through our collection of authentic Bengali cuisine and show off your culinary skills in style.
Breakfast Recipes for Poila Baisakh
The first meal that is served after rituals on the Bengali New Year is a good spread that includes traditional recipes like the Luchi (Bengali version of Pooris), Cholar Dal (a spicy, protein rich curry, which also lends some crunchiness to your breakfast with its coconut pieces), and Aloor Dum (a thick and creamy gravy made from potatoes and yogurt). These tummy-filling dishes are rich in nutrients and get you started on the right note for your festival day.
Luchi is a Bengali version of Poori and goes best with dal or Bengali curry. Serve them hot for best results.
A perfect dal made with chana dal, it is perfect accompaniment to Luchi or boiled rice. It has a perfect blend of sweet, spices and crunchy coconut.
A delicious preparation of potatoes in a Bengali style gravy is just not to be missed on Poila Baisakh.
Lunch and Dinner Recipes for Poila Baisakh
Lunch and dinner menus bring in the much loved non vegetarian dishes to Poila Baisakh celebrations. One dish that can definitely not be missing in any Bengali cuisine is Fish curry. This seafood preparation is much enjoyed with rice like Veg Pulao or rotis and Luchis, and adds a rich flavour to the meal.
Fish is usually followed by a serving of meat like mutton or chicken, again in the form of gravy. While non- vegetarian dishes steal the limelight in the Poila Boisakh platter, vegetarian ones too get their fair share, and are included as dal and dry sabjis like Aloo Posto and Begun Bhaja.
A perfect Bengali mutton recipe, this is not to be missed on Poila Baisakh. Try this perfect recipe
Prepared with eggplant or Baingan, this is absolutely delicious preparation for the Poila Baisakh menu.
Aloo Posto is made with potatoes and served dry. It goes well on the side with rice or luchi.
Veg pulao can be served best with some raita or even with a curry like Aloor dum or Bengali Doi Murgi and Kosha Mangsho.
Poila Baisakh menu won’t be complete without some chicken. So here is a perfect Bengali Murgh Rezala. Serve this rich gravy with luchi or your choice of bread.
Here is another chicken recipe to try in the Bengali menu.
Dessert Recipes for Poila Baisakh
No festive celebration is ever complete without sweets, and that too in the land of Rosogollas. Poila Boisakh celebrations call for the preparation of variety of sweets that are consumed through the course of the day.
Sandesh, the popular Bengali sweet, makes its way into your tummy right from breakfast time. (You could also try out our Mango Sandesh to give your celebrations an exotic twist). Another sweet that is enjoyed during the festive day is the Chaler Payesh, a variant of the sweet and milky kheer.
Sandesh or Sondesh is synonymous with Bengali dessert. A perfect sweet not to be missed on this special day.
Made with rice, this is a delicious dessert which completes the Poila Baisakh menu.
Chaats for Poila Baisakh
The Bengali New Year is also a time that sees street food vendors in their full swing. So if you miss relishing those savoury street snacks, you can prepare them at your home by checking out the collection of street food recipes.
We know that you can’t wait to try out these authentic Bengali dishes. Do let us know what you made and how you like them.
Subho Nabobarsho everyone!