This dinner is a journey through possibly some of the most cherished memories from my childhood in Kolkata.
Durga puja is a central part of every Bengali's life. It's as if every calendar year is planned around those five days and for the kids in the family, it was an opportunity to do whatever we wanted without the repercussions that it usually came with.
For us, it meant visiting each 'pandal' and more importantly, trying the variety of festive snacks from the choicest vendors.
I'm showcasing some of those dishes at this pop-up. Hope to see you there!
Aloo Kabli: A Calcutta street food classic. Potatoes, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes doused in a tangy tamarind dressing.
Dimer Devil: Another Durga Puja favorite. This one is soft-boiled egg wrapped in a rich and fragrant lamb/cauliflower filling, breaded and fried. I'm serving this with a refreshing onion and radish salad.
Paturi: Local Ling Cod/eggplant marinated in a pungent mustard sauce, steamed in a banana leaf and served with a fragrant Bengali pulao.
Lebu Cha Granita: Kolkata-special lime tea with a kick, served in the form of a granita
Kaalo Jaam: A close cousin of the gulab jamun (fried cottage cheese ball dipped in sugar syrup), this version is more popular in Calcutta sweet shops. I'm serving it with a pistachio and saffron mousse.
Course 1: Armani Prosecco Valdadige, Italy
Course 2: Pardon & Fils Les Mouilles Julienas, 2017
Course 3: Salmon Sancerre Rouge Loire, France
Course 4: “The Roshni” Mango Puree, Brandy, Yogurt Liqueur, Saffron Syrup, Cardamom Bitters, Pistachio