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Delicious Poila Boishakh recipes

April 14, 2016 10:44 IST

It’s the new year. A new beginning.

For Bangalis across the globe, Poila Boishakh (the first day of the Bengali calendar) calls for a celebration.

We begin the day by wearing new clothes. Most garment shops in West Bengal go on sale right before the New Year starts, i.e in the Chaitra Maash (the last month of the Bengali calendar that begins on March 15 and ends on April 13)

Women draped in beautiful saris and men in their traditional dhuti (dhotis) or pajamas and panjabi (kurtas) offer sweets to the Lord and make a wish for the year to bring in gifts of joy, good health and prosperity.

People send New Year greetings to their dear ones. Some visit elders in the family and neighbourhood to wish them Subho Nababorsho (Happy New Year) and seek blessings. Soon after, it’s time to catch up with our pals over lots of adda(long chats).

But the most important part of this occasion is plenty of good food. One just can’t deny that we Bengalis live to eat. We also believe if the first day goes well, the rest of the year will follow suit.

So indulge in lip-smacking delicacies on this auspicious day. Here are two recipes for you to try.

Aamer Dal (Lentils with Green Mango)

Aamer Dal (Lentils with Green Mango)

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Mangsho Morich (Mutton in black pepper)

Mangsho Morich (Mutton in black pepper)

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