We Bengalees love our food and our courses. Thank heavens I have relatives here who feed me the kidn of meals that make me homesick. Here is a traditional weekend spread that I recently devoured.
Clockwise from top left there was fried rice, boiled rice, daal – spiced boiled lentils, chicken with peppers, mango chutney, fish curry, vegetable curry and fish chops.
But my favorite was the moutwatering mishti doi (homemade sweet yogurt/curds), served in a clay pot just like they do in stores in Kolkata.
Want to make some? Here’s an easy recipe:
– 1 can (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
– 1 can (12 oz) Evaporated Milk
– 1 cup plain white yogurt
Mix all ingredients well and pour into a flat oven-safe container (or a clay earten pot if you have one. Bake at 200 degrees F for about 1 hr 15 mins. or till it sets. Cool and refrigerate before serving.
Apparently, even ancient Vedic texts refer to these curds and as “food of the Gods.” Mmmm.