It’s been some weeks that I have not shared any post on this blog. I was busy with some stuff. I decided to share a post on the Bengali traditional food menu on the occasion of Ashwin Sankranti. But I know many days passed after the Ashwin Sankranti and I forgot to share it with you. Ashwin Sankranti means the last day of Ashwin month. It is was followed by many Bengali families. It is a healthy food menu that includes only two dishes. There is a popular Bengali phrase related to this. Many of you have definitely heard about this. “Ashwin e radhe Kartik e khay” means people cook on the day of Ashwin Sankranti and enjoyed it till the next month which is Kartik month. It means you need to make the dishes for once and have it for two days.
Many people may get surprised to know about such food-related cultures. You do not need to cook even multiple dishes. You just need to cook rice and another curry prepared with multiple vegetables. There are some specific vegetables that people will definitely add to the dish. You can even add some of your favorite vegetables.
That dish is called garur daal. Did you ever hear about such dish? If you are Bengali then you are definitely aware of such a dish. I have already shared the recipe for this gaarur daal in my earlier post. So you can go and check that post for the recipe. This post is all about the food menu of Ashwin Sankranti of the year 1428 (Bangla calendar).
I know I am late for sharing this post. Yesterday I discovered this post in my draft. I wrote a few words and forgot to complete that post. So today I decided that I will complete the post and publish it.
You can easily buy a bunch of those vegetables together from the local vegetable shops. Many shopkeepers bundles all essential vegetables to make that garur dal and sell. That helps customers who do not know what all vegetables are needed. Not only that it is very convenient for all because you won’t forget any essential vegetable during your vegetable shopping. I bought such a bundle of vegetables from the market. I also add a few vegetables from my rooftop kitchen garden.
Did you visit our kitchen garden? I used to share pictures of my kitchen garden. You can go and check. Now winter is coming and my winter garden is almost ready. I will also share pictures of my kitchen garden in my upcoming posts.
Do you know there is another phrase related to this day that “Jaler ta aar haaler taa khete nei” on this day? Haal means plough and jaal means fishing net. That means you can use any vegetables which is cultivated by using plough. So what will you do? That means you should grow your own stuff and use those vegetables to make this garur dal. It is actually promoting a kitchen garden. But nowadays days it is not possible for urban living people. We definitely need to buy some vegetables that we don’t grow in our small kitchen garden. Most people even don’t own any garden. So we definitely need to buy some stuff from the vegetable market. If you are 100% self-sufficient then you are actually blessed.
Secondly, you should not use anything caught by using your fishing net. It means you should use fish.
Here is all vegetable that I have used to make the gaarur dal this year.
It was so delicious and we enjoyed this meal for two days. we had this for lunch as well as dinner too, haha.