This is the first time when I tried most delicious Bengali sweet meal for dinner on New Year’s eve. 2020 was the worst year that everybody went through and people are expecting better days ahead. Though nobody knows what will happen in the coming days. But we keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. Nothing could be the best meal of the last night meal of the year 2020 except Bengali style sweet meal because the experience of the whole year so bitter. Everybody experienced something what he/she never thought about. Now did you ever try such sweet veg meal? Normally we all eat sweets at the end of the meal but here the whole meal is sweet in taste and delicious.
Like many other people, I spent good times in gardening and develop our rooftop kitchen garden. I got almost half of our vegetable requirement from our rooftop garden. During last summer, I grew many summer season vegetables what I shared in my previous posts. Now in this winter season, I am growing brinjals, tomatoes, sheem (sem phali/lablab bean/hyacinth bean), capsicums, chillies, radishes, carrots, French beans, onions, coriander leaves, spinach and more. I have shared various dishes where I harvested fresh vegetables and used those to make various mouthwatering dishes.
But this meal is completely different because all of these items are rice based. I enjoyed this meal. But I think many Bengali people do not enjoy such items any more. Most of them love to eat pizza, burgers or Punjabi foods at restaurant.
Some people do not love these foods because these are not easy to make or method may be simple but it takes time to prepare sarar pitha as well as payesh. Is it not true? Secondly, you can not buy those from the local store because hardly any restaurant or store sell sarar pithe or payesh.
Sarar pithe/saajer pithe
It needs only rice & salt nothing else. Oh, you will need oil to grease molds to make sarar pithe. Those are healthy and easy to eat. Some people also call these pithe as chitoi pitha.
Melted jaggery is the perfect side dish to have sarar pithe. If it is not available then you can boil 100 ml water and add 100 gm jaggery and stir to melt properly and boil over low flame and adjust desired thickness & consistency. Once done then switch off the flame & serve warm or at normal temperature.
Jaggery made rice pudding/ payesh/payasam
People love payesh any season throughout the year. But it is most enjoyable during winter season because this time fresh date palm jaggery is available in the market. The flavor & nice aroma make payesh mouthwatering. I love it to have with sarar pithe or chitoi pithe. Did you ever try such a meal? It is really enjoyable.