Bengalis are very fond of sweet dishes. Sweet dishes are important for any special day, the celebration of a festival, wedding ceremony, picnic, party etc. Sweet dishes are essential for Lakshmi puja bhog/prasada. Many jaggery based sweet dishes play an important role on this day. Most Bengali Hindu families are busy on this day to make various jaggery based sweet dishes. Without those dishes, we can not imagine the day. Many people who can not make those sweet items often prefer to buy from the market. Kids in the family enjoy those foods. I think that now you can smell those mouthwatering sweet dishes when you are reading those. So here is the list of 5 wonderful jaggery based Bengali sweets for Lakshmi puja.
Not just for puja, these foods are prepared during the winter season every year in many Bengali households. Everybody loves these sweet items.
5 mouthwatering jaggery (Gur) based Bengali sweet items for Lakshmi puja
Bengali Hindu people can not imagine kojagori Lakshmi puja without this murir moa. It is nothing but muri (puffed rice) & jaggery (gur) made sweet balls prepared by hand. You can store it for many weeks in air tight container. That is why whenever it is prepared at home most people want to make it in extra quantity. It is sweet & crispy in taste.
It is also known as khoi er upra. It is prepared in the same way as murir moa. But those khoi er upra is not given round shape by hand. Hot & melted jaggery is mixed with simple khoi, that’s it. It is very easy to make and easy to store for weeks or months. Yes, if you store it in an airtight container then it is edible for two or three months. It is also prepared as Laxmi puja bhog or prasada. I love it with tea as my evening snack.
Narkel naru is another mouthwatering Bengali sweet dish. It can be prepared with grated fresh coconut and jaggery or sugar. Many people also prepare this by using both sugar & jaggery. Hot & melted jaggery is mixed with grated fresh coconut and then give a small round shape. If you are a Bengali then you have definitely tried it several times.
Til (Sesame) is the oldest oilseed. People are consuming this since the last thousands of years. It is very healthy too. It is used to make various delicious dishes across the globe in different cuisines. But In Bengali cuisine, tiler naru is most popular. Sesame seeds & jaggery are used to make this awesome sweet dish. This sweet item is often offered as prasad to Goddess Lakshmi. Tiler naru is also easily available in the market during the winter season in Bengal.
How many of you tried this chirer moa? Flattened rice & jaggery are used to make chirer moa. It is very crispy & sweet in taste. This chirer moa is also offered as prasada to Goddess Lakshmi. Bengali people love it a lot. It is also a common sweet item which is easily available in the market during the winter season.
Murir moa, khoi er upra, narkel naru, tiler naru, chirer moa etc are very common jaggery based sweet items which are offered as prasad for Kojagari Lakkhi puja.