Hilsa Panta – Bengali Happy New Year Feast
Bengali observe noboborsho as a first day of Bengali New Year on 14th April in Bangladesh and on 15th April in the West Bengal. This day is additionally called as Pohela Boishakh. The word Pohela remains for first day and Boishak is the primary month of Bengali logbook. The most exciting Pohela Boishakh (Bengali new year’s day) celebration now happens in Dhaka with eating hilsa panta.
Substantial quantities of individuals accumulate at a very first hour in the morning. They gather under the banyan tree at Ramna Park. Where chhayanaut specialists open the day with Tagore’s well known melody. Eso he Baishakh eso (Come O Baishakh, come), inviting Baishakh.
Pahela Baishakh day is a festival of Bengali culture with Panta Ilish and it has turned into a pattern. Panta-ilish is presumably the dish that will constantly draw numerous individuals, in any event on the eve of Pahela Baishakh.
Panta Ilish is a conventional dish of Panta Bhat (rice absorbed water ) with singed Ilish (Hilsha angle) cut. And supplemented with Shutki (dried fish) glue, Achars (Pickle), Alu (potato) and dal (beats) glue, green stew, seared red bean stew and onion. Those are the well known serving for the Pohela Boishakh celebration.
Noborsho or Pohela Boishakh festivities are set apart with delight, energy and trust. Individuals of Bangladesh likewise commend the eve of Noborsho as Chaitra-Sankranti and say goodbye to the previous year.
At the very first hour in the morning of Noborsho , Bengali’s take out parades known as Mongol Shovajatra (Boishakhi parade) with prominent Bengali character figure and veil. To partake in Mongol Shovajatra ladies clad themselves in customary Bengali sari (white sari with red outskirt) and blossoms in hair. While men wear white pajama (Trouser) and panjabi (Long shirt) with nearness of red shading.
The day is spent in devouring and partaking in social exercises. Individuals likewise visit companions and wish each other “Shubho Noborsho!!
In pohela boishakh, Bengali agent perform Haalkhata celebration. It is the custom of shutting the old record and opening another one with new sections on the main day of bengali new year. Dealers convey solicitations to old clients and engage them with desserts.
In the street, front yard and staircases, smaller than usual alponas (customary workmanship and outlines) are drawn by method for splendid hues like red, green, blue, yellow and white. People draw attractive alpona on their face and hand of kids and female to sparkle their bliss.
Ingredients of Hilsa Panta
For Panta Rice :
1. Rice – as required
2. Water – as needed
For Ilish Fry:
3. Ilish fish / hilsh fish – 10 to12 pieces
4. Turmeric Powder – 1.50 teaspoon
5. Salt – 1 teaspoon
6. Red Chili Powder – 1.50 teaspoon
7. Oil for shallow fry
8. Crispy Fried onion (Beresta) – 1.50 cup
9. Dry Red Chili – 6 to 8 pieces roasted
Instructions of Preparing Hilsa Panta
Splash the steamed rice in enough water for no less than 3-4 hours best overnight. Present with seared ilish, bhorta, simmered dry red bean stew, onion cuts and additional salt.
Blend salt, turmeric and red stew with fish pieces. Warm 1/2 container oil a non-stick level broil skillet. Broil angle pieces until chestnut and fresh. Decorate with singed onion, simmered dry red stew and onion cuts. Present with panta rice.