Durga Puja 2019: 6 Sweets You Must Have During Puja Pandal-Hopping

There are plenty of them out there; if you are feeling spoilt for choice at any point, perhaps you can come back to this list comprising some classic and some underrated sweets of Bengal.

Sushmita Sengupta  |  Updated: October 04, 2019 14:39 IST

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Durga Puja 2019: 6 Sweets You Must Have During Puja Pandal-Hopping

Puja pandals are often lined up with food stalls abound with delectable delicacies

Highlights
  • Durga Puja is one of the most widely celebrated Indian festivals
  • Food is an integral part of Durga Puja celebrations
  • The festive indulgence is incomplete without sweets

One of the most awaited festivals of the year, Durga Puja is here. The five-day festival is a carnival of sorts for Bengalis all over the country. If you have a Bengali friend or a colleague, there's a good chance of them narrating their best/adventurous Puja tales to everyone around. Wearing new clothes, flitting from one pandal to another, participating in cultural programs, endless chatter and indulgence - Durga Puja is all of this and so much more. Like all Indian festivals, feasting is an essential component of Durga Puja. Puja pandals are often lined up with food stalls abound with delectable delicacies like fish cutlet, mutton chops, chow mien, and kathi rolls. Needless to say, traditional Bengali sweetmeats also form an intrinsic part of the festive indulgence.  There are plenty of them out there; if you are feeling spoilt for choice at any point, perhaps you can come back to this list comprising some classic and some underrated sweets of Bengal.

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Here are 6 Bengali desserts you have to try during Durga Puja -

1. Kheer Kadam

Tiny rasgullas encased in a granular, milky and khoya covering; kheer kadam is a delectable mishmash of textures and flavours that is sure to leave you spellbound.

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2. Kacha Golla

The melt-in-mouth sweetmeat made with the goodness of chenna and cardamom. Incredibly tender, tucking into it fresh is the best way to enjoy it.

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3. Sandesh

You saw this coming, didn't you? Sandesh is a milky fudge that is a staple across all Bengali festivities. You can experiment with a number of variants that are doing the rounds now - chocolate sandesh, mango sandesh, gur sandesh etc.

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Sandesh is a milky fudge that is a staple across all Bengali festivities.

4. Rajbhog

Prepared with chenna or paneer and combined with a mixture of dry fruits and saffron, Rajbhog is a sugar-dipped sweetmeat that resembles roshogolla. Make sure you get your hands on this toothsome sweet.

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Durga puja 2019: Rajbhog is a sugar-dipped sweetmeat that resembles roshogolla

5. Channar Jilapi

Channar jilapi is a pretzel-shaped dessert made with paneer. You can call it a distant cousin of paneer jalebi too, but channar jilapi has a distinct brown colour as it is charred at a different temperature. Crispy from outside, tender from inside, make sure you have the dessert piping hot.

6. Nolen Gurer Payesh

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Nolen gur is a special kind of jaggery that is available for only a few months in a year. Nolen gurer payesh is a special variant of payesh or kheer that is sweetened with jaggery in place of sugar. The dense, creamy and wholesome milk pudding is a foodie's dream come true.

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Shor bhaja, cham cham, patishapta, bhapa doi, are some other options you can experiment with. Go have a foodie weekend. Here's wishing you all a very happy Durga Puja 2019.
 

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About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.

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