I have written about the Durga Pujo at the Chorbagan Chatterjees earlier in my Mahabhog series, I am sure you must have enjoyed my post on the delicious Bhetki Maacher Niramish Ghonto that’s offered to the deity on Nobomi. To know more about the Chorbagan Chatterjee Barir Durga Pujo, read this inspiring post by Subhadip on his blog.
But when I was told about the Niramish Chingri Malaikari, the piece de resistance of Nobomi bhog at the Chatterjees, I cannot deny that I was taken aback.
Niramish Chingri Malaikari ? I had questioned. Cynicism stark in my voice.
Yes, had come the matter-of-fact response, no onion (no garlic), yet delectable.
I politely promised to give the recipe a try.
It took me a couple of weeks to muster the courage to try the Niramish Chingri Malaikari, classics are not meant to be fiddled with, I had reasoned with myself, confident that the recipe w-ould far from be able to recreate the magic of a malaikari.
The outcome though was sublime. I was happy to stand corrected and there was not an iota of doubt left in my head – yes, I hadn’t planned for more than one recipe per family. But this absolutely warranted an exception.
In the tenth post of my Mahabhog series, I have recreated Niramish Chingri Malaikari, yet another heirloom recipe of the Chorbagan Chatterjees, following the exact steps detailed to me by a member of the family.
Niramish Chingri Malaikari. Luscious king prawns. The sweetness of coconut milk. The earthy warmth of ginger. The perfume of whole spices. Food heaven !!!
If you are keen to learn what is served to the deity in the various bonedi barir Pujo as part of their bhog, do stay tuned for more !!
And if you haven’t already, here’s my posts on what’s in the bhog offered to Maa Durga.
1. Shibpur RoyChowdhury Barir Kolar Borar Payesh
2. Sabarna Roy Choudhury Barir Pui Chingri
3. Chorbagan Chatterjee Barir Niramish Bhetki Maacher Ghonto
4. Bhawanipur Nandan Barir Chandrapuli
5. Girish Bhawan er Chhanar Kalia
6. Rani Rashmoni Barir Perakir Payesh
7. Shovabazar Rajbarir Pokanno
8. Sheorafuli Rajbarir Rajeshwari
9. Jorasanko Daw Barir Balushahi
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