Autumn Feasts

my pic
By ARM
India
October 15, 2017 2:58am CST
Continuing my post of the Durga Puja festival... The questions which came up, " what about the food?" A topic that does generate a lot of interest. During the festival days , people have their food at the venue. This special lunch is called ,"bhog".The meal is first offered to the Goddess who blesses it. Because it is a community festival there are a lot of people who eat together. Apart from the neighourhood community any person who comes is also welcome to eat. Makeshift kitchens come up, professional cooks are hired and lots of volunteers get ready to prepare the meal of the day. So the lunch is kept simple and inexpensive. The main dish is "khichiri" which isa rice and lentil dish cooked together and garnished with special spices. Then there is a mixed vegetable dish which has all the seasonal vegetables cooked together.The accompaniments are brinjal(usually) deep fried, a sweet chutney made of tomatoes, dates and raisins, pickle and lime. A sweet dish "payesh" rice cooked in milk is the dessert . There are variations to this according to the budget of the particular committee.But the thing that everyone agrees is that this traditional bhog has an unique taste and can never be reproduced in the home kitchen. PS: My photo of bhog in my neighbourhood. The fried brinjal and sweet dish not in picture as they were served after I clicked.
16 people like this
17 responses
@TheSojourner (17195)
• United States
15 Oct 17
This looks delicious.
4 people like this
• India
15 Oct 17
It is....And the taste is unique to the festivity
2 people like this
• United States
15 Oct 17
@responsiveme I see cabbage in it, but I am trying to figure out what else is in it! LOL
1 person likes this
• India
15 Oct 17
@CoralLevang as many veggies as possible, the soft ones get mixed up.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (147924)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Oct 17
It's great that these traditions continue.
3 people like this
• India
15 Oct 17
Yes, I look forward to it every year
1 person likes this
@TRBRocks420 (88779)
• Banks, Oregon
15 Oct 17
Looks like a very tasty feast.
3 people like this
• India
15 Oct 17
It is
1 person likes this
@nomus24g (25926)
• India
15 Oct 17
the beguni, papad n payesh are missing in the plate
2 people like this
• India
15 Oct 17
I did write at the bottom of my discussion about the reason why
1 person likes this
@nomus24g (25926)
• India
15 Oct 17
@responsiveme Yaa saw that....I wrote it as it looks incomplete without them too
2 people like this
@nomus24g (25926)
• India
15 Oct 17
@responsiveme never mind... Now dont forget to post Kali Puja Bhog platter
1 person likes this
@Shavkat (69481)
• Philippines
15 Oct 17
It sounds like a big celebration. Cheers!
2 people like this
• India
15 Oct 17
It is and I did have fun
1 person likes this
@Shavkat (69481)
• Philippines
16 Oct 17
1 person likes this
@LadyDuck (195753)
• Switzerland
15 Oct 17
In every celebration around the world, food is part of the rites and celebration. Bhog looks to be a delicious food.
2 people like this
• India
15 Oct 17
Bhog actually literally means meal, here the meal is made of of these dishes. The festivities add to the taste and as you say no such occasion is complete without food
1 person likes this
@LadyDuck (195753)
• Switzerland
15 Oct 17
@responsiveme It has always been since very ancient times.
1 person likes this
• India
15 Oct 17
Your post reminds me of my mom. Thanks a lot. It is indeed very tasty. This has made me really nostalgic. I remember the days when we used to have bhog khichdi during Durga Puja and lakshmi puja. Those days were really remarkable.
2 people like this
• India
15 Oct 17
You can still have it now. You must visit hometown during pujas if possible...That's the fun of it. At my age I love going back because that time we meet all our old friends
1 person likes this
@YrNemo (15234)
29 Oct 17
Would the heat, the climate affects the food? People attending have to eat fast or the food would get spoiled?
1 person likes this
• India
29 Oct 17
The food gets finished off, I suppose they make the khichiri in batches
1 person likes this
@YrNemo (15234)
29 Oct 17
@responsiveme Very smart idea.
1 person likes this
• India
29 Oct 17
@YrNemo that's why they keep the dish simple
1 person likes this
@vandana7 (69308)
• India
15 Oct 17
Is that red colored thing pickle by any chance? Because I love pickles..
1 person likes this
• India
15 Oct 17
Yes, it is and I love it too
1 person likes this
• New Delhi, India
23 Oct 17
and untill now I think Vanny you love red chillies only
1 person likes this
@vandana7 (69308)
• India
23 Oct 17
@AuthorYogi I love green chillies but they don't agree with me any more. So very little of it.
2 people like this
@sol_cee (18525)
• Japan
17 Oct 17
Is everything 'wet' aside from the brinjal?
1 person likes this
• India
17 Oct 17
Lol , yes and the papad...For which I don't know the English name.
1 person likes this
@sol_cee (18525)
• Japan
17 Oct 17
@responsiveme Papad is yummy! I have a picture somewhere when I went to this Nepalese restaurant. Or is it the same?
1 person likes this
• India
17 Oct 17
@sol_cee yes, it is
• Preston, England
16 Oct 17
sounds delicious. I love Indian food
1 person likes this
• India
16 Oct 17
It is delicious and simple
1 person likes this
• Preston, England
16 Oct 17
@responsiveme yes, often the best food is uncomplicated
1 person likes this
@DianneN (97725)
• United States
16 Oct 17
I'd love to taste this! What a nice tradition you have.
1 person likes this
• India
16 Oct 17
It's an easy dish...We make it on rainy days as it gives a warm comfortable feeling
1 person likes this
@DianneN (97725)
• United States
16 Oct 17
@responsiveme It sounds delicious
1 person likes this
@rubyriaz007 (4280)
• India
8 Nov 17
It looks very tasty.
1 person likes this
• India
8 Nov 17
It is
1 person likes this
@jobelbojel (9540)
• Philippines
17 Oct 17
I think this is fun. And the food too. I learned something about the food.
1 person likes this
• India
17 Oct 17
It is indeed
@just4him (136934)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Oct 17
It looks good.
1 person likes this
• India
17 Oct 17
It is tasty
1 person likes this
@BelleStarr (40806)
• United States
16 Oct 17
Thank you for the info and the food does look delicious.
1 person likes this
• India
16 Oct 17
It is quite tasty...We love the annual ritual
1 person likes this
• New Delhi, India
23 Oct 17
I love desi ghee in Khichri