Tripura was the last of the NE states I had to hunt recipes for and again, lack of on line recipes didn’t help much. Vegetarian options were next to nil and I had almost given up hope when I came across this article about Durga pooja in Tripura.
The article mentions about the bhog (community food) that will be served later, which comprises of various items from luchi to khichidi and many vegetable items.
And tada….my problem was solved…a simple kichidi bhog for Tripura! I wish I had made luchis as well..
Tripura has a lot of Bengal population and the Bengali cuisine is also popular there. The kichidi bhog here is a Bengali fare, but I guess it is just as popular in Tripura.
The begun bhaja is very simple dish, yet it tastes heavenly. The whole meal is easy to prepare. This food will be a great hit with kids and adults alike.
- Khichuri : A one pot meal of rice and lentils. Cooked with veggies here.
- Begun bhaja : Sliced eggplants, shallow fried here with minimum spices
- Tomato chutney
- Aloo sabzi : Pressure cook 3-4 potatoes, peel, dice and keep aside. Mash 1-2 potatoes. Take 1 tsp chilli powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tsp coriander-cumin powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala in a bowl. Add a little water and make a paste. Heat 2 tsp oil, add panch phoron (or jeera seeds and mustard seeds). Add the spice paste and cook for a minute. Add all the potatoes, one cup water and salt. Cook for 5 minutes, taste test and adjust seasoning.