Subho (well spotted that's my name too!) means auspicious and having good omen. 'Nobo' means new and 'borsho' means year. Today we Bengalis all across the globe celebrate the Bengali New Year's day. Along with Bengal many other states like Assam, Kerala, Manipur, Odisha, Tamil Nadu also celebrate their New Year today.
We begin our day by offering prayer to the Gods asking for their blessings for the New Year. Businessmen hold special prayers in their shops as this is the beginning of the accounting year for them too. But that's about it for the serious stuff the rest of the day and evening is for feasting and meeting family and friends.
Pictured here is a traditional Bengali meal prepared at my house few years ago on the occasion of the Bengali New Year.
On the main plate we have steamed rice and the starters (fried spinach with nuts, fried fish, fried potatoes, slices of egg plant dipped in a chickpea flour bater and fried and a mixed vegetable dish with smashed fish head)
In the main course anticlockwise in small containers we have dal(a dish with pulses and various vegetables), dry mutton curry, katla fish curry, sardine like fish cooked in mustard sauce.
After this we have the dessert items...green mango chutney, payesh (a sweet dish made of boiled milk, aromatic rice, sugar/date jaggery) and of course the last but not the least the famous bengali sweets.
This is not for a group but a single person :-)
A photo not of the best quality, but I thought it was fit to share a important piece of my culture.
Thanks for having a look.
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snunney (106359) 2014-04-15 5:34
A picture that looks good enough to eat!! Perfectly exposed and with very good colours and detail. Together with the very interesting note, it makes a fine contribution to TE. Thanks for sharing.
daddo (27890) 2014-04-15 5:35
Namaste Subho. Firstly Happy New Year. may the coming year bring you great fulfillment. The food looks delicious and I am sure it is, although if Ghee was used for all the frying, i would think that cholesterol might be a problem, but then New Year is not every day. By the way, the Indians in Malaysia and Singapore are not prone to jogging and exercise in general but they do eat fatty food- so diabetes and heart problems do abound. Good health to you Subho. regards. Klaudio.
jhm (159833) 2014-04-15 5:44
You took a nice picture of these set table with the different food.
You write the quality is not best, no I find your picture very well.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture wonderful.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well composition, TFS.
Angshu (56760) 2014-04-15 5:59
Subho Nobo borsho Subho!
That's real tasty home made food on offer and makes my tongue drool
Sardine bolchho...tomra sardine machh khao? Kolkatai paoa jai? naki ota onyo kono machh?
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-04-15 6:44
Happy New Year!
This captures an important festive event - good POV, great(!)looking dishes. The colours are combined so well.
All the best for the year ahead,
saxo042 (37966) 2014-04-15 7:19
Happy New Year! A very fine collection of all these dishes, they all look delicious! You have arranged them nicely to make a good composition and they also add good colours. Bon Appetit!
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-04-15 7:21
that is a regular feast for the eyes (excellent photograph) as well as for the tongue (excellent menu)..:-).
Subho Noboborsho to you too. Hope you enjoyed.
ps: ota ki sardine na bata machh?
holmertz (58964) 2014-04-15 7:38
I would no doubt enjoy this meel, which looks delicious, but I would prefer to be seated at a table rather than sitting on the floor. My European legs are not made for some aspects of Indian daily life :-). In any case this huge meel is nicely displayed in a very appetizing way. I wish you happy new year's celebrations.
Fis2 (106184) 2014-04-15 8:04
Bon appetit :)
Good frame and colors.
rychem (42474) 2014-04-15 9:45
I really like to taste new foods and flavors, I think it can be interesting to eat some bites, to me it is a huge portion.Very well captured
m (0) 2014-04-15 11:29
interesting capture and description, it brought to mind my first ever encounter with Indian food. I could talk for hours about it!:) A whole table of delicious looking food, mouthwatering, yummy...and we were sooooo hungry! And hungry we went to bed because we couldn't eat a single piece of it, lol:))) It was so darn HOT!!! Shocking hot:)))
Well, it took quite some time to get used to it but what's funny now I always look for some Indian masala or curry powder whenever I travel to SE Asia to bring back home:))
Thanks for a good shot!
Noel_Byrne (33584) 2014-04-15 12:30
A wonderful picture of a celebratory feast, and one which has made me hungry. I am sitting in a hotel right now wondering what to eat, but somehow I doubt they will have anything as appealing as this. The texture and colors inside the table make a wonderful backdrop too.
A very happy new year to you and yours, may the year ahead bring happiness, peace and prosperity.
nikkitta (17068) 2014-04-15 14:24
Subho Subho or Happy New Year!
Like Indian food, may be not too much fried items for yes for sure curry lamb and mango chutney and payesh which never eat , only read your description, sound delicious
Good conmposition , well to post and share it
Wish you the best in the coming year
fabbs99 (17179) 2014-04-15 23:43
Subho ke Subho nobobarsher preeti o subecha,
What a great spread on the Bangla New Year.I just love everything there,right from begun bhaja to aamer chutney.Enjoy and have fun.TFS.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-04-16 2:42
Ooooo.... A very nice plate but surely not idealfor my health. Presented nicely. Love these Bengali preparations. Thanks for sharing. Subho noboborsho.
shreya2000 (2795) 2014-04-16 2:44
First of all a Very Happy New Year to you and your family.
I had seen a pic in today's newspaper in Delhi about the Bengali New Year.
The pic is showing a lot of items which seems to be very tasty. I have observed that Bengali's are fond of eating especially fish food since I had a Bengali friend who called the fish as JOLTORI !!!!
Thanks for sharing.
Nicou (150856) 2014-04-16 7:17
je ne connais pas ce genre de pla mais ils sont l'air vraiment très bon c'est très appétissant quelle vue sueprbe comme on voit tous les plats dans le moindre détail.
Bravo et amitié
mesutilgim (97458) 2014-04-16 10:49
Something different in your gallery !
A mouthwatering scenery perfect captured. Many interesting and usefull notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
subha (38) 2014-04-16 13:32
Really mouth watering. I like the elaborate description of each and every item of Bengali dishes.
mcmtanyel (28892) 2014-04-16 20:22
Happy New Year, Subho!
A lovely spread of dishes, it's making my mouth water. Bon apetit!
Cricri (125720) 2014-04-17 10:23
Tout cela pour une personne!!! et bien il faut avoir bon appétit, certain que je gouterais volontiers votre repas, peut être pas tout :-)
merci de nous présenter votre culture...
Silvio1953 (152735) 2014-04-17 11:14
Ciao Subho, lovely composition with a lot of good foods, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
delpeoples (59768) 2014-04-18 5:26
Dear Subho (or should I say, Auspicious)
That's a very interesting note to accompany your beautiful photo of this enticing food. I must confess that Indian food is not very kind to my digestive system, but I am intrigued by it's colour and use of spices. An excellent POV and a great use of the wide angle to give us an idea of the variety of this feast. I hope it was as delicious as it looks.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-04-21 0:35
interesting mix of inviting dishes. good also the useful notes.
Janusz1974 (2824) 2014-04-22 10:16
Excellent composition, lovely presentation
Colours and sharpness make these picture lovely.
Nice documentary image.
berek (50508) 2014-04-24 23:27
looks so delicious traditional dishes. a beautiful view of the above photograf.
mirosu (16273) 2014-05-04 3:18
An excellent tasteful detail photo, makes me very hungry. I like the bird eye view on these Indian delicates. All arranged in nice tight crop.
Very well done.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-05-05 23:37
Very yummy, and many of these are my personal favorites. Can't eat all however, I am past the age. :)
PS: I am here after almost a month away from TE (for unavoidable reasons), am glad to see your photos again.
batalay (40367) 2016-09-21 9:50
When I am hungry, scenes like this appear especially appetizing. You've provided a highly informative note to complement this excellent exotic menu of delectables from West Bengal. In 2010, I visited New Delhi, Agra, and Chandigarh (where a university buddy from ancient days lives) but unhappily did not make it to Kolkata.