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Speaking of Durga Puja and not of the deliciousness of it, would be a torture on the whole lot of the digestive system. As rightly said, Navaratra is fasting in the North India, you come to East, the special ‘E’ adds to it. What is a Staycation without a “Feasting”? The five day long festival commences from the Shasti (the 6th day) itself.

Sweet and delicious Jalebi 

Off to the streets, it is not difficult finding a place to eat. Almost every corner has a stall sprouted out of thin air. Entering into a restaurant at this juncture, you find yourself doing a quick gauging over the heads to find any unfilled seat. You would be lucky to find one. However the street food stalls would never disappoint you.

The must-have snacks are the sweet-sour Fuchka savoured with tamarind and lemon water, the egg-chicken rolls with chopped onions and sliced cucumbers as fillers, the fish-fries with the drizzles of mustard oil over it, the mouth-watering Moghlai Paratha, the crunchy Batata Puri with the Bhujia sev and sugary syrup trickled all over it and many such dishes. The Biriyani gets a special mention for the dinners. One may also opt for other dishes like fried rice and tandoori rotis too.

Fuchka

Batata Puri, courtesy:Streetdirectory

But when it’s a staycation, all the flavours are amplified at our home itself. All through, from shasti to dashami, the Bengali homes whiffs with the scents of various foods. Noteworthy mentions are the Luchi-chholar daal of Ashtami (8th day) and the Kosha Mangsho (Mutton) of Navami (9th day). Ahh!!!! 

Luchi and chholar daal

Although the Dashami (10th day) marks the end of this long awaited staycation but we end it over sweet Rosogollas and Pantuas. After all, Durga is considered the daughter of the place, how can we part with her without the sweets.



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