A Luncheon with a Sindhi Friend!

Is it the love, the passion, the warmth, the generosity…which one was prevalent and overtaking the other when she decided and conceptualized such a great luncheon at her place?

I’m not here to do a psychological post-mortem! But Zara Chishty Abedin reminds me of my late grandmother who loved to treat people with traditional good food! Neither an occasion, nor a celebration is required for that. She just thought and invited 15 of us to her place to taste some traditional Sindhi cuisine.

Bindu Advani, a Sindhi was converted to Zara Chishty Abedin by virtue of getting married to a Muslim family. But when I reached her place I found a true Indian in her. She offers prayers with equal ease to Lord Buddha, Allah (Quran), or Guru Nanak, very much the same way she cooks Sindhi, Chinese, Mughlai, or continental dishes.

Sindhi cuisine is mostly non-veg and influenced by Mughal, Iranian, and Central Asian traditions. It has a predominance of rice, curry and a flat-bread of wheat. The dishes all have exclusive names and taste since they use subtle spices. We started with Sanna Pakoda (Small pakodas made of spinach and finely chopped onions.), Alu Tikki, Magaz ka Pakoda (Spicy goat brain fritters) paired with Sa Chutni (Green dhania mint dip) and chilled ginger ale. The day started with a bang! Absolutely gorgeous in taste as they use a few ingredients like Sukha Anardana in Alu Tikki, or Pulajiri (Shah Jeera) in Magaz ka Pakoda.

Then came the Sel Pallo, a popular Sindhi delicacy, where a whole Hilsha fish is slowly cooked in green masala. Master Chef Zara did it all by herself and it came out deadly! The gravy fish often has roe, which is called “aani” in Sindhi and is enjoyed as a delicacy. It was served with Keema Macaroni Ki Pudding. Sindhis consider Macaroni as veg. But this time it was cooked together with mutton keema and baked in eggs.

We had two back to back signature dishes from the province of Sindh – Dal Pakwaan and Kadhi Chawal. Dal Pakwaan is a breakfast item. It is a combination of spicy chana dal cooked with chopped onions and lemon wedges to garnish with green chutney to taste better. We had it with Pakwaan, the crispy, flaky fried bread that includes carom and cumin seeds. This tastes absolutely nutty. For Kadhi Chawal, the thick curry is made of water and gram flour along with okra, drumstick, turmeric, cluster beans, and curry leaves. We had it with steamed rice and boondi raita.

A loving mother of two darling daughters, a doting wife and an outstanding Chef, Zara is calm and composed when it’s a call to balance both her professional and professional life. She is a follower of Maulana Rumi’s quote. Everybody has been created with the desire to perform a specific task, according to this verse. And Zara decided, not to walk on anyone’s shadow. Whether she fails or succeeds, it is hers. No matter what others take from her, but they cannot take her dignity. Loving to love yourself is the greatest strength that she exercises within herself.  

And that’s the reason, she wins everybody’s heart.

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An A La Carte Experience with Chicken A La Kiev @ Cafe Courtyard

My schoolmate’s Kannad wife, who spent almost ten years of her life in Kolkata, has long raved about the food’s incredible texture and flavour, which appeals to a wide range of taste buds: hot and spicy, minty, sweet and creamy, and sweet and sour. The other day she visited my place, was explaining me how panchforon, a special combination of five spices (aniseed, mustard, fenugreek, cumin, and black cumin seeds) and mustard oil, give Bengali food its distinctive flavour while also preserving the dish’s suppleness.

She thought that one of the unique qualities of Bengali cuisine was the exquisite fusion of vivid and rich flavours. She once told me about Bengal’s incredible global culinary heritage and how she had never had anything like it in her life because it was so different but so exquisite.

To give them a taste of cosmopolitan cuisine in Kolkata, I took them to a café named Cafe Courtyard in New Town and ordered one of their Russian specialties, Chicken a la Kiev. The dish literally rendered me speechless. The rounded, egg-shaped chicken fillet is a delectable, buttery reminder of Bengal’s obsession with the Soviets, notably Russia. It is pounded and formed around a dab of chilled butter, then covered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried.

The dish’s flavour was unsurpassed; I don’t think I’ve ever had chicken with so many different flavours blended together in such a harmonious manner. The confluence of flavours was the icing on the cake, and the chicken was cooked to perfection. My favourite parts were the crispiness on the surface and the soft, flavourful filling inside. More though there was a lot of butter on it, it surprisingly didn’t overshadow the flavour of the food, making it even creamier and more appetizing. The presentation of the dish was also quite lovely and vibrant.

Even the ambiance of the café was lovely. The open seating area is gorgeously decorated in white, and the support staffs were friendly and helpful. The cafe was not even costly, which is the nicest part. I recommend everyone that if you ever find yourself in Kolkata, at least visit this café once and sample their amazing Russian cuisine. You will not be disappointed!

Looking For a Healthy Platter?  Princeton Club Welcomes You

My trip to Oxford in September, 2019 was an eye-opener!

This was exactly when I got to know the utility of having healthy, gluten free food! And if you are health conscious and willing to inculcate a healthy and mindful eating habit into your daily regime, this blog is for you. 

I’ve hardly come across a restaurant, or food joint in Kolkata, even today, who seriously works on healthy food. Most of them aim for a tasty food. And in doing so, they make it increasingly complex and difficult to digest food items. Then suddenly I was invited to Princeton Club on Prince Anwar Shah Road to enjoy a Healthy Food Fest and the journey begins!

Princeton, in association with Binge Baefikar, a healthy yet tasty cloud kitchen brand started this new food culture in Kolkata. Bing Baefikar that completes three years this November was inaugurated by actor Prasenjit Chatterjee in the year 2019. If you are a binge eater, then enjoy being guilt free and choose from vegetarian, vegan and non-veg options. The food fest is being held from 11th to 16th November and is open only for lunch and dinner. Interestingly, this month is also for children. So Princeton Club and Binge Baefikar are giving members an opportunity to inspire their children to raise their health quotient. Needless to mention that those preferring gluten free food and vegan can choose from various other options.

The fair includes delicately chosen continental menu, mostly from Thailand, or Vietnam.  Almond Turmeric Latte, a vegan  coffee ,  Oatmeal Raisin smoothie, again a vegan option, Arugula Mesclun Salad – a salad with ample assortment of different varieties of  lettuce , olives, and candid nuts (almond caramelized)-  a healthy leafy salad originated in France , The traditional mix includes  arugula, leafy lettuces , while the term masculine refers to a blend. The salad has a dressing of Parsley leaves and olive oil.

The fest also draws your attention to “Vietnamese rice paper roll”- that resembles paper-This is a roll made of rice with chicken, sesame oil, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, peanut and tomato sauce dressing. It also includes “Quinoa Upma” – a fusion food – Upma with quinoa seeds replacing rice noodle or Suji – a perfect choice for people who would yearn to build a lean petite demeanor. Bruschetta on gluten free garlic bread with (pesto chicken or sundried tomato paneer, Gluten free pizza with charcoal veg or mix chicken are also there in the platter for guests who always choose gluten free options for their stomach. There is a multigrain burger with vegetarian option and non vegetarian option. The dessert section is also there with Gluten free chocolate tart and your favourite Sundae crepes. – An assortment of ample fresh fruits including almonds, kaju, raisins replete with gluten free crepes.

Thanks to Chef Abhijit Chakraborty for rustling up such a brilliant, and healthy dishes while experimenting with the taste buds of gourmands.  He tried his hand skillfully to a plethora of innovative cuisines that are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free. This will certainly act as an out of the box, relief to the taste bud, as pointed out by Sanjay Karmakar, Manage- Operations, Princeton Club. The pocket pinch per pax ranges from Rs 150 to Rs 435.  Timing -12 noon to 3 pm and 7 pm to 10pm.

For take away, please call 98302 29313

Relish Sweet Beings’ Dutch Dark Chocolate, and Become Ecstatic!

Does dark chocolate ice cream exist?

Dutch Dark chocolate lovers rejoice! Kolkata-based @Sweet Beings have doubled down on our chocolate ice cream with their bittersweet dark chocolate flavour. They use milk and cream from small, family owned farms as the base for all their ice creams.

They add Dutch-Processed Cocoa Powder, Dark Chocolate ganache, hint of Vanilla, and their proprietary ice cream base made with a combination of Milk, Sugar, Guar gum powder, and few secret ingredients, which gives it the perfect ice cream texture.

The procedure was developed in 1846 by a Dutch chemist named Coenraad Van Houten, commonly known as “Alkalized Unsweetened Cocoa” or “Dutch cocoa.” Reddish-brown in color, “Dutched” chocolate has a mellow cocoa flavor with earthy, woodsy undertones. With the addition of egg yolks, this is technically a frozen custard, or even a gelato, and they give the ice cream a more dense, rich texture than you’ll get with just a milk-based ice cream. The cocoa powder enhances the flavor of the chocolate, making it even chocolatier.

Now there may be an obvious question from the readers. Is dark chocolate ice cream good for us?

It is loaded With Vitamins and Minerals. For instance, dark chocolate ice cream is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, which help decrease bad cholesterol and enhance heart health. So no point being scared. Enjoy the Dutch dark chocolate ice cream from Sweet Beings, and I’m sure, you’ll be ecstatic once you taste it.

Gondhoraj Lemon Crumbs, a Fantastic Innovation by Sweet Beings

Research says that ice cream must include 20% total milk solids and at least 10% milk fat to be considered real. It may also contain safe and appropriate sweeteners, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and flavoring agents. Even while mixes frequently include organic components like sugar and fruit, over 70% of ice cream’s constituents are still made from milk. To improve flavor, texture, or appearance, small amounts of stabilizers, flavors, colourings, and emulsifiers may also be added.

As I was really enjoying the creamy Gondhoraj Lemon Crumbs from Sweet Beings the other night, I had to conduct some study to come to a conclusion about the milk-cream ratio. My arithmetic definitely pales in comparison to the flavor! I think this taste is perfect for summer since it has a pleasant, subtle aroma of eggless gondhoraj lemon curd with gondhoraj zest that makes you want to close your eyes. This is superb! Then you’ve buttered biscuit crumbs to create to topping of the ice cream. In order to give the ice cream the perfect texture, a combination of milk, sugar, guar gum powder, and a few additional unnamed components is used to make the ice cream base.

This Gondhoraj lime-infused ice cream just only have three ingredients and can be produced at home with ease, trust me.

Once you sample this amazing creation, I’m confident you won’t be able to quit.

Sweet Beings’ Double Chocolate Chip, an Epic in the Making!

Sweet Beings hits the market! Stealthily, yet surely! Delicately, yet definitely!

If you’re not too bothered with the big names in the business, and dare to call a spade a spade, Sweet Beings has, hands down, the best Double Chocolate Chip ice cream in the run right now.

There is no icy feeling in this “ice cream.” It is so smoothier, creamier and silkier that I don’t even feel the urge to review their Double Chocolate Chip flavor.  After all, you already know it’s going to be good. But I’ll still give it a review, dear reader, for you.

What is superior to chocolate? To provide an unrivaled chocolate experience, it includes a decadent blend of milk and dark chocolate chips with cocoa cream. Yes, more chocolate, please! A delectable duet of Belgian milk chocolate and massive bittersweet dark chocolate chips, Sweet Being’s Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream will have chocolate fans exclaiming “Bravo!” not once, but twice. It has a dash of vanilla and coffee to make the chocolate taste better. Additionally, the basis for the ice cream is created using a mixture of milk, sugar, guar gum powder, and a few other unidentified additives to give it the ideal ice cream texture. Ice cream created from scratch by hand is delicious and irresistible!

I typically like dark chocolate, in part because milk chocolate is frequently prepared poorly. Not so in this instance. The base of milk chocolate was smooth, creamy, silky, and milky. It had a flavor similar to pure, creamy Belgian chocolate. Hence, perfection.

The usual big chip/swirl combination was used for the chips. They were soft, flexible, and chewy, yet they were also tougher than ice cream. The chips were fine chocolate, just like the foundation.

So, because this ice cream is plainly fantastic, this review will be brief.

It’s poetry that has been crafted to resemble an epic! It’s now your chance to inspect it.

I adore you, pals. Xo.

Mango Mania Creates Magic in Street Children

Smile all around!! And smile in the faces of little angels from Universal Smile, a residential NGO for street children made the evening so vibrant, that it started a cadence in the hearts of the onlookers at Acropolis Mall in sync with a rain dance outside!

The city shopping arcade, Acropolis Mall hosted a Mango eating competition at “Mango Mania,” involving the special kids amid much fanfare and enthusiasm. The mango festival was organized by Acropolis Mall in association with t2 , Sananda and Friends FM and social media partner Bhoj Adda. The festival took place in between June 29 till 3rd July from 12 noon to 9 pm everyday. The aim is to create a drool worthy experience for  guests with an array of delectable delicacies replete in the taste of mango.

Soumitra Ray, eminent singer and lead vocalist of noted Bangla Band, Bhoomi has graced the occasion in presence of Mr. K Vijayan, GM, Acropolis Mall.  Children from “Universal Smile” participated in a fun filled mango eating competition amidst fun, frolic and extravaganza..

On the occasion, Mr. K Vijayan, GM, Acropolis Mall, a Merlin Group of Company and Soumitra Ray presented educational stationary and essential food items to the children of Universal Smile on behalf of Merlin I am Kolkata, the CSR wing of Merlin Group as well.

The highlight of this year’s mango festival lies in the participation of self-help group women and farmer interest group with a variety of food items ranging from mango squash-mango cakes and mango tea. Brands like Chaiolic and age-old sweet brand Nalin Chandra Das and Sons also have showcased varieties of mangoes from Malda and sweets with mango as one of the main ingredients. 

Mr. K Vijayan, GM, Acropolis Mall looks satisfied as he quips, “ We at Acropolis Mall, always put an effort to provide citizens of Kolkata innovative experience that they can cherish. Mango Mania is our annual festival and we are organizing it after a spate of two years. This  year our  motto was to empower women who  live below poverty line here. With that objective , we kept this festival for the Self help group women and farmers group . We feel happy  to  accommodate the SHG group of women from North  24  Pargana  as a part of this event. They make and sell the most the organic and fresh products. I feel very happy that Acropolis with our partners have been able to provide our customers organic and fresh products straight from the mango  orchards.”

No Sweating in the Kitchen, Celebrate Jamai Sasthi @ Social Kitchen

It’s practically become a family tradition for the family’s sons-in-law to dress up in their finest and reach in-law’s place, with son-in-law being escorted by the in-daughter! Earlier when the entrance of the son-in-law would cause huge excitement among the receiving party, with a slew of the house’s ladies greeting him in the usual manner. A tray with a tender grass (durbo), rice grains (dhaan), lit candle (prodip), and either yoghurt (doi) , or sandalwood paste (chandan) to leave a mark (tilak) on the forehead would be common.

Jamai Sasthi falls on the sixth day of the lunar cycle. So, everything is offered in 6: 6 types of sweets, 6 sorts of fruits, and in a 6 side-dishes to be served with rice dishes on his lunch plate.

With time, some of these rituals have been washed away by a wave of modernization. The issue at hand is gender equality. Male supremacy in the society was common in the past since men were thought to be the family’s breadwinners. Parents frequently entrust their daughter’s well-being to their son-in-law.

Cut to now, women are equally capable and moving with men shoulder to shoulder at every respect in life. Hence the festival’s ceremonial significance has waned.

This time I’m a little depressed! Because my in-laws are out of town, they will return on June 15th to offer me the long-awaited pleasure. But thanks to the Holiday Inn Kolkata ‘s Social Kitchen. Thanks to a warm invitation from Nitu, I was able to spend the day in luxury, sampling a broad range of mouthwatering traditional and genuine Bengali dishes, courtesy Chef @Roushan Sharma. What an extraordinary artist he is! And believe me when I say that if you don’t taste his touch, you’ll be missing out on life’s flavours.

So, come Sunday, the 5th June and it calls for the mothers-in-laws to show up unusual culinary skills and present mouth-watering delicacies that include varieties of non-veg platters of Fish, eggs, chicken and red meat. And dear In-Laws, if you don’t want to sweat a lot under the sweltering heat of the city, in the name of blessings, step in to @Holiday Inn. There cannot be any second thought for that, a value for money for such an incredible spread.

Event : Jamai Shashthi Special Buffet

Location : Social Kitchen, Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport

Address : Chinar Park, Rajarhat

Duration : 5th June, 2022 Sunday

Timing: Lunch – 12 pm-3.30 pm & Dinner – 7 pm onwards

Pocket Pinch : INR 1199 + GST per person

For details, please call: 03366996699/ 6290918901

JAMAI SASTHI MENU 2022:

MOCKTAILS –

DOI ER GHOL

SODA SIKANJI

SOUP –

CHICKEN MANCHOW SOUP

GONDHORAJ TOMATO SHORBA

BREAD ROLLS STATION

STARTER –

MURGH MALAI TIKKA

FISH CUTLET

VEG CUTLET

TANGRA CHILLI PANEER

SALAD & ACCOMPANIMENTS –

GREEN SALAD

ALOO MUSTARD

APPLE COLESLAW

MINTY PAPAYA SALAD

ROASTED CHAT PATA BEGUN

YOGHURT CUCUMBER

PICKLED BETROOT

ROASTED CHICKEN SALAD

TOSSED FISH SALAD

CURD RICE

DAHI BHALLA

FRUIT RAITA

PICKLE

CHUTNEY

PAPAD

CHINESE BHEL WITH ACCOMPANIMENTS

PAPRI CHAAT

CRISPY PUFFED RICE

CHAT COUNTER (LIVE) –

ALOO TIKKI

PAV BHAJI

CHOLE CHAAT

PALAK PATTA CHAAT

PANI POORI

PARATHA STUFFED

UTTAPAM

DOSA

PASTA (LIVE)

MAGGI (LIVE)

LOCAL GRILLED FISH (LIVE)

BHAJA BHUJI

BEGUN BHAJA

ALOO JHURI BHAJA

POTOL BHAJA

MAIN COURSE NON VEG –

CHINGRI MALAI CURRY

MUTTON BIRYANI

SHORSHE BATA DIYE MACHER JHOL

GONDHORAJ MURGIR JHAL

VEG MAIN COURSE

CHANAR MOHIMA

PHULKOPI ROASTED

BHAJA MASALA ALOO DUM

NARKEL DIYE CHOLAR DAL

PULAO JAMIDARI

STEAMED RICE

SINGAPOORI CHILLI GARLIC NOODLES

VEG DUMPLING WITH SOY CHILLI SAUCE

VEG QUESADILLA

DESSERT

BAKED MANGO RASOGOLLA

MIHIDINA BARFI

MANGO MISTI DOI

MALAI SANDESH

SAHI BALUSAHI

MIXED FRUIT TART

CHOCOLATE SACHER CAKE

MANGO CHEESECAKE

ALMOND DRY CAKE

MALVA PUDDING

Riyasat Rampur: A Nice Way to Celebrate an Almost Extinct Royal Rampuri Cuisine

I heard about Rampuri cuisine just six years’ back, in 2016, en route to Lucknow from Delhi. Despite its proximity to Delhi and despite the fact that my friend fondly described Rampur, that time I didn’t feel the urge to visit that place to discover some signature dishes!! And I still repent that decision.

The taar qorma, mahi tikka, murgh sandha, sambhal ke seekh, doodhiya kebab, subz shorba, home-style urad gosht and lauki gosht, and the home-style urad gosht and lauki gosht are all well-known Rampuri delicacies, although only a few connoisseurs Rampuri food, as we refer to it, is essentially a “courtly cuisine,” with elements from Avadhi, Mughalai, Rajput, Afghani, and other restaurants.

The usage of bottlegourd and papaya to tenderize meat for kebabs and curries first began in Rampuri kitchen, and also the use of varq.

In fact, post 1858, Rampur rose in prominence as the ‘varsity’ for most of the royal khansamas from the Mughal and other royal courts, who unable to find work and the artistic liberties they were used to in the royal court, migrated to this 17 gun salute kingdom. This perhaps explains why Rampuri cuisine seems to be influenced by so many cuisines.

With so many specialty cooks at their disposal, the Nawabs were able to establish their own cuisine, which was primarily pasthun style at the time. To put it another way, it’s a lot of meat, not a lot of spice, and it’s largely grilled. The royal cooks of Rampur followed a standard procedure at the time. As a result, a rice expert would solely work on rice dishes, and vice versa. The Nawabs, on the other hand, would frequently urge them to explore and develop new things, allowing them to go into each other’s domains and build marvels. The Meethe Chawal became a distinctive dish as a result. A rice dish in which twice the amount of sugar/sugarcane juice was added to make a sweet pilaf with the texture of Biryani. Or, Saan-e-Dum Biryani, a Midas touch by Master Chef Roushan Sharma of Holiday Inn Kolkata. You could throw the rice on the floor and it would spill out like pearls.

The utilisation of spice mixes was another fascinating aspect of the food. The Rampuri Chaat Masala, for example, has more ginger than the Delhi Chaat Masala; the Rampuri Korma, in contrast to ordinary ones with a white sauce rich in cashew nuts, is distinguished by its scarlet gravy, which is caused by tomatoes rather than red chillies.

The royal cooks were known for employing ingredients like as lotus seeds, banana blossom, khus ki jhad (roots), and sandalwood to give their food a distinct flavour. Much like the famed adrak ka halwa, the initial version of paneer nazakat, kathal aur badam ke kofta, and dal khash, which I sampled at the Rampuri Food Festival at Holiday Inn Kolkata on May 20th, was launched at the Rampuri court before making its way to other courts in India. According to legend, one of Nawab Khan’s successors had to consume a large amount of ginger to regain his health. However, because of the bitter flavour, the Nawab would frequently avoid it and make reasons to skip it. That’s when the royal sweetmakers were tasked with devising a more appealing method of feeding the Nawab his ginger ration.

Rampur’s chefs were known for their inventive use of ingredients. And so is the Chef at the Holiday Inn Kolkata as well. So, how can one tell the difference between Rampuri and other cuisines? Due to the unwillingness of most remaining khansamas or chefs to share their family recipes, most of the meals presented today are interpretations of the few people who have attempted to revive this nearly extinct cuisine. Thanks to the Holiday Inn Kolkata for their innovation.

What remains, though, is the little yet effective use of spice in the meal. Unlike the strong spices of Old Delhi, the sourness of Hyderabadi cuisine, and the sweetness of Awadhi khana, Rampuri cuisine is marked by the use of ginger, onions, and a mixture of javitri (mace), jaiphal (nutmeg), and khus roots. The Sabz Akbari, for example, was called after the great Mughal Emperor and his nine pearls, while the Noorjahani Datia is supposed to be a tribute to the famous queen, and the now-extinct Kebab e Faizullah was to the Nawab himself.

অর্ধচন্দ্রাকৃতি এক মখমলি কবিতা

হিউস্টন থেকে ফাল্গুনির ফোন। শনিবার ভোররাতে কলকাতা ঢুকছি। দশদিনের ছুটি। ফেরার দিন দু’শ পিস বলরামের গুড়ের জলভরা চাই। নিয়ে ফিরব। একটু দেখিস।

অগত্যা! তোড়জোড় শুরু করতে হল। ছোটবেলার বন্ধুর আবদার বলে কথা! কিছু একটা তো করতেই হবে। জাস্ট ভেবে দেখুন ব্যাপারটা। বন্ধুবর টেক্সাসে বসে অর্ডার দিয়ে যে বলরামের মিষ্টি পাবে না, এমন নয়। হয়ত প্যাকেজিং কস্ট, ক্যারিং কস্ট মিলিয়ে অনেকটা খরচ বাড়বে। কিন্তু দোরগোড়ায় পৌঁছে যাবে নিশ্চিত। অথচ হাজার ঝামেলা পোহাতে হোক, ফেরার সময় বাক্স ভরে বলরামের ঐ ট্রেডমার্ক সন্দেশ বগলদাবা করে না নিয়ে গেলেই নয়।

বলরাম মল্লিকের জলভরার বিশেষত্ব কি? নামীদামী যেদিকেই তাকান, জলভরা মানেই কড়া পাক। বলরামের ইনোভেশন’ হল এক ছাঁচের, এক পরতের নরম পাক। পাক্কা তিরিশ বছর ধরে একই ধারা অব্যাহত। কোনো কমা-বাড়া, ছোটো-বড় গল্প নেই। অর্ধচন্দ্রাকৃতি এক প্রেমের কবিতায় মশগুল গোটা দুনিয়া!

তিরিশ টাকায় নরম, অতুলনীয়, মুখে মিলিয়ে যাওয়া এক অনির্বচনীয় স্বাদ – ঠিক যেন মুখমলি এক কবিতা।

জলভরার যে গুড় আপনার মন মাতায়, স্বাদ কোরকে সরোদের মিষ্টি আবেশ তৈরি করে, তার যোগান আসে ঝাড়খণ্ড, নদীয়া, মুর্শিদাবাদ, এমনকি বাংলাদেশ থেকেও। তারপর মিষ্টি তৈরি হলে তা দ্রুত ছড়িয়ে পড়ে ভারত-সহ আমেরিকা, লন্ডন, কানাডা, অস্ট্রেলিয়া পৃথিবীর বহু দেশে। সেলফ লাইফ তিন থেকে চারদিন।

কলকাতায় বলরামের চারটে বিপণন কেন্দ্র থেকে বিয়ের মরশুমে প্রায় দশ হাজার জলভরা বেরোয়। আর শীতের সময় মোটামুটি পাঁচ থেকে ছ’হাজার।

ফাল্গুনির মিষ্টি রেডি। লং হল ফ্লাইটের ধকল নিতে পারে এমনভাবেই যত্ন করে প্যাকিং করে দিয়েছে বলরাম। এবার তা ডানা মেলবে হিউস্টনের আকাশে।