Coconut Laddu | With A Spin

 

It is human nature to feel stronger, complete and united when we are among other fellow natives celebrating a festival.  Even with busy schedule and hectic life style, we tend to come together and celebrate traditional festivals collectively.  The Bengali New Year or the celebration of Nobo Borsho, celebrated April 14 each year, is one of such festivals where Bengalis forget their differences and come together.  Bengalis arrange traditional fairs, known as Boishakhi Mela, in almost all major cities around the world.

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The Bengali New Year or Noboborsho(নববষর্) is celebrated on April 14 each year.  As we near the Bengali New Year eve, many many Bengalis around the world will be planning and preparing a delicious feast to share with family and friends.  To help make your New Year’s Day brighter and more delicious, here I am with this wonderful roundup of traditional Bengali dishes.  I hope you enjoy the delicious special meals on Noboborsho.

Wishing all my Bengali and non-Bengali friends advanced Shuvo Nobo Borsho (Happy Bengali New Year).

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Sauteed Spring onion | With A Spin

 

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.

-Mark Twain

 

When life gives us hiccups, our emotional reactions are only human. We are frightened, angry, sad, or confused by what is happening.  With Spring here, a time of rebirth and new growth, I am working on cleaning out all of the clutter and junk that has accumulated throughout the years in my mind, body and soul. Cleansing the mind and soul by shedding negative thoughts and perceptions is on my agenda for Spring cleaning this year.  Feeding the mind and soul with prayers, positive words, positive people can take off whole lot of burden.  Have you started your spring rejuvenated?

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Homemade Pineapple Jam | With A Spin

 

Growing up in the tropical weather of Bangladesh juicy, sweet, sour, and aromatic pineapples were abundant. Bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme present in pineapple helps fight cold, body aches, and soothes and heals sore throat or swollen glands. As a result, pineapple was a must for us during flu season.  This wonder fruit is also full of vitamin C and A, minerals, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium to boost the immune system. Therefore, it is no surprise that my pharmacist dad would often make thirst-quenching fresh pineapple juice and my mom this artisan jam with out pectin or artificial preservatives. No matter how often we ate fresh pineapple, the juice or the homemade jam, we never got tired of this wonderful bright yellow-gold fruit.

 

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Seafood Soup with coconut milk | With A Spin

 

Tangy.  Vibrant. mouth-watering.  Quick and easy to prepare.  Absolutely delicious.  Yes, all these apply to the flavorful seafood stew with coconut milk.  the Our taste buds go on a rollercoaster ride as we enjoy the stew as a family and chitchat about our day over dinner!   I prepare the seafood stew very often through out the year as weeknight dinner. The stew is very similar to Brazilian Moqueca but healthier without the high saturated fat from palm oil.

 

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Chocolate Chai | With A Spin

 

“Chai” warms the heart and “hot chocolate” warms the soul.  Then, what do you get when you combine a kiss of chocolate to spiced tea? A heart and soul warming drink perfect for anytime, any day, anywhere. Get ready for an indulgent blend of creamy tea with warm spices and rich cocoa.

 

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Mithe Chaawal | With A Spin

 

Bangladeshi weddings are very different from traditional Western “white” weddings. A Bangladeshi bride wears vibrant and colorful dresses and elaborated jewelry. The groom wears an equally elegant suit and turban style hat. Traditional Bangladeshi wedding celebration extravaganza spans over several days and includes exotic food, decoration, entertainment and rituals.  The wedding spread is as spectacular as the multiday long celebrations.

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Valentine's Day | With A Spin

 

Does every meal need to have something heart-shaped for your valentine’s day? To help you plan a meal, here are few fabulous Valentine’s Day food inspiration. I don’t think heart-shaped food is necessary but to get a more subtle finish, a few red ingredients or food are terrific.

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Tehari | With A Spin

 

Tehari is an authentic Bangladeshi aromatic rice that packs a pleasant punch contributed by green chilies and curried beef.  There are many versions of tehari, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, in South Asia.  However, Bangladeshi tehari is predominantly a rice dish that is always made with beef.  Authentic old Dhaka tehari is cooked with mustard oil, but just like my mom, I have cooked tehari many times with only olive or canola oil when mustard oil is not available.

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