Sweet Poha Polao for Saraswati Puja
Making sweet polao using rice flakes is really simple. On the day of Basanta Panchami Saraswati puja, this delectable bhog recipe comes together quickly, relaxes us, and always leaves a lasting impression on those you serve. This dish should knock them off their feet in a whirlwind of flavors if you want to show your affection to those chirping sparrows (friends of my kids) during their brief visits on Saraswati Puja Day who are usually in a rush. By prasadam on January 25, 2015
4.5 stars based on 300 reviews | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 30 min
Yield: 10 | Serving size: 2 tbsp | Calories per serving: 200
- Rice flakes 500g
- Green Peas 100g
- Tiny cubed potato fries 100g
- Raisin 50g
- Salted peanuts 50g
- Bay leaves 4
- Dried red chili 4
- Minced ginger and green chili 2 tsp
- Grated Khoa kheer 2 tsp
- Sugar and Salt to taste
- Cracked whole spices cardamom, cinnamon, and clove, 2 each
- Clarified butter 2 tsp
- Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
- Wash rice flakes once and drain the water. Take water in a big bowl. Now take washed flakes on a colander and dip into the bowl water and remove quickly. Keep washed rice flakes in the colander to drain all the excess water and leave to dry for 10 minutes.
- Now mix salt, sugar, turmeric and clarified butter with the washed rice flakes.
- Take a pan, heat oil, add cracked whole spices, add green peas and raisin mix well, now add bay leaves and whole red chili. Now add peanuts and potatoes, mix well. Add green chili and ginger and fry a little.
- Add washed and seasoned flattened rice in a small batches, stir and mix carefully.
- Now add grated khoa kheer, mix and put off the fire. Leave for 5 minutes and offer.
This flattened rice is an ordinary man's food item that is nutritious and keeps the stomach full for hours. Pilgrims relied on these rice flakes. Everyone liked eating healthy cuisine that didn't require cooking. This "Madyam folar" of Bengalees consists of chire, seasonal fruits, sweet or sour curd, and sweetmeats for everyone, young and old, poor and old, during festivities, during the recovery from illnesses, during mourning, and in puja rites.
On the eve of Kojagari Purnima in the month of Ashwin, relatives and friends in Kalviveka and Krityattvarnava had to make do with a variety of feasts made with chipitak or chira and coconut, and the entire night was spent playing chess, according to Niharranjan Roy in the early Bengali history. Niharranjan Roy in his book Bengali history describes the sandesh made of chira and coconut 'on the night of the lakshmi puja, relatives used to satisfy themselves with chipitak or various kinds of sandesh prepared with chira, kheer, and coconut.' There is no mention of cottage cheese or chhana.
Throughout the medieval times, chide was greatly influenced by Vaishnava celebrations. On the occasion of Nityananda's arrival at Panihati in the first half of the 16th century, Bhakta Raghunath Das's famous 'Chide Mahotsav', large quantities of chide, curd, and bananas were distributed among the devotees. A few days later Chire doi was also served at the famous festival of Kheturi organized by Narottam Das. After that, it became a staple in the daily food list of devotees.
From snacks to festival fasting, it became the main food. More on that later. Many new types of food items were created under the patronage of foodie Maharaj Krishnachandra. Once, in a ceremony in the Gopa community of Krishnanagar, Nadiyaraj was appeased with fine rinds, milk, curd, and bananas. It is said that since then Maharaj's 'fruit folar' chire with kheer and banana has come up in the list of favorites.
It is not known whether it was the king's favorite food or not, but later Nadia's Nabadwip-Bablari and Burdwan's Srirampur became one of the main chire or rice flakes-producing regions of the state of West Bengal. There was a time when there was a Chire mill in every alley of Chire in Nabadwip.
Khagendranath Das, the old Chire mill owner of Nabadwip, said that there were about seventy to eighty Chire mills in Nabadwip even in the 1980s. But now there is none. All of which are in Bablari. There were more than 40 large and small mills within a kilometer of Hemayetpur Junction on STKK Road. Now there are twelve-thirteen in total approximately. Jagannath Aich, who has been a Chire trader for about forty years, said.
But why so? In response, Khagendrababu said, "Since the day people in the city have tasted fast food, the days of traditional food such as chirti or any other have gone. No one wants to eat food like mango-cheera, curd-chire or banana-chide on hot days. The workers of the monastery temple, mills, and stone quarry are the main buyers.” But at one time in areas like Kandi, Bahra in Murshidabad, women used to collect paddy from house to house. After that, they used to chop the paddy in Denki and sold it away.
In exchange for one bushel of rice, one poa chira was found. It was almost mandatory for everyone to eat raw chives soaked in water with a little sugar, salt, and lime juice during the hot season. Asharani Das of Bahra says, “The Chire used to be thick that stayed in the stomach for a long time.
Now, where is that taste of the machine-made rice flakes?" In the Jangipur region, the business of chirdu is only four months. The mill runs for a few months when new paddy grows in Kartika. Close after that. However, the village Nimitita, Samsherganj, or Sagardighi sells some curds in sweet shops. However, from Farakka to Baharampur, the sighting of Chira is rare.
If so, will the production of crabs gradually stop? Chanachur company is now the main buyer of Chirad. Packet fried chiras are also very popular. As a result, a lot of chiras are being produced every day. And the mills have become modern even though they have reduced in number. Earlier, if a threshing floor was too much, five quintals were threshed a day. Nowadays production of 60-70 quintals of rice in modern mills is not a problem. Traders now rely on the buyers hidden behind the chanachur.