Brief Guide To Popular Dishes On Ratha Yatra

Brief Guide To Popular Dishes On Ratha Yatra

Ratha Yatra, is a public procession in a chariot. The term particularly refers to the annual Ratha Yatra in Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal and other East Indian states, particularly the Odia festival that involve a public procession with a chariot with Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), his sister Goddess Subhadra, and his elder brother Lord Balabhadra; Jagannath Yatra is a religious procession. This annual event is celebrated in the month of June or July. 
Rath Yatra takes place not only in India but also in the world. Jagannath Yatra is celebrated on the second day of the Shukla Paksha as per the traditional Oriya calendar. This auspicious festival is celebrated for nine days in Odisha. The festival commences with the Rath Yatra and concludes on a ninth day with a return journey - Bahuda Jatra. During Bahuda Jatra the Rathas visit the Mausi Maa Temple. The deities are moved from their abode of Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Temple during the procession.
On the first day of the procession, the Raths of the deities reach the Gundicha Temple and remain there for the next seven days. And on the ninth day, they return to the Jagannath Temple. The three chariots are constructed and decorated for the deities to start their Yatra.
With a strong Vaishanvite following, Bengal too has been celebrating the Jagannath Rathyatra festival for centuries. In Kolkata alone there are many households, temples and associations celebrating the chariot festival. Here are five famous chariot festivals within easy driving distance from Kolkata. Apart from enjoying the main festival, you may also visit the local fairs held simultaneously.
Kolkata's rath yatra may not be as old as Puri's, but is definitely just as big. An ancient Vaishnava festival, rath was popular only in pockets of Bengal, until ISKCON replicated the grand tradition of Puri and started the festival in Kolkata in 1972. Celebrated each year without fail, thousands of people file the streets of Kolkata to throng around the chariot and have a pull at it. 
The best part of rath is getting your own little chariot, decking it out with beautiful paper works, garlends and flowers and placing the clay idols in the seperate compartments. And then pulling it around the neighborhood. We spent many blissful childhood rath days doing that. 
The excitement lies not simply in pulling the little chariots around, many places in West Bengal, Rather Mela is organized for 9 days, starts on the 1st day of Rath. In such mela, every kinds of shops are their like toy shops, utensils shops, many fun rides, food stalls etc. and bingeing on staples like Fried papad, Tele bhaja, Jeelipi, Goja.
We who can't get the Rather Mela essence from outside of Bengal, try to recreate the mood of Rath Yatra, to remember our childhood memories by making such Rath special food at home. 
Rath special foods are,
Malai kulfi(what the kulfi wala, used to bring from his chilled ice cold handi, and serve on shalpata)

Kolkata Style Aloor Chop

Evening snacks take a very important part in "Bengali Adda". And the most popular evening snacks is "Tele bhaja". "Aloor Chop" is the famous Tele bhaja in Bengal. There are so many small shops on the Roads of Kolkata. Almost every turn of a road you can see a Tele bhaja shop. A very cheap but tasty, easy to available Street Food is Aloor Chop.

To know more about the recipe, click Aloor chop

Brief Guide To Popular Dishes On Ratha Yatra
Bengali Jeelipi Or Jalebi Recipe

Jalebi or Jeelipi is a very popular Indian sweet. It can be served cold or hot. It is made by deep frying a batter in pretzel or circular shape and soaked into sugar syrup. This sweet considers as a "Celebration Sweet" in India. Here it is considered as a famous "Ratha-Yatra" special sweet.

To know more about the recipe, click Jeelipi

Brief Guide To Popular Dishes On Ratha Yatra

Piaj/Onion Pakora & Eggplant Fritters

Pyaj Pakora Or Piyaji and Eggplant Fritters are very famous snacks in West Bengal. In "Ratha Yatra" all these fried snacks are available in "Rather Mela" Or "Rath Fair" along with "Jeelipi & Papad Bhaja". Piaji & Beguni is nothing but Onion & eggplant fritters. Chopped Onion & Eggplant dipped in Besan batter with other spices and deep fried.

To know more about the recipe, click Piaji & Beguni

Brief Guide To Popular Dishes On Ratha Yatra

Quick & Easy Or Instant Malai Kulfi Recipe

Malai Kulfi is Indian frozen dairy dessert. Some time it is called as Indian Ice-cream. Kulfi has many different verities in flavors. This Desi Ice-cream traditionally is made by evaporating the Full-fat milk through slow cooking but nowadays people do not have so much time to spend for a dessert making. So we have some easy tricks to make this yummy dessert in 30 minutes.

To know more about the recipe click Malai kulfi

Brief Guide To Popular Dishes On Ratha Yatra