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Tip me over, pour me out
POHELA Boishakh is no reason for the ritualistic power failures to cease or the sweltering summer heat to calm down. Come to think of it, it's no reason for one to sit idle and do nothing either.
Attending the musical soiree at the Botomul or fervently treading the streets as part of the Mongol Shobhajatra is indeed the deed of the day. Yet that spares a long, summer evening when the hustle and the bustle of the day has ceased, leaving ample time to get busy with a session of chitchat and gossip with those near and dear.
But with only a day left for 'D-Day' time is not on your side. All however is not lost! Plan for a tea party with deshi theme, one that will feature finger foods deeply rooted in our culture and not taxing on the stomach in the horrid summer heat.
Starry, starry night
However these are quite common, so to surprise your guests try Dilawez and Mehruna's Melon Shake: 3 cups melon, cut into cubes. To it add 3 tbsp powder milk and 4 tbsp sugar, water, as required. Blend all ingredients together in a processor. Use water according to desired consistency. Serve chilled.
Fry some Dhaka cheese on a wok and put on Bakarkhani. Add a pinch of black pepper; garnish with coriander leaves, tomatoes. And presto!
One for the sweet tooth
You can also opt for delicious moa (sweet balls made from puffed rice) if your palette does not suit murali.
Chotpoti and fuchka are a must have at an evening party. Ask a vendor to bring his street cart on your lawn and make delicious savouries for guests.
If planning to arrange the party indoors, make your own chotpoti. Prepare a sweetened dip with yoghurt and put them on the fuchka before serving. This will mimic the dishes served at restaurants.
Time with poetry
And the tea…
Try our own recipe of malai chai, bring a cup of full cream milk to boil until it comes down to three-fourths of a cup, add a teaspoon of orange pekoe and two teaspoon of sugar, sieve and serve in small Moroccan style teacups (available at Décor Idée) with a pinch of cinnamon powder on top. You'll find heaven right there.
For a lighter option, that will aid in the digestion process, particularly in the sweltering heat of this summer, boil a few mint leaves in a cup of water, add a tea bag to it, and voila! you have in your hands a soothing cup of mint tea to rejuvenate the senses.
Another deliciously refreshing drink that not only tastes amazing but is also an excellent detoxifying agent, is the iced tea. To bring a variation, add flavours such as peach, apple or peppermint according to preference. There's no better companion than a tall glass of this amazing stuff to while away a lazy summer evening!
Just make sure the party does not dry up and keep the tea flowing!
By Mannan Mashhur Zarif
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