Akshay Tritiya or Akha Teej is a happy day in the Hindu and Jain calendars. Not only does it mean new beginnings, but it is also a tribute to Mother Earth for her gift. And while it is common on that day to start new ventures and buy gold jewelry, the ongoing pandemic has also made us more aware of what health is real wealth.
Culinary expert and cooking consultant Reetu Uday Kugaji says: “Any purchase made that day is considered extremely cheap because it brings good luck. If you can’t buy gold or silver that day, you can buy food ingredients like desi ghee, rice, legumes, lentils, and wheat flour that are believed to bring prosperity to your home and life. In addition to traditional delicacies such as Chakli, Dudhi Halwa, Puran Poli and Malpua, people also donate and distribute food and clothing on Akshay Tritiya to those in need. ”
From traditional dishes from different parts of the country to items that are part of the ritual, here are some foods that are worth their weight in gold.
Healthy and pampering Akshay Tritiya treats
This traditional favorite pays rich tribute to the king of fruit, who is in abundance this season. Aamras, prepared with the juiciest and tastiest mangoes, ensure healthy and delicious enjoyment. When tossed with ghee and dry fruits, it takes on a celebratory note.
As all types of grains are considered cheap to eat, this traditional Bengal dessert combines the goodness of whole grain wheat and turns it into a festive treat with lightly toasted fennel seeds, crushed peppercorns served with thickened milk. Desi pancakes with flaky almonds that wrap a delicious punch.
Curd cheese pressed to a creamy consistency and fortified with dry fruit is a perfect dessert, especially if you’re replacing factory-made sugar with jaggery. Served with saffron and cardamom, it is cooling, tasty and healthy.
Whole grain wheat gets another tasty touch with this traditional Maharashtra dish. A filling of Chana Dal, grated jaggery, seasoned with saffron, nutmeg powder, green cardamom and nutmeg gives the Puran Poli a unique taste and combines the nutritious benefits of all ingredients. The generous serving of Desi Ghee contributes to its healthy and tasty bite.
Dudhi or Lauki Halwa:
Dudhi Halwa is an Akshay Tritiya ritual in some parts of the country, low in calories but rich in vitamins and minerals. It is ideal as a dessert when garnished with dry fruits for the festive occasion.
Find out what is cooked in the kitchens of the famous Calcutta business families
“Pabda Maachh, Shukto on silver utensils is a family ritual on Akshay Tritiya.”
On this day, the Padba Maachh Curry is a must in our family. Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as D and B2. We start the meal with Neem Bhaja (neem helps prevent infections this season) and Laal Shak with Bodi Bhaja, followed by Shukto, another healthy dish made from seasonal vegetables and bitters with milk. It is traditional for us to eat on silver utensils as silver is believed to add beneficial minerals to the body.
– Joita Sen, director and head of design and marketing for a national jewelry brand
“We eat Khichudi, Basanti Pulao, Chhanar Dalna in Knashar Bashon.”
A traditional Bengali spread made from Khichudi, Labda (a mixture of seasonal vegetables), Basanti Pulao and Chhanar Dalna is a tradition in our house. We eat in Knashar Bashon (copper utensils) as it has many health benefits. Aside from that, Sandesh, Mishti Doi, Payesh, and Chandrapuli are also enjoyed on Akshay Tritiya.
– Sudip Mullick, owner of a 136 year old candy store
“We don’t serve a bhog for the puja, but our prasad consists of seasonal and healthy fruits.”
We have Lakshmi and Ganesh Puja in our shop that day. We don’t traditionally serve bhog, but our prasad includes all seasonal and healthy fruits and different types of sweets. At home we eat simple home-cooked meals that bring the whole family together. But this time the festivities are subdued.
– Barsha Saha, daughter-in-law of the owner of a 72-year-old city sari shop