Hello foodies! Hope you all are doing well. I’m in a festive mood these days; because you all know that Durga Puja, the most glorious festival Bengal, is just around the corner. That, does make me a tad too excited.
Before Durga Puja, every Bengali ritualistically clean up their home. We buy new clothes as well as new curtains, bed linens, kitchen and dining linens – that means we Bengalis would go all out to give a total makeover to our houses before Ma Durga arrives. The Durga Puja festival symbolizes the battle of the goddess Durga with the shape-shifting, deceptive and powerful buffalo demon Mahishasura ,and the all-powerful mother eventually emerging victorious. My battle with the cockroaches in my kitchen at times gives me the same victorious feeling like Ma Durga - but that’s only because of the super-efficient weapon “LAL HIT” that I carry. It is not however easy to keep your kitchen clean and germ free during festivals with hundreds of other preparations going on simultaneously. Let me narrate a story to you …
Yesterday morning, I was busy in cleaning my kitchen. Suddenly I heard a shout, coming from my neighbors' flat. Ananya, a very sweet lady and mother of a kid, is my neighbor. I knocked her door to know why she was shrieking... she opened the door with a faded face and whispered ‘cockroach’!! She was dusting her kitchen and dining; suddenly she discovered cockroaches under the cylinder and shouted! She also told me that she put in her best efforts to deep clean the kitchen every month; but cockroaches often escape. Regular monthly cleaning is not enough to reach corners like under-the-cylinder, sink, cracks, and crevices; where the cockroaches hide. She is very worried about her daughter’s health; because cockroaches carry germs and bacteria, come behind the back, crawl on food and utensils, contaminate food and spread Food Poisoning. Kids are the first ones to get this infection. Family members and guests who commonly during festivals suffer, too. She asked me for suggestions to fight against cockroaches. I told her - it’s very important to eliminate, not just the visible ones, but the hidden cockroaches from the kitchen. The simple, handy and reliable solution is to apply LAL HIT each time when you deep clean the kitchen.
I ensure that I deep-clean my kitchen every month and apply LAL HIT. LAL HIT is the only solution that can eliminate the hidden cockroaches. It comes with a Deep Reach Nozzle that can get onside deep corners, cracks, and crevices. Adopt this simple habit to protect your family from food-poisoning and other roach-related hazards. Also, LAL HIT now comes with a fresh fragrance, that gives your kitchen a real sensory uplift. Good news is that Ananya is happy now and started her LAL HIT regime from this morning.
Well, now since we could happily settle Ananya and hopefully she never gets those cockroach nightmares back, I can (officially) share a recipe that Ananya had shared with me months back. So here we go - Puja style … and hope you enjoy this as much we relish this in our home too.
Fish-Egg Curry with Parwal
- Fish-egg - 200gm.
- Potato - 2 (small)
- Parwal – 2-3 (small)
- Onion - 2 (chopped)
- Garlic Past – 2 tbsp.
- Green Chillies - 3 to 4(Chopped)
- Chilli powder - 1 tsp
- Oil – 1cup
- Salt - as per taste
- Clean and cut the fish-egg in cubes & marinate with salt & turmeric.
- Cut all the potato, parwal and onion finely.
- Heat oil in a pan. Fry the fish eggs and keep aside.
- In the same oil, fry the parwals with pinch of turmeric powder and salt. Drain the oil and keep them aside.
- In the same oil, add potato and chopped Onion and fry till it becomes golden in color.
- Now, add garlic paste, green chilies and saute well.
- Now add the chili powder to the pan and mix very well. Add little of water, if need.
- Now, add the fried fish-eggs and parwals and mix well. Cook for 3-4 min.
- Add some water and cover it. Cook until the potato and parwals well cooked.
- Take the flame off when the curry becomes dry and separates oil.
- Serve hot with smoked Rice or Roti.
Well, wish you all happy Durga Puja in advance. Enjoy the festival with your family and don’t forget to use LAL HIT in your kitchen. Remember that health is truly the real wealth for your family and the root to lasting happiness. So, bring LAL HIT home and #SayNoToFoodPoisoning!