The festive season has already kicked in with Navratri in North India and Durga Puja in Eastern side of India and so is indulgence with loads of rich festive food. Whether it is Garba in Gujrat, Navratri Fasting in North India or Pandal Hopping during Pujo, nothing is complete without good food to accompany. That’s what the festivals mean to most of us, a great dose of nostalgia from the memories of the years bygone and some good food to share with our loved ones.
As I said earlier that food is an integral part of any celebration, Fasting followed by feasting that’s what makes my earliest memories of Navratri or Durga Puja. Growing up in Northern India in early 80’s meant nine days of eating falahari food, this was one fast I was happy to observe obviously more than fasting it was feasting on Kuttu ki poori, Sabudana vada, sabudana ki kheer, Kheere ke pakode, Singhade ka halwa, the list was unending and so was our appetite. Durga puja was something that we read about in our books or sometimes remember it watching on the TV. First time when I participated in Durga Puja in real sense was after I got married. Our defence force organizations are such a great melting pot of various cultures, You get to celebrate Onam, Baisakhi, Bihu, Lohri, Bihu, Durga Puja and countless different festivals from so many regions.
Durga Puja always meant going to Pandal in the evening which usually was put up by few Bengali , Oriya, Assamese and North Eastern families in the community center or park, and hogging on sondesh which were mostly prepared at their homes. It was a very small station, so most of the food was either cooked at home or at Officer’s mess. Later when the husband was posted at Delhi, a grand celebration of Durga Puja at CR park became must thing in the list during this period. A mind-boggling variety of food at CR park makes you eat so much that by the time you realize that you are full, you have already tasted too much.
But as you age, your system has ways of telling you not to abuse it as you once did. Once this has started to happen, more and more of our festive food includes dishes that are homemade like sondesh, Mishti doi etc. The dishes which are much healthier and wholesome, and not the sugary or fried as our festive dishes used to be once. And the best thing you can add tonnes of flavours and textures in form of chocolate, fruits, nuts, saffron, pistachios. Both these dishes provide you an empty canvas which you can paint with various flavours.
When Mother Dairy approached me to share my #MishtiMoment, this healthy mishti doi cheesecake is what immediately came to my mind. A mix of modern and traditional is how I see this festival of Durga Puja, every one loves cheesecakes and my Bengali friends will agree that nothing pleases a Bengali more than a good pot of mishti doi.
Setting a deliciously rich pot of mishti doi is not really one of my cooking powers, so Mishti Doi from Mother Dairy is next best thing that could have happened. Just open the flap of a cup, take a spoon and indulge yourself with silky smooth taste of spoonfuls of mishti doi. Eat it on its own or use it as base of any other dish, any which way’s it is just as incredible.
Cheesecakes are so delicious but so high in calories that we mostly avoid it unless a special occasion, but gradually when I started experimenting I started to replace some of cream cheese with greek yogurt and the result was a delicious and healthy cheesecake. For Durga puja, natural choice was Mother Dairy’s mishti doi so one can enjoy the true spirit of festivities without a compromise on taste or health.
I have uploaded my mishti moment of enjoying this delicious mishti doi cheesecake on to www.mishtimoments.com . You too can share your mishti moments and upload your #mishtimoment here ( www.mishtimoments.com ).
Total Time: 5 minutes
Mishti Doi and Kiwi Cheesecake