Today, with the advent of Vijaya Dashami, Hindus from all over the world have celebrated the Victory of Good over Evil. This period of the year is the most auspicious period throughout the year. Here in Bangalore, Probashi ( Non Resident) Bengalis celebrated Durga Puja which peaks in last four days till today. In these mornings we head to the nearby Puja Pandal( Image) with new clothes on and offer floral tributes to her and seek her blessings for each one of our well-being.
After this there are arrangements for community meals for the afternoon where anybody could join in for a delicious lunch consisting of Khichdi, Mixed Veggies and a sweet. It seems to be the best possible meal after fasting throughout the morning and the best part is that it is consumed as a gratitude to the Goddess for her blessing towards each individual.
Then we head for other pujas in the city. Although the numbers are not as much as Calcutta but there are sizable Bengalis here who made it sure that we do not feel away from home. During evening we have musical programs in different locations. The one that I liked this year was from upcoming singer Mayukh Majumder at 6th main Indiranagar. Her really rocked the show and ensured that the crowd was totally involved. We danced to our heart’s delight from the Bengali and Hindi numbers that he churned out. Even my 5 year old danced on stage for more than half hour.
Then comes the part when we gorge up to various dishes served from food courts near the pandals namely, biriyani, kababs parathas and chat till late night. Then comes next day till the nabami. Suddenly in dashami we are with this sad feeling that four days of enjoyment are over. But the last word that rings from our heart is that “Asche Bochor Abar Hobe” ( It would happen again next year). Presenting you today a dessert to celebrate this great festival.
3/4 cup All purpose flour
100 gms semi sweet Chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup Honey
2 tbsp Brown sugar
1/2 stick unsalted Butter
1/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa powder
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
A packet of Vanilla ice-cream
Pre-heat Oven to 160 Degree C. Line a 8" square pan a butter paper with an inch overhang on two opposite sides. In a heat proof bowl combine butter and chocolate and melt it on low using a Microwave stirring every 30 seconds to avoid scorching.
In a large mixing bowl mix flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Beat one egg for 30 seconds then add another, mix in vanilla essence and beat well. Mix honey now and pour the wet mix into the dry mixture. Fold the mixture well. Pour into prepared pan smoothing top. Bake for 30 minutes or test with a skewer. Remove from Oven and leave it to cool completely.
Cut into 4 x 6 cm squares and keep aside. When you are ready to serve, just slice the ice-cream in the same 4 x 6 cm and keep one slice in between two brownies. You may drizzle it with chocolate sauce with white chocolate chips for contrast and serve immediately.