Apr 13, 2015

Aam, kola ar chire makha- a delicious summer day snack in the Bengali Household

Early memories of Summer Holidays and visit to Kolkatta (my home-town by birth) are so finely etched in the mind. Time with cousins, lots of pampering and the delicious treat of chire makha every evening before we set out to play.

The mangoes we ate were the little ones from the local market and they were the sweetest smelling ones. The tasty treat was paired with the small yellow bananas and chire (also known as poha OR flattened rice) along with a lavish dash of milk. Frankly, the Mom's were happy and sorted with one such portion going down the kids...the calories were enough to keep one going on like they were loaded with the 'Everyday' battery!!!

I have a 6 year old now and summer is when we follow the same old tradition. Thankfully, this kid has taken to the taste as well! :) The only difference for this one is that he also gobbles slices of mangoes while he has his bowl full of delightful chire makha! :)

Here is a step by step guide to make your portion of chire makha:

Mango: 1 medium alphonso OR 2 small sweet deshi variety
Banana: 2 elaichi (small ones) bananas
Chire (flattened rice/poha): 1 bowl, rinsed well in drinking water and kept aside for a few minutes.
Milk: 1 cup

1. Squeeze the mango pulp on the soaked chire (poha/flattened rice).
2. Now mash the bananas and add it to the mango and chire.
3. Pour the milk. Mix all the ingredients together.
4. Serve with cubes of mangoes.

If you wish to, you can substitute milk with curd. This is for the lactose intolerant few. :)

Happy summer holidays!

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