Chaal Makha

Chal Makha is a traditional offering or what we call Naivedya by the Bengalis. A variety of fruits are chopped up, rice is soaked, drained and mashed up along with the fruits, some Sondesh, Batasha and Mishti Dhoi. I was intrigued when I heard from my friend Sumana Ganguly of raw rice being offered or for that matter consumed, but then realised that down South we have soaked raw lentils offered as Naivedya. Each community in India have their own traditions and customs, one more beautiful than the other. Proud to be an Indian.

Sondesh, Batasha and Mishti Dhoi are readily available and one just needs to mix them with the chopped fruits and soaked rice.

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