Bengal's 'Pitha' is slowly going into oblivionMakar Sankranti is over. It is the Bengali month of 'Magh'. Before and after the Makar Sankranti, Bengalis used to take Pitha. Oh! it's a delicious item. There were various types of Pitha of different tastes and different sizes. Most of the Pithas are sweet, but there are some Pithas which can be taken as snacks.
Pithas are made from rice flour or wheat flour. These are then filled with sweet or savoury ingredients. The filling of the Pithas is called 'pur' (there is no appropriate English substitute). For the preparation of vegetable Pithas, cauliflower, cabbage or potato are fried or steamed, and then mashed and formed into small balls for stuffing. Sweet Pithas contain sugar, jaggery, date juice or palm syrup and are filled with grated coconut and pistachios.
But now the life of the Bengalis has become very busy. Bengali ladies no longer prepare Pithas. Bengali children don't get an opportunity to relish Pithas.
This special and delicious food-item of Bengal is slowly going into oblivion.