Abhik Mukherjee’s Nashta For His Ragas Live Morning Performance

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Abhik Mukherjee suggests a typical breakfast to enjoy during his 10:00 am EST slot with Samarth Nagarkar and Dibyarka Chatterjee, for the Ragas Live Festival.


Abhik’s Nashta

Ragas are aligned to times of day, and it is said for them to be most fully felt, they need to be played and heard at those times.

Similarly, since Abhik will be playing at 10:00 am EST from Brooklyn, NY, he has suggested some lighter fare to align with the timing of their performance

Any type of Indian nashta ( breakfast) will go with it. Say puri, kachori, or aloo paratha. Overall, you can have any sort of light vegetarian thali like dal, chawal, sabji (2 types) followed by a sweet dish and raita

Abhik Mukherjee, on what to enjoy for his morning performance

Let’s break that down:

  • puri and kachori are types of fried bread
  • aloo paratha is a breakfast flatbread that we often see on menus in the USA
  • thali refers to a grouping of foods on a plate of the same name, like an individual-sized buffet 🙂
  • chawal is rice
  • sabji refers to vegetable side dishes

Below, you’ll find the recipe for 2 different dals, Nani’s puris, and coconut burfi. For the other items that I don’t have examples to share from this project, I’ll point you to Swasthi’s Recipes. Sure, we have tons of family recipes and many cookbooks, but when I need an Indian recipe reference, we head to Swasthi’s. She’s also got great step-by-step photos and many tips and explanations so her site is particularly great for those not familiar with the cuisine!


The Musicians

In the 10:00 am EST slot are Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), Samarth Nagarkar (vocals), and Dibyarka Chattergee (tabla).

abhik mukherjee on sitar
abhik mukherjee, sitar
samarth nagarkar hindustani vocals
samarth nagarkar, vocals
dibyarka on tabla
dibyarka chattergee, tabla

I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Abhik play live many times, Samarth at least twice, and I believe it will be my first time hearing Dibyarka. Incidentally, the last time I saw Samarth, it was for a Court Series event where yours truly made a giant pot Pav Bhaji for all attendees to enjoy afterward.

Really looking forward to this set and the accompanying breakfast feast. Good thing, I have little apprentices to help me.

little hands making poori puri pooris
little hands learning to make puris from nani in hyderabad


Game Plan

Here’s how to make quick work of your thali:

  1. Make coconut burfi (recipe below). Make first to allow to cool/set.
  2. Make the dal – double the recipe because freezing some for a busy day is amazing.
  3. Set jeera rice to cook & make the dough for puris
  4. Make sabjis : zzz and zzz
  5. Make raita & then begin making the puris
  6. Plate and serve! Bonus points if you can serve it on a large plate with lots of smaller bowls, like a proper thali.


Nani’s Pooris

poori pooris lesson w naani in Hyderabad (us in brooklyn) poori
kids’ first attempt at making nani’s puris in brooklyn, instructed by nani in hyderabad, via zoom

Here’s the recipe as we learned it from Nani. For more detail, I’d recommend Swasthi’s Recipes. She has a good tutorial on her website, complete with step-by-step photos and tips.


Tale of 2 Dals

an indian homecooking feast dal, indian omelet and pulau, with sliced red onions

Meghna’s Tomato Pappu

Here’s the dal that is most frequently on our table, and is a favorite with friends.

Coconut Dal

Seven-year-old Arav has been asking to make this dal after reading it in a book. We’ll be making it this weekend. It’s from the wonderful book “Whats Cooking at 10 Garden Street?” by Felicita Sala. It’s as beautiful as it is moving. Pick it up at your local bookstore, for you or your holiday giving!

arav holding book whats cooking at 10 garden street


Chawal + Sabjis + Raita

Since time was tight to get recipes from Abhik, and I do not have recipes for these dishes on the site yet, I will send you to tried and true Swasthi’s Recipes.

You can try this jeera rice for chawal. Her cucumber raita will be a great addition.


Coconut Burfi

Make the dessert first so that it can set.

Mmm… coconut burfi! I’ll have to remember to take a photo this time. Thanks to Shehalatha-aunty for the awesome cookbook! When we can’t eat at your table, it’s the next best thing.