Do not miss Mecha Sandesh of Beliatore
Beliatore’s delicacy Mecha Sandesh is like no other ordinary sandesh. Though it is called sandesh, these mushy wonders of delight are made up of various other ingredients apart from just ‘kheer’ and ‘chhana.’ The history behind Mecha Sandesh is simply fascinating.
Baba Dharmadash Mela used to take place during monsoons every year. The usual sweet fare at this mela used to be Gurer Laddu that were in great demand. But the moist weather was not favourable enough for molasses. To find an effective solution and an alternate delicacy, Mecha Sandesh was created. The forefathers of Bhagwan Das Modak have been creating Mecha Sandesh since time immemorial. His great grandfather, Girish Chandra Modak started off one day as a mere experimentation. The road to Bankura from Durgapur is lined with shops serving this mouthwatering delicacy. Here is the Beliatore junction and most shops around belong to Bhagwan Das Modak and his relatives.
The process of making Mecha Sandesh is also unique. First, sweetmakers make besan out of gram and consequently make gathias out of it without adding salt. These besan gathias are then powdered. Thereafter, sugar and kheer are added to the mixture and cooked. When the mixture cools down, desi ghee and cardamom are added and then they are rolled and given the shape of laddoos. These are then dipped in sugar juice and are kept in shaal pata.
The last step of dipping it in sugar juice not only beautifies the sweet but also increases the lifespan of these sweets. You can keep it and enjoy devouring it for a considerable period of time. Not even an iota of taste changes with the passage of time. The supply of milk comes from nearby villages. Kheer, besan and gathia - everything is made here. If the ingredients are not made with care, the output can never be good enough.
The creators of Mecha Sandesh have been impressing many generations with these highly delectable creations. Times have changed but the popularity of Mecha Sandesh has increased with each passing day. Be it the generations of the yesteryears or contemporary times, Mecha Sandesh is simply irresistible to all. Each sandesh costs Rs 7 and a kg is available within Rs.170. So, the next time you pass through this area, do not forget grabbing a bite of the local delicacy- mecha sandesh.