N is for … Nolen Gurer Jolbhara Sandesh #AtoZChallenge

Nolen Gurer Jolbhara Sandesh

Nolen Gurer is Date Palm Jaggery. The winter months from November to February are what I used to eagerly await, as those are the months that West Bengal produces Date Palm Jaggery. Technology is a boon though, as these days Nolen Gurer Mishti’s (sweets) are available all year round. The taste does differ slightly when Fresh Nolen Gurer is used and its hoarded up and preserved counterpart is used, and a discerning palate can taste the difference but as long as it is available all year round I am definitely not complaining! My favoritest is the Nolen Gurer Jolbhara Sandesh, this brown version of Sandesh is very plain to look at but bite into it and wait for the dark brown Nolen Gurer to hit your palate and when it does the feeling is instant joy!

No one believes I am a North Indian, a Punjabi to be precise. I am always mistaken for being a Bengali, and the fact that I love the Bengali Mishti’s (sweets) so much and wear a Shakha-Pola and Loha during Pujo time AND I am as excited about Pujo as any self-respecting Bengali would be doesn’t help the cause.

If I am not mistaken for a Bengali, I am mistaken for a Malayalee, because of my ‘dark and curly hair and shining eyes’ is the explanation given, when asked.

To further complicate matters I am married to a Telugu, who looks like a North Indian 🙂 So when people find out we are Chetan Bhagat’s vice-versa version of 2 States they immediately assume and proudly point out that I must be the South Indian and The Husband must be the North Indian, till The Husband starts talking. After which all assumptions are put to rest J

I have no issues with people assuming whatever they wish to, it’s fun actually as I do realise that I look nothing like a North Indian, It’s more fun when after the bad guessing games when I tell people of my origins they turn around and say, ‘Ah, yes you look like a North Indian actually.’ :)))))


  1. Mayuri Nidigallu


    April 17, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Ooh, that sounds like a yummy sweet. I’ve never tasted it before.

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      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      It is incredibly yummy, Sreesha! Thanks for reading 🙂

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    Reema D'souza

    April 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I have tasted the Nolen Gur ice cream at Pabrai’s and I must say that it is delicious! 😀

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      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 17, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      I love Pabrai’s Nolen Gurer ice cream too!:) Thanks for reading, Reema:)

  3. Mayuri Nidigallu


    April 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    A foodie in me never knew this….Thanks for letting me know through this blog post of yours…And Yes,I always assume that u r a Bengali living in Mumbai …

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      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Hope you’ll try it, Meenakshi. Thanks for reading 🙂

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    shubhangi srikanth

    April 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    What an exotic name! I still cannot pronounce it…:)

    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

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      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Hahahahaha! Thanks for reading, Shubhangi 🙂

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    Shilpa Garg

    April 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I am imagining the taste of Nolen Gurer! Heavenly is the word that’s coming in my mind.
    Oh yes, your husband certainly looks like a North Indian, Punjabi to be specific.

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    Preethi Venugopala

    April 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Your posts are exotic. I haven’t tasted or heard about Nolen Gurer. It sounds foreign even. 🙂
    Have to search for this. 🙂

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      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Hahahahaha, thanks for reading , Preethi:)

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    Parul Thakur

    April 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    That sweet looks yum. I haven’t had Nolen Gurer I guess but I would love to have. Anything with Jaggery is so good 🙂
    I love your story. You look North Indian for sure but I got confused with the last name 😉
    A lot of people think I am a Bengali too with my last name, hair and red big bindis that I love donning 🙂

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      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      I hope you try it , Parul. You are the 1st person who has told me I look North Indian! Thank you for that!:) Yes, you look Bengali too 🙂 Thanks for reading:)

  8. Mayuri Nidigallu


    April 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Haha!! I’m sure it must be fun! And this nolen gur… never heard, never had! 😐 Am I missing anything in life?

    I like reading more about you here, M!


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      Mayuri Nidigallu

      April 17, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      If you are a sweet lover, I’d say you are missing something:) Thanks for reading, GG:)

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    April 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I had the nolen gur ice cream once and loved it!

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    April 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I have to try this..I heard about nolen gur icecream earlier but never got a chance to try it. Never heard of this sweet.
    I agree..Sri actually looks like a North Indian but you look like a Punjabi to me

  11. Mayuri Nidigallu


    April 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t know why but I love the latter part of your posts slightly more than the former. North or South Indian, to me you always appear a noble soul.

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    April 17, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    You look lovely.I dont care about North or South, East or West.We are Indians.Nolen Gur is a favorite.I love this jol bharal sandesh.LOVELY pic of Sandesh too

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    Roshan Radhakrishnan

    April 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Jaggery is there. enuff said 🙂

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    Cheryl Sterling

    April 17, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I have learned so much by entering the AtoZChallenge and reading posts on theblogchatter. Thank you for sharing. I willhave to research Nolen Gurer and add it to my collection of new Indian recipes.

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    Menaka Bharathi

    April 18, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    We have this jaggery here, it is made with the smaller version of dates actually. Its made for pregnant women and children and given like toffees.
    Launching SIM Organics This April
    *Menaka Bharathi *

  16. Mayuri Nidigallu


    April 18, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Haha 🙂 That must be fun! And yes, you look like a South Indian and your husband a North Indian 🙂
    I haven’t had this sweet before. Should try it sometime.

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    Pikakshi Manchanda

    April 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I haven’t eaten this sweet either. Care to share the “authentic” recipe sometime?? Would love to try it out!
    And I have faced this situation myself..what with brownish complexion and curly hairs, people always think Im a south indian. Way to stereotype..ugh!

    Thanks for sharing. BTW, I really mean it when I say you look north indian, because of your facial features. South Indians have subtle differences. I would know coz as I said before Im mistaken for one all the time. Cheers!

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    Tina Basu

    April 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    LOL, M, how could I miss the jolbhora story. bengali is the last thing on people’s mind when they see me. I am ALWAYS told i am south east asian or at best someone from the nNorth East!!!

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    Swathi Shenoy

    April 22, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    So many sweets and so little I know! Tch!!

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