[Cover Picture Courtesy: Aaheli – Authentic Bengali Cuisine Restaurant]
Written by Ujjayini Pal on March 22, 2016
Bengalis have a love for various types of things. Among them intellect and food go hand in hand. At some point of time or the other, every Bengali must have tasted various dishes made by their mother or grandmother. Some tastes heavenly and lingers in your memory for long while others just fade away. Here are ten such dishes which may not be prepared in every household daily, but are a must try.
This is the most popular Bengali dish and is a form of the popular dish ‘puri.’ A Bengali breakfast is incomplete without a plate of hot, deep fried and fluffy luchi. Like puri they are also made with maida, but there is a light golden color of luchis. Luchis tastes best when served with dry, spicy veggies or gravies.
2. Aloor torkari or Aloor Dum
You are sure to forget any other type of curry if you once taste a spicy bowl of aloor torkari or aloor dum. This is the most popular Bengali dish and makes the perfect combo with luchi. These two dishes together make a grand breakfast at the time of the Durga Pujas.
3. Cholar Dal
This is a typical Bengali dish made with channa dal and is a hot favorite of every bong with luchi once again. The dal tastes slightly sweet and also bears a mouth watering fragrance due to the use of rich spices such as cinnamon and bay leaf while preparing it. Bits of coconut are also added to give a delicious taste and a crunchy texture to the dal.
After breakfast, it’s time for the main course and you just can’t think of starting your lunch without shukto. This is also an authentic Bengali dish and is also considered to be very healthy. It is prepared with bitter gourd, brinjals, crunchy drumsticks, sweet potatoes and last but not the least bori. Some fresh, grounded spices and a little milk are also added to it to create a paste like gravy.
5. Aloo Potol Posto
This is a light and quick yet tasty preparation. Potol or Pointed Gourd is mixed with coconut puree and thick poppy seed. Green and red chillies are also added to give a rich taste to the preparation. It tastes best when served hot with rice.
6. Lau Chingri
This dish is a lip smacking combination of prawn and bottle gourd which will please you like anything. This dish makes its visit in every Bengali household once in a while but tastes heavenly if cooked properly. Do try it today if you haven’t till date.
7. Dhokar Dalna
This is the most famous Bengali dish and something Bengali’s are really proud of. This is a vegetarian dish and is considered the best a bong could offer if any vegetarian visit’s their home. Lentil cakes are cut into diamond shape and are cooked in a tasty curry.
8. Tangra Macher Jhal
Bongs are a great lover of fish and this tasty catfish curry is a big hit among Bengali’s. The gravy is full of flavors, thick and is made with spices that are grounded freshly. Some red chillies are added to this to give it a fiery taste. It tastes best when served with steaming hot rice.
9. Ilish Mach
You cannot spot out a single Bengali who doesn’t love hilsa fish and there are actually lots of preparations made with this hilsa fish. Hilsa cooked in rich mustard oil gives the dish a tingly taste. To add some twist, spices like fine ginger paste, Nigella seeds and chillies are added to it.
Bengali’s can’t even survive without sweets and this is the most famous Bengali sweet made by dipping pancake in sweet saffron syrup. This mixture tastes heavenly when cardamom is added to it. This famous sweet dish tastes best when taken hot.
Make sure to try all the 10 dishes once in your lifetime.
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