Growing up, I had many friends and all of them were Bengali. This list of 21 drool-worthy dishes reminded me why:
1. Jhal Muri
This light snack made from puffed rice, spiced up and zinged with lemon, is famous and so delicious that apparently even the British love it. True story!
2. Begun Bhaja
Any Bengali meal is incomplete with the uninterrupted crunching sound of this equally crunchy fried eggplant snack.
3. Alu Posto
Poppy seeds are used to create this delectable recipe made from potatoes, without which any Bengali lunch seems unfinished.
Children not eating their greens? Make Shukto, a delicious combination dish that makes bitter gourd and radishes taste amazing! Awesome, right?
5. Kanchkolar Kofta
Wonder how the Bongs have big, beautiful eyes? It’s because of this. No, we just made that up, but seriously, this kofta made from mashed raw banana will surely make you go bananas!
6. Luchi Alur Dum
This Alu Dum and Poori combination is what is called a Bengali Sunday morning brunch recipe.
7. Bhetki Macher Paturi
If you have joined the gym and are unable to hold back your craving for food, then this fish delicacy made by coating it in mustard, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed is just meant for you.
8. Chingri Macher Malaikari
Every Bengali swears by this, and surprisingly so do the rest of us. Bringing together the goodness of prawns, cream and coconut milk, this is a must have dish!
9. Chital Macher Muitha
We could say there’s something fishy about this recipe, but then again, if the ‘fishy’ is so tasty and made into koftas we wouldn’t say no to it.
10. Daab Chingri
This dish is made by cooking prawns in mustard and serving them in a tender coconut (Daab) to get the combined flavors. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it just did!!
11. Macher Dompukht
It is not just the Bengali touch added to this dish that makes it special, but also its three main ingredients that are, almonds, poppy seeds and yogurt. Yummm!
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12. Shorshe ilish
If you ask a Bengali the types of fish they have had, Ilish Maach will top their list. And why not; when cooked with mustard to such perfection it has got to be the best.
13. Macher Matha Diye Moong Daal
This dish made from split green gram and fish head is a favorite for Bengalis. It is said that eating a fish brain increases your intelligence. Enough said!
14. Kochi Pathar Jhol
Mutton is delicious! We meant the meat from the young one of a goat, and specially if you know the Bengali way of cooking it with paanch phoran.
15. Muri ghonto
When India was divided over which Biryani is best, the Bengalis created a no-nonsense fish pulao with fish head… The rest is history!
16. Kosha Mangsho
Among all the Bengali dishes known to mankind, Kosha Mangsho or mutton curry made with yogurt, is the best because…we don’t need a reason. It just is.
An extremely famous Bengali dessert created with milk and sugar. This is everyone’s favorite!
Nothing to say here! Seriously, if you don’t know what Rosogolla is then you should just get some and jump in its sugar syrup!
Chamcham is a traditional Bengali mithai. It is prepared from freshly prepared chena and lots of love! That is how it is so sweet and appetizing.
20. Misti Doi
Like the Bengali language, this yogurt variation made from plain yogurt and khajur ka gur (date palm jaggery) is just, awesome!
21. Bhappa doi
The Indian counterpart of the cheesecake made from sweetened yogurt, the Bhappa Doi is a dessert that can be transformed… or just eaten without giving the least bit of care! Yes! It is THAT delicious!