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This was the first book in English on Bengali cooking with step-by-step instructions. This book contains over tried and tested recipes ranging from starters. Bengali Recipes [Rasoi Star] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. BOOKS. বাংলাদেশের রেসিপি, বাঙ্গালী রান্না, বাংলাদেশি খাবার বিশ্বের সামনে তুলে ধরার ক্ষুদ্র প্রচেষ্টা। আপনাদের সকলকে আমন্ত্রণ জানাচ্ছি বাংলাদেশি রেসিপি-র এই ব্লগে।.

May 13, IST Updated: May 12, IST more-in A new cookbook woven around stories of people and places In one corner of my otherwise disorderly bookshelves is a neat pile of Bengali cookbooks, written in English. Friends who come home tend to demand Bengali food, for they believe that a half-Bengali with a Bengali wife will know everything that needs to be known about Bengali cooking — how to, say, cut pumpkins for chorchori, a vegetable mix; when to add curd in doi maachh, or yoghurt fish; and how thick the poppy seed paste should be in aloo posto. I get by, not because of the Bengali connections, but because of these wonderful cookbooks. They come in all sizes and shapes, and are full of drool-worthy pictures. And they tell you everything about Bengali food — from fritters and fish curries to luchi and sandesh. My Bengali recipe books underscore a long-held belief of mine — that when it comes to food, Bengalis are more passionate than their compatriots elsewhere. Where else, but in Bengal, will you get football clubs to fight over food? An East Bengal victory leads to a celebration of the hilsa; a Mohun Bagan win means a spike in prawn prices. It makes for a delightful read because it is not just about food. The recipes are woven around stories of people and places. It speaks of differences in the food habits between those from East Bengal and West Bengal, special dishes cooked during festivals and the impact of the seasons on the kitchen.

The Nawabs of Dhaka had brought Mughlai cuisine to Bengal, and with it, many Islamic elements that were wholly retained by Bangladesh's culinary community. Due to the high costs of producing Mughlai food, the recipes were limited to the elite classes in colonial India, and slowly expanded as Bangladesh's economy grew.

The main focus on lamb, mutton, beef, yoghurt, and mild spices define the taste of the style. Such dishes as kebab; stuffed breads; kachi biriyani ; roast lamb, duck, and chicken; patisapta ; Kashmiri tea; and korma are still served at special occasions like Eid and weddings. In Kolkata, many local street vendors own small shops from which they sell their own homemade goods. Milk is especially used in Kolkata's various types of payesh , differing in use of different grains and additives like dates, figs, and berries.

Ziafat or Mezban feasts are popular throughout the area, where characteristic "heavy" dishes—dishes rich in animal fat and dairy—are featured.

Saltwater fish and seafood are quite prevalent in these areas. Shutki is more available in this region than in other parts of the country. Bangladesh's Southern region is also popular worldwide for its fisheries industries with over types of fishes exported every day from this region.

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Another characteristic of Bengali food is the use of a cutting instrument, the boti also called the dao in some regional dialects. It is a long curved blade on a platform held down by foot; both hands are used to hold whatever is being cut and move it against the blade, which faces the user.

The method gives effective control over the cutting process, and can be used to cut anything from tiny shrimp to large pumpkins.

The dekchi a flat-bottomed pan is used generally for larger amounts of cooking or for making rice. The dekchi comes with a thin flat lid which is used also to strain out the starch while finishing up cooking rice. The other prominent cooking utensil is a hari , which is a round-bottomed pot-like vessel. The three mentioned vessels all come in various sizes and in various metals and alloys.

The tawa is used to make roti and porota. Silverware is not a part of traditional Bengali cookery. The kuruni is a unitasker, there to grate coconuts. Bengali cuisine is rather particular in the way vegetables and meat or fish are prepared before cooking.

Some vegetables are used unpeeled, in some preparations fish is used unskinned in contrast as well. However, in most dishes vegetables are peeled, and fish scaled and skinned. In many cases, the main ingredients are lightly marinated with salt and turmeric an anti-bacterial and antiseptic.

Vegetables are to be cut in different ways for different preparations. Dicing, julienne, strips, scoops, slices, shreds are common and one type of cut vegetables cannot replace another style of cutting for a particular preparation.

Any aberration is frowned upon. For example, in alu-kumror chhakka , the potatoes and gourds must be diced, not shredded; if they are shredded it is called ghonto and not chhakka. One of the spices which is widely used in most of the veg preparation in Bengali food is called Panch phoron literally means five spices.

The five spices which make paanch phoron are Cumin seeds, fenugreek , Mustard seeds black , Nigella seeds , and fennel seeds. This spice is used for tempering in many vegetable dishes along with whole red chillies.

The spice gives a distinct flavour. Some people also prefer to light roast the spice and ground it for chutneys. Bengali cuisine has evolved with the influence of Mughal cuisine, Anglo-Indian cuisine, and Chinese cuisine among others. Some geographical overlap allowed this to occur, such as the great number of rivers and their tributaries providing freshwater fish and flat and fertile land producing abundance of rice and pulse lentil. As for the flora and fauna involved, domestic cattle and dairy farming provide milk, beef, for non-Hindus and mutton; and alluvial soil produces variety of fruits and vegetables.

Moreover, use of different spices has added to the flavour and taste of Bengali food. Ceremonial food differs from daily food. While daily food consists mainly of rice, roti a handmade flatbread , fish, lentil dal , meat, vegetables etc.

A significant feature of the cuisine is a significant variety of sweets based on milk and sugar as part of tradition. Prosperity and urbanisation also led to the widespread use of professional cooks who introduced complex spice mixtures and more elaborate sauces, along with techniques, such as roasting or braising.

Also introduced around this time, probably as a consequence of increased urbanisation, was a new class of snack foods.

These snack foods are most often consumed with evening tea. The tea-time ritual was probably inspired by the British, but the snacks most popular are shingara, dalpuri, samosa , peyaji, beguni, phuluri, chop, muri, haleem , etc.

Chotpoti is one of the most popular street foods of Bangladesh. Islam arrived in Bengal probably around the mid-thirteenth century, coming into force with the penetration of the Muslim rulers from the northwest.

Dhaka the present-day capital of Bangladesh , in particular, expanded greatly under Mughal rule. The partition of India in resulted in a large migration of people to and from present-day Bangladesh, resulting in a much stronger divide along religious lines.

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Bangladesh today shows a much greater Muslim influence than West Bengal. The influence on the food was from the top down, and more gradual than in many other parts of India. This led to a unique cuisine where even commoners ate the dishes of the royal court, such as biryani , korma and bhuna. The influence was reinforced in the Raj era, when Kolkata became the place of refuge for many prominent exiled Nawabs , especially the family of Tipu Sultan from Mysore and Wajid Ali Shah , the ousted Nawab of Awadh.

The exiles brought with them hundreds of cooks and masalchis spice mixers , and as their royal patronage and wealth diminished, they became interspersed into the local population. These cooks came with the knowledge of a very wide range of spices most notably jafran saffron and mace , the extensive use of ghee as a method of cooking, and special ways of marinating meats.

In Bangladesh , this food has over time become the staple food of the populace. In West Bengal, however, this has remained, more than the other categories, the food of professional chefs; the best examples are still available at restaurants. Specialties include chap ribs slow cooked on a tawa , rezala meat in a thin yogurt and cardamom gravy and the famous kathi roll kebabs in a wrap. The local population absorbed some of the ingredients and techniques into their daily food, resulting in meat-based varieties of many traditional vegetarian dishes, but the foods remained largely distinct.

The Mughal influence is most distinct in preparations involving meat, especially mutton. However, even chicken and other meats became more prevalent. The influence was also seen in desserts; traditional desserts were based on rice pastes and jaggery but under the Mughal influence moved towards significantly increased use of milk, cream and sugar along with expensive spices such as cardamom and saffron. Anglo-Indian food is not purely the result of the influence of the British; Bengal was once the home of a French colony, and also hosted populations of Portuguese, Dutch, and other Europeans.

These collective western influences are seen in the foods created to satisfy the tastes of the western rulers. The result is a unique cuisine, local ingredients adapted to French and Italian cooking techniques—characterised by creamy sauces, the restrained use of spices, and new techniques such as baking. Raj-era cuisine lives on especially in the variety of finger foods popularised in the 'pucca' clubs of Kolkata, such as mutton chop , kabiraji cutlet or fish orly.

The British also influenced food in a somewhat different way.

Many British families in India hired local cooks, and through them discovered local foods. The foods had to be toned down or modified to suit the tastes of the " memsahibs ". The Chinese of Kolkata originally settled into a village called Achipur south of Kolkata in the late 18th century, later moving into the city and finally into its present home in Tangra at the eastern edge of Kolkata.

The Chinese-origin people of Kolkata form a substantial and successful community with a distinct identity.

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With this identity came Chinese food, available at almost every street corner in Kolkata at present, due to the taste, quick cooking procedure, and no similarity with the original Chinese recipe other than the use of soy sauce. They were mostly Cantonese tradesmen and sailors who first settled down here and decided to cook with whatever items they had at hand. The influence of this unique syncretic cuisine cannot be overstated; it is available in every town in India and Bangladesh as "Chinese" food.

Bengali immigrants to other countries have started carrying this abroad as well; Indian Chinese restaurants have appeared in many places in the United States and UK. Indian Chinese food was given a second boost when a large number of Tibetans migrated into Indian Territory, following the 14th Dalai Lama 's flight.

Tibetans brought with them their own delicacies to add to this genre, such as the very popular momo a kind of dumpling or thukpa a hearty noodle soup. Tibetans and Nepali immigrants also found ready employment in kitchens and helped power the many eateries that serve this unique fusion on virtually every street in Kolkata.

The chop suey became a favorite, and versions like "American chop suey" and "Chinese chop suey" were constantly talked about. Main article: List of Bengali foods. The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds on its own pungency. Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.

Most of them are milk-based and are prepared from 'chhana' ponir as it is popularly known. The most popular among the Bengali sweets are the roshogolla, shondesh, pantua and mishti doi and these four sweets are deemed essential at every wedding besides some other sweets, which may vary as per individual choice.

A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself even only boiled rice and lentils dal bhat , with a little fish. Bengalis, like the French, spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food, but also on its preparation and eating. Quips like "Bengalis live to eat" and "Bengalis spend most of their income on food" are not exactly exaggerated.

The early morning shopping for fresh vegetables, fish etc. The Bengalis are very particular about the way and the order in which the food should be served. Each dish is to be eaten separately with a little rice so that the individual flavours can be enjoyed. The first item served may be a little ghee which is poured over a small portion of rice and eaten with a pinch of salt. Then come the bitter preparation, shukto, followed by lentils or dals, together with roasted or fried vegetables bhaja or bharta.

Next come the vegetable dishes, the lightly spiced vegetables, chenchki, chokka, followed by the most heavily spiced dalna, ghonto and those cooked with fish. Finally the chicken or mutton, if this being served at all. Chaatni comes to clear the palate together with crisp savoury wafers, papor.

Dessert is usually sweet yogurt mishti doi. The meal is finally concluded with the handing out of betel leaf paan , which is considered to be an aid to digestion and an astringent. Traditionally the people here eat seated on the floor, where individual pieces of carpet, called asans, are spread for each person to sit on and the meal is served on a large gun-metal or silver plate thala and the various items of food are placed in bowls batis around the top of the thala, running from right to left.

Rice is mounded and placed on the middle of the thala, with a little salt, chilies and lime placed on the upper right hand corner.

They eat with the fingers of the right hand and strict etiquette is observed with regard to this. The typical Bengali fare includes a certain sequence of food—somewhat like the courses of Western dining. Two sequences are commonly followed, one for ceremonial dinners such as a wedding and the day-to-day sequence.

Both sequences have regional variations, and sometimes there are significant differences in a particular course between West Bengal and Bangladesh.

At home, Bengalis traditionally ate without silverware: Most Bengalis eat with their right hand, mashing small portions of meat and vegetable dishes with rice and in some cases, lentils.

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Recipe Book in Bengali Recipe Book in Bengali 1. Her recipes manage to tread the fine line between tradition and experimentation with ease. So, I tried a few recipes and all of them managed to pass the stringent Bengali aunt test. For instance, the Potoler dolma — pointed gourd stuffed with prawns, Daab chingdi — mustard prawns baked in a green coconut shell or the crispy, breadcrumb coated Prawn cutlets.

Her wry sense of humour and ability to connect with the reader makes her cookbook one of the more approachable ones. I have tried the Dhonepatta murgi and the Kancha lanka green chilly murgi diligently translated into Hindi for our cook by yours truly. Both turned out good enough for the husband to stop muttering about how the chicken cooked at home always manages to taste of nothing. Next up, Mutton Rezala, Cauliflower roast and Dim egg kosha! Most of her recipes sound simple and end up delivering a delicious end-result, the Posto chicken being a case in point.

So, this one is a keeper and will definitely gets its own share of curry stains soon! Cooking on the run Sports commentator and writer Boria Majumdar writes about his kitchen escapades.

His recipes are not confined to Bengali food and feature dishes he learned to cook when he was at Oxford. Tryouts on my list are Mangsher mutton ghugni what Bombayites know as ragda and Dim Posto.

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