This festive season indulge in some lip-smacking Bengali dishes that will leave you wanting more.
By Pooja Paryani
1. Jhal Muri
This is a popular street food snack that’s often compared to Mumbai’s Bhel Puri. Every Kolkata nook and corner has a Jhal Muri counter and for good reason. The dish is a mix of puffed rice tossed together with chopped tomatoes, potatoes, onion, and cucumber. A tasty snack to take the edge off your hunger.
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2. Aloo Posto
A popular dish among Bengalis and non-Bengalis alike, Aloo Posto is a lip-smacking potatoes dish. Flavoured with poppy seeds, mustard oil, onion seeds, and green chillies, it’s a staple in most Bengali households year round. It’s amazing how such a seemingly simple dish can make your taste buds tingle.
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Yes, Bengalis do eat their veggies, and make pretty darn good vegetarian dishes as well. Sukhto is one of them. The dish is a mix of several veggies bitter gourd, pumpkin, brinjal, potato, sweet potato, drumstick, white radish, etc cooked with mustard and poppy seeds. A secret ingredient in this recipe is Randhuni seeds (wild celery seeds), which take the dish to a whole new level.
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4. Bhetki Macher Paturi
Made on special occasions, this dish showcases the Bengalis’ love affair with fish. Bhetki fillets are marinated in mustard paste and spices, wrapped in banana leaves and steam cooked to create a mouth-watering dish. Don’t let Durga Puja go by without sampling this Bengali treat.
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5. Daab Chingri
This is a unique seafood dish that is cooked in a tender coconut. Succulent shrimps are marinated in a coconut-based paste spiced with flavourful masalas before being steamed. The presentation and distinct flavour make this a Bengali delicacy.
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6. Kosha Mangsho
A spicy mutton curry, this dish is usually served with luchi, a type of puri. The velvety gravy and flaky, tender, juicy meat pieces are known to transport eaters to food heaven. If you love spicy dishes, you will regret not trying Kosha Mangsho this Durga Puja.
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7. Mhisti Doi
For many, the highlight of a Bengali meal is the dessert, and the most popular one is Mhisti Doi. It is a delicious sweet curd that takes over eight to twelve hours to get ready in its earthen matka. It has a dense, thick texture a bit light ice cream, but with all the creaminess of yoghurt.
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